Monday, October 16, 2017

Eileen Hull for the Fall-idays

Hello there. Fall is well under way and Halloween is fast approaching!! This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is making all things related to the holidays, or "Fall-idays". Keep an eye on her blog to keep up on all the inspiration. I used her Train Case box die to make a decoration bursting with Halloween festiveness.




Somebody is grumpy!

I love the Silly Monsters Die Set!!
The train case die is easy to put together. I covered the Sizzles matboard with patterned paper from Tim Holtz's Halloween Paper Stash. To save time and paper, I measured out where the die cut parts for the lid and body would fall and adhered my patterned paper accordingly.




Cut 2 sets of these pieces
I used the Big Ticket die to cut a base for the Train Case to sit on. I filled the Case with pumpkins, monsters, vials of "potions" and other goodies.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm also entering this into the October 'Freaky Fun' challenge over at Emerald Creek Dares.

Dies Used: 
Sizzix:
Eileen Hull - Train Case  (Sizzix)
Big Ticket (Sizzix / SSS
Silly Monsters (Sizzix / SSS
Hocus Pocus (retired)
Other supplies:
Sizzles matboard – black (retired but you can still get white and cream)
Distress Ink – Black Soot
Distress Ink Oxides – Peeled Paint, Wilted Violet
Distress Paint – Picket Fence
Distress Glitter – Black Soot
Tim Holtz Paper Stash – Halloween
Tim Holtz Pumpkin Pieces
Tim Holtz Tiny Vials
Tim Holtz Adornments - Halloween
Tim Holtz Ephemera pack from 2016
Tim Holtz Alpha Parts - Wicked


Simon Says Stamp and Sizzix links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also says thanks!)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Card on the AJVD Blog!

Hello! It's sneaky peeky time for my post today over at the A Jillian Vance Design blog. Head on over to take a look at the whole card. ;-)



I hope you all have a great week!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly for October – Color Challenge!



No automatic alt text available.


It's October! That means we have an autumn fresh, shiny new challenge for you over at the Mixed Media Challenge Blog. This month is a color challenge; you need to base your project off of the color scheme in the challenge graphic above. Also, this month our sponsor is Rubber Dance Stamps from Norway and they have generously offered a $30 gift credit to their online store to the winner of this month's challenge!

Each MMM Design Team member got to pick a stamp to create their challenge project with. I couldn't resist this cute little Snazzy Squirrel stamp!



Be sure to head on over to the MMM blog to check out all the challenge inspiration created by the Design Team! Join in yourself and you'll have a chance to win our sponsor prize from Rubber Dance Stamps!


Image may contain: text

Stamps Used:
Rubber Dance - Snazzy Squirrel


Dies Used: 
Sizzix:
Tag & Bookplate    (Sizzix / SSS)
Tattered Leaves (Sizzix / SSS
Fall Foliage (Sizzix / SSS
Typeset (Sizzix / SSS)
On the Edge - Scallop (Sizzix)
Other supplies:
Distress Ink – Carved Pumpkin, Vintage Photo, Barn Door
Distress Ink Oxides – Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Antique Linen
Ranger Archival - Potting Soil
Tim Holtz Big Chat Stickers
Tim Holtz Hinge Clips

Simon Says Stamp and Sizzix links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Journal Die + Rubber Dance Stamps = Art Journal Fun!

The obsession continues with Eileen Hull's ever so versatile Journal Die. I love making these; they really are addicting! For this art journal I paired the fabulous Rubber Dance stamp set Artist Plate with Ranger products and Paper Artsy Fresco Paint to create a vibrant cover.

Journal front


Journal back
For the inside, I used pre-made Midori inserts I found on Amazon but it's really easy to make your own too (see tutorial in this post).

Sorry I don't have step by step photos but I can give you a rundown on how I made this. The first technique I used on my plain scoreboards die cut covers was 'faux batik', an oldie but goodie.

