Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Creative Cards With Eileen Hull!

Good morning! Wow, have you been following all the Creativation excitement that happened over the weekend? I love how so many people were doing Facebook Live videos and sharing photos of sample projects so us stay-at-homes could still see the action. So much inspiration! This month Eileen's Inspiration Team has been sharing ideas for making cards using Eileen's dies. They aren't just for 3-D projects. ;-) Check out the past few posts on her site for some eye candy! (The January 20th post also has a roundup of all our sneak peeks the team has been doing of all Eileen's new stuff that debuted. )

I decided to make a Valentine's Day card since it will be here before we know it! I used some old favorites from Eileen's past collections.


First I cut the jars from some scrap packaging plastic and coated them with glossy Glue 'n Seal and then when dry, with Rock Candy Crackle Paint around the edges. (It's necessary to coat glass or plastic with a medium like Glue 'n Seal before adding the Crackle Paint or it will otherwise flake off when it dries.)


For the card background, I cut several borders from the Buttons Border & Trim die out of white cardstock. I wanted to do a tone on tone type texture (sort of a "faux" embossing look). I glued them onto the white cardstock base and trimmed the edges.



Finally, I lightly misted the background with Tattered Rose Spray Distress Stain. I also used Alcohol Ink and plenty of Blending Solution to tint the jars and bring out the crackle.


All that was left was to fill the jars with various hearts cut with the Heartfelt die and make a little sentiment tag to tie around the large jar.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to head on over to Eileen's blog and see all the other fun cards my teammates have been cooking up all month. =)




The supplies I used for this project can be found at Sizzix or Simon Says Stamp. Follow the links below and a shopping you may go!


Monday, January 23, 2017

AJVD Valentine's Day post…

It's coming…one of those great holidays for making and giving cards! I have a post on the A Jillian Vance Design Blog today. Here's a sneaky peek for you but head on over to see the whole thing. ;-)






Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Creativations! – Sneek Peaks with Eileen Hull…

It's almost here! Eileen made it through all the awful winter weather with Scotty in tow and is now busily setting up the booth for the Creativations 2017 show.  Formerly known as CHA, this is the show where designers and crafting manufacturers from all over will be debuting their exciting new products. The Inspiration Team had so much fun making all sorts of samples with all Eileen's new diecuts – wait until they are revealed at the show, you will get your socks knocked off. I have so many ideas for even more to do with them. ;-)

I can only share sneak peeks for now, but soon you will see everything! Keep an eye on Eileen's FaceBook Live videos and posts to see all the action and excitement.


If you are going to the show, be sure to find Eileen's booth and visit Scotty the vintage trailer – once again making an appearance right on the show floor! There will be fun make and takes, tours and lots to see. 

Here is Scotty proudly overlooking the action at the show last year in 2016.

 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can catch some of the excitement on the Creativation horizon.



Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017! It's the Mixed Media Monthly January Challenge…

…and you just need to Put a Stencil On It! Wow, can you believe it's 2017 now? I'm looking forward to a fresh new year and we have lots of exciting challenges planned for you at Mixed Media Monthly. =) This month our sponsor is StencilGirl and we want to see your projects using stencils.


I made a little journal using three stencils that I received. I always like to layer up different patterns to add interest to my stenciled backgrounds.



You can see the pattern more clearly on the back:


Inside - I used die cut jumbo tags for the inner pages

 These are the stencils I used. You can really create a varied look with just a few stencils.



Be sure to head on over to the MMM post and check out all the fabulous projects by the team and our guest designer Mary Beth Shaw! We also have a new Design Team member to welcome, Lynne Forsythe. It's gonna be an inspiring art-filled year!



Many thanks to our sponsor StencilGirl! If you join in our challenge, you will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to their store. Show us what you got! ;-)

The supplies I used for this project can be found at Sizzix or Simon Says Stamp. Follow the links below and a shopping you may go!




Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Gingerbread House

Merry Christmas!! It's almost here! I had this project in mind and I was determined to get it done before Christmas. (I made it, hurray!) I'm in love with the Tim Holtz Village Dwelling die line and I have great plans for more little houses (stay tuned!) Nothing says Christmas like a gingerbread house and this one will last from year to year.


I pulled out my stash of vintage Christmas baubles, decor and cookie cutters and went to town! Plus I added a string of mini wire lights to light up the house and the mini tree!


I created a platform made from six Candy Drawers to hold my little scene. For an added bonus, I could stash the light strand's battery box in one of the drawer compartments.


Tim Holtz has an excellent tutorial on his website on building this sweet little gingerbread house using the Village Dwelling Die and the accessory Village Gingerbread Die. I added the mini lights inside and "sugar glass" window panes (plastic covered with Glue 'n Seal and Rock Candy Stickles).


I wanted to make the back side interesting too so I decked out a small tart tin with a snowy scene and vintage porcelain deer. Other vintage parts are the fabulous tree cookie cutter I found at a thrift store, old bulbs and vintage mercury beads and ornaments.


The tart pan was new and way too shiny so I aged it with Mushroom Alcohol Ink. That stuff is magical!


I wrapped the end of the wire light strand around the tree and glued on old mercury beads. I love the vintage bling!


I love the lights! I cut the backs out of the two end drawers and glued them together to make one long drawer. The light battery pack fits perfectly! The lights run up through a hole I cut in the top of the platform and into the house and then out to the tree.

Thank you for visiting. I wish you all a merry Christmas and hope you have a peaceful and joyful time with family and friends. I'm off to bake a few more cookies. ;-)

I am also entering this into the Winter Magic challenge over at A Vintage Journey and the Winter Wishes Challenge at Emerald Creek Dares.

The supplies I used for this project can be found at Sizzix or Simon Says Stamp. Follow the links below and a shopping you may go!