Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Organising with Eileen Hull dies ...

Hello Friends

This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team are sharing projects using Eileen's dies to help us get organised.  In my case I have created a couple of things that a boy or girl (or grown up!) might find useful on their workspace/desk.
I used one of Eileen's new dies (Cardbox, Planner Storage & Organiser- Sizzix 662361) and also one of her original Scoreboard dies (Block/Cube/Bank Sizzix 658983) to create a notepad holder and a phone/pen holder.  I also used some wonderful stamp sets by AALL & Create (Set #13 and #14 by Olga Heldwein), they are such fun stamps!
In my stash of papers I have lots of painty backgrounds that I created after taking a couple of classes with Seth Apter - for this one I used his monoprint technique and then brayered some white gesso over the top to lighten the colour and add more texture before adding some paint splats.

I die cut the planner box from my painty card and constructed it, it comes in one main piece and goes together like a dream.  I made two boxes and glued them together to give double the storage space.  You can of course, have a whole row of these, free standing or glued together - they are very substantial and will hold CDs, small books, cards, pens, pencils, brushes - whatever you choose to organise!

I stamped and fussy cut the character for the front, added some hashtag stamps from the same stamp set, made a couple of bookmarks and notepads, all stamped from Set #13 and #14.  Don't you just love that little character peeking over the edge!!

I wanted to make something to house a mobile phone and so I used the Box/Cube, it was originally designed to be able to have a hole cut in the top to make the box into a bank.  I used the idea to cut a larger hole that would house a phone.

I also cut six holes that can house pens, scissors etc., before constructing the box, again cut from my painty background card.  I added the stamping from Set #13.

A view from the top so that you can see the hole I cut for the mobile phone.  I simply measured the phone and cut the hole with a sharp knife.  For a larger phone you could simply cut the hole diagonally and still have room for a couple of holes for pens etc.

I used the left over pieces of card to create some notepads and a couple of bookmarks...
I decided to create a robot (as you do!) with a small block and some bits I had in my stash, his 'lightbulb head' is covered with one of the Tim Holtz Idea-ology domes and his body has been stamped with a stamp from Set #14 of the AALL & Create stamp sets.

I hope you will visit Eileen's Blog to see what my talented team mates have been making this month, there have been and will be posts each week sharing organising ideas.

As always, thank you so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon!

Best Wishes,  Anne xxx

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Mini Album Makers March Challenge

Hello Friends

It is time for a new challenge at Mini Album Makers and as always, it is anything goes, as long as your entry comprises any form of handmade mini album, scrapbook, journal and book art.  Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project.  You do not have to provide a tutorial, but we wish you would.  Feel free to use one of the DT tutorials to make your project and give proper credit where due.

I have a new found love for ATCs, so I made a little ATC album holder to house them.
  I used a couple of stencils from one of our recent Sponsors, StencilGirl.  I have a few step by steps to share with you, this is such an easy little album to create.
I started by preparing the background, using PaperArtsy paints, applied with a brayer and dabbing the same colours of paint through a StencilGirl stencil - Ribbons
Since both sides of the card would show, I treated the reverse side the same way and using the Squared On stencil by StencilGirl - I love this stencil! 
 Create the pockets for the inside, by:
1) taking a piece of card measuring 7" x 4.5/8"
2) Score at 1/2" and 3.3/4 " on the long side and at 1/2" on the short side
3) Cut where shown in the above picture
Once cut and scored, each pocket should look the above.  Fold on the score lines and glue together for form pockets.  I made eleven pockets in total for my album but you can make as many or as few as you like.
Once assembled, punch a finger hole at the top of each pocket.  Place strong tape (or glue) along the centre of each pocket and glue together in an accordion fashion.
To create the cover, cut a piece of your painted and stencilled card into a strip 11.5/8" long and slightly wider than the finished pocket (in my case 3.1/4").  The width may vary depending on the finished width of your pockets.  I find it easier to wait until the pockets are formed, before cutting the cover to size.

Score at 4.1/8", 5", 9.1/8" and 10" - again, you can adjust the scoring lines to fit your pockets.
Glue, or tape the completed pockets to the front and back cover, but without gluing the bottom of the pockets, they will stay put without glue or tape and will provide some movement if you have thicker ATCs to store in some of the pockets.

Once assembled you can finish off the outside by adding a button and string closure as in my case or by using a closure of your choice.  I added some more stencilling and marks to the outer part of the cover.
Here is a view from the top, with some ATCs ready to be stored away.

We hope you will join in this month at Mini Album Makers where our Sponsor for the month of  March is the one and only Seth Apter!

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Seth is offering a set of his brand new Baked Textures Embossing Powders created by Seth and Kim Evans of Emerald Creek

I would also love it, if you have the time, if you will pop over to Mini Album Makers to see the wonderful creations my teamies have made!.

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Favourite Eileen Hull die.....

Hello Friends and New Followers!

This month, Eileen's Inspiration Team are sharing their favourite of Eileen's dies - that is a difficult ask for me because anyone who knows me knows that I love ALL of Eileen's dies, her Scoreboard dies have been a revolution in die cutting and a pure joy for those of us who love 3D crafting!

