Tuesday, 24 April 2018

April Showers with Eileen Hull's Photo Storage Die

We don't need an excuse for a party or get together, but what we do need are cute, fun and easy to create invitations. I designed these Baby Shower Invites using Eileen Hull's Photo and Storage Die as the main body, along with a very simple trick to make your invite pop right up out of the box!

Die cut the photo box and glue together, as you see I use clothes pegs to hold mine while the wet glue dries. I also cut a piece of mat board to 3 1/2" x 5" to become the base for the insert.

I used up scraps of this cute paper from Kaisercraft Little Ones Collection to decorate the outside. I needed to do a little paper piecing, but the joins would get covered as it was decorated, so it wasn't a problem.

I chose a piece of patterned paper, and embellishments from the pack of co-ordinating Collectables ready to decorate the front of the box.

I flipped the box over and found the top centre of the box, I used my glass mat to get a rough idea where that was, before adding strong double sided tape to the box, ready to attach a piece of grey satin ribbon, shiny side up onto. The ribbon was approx 14" long.

I added one of the super cute tags from the Collectables to hide the ribbon, so that the Baby Owl was peeping over the front of the box.

And found a square sentiment to add over the top of the blank tag, for a little extra decoration.

I flipped the box the right way up again, and decorated the front side.

And also the insert for the invitation to be written on. These little critters are so cute. I found two circle sentiments from the pack.

Then bringing the ribbon forward across the top of the box, I slid the invitation down, using it to take the ribbon down inside the box, making sure I didn't loose the end that was lose.

Trim the end of the ribbon to the desired length, and add one of the circle sentiments to each side, to create a tag to use as a pull.

There you have it, a fun and easy way of creating a pop up invitation for any event.

Happy Crafting
Elizabeth x



Friday, 13 April 2018

Craft Stamper Magazine April Challenge Inspiration

It's inspiration day over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog where we would love you to join in with our April challenge.

Hop over via the link to check out the amazing inspirational projects from my teamies and also how to submit your stamped projects. Sadly we have way too many projects that can't be considered for a prize, as they haven't followed the guidelines :( so frustrating for us with so much beautiful artwork, so please read the requirements first.

As always there is a fabulous prize up for grabs, this time around we are sponsored by Imagine Design Create as well as the chance to be featured in the magazine it's self, how cool is that!

Happy Crafting
Elizabeth x

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Organising with Eileen Hull's Card Organiser Die

This year we are doing our best to become more organised at home. We both love collecting vintage things and having little collections out on display, and sometimes they need containing.
My Husband collects vintage clocking in machines, and if he can find them, original clocking in cards. He bought this machine (many years ago) when he was an apprentice at Rolls Royce. The company modernised and upgraded to electric machines, so the beautiful old wooden ones were sold. The machine is in our Dining Hall, and the cards were just loose on the top, gathering dust and getting knocked off and damaged, so time to get him organised!

I cut out the Card Organiser Die three times using Sizzix Mat Board, as I wanted the organiser to be sturdy.

Next I die cut a piece of Graphic 45 paper, making sure I had the sides plus a little overhang to wrap around the edge. I cut the paper down the centre, and as I only need this to cover the sides, only one die cut was needed.

Next I assembled the storage boxes. I use a strong wet glue along with a little strong tape, for an instant grab. Then I use clothes pegs to hold everything in place whilst it dries.

Once the three compartments were completely dry, I used strong wet glue to join the three of them together, to create the storage unit. I found three hardbacked books to slide one inside of each section, and then turned it on it's side with another book on top to hold it all together until the glue was dry.

Once dry I covered both the sides of the unit with the paper, overlapping the front and back for a nice neat finish. Because the paper is fitting over the outside of the Mat Board, it creates a border at the top, showing the white of the unit, which I really liked. I had planned to ink the edges in a darker shade, but I love the clean shabby look this gives.

I trimmed down a couple of pieces of Mat Board, one to cover the back of the unit, and another to cover the front. Again I changed my mind, and decided to leave them white and not cover them with paper or ink.  So I only used half a sheet of a 12"x12" piece of paper!

I layered the bookplate Mat Board frame with the paper, and adhered it on three sides, leaving the top open, so a card would slip in. I added this to the front of the storage unit, I really love how this unit turned out, and it was so very easy to create.

So there you have it Mr Robinson's new storage unit to hold his Vintage Clocking In Cards, nice, tidy and organised, and co-ordinating with our decor.
And check out the time, I only realised when I uploaded the photo's, five more minutes and they would have been the same time!!

This is one of those fantastic dies designed to help you get organised, something in this house is a must!

Time to make one for me now, to hold all the bits of ephemera that I collect for my Junk Journals.

Happy Crafting.
Elizabeth x

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Friday, 9 March 2018

Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge March 2018

Just a little reminder that the challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog is under way.
As always we have a fabulous prize up for grabs along with a chance of featuring in the magazine it's self, how cool is that!

