Tuesday, September 15, 2020

September 2020 I Am Roses Challenge

Hey Crafty Friends!! I am back with the I am Roses team today!! Due to COVID, We decide it was best to take a short break but we are back!! And it's the 15th of the month, you know what that means... time for another Blog Challenge!!

If you are new to the Blog Challenges and check it out! Every month we start a new challenge and giveaway amazing gift prizes to the chosen WINNERS!

All you have to do is create project using at least 3 I Am Roses products and link up your projects from your blog to the I Am Roses Challenge Blog. 

You could win 1 of 4 prizes!!

The Winner will be chosen at random to receive a $50 voucher. 
1st Place will receive a $30 voucher
And 2nd & 3rd Place will receive a $25 voucher.

For more information or to join in on the fun, head on over to the Iam Roses Blog HERE!

Here is my project fot this months Challenge...

I Am Roses Products Used

Other Products Used
Patterned Paper- Essentials Paper Pack (Kingston Crafts)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Stitched Oval Dies (Pink and Main)
Pink your Life- Whisper Friend (Stampendous)
Spectrum Noir- Illustrator Markers (Crafter's Companion)
Procolour Pencils (Derwent)
Clear Drying Liquid Glue

Hope you get a little inspiration and decide to join in on the fun!
Thanks for stopping by!

And until next time...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Wave Journal

Hey, Crafty Friends!! I'm back with the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team today and this month's theme is the Gret Outdoors!

I'm not a "woodsy" or "camping" type of person. Growing up on an island, my idea of the outdoors was the beach and the ocean. So today I created a simple Wave Journal. There is something so calming and relaxing about the sound of the ocean and waves crashing on the shore. It's one of the many things about home.

Supplies Used
Eileen Hull Journal Die (Sizzix)
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Mat Board (Sizzix)
Blending Tool (Ranger Ink)
Wave Stencil (The Crafter's Workshop)
VersaMark (Tsukineko/ Imagine Crafts)
Clear Embossing Powder (Judikins)
Cardstock- Assorted Blues (Core'dinations)
Ideaology- Hitch Fasteners (Tim Holtz )
Heat Tool
Piercing Tool (aka- pokey tool)
Papr Trimmer (Swingline)
Long Reach Stapler
Clear Drying Liquid Glue
Clothespins- OPTIONAL
Elastic Cord

I started by cutting two panels from Mat Board using Eileen Hull's Journal Die. Then, I attached them together using a clear drying liquid glue to attach the spine together making sure to align the holes in the cutouts. I also used clothespins to pinch the pieces together until the glue set. The clothespins are completely optional but it helps to save time by freeing up your hands.

Once the glue was set, I placed the Wave Stencil over the cover (laying it open and flat) and inked VersaMark directly onto the entire surface of the mat board. I wanted one continuous to stretch out over both the back and front covers.

Then, I pour clear embossing powder over the entire stenciled image, dusted off the excess, and heat embossed it with a heat tool.

I applied a series of Distress Oxide Inks over the embossd image.  Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers (for the sky), and Mermaid LagoonSalty Ocean, and Blueprint Sketch (for the waves).

The waves look absolutely amazing!! I love it already!

Next, I die cut two more cover panels. This time, instead of Mat Board, I used blue cardstock. I then trimmed off the spines into segments and ran all my pieces through my Xyron Creative Station and attached them to the inside of the cover.

I did this after stenciling because I knew I was going to ink up the cover and didn't want to accidentally get them inked or smudged.

Then, I used my piercing tool to poke a hole through the front cover and screwed in a Hitch Fastener.

I threaded elastic cording through the hole located in the center of the spine, threaded through my charm, then looped around the front to create a closure for my journal. Then just hooked it onto the hitch.

For inserts, I cut sheets of graphing paper down to measure 8" x 8.5". I folded them in half so that they were 4" x 8.5" - folded then inserted the papers into a sleeve made from blue cardstock of the same size. And then I stapled the group together using a long reach stapler.

I threaded more elastic cording onto the spines. Nothing fancy here. Just single strands, knotted. Then I slid each book/ insert under the elastic to hold them in place.

And here is the finished journal. It's super simple. Very modern and zen... just like the ocean itself.

I love this charm I found. I cant remember who made it but I do kniw i found it at a Hobby Lobby a while back and it had been sitting in my stash ever since. It has a quote from Alice in Wonderland's Through the looking glass... somewhat Alice's character said her father would always say. 

Love it!!

Then, of course, the continuous waves that wrap around the back, around the spine, and then around front...

There you have it... 
my Great Outdoors... a trip to the sea on the cover of a journal.

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time...


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Be a UNICORN - Mini Journal

Hey, Friends!! Happy Hump Day! Today I have a bright and cheery project to share! 
All month long the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team will be sharing Junk Journal projects and let me tell you right off the bat I am not a Junk Journalist!!

Don't get me wrong, I love journals! I love making them. I love that I can personalize each book... but I CANNOT for the life of me fill them to the brim and decorate the innards of said books.