In the end, after much deliberation, I went for Eileen's Cantilever Sewing Box die (660768) and her beautiful Flower, Pansy die for my creation, I hope you like it!
I made this as a thank you gift for a friend I am visiting, I am away at the moment, if I missed a post, I apologise!
I die cut all the elements for the sewing box, using Sizzix Matboard.
To construct the boxes I used a strong wet glue and wrapped an elastic band around the box until dry.  I then applied strong tape to add my paper.  You could attach your design paper first (or paint the board) and then die cut, but I just prefer to do it this way.  Once dry, I assembled the sewing box according to the instructions.  You can download the instructions by clicking download, HERE.
I lined the insides of the box with the reverse side of the same beautiful Maja Design papers I used for the outside.  I painted the box struts with PaperArtsy paint in Cherry Blossom and added some knobs to the top, after painting them with the same colour of paint.
The flowers were die cut using Eileen's Flower Pansy die (661109) and using a product called Flower Making Foam, after seeing my lovely blog friend Lisa use it so beautifully... here.  I had so much fun making my flowers!  After die cutting and giving them a little touch of Eileen's Color Box Blend Ink in Tutu, I pressed the petals onto my hot craft iron and let them 'curl' into shape and assembled them, adding some stamens to the centre.

I hand dyed some seam binding, colouring it with Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stain and assembled my little floral decoration.
A final look at the finished sewing box, these wonderful little boxes are ideal for storing lots of bits and pieces and/or sewing items.

All month long, my teamies on Eileen's Inspiration Team will be sharing their favourite Eileen dies.  If you do have time I hope you will pop over HERE each week for some wonderful inspiration!

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne  xxx

Friday, 2 February 2018

Melt It at A Vintage Journey

Hello Friends

It is time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and our wonderful Julia is hosting the challenge.  Here is what Julia has to say:

This month we're asking everyone to MELT IT! Get out the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel), beeswax, encaustic wax, embossing powders or good old wax crayons and a heat tool and get melting to create something in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style!

 I had the pleasure of attending Creativation in Phoenix, Arizona this year and I attended a couple of classes with Seth Apter and watched his many demos with his new Baked Textures Embossing Powders by Kim Evans of Emerald Creek - they are fantastic!  This fitted so well into Julia's theme too!

I didn't take step by step photos as I did this at nightime and really, I was just playing.  Seth used a collage of vintage papers in his demos, I used some beautiful vintage music paper for mine, gluing it to a 5" x 7" piece of grey board and leaving it to dry thoroughly.

Now for the fun bit!  I applied three coats of the gorgeous Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture embossing powder - it is truly amazing how much this looks like Encaustic work, I almost didn't want to cover it up!

Next, I applied embossing ink randomly around the edges and then applied Rocky Road Baked Texture, it has a wonderful chunky feel to it, with a lovely mix of ingredients and it dries to a quite glossy finish.
Seth's Maze die is one of my favourites, I die cut two pieces and embossed the first one with Chunky Rust Baked Texture - this is so different to any other EP I have ever used, it has lots of 'fuzzy' bits in it and once melted, these fuzzy bits create a wonderful soft feel and gives a wonderful textural look.  It is hard to describe but wonderful to feel!

I cut down the second Maze and embossed this with the amazing Patina Oxide Baked Texture, the photograph does not do it justice, it has a wonderful mix of colours from green through to gold - it is quite delicious!

It needed something in the centre so I found some rusty Prima trinkets and stacked them along with one of Kim Evans of Emerald Creek's fancy brads, which I also covered with the Patina Oxide EP.

To finish off I used one of Tim Holtz Idea-ology drawer pulls, which I also coated with the Patina Oxide EP and added the chit chat sticker 'Grateful' because I have a lot to be grateful for this year already!

  I do hope you will visit us over at  A Vintage Journey where you will find some fantastic makes from my talented teamies.  We all hope that you will join in the fun with us this month.  Our wonderful sponsor for the month is:

who are offering a £20 voucher to one lucky winner!

I want to be slightly indulgent here, to say that I am grateful to my Son, Michael who treated me to a very special trip of a lifetime, to Creativation 2018; to Eileen Hull for making me feel so welcome in the team, allowing me to demo for a couple of sessions on the Sizzix stand, on the Gel Press stand and assisting her to run two of her amazing classes - I learned so much too.  And, not forgetting the shopping trip to Joann's! There were others on the team and elsewhere, who I had not met before that made me feel very special too, some dear long standing blog friends who invited me to dinner and unwittingly saved me from being  'Billy no-mates' in my hotel room that night.  Thanks to Jenny Marples too, for assisting me on the trip there and back which sadly, was more than a little bit eventful - sorry Jenny!  I am also grateful to the many people who gave me such wonderful products to bring home and try, it was like Christmas all over!  Thank you Eileen, Seth Apter, Kim Evans, Ann Butler and so many others, I really did have an amazing time!
I didn't take many pictures at Creativation but this one taken by Eileen says it all about our trip to Joann's, I am excitedly clutching a bolt of Tim Holtz fabric.... and yes, I did buy (ahem) a few other bits and pieces!

