Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Felt House Card Tutorial

Hello everyone! Soon Eileen Hull's new Heartfelt collection from Sizzix is available and the new dies and embossing folders are wonderful. This month the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team are showcasing projects made with the new collection.

Layers of ink - Felt House Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Eileen Hull Sizzix Heartfelt dies

I made a mixed media card featuring a cute felt house. This would be perfect for someone who has recently moved, but also works for many other occasions. I love house dies and the new House/Pocket Stitchlits is very versatile and can be used for many types of projects. The windows, scalloped eaves and chimney are all great shapes, which can also be used without the house itself. I particularly like the windows and the half-circle window above the door.

Layers of ink - Felt House Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Eileen Hull Sizzix Heartfelt dies

I started out with a folded piece of watercolor cardstock (12 x 6 in) and embossed the top two thirds in the Sunburst folder. I carefully rubbed a tiny bit of Distress Micro Glaze into the centers of the sunburst and here and there on the rays.

Layers of ink - Felt House Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Eileen Hull Sizzix Heartfelt dies

The color was added with Paper Artsy Infusions. I misted the water pretty heavily with water and sprinkled on A Bit Jaded and Golden Sands Infusions. Infusions are waterbased colored stains. More water was misted on the background to make them blend and run.

Layers of ink - Felt House Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Eileen Hull Sizzix Heartfelt dies

The house parts are die cut from wool felt. You might be able to spot that the die cuts holes into the house that you can use for stitching, but I decided not to do that on my house.

Layers of ink - Felt House Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Eileen Hull Sizzix Heartfelt dies

Cut old book paper, ink and place behind the windows.

Layers of ink - Felt House Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Eileen Hull Sizzix Heartfelt dies

Glue the house together. I added a piece of lace trim to the base of the house.

Layers of ink - Felt House Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Eileen Hull Sizzix Heartfelt dies

A cute butterfly, heart and flowers were die cut with the Birds & Butterflies and Stitchy Flowers & Leaves sets.

Layers of ink - Felt House Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Eileen Hull Sizzix Heartfelt dies

This pretty butterfly is from the Birds & Butterflies set. I colored the pieces with the same Infusions as used on the background.

Layers of ink - Felt House Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Eileen Hull Sizzix Heartfelt dies

The Sunburst background turned out pretty cool.

Layers of ink - Felt House Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Eileen Hull Sizzix Heartfelt dies

A sentiment was added with Chit Chat stickers.

Layers of ink - Felt House Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Eileen Hull Sizzix Heartfelt dies

I glued the butterfly to the roof and added some pink sequins.

Layers of ink - Felt House Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Eileen Hull Sizzix Heartfelt dies

Every house needs a number, and this one is number four. If you make this card for someone's birthday, you can use their age as house number.

Layers of ink - Felt House Card Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Eileen Hull Sizzix Heartfelt dies

Between the sky and the ground area, I adhered two pieces of Tim Holtz Design Tape, as a border.

Thank you so much for visiting today and don't miss checking out all the other beautiful Heartfelt projects by the Inspiration Team.

I have mentioned it before, but in case someone missed it, you can also find lots of die cutting inspiration with Eileen's die in her e-book Die Cutting Magic by Bella Crafts.

Die Cutting Magic is full of inspirational projects using Eileen's dies and embossing folders by Sizzix. It is a really great mix of projects: 3-D home decor and storage items, flowers, cards, mini-books, wearable art, holiday projects, baby and wedding items, scrapbooking layouts and much more, for many different themes. Over 100 projects and 154 pages full of inspiration, both for beginner and advanced papercrafters. I am happy to have eight projects in the book, of which four are tutorials. You'll also find projects by Eileen, the other Inspiration Team members, and a whole bunch of other designers.

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Green Textures Layout

Hello friends! This weekend we really had spring weather and spent hours outdoors each day. On Sunday, Leo and I walked in one of our favourite forests. He loves being outdoors and goes and gets his shoes and overall when he sees that someone is planning to go out.


This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge we have a Things With Wings challenge. It is the last week for our March guest designer Linda Kunsman. Be sure to check out her gorgeous project.

Layers of ink - Green Textures Layout by Anna-Karin with Graphic45 Nature Sketchbook

I was in the mood for a scrapbooking layout this week and found these photos from a hike in the Drakensberg in South Africa, from some years back. I like all the shades of green on these photos and the fact that I am standing on the path with my camera in my hand on the top one. The papers are from the lovely Nature Sketchbook release by Graphic 45.

Layers of ink - Green Textures Layout by Anna-Karin with Graphic45 Nature Sketchbook

I love this paper from the 8 x 8 in pad, with its organic shapes. All the edges of the papers were distressed and I stitched them to the background with my sewing machine.

Layers of ink - Green Textures Layout by Anna-Karin with Graphic45 Nature Sketchbook

The layout was inspired by this lovely quote, which is a shortened version of a quote which I always liked. I looked for the origins of the quote and it is often said to be by Nathaniel Hawthorne, but that might not be the case.

Layers of ink - Green Textures Layout by Anna-Karin with Graphic45 Nature Sketchbook

The papers have lovely vintage floral and butterfly prints. I cut out butterflies from the papers too. The title was die cut with the Block Talk Lowercase die.

Layers of ink - Green Textures Layout by Anna-Karin with Graphic45 Nature Sketchbook

And another lovely quote. I really like quotes, as you might already know, and these fit so well together with my photos.

Layers of ink - Green Textures Layout by Anna-Karin with Graphic45 Nature Sketchbook

The photos are placed on a folded piece of black cardstock, because I wanted space for journaling and for an extra photo. It opens up and I wrote the journaling with a white pen and also added some more vintage images from Nature Sketchbook.

I really hope you will join us in our Things with wings challenge. As every week, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.


Don't forget to follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily. 


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Thank you so much for stopping by here today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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