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!



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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!


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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!