Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Fall-O-Ween (2) for Eileen Hull

Hello Friends!

This is my second post this month for Eileen Hull, this time using two of Eileen's journal dies and Halloween papers from DCWV (Die Cuts with a View).

Sadly, this is my last post as part of Eileen's Inspiration Team, I have taken the difficult decision to step down from the Team after four and half wonderful years.  I will miss my Teamies a lot but I will still be using Eileen's dies and inks as often as possible, I do believe that Eileen designs some of the best dies in the industry.  My grateful thanks to Eileen and the whole team!

I have two projects to share with you, one using Eileen's Wrapped Journal and one with Eileen's Passport die along with papers from DCWV (thank you DCWV!).
I am not going to take you through step by step this time, but I have some photos to share of the cover and inside of each album.  This one is made with Eileen's Wrapped Journal (Sizzix 662816).  It will hold four signatures, with plenty of room for more.
The papers are wonderful for creating the signatures, I have used a whole range of them - although choosing was quite difficult.  I always like to add a tag/ticket holder in my journals and I love to add pockets to the inside front and back.

Journal Number 2
For this journal I used Eileen's Passport die (Sizzix 660331), which is my favourite (currently) of Eileen's journal dies.  It is such a handy size.
Again, my signatures were made with the beautiful DCWV Halloween papers, the paper pad comes with stickers and elements that can be used as tags.  Some of the papers are beautifully foiled too.

I added tabs to the signature covers to add some interest.

Here are the DCWV paper pads that I used, one is pattered and one is plain - the plain one is full of gorgeous Halloween coloured papers.

To finish off both journals, I added some handmade charm hangings, a few die cuts and Sari ribbon, sparkly twine and yarn.  I had such a lot of fun making these!

So there we have it, two more Halloween journals finished, I seem to be building up quite the collection!  I may even be back with more before Halloween.

Thanks so much for all your support whilst I have been part of Eileen's team, I hope to see you in Eileen's Fan Club (there are over 3,000 members now!) or here in the future!

Hugs, Anne  xxx

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Fall-O-Ween for Eileen Hull

Hello Friends

This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team are celebrating Autumn by creating Fall-O-Ween projects, either creating an Autumnal project or a Halloween project!  Of course, I went for Halloween!

Do please check out Eileen's blog HERE all this month for inspiring projects.  Eileen also has a Fan Club of Facebook HERE where over 3,000 members share ideas and projects.

For my project I used Eileen's new Wrapped Journal (Sizzix 662816), Tim Holtz latest Halloween fabric gifted to me by Jenny Marples and Halloween buddy Juli Riedel (of Voodoo doll fame).  Thanks again ladies!

The journal was created during a super fun crafty day with some dear and fabulous friends - Rita McGranthin, Annie Gilmour and Tracy Evans, three exceptionally talented ladies!

I covered the journal, inside and out with Tim Holtz latest release of Halloween fabric, it gives the journal some added strength.  I don't have any process shots (sorry) but we were having fun playing and I forgot, so I am showing you how I finished the journal off instead.  Having said that, all of Eileen's journals are just a dream and very easy to put together.
Here, on the inside cover you can see how the fabric (on the cover) goes with Tim's latest Halloween paper (on the signatures).  The gravestones, cat and hat are all from older dies from Tim Holtz.  The gravestones were covered in two of  Seth Apter/Emerald Creek's Baked Textures in Rocky Road and Patina Oxide.  The words are from a Tim Holtz stamp set.
You can see here that I used Tim's Design Tape to give strength to the signature.  The fabulous witch is a die from one of Tim's previous Halloween releases.  She is missing her broomstick and cat here!

The signature cover this time was stamped with Tim's Gothic background stamp and white embossing powder was added.
Again, another of Tim's Halloween dies and word for the ghosts, the bats are from a very old Memory Box die.
The spider's web was stamped with Tim's cobweb stamp and embossed with white, the spiders are from one of Tim's very old die sets.  They were embossed with Rocky Road Baked Textures - they look quite creepy in real life!
From Tim's latest Halloween release, Mr Bones just had to make an appearance - I bought him for my Guest month with Simon Says which you can see HERE if you missed it.
On the cover I used an old Tim flourish die as a branch for the Raven to sit on.  The Raven is actually one of Tim's older stamp releases, he was stamped, fussy cut and then covered with embossing ink and coated with Seth Apter's Rocky Road Baked Texture.  The closure is one of Tim's Idea-ology Custom Knobs.

The tag was created using Tim's new Alcohol Lift Ink on Yupo - my first experiment with this new technique, it was so easy and such fun to do!  Thank you to my lovely friend Kath who bought me the set for my birthday whilst we were at a craft event!

