15 May 2018

More May Flowers with Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. This month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team are celebrating May with projects created using Eileen Hull Designs various floral dies (both Bigz and Thinlits from Sizzix). Last week I shared a Floral Heart Wreath along with a tutorial for making the flowers and foliage - you can find it HERE. Since then the sun has remembered where we all are and now the flowers in my garden are blooming in abundance!

Feeling inspired by this month's theme and needing to create a hinged box for the Handmade at Helen's workshop at the weekend I created a second project using Eileen's flower dies;

Based on Eileen's Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Book & Pages, Trinket Box & Frame I made a simple hinged lid with an aperture cut in the centre and painted it with Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints (Marine, White and Ancient). Feeling it needed a little more decoration I applied embossing ink using one of Seth Apter's rubber stamps and applied his Baked Texture 'Deep Sea' Embossing Powder from Emerald Creek Crafts. It is the perfect match for the Marine colour!

The all important flowers were cut from thin card using Eileen's Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 13PK - Stitchy Flowers & Leaf. I spritzed them with water before scrunching together and left them to dry for a few hours. Once glued together to form the blooms with added leaves I sprayed them with a mix of Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord Distress Spray Stains before highlighting with the Ancient Acrylic Paint. The leaf fronds were cut from white card using Eileen's Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK - Floral Arch & Words and were arranged with the flowers to trail over the lid and sides of the box.

Though not heavy, the weight of the flowers is sufficient to hold the lid down as well as adding that glamorous finishing touch. Some coordinating ribbon and drops of Liquid Pearls 'White Opal' from Ranger completed the look.

Now, I mentioned earlier the workshop at Handmade at Helen's - this is a fantastic shop/venue in Dumfries where they have lots of exciting guest designers attending as well as a wealth of craft supplies to entice you. I had been asked to teach the assembled group of wonderful ladies how to create a Trinket Box and Junk Journal in one day, so they had their work cut out for them!

Needless to say they quickly grasped the various design alternatives and were soon putting their own spin on each project using the wide variety of materials and media that Helen had provided. By the end of the day they all had beautiful creations to take home and have promised to share them with everyone in the Eileen Hull Fan Club - in fact I know Shirley and Gael already have! In the interim I have my own photos to share alongside some taken by Helen - strangely enough most of them were camera shy or otherwise occupied at this point but Shirley and Jenny were happy to appear with their projects;

A huge thank you to everyone who came along for the class and made it such an enjoyable day. And special thanks to Helen who did a superb job organising everything (including a gorgeous lunch) and making me feel so welcome.

That's it from me for today. I'll be back again tomorrow with my latest project for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog. In the meantime take care of yourselves and get creative!
Jenny xxx


  1. Oh how I wish I could have been there Jenny! What a creative bunch but with you leading the class I would expect no less :-) Thanks for sharing the gorgeous flowered Trinket Box and also the projects created in class- love them all!

  2. I absolutely NEED the journal die, I loved the class and your patience with me messing things up was awesome, thank you so much xx

  3. Gorgeous project Jenny, your flowers are so rich in colour and work so beautifully with Seth's powder, wonderful combination. I love how the flowers take centre stage but do not detract from the beauty of the trinket box. Absolutely gorgeous. Tracy ❤️❤️😘

  4. It was such a pleasure spending time with you Jenny. Thank you so much for coming to Handmade at Helen's and spreading your enthusiasm and talent around so generously, we loved having you here! Haste ye back! xx

  5. Jenny, what a beautiful trinket box with those lovely blossoms trailing over the edge. I love how you've used the Baked Texture and the ombre look to the edges of the box. Looks like the class was full of excellent students, and they were guided by the best! Hugs!

  6. This is gorgeous Jenny - but of course everything you make is. And thrilled to see you at Helen's. I hope to be there myself one day soon :-)

  7. Jenny, the box is gorgeous and the flowers are sensational!! x

  8. What gorgeous purple florals on your lovely box with the blues! What a creative bunch you had at that class - beautiful projects by all! Julia xx

  9. Fabulous project and how lucky were the ladies who got to make their own - no doubt you were a great teacher and everyone loved you and your workshop .


Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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