Monday, November 20, 2017

My Crafty Friend - Suzanne's Bookmark Pocket Tag, Accordion Album and Box

Hello Crafty Friends and Happy Monday!
Today our Craft Friend Suzanne shares a gorgeous trio that really makes the Julie Nutting Paper Dolls collection shine!

I am so totally IN LOVE with the November kit from Aunty Vera.  'My Crafty Friend' just speaks to me.  The beautiful paper from Julie Nutting, gorgeous Stamping Bella stamp and the Prima flowers are all so beautiful and match perfectly with the gorgeous Santoro Pearl Drops and lovely ribbon from Docrafts.

For my third project, I have made a bookmark pocket tag, an accordion album and a box for it to go into.

Bookmark pocket tag.

First I cut a large tag using my sizzix bigz xl die and covered it with the beautiful blue check paper from the collection.  I used another die to cut a pocket for the front of the tag.  This pocket is for the bookmark to go in.
tag and pocket

The pocket for the front of the tag

 I made a bookmark to go onto the pocket using a spellbinder die and the beautiful Julie Nutting papers. This die has several layers.

and added one of the doll stickers from the sticker sheet and a sentiment on a banner flag sticker

Also in the kit is this beautiful spellbinders Thank you and birdie die

Here I have added the 'Thank you' sentiment and the little bird.  I also cut the doll with sentiment from the cover page that is with the paper pack and glued it onto the pocket tag

The beautiful Maya road feathers made a beautiful accent for the top of the tag along with some of the gorgeous docraft ribbon

 I decided to use a sentiment from one of the 4 x 6 cut-a-parts to add to the tag and a one of my handmade roses

This is the finished bookmark pocket tag.

You can watch a process video of me making this bookmark pocket tag HERE.

 Accordion album

The accordion album that I am decorating was from a destash that I attended recently.  The small album measures 5 1/4 inches.

I cut 12 pieces of patterned paper to cover all of the accordion album pages and used a 3 x 4 cut-apart for the front cover.  I used coordinating ink to ink all the edges of the paper.

 Below you can see all of the covered pages and the stickers and die cuts that I used to make frames for some of the pages.  I wanted to be sure there was plenty of room left on each page for photographs.

page 1

page 2

page 3

page 4

page 5

page 6

 page 7 (back of album)

 page 8

page 9

page 10

page 11

Front of album:
For the front cover, I used a 3 x 4 cut-apart from the Julie Nutting paper and I used one of the small dolls from the cover page that is included in the paper pack.  I have added a small heart and flower die cut, one of my handmade flowers and a metal scissor embellishment.

 I also made a box for the accordion album to go in.  It measures 5 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches.  I totally forgot to take pictures but the process is very simple.  Because the album measures 5 1/4 inches I made the base of the box 5 1/2 inches square.  The sides of the box are 3/4 inch high so the piece of cardboard for the box needs to  measure 7 inches by 7 inches.  Score at 3/4 inch all the way around the box and cut small tabs into each corner.  To make the lid all the you need to do is add 1/8 of an inch to the inside measurement of the lid top.  This means you lid will measure 7 1/8 inch x 7 1/8 inch and score at 3/4 inch all the way around. Cut small tabs into the corners to form the lid.  I get this very strong cardstock from Daiso.  It comes in a pack of three pieces on kraft, green or brown.

I added some of the beautiful paper onto the lid and sides of the box

and added a sticker from the sticker sheet to a decorative die cut and popped it up on foam tape on the lid

 To finish it off, I used a piece of the beautiful ribbon from the kit as a closure for the box

Here are some shots of the finished project

 I hope you, all my crafty friends, have enjoyed having a look at this project. 

You can see a process video of me making the album and box HERE.

You can get the kit from Aunty Vera HERE.

xx Suzanne xx

Friday, November 17, 2017

My Crafty Friend - Lolly's Pocket Journal

Hello Crafty Friends!

We have such a fun project today from our Crafty Friend Lolly!
A very special Pocket Journal to keep all your treasures, memories and special notes!

I hope you are all loving this kit as much as I am.  I've use so much of that paper that I only have small scraps left after this project!  I designed a project based on two notebooks I saw (one by Heidi Swapp and one vintage one in a thrift store). I tweaked the idea and played around until I got it the way I wanted.  I'm calling it a Pocket Journal. Come check it out!

The Pocket Journal consists of eight string-clasp envelopes bound together.  The envelopes look like this.  They  have a long flat section (toward the left) enabling them to be bound.

