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