16 August 2017

Sizzix Maker Challenge with Eileen Hull's House Pocket

Hi everyone and welcome back! There are so many fun challenges going on at the moment for us creatives and one of them is the Sizzix Maker Challenge with Eileen Hull's House Pocket die set.

This challenge is all about using Eileen's House Pocket die. You can also use Eileen's Birds & Butterflies, and Stitchy Flower dies as embellishment pieces too. Starting today and ending on August 30th, you can enter your own House Pocket make on the Maker Challenge Page. You can enter as many times as you want, too! Eileen will announce our winner on Facebook Live Thursday, August 31st, so be sure to tune in. Not only does the winner get Eileen Hull's Heartfelt Journal die (which is currently sold out in a lot of places) but they also get a stash of felt from National Nonwovens!

So by way of inspiration here's my project using the House Pocket die set (and a butterfly from the Birds & Butterflies set).

This canvas was one of those where I got lost in the process of making it without taking photos along the way I'm afraid, but here are the basic steps taken so you can achieve a similar look yourselves;
  1. Cover a canvas or sturdy board with papers (I used vintage French book pages and some sewing pattern pieces) using a thin coat of gel medium to adhere (Crazing Distress Collage Medium or similar is perfect. Then give the whole lot a thin coat of white gesso to unify, taking care to ensure you can still see the writing/patterns underneath.
  2. Stamp over the whole board with your choice of stamps using a pale grey permanent ink (in this case Stampotique's 'Stitched Houses' and Watering Can Archival Ink).
  3. Die cut the house pieces from stiff card several times and glue in place onto the centre of the canvas. To ensure the shapes were properly defined I added at least two layers of every element except the 'bricks', which are in fact the waste from cutting the windows! Apply an uneven coat of white gesso over the house.
  4. Now you need brush water over the whole canvas before adding layers of heavily diluted acrylic paint. As each near transparent layer is added allow it to pool in all the cracks and crevices and if you have the patience let it air dry so as not to burn off any of the pigment with your heat tool. For this I used Dina Wakley paints (currently on offer at The Funkie Junkie Boutique though August 17th) with an initial layer of Rosy, followed by a layer of Elephant and a final layer of Umber). To make the house stand out further you can also add a thin line of darker paint, adding water and letting it bleed out to add shading.
  5. Apply lines of washi/design tape under the house and draw a border around the edge with permanent ink or paint (I used a black Dylusions paint pen for this). You can also add words to your border, in this case Stampotique's 'When We Love We Grow') and I chose to stamp the same words on the house itself. Stamp Trees and Bushes onto fabric using black permanent ink and glue in place either side of the house (I used Tim Holtz' Textile Surfaces as they are self-adhesive).
  6. To finish add green and red paint dots to simulate flowers and add matching butterflies. I also painted the heart on the door with the same red paint and blended a little brown permanent ink around the edges to give them dimension. For me it was back to the Dina Wakley paints for this step, using Evergreen, Lime and Ruby paints, highlighted with more of the metallic Rosy shade and Potting Soil Archival ink.
I hope that gives you a plan for tackling your own canvas using your die cuts, and remember, you don't have to use the same colours if you'd prefer a brighter or darker version. You will need to use at least one metallic shade if you want to get some shimmer and shine into your finished canvas. Now here are some close ups so you can see more of the details;

It's the little details that can make all the difference to a project like this, like a dot of Liquid Pearls in Rose Gold as the door handle. And it's when you get in really close that the layers of colour start to become even more obvious.

So that's my Sizzix Maker Challenge project. Now it's over to you to grab those dies and enter! For even more inspiration with these dies and the rest of Eileen's designs why not become a member of the Eileen Hull Fan Club! You'll also be able to share your own EH projects there too.

If you haven't already, don't forget to sign up for your copy of Eileen Hull's 'Journal Treasury' e-book HERE to help give you lots of ideas for using the Journal die and creating your own journals. At only $11.87 (roughly £9.20) through to the end of August, grab it quick before the price goes up!

That's it from me for today but I'll be back with more to share. So for now whatever you're up to, take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx

15 August 2017

Eileen Hull Designs 'Journal Treasury' e-book

Hi everyone and welcome! It's a super excited person that greets you today with news of the launch of the long awaited Journal Treasury e-book with Eileen Hull and friends from Bella Crafts Publications!!!

So many of you now have the journal making bug and are always looking for more inspiration - well here it is, in one easily downloadable form accessible on any device - 85 projects (on 164 pages) from a huge number of designers who offer something to suit every taste and style. Not only do you get full page colour photos of each journal, for the vast majority you also get a comprehensive guide for how to go about creating them!

