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How to Make a Chipboard Embellishment

In an earlier post, I mentioned a technique for making a hybrid chipboard embellishment using a computer printed design, chipboard and embossing powder. Since I love chipboard embellishments (because they are not too chunky) but don't always have my printer ready to go, I considered another approach to this technique. 



1. Cut a piece of chipboard slightly larger than your desired size. 

2. Trace smooth white cardstock (doesn't have to be exact) and attach with adhesive tape. 

3. Cover the white surface with washi tape and wrap around to the back.

4. Use a punch or die cut machine to create a shape from this striped piece. 

5. Add word or letter stickers to create a sentiment like you would see on a chipboard or badge embellishment. 

6. Apply embossing ink and powder. Shake off excess and use a heat gun to set. 


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Five Ways to Make Number Embellishments

Every year about this time I start thinking about the holidays. I'm always anxious to see what new Christmas lines the manufacturers will announce at the summer tradeshow! I really enjoy the process of hunting for and gathering supplies to complete a December Daily album.

I often get stuck, however, on the numbers. Purchased embellishments can be expensive and even if you found a set of numbers, they don't always have enough 1s and 2s to make it through the month!

This past year I set out to create my own embellishments using a variety of techniques. These are my favorites:

1. Layering stamps on cardstock - Use multiple colors of ink to create a visually interesting embellishment embellishment on simple kraft cardstock. 

2. Embossed stamp on the foundation - While most of my stamped numbers were separate pieces, stamping in a defined area on your foundation creates the illusion of an embellished tag. Embossing with red ink and sparkle powder makes it special.

3. Layered tape and stickers - Adding washi tape, word stickers and foam letter stickers in a cluster eliminates the need for a more expensive dimensional embellishment. 

4. Punched tag with dimensional stickers - I used an EK Success tag punch with kraft cardstock to create a foundation. I tied on a baker's twine bow and added white number stickers. 

5. DIY chipboard embellishment - I printed the date with my photo printer, adhered it to chipboard and then used clear embossing powder on top. Here's a step-by-step tutorial

You can see the full 2011 album on my blog for more ideas for numbers as well as the grid-based page design I used.

Have you ever made your own number embellishments?

Hello Ella friends, Grace here to share with you one of the many ways you can make your own handmade embellishments. PAPER PIECING has been around our crafting hobby since I can remember. It has has it's evolutions over the years from hand piecing to following templates to now, my favorite....using the die cut machine.

I love using my die cut machine to create layered pieces of paper that when adhered together creates an image that's truly handmade and super cute. Since we are coming into the fall season, I decided to show you my paper pieced apple accents that I've added to this layout....


as you can see, I made three and used it as a visual triangle for my layout. I love how with paper piecing, you can personalize your accents matching it with the color scheme and theme of your project. It's also a great way of using up scrap papers. As you can see, I was able to use a bit of white, read, lime green and green cardstocks. Handmade and recyclable...what more can you ask for?!

and because I had so much fun with making this accents, I made a slightly bigger one and added it to a bookmark...

I have found that with paper piecing projects, especially the ones that have small parts like the green itty bitty leaf in my apple, the right adhesive makes a big difference. My favorite with projects like these are the Xyron create-a-sticker machine. It only had a widthof 1.5" so it's really small but that's ok cause I can use my dry adhesive or glue stick for the big ones. With the Xryon adhesive, I am sure that all of the itty bitty cuts are covered with adhesive on the back side and I didn't even have to get my fingers icky sticky with liquid adhesive. I don't think I can create a paper pieced item without it!

and here again are the projects close together...

I hope you enjoyed my paper piecing share today and happy crafting.
- Grace

Supplies Used: (layout) Cardstock- WordWin, Coredinations; Pattern papers- Studio Calico, Jillibean Soup, American Crafts; Letter stickers- (orange) American Crafts; (blue/white) October Afternoon; Buttons- Fancy Pants Design; Die cut machine- Cricut, Provo Craft; Cartridge- CM Cheerful Seasons; Border punch- Fiskars; Pen- Creative Memories; Twine- Carribean, The Twinery; Adhesives- Xyron, Glue Arts, Creative Memories (bookmark) Cardstock- WorldWin; Letter stickers- Creative Memories; Twine- The Twinery; Border punch- Fiskars; Corner rounder- Creative Memories; Pen- Creative Memories;  Adhesives- Xyron, Creative Memories, Glue Arts

Bobbi-Jo Grunewald's picture

Make Your Own Mini Lolly Embellishments

I love the adorable little lolly embellisments that I see everywhere, so I decided to create my OWN using scraps, toothpicks, a paper punch, and some "Liquid Glass" from Close To My Heart (Glossy Accents would also work).