There are two stamp sets designed by Donna Gray which you can also check out HERE on the That's Crafty website.

I've been having a play with all the little bits and pieces that have been sat on my desk for ages, along with some new stamps from 49 and Market.

I was inspired by my gorgeous crafty friend Mandy after seeing her stunning mixed media projects. You can check out Mandy's new blog HERE for a closer look.

So get stamping, follow the link above, and check out how to enter. We love to see your amazing artwork.

Happy Crafting
Elizabeth x

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Fun times at Creativation UK 2018

I had a great time at Creativation UK 2018 which was held from 18th/20th February 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham.

As a Brand Ambassador for Royal Talens I was let loose with all of their fabulous products and a lovely big Strathmore paper wall, my idea of heaven!!

You can see how the Seahorse evolved with a short YouTube video HERE

Elizabeth x
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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

My New Favourite Die......Eileen Hull's Wrap Around Journal Part Two

So now we move on to the inside where there's lots of room for four signatures.

 First I started by creating a master board using Amsterdam acrylic paints onto copy paper. These would form the base of the signature covers.

 Building the colours up and blending them together with my fingers, I'm a hands on crafter.

Once I was happy with the painted background and it was totally dry, I used one of the Mandala stamps from the Jane Davenport with Lilac StazOn ink to create a random pattern, before cutting the pages out using Eileen's Passport Book Die. The pages on that die are the perfect size to fit the Wrap Around Journal, and as this is going to be a notebook, I can die cut several sheets of copier paper at a time.

I decided to knock the colours back a little, as they were very vibrant compared to the journal cover. So a quick dry brush with white gesso created a softer, muted tone to the signature covers.

 To finish off the covers I added some doodles using one of the new size White Gelly Roll pens, love this size 10 one, as it's larger than the standard size 08 one we all know and love. They have also brought out a finer one as well size 05

I found some pretty washi tape with feathers on and added pieces onto the covers for decoration, and also to strengthen the spines of the inside of the covers.

 Then after a sewing the signatures with a waxed linen thread, they were ready to be slipped inside the Wrap Around Journal.

All ready to take notes and add lists in to.

You can check out Part One HERE where you will find details of the Wrap Around Journal cover.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing the process, happy crafting.
Elizabeth x


Friday, 16 February 2018

My New Favourite Die......Eileen Hull's Wrap Around Journal Part One

I feel so naughty sharing this, but.............my favourite die at the moment is the new Wrap Journal Die from Eileen's Book Club Sizzix Collection Chapter Two. This won't be launching until Summer, but boy will it be worth the wait!! Imagine creating Wrap Journals with Mat Board, Leather and all things that a Bigz Die can cut.

My journal was cut from a piece of a piece of Sizzix Matboard and covered with a piece of the gorgeous Jane Davenport Deli paper, these sheets are huge as you can see from the picture above.

I used a multi medium to adhere the paper to the board, and as it dried the wrinkles appeared, o flip....

So not one to be put off by a few wrinkles here and there I lightly sanded everything back, and neatened up the edges and crease lines. Now we are good to go!

This paper is a great way of achieving a mixed media look if you are new to the style, or just want a quick way of covering a journal.

After brushing any loose dust away from the sanding, I gave the cover a light dry brushing of white gesso. This added to the dreamy colours of the papers, and hid any marks from the sanding :)

Then inspired by Eileen's Valentine Shaker Tutorial (you can find the first half HERE) I embraced my wrinkles with a Limited Edition shade Treasure Gold which has no name, but it's a rich deep Kingfisher shade. I added this in a randomly with my finger, then using a cotton wool bud added some into the scored fold lines, to loose the brightness of the white.

I'd forgotten how gorgeous using a coloured wax on a project is, and got slightly carried away......I love that shade of gold, especially over the kingfisher.

So a nice easy mixed media cover in how many steps, paper, gesso, and two different waxes......yes four steps after adhering the paper to the board!

So then it was time to flip the cover over and decorate the inside. It couldn't be simpler than grabbing watercolours and creating random stripes that overlap each other, I chose three colours purple, pink and blue from my Koi water colour box.

Then for extra decoration used the smaller Mandala stamp from Jane Davenport, in a Vibrant Violet StazOn ink. And yes don't worry I did clean my stamp afterwards.

I used a blush pink elastic fastened is a very simple way ready to add my signatures. I love the shade of the elastic and the straight lines on the spine of the journal, and it matched the cover perfectly.

It took me longer to decide what type of fastener I wanted, than it did to make the journal. There are so many ways to create closures.

In the end I opted for a magnetic closure, which was easy to attach and hide with the help of a little worker Bee. Well I am Mancunian after all.

So there's the cover all ready and waiting for the signatures, I'll be sharing those in a new post next week after I get home from Creativation UK.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the team's favourite dies over at the Eileen Hull Fan Club on Facebook. You will find bucket loads of links, inspiration, hints and tips, and you might just spot a fabulous giveaway from time to time!

Happy Crafting
Elizabeth x