Juli Riedel Designs

Thursday, December 14, 2017


Just to prove that I can make something other than Halloween!!!  Some fun Christmas cards and tags that I'm making for friends!  Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Creative Corps Brand Creative Crew 2018

I am so excited and humbled to have been picked as one of the Creative Crew for Canvas Corp Brands!  My new journey starts in January 2018! Squeal!!!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Walter the Thanksgiving Pilgrim Zombie

Howdy Pilgrim! Walter the Pilgrim Zombie is coming to  Thanksgiving dinner!  I made this tag to send to my family and friends for Thanksgiving. Using the Tim Holtz Zombie tag, it is my personal paper doll!  I love this die and use it all the time!  The new birch wood embossing folder from Tim Holtz is the background  and the Autumn leaf die for the leaves!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 3, 2017

November DT Mixed Media Mojo Challenge Autumn

Hello Everyone! Wow, I can't believe that November is here and 2017 is almost over!  Our challenge this month at Mixed Media Mojo is Autumn with a Twist of Leaves!  I made this fun tag with lots of mixed media goodies!  Let's get started!

This tag was a lot of fun to make as it had Distress Inks, Rub on's from Tim Holtz,  Maple Leaf die and embossing folder from Tim Holtz and his alphanumeric die set along with some ideaology ephemera.  To get started, I took a #10 manila tag and a multitude of Distress inks to ink up the background.

I used Ripe Persimmon, Festive Berries, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers. I took my ink blending tool and just made circles of color all over the tag and then sprayed a little water with my Distress Spray Tool from Tim Holtz. What I like about the Spray Bottle is that it has two settings to make big drops or a spray.  I air dried with my Ranger Air tool.

Once the tag was dry, I used the Rub on's from Tim Holtz in Botanicals
 and put them randomly on the tag. These also act as a resist and you could put them on first and then ink up as well. I love the look of these randomly on the tag.

So with the background now complete, I moved onto the focal point which were the beautiful Maple Leaves. This is an older Tim Holtz die but still available online. I used watercolor paper to cut the first two leaves out and then the embossing folder that comes with the die to give the texture to the leaves.  Then I used corrugated cardboard for the second leaf and cut it out with the die but did not emboss the corrugated cardboard.

Then to achieve the washed colors of the leaves, I used a water pin and the distress inks for the back ground and water colored the leaves.  I love the effect of distress inks on watercolor paper!

Then after I dried the leaves with a heat tool, I used double sided foam tape to give a lift to the brown corrugated leaves and then matt medium to adhere the color leaf on top. The brown leaves kind of look like a shadow of the color leaf and I love the texture!!!

Then to finish up I inked up some white card stock in peeled paint and walnut stain. I cut out the word Autumn with Tim Holtz Alphnumberic dies in the walnut stain card stock and put it over the Peeled paint card stock for a back ground.  Some Ideaology hardware attached to give some more texture and the tag is complete!

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bride of Frankenstein

So another take on the Tim Holtz Dracula Die! I have always wanted to make a  Bride of Frankenstein tag to go with my Frankie Tag!  This was super fun to make and I even got a comment from the man himself, Tim Holtz! Squeal!

Cackle Witch in Mixed Up Mag

I was so surprised and honored to have my Cackle Witch featured in Mixed Up Magazine October issue!  I got inspiration from Vicki Evans at Dig That Crazy Chick blog for her take on a witch using Tim Holtz's Dracula Die! I love it when you can repurpose dies for other things!!!  I used Spanish Moss on her hair and sprayed it with Carved Pumpkin Distress Spray!  I think she looks wicked!


Monday, October 2, 2017

October MMM Design Team Challenge

It's October and my favorite time of year!  Fall, Pumpkins and Halloween!!!  Things have been a little upside down since Hurricane Irma rolled though but I am not going to be deterred from Halloween! Here is my latest project for Mixed Media Mojo Design Challenge- Theme is Haunted with Zombies as a twist!  Using Tim Holtz dies and products, I love the versatility of these dies!  So let's get started-

I started with a #10 tag and Tim Holtz Halloween Ephemera, Distress Collage Medium in Crazing and Distress Crayon in Hickory Smoke.  Layout your ephemera, remember that the zombie will cover some off it and put down with Distress Collage Medium in Crazing. The reason I used the crazing was that I wanted those tiny cracks that form after the medium dries!  It looks old and worn and spooky! 

When your collage is dried then go along the borders of each tag and rub in some Distress Hickory Smoke. It gives a great shadow effect on the tag.

Then I took some Tim Holtz silver kraft stock and embossed it with the mechanical embossing folder. I love this look and then die cut with the Zombie Die from Tim Holtz. After assembling, I spread some Distress Peeled Paint and Candied Apple on the zombie! Gives a great zombie look!  Then I took some creepy cloth to spread across the zombie and used Collage Medium to adhere along with some googly eyes!

I finished up with some Tim Holtz halloween Ideaology tags and name band with brads.  You can use what ever you want, the sky is the limit!  And that is it!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

September MMM DT Project Back to School

It's time for all little monsters to go back to school!  Couldn't help using the new Tim Holtz Monster Dies for this month's project at Mixed Media Mojo!  Back to School with books as the twist!

So let's get started making this fun card-

I started by using the new Tim Holtz Monster Dies and the Blueprint Back to School Stamps. The Stamped images were fussy cut.

For the Blue Print Stamped Images, I water colored with Distress Ink Markers and a water brush. You can water color with the makers, the ink pads and the give great color.

Then I inked the monsters with Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Carved Pumpkin, Wilted Violet.
I colored in a background to show their faces with Mustard Seed and Black Soot.