Thanks so much for your visit, it really does mean a lot!

Hugs, Anne xx

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie!

Hello Friends

I am over the moon thrilled to be Guest Designer over at Frilly & Funkie Challenge Blog, after being chosen as Design Team Favourite for the Most Memorable Gift Challenge.

The current challenge is being hosted by the super talented Zoe who has chosen the theme of 'All You Need Is Love' .  Zoe says 'Create a vintage or shabby chic project with the word 'LOVE' somewhere on the project.  It can be the focus or just a tiny detail'.

Here is what I created for my guest piece:

I created a small 6" x 6" canvas.  I apologise that I did not do a step by step but I was busy preparing samples to take to Creativation (more of that another time) and I wanted to get this completed before I went and just ran out of time....  I will explain though, how I created the canvas.

1.  Paint the canvas with white acrylic paint (or you could use gesso)
2.  Apply a crackle medium - I used Weathered Wood Crackle Medium
3.  Once dry, apply Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Paint
4.  Gently scrape away small sections of the crackle and apply a covering of Viva Decor Rusty Paper, randomly, and wiping some off here and there (the corners are lighter) and leaving some heavier in places to give the appearance of natural rust.
5.  Die cut a heart from red card, apply two coats of clear Embossing Powder and then a final coat of red Embossing Powder.
6.  Whilst the third coat is still hot, ink up a patterned (red rubber) stamp with Black Archival ink and apply this to the embossed heart.  Leave a moment or two to cool and then remove the stamp.

7.  Cut a small red heart, give this three coats of clear Embossing Powder, ink up the 'love' word stamp with Black Archival ink and press this into the heart.
8.  Take a Tim Holtz Idea-ology pocket watch, line it with some music design paper, add the embossed small heart and some die cut flowers.
9.  Attach the watch to the canvas over some messy thread (a tip picked up from the lovely Tracy Evans).
10.  Stamp the 'love' sentiment onto tissue paper with Black Archival ink, and once dry attach this to the canvas with Distress Collage Medium.

I just love the sentiment, it is a Visible Image stamp, with quite distressed wording, and I think it works well with Zoe's love theme!

Thank you again to Linda Coughlin and the Frilly and Funkie team for having me as Guest Designer, it has been a real privilege!

Thanks too, for your visit, I hope to see you again soon, maybe even tomorrow!!

Hugs, Anne xx

Monday, 29 January 2018

Destination Inspiration at A Vintage Journey

Hello friends!

Today I have a Destination Inspiration post over at A Vintage Journey, here is a sneak peek at what I made:

I hope, if you have the time, you will go over to see my project!

Hugs, Anne xx

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Eileen Hull - Book Club Part 2 - and News!

Hello Friends

You may remember that I shared one of Eileen Hull's latest Book Club dies HERE, well I am back today with another idea for using the latest Stamp and Photo Storage Box die.  I just love how Eileen creates dies that can be used in so many different ways!

My first bit of exciting news is that I am on Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team again this year, I am so thrilled to be part of this amazing team!  I have added a photo at the end if you are interested in seeing who else is part of the team.
I created a Field Note and Map holder for someone who loves to walk in the countryside.

Rather than bombard you with dozens of photos I have created a couple of collages to explain the process I used to bring this project together, with a brief explanation of the steps.
I used the same method for the cover and the map holder inside.  The covers were painted with various DecoArt paints, using a brayer.

I used a fabulous stencil by AALL&Create to apply Ranger crackle texture paste to the cover and the map holder.  I then applied two quite thick coats of Ranger Distress Collage Medium (matte) to all sides to give some water resistant protection.  The inside of the cover was painted in plain blue.
I created a single signature and a small pocket for the inside using Maja Design papers.

To create the maps, I photocopied some favourite walks from a book, laminated them and added some cord so that they can be worn around the neck for ease of reference.

To finish off I added a compass which is attached by a Tim Holtz Idea-ology clip.  I always add a charm of some sort to my journals and this one is a TH Idea-ology Monocle with rub-ons that say 'best day ever'.  I wasn't until I loaded up the photo that I saw that the monocle is showing the wrong side - oops!

To finish off, I die cut the words 'Explore', 'Maps' and 'Field Notes' from plain white card, using the Tim Holtz Mixed Media #3 set of dies, I love the quirky font!  In this photo you can also see the lovely textures that are created by using the brayer technique to apply the paint.

All month long Eileen's Inspiration Team will be sharing lots of creations using Eileen's latest release of dies, HERE.  If you do have the time I hope you will pop over to have a look!

My second piece of exciting news is that I am attending Creativation (CHA) this year!!  I am so very excited as I will get to see so many of my Crafty Heroes in real life!!!  My travelling companion is none other than the uber talented Jenny (Buttons) - we are going to do our best to have a brilliant time and we will also be lobbying to try to get more of Eileen Hull's dies here in the UK.  Wish us luck!

Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate you taking the time.  See you soon.

Hugs,  Anne  xxx

Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team 2018


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