Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Eileen Hull – A Stitch In Time


Hello there and happy Thanksgiving to my readers in the US! There is still time for you to join in the November Art with Heart Challenge. The theme is A Stitch in Time and you can interpret it however you want. Let's see your creativity! Link up a project and you'll have a good chance of winning a prize from Eileen's new Stitchlits collection. (Trust me, you want these dies!!) I used several of them from the collection to create a little sewing themed shadow box:

This started out as a Tim Holtz 6 x 8 in burlap panel. I used the "wrong" side so I could make it a little shadow box! I painted the inside pink and also added some touches of pink paint to the burlap sides. I glued a section of a vintage measuring tape around the side to act as a frame.

To create the stitched background, I used the large Border Stitchlits die to cover a piece of quilt batting with multiple rows of holes.

I just ran the batting through my Big Shot multiple times, shifting the die and lining up the grid of holes to cut each background section. If you are a quilter, you most likely know of the usefulness of freezer paper. It has a plastic side that you can temporarily iron onto fabric. I ironed on a piece of it to the back of the batting to help stabilize it and get a crisper cut. (I did not peel it off after die cutting.)

Freezer paper – it's not just for food!

Then I used embroidery floss to stitch a pattern in the corner before I glued it into the burlap panel. I also used embroidery floss to embellish the Flowers & Leaf Stitchlits cuts. The possibilities are endless for how you layer and stitch (or don't stitch) these little flowers. (This is one of my favorite dies in the collection.) Take a peek at some closeups of all the different ways I used them:

Fun fact: those little cuties in the photo were my great aunts! 

Thanks for sticking with me here. ;-) Be sure to check out the wonderful projects my teammates have been creating all month with the new Stitchlits collection. You can find them on Eileen's blog. We would love to see your "sew crafty" projects, the challenge links is HERE.

Happy Thanksgiving and I recommend spending your time creating instead of fighting Black Friday shopping crowds. ;-) 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 13, 2015

Rectangle Pull Card – It Pops!

I have another action packed Karen Burniston die card to share with you. I love her designs. The dies make it so easy to create cards that flip, pop, and otherwise rock in a fun interactive way. I'm using the Rectangle Pull Card die which lets you add a fun spinner element that pops up at you when you open the card. I also got out all the lovely Bird Crazy stamps and dies and made my hubby an anniversary card:

Pull both edges and…

POP, the little bright idea cloud swings up and pops out at you. If I was as cool as Shelly Hickox I'd have a little video posted here showing how it pops up as it opens but alas I'm not. Go check out her fabulous coffee card that uses this same die though (I love it!)

I'm going to enter this into the Frilly & Funkie Let There Be Light challenge. That seems like another bright idea to me. ;-)

Thanks for stopping by! The supplies I used for this project can be found at Sizzix, Inspiration Emporium or Amazon. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE at Inspiration Emporium to save 10% if you go shopping there. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10 at IE.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November Art With Heart Challenge – A Stitch In Time


Hello there! Eileen Hull's November Art With Heart Challenge is underway and to celebrate her new Stitchlits collection the theme is A Stitch In Time. You can interpret that theme however you like, just show us your oh-Sew-crafty projects for a chance to win some of the new Stitchlits Sizzix dies. My teammates have been making some incredible projects and we are all very excited about this new collection. One of my favorite dies is the Cantilever Sewing Box. The possibilities are endless! It opens up just like the real thing. I made mine steampunk style:

Unfortunately I was a little over efficient in deleting my raw photo files and I dumped all my step photos. Oops! Trust me when I say that this really isn't hard to put together; it just looks complicated. I'll just have to make another one for a tutorial. =) Onward with more photos:

Did I mention that I love gears?
Now check out how it opens! Sooo cool. You can fit all sorts of trinkets into it:

I hope that you head on over to Eileen Hull's blog and check out all the fabulous projects made with the new Stitchlits collection. It's sure to be a favorite!

I am also going to enter this Sewing Box into the SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenge blog's Winter 'Anything Goes' challenge.

Eileen Hull Sizzix 

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Winter Church Lantern

It may only be the beginning of November, but I am certainly feeling the urge to create Christmas themed projects! I'm hoping that by getting started earlier this year, I might actually get all the ideas in my head created by January 1st (futility perhaps? lol). I am especially excited by the possibilities of Tim Holtz's new Village Dwelling dies. I made a Halloween themed scene (see it HERE) and I have great plans for making little houses everywhere! For a Christmasy feel, I made a glittery little church and placed it in a serene snow scene:

I wish the camera captured all the sparkle in this. I used lots of glitter, glimmer mist and pearlized paint. It's a magical setting!

I topped it off with a stamped tag, charms and matching ribbon:

I'm entering this into Anything But Cute's November challenge, It's Ornamental. The challenge is to create a Christmas ornament or decor piece.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope I've inspired you to go get creative. The supplies I used for this project can be found at Sizzix, Inspiration Emporium or Amazon. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE at Inspiration Emporium to save 10% if you go shopping there. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10 at IE. ;-)