Friday, March 14, 2014

Eileen Hull Inspiration Team

Hello everyone! I have some fun news to share, I am going to part of the brand new Eileen Hull Inspiration Team. This fabulous team will bring you a lot of inspiration on using Eileen's fabulous Sizzix dies. I've loved Eileen's dies every since I used them the first time. They are so clever and versatile and make 3-D projects very easy to make.

I've picked out a some of my favourite projects made with Eileen's dies. I am not good at picking favourites, since I always have too many. Here's an attempt:
One of my top favourites of Eileen's dies is the Candy Drawer die. I used it to make the base for this shadow box, which contains a lot of my favourite elements: ink, stamps, small meaningful details, a special photo and fun techniques. You can find the full tutorial here. I've also used the Candy Drawer die to make a Memory Children's Game, a gift box and a Chest of Drawers. I like to use dies in ways they were not originally intended.
This is the Chest of Drawers, made with the same Candy Drawer die. I use it to store my Tim Holtz Idea-ology embellishments. You can find a full tutorial here. I also made a large version of this as an Advent calender.

Another of my favourite projects with Eileen's dies is the Heart Shadow Boxes (the original tutorial is here), where I used similar photos of my grandmother, mother and myself to create three shadow boxes.
I love birds and I've made quite a few using the Bird die, these are some of them. It is also a tutorial.'
Eileen's dies aren't just for 3-D projects, I use them a lot on layouts and for cardmaking too. Here I used dies from the Picket Fence Collection.
I had so much fun making this Love ATC box, filled with ATC cards. The box was made with the Artist Trading Card Box die and I also used some of Eileen's great flower dies. You can find the tutorial here
Finally, four Inky Artist Trading Blocks. This is such a fun new concept, which Amy Bowerman came up with. I used family photos from different generations, Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps and Distress Ink to make these. You can find the tutorial here

Art With Heart Challenge |
There is also a brand new challenge, the Art with Heart Challenge is a monthly celebration of creativity. Each month the Inspiration Team will be showcasing projects using Eileen Hull’s innovative Sizzix dies and following a broad theme left open to creative interpretation. We invite you to play along with us. We want this to be a place for everyone to create, inspire and share. We would love to see what you do with Eileen Hull’s products but this is not a requirement. There will also be prizes to be won. You can read more about the challenge here.

Our theme this month is 'New Beginnings'. I hope you will join us!

Happy crafting!



  1. Oh, how perfect for you - congratulations! You always create such amazing projects with Eileen's dies... looking forward to following this new adventure.
    Alison xx

  2. Anna-Karin, thank you for such a beautiful post. It took my breath away to see photo after photo of all these amazing project that you have created with my dies, and that's only a few of them! We are so lucky to have you join us on this new and exciting adventure! Thank you- so looking forward to it!

  3. They're all so beautiful and I understand that you had a hard time picking as everything you make is awesome.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Congratulations! I love all these projects. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspirational designs for Eileen Hull. Theresa x

  5. Anna-Karin all of you projects are so awesome and I am so happy to be taking this new journey with you!

    Your new team mate!

  6. Con graduations. Your work is lovely and good. That is why they have chosen you. I can imagine that you are very happy with this great news. Can't wait to see more of your work.
    Have a wonderful weekend Anneke.

  7. Hi Anna-Karin, hugely thrilled to be creating along side you and this talented team. Love your work. Enjoy the weekend. Tracy x

  8. Big congrats on this new team Anna-Karin, you always do wonders with those amazing dies and your favourites here are all amazing!! I look forward to seeing more!!

  9. Congratulations Anna-Karin! What a great match for you. And what a great group of other team members.
    And of course Amy will brighten the team with her enthusiastic humorous, and creative style.

    I look forward to joining the challenge this month.

  10. Congrats on being part of Eileen's team of gifted artisans. You already know that you are one of my favorites. Eileen has chosen well!

  11. Best wishes to you on this fab what you have created Anna Karin and look forward to viewing more

    Hugs Abbie x

  12. Huge congrats!!! I'm always amazed by you creative work and can't wait to see more of it ^.^

  13. Glad to be on the team with you, Anna-Karin!!

  14. OH, wow! These are amazing. Love your vintage/collage style.

  15. Congratulations but they are the lucky ones to have you on their Design Team! Your work is always so beautiful and well done. All these projects are amazing but I especially love the LO. The detail, the sweet way it's presented and the colours...Love every thing about it!
    Thank you for sharing your talent and great ideas to inspire all of us! You are a true artist! :)


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