Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Kunin Felt and Eileen Hull Part 3

Hello Friends!

I am sharing my third project using the fabulous Kunin Felt and Eileen Hull's amazing new Journal die.  I have already shared a book box card, and a  mini journal so thought I would try making something a little different this time.... a photo holder...

Thinking outside the box is not normally my forte, but as I sat looking at my camera one day, this idea just popped into my head....
  1. I butted the two edges of Eileen's Journal die cuts together and glued a strip of card on the inside to give a larger 'floor' area.
  2. The felt was quite a large piece so I glued it in one piece to the journal cover, clamping it overnight to allow the glue to dry.  I did use a glue that is designed for felt - Beacon Felt Glue. 
  3. I cut and scored two 'accordion' pieces to two pieces of grey card which I had cut to the size of  the journal covers.    
  4. I removed the clips and glued the sides of the journal to the grey card and clamped it again until the whole piece was dry.  It is not shown but I added two 'tabs' of felt to the front of the holder, to act as a closure, before I glued the sides together.

You can see above, that I stitched two buttons to the back of the holder for the tabs.  I cut a simple button hole in each of the tabs and hand stitched them.
Above is a view from the inside.
Now for the fun part!  I started by gluing circles and rectangles from pieces of left over felt, but I thought at this point there was something missing.....
I added the red buttons, the stitched square around the lens and a large resin cabochon for the lens.  The word 'photos' and the word strip are part of Tim Holtz's range.

To finish off I added a grey clip and a camera charm.

It has been such a pleasure to use the Kunin felt, the quality is exceptional AND it is manufactured in the USA in a 100% Polyester fibre made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles!

If you would like to see more projects using the Kunin felt, please visit Eileen's blog HERE where you can see some fantastic projects by my team mates and members of the Kunin DT.

Thanks, as always, for your visit, I hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne  xxx

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Kunin Felt and Eileen Hull

All of this month, Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team are using the beautiful Kunin felt with Eileen's HeARTfelt dies.  Since Eileen's new Journal die has completely sold out in America and has yet to reach the shores of the UK, I have improvised and used another of my favourite Eileen's dies - the Passport die (Sizzix 660331).  I created a holiday booklet.
I started by cutting the booklet from card and again with the beautiful Kunin felt.
I glued the felt to the card with some Decoupage glue (DecoArt) and left this to dry.  I concentrated on the spine piece, using red cotton string to create a blanket stitch edging.  I then glued the front, back and spine together and left them to dry.
Next I die cut the three 'signature' pages for the inside - using the Passport die.  The pages had been coloured using Distress Ink in Blueprint Sketch.  I simply smooshed the ink on my craft mat, spritzed it with water and dragged the signatures through until I was happy with the colour.
The butterfly was cut using Eileen's HeARTful die (Sizzix 661901).  The little hearts at the top are from the butterfly, I didn't want to waste them!  The stickers are Tim Holtz.
The signatures were attached using the same red string that I did the blanket stitching with.  The beads and felt heart are from my stash.
I have enjoyed working with the Kunin felt so much, I bought some more and created something to share in a another few days time, something related to 40 days and 40 nights of rain....  Surprising enough, this usually deluged by rain part of Britain has been dry and sunning for several days!!

Thanks so much for your visit, Eileen will be sharing lots of the team's makes and also those by the Kunin Design team all this month HERE.  I hope you will check it out if you have the time.

As always, thanks for taking the time to look.  See you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xxx

Friday, 5 May 2017

Use a Quote - A Vintage Journey

At A Vintage Journey this month the talented Jenny has chosen 'Use A Quote' as her
theme.  Here is what Jenny has to say:

'Take a quote!  Any quote!  Whether it be on a stamp, a sticker, handwritten or sources from the internet and make it the focal point of your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial; timeworn or steampunk project'

Each member of the team received a 'surface' to work on from 'That's Crafty', mine is a 9" x 4.1/2" piece of MDF.  MDF is an amazing surface to work on!

