Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sizzix Maker's Challenge with Eileen Hull

Hello! All month long the Inspiration Team has been sharing unusual ways to use Eileen's Heartfelt Collection dies as well as taking part in the Sizzix Maker's Challenge for Eileen.


You have only one day left (ACK!) to enter your own House Pocket project on the Maker Challenge Page. Eileen will announce the winner on Facebook Live Thursday, August 31st, so be sure to tune in. Not only does the winner get Eileen Hull's Heartfelt Journal die (which is currently sold out in a lot of places) but they also get a stash of felt from National Nonwovens!

I was inspired by Anne Redfern's darling little log cabin to make my own 3-D house project. I'm still a bit eclipse enamored so I wanted to make a souvenir decoration to commemorate the great event!

The moon is on a turning layer so you can make it "eclipse" the sun!

Totality!!! lol

I had a lot of fun with this make! The House/Pocket Die is a Thinlits die so it can't cut thick material like mat board. To create house parts that would be sturdy enough to make 3-D, I cut several thinner layers out of chipboard and adhered them together to form the front and back. Our house is grey with white trim so I chose my color scheme to match that. To make the siding, I sprayed Distress Wood Grain Cardstock with Hickory Smoke and cut it into "siding" strips. I glued those down (overlapping slightly) onto a piece of cardstock and then used the House die to cut it all out as my front layer.

I also cut out two of the multi-segmented Make It 3-D Die pieces out of matboard (it's a steel-rule die). (The Make It 3-D Die is very useful because it has three different shapes you can use to customize your other "flat" dies into dimensional projects. See HERE and HERE for some other projects I used this die for.) You can trim the 3-D segment pieces to fit your needs.

Trim to fit!

I glued one side down all around with a glue gun. I waited to glue the house front on until after I had installed all the wheel parts.

To pop up the background "sky" part, I cut a strip of foam core to fit into the peak of the roof and extend down into the house base. I glued the sky part onto that.

I made a washer out of a piece of foam core and a circle punched out of the same background paper. I used a blue brad as an axle to go through the moon layer, washer and poke into the foam core support underneath. I fixed it in place with a bit of glue, making sure that my moon layer didn't get glued so it would still turn.

After that, all I had to do was glue the front of the house on and then glue the whole thing onto the foam core base I had prepared.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out all the posts from the month on Eileen's blog – you'll be inspired!

Dies Used:
Make It 3-D
Stitchy Flowers
Layered Flower

Stamps Used:
Tim Holtz Halftone Halloween

Other Supplies Used:
Distress Ink - Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
Spray Distress Stain - Hickory Smoke
Archival Ink - Jet Black
Distress Wood Grain Cardstock
Tim Holtz Letterpress
Tim Holtz Mirrored Stars
Tim Holtz Memo Pin

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! 

ALSO, the 31st is the last day you can order Eileen's new e-Book, Journal Treasury by Eileen Hull & Friends, for only $11.87. See this post of mine for all the book details. If you love journals, you won't want to miss it!

Journal Treasury
Click on the image to go to the order page!


  1. What an amazing project Lisa. I think we have some team members who would have made amazing architects- you and Anne for starters :-) This is such a great ememory of the eclipse especially it went right through your area!

  2. Fabulous piece Lisa, so clever. I love how,you used the Dies. Tracy x

  3. Very creative!! Love how you used the dies & such a cute project.


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