Monday, January 22, 2018

Post on A Jillian Vance Design

Hello! Today I have a card posted on the Jillian Vance Design blog. Here's a little sneaky peek for you. Is it for Valentine's Day?? But it's not red! Ha ha, better go see...

Have a great week!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mixed Media Monthly January Challenge - Ring in the New

Hello there! I have some mid-month inspiration for you for our current challenge, Ring in the New.

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I created a little mini album to chronicle goals for 2018. I think it's much more fun and inspirational than a plain old piece of paper. ;-)

The covers are cut using Eileen Hull's Trinket Box die and colored with Distress inks and sprays. I added some stamping using archival ink and then covered it all with Crazing Collage Medium for a subtle crackle.

The pages are accordion style and I stamped on the front and back.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to head on over to Mixed Media Monthly to check out all the cool projects! You still have time to enter and then you'll be in the running for winning a mixed media prize pack from the Prize Vault.

Dies Used:
Eileen Hull Book & Pages, Trinket Box & Frame
Eileen Hull Bookplate, Hinges & Label

Chipboard Shapes Used:
gears & clock hand - clock mechanicals

Tim Holtz stamp sets - Dapper, Noble Gent
Prima 'Dream On' stamp set, #961992
Idea-ology Hex Fasteners
Distress Collage Medium - Crazing
Sizzix Matboard
Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso
Distress Paint - Tarnished Brass
Distress Oxide Ink - Antique Linen
Ranger Archival Ink - Coffee, Tree Branch, Jet Black
Distress Spray Stain - Tea Dye, Antique Linen

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! (My husband also thanks you!)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Eileen Hull Book Club Collection Birthday Card

Hello there! Eileen Hull's Book Club Collection has made its way into the stores now and there are endless possibilities when using it! It's not just for flowery projects. ;-) I made a masculine birthday card for my brother-in-law by layering interesting patterned papers and stamped cuts.

The grey paper stamped with a wood grain pattern is the page part from the Trinket Box die. I cut that  first and then used the Movers & Shapers Book Binding die to cut the notches in the edge. You need the Base Tray (what I have) or the Movers & Shapers Shuttle to use this die.

Base Tray and Book Binding die

Washi tape is easy to remove after cutting.

One cutting pad goes under the Base Tray. I positioned the die where I wanted it and used washi tape to make sure the paper didn't shift around. I placed another cutting pad over the top to complete the sandwich and ran it through my Big Shot. Easy!

One of the great things about the Book & Pages, Trinket Box, Frame Die is that it comes with the bonus Movers & Shapers oval die that you can insert into the opening of the frame part. However, if you are going to cut that shape without the oval die (or another M & S die) in the opening, your substrate can get stuck in there because there is nothing underneath to help push it out. If you own other Movers & Shapers base dies (Tim Holtz has designed several) you probably have one of these little magnetic foam blocks around:

Pop that into the opening when you cut and your paper/board should release easily. You can also use a stack of foam squares, foam core board or even a piece of kitchen sponge as well. Eileen just did a FaceBook Live today on how to use this die and tips on using the Movers & Shapers part. You can find the video HERE.

Keep your eyes on Eileen's blog this month. All month long the Inspiration Team will be showcasing projects made with the collection. There also might be some peeks of the new collection debuting at Creativations in a few weeks. Just saying' ! ;-)  Thanks for stopping by and happy New Years!

Dies Used: 
Eileen Hull - Book & Pages, Trinket Box, Frame (Sizzix
Eileen Hull - Book Binding (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull - Bookplate, Hinges & Label (Sizzix)
Tag & Bookplate (Sizzix, SSS)

Other supplies:
Sizzix Base Tray or Movers & Shapers Shuttle
Tim Holtz Tinsel Stencil
Tim Holtz Dapper Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Textile Surfaces
Tim Holtz Mini Fasteners
Paint - Paper Artsy Fresco Finish, Pumpkin Soup
Distress Ink - Ground Espresso, Black Soot
Archival Ink - Jet Black

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!)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Birdhouse Christmas Wreath

Hello there! Anyone still finishing handcrafted Christmas projects? (I am lol.) I got some baking done today too. ;-) I'm delegating gift wrapping to my husband! Anyway, I was tired of my old door wreath so I finally got around to making myself a new one. I found a cool twig wreath base online and went from there.

I picked up various foliage picks from the craft store and pulled them apart to use for all the greenery and burlap leaves. The birdhouse and red bird are both dies from Eileen. They make it really fast and easy to put these guys together! I adhered my patterned paper to the mat board before I cut the parts out. (For the bird I glued red cardstock onto both sides of the mat board. The birdhouse I distressed a bit with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and added the wreath around the hole and some Industrious Sticker borders. I also smeared some Rock Candy Stickles on parts of it to give it some sparkle.

Once the house and bird were done and dry I just went to town with my hot glue gun and all the foliage parts. It was easy! It only took me an evening to make this up.

close up!

Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas! I wish peace and joy for you all (and not crazy busyness!)