The white brush stamp is the ''batik" part.

To create the faux batik look, stamp with embossing ink and then emboss with clear powder. It will act as a resist for all the ink layers you put on top. After inking and stenciling the background with Distress inks, I covered the embossed area with plain absorbent newsprint and ironed over the top of it to melt the embossing powder. Don't let the paper sit there or the powder will just solidify again and stick the paper to your project! Peel the paper off as you go as soon as you see the melted powder soaking into it. I did do some more stamping and stenciling over the top.

On the front cover, I used the Luggage Tag die as a frame for the title (and also as an anchor for the elastic strap).


I used a brayer and various blue-hued Fresco paints to add some color and layers of texture to the frame. I popped it up with some foam tape so there would be a little space for the elastic to loop under it.



That's it! =) Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. Rubber Dance Stamps and many other hard to find art stamps from all around the world can be found online at Topflight Stamps. Check out their blog too, they are always posting inspiring projects made with super cool stamps! I'm also entering this into the new Mini Album Makers Blog's inaugural challenge. Lots of fun things to see there - check them out as well!

https://topflightstamps.com/


Stamps Used:
Rubber Dance - Artist Plate

Dies Used: 
Sizzix:
Journal    (Sizzix / SSS)
Luggage Tag (Sizzix
Stitchy Flowers (Sizzix / SSS)
Stencils Used:
Tim Holtz – NumberedBubble, Mini set 9
Wendy Vecchi – WVSFA 034 Borders

Other supplies:
Sizzles Matboard – (SSS / Sizzix)
Distress Ink – Mermaid Lagoon, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Barn Door
Distress Ink Oxides – Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade
Versamark ink
clear embossing powder
Ranger Archival - Dandelion, Forget Me Not, Orange Blossom, Jet Black
Fresco Finish Paint - China, Capt. Peacock, Caribbean Sea, Antarctic
Tiny Attacher stapler

Simon Says Stamp and Sizzix links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! 
One last thing, if you want more inspiration for making journals and albums using the Journal Die, check this e-book out! I have some projects included in it and it is packed with so many ideas it will keep you busy for months. ;-)
Journal Treasury
Click on the image to go to the order page!

"After many months of work, you can finally get your hands on this book full inspiration. If you like junk journals, planners, art journals, bullet journals, Traveler’s Notebooks or notebooks of any kind, you will love this book! In this ebook, you will find 85 inspirational projects from top notch industry designers. All have used her Sizzix Journal die to create their projects, yet every one is unique and special. This sought after die has proven exceptionally popular, and when you see the sheer variety of projects made with it you will see why."

Click on the book photo above to purchase the e-book!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

More Looks at Eileen Hull's New Sizzix Collection!




Time for another sneak peek! All is being revealed by the Inspiration Team this month. ;-) Eileen's new Sizzix collection is named 'Book Club' and you are going to love all the new dies! Here is the scoop:

One word that sums up the new Sizzix Book Club collection is VERSATILE! 
Eileen is happy to introduce new Three-in-One Dies – dies that serve multiple purposes to fit into every area of your life. 

There are three new ScoreBoards dies for sturdy project bases and three die sets to embellish them. Each die may be used in many ways - on books, cards, gift boxes, home decor projects, and for storage and organization.

Imagine a die that can create a box, a book and a frame all on one die - we have that! Come explore the Book Club collection with the Inspiration Team and let us know which one is your favorite! Releasing this fall…

Last week I shared two of the projects I made with the new Book Club dies (go HERE). Tutorials for all  of them will be shared when the collection is shipping.

This week I have a little mini Alice in Wonderland book to share with you. I made it using the Book Binding and the Book & Pages, Trinket Box & Frame 3-in-1 dies.



Here's a flip through (still working on figuring out a good format for these, hmmm):




…and a few 'still shots':









So that's the peek! Be sure to head on over to Eileen's blog and check out this month's posts for all the team's sneak peek projects.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sneak Peek at Eileen Hull's Newest Die Collection!