First, punch out a couple of shapes using any shape you'd like! If you have a digital cutting machine, you could use that as well! Just imagine the different shape possibilities!

Next, cover the shape completely in a thick layer of the liquid glass. The thicker, then better!

Let the shapes dry for a few hours or overnight. You want them to be hard and set.

Snip the point end off of the toothpicks. This was just a personal preference and totally optional. Oh, by the way - wooden toothpicks work just as well! I just like the look of these white plastic toothpicks that I picked up at the local dollar store.

Adhere the toothpicks to the back of your lolly shapes and use them on your next scrapbook layout, card, or home decor piece! These are so fun to make, and you can make them in almost any shape or size.


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Using Die cut shapes as masks *Repurposing Supplies*

Hello Ella fans, Grace here to share with you how I repurposed one of my scrapbook supplies.

I LOVE die cut shapes. There’s just something about perfectly cut out shapes that I can create with a crank or a push of a button. But did you know that you can use those fancy shapes as masks as well? I’m here to share with you how I brought some new life to these die cut shapes…

First off, I picked out the shape that I wanted and used scraps of paper to cut out the frame die cut. Because I’m just using the shapes as masks, I didn’t mind using scraps and non complimenting colors/designs for the shapes.

Then, I used some repositionable adhesive to add my frames in the spots I don’t want mist to go on my page. Repositionable adhesive is vital to this project so that you can take out the adhesive later on and it won’t leave adhesive residue on your project.

Next, I placed my white cardstock inside a box and picked the mists that I wanted on this page. I used two colors so that there’s some variety on the mist colors. I set it aside to dry completely before continuing.

Once it’s all dried, I pulled the frame off and it revealed perfectly white shapes in between all the misted areas. I love it!

To make the shapes stand out more, I added pen stitching around the inside of the shapes.

Then I started putting the page together. I first placed some paper strips around the cardstock to frame and ground my page, and then I matted my photos and added photo corners for my focal photo.

Then I added the title and handwritten journaling. I finished off the page with embellishments like rubons, chipboard, stickers and buttons.


And here’s the final page again…




Thanks for letting me share with you one of my favorite ways to repurpose my supplies. Have a fantastic day!

Supplies Used:

Cardstock- WorldWin; Pattern papers, chipboard, stickers, rubons- Dear Lizzy, American Crafts; Mist- Maya Road; Clearsnap; Pen- Creative Memories; Die cut machine- Grand Calibur, Spellbinder’s; Die cuts- Label’s Eight, Spellbinder’s; Adhesive- Glue Arts

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Misting With Masks (Day #10)

I have a little secret. I am a misting virgin. Yes, I have seen it being done on many layouts. I have noticed the pretty bottles lined up on the shelves at my local scrapbook store. I have even BOUGHT some bottles of the glorious stuff...but have I used it? No. I guess I had some jitters about the whole thing. I was worried about wasting the mists, ruining my paper, and just generally making a mess of things.

Enter Ella Publishing's Spring Training Coach Nichol Magouirk! In just a short 12 minutes, she had me inspired and encouraged to give misting a try. I loved her fun video and how she showed me just how to use masks to created beautiful effects with my glimmer mists. I had never thought of creating my OWN masks, and I immediately went to work cutting out a mask on my Silhouette craft cutter on vinyl. I was going to DO this!!

I decided on a beautiful lace background shape from the Silhouette Store, and cut two pieces out of adhesive vinyl. While I was waiting for the intricate pattern to cut, I pulled together my papers and embellishments and planned out my page. I loved the idea of using a die cut shape as a mask to use with my mists. I hadn't thought of that, and it opened up a HUGE world of possibilities! If you are like me, you have a lot of die cut shapes, punches, etc to make quick work out of creating custom masks. Besides that, it felt a little "naughty" spraying mists all over my paper! I loved it! Here is what I came up with:


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Am I a misting pro, now? I’d say ‘no’, but (and here is the important thing) I can’t WAIT to try it again! I will definitely be getting out my mists for my next project. Thanks, Nichol!

