Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Eileen Hull eBook - Journal Treasury

Journal Treasury
Hi all! I have exciting news! The eBook I hinted about a couple months ago is being released today! Yay! If you're a planner addict, or love art journaling, or are obsessed with making books of all types, this eBook is for you. Eileen's Journal die from Sizzix is seriously one of the coolest dies out there and Journal Treasury contains 85 projects created by some of the most talented designers in the industry using this amazing die. This eBook is a treasure trove of inspiration.

You might remember this cute little shadow box I did back in May showing a new way to use the die. The instructions for this one are in the book!

And here's a sweet Christmas version I did just a couple weeks ago. I love finding new ways to use my dies - you get so much more bang for your buck that way. I also have a couple actual journals in the works that I will be sharing very soon.

Journal Treasury
The price of the book for the month of August is $11.87 which is 30% off the regular price of $16.99! Click on the image above to buy your copy. After you purchase it, you'll be emailed a link to download your copy. It make take a few minutes due to the amount of images in the book (that's a good thing!). After that, just grab your dies and supplies and have fun!

If you don't already have Eileen's Journal die, you can get one from Sizzix. They finally have them back in stock, so get one while you can! They seem to fly off the shelves in minutes.

Thanks so much for stopping by today - have a great week!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Huge Sizzix Sale - Christmas in July!

Hi all! It has been insanely hot here in Mississippi for the past couple weeks and I am longing for some cool weather, which is months away for us. The next best thing is cranking up the a/c in the studio and working on Christmas projects!

I saw that Sizzix was having a huge Christmas in July sale and thought I'd make a quick project using Eileen Hull's new Journal die and a few of my favorite Christmas dies by Tim Holtz. You might have seen the first shadow box I created using Eileen's die back in May. I made this in a similar way, but used jewelry boxes I got at the dollar store for my niches. Easy peasy!

On the left side, I used a sentiment from Tim's Christmas Stacked Words die and some pretty holly branches cut using his Holiday Greens die. Both are on sale this weekend along with a ton of other great dies from Tim and Eileen. It's a fantastic time to stock up!

You can shop for the dies I used via the banner below.

All the papers, ephemera, and embellishments are from Tim and can be found at Simon Says Stamp via the image below.

I always use Grafix Medium Weight chipboard for my projects using Eileen's dies. It's super sturdy and the perfect thickness for her dies!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I apologize for no longer posting the thumbnail images of the products I use. InLinkz (whose service generated the images and links) changed and they are charging way more than I can afford for their service. I hope it won't be too much of an inconvenience to my followers!

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Distress Oxides - By The Sea

Hi all! I have been keeping busy with lots of garden and baking projects, but wanted to share a new project I've started with a few friends of mine. I bought Eileen Hull's amazing new Journal die and we were cutting out book covers when it occurred to me that they would be perfect books to hold swap pages. So each month we have a theme and we'll be creating pages to put in each other's books. How fun is that?! I'm really excited to have an ongoing project like this and it's so fun to see what everyone comes up with. I still need to finish my book, but I'll be sharing that very soon.

Our first theme was patriotic/summer. I obviously went for summer. :) I am still getting the hang of working with the new Distress Oxides, so I thought I'd use this as an opportunity to experiment some more. I used a combination of Broken China, Faded Denim, and Vintage Photo to create the backgrounds. I used Elizabeth Craft Designs' soft finish cardstock as my base and I love the way it looks. I was really happy with how these turned out - there were no duds in the bunch!

The image of the women and the ticket are both rubber stamps from Oxford Impressions. The women were stamped on matte coated cardstock with black Archival ink and colored with Distress markers. I was so thrilled with how well the cardstock took the ink! I added a few rub ons to the 'photo' to add some intereste. To finish my card, I added some tissue tape and a bit of cheesecloth. I checked the OI Etsy store and I didn't see this particular stamp set available right now, but you might be able to message Suzanne, the owner, and see if she can make a special order for you. It's a really wonderful stamp set - one of the first of hers I owned! UPDATE! I just checked and By the Sea is now in stock. Thanks, Suzanne!

Here's a 'taste' of what I've been baking! Do any of you watch the Great British Baking Show (Bake Off in the UK)? I'm obsessed! When I saw this pies and tarts class that Craftsy was offering, I snapped it up!

I made these from the leftover tart dough from the tart in the photo at the top. So good! It was based on a King Arthur Flour recipe. Scrummy!

This was the pie that caught my attention in the Craftsy class. I made if for the 4th of July and it was a huge hit! The pie crust is almost like a puff pastry. So flaky and light. And no soggy bottom! :)

And here's an actual GBBO recipe - Paul's Schichttorte. It was really not as hard as it looks; just very time-consuming. And very yummy! I can't promise that this won't turn into a baking blog, but you might see a few of my latest kitchen projects from time to time. :)

One more thing - there is a great sale at Sizzix going on this weekend. Lots and lots of my favorite dies at incredible prices. Click the banner above to shop!

The inks I used can be found at Simon Says Stamp via the link above.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'm entering my Distress Oxide collage in the Simon Monday Challenge - Distress It,  and the Frilly and Funkie challenge - In the Good Old Summertime.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Paper Pros Challenge - Masculine Birthday

Hi all! I can't believe it's been over a month since I last posted - yikes! I've been having some work done on my studio, so it's really a mess right now and hard to find a clean space to craft. Hopefully I'll be organized soon and can get back to creating!

I absolutely had to take some time this month to make a card for the Paper Pros challenge. My brother's birthday is today, so I suggested we do masculine birthday cards. I have been dying to use Karen Burniston's new Twist Panel Card die. It makes this fancy fold so easy! And seriously it's such a show-stopper of a card.

For the masculine theme, I chose papers from Tim Holtz's Dapper collection. The mini blueprint stamps are just perfect for decorating the panels. I colored them with a water brush and Distress inks. The sentiment is from Karen's Occasions clear stamp set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I kept the front super simple, just adding some cardstock scraps and a line of washi tape. The die-cut sentiment is from Karen's new Birthday Words die set.

I'm so excited about these new dies from Karen! You can check out the full line HERE. I've also linked to the specific dies I used below. You'll also find links to the stamps and other supplies I used, available at Elizabeth Craft Designs and Simon Says Stamp.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! I promise I'll try not to let another whole month pass by without posting! :)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Eileen Hull Journal Shadow Box

Hi all! Hope you've been well. I have a fun new project to share with you that I created with Eileen Hull's new Journal die. Eileen was kind enough to send me a couple die cuts to play with and, after seeing all the cool books people have been making, I couldn't wait to make one of my own.

When I was mulling over what type of book I wanted to do (there are so many possibilities!), I remembered this configurations book I made last year and was like - wow, I bet I could make Eileen's die into a little shadow box book!

Since the book would be displayed open, I kept the front fairly simple, covering it with paper from Tim Holtz's Wallflower collection and adding a knob and ribbon.

The inside was so much fun to create! I had fun experimenting with dyeing ribbon with Tim's new Distress Oxide ink (love them!) and added lots of little bits and pieces. I love doing shadow boxes like this - there is no end to the variety of themes and styles you can use. I can't wait to make more.

The tutorial for my shadow box book will be included in Eileen's upcoming e-book, which will include tons of ideas for using this versatile die. When the book is released, I'll be sure and update the post with all the links so you can get your own. I know it's going to be amazing!

The supplies I used can be found at Sizzix and Simon Says Stamp via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great week!