Monday, August 18, 2014

StencilGirl and Eileen Hull Inspiration Team Blog Hop

I met Eileen Hull through Maria through the internet, then finally in person at CHA this year. She is quite the dynamo, that girl has so much talent and energy she just blows my mind. And the things she designs!
At any rate, she sent me this Bird House, which is from a die cut she designed. The world of die cuts is intriguing to me and I can't even fathom how her brain must work since she designed this in a flat format yet it folds up to make something so darn cute. I used some painted paper to collage the birdhouse and the roof. Doing the roof I created a problem for myself (don't I always!?!?!?) when I folded it and the paper split. Uh, not what I had in mind

But since improvisation seems to be my middle name, I made it work and embellished the final project with my paint pens. All I need is a bird and I am good to go!


Next up are the rubber stamps Eileen sent. She has a good handle on what I like (!) because she picked this completely awesome set for me (thanks, Eileen!!) that I used on a journal page.
 
These stamps are super nice, excellent quality and I love the versatility. Here is my journal page before and after I added the stamped section.
I especially like how the stamp frames up my mystery handwriting. See, here's the thing......while it is ok in the "before" picture, I was bothered by the fact the writing was essentially the same size as the square/circle section, see what I mean? Not good design. By adding the 'frame', I think the "after" picture is more complete. I also added more stamping down at the bottom to give that area more weight.
Thanks, Eileen, for the chance to play with some of your toys, I like them a lot :)

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GIVEAWAY
All comments left for the entire week August 18th - August 22nd on all blogs in the hop will be eligible for the giveaway. One comment per blog post. 
Comments close Sunday, August 24th @ 11:59PM Central Time.
Winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 26th.


94 comments:

  1. That is just too cute the birdhouse! And what a great giveaway! Thanks.

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  2. I don't know how she does it either!! I love your journal page and the birdhouse is fab!

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  3. Thanks Mary Beth for sharing like you always do.

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  4. I have not made a journal yet (believe it or not!). Now is the time to start.
    Lovely page.

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  5. The birdhouse is just adorable, Eileen really is one clever lady! Your journal page is great too and I agree about the frame.

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  6. Love both your birdhouse and journal page, Mary Beth!
    That little birdhouse really is just so darn cute!

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  7. what great projects. must get back to some journalling!

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  8. what a delightful birdhouse! I just started "journalling" at least what I call journalling...my book is mostly just mixed media style with a little talk in it anyway I appreciate others who journal.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  9. Cute birdhouse and I'd love a chance at the Inspiration Emporium gift card.

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  10. Really nice project and way to improvise with the chording!!

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  11. Love that adorable birdhouse, gorgeous colours and your journal image uses the stamps beautifully. Tracy x

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  12. That birdhouse is so cute and great save on the paper. Don't you just hate when that happens......

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  13. I love how you work, Mary Beth. That birdhouse is just too darned cute!

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  14. Cute birdhouse and LOVE the colors on the art journaling page!

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  15. The bird house is darling. Any bird would be thrilled to live in it.
    The journal page is great. The added stamping does give it more interest.

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  16. Really like the birdhouse, and the stamps are full of potential. As Always, MBS's work is great!

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  17. You little bird house is oh so cute! But that journal page is to die for! I love your journal page! Gorgeous!!!

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  18. rtilinsk(at)mail(dot)win(dot)com

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  19. Always enjoy a glimpse of how your artist brain works. Thanks.

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  20. What a great selection of toys to play with. Lucky Lady :)

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  22. The colors are beautiful and the composition very inspiring!!
    Mcsuetexas@ yahoo.com

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  23. Loving those stamps and your point of view! Next time the paper tears for the roof of the bird house put some washi/duck tape on it! There is nothing that a little tape can't fix! Thanks for the giveaway. donnal893@gmail.com

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  24. You had me with the birdhouse and ric-rac! Great project.
    stlbarb52 at gmail dot com

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  25. Love the stencils..Love Eileen Hull.Awesome inspiration. Such an adorable birdhouse!

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  26. Love what you did with these! That bird house is just too cute, and the art journal page is gorgeous, as always!

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  27. Great products! Thanks for sharing.

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  28. So true, necessity is the mother of all invention. Way to improvise. Love both of these projects.

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  29. I've got the birds! So that birdhouse looks suoer attractive, and I love how you've used the stamp.

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  30. Love the journal page!

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  31. Fabulous - love what you did, especially the journal page.

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  32. Love that birdhouse! I'm taking part in a journal prompt group starting next week so loved seeing your journal page - filing it away for inspiration!!

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  33. loved the birdhouse and found inspiration in the journal page.

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  34. Great use of this variety of materials, color and tools! Wow!

