Saturday, July 28, 2012

Special Eileen Hull Weekend!

I'm so excited to be a part of the special Eileen Hull weekend giveaway over on the Sizzix blog. I love the creativity and innovation of Eileen's products.  What is your favorite Eileen Hull die cut?
This is the die that I started with. It's a little Suitcase, such a cute die. Makes a great party favor, big enough to hold a gift card, or . . . . . look what I made. 

An altered art piece! 

I die cut the Bird Branch (a Tim Holtz Bigz die) out of watercolor paper. Paint the Bird and Branch using Distress Ink that is applied directly on my craft sheet and then pick up the ink using a water brush. I also used a fine tip black marker to outline the image. 

I die cut the Suitcase with my Vagabond using Little Sizzles white Mat Board. I used a crease pad to insure the scores came out correctly. Work on the inside of the box first. Color the background with Broken China and Mustard Seed using the large Water Brush and wash the background with color.

Ink the edges of the box with Vintage Photo Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. 

Now for the outside. Stamp the background with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and cover the entire outside of the box with a background image. 

Ink the outside of the box with Vintage Photo Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. Assemble the box by using Long Fasteners to secure the corners. After the Suitcase body is assembled darken the edges with Vintage Photo on an Ink Blending Tool. 

Let's work on the lid. You will need to die cut a window before we go on, I used my Movers and Shapers Ticket die. Just center the Ticket in the lid and run it through your die cut machine. Stamp and Ink the lid as you did with the outside of the box. Now it's time to assemble your art piece. Glue the lid to the box using Wonder tape. Hold the bird branch up to the window in the lid and decide where to trim the branch. Adhere the bird in the window using pop dots. The branches that are cut off will be used at the top of the window. One branch is pop dotted to the lid and the other branch to the back of the box. Once all the pieces are adhered to your box add Distress Stickles to create a little sparkle. The colors I used are Frayed Burlap, Broken China, Peeled Paint and Rock Candy. Let dry.  

"Enjoy the journey" word band attached with long fasteners and a Star Charm glued at the top seem to be the perfect touch.  

Add a Crown to the birdie and add some Foliage from the Ideaology line. A little moss adds a nice touch. 

Don't forget to head over to the Sizzix blog and check out what everyone made. I hear there is lots of fabulous projects!! 

Thanks for stoping by. 
What are you doing this weekend? Are you getting in some creative time? 


  1. Oh my goodness, Richelle!! What a cool idea! How did you ever come up with that? I absolutely LOVE this!

  2. Fantastic project - I adore your alteration on an already great die. The stamping is to die for - gorgeous Vintage Photo, love it so much. And thanks so much for the detailed tutorial - brilliant!
    Alison x

  3. OMW, it looks like a completely different die, I love your altered piece, fabulous stamping, amazing colour combos and a wonderful tutorial. Thanks so much. A x

  4. So clever to use the ticket die and create a shadow box from the suitcase. I've got to try that soon (I've made two suitcases this week, it is such a fun die). TFS!!

  5. What a beautiful project! Love the shadow box idea. :-)

  6. Richele- oh my! What a great idea to use the movers and shapers die to cut a window in the lid! So copying this! Great colors and so...cozy. I want to be there and live in the box :-) Thanks so much for working with this die to show the possibilities for it. Love it!

  7. This is such a cool idea! I have two suitcases cut out and ready to play with, I think I might have to try this! Beautiful work!

  8. This is gorgeous! Love your altered art.
    Jayne x

  9. Wow! Looking at the picture I would never have guessed this was the little suitcase die! So cool!!

  10. This is stunning. I love how you used the bird and the suitcase dies. The bird die is one of my go to dies.


  11. Fab fab fab!!!! Love that you totally transformed the die project and made it your own! Vintage gorgeous here! Love the bird as well!!!

  12. Richele, Richele, Richele!!!! Lord have mercy! What a work of art. Love what you did with that suitcase. One day I will be able to buy it. Thank you for showing how it can be altered. Richele, your work is like crack to me...after I get my fix, I'm ok! :-)

  13. WOW Why have I not found you before this? Your work is magnificent. Looking forward to much more. Thanks.

  14. Have to admit I NEVER thought I wd "need" that suitcase die! Seriously! Now, however....HHmmm. Love what you did with the die. So cozy & lots of texture.
    I have that stamp, ink and bird&branch die...suitcase die may have to mke hm w me. :). Thnx 4 sharing your creation! ~ Terry Y.

  15. This is so cute, what a great idea! It reminds me of those altered altoid cans! I had the suitecase die but I didn't have the ticket die, luckily its still available, and on sale at Sizzix today! I think you used the larger of the 2 tickers from the "Mini" movers and shapers ticket die set? Thanks so much!