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 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.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Steampunk Art Journal pages

Hello there! I've been working in my steampunk altered book art journal and have a few pages to share with you. (To see the original post about the making of the journal and cover, go HERE.) I've used some super cool steampunk stamps from Carabelle Studio, diecuts, transfers, stencils… all sorts of goodies. ;-)



I finally broke into my package of Tim Holtz Paper Dolls. Lots of fun in there! ;-) Underneath the gear die cuts on the right hand page I did some packing tape transfers from an old technical manual. The actual art journal is a repurposed children's book so on some pages I left the original illustrations peeking through the gesso.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the cool stamps at Topflight Stamps, your one stop shop for utter wonderfulness brought in from stamp companies spread across the globe. They are always getting in new designs, my wish list can't keep up with them lol!

I am also entering this into the Summer Challenge over at SanDee & amelie's Steampunk Challenge blog. There is always cool stuff to see there!

Stamps Used:
Carabelle Studio - The Heart Has Its Reasons
Visible Image - Scripted Streets

Dies Used:
Sizzix - Gearhead

Other supplies:
Tim Holtz Paper Dolls 

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! 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Get More Out of Your Dies!



Hello! We all like to get the most use possible out of our supplies and today I have an oldie but goodie technique for you to stretch your dies. I’m going to show you how to use them to make foam stamps and then use those stamps in a resist technique.





1. Apply a double sided adhesive sheet to the back of a piece of fun foam then die cut your shapes out of it. You don't have to use the adhesive, but it makes the next step super easy.



2. Peel off the paper backing of the adhesive sheet and stick each foam piece onto a square cut from plastic packaging. That's it for the stamps! Easy peasy right?



3. You can use the stamps with ink or paint. Here I used acrylic paint because the paint then acts as a resist when you mist or ink the shapes with water soluble media. (More on that in a minute.) Because these are small stamps, I used a paintbrush to apply a thin layer of paint to the stamps and then stamped the centers of my die cut flowers.



4. I used a few different mists on the flowers and once they were mostly dry, I used a baby wipe to clean the excess off of the stamped parts. It wiped right off!

BONUS TECHNIQUE!!
That's right, here's a different way to get more uses out of your embossing folders! You can use them to stamp too.





1. Use a brayer to apply a thin layer of silver paint to one side of the embossing folder. I placed the basket shape onto the painted side and carefully closed the folder, then gently pressed it to transfer the paint.



2. Once the paint was dry, I misted it and wiped the excess off the paint resist.

The rest is standard card assembly! ;-) Build the base and then arrange all the goodies in an aesthetic manner.

Thanks for stopping by! Head on over to Eileen Hull's blog for more techniques and inspiration. We also have an Eileen Hull group on Facebook. We share inspiration, ideas and techniques and you are welcome to join us! Just request to join and someone will add you quickly. It's a fun group full of nice and creative people. =)