The price for the month of August is just $11.87 (roughly £9.20) which is 30% off the regular price of $16.99.
Get your copy here - Journal Treasury e-book

And while you're there you can also sign up for a FREE craft magazine from Bella Craft Publishing! What's not to love!

That's all from me today - the to do list is long and I will have much more to share soon. For now have a fantastic week, take care of yourselves and get creative with your Journal Treasury! Jenny xxx

12 August 2017

New Florals and Big Butterfly #2 for IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome! It is all go this weekend - lots being released and promoted on social media and so many new projects in the works behind the scenes. With a brand new launch of some gorgeous floral stamp sets and a new big butterfly from IndigoBlu on Hochanda this weekend I'm back to share a set of samples hot off the press. These are deliberately CAS (I can manage it on kraft card it seems!) so you get to see the full beauty of the new designs (genuinely some of my favourites ever) teamed with sentiments from the A5 Mindfulness #1 set. I'll let the pictures do the talking now...

These are just a few of the flowers in the sets - there are lots more plus leaves aplenty, all of which can be used throughout the seasons. To see more and grab a fabulous deal on Hochanda, tune in tomorrow, Sunday 13th August at 8am, 11am and 2pm and see Kay Halliwell-Sutton in action!!!

Thanks for joining me today. Have a great weekend, take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx

11 August 2017

Friday Focus for Frilly and Funkie (part two)

Hi everyone and welcome! I'm throwing a Frilly and Funkie spotlight on a range stocked by The Funkie Junkie Boutique. This time the Friday Focus shines on Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Paints and I'm sharing the second of two tutorials over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog today.

I hope you can join me over at Frilly and Funkie to find out how this came together and see these lovely paints in action.

Hope you have a great end to the week, take care of yourselves and get creative. Jenny xxx

9 August 2017

Read Any Good Books Lately? for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! It's Sara Emily's turn to host the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog and she's called it 'Read Any Good Books Lately?Reading a good book on the beach or on the porch is a simple summer pleasure. For this challenge, please create a vintage or shabby chic project that depicts a favourite book or use book pages on your project, alter a book or even make a journal or journal page! Just be sure it's in the vintage or shabby chic style that we are looking for!

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

My DT creation for this challenge is a book, inspired by a book! It's a steampunk themed mini book which incorporates elements tying into the story The Invention of Hugo Cabret (more commonly known from the film adaptation, Hugo).

Now there are times when I have a clear idea how I'm going to create a project but to be honest that is rare! Normally, as in this case, it's a case of letting something evolve, layering until it looks right. So I decided to give you a 'warts and all' guide to getting the finished look to this little book.

I started by cutting covers using Eileen Hull's 'Passport' Book die, covering it with die cuts using Tim Holtz' Gear Head Thinlits and his Weathered Clock (covered in grit paste). This was all given a coat of Black Gesso, followed by a layer of Dina Wakley's Night acrylic paint (there's a special discount on this at The Funkie Junkie Boutique right now!) I diluted Ocean acrylic paint and dropped it onto the raised areas to highlight, allowing it to air dry.

The contrast was too dramatic for me so I dry brushed the Ocean acrylic paint over the whole thing. Next came dry brushed layers of Cheddar acrylic paint and White acrylic paint which looked lovey but was still too matte for gears and cogs. If I'd have had Dina's Guilt and Sterling paints they would have come into play at this point but instead I did more dry brushing with Tarnished Brass and Brushed Pewter Distress Paints. The key to all this layering is to use less of each colour as you progress to allow the previous ones to remain partially visible.

One of my favourite tricks is to spritz a dry dimensional project with water then drip alcohol ink (in this case Latte, though Mushroom, Rust or Butterscotch would also work). Heating it with a heat tool brings out various shades and effects.
Now just to show the difference you get by leaving out two of the layers of paint used on the cover, I painted the black gesso'd spine piece with Night and Ocean acrylic paints, then the two metallic Distress Paints.

You can see that the additional Cheddar and White layers significantly lightened the cover.
To embellish I added a die cut Eiffel Tower, covered in Crackle Medium and layers of Cheddar and Metallic paints. There are also dots of Liquid Pearls, cogs, metal charms, French coins, a sprinkle of druzy cabochons and some fabulous steampunk embellishments from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. The inside pages were stamped with the cog image to match the theme.

That's it for my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Read Any Good Books Lately?' I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial. Do make sure you hop on over to see what my talented team mates have been inspired to create. And remember to link your own book related shabby chic or vintage projects, to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

I'll be back on Friday with a new Friday Focus post. Until then have a fantastic end to the week, take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx

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