Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Heartfelt Journal -

This month for Eileen Hull inspiration team we were asked to create using Eileen's Heartfelt collection. This collection has been a top seller and has been very hard to keep in stores. 

YES, it is that good! This journal can be anything you would like it to be, scrapbook, journal, junk journal and a calendar. It can be crafted and decorated so many ways and if you have been following along you will see so many different designs.

For mine I this time I chose to use Eileen's new paper pad. It is a 6' X 12" double sided, with quality card stock. She has 24 designs, so you get 4 sheets of each design. What does she call it? That is simple it was made to go with the Heartfelt dies, so she simply named it Heartfelt! So perfect!

What I did not realize is that there was a reason behind it. I found out after I had worked with her paper that the houses represent the House Die and the flowers match her flower dies! Birds and butterflies were also included in the designing of the paper! We can't forget Scotty, he is included also!
That Eileen is one smart cookie!

I love this phrase and I thought it was appropriate for the cover of this journal!

"An idea is just a dream
                       until you write it down"

I often wake in the night with a thought or idea and need to write it down or I will forget, anyone else?

I just stamped out my phrase using individual letters onto Eileen's grid paper with flowers.
Added some of the stripe paper and the houses along the bottom.

I made a tassel as a bookmark, tassels are everywhere these days.

My inside page I used the pocket that is included it the paper pad, a little fussy cutting and it was ready to adhere onto the inside cover. I love the black and white flower paper! Little added bonus to doodle on! So FUN!

For my pages I used white card stock, cut to size. I wanted most of my pages to be blank to write or draw my ideas onto the paper.

I found some cute mini clothespins that were the perfect color to add to the pages! So CUTE!

My back cover is covered with the same flower paper and I used the envelope that is included in the paper pad and also the journal cards.

On the inside pages I added just a strip of paper here and there just for added color. Still plenty of room to add my drawings or ideas!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you will head over to Eileen's Blog and see all the beautiful projects the Design Team have been making, you will be glad you did!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Guest Post

I am a guest over at Craft's and Coffee!

Sharon is having a Christmas in July week with plenty of Christmas crafts to get you thinking about creating some beautiful decor! 

I hope you come over and see what I have made with some BEAUTIFUL trim from Expo International and the STYROFOAM Brand Foam Cones.

Sneak Peek!

You will have to go see the finished product at Crafts and Coffee!
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Stampotique + Eileen Hull Dies = Fabulous Fun!


This month Eileen Hull's team is collaborating with Stampotique and both teams have been creating some pretty spectacular projects! I encourage you to check out the June posts on Eileen's blog and the Stampotique blog too!

I have two projects for you today! I am trying to make up for missed time! I have been out of commission since April. I ended up in the hospital in ICU, I had sepsis and it was quite serious. The reason I got that is I had pneumonia and did not know it. I felt absolutely fine. But obviously I was not!

Anyway....I am back and feeling so much better!

Let's get back to the projects!

My first project, my choice was to use Eileen Hull/Sizzix Basket die and I paired it with Stampotique stamp - Kassa's Bloom.

2. Stamp Kassa's Bloom randomly on mat board using Archival ink.

3. Using colored pencils I begin to color.

4. I started with a light yellow.

5. Added some darker tone.

6. Added a little red color. Just a splash.

7. Here is the Magic! I pulled out my Color Box Blends by Eileen Hull. Just two colors, Sunshine and     Wildberry. A paint brush and some water.

Wait for it............................................

BAM! I added Sunshine over the top of the flowers and the background. I then added some Wildberry for some pop! Splattered the Wildberry over the top of it.

LOVE, Love, love the way it looks!

Finish by putting it together using your favorite adhesive and you have a lovely basket to display. This would make beautiful candy dishes on a picnic table or do these in wedding colors as party favors! Oh the possibilities!

My second project is made with Eileen's Heartfelt Journal cover. It makes for a fantastic base for making small art boards.

First I cut journal cover out, along with the book plate that goes along with the journal die. I stamped out my images from Stampotique. Some a few times, I am going to layer some pieces.

Stampotique stamps I used are as follows!
I stamped images on white card stock using Ranger Jet Black Archival ink.

I covered journal base with paper from 7gypsies. The door paper is also from 7gypsies.

Round all corners with corner rounder.

Sand to distress paper. This is optional!

Using ColorBox Blends by Eileen Hull - Nutmeg, blend ink to distress card stock even more.
I love this look!

I stamped Mela right onto distressed card stock for the base layer of her. Pull out colored pencils and start coloring.

Here are the different parts of Mela that I colored. I did color 2 dresses.

I adhered on the door and parts of Mela. I added first layer of dress and added another layer on top of first dress to get a flowing motion. You can't tell in 1st photo, in the second photo you can see it it lifted off the base. I added a hat onto Mela made from one of the tops of a house. I added some rub-ons from 7 gypsies. I stamped the book plate with Stampotique Upholstered  stamp along with the verse stamp. I did some extra shading around the door and Mela and now I have a great little art piece to remind me to just be ME!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I know it has been a long time, but I am BACK! YAY!

Please make sure you check out Eileen's Blog to see what the other Design Team Members have made!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Heartfelt Journal


I am so glad you stopped by today, I think you will be too!

We have been waiting since January for this amazing Journal Die designed by Eileen Hull and they are finally shipping this month!

Everyone on the team has fallen in LOVE with this Journal Die and when I say fallen, I mean fallen HARD in LOVE! So many possibilities. Any style can be made, it is up to you!!!