The thought of decorating each and every page, staining the pages, and having hidden flaps and compartments terrifies me and gives me anxiety. 

Well, my daughter's birthday is coming up and she has been begging and begging me to make her a pretty journal. She has seen the handmade journal I make and has always tried to stake a claim on them. But since lost of my projects are for different teams I'm on so sadly I have to remind her that they already belong to someone or need to be mailed off somewhere.

This time I made this one for her! She doesn't care too much for overly extravagant or any of the "foufou" stuff. Which is absolutely perfect for me because I can't compose a junk journal to save my life. Instead, her journal is more of like a journal/ scrapbook/organized hybrid. 

Don't let the Junk Journal title turn you off and intimidate you. It can be whatever it is you want to be. And you can use it and fill it as YOU want. This is YOUR JOURNAL. And you can do (or not do) with it as you want.

Let me show you what I did with this one...

Supplies Used
Eileen Hull Pasport Die (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull Place Card & Flowers Die (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull Bookmark, Tag & Pocket (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Stitched Oval Dies (Sizzix)
Mat Board(Sizzix)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Essentials Paper Pack (Kingston Crafts)
Unicorn Mini Books (Hampton Arts)
Unicorn Envelope
Inktense Pencils - Fuschia 0700 (Derwent)
140 lb White Cardstock (Accent)
2mm Elastic Cording
Clear Drying Liquid Glue
Clothespins- OPTIONAL

I started off by cutting my mat board into smaller segments. To make the passport, you really only need to cut the cover and spine pieces with chipboard and not the entire die with chipboard. You will need two cover and one spine. Then, I cut my paper down to the same sizes as the chipboard pieces. 

I ran my paper through my Xyron Creative Station and adhered them onto my mat board pieces to cover the fronts and backs of each.

Then, I placed my pre-covered mat board over just the cover and spine piece as shown in the pictures down below.

As a rule of thumb (and to determine what side will end up where), I always put whichever side I want to end up on the front directly against the die. The side I can see is always going to be the backside.  So if it's faced up towards you, it will end up on the inside of the cover.

Once die-cut, I folded the spine along the crease lines. Then added glue along the sides and attached them to the cover pieces. I held the cover pieces in place using clothespins until the glue set.

I die-cut the page portion of the die from cardstock and folded it along the crease line and scored it with a bone folder. 

I'm not creating my own page inserts for this book. Instead, I will be using these as divider tabs.

To add tabs to my dividers, I used Eileen Hull's Place Card & Flower Die to die-cut fun patterned filled paper.

Again, folding along the crease lines.

I used my Xyron Mega Runner to attach the place cards to the sides of my die-cut insert piece.

I also die cut a few coordinating flowers (also included on the Place Card die) from white cardstock and attached them to the flower tabs- covering the front and back of each tab.

Pretty dividers weren't enough so I used Eileen Hull's Bookmark, Tags, & Pockets dies to create adorable tags and pockets to attach to each divider.

I also used the scalloped corners in the die set to mount a removable photo mat.

I aligned and attached the two bottom corners first and used the top of the photo mat as a guide for placement for the other two so that they would be perfectly spaced.

To decorate the front cover, I fussy cut this pretty unicorn I found on a paper bag! 

I die cut an oval and place the unicorn over it to gauge how I wanted to cut it. I didn't want the hoof to get cut off so I placed it over the top of the die, through the oval, and not under the cutting edge so it would die cut the unicorn without cutting off its leg.

I attached the unicorn onto the oval then attached that onto the front cover.

I threaded elastic through the spine and slid in pre-made books from Hampton art I found at my local Walmart. They were perfect and were already Unicorn themed so I didn't have to alter the covers.

Here is the finished journal...


It turned out great! It's bright, cheerful, and super fun!!
Just like my daughter!

I just know she will love it!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you are inspired to create one for yourself.


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Hero Arts United As One Release

Hey, Friends!! 
Hero Arts, along with two of my amazing friends- Pocono Pam & Dana Joy, have collaborated to release the New Hero Arts United As One Set

In my opinion, this stamp set was very much needed... now more than ever. Sadly, our society is greatly divided. Horrible events have turned the world upside-down and for far too long the world has turned a blind eye to racial and social injustices. But not anymore... It's time for a change! It's time to take a stand! It's time that we do better!! We need to unify our voices and hearts. We need to stop the division and come together!

The focus of this stamp is to encourage love and support. To some together in solidarity. To amplify and unify the voices of the unheard. To let people know you care and you stand with them and they are not alone.

Instead of harsh words, let's spread kindness and understanding!
You can intermix these stamps to form so many encouraging and uplifting sentiments!

Profits from this stamp set will go to charities that support racial injustice.

Finally, here is what I created with this set...

I chose to use the clasping hands from this set and repeated the image in different skin tones. We are all different shades- let's keep things real. But we should not let that divide us! I have so many friends of different shades and social backgrounds... I will not let their difference hinder our friendship. I respect and appreciate our differences and embrace each person according to what's in their hearts not what they look like. The holding of someone's hand, to me, represents compassion and support. Sometimes the simple act of holding one's hand speaks so much louder than words.

