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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Favourite Eileen Hull die.....

Hello Friends and New Followers!

This month, Eileen's Inspiration Team are sharing their favourite of Eileen's dies - that is a difficult ask for me because anyone who knows me knows that I love ALL of Eileen's dies, her Scoreboard dies have been a revolution in die cutting and a pure joy for those of us who love 3D crafting!

In the end, after much deliberation, I went for Eileen's Cantilever Sewing Box die (660768) and her beautiful Flower, Pansy die for my creation, I hope you like it!
I made this as a thank you gift for a friend I am visiting, I am away at the moment, if I missed a post, I apologise!
I die cut all the elements for the sewing box, using Sizzix Matboard.
To construct the boxes I used a strong wet glue and wrapped an elastic band around the box until dry.  I then applied strong tape to add my paper.  You could attach your design paper first (or paint the board) and then die cut, but I just prefer to do it this way.  Once dry, I assembled the sewing box according to the instructions.  You can download the instructions by clicking download, HERE.
I lined the insides of the box with the reverse side of the same beautiful Maja Design papers I used for the outside.  I painted the box struts with PaperArtsy paint in Cherry Blossom and added some knobs to the top, after painting them with the same colour of paint.
The flowers were die cut using Eileen's Flower Pansy die (661109) and using a product called Flower Making Foam, after seeing my lovely blog friend Lisa use it so beautifully... here.  I had so much fun making my flowers!  After die cutting and giving them a little touch of Eileen's Color Box Blend Ink in Tutu, I pressed the petals onto my hot craft iron and let them 'curl' into shape and assembled them, adding some stamens to the centre.

I hand dyed some seam binding, colouring it with Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stain and assembled my little floral decoration.
A final look at the finished sewing box, these wonderful little boxes are ideal for storing lots of bits and pieces and/or sewing items.

All month long, my teamies on Eileen's Inspiration Team will be sharing their favourite Eileen dies.  If you do have time I hope you will pop over HERE each week for some wonderful inspiration!

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne  xxx

33 comments:

  1. Gorgeous - so feminine - just perfect for a young lady to keep her mementos in or little sewing notions. Fabulous Anne!
    sandy xx

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  2. This is a beautiful gift for your friend Anne and I hope you are enjoying your time together. Thank You for the step by step and tips x Stunning outcome and those foam flowers are beautiful

    Sending my best wishes
    Annie x

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  3. Oh my goodness Anne, this is just amazing!! I am always in awe over your skills with these three D projects, that sewing box looks just incredible! And as to the rose/flower? Wow, simply wow! I have been sitting on the fence over this foam Iran or whatever it is called, but I think you have just convinced me that I do "need" it...

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  4. This is wonderful Anne!! I love the pretty papers you have used .. so sweet and so pretty! The flower you created is just beautiful, I love the bright colour. If this is the first time you've made this you certainly aced it!! What a stunning gift for your friend .. she will treasure this I'm sure. Have a fabulous time away! hugs xx

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  5. Oh my goodness, this is spectacular, Anne!! Wow!! You showcase Eileen's dies so perfectly!! And you make me want every one!! I love, love this beautiful box!! The papers are gorgeous!! And what a stunning flower!! You did such a beautiful job with the foamiran (and thank you so much for sweet shout out :) So amazing and inspiring, my friend!! I love it!! I hope you have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  6. Anne this is so amazing, I did not know this die even existed how did I miss this. What a fabulous gift you have created I can only imagine the delight it would be to open it, hide and rediscover all those hidden treasures and maybe most used items. A beautiful design with the foamiran flowers being the perfect addition.
    I saw you at Stitches yesterday but you were deep in chatter with friends and I did not want to rudely interrupt. I hope you had a good day. Creative wishes Tracey xx

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  7. Absolutely beautiful! Anne. Love the really feminine feel and as I am lucky enough to have one of your canilever boxes to treasure forever I know this will hold even more beauty in real life. You always, without fail, make Eileens fabulous dies truly shine.
    hugs x

