Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A Witches' Brew Journal - or is it?

Hello Friends

All this month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team are creating different/unusual projects using Eileen's Heartfelt range of dies.  I have used Eileen's Journal die in two different ways.

First up is A Witches' Brew, it looks like a Journal / Book....  
I was inspired by my Teamie, Tracy, who created a gorgeous shadow box HERE.  Since writing up this post, another friend Alison (Butterfly) created a stunning shadow box HERE, with a fabulous idea to create the box element, do check it out if you have the time!
Inside, my box looks like this:
I am so lucky to have dear friends who share with me, Kath die cut the fabulous spider's webs, the word wicked and the witch along with the starry background and some of the Idea-ology pieces and Jenny (Buttons) gave me the wonderful set of stamps which included the beautiful Raven, which I stamped and fussy cut to sit on the 'wicked'.  The word itself was coloured with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide and when dry, Glossy Crackle Accents.
The cover was die cut using Eileen Hull's Journal die (Sizzix 661906) and then covered with tissue paper, glued in place with Matt Medium.  Once dry a layer of Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium (Vintage) was applied.  I wanted it have a 'vintage book' look.  The book label was 'aged' and Tim's Industrious Stickers and Remnant Rubs complete the look.
To create the book 'lip' I cut a piece of mountboard the same depth as the spine of the constructed journal.  I 'indented' the piece so that the lid would have a platform to rest on.  The edge was covered in striped cardstock to give the impression of book pages.  I used Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink to create the background.
I love Tim's latest Halloween Idea-ology pieces (skull, bones, pumpkins and rose - thanks again Kath).  The little bottles are from Tim's previous release and the labels are from my stash.

And now for something completely different!
I used Eileen's Journal die to create the base, made it into a shadow box (like above), cut it to shape, added some shelving and and fake drawer.. and voila`... a bookcase!
I had lots of fun making mini books and other items to fill the shelves.

So there you have it, two different ways to use Eileen's Journal die!

Finally, Eileen Hull's amazing Journal Treasury eBook is still available at a discounted price £9.19 / $11.87 - 30% off) until 31 August, it is full of wonderful inspiration for journal making!  You can buy a copy by clicking on the link in my left sidebar.

I am joining in Frilly and Funkie's Challenge which is to use dies, punches or other cutting tools.  The majority of items in my witches' brew project, including the journal cover are die cuts.

Thanks so much for looking, hope to see you again soon...

Hugs, Anne xx

PS.  If you are still looking for Eileen's Journal die, in the UK, Countryview Crafts have it in stock again.  In the USA, Eileen has a few in her Etsy shop and the Funkie Junkie has stock too.


  1. Oh my gosh, you are amazing, Anne!! Wow!! These are both so spectacular!! Wow!! I love, love the shadowbox!! It's wicked awesome!! I love the details you added...your details are always so perfect!! And the bookcase is jaw-dropping!! I love the little books!! You showcase the dies to perfection, my sweet friend!! I love, love these!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. Totally love your Witch's Brew Shadow Box Anne xxx The front cover is perfect but the inside is full of the most wonderful details. How clever to make a book case too !!! Again you showcase Eileen's dies so well and always think "Outside" the box.

    TFS and sending my best wishes to you and David

    Annie xx

  3. Genius creations Anne! Wow wow! I jumped straight to ... How you did the book effect on the shadow box, so effective! Great designs xxx

  4. Absolutely brilliant ideas Anne. Love how you covered the first in brown paper, I adore brown paper. Gives such wonderful texture and then the contrast of the purple inside. The bookcase wow what an inspired creation. You rocked these Anne. Tracy x

  5. Brilliant ideas Anne - and the "witchy" one is so you! I've finally managed to get this die on pre-order so can't wait for it to arrive so I can have a play. So much inspiration now. Love, Margie xxx

  6. Anne...these pieces are darling! You are so creative and I love the way you have used this die cut in two totally different ways. Darling details. Great tutorial!

