Finished Book Journal

I finished my journal the other day, so I thought I’d share it with ya’ll. It is nothing fancy, and I made some mistakes, but overall I’m quite pleased. In case you missed this post, I’ll recap the project quickly.

I started with a plain, cheapie little composition book. First I adhered a piece of Cranberry Crisp cardstock over the spine (well, I did make a couple of tactical errors on this step – that sticky strip means business!!). Next I cut a piece of Fancy Pants designer paper (purchased at Jacksonbelle Embellishments) to the size I wanted, rounded the outer edges, and adhered it to both the front and back with more red sticky strip. I suppose I could have used ModgePodge, or Zots, or cut the paper large enough to fold over the edges of the book. But I was lazy this week, and this seemed like the quickest thing to me. To finish off this whole stage of the book, I added a bit of burgundy grosgrain ribbon to the seam where my papers met.

Okay, on to stage 2! I wanted to separate the pages by months, so I could have a better record of what I read each month. I used my round tab punch to punch out tabs in 3 different colors, that coordinated with the paper. I chose SU’s Sage Shadow, Creamy Caramel, and Cranberry Crisp (like I used on the spine). I pulled out my old Antiques Alphabet to stamp the first letter of each month on the tabs, using Jet Black Stazon ink. I divided the pages equally, and stapled the tabs in place.

Now for an image on the front. I was all set to add some flowers, but then I decided that I really liked the busy pattern of the paper and did not want to take away from that. So I triple matted this wonderful quote from Nathaniel Hawthorne, which I stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with Dark Brown ep (I still can’t believe SU stopped selling that!). I sponged the edges of the Confetti Cream panel that the saying is on. It reads: Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued is just out of grasp…but if you will sit quietly, may alight upon you. Perfect for a book journal, I thought! The stamp is from the Butterfly of Happiness set.

I’m quite pleased to report that I am on my 5th book for this month, and not including the one I am currently reading I have finished 2317 pages so far this year!

A Retro Valentine

Another fairly quick and simple valentine. I used Laura’s color combo site to generate this combo for me – I love it! Not colors I would’ve normally thought to put together, but once they went on the card I was smitten!!

I used the same technique on this card that I used when I hosted the Try a New Technique Challenge on SCS last month – Dazzling Diamond Dust. It adds pizzaz without a ton of work, which is right up my alley this week 🙂

I ran the Real Red panel through my Cuttlebug (D’vine swirl folder), and used red and black thread to handstitch some giant “x’s” on the panels once they were put together. It occured to me, finally, that the sentiments in the L’Amour set would fit in my word window punch (I know  —  where have I been??), so that finished off the card. I know my cards have been rather simple the past couple of days, but I’m still not feeling well. Hopefully they’ll be better soon!

Here are the details on the card:

Stamps: LAD L’Amour
Paper: Coll Caribbean, Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Cool Caribbean, Versamark
Accessories: Iridescent Ice ep, word window punch, cuttlebug (d’vine swirl folder), thread, paper piercer/mat pack, heat gun, corner rounder
Techniques: dazzling diamond dust

Kitty Love

The color challenge this week was really a challenge for me. Check it out, if you have a chance. It was totally out of my comfort zone. When I read it, I just couldn’t picture how the colors would come together. Plus, I have yet to order any of the In Colors for this year. I know – I’m so uncool. But it just never fits into my budget.

I was determined to use this stamp that I bought from Jacksonbelle Embellishments – it’s an Inkadinkadoo image. Cute, huh??? It totally reminds me of our Siamese cats, Darcy and Knightley, and the way they sit together and plot their next attack.  The flourishes are form the Lizzie Anne Designs set L’Amour – such a versatile set! The sentiment is from the same set.

The card itself is pretty simple, seriously. Just layers upon layers — all rectangular. No fancy edges, no extra embellishments, no muss, no fuss. It’s about all I could handle with these kidney stones of mine, which aren’t going anywhere.

The little stuff:

Stamps: Inkadinkadoo (Cat image), LAD (L’Amour)
Paper: Bordering Blue, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Real Red, Bordering Blue, Black Stazon
Accessories: none!!

The Beginnings of a Project

It’s chilly at my house today — it appears our heat pump (or blower, to be more precise) is one the fritz. And we aren’t sure when the repair guy can get here. So, I’m not doing too much other than cuddling on the couch with my family, watching tv. Which is all I really feel up to doing, anyway. I thought I’d share a little project that is still in the works with you, so you can see how things go from start to finish.

