Art with Heart: Halloween

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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.
           *This a great way to expose older projects to fresh eyes!

2.Include a link to the current Art with Heart Challenge in your post so others can play along too!

*Buttons and graphics are available for you to display in your sidebar if you would like to help us spread the word :)

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.

That’s it!  So get going, get creative and share your Art with Heart!

This month, I used Eileen Hull's new Cookie Box Sizzix Die to create a Folk Art Halloween Candy Box. The die is part of her wonderful new Vintage Kitchen line which will be available this December.
I started by cutting my pieces and giving them a coat of pink acrylic paint. When the pink was completely dry, I painted black over the pink. When the black was dry, I used a sanding block to pull off some of the black to reveal the pink underneath. His face was paper pieced with various patterned papers.
Trick or Treat? This Folk Art Scaredy Cat provides both! A hinged piece allows the kitty's face to open up for treats.

Be sure to come back each week on Tuesday to see more creative project ideas from the Inspiration Team and check out the latest entries in the challenge.  There is no shortage of inspiring ideas here so kick back and enjoy a healthy dose of creative inspiration! Yes, there's new inspiration EVERY TUESDAY from designers such as Pam Bray, Anna-Karin Evaldsson, Anne Redfern, Claudine Wagner Criner, Tracy Evans, Lisa Hoel, Donna Braaten-Budzynski, Amy Bowerman, Shelly Hickox, Diana Hetherington, Xenia Meoow Moupasiridou, Rina Gonzales, Evgenia Petzer and myself!

*Art with Heart Challenge Winners will be announced the last Friday of the month. You could be the next winner!



Let's Eat!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

This week, Anything Goes at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I'd like to share a project that was super-fun to make. Place cards!
I believe in family dinners. At our house, the meals are relaxed, casual, and fun. Shouldn't the table reflect that mood?

These place cards were super-easy to make. The spoon was stamped, lightly colored and fussy-cut. Since the spoon image is fairly symmetrical, I stamped two spoons for each card and placed them back-to-back so they can be seen from all directions. The bases are old children's blocks that I found at an antique store. Since they were in rough shape, I got them fairly cheap. They also sell new wood letter blocks at the dollar store. I'm certain that with a bit of sanding and inking, you could create a similar look with the new, dollar-store blocks.
(Don't forget to make a few extra cards in case someone drops by unexpectedly for dinner!)

Anything Goes this week, so don't forget to show us what you're created!
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.

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October Pinterest

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Yes, I visit Pinterest. Do you?
Here are a few things that have caught my eye this past week.





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"O" is for....

Sunday, October 12, 2014

This week we are inspired by the letter, "O" at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Being that it is currently the month of October, this should be an easy one. But wait! There's more fun "O" words: Owl, Orange, Oval, Outdoors, Odd, Oak, or ORIGAMI? Yes, I chose origami to jazz up an older Snap Binder that I've been using.
As you know, I love using vintage photos and papers and try to incorporate them in my projects when possible. Here, I used an odd vintage photo with a gold rub-on from My Mind's Eye. I incorporated some stamped origami cranes that I made from Mama Elephant stamps.

Isn't glitter a wonderful thing?


What will you create for the letter, "O"?
Join us this week at 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.

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Falling In Love...

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Autumn is a delight for the senses. Crisp apple cider, rustling leaves, crackling bonfires, woolen sweaters, pumpkin spice...there's so much to love about Fall!
I was inspired by the sentiment in this Impression Obsession clear stamp set. The romance is adorable, and I love the way the words themselves, begin to drift downwards. So sweet!
I highlighted the sentiment by creating a whimsical, colorful, watercolor background. The soft watercolors are so fun. I love painting with them.

And speaking of love....the very best part of my week happened this past Friday. 
My oldest son got married!
It was a beautiful ceremony that filled us all with tears of joy. I couldn't be happier!!

What will inspire your Fall Crafting?
Join us this week at 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.

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