It’s been a fun and busy week around here. The highlight was a visit from designer Eileen Hull, who is driving across the country with her vintage camper, teaching classes and inspiring crafters as she goes. How lucky was I to be a stop along Eileen’s “Paper Trail”, and to have my own craft session with Eileen and her craft stash? Today I’m sharing a few highlights from Eileen’s visit, along with this beautiful Coffee Filter Flower Wreath.
Eileen is a talented product designer, and the first designer to create dies to cut mat board. Eileen is a licensed Sizzix designer and has 70+ dies on the market. She also designs embossing folders for adding texture to plain cardstock. Eileen’s newest invention is a brand new way to apply ink – the Color Box® Blends from Clearsnap. The new applicator has ten times the usual amount of ink in an ink pad, and makes it easy to add inked details with no mess! Brilliant!
I’ve known Eileen for years, and I’ve had fun using her dies. One of the first projects I made with Eileen’s dies was my Raven’s Ring Halloween Wreath. I also used the Scoreboard Bird Die to craft a Love Bird wedding cake topper for a faux cake.
The last time I saw Eileen, we were wearing matching, cupcake pajamas! For this visit, Eileen pulled into my driveway with her vintage, 1976 camper, Scotty. Eileen is traveling hundreds of miles this summer on the “Paper Trail”, demonstrating her beautiful craft products along the way at various stores. She is teaching at shops in Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Lucky for me, the Paper Trail was traveling through Cleveland, too.
As we mapped out our day, visiting a few re-sale stores was at the top of our list. Eileen loves a good trash-to-treasure project. We found several sweet, vintage accessories for Eileen’s camper, and I picked up these vintage fabric yo-yos. You may see these yo-yos again a little later this year . . .
We also moseyed around my little town, and found a few crafty supplies in unexpected places. Check out these beautiful, ombre ribbons.
And these cute tins of paper tape.
We stopped in at The Village Herb Shop. A friend of mine, Lee Ann, is the new proprietor at The Village Herb Shop, and she has quickly worked her creative, retail mojo to make the shop a must-see stop. Lee Ann is also a huge crafter, and happily, she agreed to join us for our evening craft session.
That evening, I pulled out my supplies, and Eileen brought along her dies and Sizzix Big Shot, and we were ready for a little crafty fun. Oh, and there were snacks, of course!
As I started my wreath, I first wrapped it in bright green, burlap ribbon.
Eileen suggested making flowers for the wreath using coffee filters. The Sizzix will cut through 10 – 20 filters at once, and that’s what we did. We mixed and matched the flowers, using the Flower Layers #9, Flower Layers with Heart Petals, and Flower Fringed 3D dies.
Lee Ann began combining the coffee filter flowers with flowers cut from scrapbook papers, and she did a beautiful job. I love the combinations of papers, textures and colors – thank you, Lee Ann.
To finish the wreath, I die-cut a few leaves, and Lee Ann inked the edges with Eileen’s new Color Box inks. This wreath was truly a group effort!
After a late night of crafting, Eileen was up early the next morning, heading out to teach classes a few hours away. And later that day, she would be on her way to Indiana, phew! Eileen is planning another road trip later this year, so follow along on her blog to see if she’s coming to a shop near you. It will be a ton of fun, I promise!
What did you craft this week? Share what you’re working on, too.