18 October 2017

Eileen Hull Designs Thanksgiving/Party Mini Planner

Hi everyone and welcome. I'm back for my second post of the day with a new project for Eileen Hull Designs. The Inspiration Team were challenged with the idea of creating projects for the various seasonal holidays taking place for the next couple of months. Now here in the UK we don't celebrate Thanksgiving but I love the colours we associate with this time of year and the idea of throwing a get together party. So here's a planner that is perfect for recording all those important details in the run up to the event and memories from the day itself.


The basis of this little book is the Passport die which cuts, scores and hole punches not only the covers and spine but also the pages inside. I used Dina Wakley paints to colour the cover, using Eileen's some of Stitchy Flowers dies to create stencils and more stencils from Seth Apter/Stencil Girl Products (the dots on Alpha Drips and Number Drips). The title and little flower came from Eileen's upcoming Floral Arch and Words set and the little acorns from an older Tim Holtz Decorative Strip Die.

Imagine my delight to discover a stash of old Kay & Co scrapbook papers when digging for something in the bottom of a cupboard, one of which matched the cover of this little notebook perfectly! Serendipity for sure. I used a sheet of it to cover the outside of two handmade books and frame the Bookplate at the front. You'll spot another of those Stitchy Flowers adorning it.


The books are perfect for recording guest lists, menus, seating plans and so on. I included tabs from the ever popular Journal die throughout each book for ease of reference, each covered in more of that paper.


Towards the back are two small plastic wallets which hold coordinating double-sided photo mats, ideal for adding memories of the day and turning a planner into a record of the event. All of these elements can easily be slipped in and out of the elastic ties.


Finally at the back of the book is a little ruled notepad complete with pencil. I took an idea from Anne Redfern and used Sizzix Paper Leather covered in the coordinating paper to create a pencil holder as that stuff is so incredibly durable.


 So that's it for the second little book of the day (you can find the first one HERE). My talented colleagues from Eileen's Inspiration Team have produced lots more holiday projects for you to enjoy - make sure you hop on over to Eileen's website to see them.

Time for me to pop off and get some more creating done! Whatever you're up to take care of yourselves and get creative. Jenny xxx

'Tis Near Halloween at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! Sara Emily's hosts the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog. She's called it 'Tis Near Halloween' and here's her description for the challenge requirements; "It's no secret. I. Love.Halloween. With Halloween just a few weeks away, I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a Halloween theme. If Halloween isn't your thing, that's OK - just be sure to include orange, black and purple in your vintage or shabby chic project (These colors are not required if your theme is Halloween.) It would be a grave mistake to miss this challenge!"

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

My spooky project for the challenge is this hand-stitched notebook - the perfect place for recording potions and more.


The pages inside were created using a mix of white card and Tim Holtz 'Memoranda' Paper Stash, embellished with his Halloween Ephemera, Clippings stickers, machine stitching and stamping using Tim's 'Laboratorie' stamp set (I've only shown some of the pages in the video below as there were 72 pages in all!) Tuck spots were also added to some of the patterned pages. The front cover was made from one of Tim's Halloween Baseboards with some additional Ephemera. The back cover was created using a carrier sheet for one of Tim's large stencils added to a piece of chipboard 4"x 6" and I painted the inside of each cover with black gesso to coordinate. Finally the whole book was bound using coptic stitching to allow it to open flat on each page. See some of the pages in the following video - you can expand the screen using the icon in the lower right corner to get a closer look).

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I'm very pleased to report the person this notebook was designed for was thrilled to bits with it.


So for now that's my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Tis Near Halloween'. Make sure you hop on over to see what my talented team mates have been inspired to create for this challenge, and remember to link your own shabby chic or vintage projects featuring rust to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes that are up for grabs.

I'll be back later today with a new project for Eileen Hull Designs. In the meantime take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


4 October 2017

Show Us Your Stamps at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! For the past week it's been Autumn Clark's turn to host the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog. She's called it 'Show Us Your Stamps' and here's what she is asking for with this one; "Our challenge this round can be summed up with one word - STAMPS! We want to see you break out those stamps and get inky. There are so many ways to use stamps, and you probably have a few you have never even used - so come play along! We cannot wait to see your stamped vintage or shabby chic creations."

