Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Best Loved Eileen Hull Dies



Hello, I hope you are having a good week! All this month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is sharing projects made with their favorite dies, both past and present. (You can check out what's been shared so far herehere and here.)

Of course it was really hard to choose which die I wanted to use. (There are so many favorites!) I decided to pull out my Cantilever Sewing Box die. These are so much fun to make and are perfect for gifts. They hold all sorts of jewelry or other trinkets. (I previously made a steampunk themed box you can see here.)

They are bigger than you might think! A finished one is 6 x 4.25 x 2.25 in.

The sides open up to reveal the drawers:



Here's a tutorial about how this goes together. (You can also download an instruction sheet from Sizzix.) Sorry for the bad lighting in the photos. I need an art room lighting upgrade!

Step 1
I covered my mat board with patterned paper before I began.


Step 2
I cut out all the parts. You need six drawer parts, two foot units, two lids, and four sets of the struts. Note that in the photo below I'm missing two sets of the struts. Oops! Sizzix also recommends that you hand cut a base that is 2 1/8 x 6 inches to make the box sturdier. More on that later.


Step 3
Glue the two bottom drawers together. (I used a glue gun for all the assembly.) Here it shows the optional 2 1/8 x 6 inch base piece you can cut. If you glue it onto the bottom drawer units it reinforces the whole sewing box and keeps it from sagging a bit in the middle.




Extra base board glued on and foot units glued on as well
Step 4
You will need twenty-eight brads to assemble this. Start with the base.



Just keep stacking up!



Before gluing on the lids, I made pin cushion pads to attach first. I also decorated them with embroidered felt flowers and pearl button handles. It was easier to do all that first and then glue the lids onto the box.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to head on over to Eileen's blog and see what everyone else is sharing. I hope you have a chance to be creative in the near future! ;-)

Dies:
Eileen Hull Sizzix 

Other:
felt
small brads
embroidery floss
adhesive

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, February 14, 2018

Mid-Month Inspiration for Mixed Media Monthly

Hello! It's time for a little mid-month inspiration for our February Photo Inspiration Challenge over at Mixed Media Monthly. The challenge is to create a project based on our challenge photo:

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I was still in a steampunk valentine kind of mood so I added a few appropriate pages to my steampunk art journal:


(You can see how I did the cover of this art journal HERE and some other pages HERE.) Be sure to head on over to the MMM blog and check out all the inspiration in the challenge post! We'd love to see you join in and share your work with us. Many thanks as well to Topflight Stamps for sponsoring us this month. Enter the challenge and you will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Topflight Stamps!

Dies:
Sizzix - Heartfelt ( Sizzix / SSS )
Stamps:
Tim Holtz  - Dapper
Inkadinkado - Cogs & Gears

Other:
AJVD INKboss Inkpression Plate - Vintage Floral Flourish
Tim Holtz Paper Dolls
Tim Holtz Vial Labels
Tim Holtz Design Tape - Correspondence
Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs - Gilded Accents
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, Gears (retired)
Distress Oxide Ink - Candied Apple
Distress Spray Stain - Tattered Rose, Antique Linen
Ranger Archival Ink  - Jet Black, Tree Branch

I am also entering this into the SanDee & amelie Steampunk Challenge for February, Anything Goes. Go check them out for a dose of steampunk goodness! ;-)

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!)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sneak Peek!

It's sneak peek time for my post over at the A Jillian Vance Design blog! What could it be??? ;-) Head on over to see!



Have a great week!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mixed Media Monthly February Challenge!

Hello there! It's February (I'd swear it was just January 1st!!) and that means it's time for a new challenge over at the Mixed Media Challenge Blog. This month it's a photo inspiration challenge which means that you look at the challenge graphic below and make a super cool project inspired by it and then post it in the linky on the challenge post and then you will be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to spend at our sponsor, Topflight Stamps. Whew! Get all that? ;-)


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I took the opportunity to make a Valentine's Day card for my wonderful hubby:


The background stamp is a fabulous steampunk stamp from a Carabelle set called 'The Heart Has its Reasons". The background is done with Distress Crayons, tissue tape and stenciling.

Overlaying it are die cut gears colored with more Distress Crayons and a Tim Holtz Findings heart charm paired with a Paper Doll.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to head on over to the MMM blog and check out all the inspiration in the challenge post! We'd love to see you join in and share your work with us. Many thanks as well to Topflight Stamps for sponsoring us this month.

Dies:
Sizzix - Rondeaux #659706, retired

Stamps:
Carabelle  - The Heart Has its Reasons

Other:
Tim Holtz Paper Dolls
Tim Holtz Clippings Stickers
Tim Holtz Mini Fasteners
Tim Holtz Treasures Adornments Findings
Distress Crayons - Set 2, Set 3, Metallics
Distress Markers - Tattered Rose, Broken China, Vintage Photo, Worn Lipstick
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils - Mini Set 1
Stabilo pencil

I am also entering this into the SanDee & amelie Steampunk Challenge for February, Anything Goes. Go check them out for a dose of steampunk goodness! ;-)

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!)

Monday, January 29, 2018

Eileen Hull – Creativation 2018 Recap

Well, I wasn't there in person but I went to Creativation vicariously through all the photos and videos the away team shared. ;-) Eileen Hull released her new collection, Book Club Chapter 2! It should be hitting the stores around June (soooo long to wait...) but I have some peeks for you. I'll share tutorials when the dies are available. You can see Eileen share the Book Club dies at the show in THIS video.

I'd say the centerpiece die of the Chapter 2 dies is the Wrap Journal. This die absolutely rocks! All three of the following journals I created were cut with the same die.

A little on the techie side


On the softer side...


and......

One just for fun!


I hope you've enjoyed this peek at what is coming! Later this week Eileen will have a roundup of the projects the Inspiration Team made with the new Book Club Chapter 2 Collection so be sure to stop by and check it out. You can find her blog HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Post on A Jillian Vance Design

Hello! Today I have a card posted on the Jillian Vance Design blog. Here's a little sneaky peek for you. Is it for Valentine's Day?? But it's not red! Ha ha, better go see...



Have a great week!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mixed Media Monthly January Challenge - Ring in the New

Hello there! I have some mid-month inspiration for you for our current challenge, Ring in the New.

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I created a little mini album to chronicle goals for 2018. I think it's much more fun and inspirational than a plain old piece of paper. ;-)



The covers are cut using Eileen Hull's Trinket Box die and colored with Distress inks and sprays. I added some stamping using archival ink and then covered it all with Crazing Collage Medium for a subtle crackle.


The pages are accordion style and I stamped on the front and back.


Thanks for stopping by and be sure to head on over to Mixed Media Monthly to check out all the cool projects! You still have time to enter and then you'll be in the running for winning a mixed media prize pack from the Prize Vault.

Dies Used:
Eileen Hull Book & Pages, Trinket Box & Frame
Eileen Hull Bookplate, Hinges & Label


Chipboard Shapes Used:
gears & clock hand - clock mechanicals

Other:
Tim Holtz stamp sets - Dapper, Noble Gent
Prima 'Dream On' stamp set, #961992
Idea-ology Hex Fasteners
Distress Collage Medium - Crazing
Sizzix Matboard
Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso
Distress Paint - Tarnished Brass
Distress Oxide Ink - Antique Linen
Ranger Archival Ink - Coffee, Tree Branch, Jet Black
Distress Spray Stain - Tea Dye, Antique Linen


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!)