Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Eileen Hull New Release - Book Club

Hello Friends!

As many of you already know, Eileen Hull's Journal die  (and others in the range) has been a huge success and in November, Eileen releases her new range - Book Club!

The Inspiration Team are sharing some of their makes, as sneak peeks, to whet your appetite, tutorials will follow once the release is out.  Book Club is a range of dies that have multiple uses - such a great idea which makes dies even more versatile!  I have a couple of pieces to share with you today.

First up is another Scoreboard die which is called Card Box, Planner Storage & Organiser.  A very versatile die - I have used it to hold a mini album made with Eileen's Passport Die, it fits perfectly! The assembled measurements are 5" x 4.5/8" x 7/8".   These are just like mini magazine holders - wouldn't they look beautiful all lined up in a row, holding your handmade cards or notebooks?!

Next up is a Scoreboard L Die called - Stamp & Photo Storage.  It measures 4" x 6" x 1/2".  As you can see I have added it to the Journal Die and it is a perfect fit.

  In this case it becomes a watercolour storage compartment, with my brushes attached to the top of it and my watercolour booket at the front.  You could use this as storage for photos, notebooks etc., and it is a stand alone product which you can use for storing stamps, small dies or anything else you want! 

 See what I mean about versatility!!

I hope you like these new additions to Eileen's range!  If you have not joined in yet, in my previous post I am doing a Journal die Giveway along with my friends Jenny Marple and Tracy Evans who are also doing Giveaways.  You can find all the details on how to enter the mini blog hop here:

Anne Redfern - that's me!

Thanks for your visit, I look forward to sharing more sneak peeks with you soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

Sunday, 10 September 2017


Hello Friends!

Eileen Hull is currently on the Paper Trail, driving the whole width of America and travelling up into Canada in her now famous Scotty, a 1976 Serra camper van! You can find out where Eileen will be visiting and teaching classes by visiting her website or by following her adventures on Facebook, where she will be doing regular Facebook Live videos.

Following on from the hugely successful release of Eileen's Scoreboard XL Journal Die and Katie Skilton's sell out shows on the Craft Channel, Hochanda, here in the UK, we want to continue to celebrate the success of Eileen's Journal Die, both here in the UK and elsewhere in the world.  Jenny Marples, Tracy Evans and I are doing a Blog Giveaway and each of us is offering one of Eileen Hull's Scoreboard XL Journal dies, by Sizzix as a prize!  We are happy to post to winners anywhere in the world.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these THREE prizes you need to:

1.  Be a follower of one or (better still) all of our Blogs
2.  Comment and tell us whether or not you already have the Eileen Hull Journal die.
3.  Be a member of Eileen Hull's Fan Club on Facebook.  It is very simple to join and there is a lot of fabulous inspiration there as well as amazing prizes.

If you are here, don't forget to visit:
Tracy Evans
Jenny Marples
Anne Redfern (you are here!)
Would you love to have one of Eileen's Journal dies?  Then please do join in the fun!  Prize winners will be announced on 30 September 2017, on each of our three blogs.  Do please check back to see if you are a winner!

If you would like some more inspiration for using Eileen's Journal die, you can purchase Eileen's eBook, Journal Treasury by clicking HERE or by clicking the link in my sidebar, above left.  The eBook has over 80 different designs to inspire you!

Thanks for your visit, hope to see you again soon - and good luck!

Hugs, Anne xxx

Friday, 1 September 2017

Mini Album Makers Challenge - Exciting News!

Hello Friends, this is one of two posts today.

I have some very exciting news to share with you today!  I am thrilled to tell you that I have joined the brand new Mini Album Makers Challenge Design Team which was set up by the very talented Autumn Clark.  I am so excited!!

There is a lot of information over on the main Challenge Blog Launch where you will be introduced to the other members of this wonderful team, along with all the details about our first challenge.

Mini Album Makers Challenge will focus on handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals and book arts.  It is intended to be a place to share and learn more about creating such books.  Our monthly challenge theme is 'Any Handmade Book Goes'.  In addition, each month on the 14th, one member of the team will share a full tutorial on the challenge blog which we hope will inspire you to join in and / or make your own handmade book(s).

For the month of September our Sponsor is the amazingly talented Designer, Seth Apter!  Seth is a Mixed Media Artist/Designer who travels the world, demonstrating and teaching.
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Here is the amazing prize on offer from Seth for one lucky winner!
We would love to see you join in our very first challenge HERE.

For our first month, the Design Team will be sharing mini albums, a favourite that we have created in the past.  I chose a journal album I created a few years ago, to house some very special memories when I lived in Canada.
If you would like to see my little album in more detail, you can see it HERE.