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

A little while ago I was extremely fortunate when Patti Behan of Ranger Ink sent me some of the latest releases from Ranger. This including a set of Wendy Vecchi's latest embossing powders which coordinate perfectly with her Archival Inks (you can find a full list of Wendy's Designer Line here). And of course Linda carries all of Wendy's line at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! A stamping challenge was the perfect opportunity to play with some of them and so I created these cards;


Of course you'll want to know how these came together so here's the tutorial;


1. Cut a piece of Ranger Watercolor Paper 4 1/2" x  5 1/4". Dip into Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Ink mixed with a little water and dry. Repeat to mop up some of the remaining ink. Add water droplets using a Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer and blot to remove some of the ink.
2. Use the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to stamp Wendy Vecchi's Botanical Register Background Stamp onto the centre of the inky paper with Tree Branch Archival Ink. You may need to repeat this process to ensure the image is clear and crisp.
3. Again using the Stamp Platform, this time with a combination of Garden Patina and Leaf Green Archival Inks, stamp Wendy Vecchi's Rectangle Collage Background Stamp onto the centre of the paper. If the first impression isn't to your liking it's easy to repeat the process.
4. This time use the Stamp Platform with Wendy's Stamp It Stencil It! Prairie Flower set to add a Jet Black Archival Ink flower on one side of the paper. Remove the paper from the Stamp Platform ready for the next stage BUT leave the flower stamp in place as you'll be over-stamping the image later.


5. Use the Ranger Emboss It Dabber to apply embossing ink through the leaf section of the stencil from the Stamp It Stencil It! set.


6. Using the end of a palette knife, a small spoon or similar, add a little Carnation Red Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder onto the flower bud part and tap off any excess.
7. Cover the remainder of the embossed section with Leaf Green Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder, again tapping off any excess. Use the Ranger Heat It Craft Tool to melt/heat set the powder.
8. Now apply more embossing ink through the flower section of the stencil and cover in more Carnation Red Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder, heat setting as before.
9. Finally apply embossing ink through the dot section of the stencil and cover in Garden Patina Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder, heat setting as before.


10. Return the paper to the Stamp Tool, positioning it in exactly the same place as before, and over-stamp the flower using Jet Black Archival Ink to reveal all the details.
11. Stamp the sentiment from Wendy Vecchi's All Occasion Art stamp set in Jet Black Archival Ink onto the paper either using the Stamp Platform or an acrylic stamping block.
12. Cut a piece of card 4 3/4" x 5 1/2" and add the embossing ink to the edges of it. Cover the ink with Tree Branch Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder and heat set as before.
13. To finish layer up the stamped paper onto the embossed card, a coordinating piece of Tim Holtz Ideaology Classic Kraft Stock (cut to 5 3/4" square and sanded to reveal the kraft core) and finally onto a 6" square white card black. I added some machine stitching detail but it is not essential.

Here's a closer look at the first version of the finished card;


For the second version I followed the same steps, replacing the Leaf Green and Garden Patina Archival Inks with Carnation Red and Cactus Flower Archival Inks on the Rectangle Collage Background Stamp. I also replaced the Garden Patina Embossing Powder with the Cactus Flower Embossing Powder when colouring the flower.



And here's a closer look at the second version of the finished card;


That's it for my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Show Us Your Stamps'. I hope you've enjoyed seeing the tutorial - if you have any questions be sure to leave a comment below. Meantime do make sure you hop on over to see what my talented team mates have been inspired to create for this challenge, and remember to link your own shabby chic or vintage projects featuring stamping to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes that are up for grabs.

I'm off to get in some more playtime with these gorgeous embossing powders.
Whatever you have planned for the rest of the week take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


30 September 2017

Eileen Hull Mini Blog Hop Giveaway - Winner!!!

Hi everyone and welcome! Back at the beginning of this month Anne Redfern, Tracy Evans and myself (otherwise known as the UK contingent of Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team) started a mini blog hop to give three lucky people the chance of winning one of the hugely popular Journal dies.

Eileen Hull is currently on the Paper Trail, driving the whole width of America and travelling up into Canada in her now famous Scotty, a 1976 Serra camper van! You can find out where Eileen will be visiting and teaching classes by visiting her website www.eileenhull.com or by following her adventures on Facebook at Eileen Hull Designs where she will be doing regular FB Live videos.


