Monday, November 27, 2017

Sneak Peek!

Time for a little sneak peek at my A Jillian Vance Design card. ;-) Head on over to their blog to see the whole thing…

I hope you have a great week. Might be time to pull out the Christmas music bwhahahaha!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Eileen Hull e-Book Black Friday Sale!

Howdy all! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are perhaps having some fun shopping today. ;-) Bella Crafts Publishing is having a Black Friday Sale and all their e-Books are 50% off! I have projects featured in both of Eileen's books, Die Cutting Magic and the Journal Treasury. They are chock full of inspiration. ;-)

Take a look by clicking on the graphics above! The sale is through this weekend. =) Thanks for stopping by! If you purchase an e-book, you will get an email with a link to go and download the book. Thanks for your support.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Magic in Fall Junk Journal

Hello there. I'm getting in a last autumnal hurrah before I dive headfirst into Christmas crafting! I spent this fall searching out and taking photos of all the beautiful colors changing around me. Fall is my favorite season and this year it was wonderful! I created a journal to hold all my photographic memories using Eileen Hull's Journal Die and a whole bunch of fall themed stamps and other goodies. Let's take a look!

The cover is covered with plaid wool fabric in fall covers. A removable elastic strap helps hold it closed since it is bursting with photos and ephemera!

here is a video flip though:

… and a few still shots of the interior pages!

I used Ranger Distress Collage Medium to glue the fabric to the mat board before I cut out the cover. It was dry enough that it didn't soak through the fabric and adhered it firmly.

Fall always makes me think of pumpkin spice lattes! Yum!

I took photos of our porch Halloween decorations. We grew most of the pumpkins in our garden. =)

There was a farm produce stand down the road from us that had an impressive display of cool pumpkins!

The leaves in our neighborhood were so gorgeous!

I got some fabulous photos of the Boise River. This is one of my favorites!

We had a field trip to the Botanical Gardens and that was lovely. I can't wait to go back in the spring and see all the flowers.

Inside back cover

Thank you for stopping by and for all those here in the USA, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

Dies Used:Sizzix: 
Journal (SizzixSSS)
Fresh Brewed (Sizzix / SSS)
Cobweb (Sizzix / SSS)
Vintage Lace - retired
Silly Monsters (Sizzix / SSS)
Tattered Leaves (Sizzix / SSS)
Harlequin Border (Sizzix / SSS)
Mini Acorn & Pumpkin Set (Sizzix)
Layered Leaf (Sizzix / SSS)

Grand Leaf Trio
Leaves & Petals
Sentiment Trio

Stamps Used:
Tim Holtz (S.A) - Thankful Silhouettes
Tim Holtz (S.A.) - Autumn Blueprint
Tim Holtz (S.A.) - Ledger Script
Tim Holtz (S.A.) - Falling Leaves
AJVD - Hello Fall
AJVD - Wood Grain Background

whole lotta fall colors of Distress Stain, Distress Ink, Distress Paint & Ranger Archival InkIdea-ology Clippings Stickers
Idea-ology Mini Clips
Idea-ology Big Chat
Idea-ology Chit Chat Seasonal
Idea-ology Small Talk
Idea-ology Flashcards

Sizzix & Simon Says Stamp 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 thanks you!)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly November Challenge – "Silhouette"


Hello! It's mid-month inspiration time over at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog! Our theme this month is "Silhouette". Visible Image Stamps is our generous sponsor for this challenge and they sent stamps to all the design team members. I made a rockin' birthday card for my husband with them. ;-)

We hope that you join in this month's challenge! Head on over and check it out. =)

Stamps/Stencils Used: 
Visible Image - Rays of Light
Visible Image - Rock Out
Visible Image stencil - Fibres

Dies Used:
Tim Holtz - On the Edge Star Cluster retired (SSS
Tim Holtz - Vintage Cabinet Card (Sizzix / SSS )

Other supplies:
Distress Paint - Mustard Seed, Wild Honey
Distress Stain - Wild Honey, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers
Distress Spray Stain - Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey
Distress Oxide Ink - Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers
Ranger Archival Ink - Forget Me Not, Orange Blossom, Jet Black
Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste - Metallic Gold
Embossing powder - Black, Gold

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!)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Eileen Hull's Book Club Collection Release!