All is being revealed by the Inspiration Team this month! Her new Sizzix collection is named 'Book Club' and you are going to love all the new dies! Here is the scoop:

One word that sums up the new Sizzix Book Club collection is VERSATILE! 
Eileen is happy to introduce new Three-in-One Dies – dies that serve multiple purposes to fit into every area of your life. 

There are three new ScoreBoards dies for sturdy project bases and three die sets to embellish them. Each die may be used in many ways - on books, cards, gift boxes, home decor projects, and for storage and organization.

Imagine a die that can create a box, a book and a frame all on one die - we have that! Come explore the Book Club collection with the Inspiration Team and let us know which one is your favorite! Releasing this fall…

I'm sharing some of my peeks today and more to follow next week! Let's get started (tutorials will be shared when the collection is shipping…)

First up is a little Christmas/winter decor piece made using the Three-In-One Die, Book & Pages, Trinket Box & Frame. I made it into a little shadow box:




Next up is the perfect gift for family members that want to see what you are up to (in a non digital form lol). I used the Stamp & Photo Storage box die to create this sweet little box full of photos.



So that's the peek! Another project next week. ;-) Be sure to head on over to Eileen's blog and check out this month's posts for all the team's sneak peek projects.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly September Challenge – "Vintage"

Hello! It's mid-month time at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog and you still have two weeks to enter the Vintage Challenge! I created a card using vintage poster art from the old sci-fi movie, Forbidden Planet.


It's a birthday card for a friend who is a big fan of the movie. Inside it says, "…you to not have a happy birthday!" ;-)

I hope you head on over to the MMM blog to see all the design team inspiration and the great projects that have already been submitted. If you join in, you will have a chance to win our sponsor prize pack from the Funkie Junkie Boutique!


Win this prize pack!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sizzix Maker's Challenge with Eileen Hull

Hello! All month long the Inspiration Team has been sharing unusual ways to use Eileen's Heartfelt Collection dies as well as taking part in the Sizzix Maker's Challenge for Eileen.

https://www.sizzix.com/makerchallenge17

You have only one day left (ACK!) to enter your own House Pocket project on the Maker Challenge Page. Eileen will announce the winner on Facebook Live Thursday, August 31st, so be sure to tune in. Not only does the winner get Eileen Hull's Heartfelt Journal die (which is currently sold out in a lot of places) but they also get a stash of felt from National Nonwovens!

I was inspired by Anne Redfern's darling little log cabin to make my own 3-D house project. I'm still a bit eclipse enamored so I wanted to make a souvenir decoration to commemorate the great event!

The moon is on a turning layer so you can make it "eclipse" the sun!

Totality!!! lol

I had a lot of fun with this make! The House/Pocket Die is a Thinlits die so it can't cut thick material like mat board. To create house parts that would be sturdy enough to make 3-D, I cut several thinner layers out of chipboard and adhered them together to form the front and back. Our house is grey with white trim so I chose my color scheme to match that. To make the siding, I sprayed Distress Wood Grain Cardstock with Hickory Smoke and cut it into "siding" strips. I glued those down (overlapping slightly) onto a piece of cardstock and then used the House die to cut it all out as my front layer.


I also cut out two of the multi-segmented Make It 3-D Die pieces out of matboard (it's a steel-rule die). (The Make It 3-D Die is very useful because it has three different shapes you can use to customize your other "flat" dies into dimensional projects. See HERE and HERE for some other projects I used this die for.) You can trim the 3-D segment pieces to fit your needs.

Trim to fit!

I glued one side down all around with a glue gun. I waited to glue the house front on until after I had installed all the wheel parts.


To pop up the background "sky" part, I cut a strip of foam core to fit into the peak of the roof and extend down into the house base. I glued the sky part onto that.