Following on from the hugely successful release of Eileen's 'Journal' XL Die and Katie Skilton's sell out Sizzix shows on Hochanda, here in the UK, Anne, Tracy and myself wanted to continue to celebrate the success of Eileen's 'Journal' XL Die around the World. Today we get to announce the winners of the mini blog hop and see which of the lucky entrants will have a new Journal die on it's way to them!


The lucky randomly drawn winner is #1 Rox Boyce!!! Please email me with your postal address at buttonscraft@btinternet.com to claim your die. Huge congratulations to Rox and a big thank you to everyone who entered.
Make sure you check Anne and Tracy's blogs to see who their lucky winners are...

I'll be back soon with more new projects (including a Journal or two!) Until then take care of yourselves and get creative. Jenny xxx

26 September 2017

Eileen Hull Designs 'Book Club' Sneak Peeks

Hi everyone and welcome! I'm back today with some of the brand new Sizzix die designs from the amazing Eileen Hull - they are not released until later this year but Eileen's Inspiration Team are sharing lots of 'serving suggestions' to whet your appetites; find them HERE on Eileen's website.

The new collection is called 'Book Club' and the emphasis is on making the most of your dies. Each die design can be used in a multitude of ways on its own, they all work with each other, and on top of that they coordinate perfectly with Eileen's previous dies (like the Journal and Passport dies).


This first project is made with the 'Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Book & Pages, Trinket Box & Frame', an amazing die that allows you to create at least three different distinct projects. Make a deep edged book, complete with pages, make a thin or deep frame with no fuss, and for all those who love fancy gift boxes you can make the perfect little home for presents and treats.


Having seen so many people mention how they missed Eileen's Candy Drawer die having used it in the past to hold handcrafted jewellery, I decided to create a gift box for the earrings from last month. I added a wood effect with paint before construction, then trimmed with coordinating flowers and a butterfly using Eileen's 'Birds and Butterflies' Thinlits dies.


Inside the box I added one of the Book Pages, with indents at the top cut using Eileen's new 'Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die - Book Binding'. Although designed to allow for the easy insertion of book binding rings, it proved perfect for slotting the earring hooks over.


Now we have the 'Sizzix ScoreBoards Large Die - Photo Box', a die which helps you create a 4"x 6" x 1/2" box. Ideal for storing photos, pictures etc maybe that you want to use on a scrapbook layout, it will also make a box that fits perfectly inside Eileen's Journal. You could even use a clever idea from the team and add ribbon handles to create a gift box! I took yet another approach for using this little box, die cutting an oval in one side to create and interchangeable frame. You can slip pictures (or in this case motivational sayings) inside safe and ready to be rotated for a new view every day!


I added a Sizzix 'Small Easel' to the back to enable it to stand upright and embossed the box with Eileen's 'Starlight' embossing folder before assembling. On the front I added two floral flourishes using Eileen's 'Stitchy Flowers' Thinlits dies on top of die cut 'Floral Arch'es, one of the new decorative Thinlits dies from the Book Club collection.


Finally we have the 'Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Card Box, Planner Storage & Organizer', a die which creates a slanted box with multiple uses. I used mine for storing some of my favourite Thinlits dies from Eileen Hull but just imagine storing your planner, adding a Journal inside (or using it inside a Journal!) adding cards to create a coordinated set, or even hinging two of these together to create a long closing box - the possibilities are endless!


I gave this storage unit a wood effect look with paints before adding flowers using Eileen's 'Stitchy Flowers' Thinlits dies to the side. If you want to stack these together leaving the sides flat would be a good idea, but just imagine a rainbow of coloured Organizers sitting on your shelf! The little plaque at the side is part of the design so you can add smart looking labelling when they are all stacked up.

So that's just a few ideas for using some of the upcoming releases from Eileen Hull Designs. Remember, there's lots more to see from the rest of the Inspiration Team over on the website HERE.