Hello, Eileen's new collection, Book Club, will soon be in the stores! This collection is chock full of cool dies but some of the coolest are the 3-in-1 dies. They are XL Bigz dies and are designed so you can make several different types of projects from the same cuts. My favorite is the Book & Pages, Trinket Box & Frame Die. (Check out the projects the Inspiration Team is sharing on Eileen's blog all this month. You will see the variety you can achieve!) I created a little winter scene in my trinket box:

I have a quick little tutorial for you. These are pretty easy to put together! To start, I cut all the pieces out of white matboard (I love how the Sizzix matboard takes ink.) For the inside of the box, I first smooshed Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress ink onto my craft mat, sprayed with water and then smooshed the matboard into the puddle and then dried it. Using the Bare Trees stencil, I made a monoprint over that.

Making a monoprint is easy. I used the Hickory Smoke ink pad to apply ink directly to the stencil. I then lightly misted it with water and placed it ink side down onto the background. It helps to press down on the stencil with a paper towel or cloth to absorb any extra water that squishes out.

I neglected to take more photos (oops) but the box goes together quite easily. Before assembly, I stamped the outside surfaces with a woodgrain stamp and Antique Linen ink. I then glued the box sides to the back and filled it before gluing on the front. I built up a little platform from scrap matboard so the tree and deer would be high enough to show properly in the window. I used Texture Paste to make the snow and covered it with Rock Candy Glitter.

The wooden birch tree, mini pine cones and wooden snowflakes I had in my stash. The base is an old wooden spool I painted white and wrapped with grey Jute Twine.

Thanks for stopping by! Ask about Eileen's new collection at your local scrapbook store. Also be sure to check out Eileen's blog to see what everyone else is sharing. =)

Dies Used: 
Eileen Hull - Book & Pages, Trinket Box, Frame (Sizzix
Eileen Hull - Floral Arch & Words(Sizzix)
Mover & Shapers Mini Reindeer (Sizzix

Other supplies:
Dreamweaver Bare Trees Stencil
Tim Holtz Jute Twine
Tim Holtz Christmas Word Bands (retired)
Distress Glitter - Rock Candy, Vintage Platinum
Sizzles matboard
Distress Ink - Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone
Stickles - Rock Candy
Distress Collage Medium

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!)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sneak Peek!

It must be A Jillian Vance Design Monday! I have a sneak peek of the card I've posted over on their blog. Head on over to see the whole thing. ;-)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Village Church at Christmastime

My Tim Holtz Village Dwelling love continues! In case you missed it, I completed a huge Halloween Village project last month and now I'm turning my attention to Christmas projects. I made a little old fashioned country church scene for a crystal base I found at the thrift store. The church lifts off so you can put a battery tea light underneath.

I used heavyweight card stock for the structure of the house and then used the Notebook embossing folder to make "siding" pieces to go on all the walls. All the dies are from Tim Holtz's Village Die series.

The windows are scrap plastic colored with alcohol ink and coated with Stickles Rock Candy for extra sparkle.

I love the look of the light inside! Use a battery powered tea light.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm entering this into the Timeworn challenge on the Frilly & Funkie blog. Churches like this one are certainly from a by-gone era. =)

Dies Used: 
Sizzix (all Tim Holtz):
Village Dwelling (Sizzix / SSS
Village Manor (Sizzix / SSS)
Village Bell Tower (Sizzix / SSS
Village Rooftops (Sizzix / SSS
Village Winter (Sizzix / SSS )
Village Christmastime (Sizzix / SSS)

Other supplies:
Tim Holtz embossing folder Notebook
Tim Holtz Tiny Bells
Tim Holtz Wire Pin
Tim Holtz Decorative Deer
Tim Holtz Christmas Typed Tokens
Distress Ink – Picket Fence, Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone
Alcohol Ink – Mushroom, Butterscotch
Distress Paint – Picket Fence
Distress Dry Glitter - Rock Candy
Stickles Rock Candy 

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!)