Thursday, February 26, 2015

Stampendous & Elieen Hull Artist Trading Block Hop

Hello, we are having some fun this week! The Eileen Hull Inspiration Team is combining forces with the Stampendous Team to share some fabulous Artist Trading Blocks with you. Prizes and inspiration await so be sure to read all the details at the bottom of the post.

I received the Steampunk Shoes, Horse & Rider and Leather Flowers stamps plus a super cool embossing powder called "Spoonful of Rust". Hmmm… steampunk western…

I imagine this "artifact" as an antique music box found rusting away in a southwestern ghost town. Once upon a time you could wind it up and listen to it play "Home on the Range" while the cowboy rode his bucking horse. Surely, a marvel of clockwork ingenuity! And let's not forget the hand tooled leather panels on the sides:

"Leather" is embossing on faux leather paper plus antiquing

More exposed clockwork

Top detail
I explain how to create the side shadow boxes in my Alice in Wonderland ATB post. Check it out for instructions. ;-)

Now, did I mention that there are prizes to go along with this "Block" Party? Three (3) winners will be randomly chosen from comments on all the blogs during our collaboration posts. Then from those three we’ll randomly pick a GRAND PRIZE winner! Two of the winners will receive Stampendous PenPattern Petal and PenPattern Flutter cling stamps. They’ll also receive enough pre-cut, premium matboard from Sizzix to make two boxes of your own, plus some extra pieces for fiddly bits! The Grand Prize winner will receive the stamps as above, a whole package of matboard, AND the Sizzix die to cut your own ATB boxes! Uh, WOW! 
If that weren’t enough, eligibility for these amazing prize packages has expanded to include our international fans too!

We know you won’t want to miss a single creation in this hop, and the Eileen Hull Designs Inspiration Team has several members that live outside the United States, so it took a while for them to get their products from us. We need to give them time to post and you time to comment, so the comment deadline will be Sunday, March 8th. A whole extra week! We will continue posting links as we receive them from the Inspiration Team, so be sure to keep checking back. You get one entry for every comment, so you don’t want to miss the chance to leave a thoughtful comment on each project. For those who tend to get lost, we’ll post a “cumulative” link list of links so far on Saturday, February 28th and Saturday, March 7th. Then you can check your progress.

Thank you for stopping by today! Here are the Thursday designers that are playing in the block party.

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Most of the supplies I used for this ATB can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE there to save 10% if you go shopping. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10. ;-)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #22 - Dimensional Cutting Pad

Can you believe we're at Challenge #22 already? I can't believe I've only missed one challenge too. ;-) The challenges are hosted by the Studio L3 blog and there is loads of inspiration over there created by the Curiosity Crew. This go around we are on page 62 of Tim Holtz's book, A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3. It's a product challenge using the Dimensional Cutting Pad so it was about time I actually dusted mine off and used it.

Lisa Hoel - Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #22 - Layered Butterfly

I wanted to make a super bright and cheerful card. Spring is coming! (Although some of you snow ridden folks might despair of that.) Be sure to cruise on over the Studio L3 blog and check out all the entries. You can play along with your own copy of the book. I also want to thank The Funkie Junkie Boutique for being the sponsor this time.

Most of the supplies I used for this card can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE there to save 10% if you go shopping. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10. ;-)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a very pleasant day so far. =) I have a guest post over on the AJVD blog today that I hope you'll check out. Here's a peek, more how-to details are over there…

Lisa Hoel - AJVD Valentine's Day card

See ya around soon with more crafty goodness! ;-)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine's Day Home Decor - Garland

Hello there! Valentine's Day is fast approaching and I have a spot in my entryway that was crying out for some holiday decorating. I made a garland using Eileen Hull's Vintage Kitchen Garland die which was super easy. Read on for more details…

Lisa Hoel_Vintage Kitchen Garland_Valentine's Day

My plan is to also use this garland for a January decoration next year. That's why I made it white and added snowflakes. It's easy to add the heart portions to turn it into a Valentine's day decoration! For the actual garland I started out with white cardstock that I lightly spritzed with Distress Spray Stain Brushed Pewter and Tattered Angels Jack Frost Glimmer Mist. I wanted the cardstock to have a subtle glimmer. On a portion of the links, I embossed them using the Waffle & Sunburst embossing folder set. I have an embossing tip for you too! The link strips are too long to fit all the way into the folders so I carefully cut a slit in the middle of the plastic hinged part of the folder. Leave about a quarter of an inch or so uncut on the ends – you don't want to cut the whole thing apart! Then you can push the ends through the slit and emboss the center parts of your strips:

On some of the embossed strips and the snowflake diecuts I brushed 3D Gloss Gel and applied Rock Candy Distress Glitter or Diamond Dust. Sparkly accents are a plus! The links are really easy to assemble. The little tabs at the ends interlock. You could put a dab of glue there also but I found they securely locked together without it. Whew! Still here? ;-) I've got more to say about the heart parts so stick around.

For these I incorporated the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #21 technique – Rock Candy Distress Glitter as found on page 55 of A Compendium of Curiosities Vol.3. Be sure to head on over to the Studio L3 blog to check out all the details! Also thanks to Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring this challenge. =) I can't share the exactly how I did it but trust me, there is a lot of really cool sparkly Rock Candy Glitter on these hearts that of course didn't show up in the photos. Glitter is so hard to photograph! I can tell you how I did the fringe though. I cut them out of coffee filters. They are stronger than tissue paper and you can easily color them. These I sprayed with mists and when they were dry I easily cut them out with this Fringe Die (which is a super versatile die by the way.)

I hope you are feeling the crafty love now. Be sure to check out the Feb. Art with Heart Challenge while you are at it and join in. You could win an Vintage Kitchen Cookie Box Die!

Thanks for visiting and checking out my artwork! I hope you have found inspiration in it for your own crafty fun. Most of the supplies I used for this project can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE there to save 10% if you go shopping. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10. ;-)