Friday, 27 August 2021

Celebrating Eileen Hull's Stamp Launch

 Hello and welcome to an exciting post! 

Today my lovely friend and very talented designer Eileen Hull is launching the first of a number of stamp sets under Maker Forte. I have been very lucky to have the chance to play with them and have designed and created this little tag book using some of my favourite products along with the stamps.

There are three sets in this release ....

.... and I have used two of them in this project (details at end of post)

But all of which are totally "me"!

Before sharing a short tutorial here are a few more details of the little tag book ..... five tags in total.

They have each been decorated with the stamps on the background but also as individual features along with some vintage images (Tim Holtz Photo Booth).

The back of the tags have been similarly decorated but the colours reversed.....

.... which creates a coherent look.

So here is how it came together:

I cut five tags using Eileen's Sizzix Thinlits Die Card, Waterfall and Tags. I have used PaperArtsy Smoothy 340gms cardstock as I was planning a watery background. I used two favourite Distress Inks and Tim Holtz's Wrinkle Free Distress Technique to create a bit of watery colour.

I then used the Vintage Damask stamp and Speckled Egg Distress Ink over the background. I inked the stamp and then pressed the tag into it, which creates a more uneven tone.

Vintage Photo Distress Ink was then blended around the edges of the tags (you can see the difference it makes!).

On the reverse of the tags I used the inks in the opposite way. Stamping the Vintage Damask background with Vintage Photo ......

..... before blending the Speckled Egg over the top and spritzing with water. I used washi tape to hold my book together and did stitch it down around the edges, but my sewing machine made a very bad job of the reverse so I had to stick more washi tape over the top! But it holds it all together nicely.

Finally I added some overstamping. There are some small stamps which work really well and it was possible to isolate some of the areas of the larger stamps by inking up little areas. 

I have overstamped with Vintage Photo Distress Ink - I like to use the same inks over and over through the project.

Some of the label stamps look good stamped on tea-dyed copy paper again using the Vintage Photo Distress Ink and blending some in around the edges.

Labels can be torn or cut into little strips to use for collage and the little Junk Journal stamp is going to be a favourite!

I captured some ribbon under the main collage on the front to make it feel more like a little book. The ribbon was dyed with Speckled Egg Distress Ink to match.

A super collection of stamps and ones which I am sure will be used over and over.

And as usual Eileen is sharing a Live for the release ! and yours truly will hopefully be appearing at some point to share this project. Just hop on over to Eileen's Facebook page (Eileen Hull Designs) and join us at 6pm UK time or 1 pm Eastern US. I do hope to see you there!

And the good news is that Country View Crafts will be stocking the stamps in the UK. So do keep an eye out in their shop for their arrival.

Thank you for joining me today and happy crafting!

Jennie x

Products used:

Maker Forte with Eileen Hull : Vintage Damask 
Maker Forte with Eileen Hull : Buttons, Cards & More
Eileen Hull Sizzix Thinlits Card, Waterfall & Tags 3665154

Tim Holtz Distress Ink : Speckled Egg and Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Photo Book Images

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

"Not Just for Christmas" for Eileen Hull Designs

 Hello and welcome!

It is that time in the month for Eileen Hull's Educator Team to share some ideas and inspiration and this month both teams are using the Chapter 3 Christmas Release dies for "Four Seasons Crafting" - showing how versatile Eileen's dies are for all year crafting even though they may be a Christmas release.

I am not a great card maker but I do like to send individually made cards to friends and family and so have been playing around with the shapes of the Chapter 3 dies to see what I could put together.

The way the die is laid out it is easy to cut the truck either on the fold if you are using large pieces of cardstock, or two which can be joined with a flap as I did (I was using 8" x 6" papers). Step by step below.

There are some great areas on the truck to decorate and I think it would make a lovely Wedding or Anniversary Card with added lace and lots of flowers. I kept this for a Birthday as I have someone in mind.

I love making little cards and although these stand up to show off the flowers on the front, they fold flat easily for posting. Again the circle from the Christmas Bauble is easily isolated and I have a tutorial for cutting in this post.

For this card I made it slightly bigger by layering it on the Doily which was released earlier in the year. I have made use of lots of little bits and pieces from the Thinlits die - the garland fits the circle so beautifully and the leaves match wonderfully too. 

This little card stands alone but is quite sturdy and will soon be winging it's way to a family member for their birthday at the beginning of September.

The flowers have been made using one of Eileen's older flower dies and I am hoping to have a tutorial on the blog shortly. 

Changing the way the leaves are curled and adding a different centre makes for quite a different style flower.

Thank you for joining me today and as always happy crafting!

Jennie x

Dies used:
Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die Box Vintage Truck #665328
Sizzix ScoreBoards L Die Box Ornament #665327
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Wreath & Snowflake #665326
Sizzix Thinlits Stitchy Flowers #661903
Sizzix Framelits Bookplate, Hinges and Label #662356

49 and Market Vintage Artistry Colours Sky 6x6 Mini Collection



Cut a piece of cardstock 71/2" x 31/2" and score 1/2"
down the side for the flap

Fold over the flap and lay the cardstock over the truck
on the die ....

.... leaving a gap at the end for the fold.

This is how it cuts.

Cut a full size truck without a flap.

Line up the two trucks and mark how much to trim
from the full size truck.

The two truck pieces can be layered and the
flap secured with glue.

The finished card!


Cut a piece of cardstock 3.5" x 7" and
score at 3.5"

Cut a circle using the die leaving a very small area on the fold
of the cardstock uncut.

Cut a second single layer circle using the full
area of the die

On the circle with the fold, fold up one of the circles so
all edges meet

It should look like this!

Glue the single circle onto the folded circle ......

So it looks like this!

Thursday, 19 August 2021

My Favourite Colours!


I am over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight sharing a project for our theme of Favourite Colours.

It will come as no surprise to many of you as to mine! 

I have used a lovely selection of Ink and the Dog Minis so do hop on over to 
the blog if you would like to find out more!

Jennie x