I gave the MDF board a coat of Gesso to give it some 'tooth'.
I brayered with four different colours of Distress Paint.
Next, I stencilled with Distress Oxide in Faded Jeans using a Tim Holtz chevron stencil.
I added some splatters with Distress Paint.
I gave the Tim Holtz frame a coat of Gesso and added colour with Distress Oxide.
The Tim Holtz butterflies were coloured with Distress Oxide and then given a coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.
I gathered together the pieces together to complete the project.
You will notice some extra stencilling, I added some Distress Oxide to Ranger Embossing Paste and then stencilled the top and bottom and then added the rest of the embellishments.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Cornflower Archival Ink and added clear embossing powder.
We hope you will join in our 'Use a Quote' challenge at  A Vintage Journey.  This month we are being sponsored by

who are offering a £20 voucher to one randomly selected individual to spend in their bricks and mortar or on-line shop.

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope you will have a look at what my Creative Guide team-mates have made HERE.

Keep on crafting!  Hugs, Anne xx

Monday, 1 May 2017

Book Box Card Technique for Eileen Hull

Happy May Day!

At the beginning of each month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team share card techniques.  May is my month and I have chosen a book box card technique.  A book box card is one that is shaped like a book, with a compartment inside to put small gifts, notecards etc.

The team has also been using some wonderful Kunin felt (manufactured in the USA in a 100% Polyester fibre made from recycled plastic bottles).  I covered my book box with this felt, it makes it wonderfully tactile!

I gathered the materials I wanted to use and started by cutting my base card and 'book' elements.
1.  Cut two pieces of card 5" x 4" and score along the long side at 1/2" intervals.
2.  Cut two pieces of card 5.3/4" x 4" and score along the long side at 1/2" intervals.
3.  Cut a piece of card 11" x 6" and score at 5.1/4" and again at 5.3/4".
4.  Fold along all the score lines on the four smaller pieces, use a bone folder to crease well.
5.  Take one long side and one shorter side and weave together as shown above and glue the edges.
6.  Add the two remaining folded pieces and glue the edges, to look like the picture below.
Check that the accordion shaped piece fits inside the book box before moving to the next step.
Cover the front with felt, gluing it in place with Multi Matt Medium.  Using one of Eileen Hull's Word Stitchlit dies (Sizzix 661904), die cut the words 'Happy Birthday' and use wool and a back stitch to embroider the words.  I do this first so that when the book box is lined, the stitches will be hidden inside.
Prepare the lining by cutting a large piece of paper 11" x 6" and a smaller piece 6" x 5.1/4"
To make the frame for the inside, cut a 3/4" frame in the smaller piece.  I usually mark the inside of the smaller piece and use a sharp knife to cut the frame.
To line the book box I used Eileen Hull's new HeARTfelt paper pad (Sizzix 661946).
Before I glued the larger piece of paper to the inside of the book box I attached a piece of ribbon to act as a closure.  I glued the accordion part to the card and then attached the cut out frame to complete the inside.
Eileen's paper pad also includes some lovely little envelopes, mini note cards and sentiments.  I used one of the little envelopes to form a gift card holder.  I used some of the left over felt to create the rolled flowers.  The leaves on the inside and outside of the box were cut from Eileen Hull's Stitchy Flowers & Leaf die (Sizzix 661903).  
The flower on the front of the box was cut from the Stitchy flower die mentioned above.
Apologies for the long post, but I wanted to give as much detail as possible!  I do love making these book box cards, they really do make a statement and the Kunin felt was a dream to use.

I hope you have enjoyed my 'how to' and that it will encourage you to try making one too!

Thanks so much for your visit, I will be back later in the week!

Hugs, Anne xx

Monday, 24 April 2017

A Vintage Journey - Destination Inspiration

Hello Friends

It is my turn over at A Vintage Journey to show you what I made with the contents of the travel bag for April.  Here is a sneak peek...

If you would like to see more, I hope you will pop over HERE for a closer look.

Hugs, Anne xx

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Eileen Hull - HeARTfelt Creations Journal

Hello Friends

Today I have another couple of Journals to share with you.  I guess some of you may have been wondering how long it would take me to use seahorses on one... well, today is the day!
I cannot stop making these wonderful Journals.  I am so thankful to Eileen Hull for designing this particular die, which is out later this month.