I made a washer out of a piece of foam core and a circle punched out of the same background paper. I used a blue brad as an axle to go through the moon layer, washer and poke into the foam core support underneath. I fixed it in place with a bit of glue, making sure that my moon layer didn't get glued so it would still turn.

After that, all I had to do was glue the front of the house on and then glue the whole thing onto the foam core base I had prepared.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out all the posts from the month on Eileen's blog – you'll be inspired!

Dies Used:
Sizzix:
House/Pocket
Make It 3-D
Grass
Stitchy Flowers
Layered Flower

Stamps Used:
Tim Holtz Halftone Halloween

Other Supplies Used:
Distress Ink - Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
Spray Distress Stain - Hickory Smoke
Archival Ink - Jet Black
Distress Wood Grain Cardstock
Tim Holtz Letterpress
Tim Holtz Mirrored Stars
Tim Holtz Memo Pin

Simon Says Stamp and Sizzix links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! 

ALSO, the 31st is the last day you can order Eileen's new e-Book, Journal Treasury by Eileen Hull & Friends, for only $11.87. See this post of mine for all the book details. If you love journals, you won't want to miss it!



Journal Treasury
Click on the image to go to the order page!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Journal Die Inspiration Galore!

It's finally here! It's the release of Eileen Hull's new e-book,
Journal Treasury by Eileen Hull & Friends!


Journal Treasury
Click on the image to go to the order page!

After many months of work, you can finally get your hands on this book full inspiration. (I have a few projects included!) If you like junk journals, planners, art journals, bullet journals, Traveler’s Notebooks or notebooks of any kind, you will love this book! In this ebook, you will find 85 inspirational projects from top notch industry designers. All have used her Sizzix Journal die to create their projects, yet every one is unique and special. This sought after die has proven exceptionally popular, and when you see the sheer variety of projects made with it you will see why.

Click on the book photo above to purchase the e-book! Scroll on for a book description and a new Journal project!

From Eileen:

What is in the book?

164 pages of mouth-watering inspiration! You will find tips, tricks and techniques for Journal assembly, supplies to gather, how to make inserts for the book and interesting embellishing ideas. As you look through the book, you may want additional details on a specific project. Just click on the highlighted designer’s name and it will take you to the designer’s blog post listing the supplies and techniques used to create it- so easy!  If you want to buy the die to make your own Journal, simply click on the highlighted links to order.

How does it work?

If you have never gotten an ebook before, it’s pretty amazing! Click on the link- it will bring you to a landing page where you can purchase the book through Paypal. Soon after you buy it, check the email account associated with your Paypal account. In the email is a link where you can download the book. Save it to your device and open it up. Get in your comfy chair, settle in with your favorite beverage and prepare to be inspired!

 

What does it cost?

For the month of August, the price is $11.87- that’s 30% off the regular price!

Who made all these projects?

Leading designers from all around the world were invited to add their magic touch to the Sizzix Journal. Check out the talented makers who have contributed to this treasury – visit their blogs to get to know them. They are truly inspirational and I am so lucky they agreed to share their work. We would not have a book if it weren’t for these amazingly gifted artists. (round of applause!)

Warning: these Journals are addicting. Seriously.

And once you have the die, you can make as many as you want! Use the examples in this book for inspiration and take it any direction you fancy.

In honor of Eileen's new book (and because I will need it very soon) I made a new Journal cover!

Front Cover

Back Cover
This is just the cover, I haven't added the elastic binding or any inserts yet. I'll fill it full of photos, eclipse ephemera, observations and other goodies after we experience the total eclipse in one week! (I'm so excited!!!! Praying for clear skies on the 21st!)

The base layer is Distress Inks and lots of stenciling…

I actually used regular Distress Inks instead of Oxides lol.

