27 September 2022

Card Inspiration with Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. This month for Eileen Hull's Design Teams is all about greeting card inspiration! Give them, mail them, hoard them – it is fun to create handmade works of art, and Eileen's dies and stamps are perfect for creating them.


I've created a set of slimline cards that fit inside Eileen's Card Caddy, decorating them with die cut elements from Eileen's range of Sizzix Thinlits Dies. A list of dies used is available at the end of this post. Each card has a mix of brayered paint backgrounds, a strip of trellis cut with the Skinny Mini Elements Thinlits Die and stamp shapes cut with the Snail Mail Thinlits Die and embossed with the Woven Leather 3D Embossing Folder.

The first two are floral cards which could be suitable for any occasion. Many of Eileen's Thinlits sets contain flowers;


The second two make use of the Shadowbox Elements Thinlits Die to create cards which could celebrate a new home or welcome someone home.


The final two cards feature more florals mixing an older festive release with more recent flower dies;


Since the cards fit so well inside the Card Caddy (with enough room to include envelopes too) this set would also make a great gift in itself.


Thank you for joining me today. Make sure to check out all the fantastic projects and tutorials from the rest of Eileen's team members - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

List of dies used;
Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Card Caddy #665981Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Snail Mail
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Journaling Words
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 4PK 0 Floral Arch & Words

17 August 2022

Eileen Hull Designs Sizzix Chapter 3 Releases - Skinny Mini Accordion Book

Hi everyone and welcome. Chapter 3 Inspiration abounded during Eileen Hull’s Release Party. Did you miss it? Go to this link to watch the Party replay! For the rest of August the designers will be sharing tutorials for their amazing projects and you can find all the links on Eileen's blog.


As part of the release party I showed a special Skinny Mini Accordion Book that I'd made using some of these fabulous new dies and today I'm back to share it all in more detail.


The front cover features a heat embossed die cut trellis piece, made using the Sizzix Thinlits 'Skinny Mini Elements' Die with alcohol ink coloured self-adhesive pearls in the centre of each star shape. Glossy Accents has been added between each die cut shape to make the whole panel glisten.



Inside the cover is the first glimpse of the accordion element as well as what is effectively the first page, mounted on the inside of the cover. The lace tabs help open the deep cover and accordion pages.


This book started by die cutting the 'Skinny Mini Book Box' elements using Eileen's new Sizzix Scoreboards die from Sizzix Mat Board. Having been assembled using Eileen's instructions I also added some bookbinding tape to the inside of the spine to give it extra strength.


The accordion section was cut from a heavy linen (think tablecloth weight). I would recommend a size of roughly 6" tall by 30 3/8" long  in total (with each of the 9 pages measuring 3 3/8"). Mark each fold line (at 3 3/8") and use an iron to press the creases in (mountain, valley, mountain etc) to form the accordion.


The pages were cut to fit the accordion sections from a masterboard made using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paints on cartridge paper. With some of the leftover paper spare I also die cut some using Eileen's Sizzix Thinlits 'Snail Mail' Die.


Those die cuts were then embossed using Eileen's new 'Woven Leather' Sizzix 3D Embossing Folder to give them extra texture and dimension.


The pages were then each created in turn using a mix of gel printing, painting, hand-drawing, embossing, stitching and stamping using PaperArtsy stamp sets EAB12, ESA18 and ESA20. You can see throughout where the die cut shapes have been included as part of the design. When finished the pages were stitched to the fabric accordion to hold them securely in place.


Since the inside cover stands proud of the box it gives you the opportunity to build up layers of thick cardboard, lace, fabric, etc on the underside. The box cover itself was painted with the darker of the blues used for the masterboard before all these layers were added. I also tied linen tape around the spine as an extra feature. Here's more of the accordion pages inside;

















And all of those nine pages fit inside this Skinny Mini Book, proving names can be deceptive!!!!


I hope this has whetted your appetite for these fabulous new dies. Make sure to check out the rest of the Sizzix Chapter 3 release inspiration posts by Eileen's team members - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

27 July 2022

Preserving Travel Memories with Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. How do you like to save your trip memories? Eileen Hull’s dies and stamps are perfect for documenting your vacations and travels! Her various journal dies are great for making little albums. Throughout July Eileen's teams have been sharing ideas and inspiration for saving those precious memories. I've created a travel folio with a seaside theme which would be perfect for recording trips to the beach, tropical islands, cruises or even a visit to an aquarium!


Eileen's Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Folio Journal Die is ideal if you want something small and portable yet roomy enough to hold lots of photos, journaling and ephemera. I needed some design papers that would fit with the theme and coordinate with some leftovers from an old Prima pack. Luckily DT team mate Elizabeth Robinson has the perfect solution in her Etsy store - a digital download collection called 'A Little Fishy'. You can take a glimpse at this beautiful collection below (with my scraps and leftovers piled up in the centre);


Having covered the outside of the folio with some of these papers I added some wired ribbon through the spine so that it could hold the pages closed when tied in a bow.


Opening up the covers the beauty of Elizabeth's collage designs continues to be revealed and you'll notice I've attached a little envelope to the inside of the spine to hold a set of pencils, perfect for jotting down notes about the contents of the folio.



Flipping open the left-hand cover unveils yet another flip open element, full of pockets and tags; the tags were cut using Eileen's Sizzix Thinlits 'Card, Waterfall & Tags' Die Set.





Delving further inside the folio, full size pocket pages have been added for extra storage, secured to the two 'inner' spines with the help of Eileen's Sizzix Thinlits 'Bookbinding & Labels' Die Set. It's always worth going back through your older Eileen die sets to find other ways of adding pockets and journaling cards.




On the inside of the two main covers there is extra width to allow you to experiment with different styles of pocket design for holding your travel ephemera. I used some of the design papers with Eileen's Maker Forte 'Snail Mail - Postage' Stamp Set to create coordinating postcards.





