Hi everyone- Eileen here...
FINALLY! My new Picket Fence collection is shipping any day to your local scrapbook stores! It's so hard to wait sometimes... This collection was released at CHA in January and is coming to you just in time for the gardening and gift giving seasons. Each die is designed to be used in several different ways for added value. When I buy a die, I want options- don't you?
Here's a look...
Canning Jars are all the rage! This die is such a great value because it comes with both size jars- quart and pint- and even has a well in the middle so you can use it to hold something. See the coordinating Textured Impression folder set below, Jar Labels, that embosses the quilted jelly jar pattern onto the jars. Use clear die packaging to die cut the jar and emboss it, then rub with turquoise Staz-On- so pretty! Oh this is a fun one! You need it.
The embossed labels make great accessories for the jars and also coordinate with other base dies in this set.
The Garden Gate Album is one of my favorites! This can be cut from matboard to make a cute little mini OR cut from cardstock to make cards. If you accordian fold paper and position the folds inside the die cut lines, you can create borders, banners and a fence repeat to set around little houses or to set a pretty party table.
The Birdhouse die is so quick and easy to assemble. Adhere text pages to matboard with spray adhesive and then die cut. You will come out with an adorable vintage birdhouse. Add buttons, bling and the trim to outside of the house. If you secure one side of the roof, the other side may be left open to tuck in treats or candy or small favors. Wouldn't small flower bulbs make cute favors?
The Windowbox die is another favorite. Assembly is super quick. This would be great with a photo behind the window and little paper flowers growing in the Windowbox. Add an ivy vine (see below) and you are all set! You can also use the separate Window piece and cut two for album covers. Perfect to hold graduation memories or as Father's Day mini- albums too...
The Decorative Ivy Strip can also be used in many ways- great for layouts, on cards and to embellish boxes and books. I cut a bunch to keep on hand. You can trim off what you need according to the size of the project.
The Watering Can XL ScoreBoards is another 3D die that can be painted, inked, texturized or stained to replicate the look of old metal. Add wax seals, old broaches, or flowers to embellish. Paper flowers look great inside this box. You can also die-cut from paper, cut apart and use on the front of a card.
The Garden Tools Sizzlits are the perfect size to add to cards. Beth Reames from the Sizzix art department did an amazing job of using different inks, powders and metallics to mimic the look of vintage tools with wooden handles. Great little accessories!
This 3D flower is named Trinity's Flower after my 6 year old granddaughter. And you should see her go to town making these! Use fabric, paper, felt, recycled brown kraft packing paper, tissue paper, crepe paper and coffee filters to make a 3D flower bouquet. I like to glue a pearl bead to the center. The pieces from this die may be layered and combined with my other 3D flowers to make unique new creations.
The Leaves, Bouquet Bigz die is a must have in your stash. If you like to make flowers, you need some green leaves for balance. These are a good size to use for cards or to tuck behind flowers for interest.
Wouldn't the Bloom & Plant Markers work great as cupcake toppers? Don't be afraid to think outside the box when coming up with uses for these dies. I can see them cut from clear plastic packaging and inked with Staz-On with the name of each child invited to a birthday party. Or as actual plant markers cut from thin wood veneer or balsa, then stamped and sealed. Or to label different cheeses at a party.... "Bloom" fits perfectly on the front of the Garden Gate Album and on the Windowbox die.
The sweet little Clay Pot also contains a well to hold fun surprises and pretty flowers. Or cut from paper and add to the front of a card. I experimented with ways to get a terra cotta effect and think I came pretty close. Look for this on my blog- coming soon!
This Basket is a great value too. I call it a mini-ScoreBoard (one that fits on a Bigz die). You can cut it from matboard or chipboard and you have such a cute sturdy little basket to hold candy, small needlework projects and floss, Easter grass and Cadbury eggs, a pair of earrings, etc.
But wait there's more! A coordinating companion Textured Impression folder set embosses Basketweave & Honeycomb (hexagon) patterns (this was all over the National Stationery Show I just got back from!). These designs are great for card backgrounds as well as fun texture on the boxes, books and containers in the collection.
There is so much you can do with the Seed Packet Bigz L die. My friend Kitty made a really cool album using the Garden Gate Album as a base and added in these Seed Packets as pages. Then another friend Pam lettered some beautiful sayings on them. I'll share this with you on my blog in June- it is so amazing.
Here's the coordinating Rosebud & Seed Packet Textured Impressions folders that may be used to embellish the Seed Packet die.
So that's the official Picket Fence tour- thanks for joining me :-) I'll be posting lots of projects on my blog in June so please stop by...
If you haven't tried a ScoreBoards die yet, you should! ScoreBoards are quick, easy and unique- they are exclusive to Sizzix- you won't find anything like them anywhere else.
I love seeing what you all do with my dies... please send pics to EileenHull@aol.com- I'd love to share your great ideas!
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Have a great week, my friends :-)
You won't believe all of the fun die cutting projects you can create with the dies in Eileen Hull's collection. For more project ideas and instructions, visit the Eileen Hull project gallery at Sizzix.com!