Another favourite is a sea themed project which you can see HERE.
And finally, a recent favourite, using Seth Apter stamps HERE.

Please do join us, share your art with us and pick up useful tips and techniques too!

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon!

Hugs,  Anne xx

Altered Art for A Vintage Journey

Hello Friends, this is one of two posts today!

This month at A Vintage Journey, the very talented Alison (Butterfly) is asking us to:

  Turn something unloved and unwanted into a piece of art.  Try some re-purposing - make something new out of something old, or incorporate an unwanted object into your artwork.  Think tin cans and jars, old bottles, toothbrushes - the more inventive, the better!

Since it is near one of my favourite times of the year, Halloween, I created a 3D project by re-purposing an old gift box and some match boxes.

The gift box had two compartments which gave me the idea of creating a 'Welsh Dresser' type project.  The matchboxes are from a Tim Holtz die and were the perfect size for my dresser base.  After constructing the matchboxes and gluing them together in pairs of four, I gave all the pieces a good coat of Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Black Soot.

Next I covered the top and bottom of the dresser with some gorgeous Halloween paper, part of Tim's new release, gifted to me by my dear friend Kath Stewart.
I then glued the top part of the dresser to the bottom and it was ready to decorate (my favourite part)!  I have lots of pictures to share....
For the top shelf I created a 'ook of poison, a couple of little jars of potions (Distress Spray Stain filled) and a jar of broken bones.  The 'spells and fortunes' metal word band is from Tim's latest Halloween Idea-ology release, a gift from my lovely friend Jenny (Buttons).  I used Distress Crayon in Spiced Marmalade to highlight the wording and attached it with Tim's new string.
The bottom shelf contains a vase of flowers, using Tim's Thinlits flower die, the dome is from last year's Idea-ology release and the fabulous skulls are part of Tim's latest release.
The book was created with card and some book pages, decorated with an Idea-ology skull charm.

I just had to add the fabulous witch to my scene, she was die cut several times, once in Kraft card to create the face and hands and twice in thick black card so that I could make her 'stand' up.  The fabulous cage is from Tim's Assemblage range, which I love!
Inside the bird cage is a Raven, stamped on (with Tim's new Ravens stamp set - gifted to me by the lovely Jenny) and cut from shrink plastic, he fits perfectly!

To finish off my little scene I die cut and coloured some leaves, in Autumn tones and added a broom and pumpkins,  from Tim's Idea-ology range.

I hope you like my re-purposed gift box and that you will join in the fun over at A Vintage Journey, where my teamies have created the most fantastic projects!

Our sponsor for this month is Simon Says Stamp Store who are offering a fantastic £25 gift voucher to one randomly selected winner!  If you love Tim's Assemblage range but cannot get to a Joann's store (like me!) Simon Says Stamp Store does stock some of the range.

Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate it.  I hope you will have a look at my other post   (HERE) too, it contains some wonderful NEWS!!!!

Hugs, Anne xxx

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A Witches' Brew Journal - or is it?

Hello Friends

All this month Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team are creating different/unusual projects using Eileen's Heartfelt range of dies.  I have used Eileen's Journal die in two different ways.

First up is A Witches' Brew, it looks like a Journal / Book....  
I was inspired by my Teamie, Tracy, who created a gorgeous shadow box HERE.  Since writing up this post, another friend Alison (Butterfly) created a stunning shadow box HERE, with a fabulous idea to create the box element, do check it out if you have the time!
Inside, my box looks like this:
I am so lucky to have dear friends who share with me, Kath die cut the fabulous spider's webs, the word wicked and the witch along with the starry background and some of the Idea-ology pieces and Jenny (Buttons) gave me the wonderful set of stamps which included the beautiful Raven, which I stamped and fussy cut to sit on the 'wicked'.  The word itself was coloured with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide and when dry, Glossy Crackle Accents.
The cover was die cut using Eileen Hull's Journal die (Sizzix 661906) and then covered with tissue paper, glued in place with Matt Medium.  Once dry a layer of Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium (Vintage) was applied.  I wanted it have a 'vintage book' look.  The book label was 'aged' and Tim's Industrious Stickers and Remnant Rubs complete the look.
To create the book 'lip' I cut a piece of mountboard the same depth as the spine of the constructed journal.  I 'indented' the piece so that the lid would have a platform to rest on.  The edge was covered in striped cardstock to give the impression of book pages.  I used Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink to create the background.
I love Tim's latest Halloween Idea-ology pieces (skull, bones, pumpkins and rose - thanks again Kath).  The little bottles are from Tim's previous release and the labels are from my stash.

And now for something completely different!
I used Eileen's Journal die to create the base, made it into a shadow box (like above), cut it to shape, added some shelving and and fake drawer.. and voila`... a bookcase!
I had lots of fun making mini books and other items to fill the shelves.