The sides of further pocket pages on the right-hand side of the folio give yet more opportunity to play with extra storage designs. To coordinate with the collage elements in the design papers the little labels come from Eileen's Maker Forte 'Making Plans' Stamp Set.





The final sides of the folio include yet more pockets and, as with the left-hand side, the inside cover opens to reveal a folio envelope. The quarter circle pockets from Eileen's Sizzix Thinlits 'Folio Page, Pocket & Flowers' Die Set are really useful for holding larger tags and ephemera securely in place.




Thank you for joining me today. Make sure to check out all the fantastic projects and tutorials from the rest of Eileen's team members - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

15 June 2022

Creating with Leftovers for Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. We’ve all got them – a box or drawer of leftovers. Those little bits and pieces which we can’t bear to part with, the last of a pack of paper, bits of stamping, collected items for recycling… you get the idea! This month you are going to see the Teams creating with leftovers in projects using Eileen’s dies. Get your own scraps out and make something along with us. Go get crafty!

I confess to having SO MANY scraps! Thankfully at least they are organised in separate bags for each colour family, but they do need using up... eventually. For some reason the idea of creating whole journal spreads felt a little overwhelming this week so I hit on the idea of keeping it simpler yet still making something that could slip into my Eileen Journal - collage postcards and envelopes;


Inspired by Elizabeth Robinson's fantastic tutorial for stamped postcards and envelopes I set to work on batch-making some for future use using Eileen's Maker Forte 'Snail Mail Postage' stamp set.


To give them a vintage feel and prepare the base for other media I added gesso and some tea-staining to each one - this has the added benefit of plumping up the paper fibres to make each one feel a little more weighty.


Is there a point at which you realise you have a 'problem' with saving all those leftovers?!!!!


I did some experimenting with adding neutral scraps to the envelopes and postcards with some interesting results. My suggestion would be to keep it simple, sticking to a few larger contrasting pieces rather than lots of the smaller scraps as you can end up in danger of 'losing' the lower layer of stamping. It also works really well to mix up the textures - fabric, thicker wallpaper, book page bits, even embossed card would all work really well for this.


Taking the simpler envelope I decided to use the flowers and leaves dies from Eileen's Sizzix Thinlits 'Folio Page, Pocket & Flowers' die set in combination with the stem die from her Sizzix Thinlits 'Shadowbox Frames #1' die set to cut up more coloured scraps.


Here's the finished result, including a stitched border and additional white pen drawn around the larger inside petals; 



Rather than go with a similar colour scheme for the postcard I added different scraps to a second one and then got to work with more of the dies from Eileen's Sizzix Thinlits 'Shadowbox Frames #1' die set.


Here's the finished result, again including a stitched border;



I may go back and add some hand-stitching and/or lace trims when putting these into my journal, but for now it feels good to have used up some scraps and been creative.

Thank you for joining me today. Make sure to check out all the fantastic projects and tutorials from the rest of Eileen's team members - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

17 May 2022

Birds in a Journal with Eileen Hull Designs

Hi everyone and welcome. Throughout the month of May Eileen Hull's teams are creating projects featuring birds, nests and eggs to celebrate the arrival of Spring. Last week I shared a tutorial for creating a tablet stand using Eileen's Sizzix Scoreboards 'Phone Stand' XL Die. This week it's time to dive back into my Eileen Hull Designs 'Full Size Journal' and have a go at drawing/painting some birds.


Starting with the first of the triple-page spreads there's some collaging using Eileen's Sizzix Thinlits 'Snail Mail' Dies, Maker Forte 'Snail Mail - Postage' and 'Buttons, Cards and More' Stamp Sets.


I've combined them with Rebekah Meier's TCW 'Mini Specimens' 6x6 Stencil, painting the butterflies with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics.


Moving across the page there's a closed flap made from a tea-stained index card covered with Grafix Duralar Matte Film that has been embossed using Eileen's Sizzix 3D Textured Impressions 'Sweater' Embossing Folder.


On top I've popped one of my scrap clusters made using more Snail Mail stamps, die cuts and a bunch of leftovers.


As you open the flap the first of my hand-drawn/painted birds is revealed, created over a background layered with paint and Snail Mail stamping.


A close up shows how the Snail Mail die cut postage stamps have been painted and embossed with Eileen's Sizzix 3D Textured Impressions 'Crochet Mandala' Embossing Folder. The little twigs and leaves come from Eileen's Sizzix Thinlits 'Shadowbox Frames #1' Die Set, whilst the tiny flowers come from her Sizzix Thinlits 'Shadowbox Elements' Die Set.


Moving over to the back of the index card flap where I've stamped a sentiment from Eileen's Maker Forte 'Wonderful World of Flowers' Stamp set.


You can see more clearly from the close up how the Snail Mail stamping shows through the layers of paint in the background.


The second of the triple-page spreads starts with a flap made from a textured wallpaper offcut.


It has been embellished with another Snail Mail scrap cluster, Snail Mail die cut postage stamps and a button card from Eileen's Maker Forte 'Button Cards #2' Stamp set.


Opening this flap reveals another hand-drawn/painted bird once again created created over a background layered with paint and Snail Mail stamping.


As before the Snail Mail die cut postage stamps have been painted and embossed with Eileen's Sizzix 3D Textured Impressions 'Crochet Mandala' Embossing Folder. 


Moving across the page you'll see the opposite side of the middle page has been stencilled with the Rebekah Meier TCW 'Layered Wallpaper' 6x6 Stencil.


Finally here are a couple of video flip through's;



Thank you for joining me to see my bird journaling. Make sure to check out all the fantastic projects and tutorials from the rest of Eileen's team members - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx
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