Supplies: Tattered Angels “Peppermint Stick” Spray Mist, Becky Higgins Project Life 'Clementine' patterned paper, Silhouette shape “Grandma’s tablecloth background”, and various ribbons and bling from my stash.


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Create a spring card

Hello Ella Friends, I’m Ashley and am so happy to share a project with you today. I’m going to spring forward a bit and jump to Easter. Traditionally, the spring season exudes pastel hues, Easter eggs, and bunny rabbits. Inspired by those seasonal characteristics, I created this card.



  1. Trim chevron patterned paper to about 3.5” x 4.75” and stitch a border.
  2. Using pinking shears, add decorative border, then adhere to an A2 card front.
  3. Trim polka dot patterned paper to about 1.5” wide and die cut angled shape from tag die. Adhere to top and bottom of card front.
  4. Add ribbon treatment. Attach glittered button with twine to ribbon knot.
  5. Die cut oval, stamp sentiment, and adhere three egg nests. Adhere to card front center with foam adhesive.

Tips & Tricks

  • To add ribbon to a card front where a scored line interferes, simply use a craft knife to cut a small opening to allow ribbon to thread through the card front.
  • Use dies to create a decorative edge. I used a tag die to create a pennant element for this card.
  • Carry themes throughout a project. On this card, I was inspired by the chevron patterned paper and used pinking shears to add a decorative edge, then die cut a pinking oval to tie it all together. The pennant elements also follow the same chevron zig zag pattern.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix patterns! Here, I combined chevron with polka dots. An easy way to accomplish mixing patterns is to combine papers from the same collection, but it is definitely not required. Dig through all of your patterned papers and get the most out of them.


Cards are so much fun to create and I try not to let the constraints of an envelope size place limits on my creativity. If a card is a bit too bulky for an envelope, I typically use a larger envelope or package it in a small box. If the card is being hand delivered, my favorite way to package it is in a glassine bag. Since it is a handmade card, I think it deserves the extra packaging and postage.


If you are interested in learning more about stamping embellishments, join me for in my video class at Miss Art’s Paper Crafting School.


Thank you, Ella, for welcoming me into your blog home for the day and thanks Ella Friends for taking a peek at my project.


About Ashley: Ashley Cannon Newell and her husband, McArthur, enjoy a happy life in Manassas, Virginia. By day, Ashley works as a legal editor, but she devotes evenings to her hobbies: cooking, photography, and paper crafting. She began stamping in 2008 and is a member of the Papertrey Ink Release Design Team. Get to know her better at

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“At this Moment” layout- Eight is Enough project

Hello Ella fans, Grace here to share with you a page I made which was inspired by the “Eight is Enough” ebook. I have to say that this was a daunting challenge for me as I like to layer my projects with all sorts of goodies and having limited myself to just eight products was a bit scary! But here’s the result….

I started off with these products….

Supplies Used:
I Cardstock
3 Pattern papers from the Nantucket line of Pink Paislee
1 Letter sticker sheet from American Crafts
1 button pack from Fancy Pants Design
1 Baker’s twine (stone color from Twinery)
1 Pen

After thinking the challenge through I realized that I would be able to remain true to my style if I pick more papers than anything else. I love the versatility of papers and with a few dimensional adhesives, I knew that I’d be able to come up with ways I can create my own embellishments with them. Because this is a ‘boy’ themed layout I also went with a more masculine color scheme and chose buttons for my accents.


One of the great ways to maximize your products, especially for a challenge like this is to cut out the inside portions of your big papers that you will be using for background or matting. I did just that with the yellow/beige diagonal striped paper. With this technique, I was able to use the leftover papers to make a small diamond box that housed one of my button and also the yellow strips that I placed by my title.