So there you have it, two different ways to use Eileen's Journal die!

Finally, Eileen Hull's amazing Journal Treasury eBook is still available at a discounted price £9.19 / $11.87 - 30% off) until 31 August, it is full of wonderful inspiration for journal making!  You can buy a copy by clicking on the link in my left sidebar.

I am joining in Frilly and Funkie's Challenge which is to use dies, punches or other cutting tools.  The majority of items in my witches' brew project, including the journal cover are die cuts.

Thanks so much for looking, hope to see you again soon...

Hugs, Anne xx

PS.  If you are still looking for Eileen's Journal die, in the UK, Countryview Crafts have it in stock again.  In the USA, Eileen has a few in her Etsy shop and the Funkie Junkie has stock too.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Journal Treasury by Eileen Hull is published !

Hello Friends

 Eileen Hull's Journal Treasury EBook has been published!  Apologies, there have been a few technical hitches but I am happy to say, those have been resolved!  Thank you to all of you who commented on my original post, I really appreciate it.

If you love Junk Journals, Planners, Bullet Journals or Notebooks of any kind, you will LOVE this new EBook!  There are 85 inspirational projects in this 164 page EBook.  There are tips, tricks and ideas for creating beautiful journals - and inspiration galore from some wonderful Designers, many of whom I am sure you will already know.

The price (during August only) is $11.87 which is 30% off the regular price of $16.99.
You may have already pre-ordered the EBook, but if not, you can purchase it here using the link on my left sidebar or simply click on the photo above.  Once purchased,  you will be sent an email with a link (if you don't get a link please check your Spam box - I know that, because that's where mine went!).  It is a large book and it may take a few minutes to download.  Once you open the EBook you can scroll through the pages and if you want to find out more about a project, just click on the Designer's name and it will take you to their blog post for that project.

The link on my sidebar is an affiliate link and I get a small commission if you purchase through it, however, it does not affect the price to you in any way.

I thought I would share a new Journal with you, it was made for a beautiful young lady who is about to go to University, her favourite colour is yellow....

I was inspired by my lovely friend Tracy Evans' recent Journal where she used stencilling.  You can see Tracy's version HERE.  I used a Tim Holtz stencil on this Journal.

The Journal cover was painted using a brayer and a mix of Eileen Hull's ColorBox Blend inks and the lettering was applied with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.  Once dry, I gently dabbed Matte Medium over the letters to seal them.  When the letters were dry I applied Matte Medium to the whole of the cover to give it some added strength.
Inside, I created lots of pockets, added a diary and a couple of notepads.
To finish off I added a bookmark, a full year calendar and lots of star shaped paper clips.  I always add a hinge clip to the side of the journals I make, this one is gold coloured with a key and heart charm set.

Eileen Hull shares projects all month long on her blog, you will find lots of inspiration there too!

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon!

Hugs,  Anne xx

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sizzix Maker Challenge - Eileen Hull

Have you seen the Sizzix Maker Challenge?  You can find it HERE.  There is a fabulous prize on offer for a lucky winner!  All you need to do is use Eileen Hull's House Pocket Stitchlits die (Sizzix 661902) and add Stitchy Flowers & Leaf die (Sizzix 661903) and Birds & Butterflies die (Sizzix 661901).  You don't have to use the second two but if you can, so much the better!

I made a 3D log cabin!  As a child we spent two weeks each summer on Manitoulin Island in Canada and we always stayed in the same log cabin.  It was a little basic with no electricity, a wood stove and an ice box which cooled food using huge blocks of ice, but it was such fun!
I used some Kraft card and also some corrugated packaging card to form my base, all cut using the House Pocket die.  
To make the cabin 3D I used Eileen's 'Make it 3D' die which gives a more realistic look to the cabin as it gives it some dimension.
I used the House Pocket die and also the Stitchy Flowers and Leaf die (with shrink plastic to make my teeny flowers and leaves) and the Birds & Butterflies die (to make the little butterfly from shrink plastic). I attached a piece of wire to each flower before shrinking them, to give me a stem to hold the flowers up in the little boxes I created from corrugated card.  The flowers were coloured using Alcohol markers.  I added a little pile of 'logs' to the side of the cabin.
Here is the prize, which includes Eileen's fabulous Journal die:
You can see more details of the challenge here:
and here:

You have got to be in it to win it!!

And just to show the versatility of the House Pocket die, here is another idea, I made a pin cushion for CHA 2017, when the die first came out.  I used Kunin Felt and hand stitched the edges.
It would be lovely to see you join in the Sizzix Maker Challenge!  I had great fun making my projects....

Hugs, Anne xx


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