Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Sustainable Crafting : Love your Scraps!

 I am on the PaperArtsy blog tonight with some ideas for our Sustainable Crafting Theme. 

I have spent the summer using up lots of scraps and decided to further these ideas using Ink and the Dog Stamps which then came together nicely in this little journal.

Do hop on over to PaperArtsy if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

A Birthday Trio for Eileen Hull Designs

Hello and welcome to another super release day with another set of stamps from Eileen Hull and Maker Forte.

I got the chance to play with these lovely new stamps and decided to create a little trio of cards and a gift tag for some upcoming birthdays. They measure 4" x 4" (my favourite card size!) and this flower stamp was just the perfect size for layering. 

The images were stamped on some good quality white cardstock and once the ink had dried (always tempting to rush in!) I coloured the layers with these three Distress Crayons: Aged Mahogany, Spiced Marmalade and Forest Moss.

I used foam pads to create three layers - glueing the finished flower to another piece of white cardstock which had been "splooshed" in the watery Aged Mahogany ink. 

I used the same ideas and techniques for this card but only used one colour: Aged Mahogany. 

There was still some ink left on the mat so this was my mop up tag which nicely completes the set. You will see that I have used sentiments from Eileen's stamp release back in August.

These are the two sets being released today (Wonderful World of Flowers & Snail Mail Inspiration) and you can see more details on Eileen's Live later today but also watch out for more inspiration from the teams on Eileen Hull Designs.

Country View Crafts here in the UK are stocking a few sets of Eileen's stamps so keep a look out as I am sure they will go fast!

It's a busy week with the release of Eileen's Sizzix Chapter 4 dies on Friday, so look out for another blog post and more inspiration!

Happy crafting!
Jennie x

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Tea Cup Flower Journal for Eileen Hull Designs

Hello and welcome! This month Eileen Hull's teams are focusing on Nature Journals and showing how you can make a journal from just about any of her dies not just the main "journal" dies.

I decided that the Tea Cup would make a super edging to a folded wallet filled with nature and flower quotes. I just love roses and if I didn't live so far north I would grow many more. 

I have this little Ballerina Tea Rose which struggles but during August was peeping through the long leaves of the Montbretia. 

It is a really pretty pink and inspired me to choose these papers (I had just two A4 sheets!) and this gorgeous pink rose.

Inside is a small waterfall which has a number of quotes and room for some photographs ......

..... along with a little journal which sits on the inside flap.

On the other side is a small tuck spot where I have used the tea bags as tags (my hack - you don't always need tag dies!)

Unfortunately the photographs I thought I had taken whilst making the wallet don't now seem to be on my phone! So I can only give you the measurements. I started with a piece of cardstock measuring 8 1/2" by 3 1/2" and scored at 2" and 2 1/4" from each side. You can either cut it from patterned cardstock or as I did in white cardstock and then I covered it front and back with patterned papers.

I used the Tea Cup die to cut a single cup from board which I covered with a patterned piece of paper and this got glued to the left hand side flap.

I cut another cup from the board and this time removed the handle as it didn't quite fit. I then stuck this down onto the inside flap. You can't see here but I caught a piece of ribbon between the two boards.

This cup then got covered with a piece of cardstock and a little tuck spot made from the leftovers.

I cut a tea bag from the board and used this on the back of the wallet to capture another piece of ribbon.

Using two lots of board either side of the left hand side flap creates a really lovely thick tea cup which does actually close without the aid of the ribbon. I could also have used magnets.

I hope this has given you an idea for using this die and do hop on over to Eileen Hull Designs to see what the teams have made this month. You will be inspired!

Happy crafting!


Dies used:

Sizzix Scoreboards L Die : Teacup, 3D and Spoon #664797

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set : Card, Waterfall and Tags #665154