Vintage Kitchen 'Favorite Recipe'

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Good Morning!
It's time to dust off those cookbooks and pull out your family recipes for those upcoming holiday dinners.There's a new theme this month for the Art With Heart Challenge. This month's theme is Vintage Kitchen 'Favorite Recipe'. This could be a technique recipe, a recipe book, or anything that you can creatively tie to the theme.
As I've mentioned earlier, Eileen Hull has a new Vintage Kitchen line coming out soon. I used the cute little cookie jar shape to create this fun pincushion.
I used a vintage handkerchief and Wonder-Under fusible interface. Did you know that you can easy easily fuse fabric to matboard with your iron?
 It's a lot easier than I thought it would be.
The Art with Heart Challenge is a monthly celebration of creativity!  Each month the Inspiration Team will be showcasing our Art with Heart created with Eileen Hull’s innovative Sizzix dies. This month, the theme is Halloween! We invite you to play along with us and share YOUR art with heart!

We want this to be a place for everyone to create, inspire and share.  We would love to see what you can do with Eileen Hull’s fabulous products but this is not a requirement.  Use what ever products your artful “heart” desires.  Art is for everyone so come along and share your Art with Heart!

We want you all to create freely there are no rules here, just a few simple guidelines…

1.Create a new project following the Art with Heart Challenge Theme (however you interpret the theme) OR if you have created something that fits the theme previously create a new post with a photo and link to the original post.
2.Include a link to the current Art with Heart Challenge in your post so others can play along too!

3.When linking up your project please include a direct link to your post.

4.You are not required to use Eileen Hull Products in your projects.  However, those who do use Eileen Hull products will be given two entries into the prize draw.
What's your Favorite Recipe?


Sunday, November 16, 2014

This week, we've got stars in our eyes and are over the moon for Celestial projects at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

I love this old photograph. It has the beautifully soft, vintage colors that we try to replicate with filters.
Who can resist fluffy clouds? I love that steel dies cut felt too.  And that blue watercolor paper? It's a "B" side from the Basic Grey Evergreen Christmas line.
How are you inspired by the moon and the stars? Show us what Celestial project you've created with your stamps. Link your project to 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.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I want to share a secret with you.
I don't photoshop. I hate all of those layers. Obviously, I do edit. I use PicMonkey. PicMonkey is completely free, but they do have PicMonkey Royale.
PicMonkey Photo editing made of win
PicMonkey Royale gets you more effects, touch up tools, fonts, frames, overlays, textures, collage options, and absolutely positively forevermore not a single pesky advertisement. Still, some people ask us, “But is it really better?” The short answer is: I-mean-do-you-even-enjoy-having-a-lot-of-fun?-of-course.
Here are some more reasons:
It’s a steal. At 9¢ a day for the yearly subscription and 16¢ a day for the monthly one, PicMonkey Royale is a crazy good deal. It’s cheaper than coffee, cheaper than lunch, cheaper than water, than ladybugs, than asteroids, than most things, actually.
Touch Up. The Touch Up suite includes some of our most phenomenal features. They’re perfect for fine tuning portraits, virtual cosmetics, and fun transformations. Experienced users have attested to using Touch Up in surprisingly versatile ways, like food photography or even vintage photo restoration.
Not just more, but better. There are seriously powerful tools in the PicMonkey Royale collection. Look at Clone, which works like legit magic to remove unwanted elements by duplicating the background. Or Curves, for those who really wanna dig in and finely adjust lighting and saturation levels. These tools are about customization and enhancements that go beyond filters and effects (of which we have plenty, and yes, they are mighty).
No commitment. With PicMonkey Royale subscriptions, you can cancel your membership whenever you want and then voilà. It won’t renew. If you have a lot to edit, use it. You want it; you got it. You don’t want it; the end.

PicMonkey Photo editing made of win Just thought you should know. :)

Hang Ups

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Is it Monday already? That means there's another challenge for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. (And another week closer to Christmas!)
I like to create gift tags that can be kept and hung on the tree the following year. My sons have become men, so I'm always trying to come up with ideas that are more masculine. When you add a photo to these die cut luggage tags, it becomes a family heirloom that's guy-approved. Simple, yet fun!
I created these with a luggage tag die. I chose to make a "front" and a "back" and sandwiched the photo between. And the little buckle really works! So cute! Now the ornament will look good from all angles when it is hung.

Show us your ornaments. It could be something that you hang on a tree, or maybe a card featuring a stamped ornament image. Link your project to 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.

Just because it's fun...

Here are a few of the little stamped projects that I've completed recently. These weren't for design teams or challenges. I just inked them up for a bit of fun. :)
The sweet little bears are from the Studio Calico Forest stamp set and the acorn was stamped from the Studio Calico Walden set.

Happy (Holiday) Crafting 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

I'm pleased to announce that I am a contributor for the Happy (Holiday) Crafting 2014 class developed by May Flaum.
Special guest contributors including Ashli Oliver, Emma Williams, Kathy Racoosin, Tammy Tutterow and me! Registration is $15 and includes:
  • 13 project tutorials including: gift card holder, holiday card, ornament, gift wrap, home décor, and more
  • Over 2 hours of video instruction
  • Downloadable PDF files for those projects that don’t have video instruction
  • Email access to instructor
You can sign up anytime. Classes are going on now.

Give that Girl a Medal!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Back in the Good-ol-Days if you were awesome, you were publicly recognized with a medal. Not a certificate, but some real honest-to-goodness bling.
The theme this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is the Good-ol-Days. I know some awesome women who, in my opinion, deserve a medal. I'm certain that you do too.

As soon as I opened the Sizzix Labels package and saw the little "shields", I knew what I wanted to make. I wanted to make my own sparkling medals! With a Sizzix Labels die, a few bottlecaps, and Simon Says Stamp exclusive sentiments, these came together quickly. A pin attached to the back made these instantly wearable.

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and create something inspired by the Good ol' Days. Link your project to 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, which is just as good as receiving a medal. :)

Dorothy Height
Equal rights advocate for African Americans & Women.
Ms. Height won the Presidential Citizens Medal in 1989, the Springarn Medal 1993, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. Now there's a woman with some well deserved medals!