Do you own a Sizzix Eclips? Or maybe thinking about getting a Sizzix Eclips! Do you use Ecal with your machine? Are you looking for more info, tutorials or just plain looking to connect with others that have this machine and love it as much as I do! Then you need to read this post!
I have been thinking about this for a while now and just don't understand why there isn't a whole lot of "ACTIVE" blogs or forums or yahoo groups out there. I have been chatting with Becki over at Happy Card Factory and she loves her machine as much as I do and feels the same way about there being a lack of active or hard to find blogs or groups out there that love their machine. Okay, I know Craft Edge has a small section for Ecal users with a little bit of talk on the Eclps but it is not very active. And a little bit of talk on it on the Make the cut forum. But I want a "Dedicated" place to go chat with others on this machine and post our creations and help others.
I mean, the Cricut came out and there was so much about the machine, all the cartridges , things made with each cartridge and so on with that machine. Why inst there any thing like that for the Sizzix Eclips.
I love their cartridges. There is so much you can do with them. Did you know that if your looking to buy one of their cartridges and your looking at the back on the box, it only shows a really simple "Diecut". But really, when you open the book, it shows you, you can do so much with that one image, like turn it in to a
*Picture in Picture (That image cut out of a shape like a Heart or Circle)
*Charm or Tag (with a hole to attach with a brad)
*Border ( You can turn that image in to a boarder and select the size you want it to cut 6", 12", 18" or 24 inches and it will automatically add the number of connected images to make that length.)
*Scoring (you need to update to 2.0 to use scoring but really you should update your handheld to the newest update of 3.0/3.1 you can do that here! Eclips Update
*Mirror (turn your image from facing left to facing right)
You also have "Original, Outline, Shadow, Solid, Embellishment and Pieces!" and you can resize any of these to your needs. Here is a pdf you can open and have a look at. "Sweetalicious and Sweet Tooth" Scroll down and check out the pages for the shapes around page 66. Okay really! You have pieces for the Cupcake Wrappers! How cool is that!
I mean, you would never know you could do all this by just looking at the image on the back of the box. What I do is go to Sizzix.com Cartridges and check out the pdf of each cartridge to see what all that cartridge will do before I buy it.
So I thought I would throw this out there and see how many feel the same way. And see you would feel about some of us starting a Yahoo group, Facebook group or some thing for all of us that love the Sizzix Eclips!
Did you hear today at CHA 2014 that they are releasing a brand new Sizzix Eclips 2 in March. Yes, they are. So I'm sure, there will be more people out there looking for information and tutorials on these machines.
I have a tab above "Sizzix Eclips and Ecal" with a few links to info and tutorials and videos on the Sizzix Eclips and on the left side of my blog I have "Labels" for my Sizzix tutorials for things I make using the cartridges like the last thing I made was a Christmas banner using the Albums, Bags and Boxes 2 cartridge with a tutorial on how to turn Album parts in to Banner Tags and get different sizes to mat your image.
So if you have a Sizzix Eclips and or use Ecal, Thinking about getting a Sizzix Eclips or would love to have a "Active" group of some kind. Leave me a comment and let me know what you would like.
Or if you have the machine and are a active user please post a comment below leaving your blog for others to be able to find you. ( I have moderation on, so I will check all links before I approve to make sure no spam get posted)
Can't wait to hear for y'all!
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Would you like a Active place to talk about your Sizzix Eclips, Cartridges, Ecal and share your creations? Would you join a Facebook Group ? Vote below! Poll ends January 26, 2014
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Friday, December 13, 2013
Free Kit from SVG Cuts!
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Thank You SVG Cuts for all the amazing kits you make all year long. I own so many but so many more I need to get.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I have seen several of these banners made on the net and thought I would make one for my fireplace. I didn't feel like making a file for this so dug out my cartridges and looked for some thing that would work. I used my Sizzix Eclips and Albums, Bags & Boxes 2 cartridge. (Tutorial to follow) And ended up making a file for the letters as I only own 1 cart with letters and they are wonky looking. So would not work. So yep, had to make a file for the letters and cut to my Sizzix with Ecal.
Here is my fireplace with new Pine Cone Garland. For years we have had the long strand of plain garland that swagged cross the fireplace and down the sides. Now that I have 2 grand babies in the house all day. We decided to change it up. And use a garland that just laid across the top. I had some issues with the ribbon and will have more pictures coming up in the post with a link to May Arts Ribbon.
This is a close up of the Banner, You can see the Inked edges. I used Adirondack Oregano, first on the outer edge. But after it was done. I thought it needed a touch of red. So I used a light inking of Adirondack Cranberry. On the outer edges. The second layer is light brown, and used Distress Ink in Walnut and top layer Oregano. Then stamped the First and last Letter of both of both rows. And finished off with Silver Rhinestones from Want 2 Scrap.