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  35. Cute birdhouse...but I LOVE your image. You were right to use the frame...made a better composition.

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  36. Hooray! I knew you would save the day and make it even better. I really love the craft "fails" even more than something that goes according to plan because there's the chance to learn something and go outside the comfortable design world we live in :-) Then again the perfect ones are good too...I am in awe of your artistic mind that can create such amazing compositions and know just the right thing to balance it all- I am missing that... so happy to work with you MB. Thanks for the fun event!

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  37. I always admire your work, the journal page is just right

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  38. Thanks for sharing, I would love a chance to win.

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  39. I really like it when an artist stands back, looks at the piece, and then adds/deletes and let's US know the thought process behind it. Thanks Mary Beth and it was good to meet you at Create in Chicago :)

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  40. Wow great post! Love how you used the stamps and the bird house is so cute

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  41. Cute birdhouse and the journal has me wanting to make one. Thanks for the inspiration!
    d kaste at wi dot rr dot com

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  42. Your bird house is so adorable and your layout is awesome!
    crazy about cards at hot mail dot com

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  43. love that project. It's so cute! thanks for sharing

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  44. http://thelifeofthebudgetbride.blogspot.com/

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  45. http://thelifeofthebudgetbride.blogspot.com/

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  46. A bird would be thrilled to find his house so cute and trendy!

    Noreen
    Crafty Journal

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  47. nice projects! I especially like your journal page. =)

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  48. Love that bird house,
    rivingtn@bigpond.com

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  49. that is a cute bird house, great color combos.

    heifer21 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  50. Cute bird house and fabulous journal page. I really like your use of the frame stamp with your journaling.

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  51. I especially love your color palette! Thanks for sharing!

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  52. I would be interested to know where the cute cling stamps came from.

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  53. How adorable! You always manage to fix any Oops! moments you have!
    ...Raine

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  54. Love the journal page! mama527 (at) yahoo (dot com)

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  55. I really like ALL the projects on this hop today! So much inspiration!! :) Thanks for sharing! sakortan@gmail.com

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  56. Oh my goodness, 2 beautiful designers equal one super cute bird house! Love it and oh so looking forward to the rest of the fab Hop! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  57. Ooh, love the bird house, Cute!!
    cathsheard at xtra.co.nz

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  58. I agree Mary Beth- I like the finished piece the best! cute birdhouse also! ")

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  59. Love the Eileen Hull stamps. The journal page is beautiful.

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  60. I love the whimsical bird house mary Beth and that journal page is such an inspiring work of art!
    Amy*

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  61. Always love your work! Thanks!

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  62. Love the subtle use of the stencils.

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  63. I love your birdhouse!
    gillwatson(at)mailbox(dot)co(dot)uk

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  64. The stencils are so cool. Love the artwork!

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  65. I just LoVe that journal page!! Birdhouse is cute too

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  66. love everything you did!

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  67. How cute is this! I just love seeing all the ways to use the stencils!

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  68. Great projects here this week! Thanks for letting me play, too!

    ~Linda

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  69. Sweet little birdhouse!

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  70. So adorable! Thanks so much for sharing.
    ~kim
    blueroseblogger at gmail dot com

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  71. Очаровательная работа!

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  72. Cute birdhouse project...but the stamps, OH MY! I must have them. I keep several art journals and would love to win this stamp set:)

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  73. I love the bird house, is amazing, and the colors are awesome!

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  74. Wow, what a bird house, very inspirational, thanks Mary!

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  75. great additions with the stamps.

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  76. Love the house and your improvisation. Great journal page too :)

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  77. Cute project! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  78. Love the birdhouse! Thanks for the opportunity to win this great prize package.

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  79. fabulous inspiration! love the birdhouse and the journal pages Great stamp set!

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  80. Your birdhouse is so cute! The bright, happy colours you used will make it perfect to cheer up some little corner or table top.
    The journaling page was lovely before but really pops up with the stamps you chose. I like the black ink on the soft muted colours of your background.
    Beautiful work! :)

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  81. You rock at improvising! Love the bakery twine on it!

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  82. Your birdhouse is gorgeous and so is the journal page.i like the depth of colour on it.Awesome stamps.

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  83. I love the way you trimmed up the roof! I love it all!!!

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  84. Beautiful bird house. Whose

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  85. What a colorful birdhouse - so fun! and your page is wonderful!

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  86. Fantastic colours

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  87. Well, aren't you a little dynamo yourself! What a cute birdhouse :) I know what you mean about improvising- I'm right there with ya on that one, ha!! I really admire the approach you take when creating your abstracts. Thank you for sharing your cool projects, MaryBeth!
    msmith2illustration (at) gmail (dot com)

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  88. I have such a thing for little houses! And I just love your journal page..I always love your approach to art.

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