Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Eileen Hull Shadow Box with 49th & Market.

 Hello Eileen Hull fans, it is time for the start of a new month which brings about a new theme. 1st can I say... how the heck is it MAY???? Our theme for the month is Birds, Nests & Eggs. You can play along in the Eileen Hull Fan Club Facebook group. Hope to see you there. *Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration.  **some of these links are affiliate, I receive a small percentage from the company at no cost to you. This helps me deliver free content!

Here is one of the latest die cuts called Shadowbox Frame #2. I used 49th & Market paper which is really nice & sturdy and makes for a great frame. The collection is called Vintage Artistry, Hike More. It is harder to find as they these papers to sell out pretty quickly. You can find the link below & an alternate suggestion. 

I wanted to make the paper be directional & have some control over which elements showed on the front side. Therefore started by cutting a piece of clear acetate & marked the lines with a sharpie. Then made a diagram that showed which piece would be left side vrs. right side etc. 

You can see from this photo that in order for the frame to fit together you want the diagonal, with the tab portion facing inside and matched with a straight side end. Before I adhered the individual piece I cut out the butterfly & flower, using a kraft knife on a mat. Put a strong wet glue like Art Glitter Glue or Ultrabond on the inside of the tab & inside edge of that piece. Push the square into the space, the tab will fold as you do. Below is a video, which Eileen made.

If you want to see how the frame is put together Eileen shows you at the 12:05 minute mark. You can also watch the whole video to see the entire release! Hot Tip: Use a scoreboard or another tool that has a 90 degree edge so you can use it as a guide to keep the pieces square as you assemble. 

Once my frame was dry & nicely set up I measured the background paper & a piece of card board, cut and adhered to the back. This gives the frame more stability. Here is an example using different paper. You can cover both sides of the card board to create a nice backside piece.

Time to decorate! I cut out one of the houses from the Elements set using wood grain paper & covered it in clear embossing powder.  The door was embossed with Crackling Campfire Glaze, and glued in after.

This was adhered along with the picket fence from the same set. Also some ephemera from 49th & Market. 

Hot Tip: Take a piece of mat board & adhere a pixie dot to it. Pixie dots are a removable glue dot that will hold your paper but not tear the delicate die cut. That way you can heat emboss without using tweezers & having to touch your piece up.

I wanted my metal title which is a word band, to show up. It was colored with Distress Crayon and adhered using Redline Tape. 

The top of my box was finished with some washi tape, this helped cover the holes made from cutting the images on the front. I also added a handle just for fun. 

The last step was to decorate the backside as well. Now my frame can be displayed on a table & be happy looking, from both sides. Bonus: I have a lovely table decor item that reminds me of my friendly hummingbirds! I hope you have the chance to make one of these cool shadow boxes, they are a touch addicting and also make great gifts. Be sure to check out the other projects that my teammates are making, & check back throughout the month. Have a great day!


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

April Stamp Release for Eileen Hull with Maker Forte!

 Hello Stamping Fans of Eileen Hull! It is time for a new Maker Forte release. Always fun & the best thing is these stamps pretty much work together nicely. I am busy teaching so instead of one big project I will give you 3 ways to use Eileen's newest member of the family. As always there is a FB live release & blog hop. All the details are below.

 Here is my trio of projects. Make sure you check out the blog hop as there will be so much great inspiration. Remember if you miss the live you can always check out the replay. 

Let's break down my projects & see how versatile these babies are! You can use them for planners, journals, journal cards, junk journals... it goes on & on. Also very good for labels.

Idea #1: So we may have had family visit. I may have made Lemon Drop Moonshine for us to enjoy. Not really moonshine as it is not distilled but that was the name of the recipe. It was super tasty but only lasts 2-3 weeks in the fridge & then must be frozen. 

I made super simple labels for my delicious treat, with the best by date on them. Simply stamp with archival ink on a sticky back label, trim & adhere. I would have made fun tags but they are being popped in the freezer. Fun tags next time! 