  7. Fabulous makes Anne. The Witches Brew journal is stunning and the shelving piece totally amazing.
    Toni xx

  8. Oh my Anne - you are amazing - these are so fabulous - I love them to pieces - must get hold of that journal die!!! Your witches brew journal is perfect and the bookshelf is awesome! big hugs rachelx

  9. What a treat for us to get not one, but TWO of your latest incredible creations, Annie! I really like that first "journal" shadow box because of the surprise element! How fun to see the face of the recipient! And how fun with both creations to play with all the amazing tiny elements! Your shadow box couldn't be more spookily Halloween and your bookcase couldn't be more charming!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  10. Absolutely wonderful - don't you just love that witch. I think the best witch I have ever seen - wowzer! Love what you did with the inside of the box Anne - that purple is gorgeous!
    And the use of tissue on the outside is a winner. Now why don't I think of things like that.
    I need to write you and tell you what is going on here - I will not be posting for a good while. But I am coloring with colored pencils. I really want to take them as far as I am able - who knows.
    I am amazed at the little books you made - now that takes a ton of talent and patience!
    Hope all is well Sugar,
    Sandy xx

  11. Okay, all of these are picture perfect as so freakin fun to look at! You have a brilliantly brilliant, genius mind to come up with such different and unique ways to use this Die! Love the book and the bookcase! Wowzers. I think this is totally amazeballs and awesome sauce dearie! You go Red!

  12. These are both beautifully unique and fabulously designed and as always very creative. You have such a versatile style and a brilliant imagination. I love them both xxx

  13. Spookily brilliant Halloween scene - I love those swirls of purple fog, and the silhouettes all look fantastic against the background. The wrinkly covers are so cool too! Your bookshelf is a complete delight - your bibliophile is a lepidopterist too, I see... brilliant use of the die and such fun. I've said it before, but I'll say it again - if you ever want to come and play in Small Worlds we can find you a space!
    Alison x

  14. Squeal!!! Anne, I love both projects, but you know I have that special place in my heart for Halloween! What a beautiful eerie background on the interior, but the textured cover is perfect! Both are so creative and wonderfully put together! I wish I could watch you craft in person...I can almost see the sparkle in your eye as each detail came to mind! Lovely work! Sending big hugs!

  15. PS This would be a great entry for our On the Cutting Edge challenge at Frilly and Funkie and for Anything Goes at Scrapy Land. Links below:

    1. So happy to see this take Top 3, Anne! Way to go, you! Hugs!

  16. Ooh the first one is spooktacular! A fabulous cover then you open it up to reveal the wickedly awesome inside! Love the die cuts and the gorgeous raven - black die cuts against the Wilted Violet look cool along with the spiced marmalade wicked! The bookcase is amazing! So much detail! Love the tiny books, the bottles - all just wonderful! You are such a rare talent my friend! Hugs xxx

  17. Love the violet, orange and black inside that vintage box and the bookcase if fab - I bet it took you ages to make the books and decide which books to put on your shelves too. Elaine xx

  18. Anne your patience and creativity knows no bounds! I'm amazed at the stunning contrast between the aged suede look on the outside of the Witches book and that burst of purple that backs the die cuts and fussy cut raven (at first glance I thought that was a die cut too!) And then, that bookcase! WOW! So many perfect details on each and every shelf. I applaud you Anne Redfern! xx

  19. OH MY Gosh Anne!! I just Adore that first book/box! Love love the textured front and your use of purple pulls at my heart strings! Fabulous makes! That shelf is amazing as well!
    hugs,Jackie xx

  20. Echoing all the above sentiments Anne! These look absolutely fantastic!!! The little bookcase is genius!! Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

  21. What wonderful creative projects using Eileen's journal die Anne! LOVE the purple sky contrasted with the black and orange/red die cuts on your box - and all the wonderful miniature treasures stacked on your bookcase! well done!! Julia xx

  22. Great project Anne, love it to bits. Happy crafty week, Angela xXx

  23. Hi Anne, loving these. That little bookcase is so special. Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela xXx

  24. Wow, wow, and wow! I just absolutely love both these projects. The inky sky in the first shadowbox is just gorgeous, and I love the way the die cuts pop against it. Then all those wee books in the second project make my heart go pitty pat. You are so incredibly talented. I'm always inspired when I visit. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Frilly and Funkie On the Cutting Edge Challenge!

  25. I loooooove both! I'm going to have to show my son the Halloween one :)

  26. Back to say thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

  27. Two brilliant ways to use the journal die. Such clever concepts , brilliantly executed and as always your attention to detail is second to none- those mini books!!!!!
    Inspiring creativity Anne. Thank you for sharing
    hugs x

  28. It's my favourite time of year to visit your blog, Halloween! You make the absolute best spooky projects Anne! Your 'journal' cover is so amazing, that wrinkled paper texture is fantastic! Love the black accents and the skull embellie is a perfect fit! How wonderful that it's a fake out, such a surprise to open it up and find a Halloween scene on the inside! All the fantastic spooky dies, and those fantastic little embellies on the bottom! I just love it!! Your book shelf is also amazing, it reminds me of a wonderful piece of dollhouse furniture! The glass display with the butterflies is pure genius, love love love!! Looking forward to seeing what other amazing Halloween creations you come up with this year! hugs :)


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