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International Women’s Day 2017 – quote cards

hello everyone!

I am here to share with you a little project I made to share with some fellow employees. We have a group at work, Women’s Leadership Development, and we met usually once a month to discuss various topics, book club,  have guest speakers, meditate, encourage.. you get the picture

well I think it is very important that as women we celebrate ourselves and share and encourage and uplift…. soooooo  I thought, what could I do to help celebrate with them.. and here is what I came up with .. quote cards

it started out by playing with the new oxide colours.. oh be still my heart how I love them… I then decided the sheets were just too pretty to leave laying in a pile so off I went to visit my Sizzix corner and that is when it hit me… Eileen Hull’s recipe card die (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/659870/sizzix-bigz-die-recipe-card-label)would be a cute size and fit perfectly in the caddy (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/657123/sizzix-scoreboards-xl-die-bag-caddy)!

so  I cut and coloured and decorated with some Dina Wakley stamps (Ranger)  and Tim Holtz quote stamps (Stampers Anonymous), a bit of tissue tape (Ranger/Dina) and a bit more oxide ink

I cut one of the cards up to decorate the front of the caddy bag (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/657123/sizzix-scoreboards-xl-die-bag-caddy). the caddy is created using blackmat board and stenciled oxides… pretty cool effect don’t you think!

and there you have it.. a cute little project to share with my fellow team members. I went ahead and laminated the recipe quote cards so they would last hopefully lots of handling

my hope is that they draw a card and reflect a moment on the quote…..that it means something to them and perhaps when they are finished with it can leave it for someone else to find… or perhaps exchange with each other later on in the year.. so many possibilities…..

thanks for stopping by and happy International Women’s day to you!

diana

Eileen Hull’s heartfelt collection – felt bits

hello everyone

today i am here to share with you another one of my projects for this release… this one i used felt as well.  i am absolutely loving creating with it.. i need to source myself some more!

i hand stitched these stitchy flowers and leaf  (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/661903/sizzix-thinlits-die-set-13pk-stitchy-flowers-leaf)to the front to the art journal (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/661906/sizzix-scoreboards-xl-die-journal) using some antique thread. i also added a bit of cheese cloth to the centre button

on the front of the journal, after die cutting the ‘you are my sunshine’  onto a piece of scrap paper i decided i wanted it outlined on my journal and then decided that i liked the idea of stitching….. it is funny how things change when we are creating isn’t it!! what we think we want takes all kinds of turns until it is finished. that is the part of the process i like! when it came time to bind my journal i decided to try using some wire and my twist and style tool!! this makes creating wire bits so easy!!!!  i absolutely love these flowers die-cut from felt!!! the ink in the background gives my stitching the depth i loved!
to hid the stitching i die cut another journal cover, covered it with some creative tape and then pressed my felt cover to the front!

and then all that was left to do was to add some papers inside and then that quick and easy i have a journal that will possible hold positive quotes i come across through out my day, month year….

what have you been creating lately! if it is using one of Eileen’s dies (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/catalogsearch/result/index/?q=eileen+hull&p=1) we would love to see it. share it with us on Eileen’s Facebook page (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/eileenhulldesigns/)..

speaking of sharing, i hope you have had the chance to check out what the rest of the inspiration team has been sharing with you all this month!

diana

ColorBox blends with Eileen Hull

hello everyone!

oh it seems forever since i have written up a blog post; i guess it’s been a while hasn’t it.

today though i am here to share with a cute and fast(ish) project i created in the spirit of ‘love’

i started out by cutting the suitcase (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/657124/sizzix-scoreboards-xl-die-bag-suitcase)from the Sizzix leather paper sheets to which i had added a few colors of ColorBox.

now seeing as I am fairly new to them I started out with a heavier touch then needed. i am loving all the colours but chose to use nutmeg, sunshine, melon and my newest fav, stop!

so how do I proceed.. well I added a bit of water and let my colours mix and mingle and then set it aside to dry.

now I liked where this was going but just knew it needed a bit of texture so i inked the inside of the Daisy Wreath (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/661423/sizzix-textured-impressions-embossing-folder-daisy-wreath) embossing folder using the nutmeg color blend

i was sure to ink both sides prior to placing my dried paper leather sheet inside and running it through my vagabond

now my suitcase needed a bit of stitching

and finally it needed some accents and a little book was created with the left over bits of paint and paper leather!

thanks for stopping by today to see what  a great combination Eileen Hulls dies by Sizzix, her paints by ColorBox and the ‘let me see what I can do next with this’ paper leather by Sizzix…..

til next time..

happy creating

Diana

 

turning 50

hello everyone

i am here today to share with you one of what i am sure to be many pieces i am sure to be creating from the beautiful photo’s from my wonderful ‘turning 50’ trip. it was a trip that i had imagined but never thought it would be possible.. seeing the sunset on my last night being in my 40’s and the sunrise on my first day of my 50’s in one of the most beautiful awe inspiring no words can describe place on earth.

for this my first project,  i started out by layering tissue paper and other bits onto a framed panel (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.com/product/Tim-Holtz-Idea-ology-MINI-FRAMED-PANELS-Structures-TH93582-TH93582?currency=USD) using matte medium. i then used many different things from paint, to sprays, clear texture paste, crackle and vintage mediums. i coloured using my distress crayons, archival inks and some more paint until i was happy with the background.

i added some remnant rubs in both black and gold both on the background, the frame and the card to give it some added depth. the ’50’ is from a birthday card i received and were so perfect from me that i wanted to be able to keep them in a piece. so i embossed and debossed and inked and stained and rubbed and sanded until i got it to the place i wanted it to be.the wings represent the love of life both in the here and now as well as for those gone before me. i am a very blessed soul who does love life and never take for granted every breath i take. the three little pearls are there to represent those ladies in my life who went before me and who if it wasn’t for them i wouldn’t be who i am… my mom, my nanny and my aunt ruby.

i truly hope you all have a wonderfully blessed and happy week!

diana

Sneak Peaks – Creativation (CHA) 2017 – Eileen Hull Designs

hello everyone!!

i am just jumping in here really quickly to share with you all some sneak peaks of some projects i have created for Eileen Hull (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.com)

this is the front of my favourite die this year !!

as well as this one. i have to admit i had a really hard time sending this one off. i filled it with lots of time and energy and it is so me!  this one is holding a special treasure … meaningful things to share…

and this is another version of the first two and will be sure to be filled with ‘home’i am so excited about this set of new releases from Eileen and i can’t wait until you see what she has and for you to get your hands on them!!

Eileen drives around 2,500 miles to the venue each year, along with her beautiful 1960’s camper van called Scotty. this years adventure was just that. she ran into some of the nastiest weather … brave lady. i sure couldn’t of done it… so if you happen to be at the event being held in Phoenix this year, do stop by and give her a hug and a pat for Scotty for me!!!
this is Scotty at CHA in 2016 all set up in the Make and Take area… i snagged this photo from a fellow inspiration team member!

i hope you have enjoyed the sneak peaks. i just have to say i am so honoured to be able to be a part of this new release and of this team. Eileen designs beautiful products, Amy Bowerman keeps us all on task as our design team co-ordinator and my fellow inspiration team are amazing….. i am a very very lucky girl!

diana