Create and Connect and Picket Fence...

Hello!  Eileen here with you today!  Wow, it has been a busy month! It started off with a trip to Las Vegas to the Create and Connect show (CHA). The show was great- the best part for me is always seeing my friends and catching up with what everyone is up to. And then of course there are all of the fun new products too...


Here is Debi Adams, one of the super talented Sizzix artists, standing in front of my Cherished display. The chairs were genius- so bright and happy. It was just the look I was going for and Debi rocked the samples for the booth and packaging for the dies. Every time I come to a show I can't wait to see how the art department makes the artwork I send them come to life. Cherished is all about babies. I was working on this in the car on the way to my grandson's birth so it is near and dear to my heart. This is my biggest collection ever and I can't wait till it comes out in February. I hope you will like it too...

Here's a pic of my friend Amy from Plucking Daisies going to town at the demo table. That girl is such a good demonstrator she had me wanting to buy my own stuff!


Amy Bowerman, Ann Butler, Lisa Rojas and Cindi Bisson all helped me in my sold out Sizzix Workshop which I so appreciate- there was no way I could have managed it by myself! The project was the new Mini-Album die (coming in Feb 2014), some beautiful papers and journaling cards from Prima, Clearsnap inks and glitter, and Beacon glue. After class we adjourned to Benihana's for an (ahem) interesting meal where we were seated with some people who'd had waaayyyy too many cocktails. Good times... 

Pam Bray (whose Mini-Album die can be seen here), Barbara Rankin (shows her Cherished samples here), Pam Keravuori and Amy all made some unbelievable samples for the booth so people could see all of the different styles and ways the dies can be used and decorated.

I just want to share some of the fun Picket Fence projects that have been spotted lately. It's always exciting to find a ScoreBoards project... thank you to all who create with them!


Look at these pretty little houses made from the Birdhouse die! Helen Cryer used a ScoreBoards die to cut patterned paper and then just scored the folds by hand.


Shelly Hickox, the Queen of Halloween, has made some glittery birdhouses using candlesticks to mount them on. How to on the Sizzix blog yesterday- just scroll down. This would make an adorable arrangement or centerpiece under a domed glass cake plate. Love this project! Thanks too Shelly for helping in the Sizzix rep training at CHA!


Lisa Pace created a stunning shabby chic birdhouse covered with plaster!



Anna-Karin Evaldsson always amazes me with her beautiful, thoughtful, inked and layered projects. Here she has created two layouts using the Clay Pot, Bloom and Plant Markers, Lovely Labels, and Garden Tools dies.


What a great idea from Aida Haron! She used the Windowbox die as a door and cover for a mini-album! (instructions on the Sizzix blog).  I feel the need to make one with all of our vacation pics- thanks Aida :-)


Caz Counsell rocked the Windowbox die also by adding curtains, bright colors (and an adorable bird!) and wood texture.

Anne-Kristine-Holt- Sq-Box

Anne Kristine Holt, a designer from the Sizzix UK blog, created a Square Box using paper and I love how this came out. Her style is so pretty... instructions here.

shelly hickox sizzix vintage french caddy

And here's another incredible project using the Square Box die by Shelly. Can you believe this organizer that she made with it and the Caddy die?

Deena-mason jar 1

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The Canning Jars die was featured by another one of the fabulous Sizzix artists, Deena Ziegler, in her card kit club and on classes at My Creative Classroom. Deena has such a way with color and design- just gorgeous.


Jim Hankins, The Gentleman Crafter, did a whole UStream class using the Canning Jar die which you can watch here. I sit and watch Jim's video tutorials with a giant smile the whole time because he just cracks. me. up. I feel we are related somehow because he loves chipboard and building with it as much as I love matboard.


This Dream Jar by Caz Counsell caught my eye on Facebook- so whimsical- love the banner in there!


Debbie Farinella taught this project in a class at Wooten's. Makes me happy!


Beth Reames, yet another member of the amazing Sizzix art department, knocked this one out of the park so far it landed up in the Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Issue! Wow.


Don't you love the way Amy from Plucking Daisies has decorated the Watering Can die? I think Wendy Vecchi's Watering Can ink is a match made in heaven!

Please let me know when you post something using my dies-  I like to share them! ( Thanks everyone for visiting and checking out this past month with me!


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