To finish off I added some charms from my stash and some sparkly orange yarn.

Another Halloween project done and dusted!  Thanks so much for your visit,
I hope to see you again soon, I have a couple more Halloween journals to
share next week using Eileen's journal dies and papers from DCWV.

Hugs,  Anne  xxx

Saturday, 1 September 2018


Hello Friends

This month sees the Blogaversary of Mini Album Makers and we are celebrating by having a Blog Hop and Giveaway!!

We are giving a $25 gift certificate from to one lucky reader whose name will be chosen at random from all of the comments on the Design Team blogs (so please be sure to leave one).  In addition, our sponsor,  Lindy's Stamp Gang will give a $25 gift certificate to one lucky participant in our challenge.

Congratulations to Autumn on achieving a wonderful first year, the blog has gone from strength to strength and it has been such a pleasure to see so many amazing entries!  If you have arrived here from the wonderful Jennie Atkinson's blog, then welcome!

I have gone all teeny tiny this month and created a vintage looking domino album, with a sea theme.

I am sharing a few step by step instructions, in case you have not tried a domino album before.  I will not be adding measurements as I find that dominoes come in a whole variety of different sizes and I would not want to confuse anyone!
I measured the domino carefully and then took some cream card, scored it to fit the domino size, then spritzed it with Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist in Golden Doublooms.  Whilst this was drying I added some gilding flakes to the edges of each of the dominoes and left these to dry too.

I attached my images to the front of each domino with Distress Collage Medium and then coated each with two coats of Collage Medium.  This is a really important step if you wish to coat the dominoes with Resin, as it seals the image properly.  The Ice Resin dried with a slight vintage tone.

Next, I mixed the Ice Resin (use your chosen type of Resin) and added it to the top of each domino and left these to dry thoroughly (it may take a day or two).
Before attaching the accordion element to each domino, I added a picture to each of the 'pages' and added a piece of ribbon to each cover. and then attached the accordion to the covers.

To finish off I added some Tim Holtz Chit Chat words and two jewellery beads to each domino to represent feet.
A final view of the completed mini album!

Please do visit my teamies during this blog hop, their projects are amazing!  Be sure to leave a comment on each one, we have two wonderful prizes on offer, a $25 prize from another $25 prize from one of our wonderful sponsors, Lindy's Stamp Gang. 

Nancy Wethington - Art-From-The-Heart
Jennie Atkinson - Live the Dream
Anne Redfern - RedAnne (That's me)
Maria Lillepruun - Magic Attic Design
Alison Bomber - Words and Pictures 
Autumn Clark - SewPaperPaint

Please do join in our challenge this month, at Mini Album Makers, we do love seeing your wonderful creations!

Thanks so much for your visit,  the talented Maria Lillipruun is the next stop on the hop. I hope you enjoy hopping around to visit everyone! 

Hugs, Anne xx

Monday, 27 August 2018

Simon Says Stamp - Designer Spotlight - Week 4

Hello Friends!

This is my final week in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Designer Spotlight (sad face) and I would like to thank them, along with all of the Designers for having me back again.  It has been a real pleasure, I have really enjoyed making projects for the challenges.

So, it is time for a new challenge and this week the challenge is 'Fall'.

Fall, to me, means we are getting close to Halloween!  I have used some of Tim Holtz's new Halloween release Mr Bones stamp set, his latest Shifter Stencil along with lots of  Tim's older Halloween products to create 'Mr Sherlock Bones'.

Meet Mr Sherlock Bones!

I have grouped the 'how to' photos so that my post is not too long.
I could not wait to get my hands on Tim Holtz's new Shifter Stencils, this one is the Diamond shape and boy, are they clever!!
1)  I placed the stencil on white card and used Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide through the stencil
2)  I placed the stencil back on the card (as Tim demonstrates HERE - starting around 22 minutes), shifting it over and used Black Soot Distress Ink (I wanted a really strong black)
3)  I wanted to experiment to see if I could fill in the white spaces left as it was a little too bright for my liking.  I shifted the stencil and used Pumice Stone Distress Ink
4)  I was not entirely happy with the grey colour so I placed the stencil back over half of the Pumice Stone coloured diamond shapes and used Shabby Shutters Distress Ink - now I am very happy!
5)  I wanted a shelf where I could put some bits and pieces, so  I cut off 1.1/2" from one of Tim's medium sized Etcetera Tags.
6) I covered the tag with my stenciled card and glued the 'shelf' to the bottom of the tag.
7)  I gathered together lots of Idea-ology pieces that would go on my shelf.  I also coloured some gauze with Black Soot
8)  I stamped the Spider Web stamp onto white card and toned it down with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and slid this inside the Cabinet Card
9)  I stamped Mr Bones onto white card, embossed the image with Black embossing powder, fussy cut him out and then attached a red glass bead to his eye
I attached the Idea-ology Monocle and Spider to the frame.
Here is a close up view of the shelf.  The word 'wicked' is from the Mr Bones stamp set.  I added some red alcohol ink to the mini corked bottle, to resemble blood.... and added lots of other spooky elements, including another one of the spiders....
To finish off, I attached a word band to the top, coloured with Distress Crayon and added some string and black ribbon to the top.