Finally just a quick reminder that there's still time to enter the Mini Blog Hop with Anne Redfern, Tracy Evans and myself to be in with a chance of winning one of three of the hugely popular Journal dies!!!
For now thanks for checking out these new releases with me today. Take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx

20 September 2017

To Everything There is a Season at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! It's Kathy Clement's turn to host the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog. She's called it 'To Everything There Is A Season' and here's her description for the challenge requirements; "Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. Brilliant leaves, fall flowers, crisp blue skies, and migrating geese fill the season with a sense of wonder and anticipation. You're invited to create a vintage or shabby chic project that captures the beauty of fall. You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to create it in the shabby chic or vintage style and be sure to use fall (not Halloween) images and colors."

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

I haven't taken the traditional Autumn leaves approach to this challenge, instead preferring to include fading roses at the very end of the season and muted colours with a distinctly romantic theme - and yes, surprise surprise, it's a new journal!!! Here it is without the sari tie closure so you can see the journal title and cracked, aged 'plaster' elements in all their glory;


And here's the journal with that sari tie wrapped around to hide the secrets inside and keep them secure;
(click on each image for a closer look)


Up close you can see the fresco finish to the base of the cover and the look of weathering to the plaster. And then there's those faded roses, now losing their colour and showy beauty yet still with a delicacy to them. The little rusty orange flowers in between provide the perfect contrast and the bronze effect embellishments extend the design to each end of the cover.



On the spine of the journal, and continuing on with the whole romantic theme, there's a collection of bronze effect charms (including two containing off cuts of paper from the signatures inside). They add a touch of  'music' as they jangle together.



Inside the cover, this journal contains signatures created from the 'Love Clippings' A4 paper pad with pockets and tuck spots stitched in place to hold all those wonderful romantic memories. It's as though Prima created these paper pads with Travelers Notebook sized journals in mind, they work so well!

At this stage you are going to want to see inside and find out how I made this right? Aha! You're gonna have to wait until Saturday for my complete step by step tutorial over on the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog.
For everyone who's asked how I put my no-cut journal signatures together you'll get the complete lowdown.


So for now that's my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'To Everything There Is A Season'. Make sure you hop on over to see what my talented team mates have been inspired to create for this challenge, and remember to link your own shabby chic or vintage projects featuring rust to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes that are up for grabs.

Don't forget, you'll get the full tutorial over on the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog this coming Saturday.
In the meantime take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


Editor's Note; As promised at the end of the tutorial here's a video walk-through of the completed journal.

 



10 September 2017

EILEEN HULL MINI BLOG HOP - with GIVEAWAY

Hi everyone and welcome! Eileen Hull is currently on the Paper Trail, driving the whole width of America and travelling up into Canada in her now famous Scotty, a 1976 Serra camper van! You can find out where Eileen will be visiting and teaching classes by visiting her website www.eileenhull.com or by following her adventures on Facebook at Eileen Hull Designs where she will be doing regular FB Live videos.

Following on from the hugely successful release of Eileen's 'Journal' XL Die and Katie Skilton's sell out Sizzix shows on Hochanda, here in the UK, we want to continue to celebrate the success of Eileen's 'Journal' XL Die, both here in the UK and elsewhere around the World. Anne Redfern, Tracy Evans and I are doing a Blog Giveaway and each of us is offering one of Eileen's Journal die sets as a prize!
We are happy to post to winners anywhere in the world.


To be in with a chance of winning one of these THREE prizes you must:
1. Be a follower of one or (better still) all of our blogs
2. Comment and tell us whether or not you already have the Eileen Hull 'Journal' XL Die.
3. Be a member of Eileen Hull's Fan Club on Facebook. It is very simple to join and there is a lot of inspiration there as well as amazing prizes.

Don't forget to visit Anne Redfern and Tracy Evans blogs for second and third chances to win.


And don't forget, once you've got the journal bug you can order your digital copy of the Journal Treasury e-book with Eileen Hull and friends from Bella Crafts HERE. Available in one easily downloadable form accessible on any device, there are 85 projects (on 164 pages) from a huge number of designers who offer something to suit every taste and style. Not only do you get full page colour photos of each journal, for the vast majority you also get a comprehensive guide for how to go about creating them!

Would you love to have one of Eileen Hull's 'Journal' XL Dies? Then please do join in the fun! Prize winners will be announced on 30 September 2017, on each of our three blogs. Do please check back to see if you are a winner!

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