I'm also entering this into the 'Anything Goes' December Challenge over at Emerald Creek Dares. Have you seen the sneak peek at the cool embossing powders they've teamed up on with Seth Apter?? I can't wait to see the full reveal at Creativations! =)

Dies Used:
Eileen Hull Birdhouse 3-D (Sizzix )
Eileen Hull Bird (Sizzix )

Sizzles matboard
Tim Holtz Paper Stash - Christmas
Distress Stickles - Rock Candy
Tim Holtz Adornments - Wreaths
Industrious Stickers - Borders
Ranger Collage Medium - MatteDistress Ink - Ground Espresso

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! (My husband also thanks you!)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly December Challenge!

It's mid-month inspiration time over at Mixed Media Monthly. Our theme this month is 'Believe' and you still have time to enter!

Our sponsor this month is Boozybear, creator of unique chipboard shapes and stencils to inspire your mixed media projects. I love the detail in them. I used the following sets on my Christmas steampunk project:

yummy chipboard shapes!

… and here is my project, assembled in the large Vignette Tray:

I lined the tray with Christmas paper from my precious hoard of Basic Grey cardstock (guess I need to use it at some point lol). I added clear crackle texture paste to parts of it, especially in the corners. Once that was dry, I misted it with a green/gold Tattered Angels mist to get in the nooks and crannies and add a nice shine. The chipboard shapes I painted with various colors of Silks Acrylic Glazes. The clock hand 'ornaments' also got a coating of Stickles for more sparkle. The Fresh Cut Pine Die Set was perfect for adding Christmas tree branches.

To make the electrical cord for the light, I used Eileen Hull's Twist & Style Tool to twist some wire into shape:

There is the wire hiding under the branches.

The tool is really easy to use. Eileen recently did a FaceBook Live video where you can see how (you can forward through the chit chat to get to the how-to part). I also have a tutorial on how to use it to make flower stems (same idea) HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out our MMM challenge posts (main & mid-month). We'd love to see you enter. =)

Also, I am entering this into the SanDee & amelie Steampunk Challenge Blog Winter Challenge. Check out the fun there too. ;-)

Dies Used:
Fresh Cut Pine Die Set

Chipboard Shapes Used:
clock mechanicals
shabby snowflakes
gear cluster

Idea-ology Clock Key
Idea-ology Vignette Tray
Sizzix Twist & Style Tool
Distress Collage Medium - Matte
Kraft Core Classic Paper Stack
Silks Acrylic Glaze
Prima Texture Paste - Clear Crackle
Distress Paint - Tarnished Brass
Stickles - Purple, Pink, Twilight

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! (My husband also thanks you!)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Featured in Cloth, Paper, Scissors Magazine!

Woo Hoo!!! I finally got my hands on a copy of the current issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine so I can share my happy news. =) Way back when they had a reader challenge called 'Make It Shine' where you had to create a holiday card that featured all sorts of shiny surfaces, mediums, etc. I entered and my card was selected as one of the winners!

Looky, it's in print! Yeah!

Here is a much better look at the actual card:

I used shiny cardstocks, glimmer mists, metallic ink and transfer foil to pile on the bling factor. =) I'm happy to finally be able to share this with you. Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!

Dies Used:
Evergreen (Sizzix / SSS)
Prancing Deer (Sizzix ) retired
Holiday Words: Script (Sizzix / SSS)
Lace (Sizzix / SSS)

Scattered Stars Strip Die

Stamps Used:
Tim Holtz (S.A) - Fabulous Flourishes
Tim Holtz (S.A.) - Mini Holidays 2

Tattered Angels Mist - Sapphire
Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist -  Blue Smoke
Silver Pigment Ink
glue stick
Ranger Vintage Transfer Shiny Foil Sheets
metallic cardstocks
Distress Ink - Antique Linen

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! (My husband also thanks you!)

Friday, December 8, 2017

NEW Eileen Hull eBook Just Published!

Hello everyone! Eileen Hull has a new book out, Gifts to Die For, that is stuffed full of ideas that are perfect for this time of year! From holiday decor ideas to the perfect way to package, or make the gift itself, you will find plenty of inspiration complete with links to supply lists and tutorials. It's only $9.97 through the end of December. I am fortunate to have several projects in the book and I've done a little roundup here of a few of the Christmas decor ones (click on the images to go to the original posts).

GIFTS TO DIE FOR with Eileen Hull and friends
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Time to get festive with…

a gingerbread house built on a platform made from Eileen's Candy Drawer Die. A battery box for the mini lights incorporated into this decoration fits into one of the drawers!


A christmas tree perched on a base made with Eileen's Cookie Box Die. The top is hinged and you can tuck a small gift inside.

This ATB tower nativity scene is one of my favorite projects. It's made with the Block/Cube/Bank 3-D Die and Blocks/Cubes 3-D Die. It's a lovely reminder of what Christmas is all about.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you check out the book! Stay tuned next week and I'll have another roundup of projects that are featured in it. Have a great weekend!

Sizzix is having another big sale this weekend! Check it out and take advantage of the prices. ;-)