I am the type of person who wears my heart on my sleeve. But I also am the type of person who instantly speaks up when I see unfair and unjust treatment.

I am the type of person who will stand and raise their voice to call out bigotry.

I have ZERO tolerance for HATE!

Now, this stamp set may not be able to irradicate all the 'Negative-Nellys' of the world but it can spread hope and kindness! nd by doing so, hopefully, change a few hearts!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Eileen Hull Chapter 3 Release Party

Hi, Crafty Friends!!
I'm so excited that this day is finally here... It's so hard keeping crafty secrets! But it was totally worth the wait!!

Thanks for coming to the Eileen Hull/Sizzix Chapter 3 Release Party Blog Hop! We hope you you are as excited as we are! Check out the creative ways the Inspiration and Education Teams have used the Mitten and Snowman dies! We hope that you will be inspired too and share how you use the dies in the Eileen Hull Fan Club.

But wait- there’s more- the Release Party continues! You won’t want to miss the Facebook Live at Eileen Hull Designs at 12:00 noon Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 1! Join the chat- and a random commenter will win the Snowman die. We are so glad you joined us to celebrate the Chapter 3 release.

Please hop with us through all of the projects and leave comments on the different designers' blogs. A lucky commenter will win the Mitten Box de!! The winner will be chosen at random from the comments left on the blogs and announced on Eileen's Facebook Live show on July 7 at 6pm Eastern Time! 

Best of luck to you all!!

Here is my take on Eileen Hulls New Snowman...

Instead of snow, I made...


What can I say?! I'm from Hawaii we don't get snow!! But we have TONS OF SAND!!

I hope you are enjoying the Release Party so far! And that you are inspired by all the wonderful projects you're seeing today!!

I'll be following up with a full tutorial on how I created this card real soon!

Until then...
Don't forget to stop by each of my talented designer sisters' blogs, leave a comment, and give them some love!!

Designer Line-up
Start HERE (Eileen Hull Designs Blog)


Monday, June 15, 2020

Nautical- Friendships Card- IAR June Challenge

Hey, Crafty Friends!! 
It's the 15th of the month and you know what that means...
It's time for another I Am Roses Challenge!! And to kick off the summer I figured it would be great to do a nautical themed card.

I Am Roses Products Used
Other Products Used 
Voyage Collection (Authentique)
Big Shot (Sizzix)
Magnetic Platform (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Doily (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves Dies (Sizzix)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
110 lb. White Cardstock (Accent)
65 lb Light Blue Cardstock
Metal Seashell Charms
Foam Adhesive
Clear-drying Liquid Glue
Wooden Dowel

Today, I decided I wanted to make a 5" x 7" card. I started with a 5"x 7" card base made from 110lb white cardstock.

The following are measurements for the other layers...
Red Woodgrain Patterned Paper: 4 7/8" x 6 7/8"
Paddle Patterned Paper & Mat: 3 1/2" x 5", 3 5/8"x 5 1/8"
Blue Star Patterned Paper & Mat: 3 3/8" x 4 3/4", 3 1/2" x 4 7/8"

I applied each patterned paper onto its mat and attached them together using my Xyron Mega Runner.

I die cut light blue leaves using a die from the Tim Holtz's Skeleton Leaves dies set and a white doily using the Tim Holtz Doily die.

I gathered up my I Am Roses Flowers, I used...
Dark Navy Romantica Rose Medium White Daisies DaisiesSmall Red Curly Roses,
 Small Blue Curly RosesRed Edge Spring Cottage FlowersSmall Green Daisy Leaves. Then I wrapped the stems around a wooden dowel to curl the stems.

Then I started building my flower arrangement in the top left corner of my card and using a strong clear drying glue, I attached the Large Dark Navy Romantica Rose as the centerpiece. Then I worked my way outward.

Next came the Small Red Curly Roses and Red Edge Spring Cottage Flowers.

Then the Medium White Daisies Daisies.

I tucked the blue skeleton leaves and Small Green Daisy Leaves before finishing off the arrangement with a couple of Small Blue Curly Roses.

 I trimmed the doily die cut and attached it onto the card front and attached it to my card front.

Then, I trimmed down one of my cards from my Voyage Life Cards that read,
"There Are BIG ships and Small ships, but the BEST of all is FRIENDSHIPS".
Isn't this such am endearing sentiment?! I thought that it was the perfect sentiment for the front of this card.

I attached pieces of foam adhesive to the back and added it to the center of my doily.

I finished it off by attaching a couple of seashell charm to the bottom right-hand corner of my card...

And here is my finished card...

I can't say this enough... the detail in these flowers are absolutely amazing!! Just look at the texture and color in these stamens!! They are absolutely gorgeous!!

I hope you enjoyed my card for today! 

And be sure to join allow in the fun over on the I Am Roses Blog...
You could win one of our amazing prizes to the I Am Roses Website!!

For more details on the Challenge and to link your project visit the I Am Roses Challenge Blog HERE!