Wednesday 18 December 2019

My Favourite Eileen Hull Project for 2019

It was a hard choice deciding which was my favourite project using Eileen's dies this year, there have been so many to choose from.

In the end I chose the Seaside themed journal, as I love anything coastal and shabby.

You can check out the full blog post HERE

Thank you all so much for popping by my blog this year, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Happy Crafting,
Elizabeth x 

Friday 13 December 2019

The Craft Stamper Magazine December 2019 Challenge

Just a little reminder that the challenge over at The Craft Stamper Magazine Blog is underway and we have a fabulous prize up for grabs this month.

Check this out.........

Pop over the the magazine blog to read the rules of entry, and get creating using your stamped images.

You will find lots of inspiration over on the blog from the rest of my fabulous teamies.

Happy Crafting.
Elizabeth x

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Eileen Hull's Holiday Inspiration

I didn't have anything suitable for dressing a Holiday table, or so I thought..... I then remembered the Spring Leaves Die - Perfect!

I set about die cutting from a selection of autumnal coloured felt. Such a quick process and the die will easily cut through a couple of layers of felt at a time.

I cut out a circle of cream felt and adhered a a selection of leaves around the underside of the edge, perfect to use as a coaster, or hold that important bottle of Fizz for the celebrations.

My original plan was to machine sew the leaves onto a base of dissoluble backing, but as I couldn't find it, sod's law! I decided to hand stitch instead, using a neutral thread and a running stitch to create a vein. The leaves are held together with a small stitch underneath. I might even make it a little bigger for next year.

Happy Holidays
Elizabeth x

Friday 8 November 2019

Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge November 2019 Inspiration

Keeping my stamping simple today as I think the beautiful Poppies from Jane Davenport speak for themselves. I gave them a quick wash of colour from my Mermaid Markers before a little doodling, and a Chat Word from Tim Holtz.

We have a fabulous prize up for grabs over at the Craft Stamper Magazine blog, along with the chance to be featured in the magazine it's self.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is share your stamping artwork with us. You will find all the information you need for entering over at the blog (via the link above), along with lots more inspiration from the rest of the team.

So check out the blog and I hope to see you joining in with the fun.
Happy Crafting.
Elizabeth x

Wednesday 23 October 2019

Eileen Hull's Pocket Notebook

I really need somewhere to keep my paint and ink swatches recorded. I'm forever buying the same colour twice, and I must admit I love seeing the rainbow of colours down on paper!

So I started by cutting out Eileen's new Pocket Notebook, keeping the full width of the spine so I could have five signatures or spaces for colour charts.

Love all things beachy, the colours, the textures and of course the fabulous images. I love the Cadence Rusty Patina's and the effects you can create. I started by adding Patina Brown around all the edges and the spine, using a stencil brush.

Then using the same method of application added the Patina Mold Green, blending it out into the Patina Brown.

The to add a few highlights I stippled on a little of the Ecru. This knocks back the dark colours and makes the Notebook a little more coastal shabby.

Don't forget when the spine is folded you can see the white of the Matt Board, so add a little more Patina to get rid of the white.

Next I added my design using one of the Cadence stencils I brought back from my trip over to their academy in August. It has a mix of coastal designs and is perfect for the cover. I used a mix of both white and black gesso through the stencil.

To stay with the organic feel of the notebook I used Sari Silk to create somewhere for my charts to slip into, instead of elastic. I only used three sections, and to add decoration to the outside, I tied all the strands  together in the centre. I will hunt out some shell charms to add on later.

Love how this one turned out, I am so pleased. And I can have fun creating the charts to fit inside now.

Hope I've inspired you to try something a little different.

Happy Crafting.
Elizabeth xxx

Friday 11 October 2019

Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge October 2019

Just a little reminder that the October Challenge is under way over at The Craft Stamper Magazine Blog where you will find lots of inspiration from the Design Team, along with all the information you need to know to enter the challenge.

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 would that be!

Love these moulds, who wouldn't want to be in with a chance to win those.

Happy Crafting
Elizabeth x

Thursday 3 October 2019

Eileen Hull Designs Pocket Notebook Blog Hop!

