Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tinkerbell Album (Special Order)

I'd like to share with you an album I did for a custom order. This album is for a little lady that loves Tinkerbell!! Her nickname is "JJ" and she also loves sparkle. She should really enjoy this one!
I fussy cut a cut Tinkerbell to add to the cover of the album, and some sparkly rhinestone initials: JJ  I added pretty purple jewels to the top and bottom and inside the pocket are so Tinkerbell bookmarks! Pretty Purple patterned ribbon created the bow tie closure.
Inside the cover you will find a sparkly band that holds a pretty ribbon card with sparkling purple gemstones, finished off with a pretty ribbon bow. It slips easily over the band to hold in place. On page 1, this is a very interactive page. A rich sparkling booklet with Tinkerbell on the cover starts it off. Much more is waiting inside and under the booklet cover.
A closer look at the Sparkling page 1.
Flip open the cover of the booklet to reveal a band holding a cute Tinkerbell tag/mat. The facing page is perfect to journal or add more photos.
Next page in the booklet again has a band that holds another Tinkerbell tag/mat. Facing page again perfect for journaling and/or more photos.
Last page of the booklet has another band holding another tag/mat. Base page has a bellyband with a bottom stop which holds 2 large mats/tags. A pretty sheer green ribbon finishes the page nicely and picks up the green in Tinkerbell's outfit.
Pages 2 and 3. Pretty* Lacey* Feminine
Lift the first lacey edged flap to reveal a band holding a tag/mat.
Lift the next lacey flap to reveal a corner pocket wit 2 Tinkerbell mats/tags. The base page is Tinkerbell sprinkling her magic wand over "JJ"
 A closer look at the Page 2's base page.
Page 3 is a fun page. It consists of  a bottom pocket that holds 2 Tinkerbell mats/tags, and 2 flaps that open in opposite directions. Each flap is adorned with a pretty purple ribbon and the bottom pocket has a rhinestone and ribbon metal WISH embellishment.
Remove the tags from the bottom pocket, and the flaps can then be easily opened. They are magnetized, so they snap closed to hold the large booklet in the bottom pocket on the base page. Fun, fun, fun!
Pages 4 & 5. A sweet envelope holds a pretty heart card inside. A personal or private note could be written to precious JJ from her grandmother, for her eyes only. A golden key is how the envelope flap is held closed, slide the flap up to open. Purple gemstones and a pretty purple ribbon finish the embellishments. Page 5 is also inter-active.
Lift the top flap to show a pretty pocket with Tinkerbell and a pretty sheer purple ribbon. Inside, there are 2 large mats/tags. A delicate flower adorns the top flap.
Pages 6 & 7. Page 6 has a golden base repeating "Tinkerbell". At the bottom there is an envelope pocket of holds 2 large mats/tags.
Actually a trifold pocket!! Lots of space on this page!
Page 7 has a long side pocket with a pretty side band and sparkling jeweled "love" embellishment. A bright purple ribbon finishes the page nicely. Inside the pocket a sweet booklet with 3 hearts holds 2 mats/tags.
Pages 8 & 9 compliment each other as they are mirror images. Each has pretty side slit pockets embellished with purple pearls. On each side there are also 3 pretty flowers made from the papers in this album with jewels for centers. Inside the pockets are large pretty feminine mats/tags with pretty sheer purple pulls.
Pages 10 & 11. Page 10 has 2 pockets adorned with purple ribbons. Inside the bottom pocket is a mat/tag and a booklet both with ribbon pulls. The upper pocket has 3 nice size mats/tags with ribbon pulls. Lots of photos placements here. Page 11 is my favorite of all....of course a large waterfall!!! I always put one in all my albums! So much space in such a small area. Perfect for 4x6 photos.
Inside the waterfall are the various purples used throughout the album and perfect mats for photos and/or journaling. Pretty lacey punched edges make for a very feminine waterfall.
Lift the entire waterfall to find a pretty pretty sparkling base page with a pocket and sentiment saying "Tinkerbell". Inside the pocket, a large mat/tag.
Page 12 and inside the back cover. Page 12 is also inter-active. On the first view you will find Tinkerbell relaxing and a narrow side pocket with 3 Tinkerbell mats/tags with golden ribbon pulls.
Lift that first magnetized flap and underneath you will find a gate fold page.
Open the gatefold and inside there is a bottom corner pocket that holds a large mat/tag. So much space for photos on this page.
The inside back cover has a long side pocket embellished with purple gemstones. Inside the pocket is a pretty large mat/tag with a purple ribbon and little flower jewel.
A beautiful striped ribbon bow tie closure sets off the beautiful album.
The spine has the same pretty ribbon with metal butterflies.
Thank you for taking your time to view this album. I loved making it and always love hearing how much the recipient loved receiving it!
Stop in again, as I will be posting more creations soon, and have some new collections I'm working on.
If you are interested in a custom piece, please don't hesitate to drop me a line, I will be more than happy to help you.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patricks Day!
Today I'd like to share with you my Design Team Haul I received from Tammy at
I was excited to get this package having the Authentique Homestead Collection. What a great collection to work with, so many ideas and uses for it. I can't wait to get going on my idea and hope to share with you all very soon, so check back often!
Here is a link to the youtube video!!!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Welcome everyone!!!! I hope you have a great time participating in Tammy's Country Craft Creations Online Crop!! It should be a ton of fun. I am sorry I can't be here, but, I would like to say I am going to have a drawing for a 'prize' in honor of the fun you need to do is subscribe to my blog and leave a comment with your name so I can get with you for a mailing addy. If you are already a follower, just be sure to leave a comment and your name. I will do a random drawing Sunday evening and will announce the winner. Your 'prize' will go out Monday............woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love prizes and surprises, don't you!!!!

