Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Introducing Eileen Hull's New Paper Flower Party Collection!

Hello there! Eileen Hull has a new collection, The Paper Flower Party Collection, that is about to hit stores in May! You can create endless varieties of blooms with the various die sets and the embossing folders complement everything. Check out the awesome projects the Inspiration Team has been sharing on Eileen's blog this month. I have a project to share that I made for CHA back in January. Of course it has no flowers on it but it does use the Flower Pocket die. ;-) It just goes to show you the versatility of Eileen's dies. They can be adapted for any occasion!

I envisioned the Flower Pocket as the perfect little container for packing with holiday treats to give as a gift. It was also very quick and easy to make.

First I cut the pocket out of Sizzles matboard (white). I used Ranger's plain Texture Paste and a snowflake stencil to add the texture. After it was dry, I sprayed the outside with Tumbled Glass Distress Spray Stain and Pearl Perfect Pearls mist. The inside I sprayed with Brushed Pewter and Iced Spruce. I didn't take any step photos in the pre-CHA craziness but this is the same technique I used to decorate this Loaf Pan. Check out that post for step photos and more details.

I punched holes around the edge using my Crop-a-dile punch and threaded crinkle ribbon through them. The tag is cut using Eileen's Kitchen Labels die set – they layer so nicely to make fancy tags.

Once the new dies arrive at your local stores in May, we'd love to see what you will create with them! Sharing is always welcome on Eileen's FaceBook page. Show us your creativity!

Dies Used: 
Eileen Hull Flower Pocket Die (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull Kitchen Labels - 659865 retired
Holiday Words: Script (Sizzix / SSS)
Layered Snowflake - 660040 retired

Other supplies:
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils – Snowflakes
Sizzix mat board
Distress Spray Stains – Brushed Pewter, Tumbled Glass, Iced Spruce
Ranger Texture Paste
Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist - Pearl
Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon

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!)


Friday, April 1, 2016

The Mixed Media Monthly April Challenge – Dimension

Howdy everyone! It's time for a new challenge – no foolin'! This month we want to see dimension in your projects! We also have a special guest designer with us this time – the fabulous Wendy Vecchi!! Stampers Anonymous has donated two of Wendy's stamp sets and stencils to be given away to two lucky winners. Be sure to join in the challenge for a chance to win.

I created an "ode to Wendy" for my project. ;-) (Another ATC binder – seriously! I still need another one too LOL.) I pulled out all my Wendy stamps, stencils, inks, pastes, and the rest and went to town. I think I qualify as a fan; I have a lot of her stuff!

Yes, I know – another ATC binder. My collection keeps growing!
I started out by prepping the binder cover with a coat of Matte Distress Collage Medium and also glued the paper doily on with it (topping the doily with another coat as well). I colored it with Distress Crayons by scribbling a bit of color onto the doily, working it into the crevices, and then blending it with my finger and a touch of water.

I also added stencil details using metallic paste and crackle paste.

Here you can see how I scribbled a bit of Distress Crayon onto the dry crackle texture paste. A little color goes a long way! I dipped my finger into water and then used it to blend the crayon. I like how it worked its way into the cracks.

The heart is done with Wendy's graniteware technique. It's all embossing powder and ink! (See HERE for a graniteware Easter egg I recently made.) I added a twist with a double embossing technique I thought of (see it on this rooster ATC). Emboss your base layer (the blue) and then stamp on top of it with Versamark or embossing ink. Sprinkle with contrasting embossing powder and then re-emboss the new section. It will magically meld with the bottom layer! Use a light touch – it will spread out too much if you overheat it. Here's a detail:

All the flowers were stamped onto Wendy's newsprint paper that I had glued to Clearly for Art plastic and then fussy cut out. Clearly for Art is magical stuff! It is a heat sensitive material that gets soft when you heat it with your embossing gun so you can form it into different shapes. It quickly cools and holds the shape! Don't like it? Heat it again and reform it! It is great for creating dimension. I gave all the flowers and leaves a bit of curl so they would pop off the cover.

Another close up detail!
The bird is covered with Crazing Distress Collage Medium. It gives the surface a subtle crackle effect. I rubbed Distress Ink and Distress Crayon into the surface to bring out the crazed pattern.

Whew, thanks for sticking with me for this long post. Be sure to go and check out the challenge and see all the fabulous projects from the team! Remember you can have a chance to win one of the prizes below just by entering the challenge. =)

Many thanks to Stampers Anonymous for donating to our challenge!

Thanks for stopping by! 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. ;-)