This is one that I have created and I am so in LOVE with this Journal!

I am going to share some of the highlights of the design with you.

I like to gather lots of different embellishments and see what happens.

I knew I wanted this to have a vintage feel to it, so of course crackle paste is needed. 

I love stitching on paper and adding elements to paper. Many pages have stitching on them, zig zag and just straight stitches. I also added lace. 

I wanted more of the pink to come through so I colored over the top with a colored pencil.

I had to ink up the Journal to make it look old and dirty. I used another product by Eileen Hull. This is just one of the colors in the Color Box Blends Eileen has designs. These Blends carry 10x's the amount of ink that a ink pad has. It works great to give me the vintage look I want!

The cover is coming together. This dress form and paper is from 7 gypsies. It is a new line called Architextures.

I added my own pages into the journal. Although this journal is designed so that you can use Madori Travel Journals and add them. 

I love making wider pages so that they can be folded and give you extra room in your journal.

This is also another favorite of mine. I Stitch together file tab folders. Now you have 5 extra pages on one page. I add torn paper and vintage snaps. More crackle paste.

Here I just added a image and torn the page on the right side.

Another fold over page. There are also file folders included in this journal. You can do so many things to your journal, these are just a few of the elements of this journal.

Super close up of the cover. I hope you have enjoyed my journal and all the vintage goodness.

Supplies I used:

Journal Die-Sizzix by Eileen Hull
Papers- 7 Gypsies
Dress Form - 7 Gypsies-Achitextures
Crackle Paste-Deco Art Media
Ink-Blends By Eileen Hull
Miscellaneous embellishments

Stop by Eileen's blog all month to see what the other Design Team members have made!
You won't be sorry!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter and Sprinkles!

What is better Rice Krispies treats or Rice Krispies treats with Sprinklefetti on top?

Rice Krispies with Sprinklefetti of course!

 **Disclosure:  This blog post includes products from The Bakers Party Shop. Some products in this post was provided to me to create and share fun projects with my audience! This blog post is compensated.  All ideas and opinions are my own. 

What is Sprinklefetti, you ask?

               Only the most fun Sprinkles you will ever bake with!

                    Who makes them? The Bakers Party Shop, that's who!

Look at the beautiful shapes for Easter or for Spring! Look at the textures and shapes. so much fun comes in this bottle of Springlefetti! The Bakers Party Shop also have Sprinklefetti with names like Unicorn, Under the Sea and Ombre Purple. What will you make with your Sprinklefetti?

Make your favorite Rice Crispy bars, add Candy Melts over the top and sprinkle with Sprinklefetti! Easy and fun and gorgeous to look at!

I made a batch of just the bars and then I made a batch and cut them out with fun Easter shapes added sticks and slid them into a cellophane bag and tied with ribbon. Just in case you need sticks and bags, The Bakers Party Shop has those and so much MORE!

These are so pretty wrapped up!

Guess WHAT?

The Bakers Party Shop thinks that you're special, so they are offering 

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 **Disclosure:  This blog post includes products from The Bakers Party Shop. Some products in this post was provided to me to create and share fun projects with my audience! This blog post is compensated.  All ideas and opinions are my own. 

How to Cut and Design Your Own Images: Cricut Design Space

Cricut Design Space enables you to make Amazing designs, including your own images. Cricut Design Space let's you design your own images and let's you to upload them to Cricut Design Space!

Yes, it is that EASY!

I love this phrase and thought that I could use this phrase to make my own design using my Cricut Explore Air 2. So I gathered all my supplies that I would be needing and sat down to start designing my piece.

I use Pic Monkey to design and add images to photos, this is where I went to design my phrase. 

This is what your window will look like. Go to the design tab and it will open the design window. I already know the size of my project, the frame is 11 X 14, I will just click on Crop and it has a drop down menu. Click on 11 X 14. This will let you visualize what it will look like and help you with your font size.

I have typed out my phrase in the font that I found and centered it. If it looks good and you checked spelling, crop it down tighter to the image.  

Now save and name your image to your computer. Sign into Cricut Design Space and upload your image, since my image is black and white I choose simple image. By choosing this, it will eliminate the white background and make it all transparent.

HINT: You may have to click on some of the inside of letters to make them transparent also.  Your machine will also tell you this!

Everything is checked and now I am ready to cut my design. I used my teal vinyl and placed it on the Cricut standard cutting mat. 

I am now ready to cut!

I love how the machine basically tells you how to do it all. It tells you to load, check your dial for paper, vinyl, etc.... It even blinks when ready to GO!

Let's cut!

Now it is time to weed your project. Using the Cricut pick I can easily remove my little pieces.

Once done weeding, it is time for the transfer tape. Cut transfer tape to size and take backing off. Apply to design carefully and burnish with your Cricut scraping tool. once it is burnished well, remove tape and design slowly. 

Apply to glass on inside of frame. Burnish down and remove transfer tape at a 45 degree angle.

I made my own background using Eileen Hull Blends and water to give the appearance of watercolor. Once dried I added some glitter glue to give the appearance of Pixie Dust!!!

Insert into frame and stand back to admire your fabulous project you have made with the help of Cricut Design Space and Cricut Explore Air 2!

I adore this project and it was so simple! 

I have so many ideas for future projects! I have 4 g-kids and I can make so many personalized gifts, 
decorating projects for the play room and bedrooms! 

The possibilities are endless! 

I am going to a conference in two weeks and I am planning some fun personalized bags to put goodies in! I am looking forward to creating with Cricut Design Space and my Cricut Explore Air 2!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.