Hi everyone and welcome. Today is the official launch day for Eileen Hull's latest die - the Pocket Notebook - and to celebrate a whole heap of extremely talented creatives have put their own spin on it for a very special Release Party!!! Eileen’s Inspiration and Education teams have combined to show us their amazing Pocket Notebook ideas. Please follow the Blog Hop to see all of the fabulous projects, techniques and videos (more details at the end of this post).

 That's just a taste of what can be created with this new die, now here's what the Pocket Notebook looks like - you get all of the pieces you need to make an entire book- the cover, pages, latch and pen loop! The Pocket Notebook measures 6 3/4” x 4 1/2” with a spine that can adjust from of 3/8” to almost 2”! String it with elastic, hemp, ribbon or twine, or even bind it. So many option for this fun die!

 I decided to create a Christmas themed Notebook using some of the Kaisercraft Frosted Collection.

 I love this die as Eileen has done all the measuring for you, including the inserts! I lined four sheets folded paper up along the line of the book cover, so the signatures are all the same size.

 Then using a waxed linen thread I did a basic stitch to hold the pages together.

 I find it easier to use household pegs to keep the pages together as I stitch them

 After cutting the covers from Matt Board, adhering them together, I cover them with a gorgeous paper with Santa on.I strung all of holes available on the die with elastic, as I needed space for five signatures.

 I used lace and some of the coordinating Collectables to decorate the front cover.

 And of course I don't need an excuse for a little bling, and just look at the shine on the Golden Rod Molten Dimensions Powder.

 I carefully added the powders using the Clear Ink from Eileen's Colorbox Blends2 collection.

 Unfortunately as this was an afterthought, when I heated the powders the glue under the paper moved slightly, and there are a few wrinkles (bit like me) but I quite like that, as it makes the Notebook a little shabby.

 I finished off by adding a little White Gold Gilding Wax from Cadence.

That's it for my project - now back to the Release Party and that Blog Hop I mentioned at the top of this post.

Please follow the Blog Hop to see all of the fabulous projects, techniques and videos!

There are also two GIVEAWAYS - the Pocket Notebook die and a gift certificate for Eileen’s Etsy store. To enter to win, leave a comment on each of the posts. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 8 on Eileen’s Facebook Live show. Eileen will be on Facebook Live today at 4:00 Eastern at Eileen Hull Designs with a couple of special guests so be sure to tune in.
Thanks for hopping along with us today!

Anne Redfern

Friday 6 September 2019

The Craft Stamper Magazine September 2019 Challenge

Just a little inspiration and a reminder that the September challenge is live over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog where you will find lots of fabulous stamping inspiration from the team.

We would love you to join in with the fun, so why not click on the link (above) and check out the entry details.

Take a look at the fabulous prize that's up for grabs this month, I love these pens! Also you could be in with a chance of being featured in the magazine, how cool is that!

So get creative using real stamped images, and join in with the fun to be in with a chance.

Happy Crafting
Elizabeth x

Friday 9 August 2019

The Craft Stamper Magazine August 2019 Challenge

The new challenge is under way over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog where we would love you to share your artwork using stamped images.

I've been playing in one of my smaller journals from Royal Talens, using some of Dina Wakely's stamps and stencils.

So back to the challenge, we have a fabulous prize up for grabs and also the chance to be featured in the magazine it's self. How cool would that be!

So pop over to the blog via the link above, and check out the entry details to be in with a chance.

Happy Crafting.
Elizabeth x

Friday 26 July 2019

House Ornament from Eileen Hull

My head is buzzing with idea's using Eileen Hull's new House Ornament Die. I covered the mount board with gorgeous papers from Mintay by Korola called dear diary. Then die cut and made up the house.

The house is made up from two die cuts, so simple.

I added texture with Prima's Graphite paste and lots of fussy cut elements from the paper pack.

I added a little white gesso with the dry brush technique, to lighten any area's that wear too dark.

Really love how the house turned out, the texture is fab.

Happy Crafting
Elizabeth x

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Gift Card Folder and Label #2 for Eileen Hull Designs

I absolutely love the new Gift Card and Folder #2 Die, and can see so many uses for it, and it's fabulous for anyone who loves making Junk Journals.

I've used these beautiful papers from Mintay by Karola. The design is called dear diary and has lots of elements to snip out and use on your projects.

I've inked around the edges with Flagstone from Eileen's range of Color Box Blends just to add a little shabby to the project, and finished off with the word Love from the Journaling Words Die set.

Happy Crafting
Elizabeth x