Idea #2: How many of you have 1 million Project Life cards from back in the day? Well how about pulling them out & adding a little something, something like die cuts & labels? I can use these for journals, junk journals or hey even those Project Life albums. Love how these little die cuts just adds some pretty dimension. For reference the flower comes from Shadowbox Frame #1, the stem from Wreath & Snowflake & the house from Shadowbox Frame #2. See supply list below for links.

Idea #3: Adding the labels to the cover of a Full Size Journal Booklet.  These stamps are so fun as you can change the label frame & put different words in them. Now time for you to hop! Here is the link to Eileen's blog with a list of the team who are playing with the stamps this release. Lots of great inspiration to be had!


  • Eileen Hull Stamps by Maker Forte - Making Plans
  • Eileen Hull die cuts by Sizzix- Shadow Box #1
  • "                        "               - Shadow Box #2
  • "                        "                -Wreaths & Snowflake
  • Sizzix Cardstock Sheets

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Time for the Topflight Winners!!!

 Winner winners chicken dinner!!! Very excited to announce the winner for my $25 gift coupon for the Topflight Stamps blog post is Angela!!! Please send me your email so I can get you a code. Congrats & thanks to everyone for their lovely comments. To get the full list of winners, plus the grand winner please go over to the Topflight Stamps Blog which you can find here. 

 Congrats to all the winners! If you want to check out my project you can go here. Thanks to Topflight Stamps for inviting me to design for the hop!

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Eileen Hull Chapter 2 Sizzix Release Hop!!!

 Hello fans of all things die cutting. Today is the day for Eileen Hull's Chapter 2 Release with Sizzix!! Always lots of excitement. This release is all about a new to Eileen base product, shadow boxes. I have zero experience making these so let's see how I fared! 

This is just the sneak peaks but tutorials will follow. I also made some really good mistakes which is great because I will show you how I fixed them so you can too. Just stay tuned for the tutorials. 

Here is the graphic for the blog hop, Facebook Live. I hope you can join us on Eileen Hull Designs page as the team shows some of the projects live. Below you can see separate photos of my projects.

Box #1: My Hummingbird Photo Box was made with 49th & Market. This is a great paper line for making these shadow boxes as it is a bit heavier than most. There may be a surprise on the backside too!  

Box #2: Lacrosse Team Box was made to celebrate 2 of my kids in their High School Varsity Lacrosse success. They both wore #24 which was pretty cool. I have a 3rd box in the works these were surprisingly fun to make & can't wait to show you more! Follow the links below to get to the next post! You can always go to Eileen's blog to find all the links too!

Eileen Hull Designs << you are here
Pam Bray
Maggi Harding
Jennie Atkinson
Lisa Hoel
Karen Bearse
Tonya Trantham
Sue Eldred
Elizabeth Robinson
Jenny Marples
Madeline Arendt


Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Topflight Stamps Birthday Blog Hop!!

Today is the Topflight Stamps 5th Birthday Blog Hop!! I was thrilled to be asked back to help them celebrate, so thank you Donna. If you haven't been over to the website, it is a great place to get those hard to order (especially with overseas shipping these days) companies that are based outside the USA. The supply list is below.  Please hop along with us and see all the beautiful talent from this group of amazing designers! You should have arrived here from Erica Stranges's blog. If not, no worries, catch the details below. *Unfortunately due to new tax laws and the USPS limiting delivery areas Topflight Stamps is only able to ship to US and Canada right now.

I decided to work with mainly Seth Apter products, one of my favorite designers & all around great guy. I really needed another phone stand plus these are so fun to make & very handy to have all over the house! They also make great gifts. The base of the stand is a Sizzix die cut by Eileen Hull. 
Here is the graphic for the Birthday Celebration!! Who doesn't love a sale? Time to stock up! Bonus fun there is more...
Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $50 Gift Certificate to the store. But wait, there is more, each stop on the hop has an additional $25 Gift Certificate up for grabs for some lucky commenter. For a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by April 3rd. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on April 7th. Good Luck!