Each envelope is made with a base measuring 9 by 3.75 inches and a front part measuring  4.75 X 5 5/8 inches.   The base is scored on the wrong side, on the long edge, at 1 inch and 7 3/8 inches.  The front piece is scored on the right side of the paper, at half inch one both long ends and one short end.

The corners are trimmed on the front piece, the flaps folded under, and it is glued to the base between its score lines.   The biggest section remaining on the base is folded to the front for a flap.  Prior to gluing the front to the base, however, 3/4" circles of card stock need to be added to both sections with eyelets (and a string to the top eyelet).

The envelopes need a pad, or a spacer, between them, so I cut out white foam strips measuring 3.75 X 7/8 inches.  I punched two holes in each spacer and each envelope and glued the spacers on top of each envelope with Fabri-Tac.

You can see in the finished project why those spacers were needed.  Without them, the album would have been narrow on the left side but wide and fanned out on the right.

Using chipboard, I then cut two hinges at 1 X 4 inches and two covers at 4 X 6 7/8"

Using double sided tape, I covered the chipboard pieces in coordinating card stock.

Then, keeping the hinge and cover about one to two thicknesses of chipboard apart, I joined them with cloth book tape wrapped around to the back.

I let that dry a few hours, and then using ribbon from the kit, I tied all the envelopes inside the covers and then decorated the cover.

Lastly, because I still had room, I glued laces to the edges of each envelope.  It all came together so beautifully.  I am absolutely thrilled with how this turned out.

This is sooo adorable!  The papers, flowers, and ribbons in this kit coordinate so well.  Trust me, my crafty friend, you'll want this kit.   You can pick one up HERE.

The entire process of making this is on my video HERE.

Thank you for joining in the crafty fun!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

My Crafty Friend - Suzanne's Large 12x16 inch Mixed Media Canvas featuring Prima Flowers

Hello Crafty Friends!
We're enjoying beautiful pre-summer weather down here in Australia, and our crafty friend Suzanne has created a beautiful canvas just perfect for this season!

The November kit is so pretty and feminine and when I saw the Prima Flowers in the kit, I immediately had an idea of how I wanted to use them.  Very recently I was lucky enough to have purchased a beautiful Stamperia Rice Paper A4 sheet that matched the colours in the flowers beautifully.

The prima flowers are a mixture of colours from very soft pink and apricot to beautiful sea green and sky blue and they are delicious.  Paper flowers are my favourite and these ones are exceptionally pretty.

 I wanted to change the flowers up and so I grouped the individual pieces into three matching pieces and made them into something that was more 3D.  I cut the smallest flower into two parts and shaped it into a flower centre

Once I had used the two pieces from the smallest flower I put glue into the second piece and added the flower centre.

Then added this to the bottom of the flower.

One finished flower

I did this to all the flowers in the collection

Here are all the flowers I made with the Prima Flower pack from the November kit

This is the beautiful Stamperia rice paper that came to mind the moment I saw the beautiful flowers because the colours match perfectly

I used some script paper from my stash to cover the canvas

Then I wet the edge of my rice paper and tore the edges off so that there were no straight lines and used decoupage glue to stick it down.  You can't see it here, but you can see the script very faintly through the rice paper.

 I mixed together some of my kaisercolour paint to match the rice paper colours and used my foam dabbers to dab on some paint around the canvas

Because the rice paper had a beautiful bird in flight on it I decided to use a small bird's nest that I had in my stash and made some tiny blue eggs from polymer clay to go in the nest. I used some twigs from the trees in my back yard to make a tree branch for the nest to go in.

I also added a rose to the top right corner from a napkin and placed some floral stems around the rice paper.  Here you can also see that I painted the canvas with the cream and green paint.  I used the green colour down the right hand side as this matched the rice paper and the cream paint where the rice paper was cream.  I used the green to frame the entire canvas by going around the edge with the darker colour.

I then started to add the Prima flowers and some others from my stash.  I had also made some leaves to add to the canvas.

Adding more flowers

Flowers around the bird's nest

 The completed bottom of the canvas

The flower cluster up the left hand side of the canvas

 I die cut some flowers to go on the floral stems which frame the Stamperia rice paper

 I used some of the gorgeous Santoro Pearl drops for the centre of the flowers

A close up of some of the flowers

I added another stem and used a slightly different shade of flower for the stem to add more interest.

A close up of the flowers

 A die cut butterfly completes the top left had corner

A close up of the top part of the canvas

A close up of the bottom of the canvas

 Here is my completed canvas

You can see a quick video of my canvas HERE.
You can get the November kit HERE

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