Rather than showing individual steps, I am using a collage to show you how this came together.
I used Eileen Hull's fabulous Colorbox Blend inks in Leaf, Golden and Bay to colour my seahorses, the leaves and also the gauze.  The gauze was 'thickened' with fabrick stiffener.  The starfish is from a previous project and the wheel and crab were coloured with a mix of Ebony and Nutmeg.
This photo shows the three stages of creating the covers.  First I painted the blank cover with DecoArt Crackle Paint, just a thin-ish coat.  Once dry I coloured the whole of the cover with Colourbox Blend in Bay, with a touch of Leaf mixed in here and there.

Once dry, I flicked white Gesso and Bay Colourbox Blend over the cover.  To assemble, I added the stiffened gauze (still wet) to the front and then glued all the other elements in place.  I glued them fairly flat so that the Journal can be easily handled.  I added the closure (which I first covered with paper leather to give it strength) and used a Tim Holtz Hitch Fastener as my closure. The whole Journal was then completely sealed with DecoArt Matte Medium.
For the inside, I created three signatures, one with watercolour paper, one with ruled paper and the third one is a pocket envelope.  Don't you just love that great journal quote by Oscar Wilde??  It makes me smile each time I see it, the stamp is by Darkroom Door.

I also wanted to show you this Journal that I made for a friend, David Rose of Craft Obsessions, who did me a huge favour.  I used Tim Holtz's latest release fabric - Correspondence (a gift from my dear and lovely friend Kath Stewart).  These fabrics are beautiful quality and  perfect for covering Eileen's Journal.

The fabric is now available in the UK too!  I just got some more from The Cotton Patch.  They have a lovely selection of the Correspondence and also Tim's other range of fabrics.  I have just invested in a few more pieces of Tim's fabric.
On the bottom left photo you can see that I used a genuine Midori insert in the Journal, it fits perfectly.  I am pleased to report that David loved his Journal.

I hope you are not getting tired of seeing my Journals, I am sure I will be making lots more!!

If you have time to visit Eileen's blog each week HERE you will see more Journals and more of Eileen's HeARTfelt die release projects by the Inspiration Team.

As always, thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Favourite Eileen Hull Projects

Hello Friends

Today I am sharing some of my favourite Eileen Hull projects as Sizzix USA is having a huge sale of Eileen's dies and Eileen's team are sharing some inspiration.  Some of our projects are being shared over on the Sizzix blog today too, you can find them HERE.  The sale only lasts 3 days....

Eileen is offering a prize if you link up a project made with one of her dies HERE.

I think you all know I don't need much encouragement to create with Eileen's dies, the hard part was choosing my most favourite projects!  

The Cantilever Sewing Box die (Sizzix 660768) is possibly my most used die,
I have made several of these for friends, they are great size  for storing trinkets, bits and bobs etc. and like all of Eileen's dies they go together like a dream!
 I have also used the Bag, Caddy (Sizzix 657123) many times, here it is used to house drinks mats
but it will also hold a pad and pencil.  It would make a great Easter egg holder too....
This is the large 3" Block/Cube/Bank (Sizzix 658983) and the very first of Eileen's dies that I bought.  Here I used an Andy Skinner technique to make a Valentine gift.  The box opens up to take a gift inside.
This is the second of Eileen's Block/Cube dies (Sizzix 658984) and has three sizes of box on one die.  This was a gift for a new baby named Leo, I also used Eileen's Thinlit dies, Lion & Monkey (Sizzix 658973) and also Elephant & Giraffe (Sizzix 658972).  The top of the largest box has a money slot, turning the box into a Piggy Bank.
This is a more recent die, Flower Pocket (Sizzix 661112), Romance Flower (Sizzix 661110) and Sunburst & Waffle Embossing Folder (Sizzix 659879)
My last share is the Cookie Box die (Sizzix 659874).  I always like to find new ways of using dies and I made a pincushion, this is one of my most favourite projects!

If you are still with me, I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane!  At the time of publishing, all of these dies were listed in the sale.  I am hoping that Sizzix UK might follow with a sale but there is no news on that at the moment - sorry!  If you are in the USA, I hope you find a bargain!

Some of my DT buddies are also posting, if you would like to have a look!

Eileen Hull
Pam Bray
Julia Aston
Lisa Hoel
Karen Bearse
Anna-Karin Evaldsson
Donna Braaten-Budzynski
Diana Hetherington
Nicole Wright
Mitsyana Wright
Tonya Trantham

Thanks for looking, hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne  xx


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