Stencil Girl and Eileen Hull Blog Hop

Monday, August 18, 2014

It's a week-long Blog Hop!
The awesome folks at StencilGirl have teamed up with the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team to create an amazing collaboration of projects for a week-long Blog Hop!

Stencils and Stamps go hand-in-hand. My painted canvas was created by using the Ward Stencil from StencilGirl and one of Eileen's stamps from Craffiti Direct
Trace. Paint. Stamp. Fun!
There's a lot of creativity this week! Check it out and leave a comment for a chance to win a combined prize package from StencilGirl and Eileen Hull.

Check it out! Today's Hop:
Michelle Zerull..that's me!


Thanks for visiting!

Anything Goes...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

This week the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is "Anything Goes". This is a wonderful time to try a new technique or play with a new stamp set. For my project, I used a few new items that I've been itching to try. I used the new bookmark die from Simon Says Stamp. This die can create a sweet little bookmark out of anything in seconds! So fast and easy that I made several of these.
The spoon was cut with a sizzix die. I love this little spoon! It reminds me of the little spoons that used to come with ice cream cups...mmmm...but that's a whole other project for a later date. :) 
Anyway....once the spoon was cut, it was easy to color and decorate. The little curve of the spoon was stamped with a stem stamp. Clever, isn't it?
If you use an e-reader or don't read, that's okay. This little bookmark can do double-duty as a tag or embellishment.


Do you remember chairs like these? Some of them had this crazy embossed pattern on them. THAT's what this embossing folder reminds me of! I remember having to sit at the dinner table until I ate my vegetables and then when I stood up, there were patterns indented on my thighs! LOL! True story! So I can say with experience, that the embossing looks a lot better on the paper than it does on your thighs!

Get creative and have some fun! Join us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and your project could win a $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp.  We draw a new winner each week. Your project could also be chosen to be featured in our weekly designer spotlight.

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Sunshine & Scratches

Sunday, August 10, 2014


The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is "All scratched up..."
Scratches can be bad for furniture, but they can be fabulous when you're creating! From rubbing with steel wool to sandpaper, giving an aged look with a brown ink pad to crumpling and then flattening back out some paper, or even using a scratched up looking stamp – this week we challenge you to embrace imperfection and get grungy.
This week, I used vintage photos in a "Pocket Scrapbooking" style of layout. I embraced the scratches and imperfections photos and enhanced the scratches with stamps from Paper Artsy by Ellen Vargo. I love these stamps. To me, they look even better when I do second-generation stamping. A really cool effect!

Love those scratches!

Get creative and embrace imperfection! Join us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and your project could win a $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp.  We draw a new winner each week. Your project could also be chosen to be featured in our weekly designer spotlight.

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Vintage Kitchen

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Look at what's coming soon!
Eileen Hull has developed a fantastic new line of dies and folders at Sizzix called, Vintage Kitchen. From Loaf Pans to Mixing Bowls, this is a large line of new products to inspire heartfelt projects perfect for gift-giving or keeping for yourself! :)
As a member of Eileen's Inspiration Team, I am pleased and proud to have been one of the first to have been able to work with these.

I love working with these dies because they can be personalized so easily. That's a photo of my Great-Grandmother in her Vintage Kitchen. :) I also created a pin cushion from a vintage hankie. Yes, you can do anything!



I'll be sure to keep you informed as to when the new items will be available for purchase. So exciting! Here's a sneak preview of her new line at a recent trade show.
This month Eileen is welcoming all projects to the Art With Heart Challenge. That means Anything goes! Show us what you've created. You could win a wonderful prize from Eileen herself!

Be sure to see what the other team members have created with the Vintage Kitchen dies. They are a talented group of ladies who have made so many lovely things. There's a lot of eye candy in this Vintage Kitchen.
:)

It was the best picnic...

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Family....
The word "Family" means many different things to different people. What do you think of? Your ancestors? Your children? Where you live? This week, the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to create a project the conveys Family. I created a page in my art journal for this challenge. When I think of family, I think of our family dinner table; a time when we come together to discuss and share.
My project started with a page that was removed from an old children s book. I love this illustration and I wanted to incorporate it in my journal. I encountered two major obstacles with this project. The first problem was composition because I was attempting to keep the page whole. I wanted to be able to see the illustration and read some of the text. The second obstacle was trying to create this project with limited supplies. We were in the process of moving when I created this and many of my supplies and tools were packed away, so I had to use what I had on hand. (note: I never did find my glue. How weird is that?)

This silhouette was done in red instead of traditional black. I wanted to add some much needed color. All of the papers were from the BasicGrey Herbs and Honey line. It's all that I had available at the time, so I'm glad that they worked well. :)

What comes to your mind when you think of "Family"? Join us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and your project could win a $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp.  We draw a new winner each week. Your project could also be chosen to be featured in our weekly designer spotlight.

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