• International Baby Shower

    Saturday, 4 April, 2015


    What do you do when you want to throw a baby shower but you are separated by an ocean?

    You throw a virtual baby shower!

    This past week we celebrated the birth of Leo, brand new son of one of our Inspiration Team members, Anna-Karin Evalddson. Their family had just moved to Sweden and the new little guy was born weeks early- in fact she made it to the hospital and 20 minutes later, he arrived!


    The Inspiration Team decided that we would all create a project for little Leo and share it on line so it was almost as though Anna-Karin was unwrapping her gifts one by one as she clicked through from blog to blog. I think it went really well- she was very surprised and touched.

    Click on each person's name to go to their blog and see how the projects were made!



    Here are the projects we created for her!


















    Tracy Evans

    Thanks for joining us for our baby shower. Head over to my blog for see more inspiring projects!


  • Journey Mini- Album

    Saturday, 21 March, 2015


    Here's a project that I made using some beautiful papers, stamps and flowers from Prima and the Sizzix Mini-Album die.

    This die has lots of options- the binding is adjustable! You can make the depth of the album either 3/8" or 1 1/8" just by where you fold on the score lines.



    The album cover was cut from matboard. I used the Heart Mover and Shaper to die cut the window in the cover.



    # 658982 Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Album, Mini

     The Mini-Album die also may be used to cut the pages. Here's how...

    1. Fold a 12" x 12" sheet of paper in half and then in quarters. 
    2. Place the large fold just shy of the last score line on the die and run the paper through the Big Shot. This will cut and score two page signatures.
    3. Place the page next to the book cover and slip a rubber band over the page and cover, then adjust in the book. This is a super quick and easy way to bind the book. You can also use twine, linen or thin ribbon to tie the pages into the binding of the book.
    4. There is also a piece on the die designed to be used as a closure. Attach the long end to the back of the book, then determine whether what depth of a book you will be making and mark a spot on the book where you feel you should close the book. Attach Velcro™Brand fasteners to each side of the latch.
    5. Layer flowers on the cover and add a metal embellishment with the word Journey.



    Thanks for reading... Please follow my blog for lots of amazing projects by my Inspiration Team. You can also find me on InstagramFacebook and Twitter!

  • Canning Jar Wedding Banner

    Saturday, 7 March, 2015


    In the morning, I am attending my friend's daughter's bridal shower. I bought her a gift in a store that provided silver wrapping paper... but Sarah, the bride-to-be, is not a silver wrapping paper kind of girl.

    I have been helping her mom out here and there with some of the wedding decor and know that Sarah's colors are turquoise, red and mustard yellow. She is using canning jars for the table flower arrangements. I decided to make her a banner that they can use at the wedding, or after they are married, in their home.

    There were a few words that I thought of spelling out but in the end I decided to make it simple and do their last name.

    Supplies:

    657900  Big Shot
    655267  Extended Cutting pads
    658453  Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Canning Jars, 3-D
    655128  Serif Essentials Alphabet
    Matboard (colors)
    Chipboard for jars
    Foam squares
    Yarn
    Strong hole punch


    1. Die cut from chipboard as many jars as you need for the words you want to spell.
    2. Die cut letters of words you want to spell.
    3. Adhere letters with foam squares to canning jar shapes to spell your message.




    4. Punch a hole on either side of the cans. 
    5. Thread yarn through the holes in the jars and leave enough on the end to tie the banner on with.
    Simple, easy and personal...  Sending my best wishes to the bride and groom!

    Visit my blog to see the Artist Trading Block Hop we were part of last week.  My Inspiration Team  and I collaborated with my Stampendous and wow was it inspiring...


  • Projects to Love

    Saturday, 21 February, 2015


    Hi everyone! I am a licensed artist with Sizzix. The dies that I design are called ScoreBoards which are specially designed to cut and score thick material like matboard and chipboard to make sturdy 3D projects, boxes and books.

    Every month over on my blog, we host an Art With Heart Challenge- we want to see what you are working on! The theme for February is Projects to Love and we would love you to post a link of your latest project here. One lucky person will win my new Cookie Box die!


    Here are some brilliant projects by the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team to get your imagination going- just click on the designer's name to be taken to their blog tutorials.


