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hello everyone!!! i wanted to share my news with you all before i show you this months project  i created!!!

i was so excited this spring when i had the opportunity to meet Eileen Hull, the designer of those cute multi sized Artist Trading Blocks and then to be asked to join the official design team for The Artist on the Block (http://theartistsontheblock .. totally over joyed…. NOW i have also joined  Eileen Hull’s Inspiration Team (http://www NULL.eileenhull!!!! BEYOND EXCITED HERE!!! totally honoured to be amongst all the women on both teams!!now onto this months creation!!

i have to start out by confessing i am so not a designer of anything halloween.. i LOVE seeing all the works of art created out there by so many talented folks but i could just never find my grove when attempting to create something ghoulish…. this is my attempt and i have to say i am pleased with the final result

so i started out using a couple of tim’s layering stencils (http://timholtz, shattered and harlequin as well as some distress ink and some clear rock candy glitter


and one tim holtz  on the fence (http://www NULL.sizzix die

IMG_3753i thought okay.. not too bad but what can i add to this so i kept going… i took out some of my crackle paint and added a coat to a few grungboard pieces (after i was done smelling all the grunge out of them!!! )

i had also cut out two branch tree (http://timholtz bigz dies and started colouring them with some dusty concord (http://timholtz distress stain and water…now i felt i was getting somewhere


so now this is getting better..more ghoulish like i think…so i started adding some distress  dusty concord stain  to my ATB’s….IMG_3765

i loved how the glitter was still glittering through the stainIMG_3766

and yup… i do get right into the creating process..i mean RIGHT IN!!!thank goodness for the craft scrubbie i say!!

loving loving loving the shine!! and sparkle of this rock candy glitter!



how spooky is this!!IMG_3782


i had created a specific background on a 12×12 canvas  using some Golden Crackle paste for the sky, some distress stains and a bit of water but  kept the ‘moon’ section clear.

this is what it looks like backlit


and this is without!


i loved how this turned out!! the skulls, the bones, the complete package!! IMG_3960

and this is what it looks like from above!!! Oh how this picture makes me laugh!!!!! like really really laugh!!!


Eileen is offering a fantastic prize for her latest Art with Heart Challenge – Tricks and Treats which you can find HERE (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.html).  The prize is one of Eileen’s Scoreboard Artist Trading Block Dies!  That’s one challenge not to be missed!!


I am linking up to the Sizzix Challenge – Halloween HERE (http://blog NULL.sizzix i used a lot of Sizzix dies. the main die being  Eileen Hull’s Artist Trading Block dies, Tim Holtz  On the Edge Die.  The fabulous prize is a selection of Tim’s new releases!

i hope you have taken a chance to enter as well as to view all the fantastic projects put out there this month!  i can’t wait to see you all back here next month for our November challenge


Fall Harvest ATB

it is by far my favourite season… i love them all for their own individual reasons but fall i feel right in my core…

for this months ATB challenge over at the Art with Heart challenge is a theme of Fall back. there have been some spectacular projects before mine…truly spectacular so i hope you do take a moment to hop on over there and take a boo at them

for mine i kept it quite simple.
i started out by colouring some ribbon with distress inks
distress mini's

i used a Tim Holtz texture fade and one of his Stamper Anonymous reflection stamps and ran each mat board piece through my vagabond
texture fade and reflections stamp

then i used the Harlequin stencil and added a bit of walnut stain to the ATB
tim holtz harlequin stencil

loved where it was going so then decided that i needed to add a bit of smoothness so added some distress embossing ink and clear embossing powder to my ATB by placing my stencil over top the walnut stained bits and embossed only the broken china bits along with my pumpkins

using clear embossing powderembossing powder and distress ink

yes.. happy happy happy with that.

now it was time to put it all together. i wanted to be able to close it and open it with ease so i grabbed myself one of the elastics, added a bauble and tada!!
fall harest crinkle ribbon colourswalnut stain and broken chinaIMG_3495

the only thing left to do was to add a bit of tissue paper to the insides. i am planning on adding a nice fall cupcake and handing this out as a little token of friendship…. will post pics later !!!