I added various diecuts to the front and back and some more stenciling with Paper Artsy Metallic Glaze. The Tim Holtz Globe die I cut out of heavy cardstock, lightly inked and then embossed with Emerald Creek Fractured Ice embossing powder. The underlying layer is inked with Distress Oxides. I used an embossing folder to stamp the gold stars, you can find a tutorial for that HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you check out Eileen's book. If you purchase it through my link above, I do receive a small commission which I will hoard and use to buy more craft supplies so you will have more eye candy. So do support my habit hobby please lol. 

Click on the book photo above to purchase the e-book!

I am also entering this journal into the Emerald Creek Dares challenge Anything Goes.

Dies Used: 
Sizzix:
Journal    (Sizzix / SSS)
Tree Line (Sizzix / SSS)
Inside Out (Sizzix / SSS)
Artful Arrows  (Sizzix / SSS)
Globe (Sizzix / SSS)
Stencils Used:
Tim Holtz – Numbered, Dot Fade, Rays, Chevron
StencilGirl – Sphere's Small
Wendy Vecchi – Sunburst
The Crafters Workshop – TCW274S
Other supplies:
Sizzles Matboard – (SSS / Sizzix)
Distress Ink – Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Blueprint
Distress Ink Oxides – Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Broken China, Salty Ocean
Versamark ink
gold embossing powder
Emerald Creek Fractured Ice embossing powder

Simon Says Stamp and Sizzix links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Vintage Trailer Pincushion


Hello! This month on her blog Eileen Hull is featuring unique ways to use her dies. The team is getting pretty creative for this one! Be sure to check out what they are doing all month long. For one of my projects, I converted the Trailer Box die into a pincushion.


Unfortunately all my step photos went AWOL, but this wasn't hard to do. I constructed my trailer normally but I cut the flat top section out before I assembled it. I cut a small rectangle of fabric a bit bigger than the opening in the top and hot glued it in place (from the inside). I padded it with a bit of batting and then filled the whole trailer with rice. The trailer doesn't normally have a bottom so I cut a piece of scrap matboard to fit and hot glued it in place to seal it all up.

Stay tuned for another unique die use project later in the month. In the meantime, be sure to check out what the rest of the Inspiration Team is up to. You won't be sorry! ;-)

Dies Used: 
Sizzix:
Other supplies:
Tim Holtz Sizzix embossing folder set – Harlequin & Stripes
Sizzles Matboard – (SSS / Sizzix)
Deco Sheets

Simon Says Stamp links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly - August Challenge!

https://mixedmediamc.blogspot.com/2017/08/mixed-media-monthly-challenge-39.html 


Hello, the summer is really zipping by. I can't believe it's already August! This month at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog we have an Inspiration Photo challenge going. Base your project off of the above photo and don't forget to tell us how it inspired you. Also, our sponsor this month is IndigoBlu! They make the most fabulous rubber stamps and they very generously sent some stamps to everyone on the Design Team to use for their August projects.

For my project, I played off of the colors in the challenge photo and also the theme of garden and architecture.




I had more fun with my Distress Oxide Inks and tried a water stamping technique on the front that Jennifer McGuire shared in a post on her blog.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out our challenge post over at MMM! Join in and you could have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to spend in the IndigoBlu online store.

Stamps Used:
IndigoBlu - Floral Fantasy, Country House

Other supplies:
Distress Oxide Inks


Simon Says Stamp links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks!

Friday, July 28, 2017

A Closer Look…

Hello! Today I'd like to take a closer look at some of the pages I created for my Mermaid Journal. (You can see the whole thing HERE.) For these pages I used stamps that can be found at Topflight Stamps, an online store where you can browse different and hard-to-find art stamps from all around the world.


I love these Lavinia mermaid stamps!

For these pages, the background is created with Distress Oxide Inks with details from the Mighty Wave stencil. I used some other old stencils of mine to "print" onto the background by rubbing them directly with a Distress Oxide ink pad, lightly misting the stencil with water, and then laying the stencil ink side down on to the paper and blotting over the top with a paper towel. The mermaids were stamped with black archival ink. The foreground images are diecuts and fussy cut stamped images from the Couture Creations Under the Sea set.