    Please make sure to visit my blog every Tuesday to see what my amazing Inspiration Team has created. I hope you will LIKE me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for behind the scene looks at works in progress. Subscribe to my YouTube channel too for video tutorials…

    Thanks so much for stopping by! 

  • Craft & Hobby Show 2015

    Saturday, 24 January, 2015

    Last week, I returned from the Craft & Hobby Show (CHA). This is an annual trade show where manufacturers, press, store owners and designers from all over the world gather to see the newest craft products and tools. It is quite inspiring to experience this show and always fun to meet new and old friends.


    The Sizzix booth was busy the whole time! Each designer had a small area where their product was displayed. It is always so exciting to see my artwork transformed from flat art into 3D- it never gets old.

    I was so happy to finally be able to share my newest Sizzix collection- Vintage Travel- a collection of fifteen dies inspired by my Paper Trail adventures in Scotty, my vintage camper, in 2014. You can read about the trip on my blog. The dies will be available in April.

    Lucky me- my amazing Inspiration Team made awesome samples of the new dies for me to share at CHA. They worked all through the holidays to get the projects done and I am so grateful for the time, energy and incredible talent that they gave to help me. The sample designs were a huge hit at the show because they showcased the versatility of the dies and how you can put your own style on each one. Here's a small sample of their work... there will be more to come as the release approaches.
    Here's a quick video I filmed in the booth with Scrapbook.com. While on the Paper Trail, I stopped in and filmed several videos at their warehouse in Arizona, so it was nice to see my friends again at CHA!



    Now I am trying to get everything unpacked and cleaned up after the flurry of packing and sample -making before the show. Wish me luck with that!

    Sending you all my best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015!

  • 3D Mug Gift Holder

    Saturday, 27 December, 2014


    Hi everyone! I hope you had a great Christmas...

    I wanted to share a project that is quick, easy and can be adapted to any occasion. Fill with candy, gifts or treats.


    I used the Make-It-3D die
    and Mug & Spoon from the new Vintage Kitchen collection. 
    1. Coat a sheet of matboard with spray adhesive and cover with paper. Die cut two mug shapes, a spoon and one insert to make the 3D well. Remember to place the paper side down when cutting.
    2. Bend over on all score lines on the Make-It-3D segment that goes in the middle of the two mugs.
    3. Use hot glue to adhere mug to middle piece to the front, then add the back.
    4. Embellish with rick rack, twine, bell and pine cones.


      You can find these dies in your local store or on-line. Please visit my blog to see lots of ideas from my Inspiration Team...

      Happy New Year and best wishes for 2015!



  • Artist Trading Block Tree

    Saturday, 6 December, 2014


    Hi all! December is a such busy and exciting month!

    If you check on my blog every day this month you will see lots of quick and easy ways to use your dies to help save time with all of your holiday preparations- to wrap gifts, decorate, package food gifts, make cards and 3D decor!

    The project I made for you today is a mini-tree sitting on an Artist Trading Block base. This is the perfect little tree to tuck in a tiny niche in your kitchen to remind you of the season. Cleanup after Christmas is so easy too...


    I decorated the tree with dies from Kitchen Labels, part of the brand new Vintage Kitchen collection.

    The ornaments were die cut from metal sheets from MD Hobby and Craft,


    and then I embossed them with the new Sunburst and Waffle Textured Impressions folders. They emboss so beautifully. It would also be fun to color them in with alcohol inks! I have to admit that I was surprised at how well the wafer-thin dies cut through the metal and I only did one pass through the Big Shot!


    The pitchers and canning jars were hung on the tree with red and white twine.




    The tree is sitting on top of an Artist Trading Block (Blocks/Cubes/Bank die) die cut from chipboard. I doodled some holiday sayings and images on the sides of the boxes and it made a nice sturdy base for the tree.



    Underneath I tucked a die cut doily from a red velvety ribbon material from the Doily Medallion die.


    I hope you will pop over to my blog for a look at some of the quick and easy ideas featured this week! My amazing Inspiration Team has been crafting up a storm- come and see!


    I invite you to like my Eileen Hull Designs Facebook page- check in to see what's new. Or visit me on Instagram to see some behind the scenes looks at getting ready for the Craft and Hobby Show coming up in January. It's coming up quick and guess who is not ready...