Products used:
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stamp - Mr Bones
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Webbed Halloween Stamp
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Shifter Diamonds
Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag - Medium
Tim Holtz Cabinet Card Frames
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder - Black
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Incantation Word Band
Tim Holtz Corked Domes
Tim Holtz Tiny Vials
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Boneyard Skulls
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Pumpkin Pieces
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Boneyard Bones
Tim Holtz Wicked Metal Adornment - Spider
Tim Holtz Assemblage Monocle
Tim Holtz Distress Oxides
Tim Holtz Distress Crayon

Each week there is a fabulous $50 gift voucher on offer!

All the of the products that I used, which are available from Simon Says Stamp 
are listed above.
I hope you like Mr Sherlock Bones and also hope that you will join in the 'Fall' challenge this week and if you have time please have a look at what the Design Team have created, there are some amazing 'Fall' creations.

Thank you again to Simon Says Stamp for having me in the Designer Spotlight.

Hugs, Anne xx

Monday, 20 August 2018

Simon Says Stamp - Designer Spotlight - Week 3

Hello Friends

This is my third week in the Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
It is time for a new challenge and that challenge is 'Back to School'.

For my 'Back to School' project I created a Homework/study desk tidy using one of my favourite Eileen Hull dies - the versatile Card Box, Planner Storage and Organiser, along with Dina Wakley Heavy Body Paint, a Dina Wakley stencil, AALLandCreate stencil #28 and stamp #13.

I started by die cutting the Card Box, Planner Storage & Organiser from mount board, cutting two for my double storage box.
I used a brayer to add Dina Wakley Heavy Body paint (Ruby and Turquoise) directly to the mount board.  The paint was applied to one side only of both die cuts, as they were going to be glued together in the middle.

I applied Dina Wakley's stencil - Jumbled Numbers to one half of both of the painted die cuts, using Tim Holtz Distress Paint (Black Soot) applied with a blending tool.  I used a white Signo pen to highlight some of the numbers.

The insides of the die cuts were painted in Dina's Turquoise paint, applied with a brayer (not shown).

I assembled the boxes and joined two together back to back.
To create the notebook I brayered some more card using the same paints as before.  I think I might be slightly addicted to this type of painting.
I used AALLandCreate Stencil #28 and Black Embossing Paste on the cover.
The bookmark was stamped using AALLandCreate Stamp #13.  I attached the covers of the notebook with rings so that the Study Notes can lay flat.  The notebook fits nicely in the organiser.

Products available from Simon Says Stamp:
Eileen Hull - Sizzix 662361 - Card Box, Planner Storage and Organiser
Dina Wakley Heavy Body Paint
Dina Wakley Stencil - Jumbled Numbers
AALLandCreate Stencil #28
AALLandCreate Stamp #13
Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Black Soot
White Ini-ball Pen Signo Gel

Each week there is a fabulous $50 gift voucher on offer!

All the of the products that I used, which are available from Simon Says Stamp 
are listed above.

I do hope you will visit Simon Says Monday Challenge to see what the talented designers there have made for this challenge, I am in constant awe of their talents.

As always, thank you for your visit, I hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xx

Friday, 17 August 2018

Red Leather Wrapped Journal - for Eileen Hull

Hello Friends

During August, Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team are sharing some of their favourites of Eileen's dies.  I have to admit my favourite changes as soon as Eileen brings out a new set of dies!  My current favourite is Eileen's Wrapped Journal die - Sizzix 662816, which I have used with another favourite - Tim Holtz fabric and beautiful soft red Leather...
I have kept it quite plain on the outside, but it is not quite so plain inside!  I will take you through a few of the steps, this is such an easy journal to make...
1)  I buy quite large pieces of leather and so I always cut down the leather with a sharp knife, so it fits the size of the die better.  This leather is very soft so I took extra care. I attached the leather to a piece of mount board and left it overnight to thoroughly dry, before cutting with the journal die.