tim holtz postal tissue wrap paperwell that is it for my ATB for now.  Remember to stop by The Artists on the Block (http://theartistsontheblock Blog to see other inspiring projects. Also be sure and stop by the Art with Heart (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.html) Fall Back Challenge for more Inspiration and to participate in the challenge! So get over there and link up one of your creations for a chance to win a Sizzix prize pack!


layered dragonfly love

hello everyone! i am just here for a quick minute to let you know i have a new posting up over at Art Anthology (http://artanthologyinc
i really enjoyed the whole process of the layering and creating this canvas. here is a sneak of the finished. do jump over and take a boo at the process!
tim holtz dragon fly

and so speaking of sneak peaks here is another project which i used the layered dragonfly (http://timholtz that i have attached to a project for October! i absolutely LOVE how it turned out…

i am hoping to be back with a tutorial on how i created this dragonfly later on this month!
until next time…


hello everyone!! diana here again with my latest  Art on the Block piece!!

i must say i am a little or a lot addicted to them  but i have to say i was warned prior to even getting my hands on them that i would be there are so very many things one can do with them. you so need to check them out here (http://theartistsontheblock on the Artist on the Block page as well as the many many examples shown here (http://www NULL.pinterest on Eileen Hull’s pinterest page and of course here (http://www NULL.pinterest on Sizzix page

so on to my creation this month.

i started out using one of my Sizzix movers and shapers (http://www NULL.sizzix Tim Holtz design dies, family and cut it out of a piece of mat board. i had a bit of issue with it but a quick email and figured it was probably just from the layering of the mat board so i was a little gentler and it seemed to work.

so i coated it in tattered rose and picket fence crackle paint and set it aside to dry

sizzix movers and shakers for tim holtz die family


i love all the cracks!! so antiquish!! (yes probably not a word but you know what i mean right!)

distress crackle paint

distress crack paint family

next it was time to do some stamping. i tried to think of all the words for ‘family’ i could come up with an i stamped away using black archival ink. i then used a bit of tea dye distress ink on my blocks and then did a quick cover of utee

ATB antiqued with tea dye



i of course ended up getting lost in the whole process.

i know i used Eileen’s Trinity’s (http://www NULL.sizzix flower die by Sizzix which i inked and crumbled and inked again prior to attaching to the top of the ATBtell your story

i also used some rub ons from tim holtz which i put under one of the drawer pullstrinity flower - sizzix

i used some crinkle ribbon which i dyed using some distress reindeersfamily block

and added a bit of tulle and twine to complete my flowertulle and twine marriage

i love how this project turned out. it is going to look perfect along side my other ATB’scrackle paint love

i figure i can do a whole shelf of them with candles to light up my art roomatb family

the lid is easily removed by using the drawer pull to place a battery operated tea light insidetell your story

one can always place the lid to the side i guess!!!
trinity flower close up

i love how this turned out!!family love

for more amazing Artist Trading Block creations be sure to stop by The Artist on the Block (http://theartistsontheblock And don’t forget that this month Art with Heart (http://www NULL.eileenhull challenge is “Anything Goes”! Share with us your art for a chance to win a die of your choice from the brand new Eileen Hull Sizzix collection Vintage Kitchen (http://www NULL.ellison when it is released in December

Eileen Hull’s Vintage Kitchen – Sizzix

i  have some extremely exiting news to share with you today. being a part of the ATB Design team ( http://wp we were given the privilege of playing, i mean working, with the new release by  Eileen Hull (http://www NULL.eileenhull  due out in December of this year.

the  Vintage Kitchen (http://www NULL.ellison collection has  16 new dies to make a variety of different items. i was given the opportunity to play with the following three.

the loaf pan (http://www NULL.ellison which i chose to create a pin cushion.

loaf pan - vintage collection by Eileen Hull

canister (http://www NULL.ellison which i created a nice tea light holder for my kitchen
cannister - vintage collection by Eileen Hull

and last but not least i was given the opportunity to play with the oven (http://www NULL.ellison which i absolutely love and even added a little mini book which i created.

Vintage collection by Eileen Hull

Have an Artist Trading Block or other creations you’d like to share? Be sure to stop by the Art with Heart Challenge (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.html) and link up…our challenge this month is “Anything Goes” and the winner will receive a die of their choice from Eileen Hull’s new Sizzix Collection “Vintage Kitchen” when it’s released.