Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Intentions Prayer Box - Eileen Hull Inspiration Team

We are living in such uncertain times at the moment. Some days it feels like we are watching a scary movie being played out in front of our eyes.

We need to keep positive thoughts in our heads and love in our hearts ready for when we can get our lives back on a normal keel.

It will Happen!!!!!

But until it does, I will be writing all my intentions on a die cut piece of paper and posting them into my Prayer Box.

When normal returns, I will open the box, pick one intention at random and that's what I'll be doing that day, and for every day until the box is empty.

I covered the gift box with the beautiful Birdsong papers from Mintay, and added the word Prayer from the Journaling Words set in black card.

I'm using my scraps of papers and cutting them using one of the dies from the Bookplate, Hinge and Label Die set.

This was a change of plan, so please cut the slot in (carefull) before you make up the box. The edges of mine look a little messy as it was an afterthought.

I added a hinge to the lip to conceal the slot and make it look like a beautiful decorative box.

People ask me how do I store my dies, so here goes. The Thinlet Dies I cut the packaging apart and add the relevant information, name, No etc to a small piece of mountboard along with a piece of magnetic sheet.

It means the dies are ready to grab and are stored safely with all the infomation I need.

Then they stand in a storage box on the top layer of my Raskog Cart, alongside the Bigz Dies.

So lets set out intentions and look forward to the return of normal, whatever that will be.

Happy Crafting and stay safe,
Elizabeth x

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Friday, 6 March 2020

The Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge March 2020

It's the first Friday in March so that's means we have a new challenge launching over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog

As always we have a fabulous prize up for grabs along with the chance to be featured in the magazine it's self, how cool is that!

So hop over to the blog (via the link above) check out the entry information get stamping, and join in the fun.

You can grab a copy of the magazine at most craft shops and of course WH Smith. If your local craft store doesn't stock it then get them to contact the magazine and they can be added to the list of stockists.

Happy Crafting,
Elizabeth x

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Eileen Hull Inspiration Team February 2020

A short and sweet blog post from me today using Eileen Hull's new Display Stand Die. This was the first thing I made when the die arrived as I thought it would make a fantastic "keeper" so I don't loose my smaller dies when I'm working.

I love these DCWV papers they are so fresh and clean looking, and fit in nicely with the decor in my workroom.

Not only does the stand keep my dies safe and  tidy whilst I'm working with them, it also doubles up as a "Keeper" whilst I'm sewing, holding onto the pins, needles and bobbins.

Happy Crafting,
Elizabeth x

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Friday, 7 February 2020

The Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challege February 2020

I've been having fun creating on a burlap page in my Dina Wakely Journal.

I've added all kinds of scrap papers and images, along with stamped butterflies from one of  Finnabair's stamp sets.

Our new challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog launches today. Can you believe we are in February already!

We would love you to join in with the fun and share your projects using stamped images with us. Pop over to the blog and check out the terms and conditions (via the link above) to be in with a chance to will a fabulous prize or even a chance to be featured in the magazine it's self, how cool is that.

Check out this great prize.

So get stamping and pop over to be in with a chance.

Happy Crafting, Elizabeth x

Thursday, 6 February 2020

How to clean filthy stencils without breaking out into a sweat!

So last August I was lucky enough to go over to the Cadence Academy in Turkey.

I spent a wonderful week creating and learning all about the products, it was pure bliss! In total I think we created sixteen projects, and they weren't all small!!

We used some fabulous stencils, which we were give to take home along with our projects.

As you can see from the picture above the stencils were put through their paces. I know some people don't ever clean their stencils, but I'm not one of them. Stencils with fine details can get gunked up, and you loose the clarity of the image.

We used all types of mediums from glass paints, acrylic paints, pastes and of course the fabulous hybrid acrylics, which stick to everything!

So here's my guide to cleaning your stencils, without breaking into a sweat.

Pop a dishwasher tablet into a bowl or sink, and carefully add a couple of kettles of boiling water.

Once the dishwasher tablet has dissolved, add you dirty stencils to the water, making sure they are completely submerged.

Just look at all the gunk on this one..................

And didn't we use gorgeous colours and mediums on here, and keep in mind these have been like this for six months, yes six months!

So half an hour later, and a little light brushing over with a soft nail brush, the magic has happened.

All the stencils are clean, gunk free and ready for using again.

Now to clean the kitchen island :)

Happy Crafting,
Elizabeth x

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Eileen Hull New Release Scalloped Box

Oooooo do I love this new die designed by Eileen Hull it has so many possibilities of use.

I thought I'd make a gift box to contain chocolates, it would make a lovely Easter gift, and if you decant a box of chocolates, thee are bound to be a few leftovers............just, win.

I cut the box from Sizzix Mountboard, glues it together and added texture paste through a stencil.  Once dry I added some wooden birds and resin flowers from my stash. I filled in the gaps and added extra texture with Artsy Stones.

After making sure everything was completely dry, I gave he entire project a couple of coats of white gesso, drying in-between. before adding the beautiful Cadence Hybrid Acrylic paints randomly in Faded Pink and Plum. Yes this year I'm pushing myself to try new colours :)

Once the pink shades were completely dry, I knocked them back a little by dry brushing white gesso over them.

Again making sure everything was totally dry I added highlights using the stunning Antique Silver Gilding paint, dried the project completely and then added a few more highlights, this time in the beautiful Antique Gold Gilding paint. Boy this paint has an amazing sheen!

I finished off by adding a wash of the Antique Gold Gilding paint to the inside.

And now it's ready for a layer of tissue paper and a handful of favourite chocolates to gift. And when the chocolates are eaten, the recipient has a beautiful trinket box to keep.

Happy Crafting.
Elizabeth x

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Friday, 10 January 2020

The Craft Stamper Magazine January 2020 Challenge

Happy New Year and welcome to the firs challenge for 2020 over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog

We would love you to share your projects using "real" stamping on them with us, for a chance to be in winning a fabulous prize.

Check this out......

What a great prize to top up your New Year stash! And don't forget you are also in with a chance to be featured in the magazine it's self, how cool is that.

So hop over to the blog (via the link above) to check out the guidelines, and get stamping.

Happy Crafting,
Elizabeth x