 So because my focal points had so much color, I thought it would be best to do a neutral background.
I used an A7 size card stock from Neenah 65 pound weight in white.  Then I colored in with 3 Distress Ink colors in Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo. I went from light to dark on the card.  From there I used Tim Holtz Big Number Stamps and other number stamps that I had from Hero Arts and Recollections. Using the Archival Tim Holtz 4 pack in Black Soot, Hickory Smoke, Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso, I stamped all the numbers. These colors are great and you can use a brayer to put the color onto your stamp. Very easy!

After the background was made, I just started to put together the elements to see how best they would lay out on the card.  I stamped the sentiment on a tag and cut out with pinking shears to get the edged look!  And Voila! Easy Peasy and super cute!

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sam Voodoo Doll key chain

I make and sell these little voodoo dolls! This is Sam from Trick or Treat that I made for some Haunter friends!  He turned out great!

Voodoo pin doll

Voodoo Pin Doll that I made for another Halloween Haunter friend!!!  I make and sell these guys!

Zombies are coming !!

Halloween Mixed Media

August MMM DT Challenge

This month for our Design Challenge on Mixed Media Mojo -

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Here is the tutorial on how to make this fun card.  I just love Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks. Half pigment and half ink, these inks are amazing when you blend and add water! So I started off with 5 colors- Broken China, Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber, Frayed Burlap and Antique Linen.

The technique is to rub some ink on to your nonstick craft sheet in stacked up lines.  Then spritz with water and swipe your card stock from left to right in one motion. Check to see if you have any open spots and go back the opposite way from right to left.  Then dry with a heat tool.  Once it is dry, spritz a little water on it and dry again with a heat tool.

Once the card stock is dry, emboss the card stock with the Tim Holtz  bubble embossing folder.  Since our theme is under the sea with seashells as a twist, I needed to make some bubbles!

Once embossed, I added some definition of the bubbles with a white gelli pen.
Then I needed to make waves since I didn't have any wave dies. I tore the card stock into 4 sections and layered them onto another piece of white card stock.

After adhering the four ripped pieces to give the wave effect, I went back and added some Distress Oxide to cover up the white sections on the card.  Then I die cut seashells from Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers die and from Stampendous Die set.  I adhered the shells and sea oats and tied some sisal string around since that goes with shells and water! And voila, we have a quick and easy card!

Thanks for playing along and join us on  FB to join in our monthly Challenges!

Monday, July 10, 2017

JULY MMM DT Challenge

It's July and for our Mixed Media Mojo July Challenge we are feeling patriotic!  So a couple of quick Patriotic Tags for the 4th of July Celebration!  These were done with the paint resist technique and using the Tim Holtz Blue Print Series for 4th of July and the Tim Holtz Flag Die!  What I like about these challenges, is that it makes me use colors that I wouldn't necessarily use and try out different techniques!

I will show the technique for the tag on the right- let's get started!

First I used a #10 manilla tag and stamped the tag with Distress Paint in Antique Linen. I used the  Ameriana Blue Print Stamp Set from Tim Holtz. You apply the paint on a nonstick craft sheet and use your brayer to  paint over the stamp and then stamp the tag. Make sure that you wipe the paint of the stamp as soon as your done stamping.  You do not want the paint to dry on your rubber stamp.

Dry your tag with a heat tool and then proceed to put on the color!!!  What I like about this particular technique which is called paint resist, is that it makes a great layered background!  I pulled out 2 reds and 2 blues of Distress Ink for the layering of colors. I used Fired Brick and Barn Door for the reds and Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans for the Blues.  I don't use these colors a lot but really enjoyed how they looked and will use them more now!  I applied randomly with an ink blending tool.

As you can see from the picture, the paint resist shows through the ink.  So now my card is red, white and blue!  I love, love this look and technique!
The next thing I did was apply Distress Paint in Fired Brick Picket Fence and Chipped Saphire and Antique Pewter for the Tim Holtz Flag and Stars. These were cut from chipboard for more texture.

A tip for those that may not have a particular die- You can often buy precut die pies in chipboard off of Etsy. Some dies are retired and cannot be found and this is a great alternative for those who want a particular die cut but don't have the die.

After attaching the chipboard with little foam squares to give some depth and definition, it was time to embellish!  I used the Tim Holtz Stars and the red, white and blue string to wrap around the card. The number 4 was from his Grunge Board collection painted in Antique Pewter Distress Paint!  The final touch was to outline the card with Tea Dye Distress Ink! And Voila!  My patriotic card was done!  Thanks for stopping by!  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Voodoo love

I'm new to sewing and just made this Voodoo Key ch add in from Tim Holtz fabric, electic elements craft string and Distress ink. I thought it turned out pretty good!!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mixed Media DT June Directions for the Graduate

June's challenge at Mixed Media Mojo is Graduation with a Travel Twist!!!  I loved this challenge as I got to use embossing folders, Distress Inks, Embossing Powder and loads of great dies! So let's get started!

I used an A7 card and embossed with Tim Holtz Embossing Folder. It has airmail emblems and airplanes on it! Great for a travel card!  Then I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Aged Mahogany, Chipped Sapphire and Tea Die and went over the card after I had embossed the card.

Then the fun began!  I used Tim Holtz Frankenstein Die for my graduate, MFT Diploma Die, Tim Holtz postal envelope Die, Tim Holtz Mover's and Shakers Die for the Vintage Camera, Globe and Airplane and Tim Holtz Script travel words!

From there I colored in the Globe with Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Salty Ocean and Wild Honey. Then I embossed the globe and script words with clear embossing powder to make them stand out!  I had to cut out the globe twice to get the silver for the outside frame of the globe and then for the globe itself.

Here is the final card and I think it turned out great! This was a lot of fun to make!

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