2)  I chose one of my favourite Tim Holtz fabrics for the inside.

3)  I glued the fabric to the inside of the die cut journal with Multi Medium and let it dry.  Once dry, carefully cut around the journal, cropping the fabric close to the journal.  If you are worried about edges fraying, just use your finger to apply some Multi Medium around all the edges.

4)  I used a harlequin pattern embossing folder that had a repeating pattern and embossed the whole of the journal.  You need to be careful when embossing leather, always try it out on a spare piece of leather, experimenting with the plates in your die cutting machine to get the right emboss.
You can, of course, emboss the leather before you add the fabric, but I prefer to do it after attaching the fabric, it seems to create a better 'bond'.
I like to add a pen to my journals, as I can never find one when I need one!
5)  Take a piece of card, to fit the spine that does not have the string holes in it and wrap it in your chosen fabric.  Take a length of 1 inch elastic and hand or machine stitch the elastic about one third of the way across the covered card.
6)  Place your pen on the card so that you will stitch the other side in the right place, mark it, remove the pen and stitch.
7)  Cut the ends of the elastic off, seal the edges with Matte Medium.
8)  Glue the piece in place along the spine and leave to dry thoroughly.
Create your signatures.  I used the remains of the fabric to cover card measuring 7.1/4" x 4.7/8" and fill with paper of your choice.
String the journal with elastic of your choice.  Eileen shared a video HERE (the stringing sections starts around 54 minutes in) showing a simple way to string the journal so that it will take up to six signatures.
Here is a view of the completed inside.  I added a button to the front and added a simple elastic closure on the front inside flap.
A final look at the completed journal, it is really soft and tactile!  I added a couple of charms to the side for decoration.

Thanks for your visit, I hope you will keep an eye on Eileen's blog HERE, where my talented team mates will be sharing some of their favourite dies this month!

I will be back again on Monday with my Simon Says Stamp project, which also uses one of my favourite Eileen Hull dies.... hope to see you then!

Hugs, Anne xx

Monday, 13 August 2018

Simon Says Stamp - Designer Spotlight - Week 2

Hello Friends

I am still pinching myself!  This is week 2 and my second project in the Designer Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  Thank you so much for the lovely comments last week, both here and on Facebook, I really do appreciate it!
The new challenge for this week is 'Sprinkles and Splatters'.

 I went all grungy, using products by AALLandCreate, Tim Holtz, Dina Wakley and Ranger.

I gathered up all the products I wanted to use, those products available from Simon Says Stamp are listed further down below, with links.
I love the Tim Holtz Etcetera Tags, they take a lot of product!
After stencilling on the tag with Ranger texture paste I painted the whole tag with Turquoise paint and left it to dry.  I added a coat of Distress Paint over the whole tag and wiped some off straight away with a damp cloth, removing paint until I was happy with the background - a technique I learned from my friend Tracy Evans.  It really highlights the embossing and tones down the turquoise colour somewhat.

The products I used from Simon Says Stamp are listed below.
AALLandCreate #45
Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag - Mini
Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint - Turquoise
Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Vintage Photo
Ranger Texture Paste
Ranger Embossing Powder - Copper
Ranger Distress Crayons
Ranger Crackle Accents

To create the magnifying glass I used AALLandCreate Stamp #64.  After stamping I fussy cut it and used Ranger Embossing Powder in Copper and then Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder in Vintage Photo before touching it up with Distress Markers in Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo.
The butterfly is from AALLandCreate set #45, I cut it out and painted it with Dina Wakley paint and then overstamped with the script stamp from Set #64.  I used the same stamp to randomly stamp on the tag itself.  I cut some corrugated card, added a couple of layers of patterned paper, stamped the 'look deeper' element from set #64 and added the stamped magnifying glass over.  I added some Crackle Accents to create the 'glass'.

For my 'Sprinkles and Splatters' element I added some tiny beads from my stash (make unknown)  at the bottom and I splattered lots of paint over the whole tag.
I added some rusty wire and crinkle ribbon from my stash to the top of the tag.

When I create these larger tags I do like to add a hanging embellishment so to finish off. I added a vintage magnifying glass which I 'rusted' in the same way as the magnifying glass on the tag itself.
It would be lovely to have you join in this week 
Each week there is a fabulous $50 gift voucher on offer!

All the of the products that I used, which are available from Simon Says Stamp 
are listed above.
Thanks so much for your visit, I hope you will visit the challenge blog to see the wonderful creations that the talented Design Team have made too, you will not be disappointed!

Hugs, Anne xx


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