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It’s my pleasure to be featured on Eileen Hull’s blog today. Do you know Eileen? She designs wonderful dies for Sizzix. Her originality always impresses me and I love that she consistently designs with multiple uses in mind. She wants you to get as much out of every die as possible. For instance, this die is called the Recipe Box but it can be used for many other projects as well. I chose to use it for a teacher’s gift as the end of the school year is upon us.
You could also use it to create party favors, business card holders, or gift card holders. You could fill it with treats for all the kids in a class at Halloween, Christmas, or Hanukah. It can even hold a mini-album, if you’re a scrapbooker. Your imagination is the only boundary!
I made mine into a gift card holder for an end-of-year teacher’s gift. I paired Eileen’s Recipe Box with Tim Holtz’s Detailed Butterflies. I cut multiples of the butterflies (you get four different butterflies in that set) and layered them. I’ve spelled out the steps and included additional photos over on Eileen’s site.
I did a “Make & Take” for attendees in Eileen’s booth at the Craft & Hobby Association’s trade show in January using this very die. Here’s a link to a recap post. Eileen drives her vintage camper when she teaches in stores all across the country, and she was able to park in on the show floor and let attendees in for a tour. She had great samples of projects from her design team on display in and around the trailer.
Eileen’s booth was hopping and she had a number of designers step up to give attendees a chance to experiment while at the show. Here’s a picture of some of the attendees who visited while I was there, along with the Recipe Box projects they made:
If you’d like to learn more about how I made the teacher’s gift card box, please visit Eileen’s blog and tell her I sent you.
If you’d like to see more of me working distress inks and other mixed media projects, check out my online mixed media class with Craftsy. It comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee. Here’s a 2-minute preview video: