Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Artist Trading Block for Eileen Hull + Giveaway

Hello Friends

I wanted to celebrate the fact that it is my 4th Anniversary with Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team!  I started out on the Artist Trading Block (ATB) side of the team and  my lovely friend Tracy Evans was on Eileen's other Inspiration Team. I thought I would mix up the Spring Flower theme for this month by creating an ATB, using Eileen's ATB die and stamps designed by Tracy for AALLandCreate.
I have a few step out photos and some brief instructions for you.
I started by created the large flower first.  I die cut the petals using Eileen Hull's Pansy Flower die and coloured them with Eileen's ColorBox Blend Ink in 'Stop' (bright red).  After spritzing the petals with water, I scrunched them up, dried them with my heat tool and assembled the flower.

The background was created by adding some ColorBox Blend to my craft mat (in 'Stop' and 'Bay' - a beautiful turquoise) and brayering this over a piece of A4 card, quite randomly until I got the desired effect.  Once dry, I used a stencil, by AALLandCreate (Stencil #28 by Autour de Mwa) and also added some marks here and there with stamps and the lid to the paint top.
Once I had die cut the 3 inch ATB, I coloured the edges with ColorBox Blend in Bay and left this to dry.  Then I cut the brayed and stenciled piece into 2.7/8" squares and inked the edges with Bay.
I stamped four of the squares with an AALLandCreate stamp (Set #70) set by my talented friend Tracy, and stamped and coloured the flowers in 'Stop' ColorBox Blend on a separate piece of card, fussy cut them and added them to the stamped flowers on the squares.  I added words to each side, again using Tracy's stamp set.

To finish off I added some black threads to the top before mounting my big flower on top.

All this month my team mates have been creating Spring Flower projects which you can see on Eileen's Blog, HERE.


My other project this month was this Passport Journal die that I made into a little rusty and patina storage box and using another of Tracy's stamps for the butterfly.  To celebrate my 4th Anniversary as part of Eileen's team I would like to offer this project as a Giveaway.

If you would like a chance to win the box, please leave a comment below and I will choose a winner  on 30th May here on my blog.  You do not need to follow me but it would be quite nice if you did!  I am happy to post this box to anywhere in the world, to the winner.

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

Hugs, Anne  xx


  1. Absolutely stunning, you have bought Eileen's Dies and my flowers to life . I adore the colour combination, one of my favourites, it's such a joy being on this creative journey alongside you . Big hugs Anne. Tracy ❤️❤️😘

  2. This is amazing work Anne...and I love the colour palette❤️
    Thank you for the chance to win your storage box xx
    P.s. see you in July for our weekend of crazy!!

  3. Love both of these projects! The flower on the box top is so pretty! And Tracy's stamps are perfect for this project. Always inspiring Anne! <3

  4. Your ATB is fabulous. Such lovely colours.
    I love the colours used on your box. The aqua against the dark background looks wonderful - thank you for the chance of winning.
    Toni xx

  5. Happy 4th Anniversary to you, Anne!! Eileen is so lucky to have you showcasing her amazing dies!! Your project are always so stunning, as is this gorgeous box!! Wow!! I love the layering of colors and stamps you used!! The flower on top is spectacular!! I love, love this, my friend!! Another work of art!! And you are so generous to offer your amazing rusty patina box as a giveaway!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Anne, Eileen is lucky indeed to have you as a brand ambassador! You make me want every product of yours that touches your hands - ha! This is really a beautiful ATB and I'm touched that you celebrated your and Tracy's friendship and journey by using her new stamps - and oh so beautifully at that! Bravo and congratulations my friend! Big hugs, Autumn

  7. Happy 4th anniversary, Annie! They are so lucky to have you! Your ATB is stunning! Your giveaway is very generous, but please leave me out of the draw as I've already been blessed by your generosity!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  8. Happy happy 4th Anniversary Anne !! that red flower looks bold and glamorous on top of the awesome ATB, I am somehow intimidated by using red on my creations but now I think I should use it more often :) thanks for the lovely giveaway !!

  9. Congratulations on your anniversary! Such a pretty combination of the red and that shade of blue. You can't go wrong with Tracey Evans stamps and Eileen's dies. Thank you so much for the chance to win your beautiful book!