A few more techniques I did for this page…
1. When I was outlining the letters for my title, I goofed off on the “a” and got the pen line inside the letter. After I pulled off the bad “a”, I realized that I liked the negative look on it so I peeled off two more stickers to make it a cohesive look.
2. I wanted to add that beige strip of paper in the middle over my red diagonal pattern but I didn’t like the “flat” look of it so I crimpled the strip, added notches to both ends to mimic ribbon and created my own design by outlining the circles from my buttons. Fast, easy and cheap!
3. I like the look of machine stitching but because I have very limited supplies to work with, I just used my pen instead. I believe Pens are a great tool to use on any page. You can doodle with it, write your journaling and as you saw in my page, mimic machine stitching. The possibilities are endless.

To see a few more detailed shots of the layout, you can check my blog here.


Make sure to get a copy of the ebook “Eight is Enough” here. There are so many ideas and tips that you can get to making the most of your scrapbook supplies today.


Happy Crafting everyone.

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Boot Camp Day 6: Embossing Secrets + Brightening Eyes!

We have reached our 6th and final day of Boot Camp.

Thank you for joining us this week! We laughed, we cried, we journaled, we designed, we stamped, we edited, and we had a ball. Yes, we were inspired in Boot Camp, but we never perspired!

It's not over yet! Here's today's schedule:

06:00 Stamping Drill
Nichol Magouirk will take you on a emboss & resist journey that will inspire you to dust off those tools (or buy some new ones) so you can create these looks yourself! Utterly amazing.

Our morning sponsor is us, Ella Publishing and we are offering a $50 gift certificate.

12:00 Lunch Break
Pop back in to the Boot Camp Barracks for Wendy's final storytelling segment.

18:00 Photo-Editing Drill
Maggie Holmes will share insider secrets for how to make your subject's eyes really sparkle! Her steps will bring dark eyes into the light or give a good pair of peepers that extra punch to make them REALLY shine. And as a bonus, you'll also learn tricks for whitening your subjects' teeth! (Without dental trays or any messy chemicals. ;)

Our evening sponsor is Shutterfly who is giving away a $25 gift card and Big Picture Classes who is giving away a spot in Doable DIY Decor, a new self-paced class.

If you're already registered, don't forget that you have until October 1 (one week from today) to enter our daily giveaways. So keep following that inspiration, creating your pages, and uploading them for your chance to win.

We have LOVED seeing your work so far, and hearing your reactions to our 10 previous drills and 5 lunchtime inspiration sessions. If you'd like to register now and play catch up all next week (at your own pace), we'd love to have you. Wouldn't you like to enjoy firsthand everything you've seen here on the blog this week?

Over and out!

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Boot Camp Day 4: Word Stamps and Urban Effects

First of all, let us say,

Happy Elephant Appreciation Day!

Have you hugged an elephant today?

In honor of this once-a-year event, please use code ELEPHANTSRULE to save 10 percent on any purchase today only! Boot Camp recruits can use code ELEPHANTASTIC to save 20 percent on any purchase (must be logged into your user account for the code to work)!

And also, Boot Camp continues! We're having SO much fun in the barracks, with inspiring new ideas posted daily.

Here's today's schedule:

06:00 Stamping Drill
Nichol Magouirk shares everything you ever wanted to know about stamping with word and phrase stamps! You'll see layouts, tags, journaling spots, file folders, titles, the works! It's amazing, fun, and inspirational.

And our morning sponsor is Lawn Fawn, who's giving one lucky winner a package (valued at $64) that includes some of their newest sets: Many Thanks, Happy Haunting, Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum, Making Frosty Friends, and Winter Fox.

12:00 Lunch Break
Pop back in to the Boot Camp Barracks for a bonus inspiration video from "Storytelling Sergeant," Wendy Smedley. Every day this week, Wendy shares a fun and inspirational nugget about storytelling. Here's the layout she discusses today:

18:00 Photo-Editing Drill
This evening, Maggie Holmes is back to show you the hard way AND the easy way to add that oh-so-popular urban effect to a photo. (And with Maggie showing you how, the "hard way" really isn't that hard at all.)

Our evening sponsor is, who is offering her awesome Color Mix Action Set (for either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements) to one lucky Boot Camp Recruit. Valued at $35.

Yes, you can still sign up. Since you have until October 1 to turn in your projects to enter the daily giveaways, it will be EASY to play catch-up all through next week. PROCRASTINATORS ARE WELCOME! Register for just $33 now.

If you're already registered, log into your user account and visit the page (You must be registered and logged in for the link to work.)

Thanks everyone for joining in! We're having an amazing time!

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