26 March 2024

Topflight Stamps 7th Birthday Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome. It's Topflight Stamps 7th birthday and to celebrate, some great designers have teamed up to showcase celebratory projects using the unique products available at Topflight Stamps. Please hop along with us and see all the beautiful talent from this group of amazing designers! There is a master list of Hop stops on the Topflight Stamps blog!

Did we mention there will be prizes?


Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving four lucky winners $50 Gift Certificates to the store. Two winners will be chosen from commenters on the blog hop and two will be chosen from commenters on the IG hop. For a chance to win, make sure to visit the stops on the hop and leave a comment by April 1st. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on Monday, April 3rd. U.S.A winners only due to shipping issues. Good Luck!

I've had fun creating a little accordion book that will last long after the cards have been taken down. The stitched flower designs that are part of the PaperArtsy Stamp Set ESC38 designed by Scrapcosy are so detailed that they can be stamped onto an intricate background to add such impact. Designer Raquel (who is also part of this blog hop!) has also included several celebratory words together with a tiny matching tag shape.

The background is made up of layers, starting with book pages, manuscript and gel printed tissue. Add a little stencilling then go to work with pale PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints like Cloud 9 and blend over the top to bring it all together. There's also a little asemic writing included before the stamping begins.

Believe it or not the tags are stamped onto a piece of old scrapbook paper that I didn't like - use a brayer to add some paint over the top and suddenly it becomes useful and desirable!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing this fabulous stamp set being used here. Now it's time to follow the links below to see all of the amazing projects created by a hugely talented group of designers, and don't forget to comment for a chance to win a prize.

Jenny Marples - you are here

Don't forget Topflight Stamps are also having a SALE in the store during the celebration. Check out the selection of stamps and other goodies sourced from all around the world!

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

19 March 2024

Lace Mini Book for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. This month Eileen Hull's design teams are starting to share projects and ideas using the dies and embossing folder from Eileen's new March 2024 Sizzix release. In my previous post I mentioned showing you a new chunky little Mini Book, decorated with the Lace 3D Embossing Folder, features Faux Postage die cuts and images from Alison Bomber's stamp sets by PaperArtsy. 

I can't begin to describe how excited I am by this new Mini Book - the cute portrait size (being 3 3/4" x 2 1/4") is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand but large enough to pack a punch with what you can fit on the pages. Shrink down your mobile phone photos and chances are you won't even need to crop them to make them fit!

I particularly love the shape of the covers and the addition of a little 'carry handle' within the die design made in this case with a strip of leather and attached with two shirt buttons. On it's side you can see more of the raised detail on the covers that come from the Lace 3D Embossing Folder, decorated with black gesso and Sizzix 'Rose Gold' Luster Wax.

As you can see I've rather 'over stuffed' this one (lesson learned for future Mini Books) so here's a video flick through of the pages inside.

And here are collated photos of the individual pages which can be enlarged for a closer look if you click on the images. As already mentioned, you'll see I've included a lot of accents using die cut stamp shapes from the Faux Postage Die Set together with one of Eileen's little envelopes on the back page.  

I hope you've enjoyed seeing inside this Lace Mini Book. As promised I'll be back soon to show you another method for making the most of that 3D Lace Embossing Folder with layers of media. In the meantime make sure to check out all the fantastic projects from the rest of the team - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

1 March 2024

Eileen Hull Designs March 2024 Release Party

Hi everyone and welcome. Thanks for joining Eileen Hull's March 2024 Release Party where Eileen and the team will be sharing creative ways to use her NEW dies and a very special embossing folder - we can’t wait to share them with you! There will also be prizes too so make sure to watch the live show on the Eileen Hull Designs Facebook Live/YouTube/Instagram Livestream on Friday, 1st March at noon Eastern Time (5pm UK Time).

And now it's time to introduce the March 2024 Eileen Hull Designs/Sizzix collection!
Here's what Eileen has to say about this exciting collection;

"I’m so happy to introduce this brand new collection of mine from Sizzix! As always, I try to create designs that may be used together but also stand alone. There are four pieces in this set.
The Storage Box is an XL ScoreBoard die measuring 4” square, the largest square box yet! This box is constructed with a removable top and may be used in many ways, such as organizing desk and office supplies, as a gift box, storing craft supplies and packaging for baked treats.
The Mini Book is one of my favorites because you can create a book using this die in an evening, and use up your scraps in the process. This book measures 3 3/4” x 2 1/4” and comes with a strap/handle and tiny label for the book cover. It also makes a great bag topper if you fold it in the middle and also will hold a business card. Die cut it from felt and stitch up a tiny wallet!
There is a new Thinlits Die called Faux Postage - the full panel is designed to fit on a 5” x 7” card and creates a fun postage stamp effect. You can also cut (or tear) each stamp apart and use the individual pieces as a miniature work of art! These dies coordinate with similar dies: Snail Mail (A-2 card size) and Mini Slimline (6” x 3”).
The Lace 3D Embossing Folder is so amazing! It’s a new LARGE size measuring 8 1/2” x 5 3/4”. It works great on bigger journal covers, card backgrounds and on home decor pieces. This is created from vintage lace that I have collected and there are so many ways I want to use this!"

I'm sure you'll all agree this is a fabulous new release which coordinate and work perfectly with all of her other designs. For my part I immediately saw the potential for using the Lace 3D Embossing Folder with the new Storage Box Die - the box has been designed so cleverly with a small lip inside to help ensure the lid stays in place easily without the need for hinges. And because the embossing folder is so large it only takes two sheets to cover the whole box, including the lid.

Later this month I will show you more including how to get that gorgeous embossed design to really pop with a little paint and Luster Wax. There's also a chunky little Mini Book to share which features the Faux Postage die cuts.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing the first of my projects using Eileen's latest Classic die releases. Make sure to tune in to the Eileen Hull Designs Facebook Live/YouTube/Instagram Livestream on Friday, 1st March at noon Eastern Time (5pm UK Time) and also head on over to see the rest of the project peeks in the blog hop.

Blog Hop Stops;
Eileen Hull Designs
Pam Bray
Sarah Lizzie
Lisa Hoel
Jenny Marples - you are here
Maggi Harding
Tonya Trantham
Sue Eldred
Teresita Arvelo
Madeline Arendt
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