I was having a hard time with the wire ribbon on my mantle. I had tried 4 times to put in on different ways. And it just didn't look right. So was taking a break and reading facebook and Wham! May Arts Ribbon posted this: "Classic Christmas Wreath for the Bow-Challenged". So I went and read it and posted to see if it would work for Mantle Garland. And Charlene Driggs sent me a message on facebook and said it should work fine. So I gave it a try and Yes! It worked. (Thanks so much Charlene!) Above is a collection of several sets of 3 gathered together to make a box.
Here is the mantel with the Ribbon, Poinsettia flowers, Silver ball garland, and a few red ball springs. (Im having a hard time with the color lights. Hubby wanted colored lights this year. I'm a White light and Blue, Silver and White Christmas kind of girl!
Sizzix Eclips, Cartridge and Ecal
I haven't used the cartridges but once to test cut when I first go it. So it was a learning experience for sure. And since there are not a lot of Eclips tutorials out. I am going to walk you though the steps I used to make this banner from a Album file. And some tips I learned along the way.
I used Recollections cardstock and use these settings. Blade 2, Speed 4, Pressure 3
If using the Title Merry Christmas you will need 14 of each layer.
(yes, you can use cricut mats, just lay your Eclips mat on top and use a fine marker to mark the rounded corners. Cut the corners off and it works fine. I think these stay sticky longer and cheaper to get with a coupon at Joanns)
Here you see how the file cuts out of the scrap. So really you get 3 out of 8.5 x 11 if you take the time to use the scrap just make sure you change your Qty to 1. I did these when I had enough of the sets of two cut. And just cut the last 4 on the scraps.
NOTE: On your handheld scree at the bottom, It will ask you "ROTATE SHAPE FOR LANDSCAPE" hit OK for yes. And it will cut just like you see on screen. And get 4 out of this piece of cardstock.
Pay attention to your edge. Use your laser to check it. With the cricut mat, I think the paper placement is off a little. Its right close to the edge, I usually just use my hand held to move the blade over and down a tad, forgot on this one but it was fine.
Sizzix Eclips (Machine)
Ecal (Cutter software)
Albums, Boxes and Bags 2 (Sizzix Cartridge)
Stamps (Recollections Flourishy)
Ink (Adirondack Oregano, Cranberry) (Distress Ink Walnut)
Cardstock (Recollections) Brown, Cream, Deep Red
Glue (Scotch Quick Dry) Love this stuff!
Adhesive (ATG Gold Tape.
Friday, November 29, 2013
After many years of walking around with a kitchen towel on my shoulder when my kids were small. Half the time I couldn't remember where I laid it down. I remember walking half way though a store with a kitchen towel still on my shoulder. LOL! It was after that. I decided I needed towels that hung on my stove. And you know, they aren't easy to find. I usually found a few at yardsales and picked them up when ever I found them. But now that my old ones are starting to fall apart. I decided it was time to make some like one I bought years ago. So here is a sewing tutorial for these. These are easy to make, but I took a lot of pictures to show you the steps.
Supplies Needed: Sewing Machine, Towels with matching pot holders (Square or Rectangle) , Needle and Thread, Ruffle, Scissors. The set on the left I got at Dollar tree, 2 pot holders and 2 towels $4. And the set with pumpkins came with 2 pot holders, 1 oven mitt, 1 Wash cloth and 1 kitchen towel. $5 on clearance half off $2.50 score at Biglots. I will be working with the Fall one for this tutorial.
This is the Wash cloth, I cut a piece of ruffle ribbon long enough to be 1 inch longer on both side.(This came on a spool for 2.50 from Joanns). Pin the ruffle to the front bottom of the wash cloth and fold the ends around the back and pin.
NOTE! If your working with a solid color or stripes or plaid. You can choose to put the look in back so when its closed, your button is in the front. So check that when your buying it, Which would look better to you.
Wash Cloth Hanging Towel
Pin both sides, then pull your thread to gather, then tie it off. And pin to the center of the pot holder.
And this is the back with the button to attach the loop.
And here is finished project. Wash cloth on the Left and Kitchen towel on the Right.
Updated 12/02/13 Added picture of new Hanging Kitchen Towels
Hope you find this useful. Once you do one, the others are super easy. I have several more to make, and will be looking for Holiday Pot holders and Towels on clearance.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
For the past few years. I have made Christmas Ornaments for our tree. This year, I made these out of wood cut outs. And love how these turned out.
This will be a long blog post with a tutorial, Do's and Don'ts and lots of pictures. 2 different methods. So lets get started.
Supply list below!
I used Christmas Emporium Collection by Graphic 45, but you can use any paper you like. I wanted a vintage look so used this collection. I also used a different paper for each of the 12 Ornaments.
If you have any questions, leave a comment.
Graphic 45 ( Christmas Emporium Collection 2011 discontinued)
Mod Podge by Plaid
Glossy Accents by Ranger
Crop-A-Dile by We Are Memory Keepers
Basic Grey Precision File set
Vintage Photo Distress ink by Ranger and make up sponge
Wood Cut out shapes (Michaels or Joanns)
Clear Glass Micro Beads
Craft Knife with new blade
Fire clicker / Lighter
Embossing Heat gun by Marvy
Blue Funnel Tray
Ribbon and beads