How about a quick tutorial? I will also share some awesome Gel Press wipe up prints that came about as I was working. You will want to cut 1 base out of mat board for this project. It comes together really easily.  Starting with Fresco Finish Paint & doing some wipe up to clean my press a bit. I like using a light color like Nougat, Vanilla or even a blue like Antarctic. If these colors are not available simply look for light colored paint. I brayered just a bit of light tone like Truffle on my board. 
Here is the wipe up print. A wipe up print is when you take your dirty Gel Press that has dried paint on it. Add a layer of paint & put your paper down. The idea is you want the wet paint to dry on the paper & the layer of dry paint so it will pull up. Keep rubbing until the paper is not as cold 30 sec to a minute? Depending on the paint you are using. 

You can lift up a corner to see if that dirty layer is being pulled up. Wait too long and the paper will stick to the plate. You can also just clean you plate with a baby wipe or hand sanitizer gel. Here is what my plate looked like after, there is still some paint there which can be cleaned up, sorry no before but you can see all the paint that is on the print. That was on my plate!

Next added some more color. You chose what colors you like to use. This was done just dabbing some color from the plate to the board. 
I have 2 Gel Press videos which will show you how easy & fun it is to create pieces which can be used in other projects or added to the mat board before you cut out your shapes. 

Now how about some stencil work. When using the press you will want to put your stencil face down so the letters are backwards. That way what ever you pull the letters will be in the right direction. Add the paint on top of the stencil, lift the stencil.

Press the board onto the stencil image in a few different places. This is one of my favorite Gel Press tricks. I show you how to do this in the video.

Here I am just building up the color adding Magic Moss paint from the press onto the board in different spots. Notice how it pushes the letter back a bit? Changes the color in spots. So fun! I am also pressing the 2 smaller pieces, you can see them in the upper right corner.

Here is my finished background. I also use the paint to stamp some images. Put a bit of paint on the plate, brayer it out & then dab the stamp in it. Stamp. Clean your stamp immediately with water & a rag or toothbrush. You don't want that paint to dry on your stamp. 

I showed the paints I used, if Topflight Stamps doesn't have the one you want just substitute it. Don't be afraid to play around with your color palette. Here is a close up of the stand put together. Hot Tip: wait until you finish building the main cover area before you put it together LOL.

Alright time to add more stamping. I did this in 3 ways. #1 stamping on tissue paper with archival ink, then using a paint brush to tear the image out. 

#2 was using embossing powder. Seth has 2 new trios out & I got my hands on one of them. Welcome to the family Just Deserts. I love swatching new colors, really helps when I go to design. 

I also swatched some Prism Inks. These were all done using French Toast. The original color is underneath- Wow see how this expands your color choices?! 

Adding the title Mixed Media using Mud Pie embossing. While I was working also added some images to those wipe up prints for art journal use. You can also see the tissue paper stamped with story teller. Love this set so many great images. 

To finish & protect the surface of the stand I used a varnish. If you like a matt finish you can go with Cosmic Shimmer. I like gloss so I used Liquetex Gloss Medium & Varnish. It starts out milky but dries super clear & glossy.  Hot Tip: Make sure your tissue paper images stay down, you may need to smooth out any bubbles that are created. Also if you board bows a bit don't worry it will be fine when dry & you can gentle bend it into submission LOL. 

Last here is my phone on the stand. Makes for such convenience. With so much of our lives on our phone having this mixed media stand just makes me happy!!! I hope you have a chance to get inky today. Make sure to check out the other makers & Happy Birthday Topflight!! 

Follow along here and if you get lost you can always start at the Topflight Stamps Blog.

Topflight Stamps

Kathi Rerek

Dina Kowal

Esther Asbury

Annette Allen

Jennie Atkinson

Rachel Kleinman

Connie Mercer

Charmaine Canham

Lisa Hoel

Jenny Marples

Cornelia Wenokor

Rachel Greig

Ericka Strange

Karen Bearse

Melina Dahl

Autumn Clark

Maria Willis

Angela Myhre


Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $50 Gift Certificate to the store. But wait, there is more, each stop on the hop has an additional $25 Gift Certificate up for grabs for some lucky commenter. For a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by April 3rd. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on April 7th. Good Luck!



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