Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #31 – Merry & Bright



Hello and welcome to the 31st Mixed Media Monthly Challenge – Merry & Bright! It's December and time to get serious about being festive! ;-) Our sponsor this month is Eileen Hull. She sent each member of the Design Team cuts from her Loaf Pan and Square Box dies to see what we could do with them. I think you will be inspired! For my project I stacked two loaf pans to make a base for a little woodsy scene.


It's easy, let's take a look!

Step 1 – First I used a stencil and Ranger Texture Paste to create the snowflakes on the two base pieces. I made sure I didn't get any paste on the flaps that you glue and score through the paste on the fold lines so it will break cleanly when you assemble them.


Step 2 – Once the texture paste was dry, I misted the pieces with Iced Spruce, Hickory Smoke and Brushed Pewter Distress Stains. I also misted with plain water to help the colors blend together.


Step 3 – After assembling the loaf pans, I stacked them and glued them together to form the base. I also cut some scraps of styrofoam to fill up the top pan and form a platform for my scene.


I crumbled sheets of white tissue paper into the top to build up the "hill" and covered the whole thing with Mod Podge and Rock Candy Distress Glitter. Previously, I had prepared the Woodlands trees (sprayed with Distress Stain and glittered) and little Decorative Deer (colored with Mushroom Alcohol Ink). Before the Mod Podge dried I glued the trees and deer in place and added the other decorative elements. When everything was dry I added the crinkle ribbon and charms.

Thanks for stopping by! Head on over to the Mixed Media Monthly blog challenge post Merry & Bright to check out the other fabulous projects by the team. Join in and you could win Eileen's retired Sizzix Loaf Pan die! There will be a mid month post with more projects on the 15th so don't miss that as well.

A little birdie told me that there just might be several giveaways this month on MMM's various social media channels. I'd keep an eye on them if I were you – just sayin'! ;-)


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.




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

More DCWV with Eileen Hull


Hello, Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is teaming up this month with DCWV for a little holiday blog hop! All month long we've been treated to a plethora of beautiful and inspiring projects on Eileen's and the DCWV blogs. Last week I shared this card made using DCWV papers and now I'm sharing another project made using the Cranberry Christmas Paper Stack.


It's a birthday present for my Mother-in-law. She wants to keep up on what's happening with us now that we've moved so I thought a little box of photo cards would be perfect! (She loved it!) I used Eileen's Recipe Card Box and matching Recipe Cards to easily put it all together. For a bonus, I'm sharing a tried and true way to stretch your dies farther and all you need is a sheet of fun foam from the craft store.


I applied an adhesive sheet to a piece of fun foam and die cut it using the Doily Die. Peel off the adhesive paper and stick the foam shape onto a piece of scrap plastic (like from packaging). Now you can use it as a stamp! Use either ink or paint. Here I used a brayer to apply a thin layer of white acrylic paint to the foam and then stamped it on my box. This is a great technique to keep in your bag of tricks. ;-)

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to head on over to Eileen’s blog and check out all the holiday inspiration the team has been sharing this month. The DCWV team has been knocking it out of the park too so give them a look! We’d love to have you share your projects on Eileen's Facebook page as well.

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, November 25, 2016

New Eileen Hull eBook release!!!!!

This project has been in the works for a long time and it is finally out for all to see today!!



Hello!! I have exciting news for you today! Eileen Hull and Bella Crafts Publishing have put together a brand new eBook featuring projects from the Inspiration Team, plus many other talented creative artists. This book is stuffed full of over 100 projects for your inspiration. Most have instructions and there is a huge gallery section to really jump start your creativity. That little needlebook on the cover is mine and I have several projects included inside. What an honor!

For a short time, they are offering the eBook for the super low price of only $2.97. How can you pass up that price? It would cost you more to go buy a coffee at Starbucks! ;-) This price is good until Cyber Monday, so grab a copy while you can. Click on the image above or the text link below to purchase the book. I will get a small percentage of the sale so thanks for your support!


And while we're talking of Sizzix, they have an amazing Black Friday sale going on right now with crazy low prices on so many dies! This is the perfect time to stock up on Eileen's dies or any others. I've been known to buy a bunch this time of year and hand them over to my husband to wrap up for me for Christmas. (I know, it's terrible LOL!) Click on the graphic below to go shopping!


Thanks for being a follower of my blog and I hope I can continue to inspire you. I have all sorts of cool projects in my head and I'm finally getting more settled in our new home so I'm hoping to get in more creative time. We will see…

Monday, November 21, 2016

He's 13!!!!!!


First, the big news. Today my first born is THIRTEEN YEARS OLD! How did that happen? I can't believe I have a teenager now. It is so exciting to see him growing up into such a fine young man. He is an all star, and a rockstar so I had to make him an appropriately smashing birthday card to celebrate such a momentous milestone.

The Luggage Tag makes a great little frame!
Thanks Tracy Evans for the inspiration. ;-)

Secondly, Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is teaming up this month with DCWV for a little holiday blog hop! I'm a rebel and didn't make something Christmas themed but I think Greg's birthday is a holiday (at least for our family lol). Besides, I wanted you to see that you don't have to be limited by the official "theme" of your supplies. I used the DCWV Modern Metallic Stack and chose a page that was white with a foiled design. I misted it with Twisted Citron Distress Stain and the foiled parts acted as a resist (very cool effect!) I also splattered it with turquoise mister and spritzed with water to make it bleed a bit.


Using Eileen's Stitchlits dies, I cut stitching holes into the card background. These are handy little dies that let you put holes anywhere in your project and you can then create perfect decorative stitches. I stitched with a lightweight cotton yarn.


Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to head on over to Eileen’s blog and check out all the holiday inspiration the team has been sharing all month long. The DCWV team has been knocking it out of the park too so give them a look! We’d love to have you share your projects on Eileen's Facebook page too. Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving.

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. ;-)