  10. Happy 4th Anniversary Anne, what a lovely make to showcase those amazing years with the team and use Tracy's stamps a real symbol of friendship. The red reminds me of the Poppy and is one to remember as we well know. I really feel the need for the ATB die now!!
    Always a delight to visit and see what inspiration you have in store for us no matter what you use, here's to many more years of creativity.
    BIG Hugs Tracey xx

  11. Wow Anne, hard to believe it's been 4 years, time certainly does fly!!!
    Your ATB looks incredible!! It is so very you, with the perfect blend of super clever and funky, love it!! Here is to many more years of wonderful Eileen projects to come! Oh and just in case you're interested (I know you have it but maybe someone will ask), Crafts U Love have the wrap journal on pre-order for the middle of June, yay! (And at a good price too I thought). I got a few of the diecuts for it from Eileen, but I now have it on order, it's one of my favourite journal ones :o)

  12. This s gorgeous Anne, you always make the best flowers! Whenever I see yours I want to stop what I'm doing and go and make flowers like you do. Congratulations on four years on the DT, and I hope there's many more to come. Have a very happy week, Sue xx

  13. Love your ATB Anne xx Wonderful details using the All&Create stencil/stamps too xx Huge congratulations on your 4th Anniversary xx You projects using Eileen's dies are just perfectly showcased and then some !!!

    Huge hugs Annie xx

  14. The ATB is just stunning, Redanne. The flower looks almost real.
    And thanks for your generosity for the giveaway, 4 years wooow!

  15. Well you and Eileen Hull have been a superb match Anne. Can't believe its been 4 years - you are all wonderful troopers. I love how you have mixed up Eileen's and Tracy's 'enablers' to come up with yet another stunning beauty! It really is FAB-U-LOUS! This stunner, together with this week's blue skies surely declare summer is a comin'. No need to put my name in the hat as I'm visiting cause I love to, plus I feel guilty for being absent. Congrats on your 4 year partnership with Eileen - She has been very lucky to have you. Nicola x

  16. A very happy 4th Anniversary Anne!! Eileen is so lucky to have you on her Team!! Your ATB is awesome!! The colour palette is stunning and I love all the details you added to the side panels .. looks totally fabulous!! That amazing flower on the top is the icing on the cake! Such a beautiful colour and so beautifully made as well!
    Your storage box is so gorgeous Anne, and you are so generous to be giving it away. I truly would love to have the chance to win it but, please don't add me to the draw as I have already won a fabulous prize from you.
    Have a wonderful day!! hugs x

  17. That big flower looks amazing and I always love the combination of red and turquoise. I must have been checking out your blog for at least 4 years - some great projects over the years. Elaine xx

  18. I can’t believe it has been four years Anne- what an adventure we’ve had! As many have mentioned I AM so lucky to have you as part of the team! I can always count on you to come up with a thoughtful, creative and beautiful project... but been more than that, thank you for being my friend through it all. ❤️

  19. Absolutely wonderful ATB Anne - love the colours and thanks for reminding me about this die - love the flower - it sits perfectly on top! Please add me to the draw Anne - I would love to win your project!!! Thanks for the chance! Hugs rachel x

  20. Doesn't time fly ..... 4 years of amazing projects. I love your ATB, the colours look so good together, and the bloom on the top looks amazing. Great little step by step too xx

  21. I love the beautiful Artist Trading Block with the stunning flower on the top! The colours, stamping and flowers on the block itself are just gorgeous - another triumph! I am glad I am back seeing your wonderful work. I adore the awesome rusty patina box - wonderful colours - fab flower and yummy butterfly! Thank you for the chance to win! Hugs xxxxxxx

  22. Love how you're linking up all those strands of your crafting story with this wonderful ATB - the Eileen connection, the Tracy/AALL & Create link - and it's a brilliant construction of course. Beautiful pops of red against the pretty turquoise, and I love the black graffiti accents. Congratulations on four years with Eileen and here's to many more.
    Alison x

    1. Oh, and yes please, count me in for the lovely giveaway! xx

  23. Your red bloom is redder than red! how gorgeous with the turquoise box Anne - Can't believe you have been working with Eileen for 4 years - time sure flies - thanks for the chance to win too! Julia xx

  24. You were always 'Queen' of the ATB imho , Anne having made so many inspiration projects over the years . So many come to mind now as I type ..... ♥ . This one shows you haven't lost your magic touch when it comes to showcasing the Atb. Fabulous which ever way you look at it and your flower topper is gorgeous. Happy 4th Anniversary - you are more than worthy of your place on Eileens team .
    hugs x


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