More Distress Oxide Ink backgrounds! I just love the look of those inks, yum! I included more fussy cut Couture Creations stamp images in my basket bouquet of diecut flowers.

Thanks for stopping by! Keep an eye on the Topflight Stamps blog for all sorts of inspiring art. The new Design Team is going to town!

Topflight Stamps Used:
Lavina - Guinevere Mermaid, Alana Mermaid
Couture Creations - Under the Sea


Dies Used:
Sizzix:
Journal (SSS here)
Stitchy Flowers (SSS here)
Basket
Sand & Sea
Harlequin Border

Stencils Used:
StencilGirl:
Mermaids
Ranger - Mighty Wave

Other supplies:
free downloadable images from The Graphics Fairy - mermaids
Distress Oxide Inks - all of them!
marbled paper from my stash

Sizzix & Simon Says Stamp links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks!


Sizzix is having a huge sale right now and many of the dies above are discounted! Check it out.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July Journals with Eileen Hull – Be A Mermaid

 

Have you been keeping an eye on Eileen Hull's blog this month?? She's been featuring the uber popular Journal Die from her Heartfelt Collection all month long. My teammates have been creating some fabulous journals! Mine is ocean/mermaid themed. I packed it full of a lot of stuff! My craft room looked like a disaster zone. Get comfy because there are many many photos to share. ;-)

I mainly used Distress Oxide Inks and Stencil Girl stencils to decorate the cover

The binding was done with sari silk


Detail of the charms on the spine

Journal back

Here's a little flip through of the inside and if you are really interested, scroll on for all the photos of the pages.


Commence interior shots!

Inside cover & first signature


Many of the backgrounds were created with Distress Oxide Inks


The center of the first signature features a pop up house made from the House/Pocket Die

Fold out flap for fun!

The mermaid clip was made by my friend Tonya Trantham



These backgrounds were made with Ken Oliver Color Bloom pigments on watercolor paper


The first few lines from the fairy tale The Little Mermaid are written on the tail.




The mermaid doll was made by my friend Brandy Boyias & it fits in its little pocket

Stitchy Flowers & Basket dies page detail!

I made good use of the retired Graphic 45 paper collection Voyage Beneath the Sea
all throughout the journal! I knew I was hoarding it for a reason.

I made a little removable shaker card from the Luggage Die to slide into the page


The old postcard graphic is from The Graphics Fairy website


You get a prize if you made it through all those photos! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out Eileen's blog for more fantastic journals.

Dies Used:
Sizzix:
Journal (SSS here)
Stitchy Flowers (SSS here)
Basket
House/Pocket Stitchlits
Luggage Tag
Tag Collection
Holiday Greens
Lace
Sand & Sea
Mini Sand & Sea
Garden Greens
Washer Border
Harlequin Border

AJVD:
Elegant Rectangle Stitched Backdrop
Fringe Flower
Antique Sled


Stamps Used:
Tim Holtz (S.A) - Sea Life
Tim Holtz (S.A.) - Hashtags
Paper Artsy - LPC001
Lavina - Guinevere Mermaid, Alana Mermaid
Couture Creations - Under the Sea
100 Proof Press - bunch of mermaid stamps, shell plate & jellyfish
bunch of retired Graphic 45 stamps sets

Stencils Used:
StencilGirl:
Mermaids
Aidan's School
Sphere's Small
Ranger - Mighty Wave
Tim Holtz - Leafy, Splash, THS056

Other supplies:
free downloadable images from The Graphics Fairy - mermaids, girl w/ shell
Distress Oxide Inks - all of them!
Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea Collection
sari silk

Sizzix & Simon Says Stamp links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks!


Sizzix is having a huge sale right now and many of the dies above are discounted! Check it out.