    Every month we host the Art with Heart Challenge- a place for you to show us what you're making. The theme this month is Holiday Traditions. We love to see what you are doing with the dies... and whoever enters has the chance to win a really nice giveaway. I hope you will stop by and post your latest creations on my blog.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • Paper Trail Tour and more...

    Saturday, 22 November, 2014


    Hello friends! I have been off the blog for a while because I took off on the Paper Trail, a two month trip in my vintage camper all around the US. While on the road, I taught classes in stores using my Sizzix dies and Clearsnap inks. I loved it- although there were some disasters along the way. You can read about it here on my blog.

    Here's the invitation to the Paper Trail Blogger event that was held while I was out in California at Ellison Global Headquarters! What a fun time...


    Take a look at what happened at the party. My camper Scotty is parked in the background...


    More exciting news- my new collection, Vintage Kitchen, is now on its way to stores! You can create pretty and practical packaging for food gifts, jewelry and small treasures. See the all of the dies here.

    I hope you will check out my blog- every week there are amazing projects created by my super talented Inspiration Team. You are sure to be inspired... here are a few pics from this week. Please click on each designer's name to see the post about their projects.


    I hope you will add your latest project to our Art With Heart Challenge. Prizes are involved!


    Thanks for reading. See you in a few weeks!    Eileen

  • Diecut Flower Hair Clips

    Saturday, 16 August, 2014


    It's been a busy summer for the Hull family! At the end of July, we traveled to NY to watch my youngest daughter compete in her first triathlon. We brought three of our four kids and all three grandkids. We got there a few days ahead of the race so that meant there was time for some crafting.

    No, I did not bring my Big Shot. But I did die cut some of my 3D flowers before we left: Trinity's Flower (of course!), Flower with Heart PetalsFringed Flower and Leaves. I also brought clips and headbands... just in case. Six month old Hunter is overseeing the process.

     I cut flowers from fleece in different shades of a few colors. I like fleece because it is very inexpensive, available in a wide range of colors and prints and the edges do not fray. The texture is really soft and it also stands up to rain very well! Ask me how I know...
    Here Trinity is arranging the colors and layering them smallest to largest. When they are stacked, she added a brad to the center.

    Then she fluffed the flowers up and threaded the prongs of the brads into the back of the clip.
    Cute!
    What's better than one flower? 
    Three?
    I think she is running out of room! We had a fun time making these hairclips. I love that Trinity is always ready to take on a new craft. We also did some stitching together. I had her draw a picture and then showed her how to make it into her own stitching pattern. It came out awesome.

    My daughter did finish the triathlon and we were all so proud! Of course I was an emotional wreck by the time she finished 16 hours and 36 minutes later. Thanks for stopping by! Next time I will show you a Sneak Peek of the new collection that came out at the Paper Arts Show- Vintage Kitchen! I hope you will love it!

    See you in two weeks I am gearing up right now for the BIG Paper Trail Tour departing from Virginia on September 3. I will be traveling for two months in my vintage camper teaching classes in stores, shops and art galleries with my Sizzix and Clearsnap lines. Follow along on my blog!

  • Doodled Watering Can

    Saturday, 2 August, 2014


    Lately I have really been having fun with lettering. What makes it fun is to allow yourself to experiment and play with the words and shapes. If you mess up, just erase or start over. It's amazing how freeing it is not to feel like it has to be perfect!

    I used the Sizzix ScoreBoards Watering Can as a base and die cut it from matboard. This material is such a great surface to draw on- so smooth and sturdy too!


    Die cut one watering can and two side pieces from matboard.

      Draw your design or lettering in pencil, then trace over it with a permanent marker. 
      (I used a Sakura Sensei pen). Once everything is traced, erase the pencil lines. 


        Add flowers, stitching lines, and 3D embellishments.
        Select a color palette of about ten markers (I used Copics).

          Color in the letters as desired. Add strong double sided adhesive to the flaps on each side of the surround and press into position on the base of the watering can.

            And that's it! This project goes together so nice and fast- would be the perfect project to do with your kids.

            Hope you all are having a great summer. See you next time...

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