I bought these Mead composition books way back in late August, when school supplies were on sale. I think I might have paid $.50 a piece for them at the hated Wal-Mart. I put them in my”supply armoire” (which is an old armoire I put some hanging shelves in and use to store stuff that is waiting to be altered – frames, boxes, jars, candles, etc) and sort of forgot about them.

Well, I got more than a few books for Christmas. DH spoiled me rotten! It occured to me that it would befun to keep a “book journal” to write down any thoughts I had about the book, and also to have a list of the books I’d read throughout the year. Enter this little composition book. I knew I’d never be able to use it plain, like it was. Although it is more tolerable to me than those marbled-looking ones. Those are awful! No offense, of course, to anyone who absolutely loves the marbled look 😉

I figured it would be easy to slap some paper onto this thing and call it done. As usual, I forgot about all of the things that could go wrong.

The thing about Sticky Strip (the red adhesive) is that it really means business. So accident prone people like me can’t neatly pull up the paper to fix things. I’ll live with the less than perfect job I did covering the binding, though. I mean, hey – it’s my first book!

I used Cranberry Crisp cardstock to cover the spine, and the gorgeous designer paper is by Fancy Pants. I used a corner rounder to round the outer edges, and slapped on a piece of burgundy grosgrain ribbon at the seam. I really am stressed out about the way I messed up the binding, but the book is just for me, so I guess I’ll live with it. The book still functions fine.

I’m going to add some stamping to it, I’m just not sure what images yet. And I’m going to make tabs to partition off sections for each month, so it will be easy to flip to. Hopefully I can have that done and posted in the next couple of days! I’m already 5 books into this year, so I need to hurry up and get this prject done, to give myself somewhere to write it all down.

Ok, back to snuggling. Thanks for stopping by!

It’s VSN time again…

I hosted a challenge last night for the January VSN. Well, sort of – I actually was in the ER during my challenge, with a severe attack of kidney stones. Which was way less fun than VSN, believe me. Anyway, my challenge was a “follow the list” kind of challenge. I’m still feeling pretty bad, so please forgive this short post.

 Here is a link to my challenge thread – Packing the Purse. Check it out, and play along if you’d like! I’ve always been a huge fan of this kind of challenge. They sound easy, in theory, but really they aren’t. And when you throw in a time limit (45 minutes) – whew! ANd if you want more fun, here is a link to the master challenge thread for this month’s VSN. The theme was “Girl’s Night Out”, and there were tons of fun challenges!

Since I was otherwise occupied, someone else had to stand in for me. Big thanks to Frances, aka StampOwl, to standing in!! I really appreciate it 🙂

Ok, I’m off to the couch. 10 minutes of typing is about all I can handle this afternoon. Good thing there is football on to keep me occupied – go Pats!

 the details on the card:

Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks, French Script, Lizzie Anne Designs L’Amour
Paper: Kraft, True Thyme, Cranberry Crisp, Basic Grey dp
Ink: Craft – Whisper White, Classic – Cranberry Crsip, True Thyme
Accessories: SU Markers – Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke; oval punches,
 dsitresser, cuttlebug, organdy ribbon, thread (2 colors) sponge, decorative brad
Techniques: sponging, distressing

Today’s Inspiration Challenge

I always enjoy the Inspiration Challenge that Karen (aka kthaman) hosts on Saturdays. And today was no different — what a cool flower packet she shared!! Fortunately, it inspired me to do a simple card, because that is just about all my brain can handle today.

I started with a Kraft base, to mimic the bag. Immediately, it occured to me that the bag was square-ish, so I decided to put two jumbo eyelets at the top, and score the card at 4 1/4″. And voila! a square card! I adhered the top portion down with Zots, and just couldn’t be more tickeld with the way it ended up. I love it when an idea works. I’m sure I am not the first person to come up with this, but still. It made me feel creative this morning!

I masked the large flowers and the green leafy image (if you aren’t familiar with masking, check this SCS tutorial out!). I colored the flowers and stems with SU Markers, and added a fabric tag to the side. And that is just about it – pretty simple, pretty quick!

The small stuff:

Stamps: Embrace Life
Paper: Kraft, Whisper White
Ink: Black Stazon, Old Olive
Accessories: Su Markers: Real Red, Pretty in Pink, More Mustard, Mellow Moss, Old Olive; Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-a-dile, fabric tag
Techniques: masking

More stamps added…

to the for sale page. I’ve just got to make room for the new ones I want!! Roses in Winter is back up for sale – that was a tough decision to make. But I haven’t used it in awhile, so it should go to a home where it will be loved often! Silent Night sold before I could even add the link – it is the fastest I’ve ever sold a set!