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  8. I can see why this is your favorite! It looks like so much fun to construct and decorate. I'm loving the beautiful pinks and your awesome flowers! Well done! Hugs, Autumn

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  9. This is stunning Anne .... I love the colour, I love the papers and the flowers are so beautiful and lifelike. What a gorgeous gift! xx

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  10. I bought this die on the strength of your beautiful makes with it (and to my shame it still hasn't been for a run through the BigShot!)... This is an utterly delightful creation - full of vintage shabby chic loveliness and superbly finished.
    Alison x

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  11. your box is so beautiful Anne and even more stunning in real life...I know that the recipient will treasure it always xxx

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  12. Such a gorgeous gift Anne, I will treasure it always, thank you xxx

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  13. absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this project!! makes me want to get mine out and play too!! beautiful gift for a friend

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous Anne. The papers are so pretty. Love your step by steps and your flower well that's a big WOW. Tracy x

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  15. WoW Anne! You never cease to amaze with your construction skills and you always decorate in such special way! These flowers are just perfect in every aspect! Wonderful!! Hugs, Chrisx

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  16. Just saw this on Facebook Anne, it's gorgeous. Love it to bits. Happy crafting, Angela xXx

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  17. Anne- this is absolutely stunning! Great tutorial on assembling and THAT FLOWER! You know I am going to get mine out and play immediately! :-) Have a great visit and thanks for creating this beautiful project <3

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  18. Love the sewing box and that flower is so cool!!!

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  19. Another stunning make Anne. Enfys has posted about it on her blog.
    Toni xx

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  20. Such a pretty box and so useful too. I always love your attention to detail. Elaine xx

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  21. Your cantilever sewing box is absolutely stunning Anne. Love the care you've taken to match all the colours and as for the flower bouquet on top - that's a WOW!

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  22. This is so very amazing anne - I remember when I first saw you use this and this is no less spectacular! Gorgeous make indeed! Love your foamiran flower too! Hugs rachel xx

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  23. Gorgeous, elegant and useful, an attentive and beautiful gift for your friend.
    And those flowers looks so real and silky!

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  24. I have yet to use this die,and everytime you show a gorgeous project with it I want to bust it out. Beautiful work...love the soft pink.

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  25. This is absolutely beautiful! The papers are gorgeous and the pink flower is yummily awesome! You certainly rock 3D projects my friend - another triumph! xxx

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  26. This is so beautiful Anne, those flowers are amazing! Have a fun weekend, Sue xx

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  27. So gorgeous Anne! I never get tired of seeing your work with this die cut, you create the most beautiful projects! The one you made me is still sitting right on my desk. I switch out the contents with whatever seasonal embellishments that I'm grabbing the most. I love the pink papers on this one, the butterflies on the inside are lovely! Your flowers are so gorgeous and realistic looking! WOW!

    As I was blogging this morning I've seen so many photographs of flowers and green grass. I find it so odd since it will be several months until we get that far into spring. We've had some nice weather this week, but it's really just a big tease, I'm sure we will get plenty more cold weather before it's time for planting flowers. I hope it's been nice out where you are my friend. sending hugs :)

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  28. This particular EH die must have been made with you in mind, as you've used it to such beautiful effects with all these little sewing boxes. I look at the pieces and think how intricate the assembly would be, just with plain paper/cardstock, etc. Then to see how you've added all the pretty papers to enhance the look..inside as well as outside.oh my. And of course that gorgeous flower & ribbons to decorate the top. TFS & enjoy your time away. Hugs

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  29. what a beautiful sewing box in pink Anne - love the drawer linings and that gorgeous bloom! Your friend is so lucky to have been given this beauty! Hope you had a lovely visit with her! Julia xx

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  30. Stunning AND sweet! Wow! I have to say I love the flowers, too!

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  31. Anne, your work on this project is impeccable, and what a beautiful gift for your friend to treasure! I love the delicate papers you've chosen to cover it. And your foam flower is amazingly realistic--a waxy camellia came to mind! Wow! I can't believe this is your first time using this product--you've aced it! I think your creativity knows no bounds! Sending big hugs!

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