Have a great time..........and don't forget to subscribe and comment for your chance to win!!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Design Team Project: Altered Cigar Box & Mini Album using Bo Bunnys Soiree Collection

I am so excited to share this creation with you!! This project was for Country Craft Creations Design Team.  I LOVED working with this collection, it was so so easy to use. The colors and graphics are amazing and just plain beautiful. Feminine and delicate are definitely two words I would use to describe it. The collection is loaded with fabulous pieces that are so easy to incorporate in to any type of project, I thought they fit in perfectly.
I found a lovely old wooden cigar box at an antique mall (I haunt those malls often for pieces I can use to alter and stuff I can use to embellish my one of a kind creations. This wooden cigar box I thought was special as it has a hinged lid with a finger pull AND is dove tailed. That art is found in a lot of older wooden pieces and is beautiful, such workmanship! 

The altered wooden cigar box! It is a perfect square and it was excellent for this project!! The Bo Bunny Soiree Collection was a breeze to work with and fit so nicely with the box...I love how it all finished. I used the papers from the collection on the outside and inside of the box as well as making the handmade flowers. I really like to incorporate those in as I think it ties it all together. Pearls were used as centers for the flowers and chipboard embellishments from the collection were also used on the box. Pearl laden lace was also used on the beautiful wooden box along with some simple lace I had to outline the lid. Pink narrow ribbon was looped in to coordinate with the ribbon in the key. The awesome brass key with the sweet double hearts was dressed up a bit more with a pink resin flower. Tiny pearl laden lace was placed completely around the box giving it a sweet finished look and on the front panel I placed a pretty glittered chipboard embellishment. 

Opening the lid via the thumb groove, exposes the pretty insides. A sweet mini album rests perfectly inside complete with a sheer floral ribbon lift. In the lid you will find the paper embellished with some of the gorgeous pearl lace. The tiny delicate pearls on the lace is just beautiful. There is a surprise in that lid also....
That pretty piece in the middle is actually a magnetized card. It has been embellished with a glittery chipboard piece from the collection.
(Please excuse the shadow running across the card) Lifting open the card, there is another piece of ephemera from the collection that I inked and attached to serve as a tag holder. 
(Again, please excuse the shadow band showing on the upper part of the card). 2 sweet little tags with green seam binding pulls tuck nicely behind the umbrella.

The cover of the mini album that fits perfectly inside the altered box. This album is packed full of additives and inter-actives! It measures 6x6 however it features a 3" spine and 12 pages full of surprises. Let's not forget the inside of the front cover and back cover also hold interactives! Lots and lots of real estate in this album. The cover is made up of hand cut chipboard and covered with Carta Bella White Linen cardstock. The papers from the collection add the beauty that makes up the album cover. I have inked everything using distress ink (Vintage Photo) and added some pretty matching seam binding in pink. A gorgeous chipboard piece from the collection provides a sweet subtle dimension. Love this paper collection!
Opening the album you immediately have fun and interaction! 

The inside cover not only is covered in beautiful pattern papers, it also has a magnetized flip pocket. Inside that pocket is a matted tag with a sweet pink looped pull. 
Lift the magnetized pocket to completely expose a bottom corner pocket that holds 2 awesome old time tags that are matted. Perfect places for pictures and/or journaling. Under the flap is another perfect place for a photo, such pretty pretty papers.
The goodies inside the pockets. I love leaving the area at the bottom of the tags to write perhaps the name and date of the photo that you could place on the backs. 

Page 1. Yes, lots going on with this page. I LOVE LOVE LOVE making each page a surprise. Not sure what the next one holds... the element of surprise is a good thing! Again, gorgeous pattern papers in this collection, and I made this page a waterfall of sorts. The top portion is embellished with the pretty delicate pearl lace...
All pages are top load and have a generous sized pretty matted tag with matching pulls. 
Lift that first waterfall flap and underneath there is an embellished side stop I made from the papers and fussy cut some of the flowers to give it more interest and dimension. A pretty matted tag is held nicely in place by that stop.
Lift the next waterfall flap and there you will find another pretty side stop holding a beautiful matted tag. Perfect places for photos. Don't you just love the base paper on this page... so so pretty.

Pages 2 & 3. More gorgeous papers and surprises!

Page 2. Such a pretty floral paper! A large side pocket adorned with the delicate pearl lace holds a nice sized booklet. 
A pretty matted cut apart makes for a pretty cover on this adorable booklet. Inside is papered with a lovely floral print. Excellent places for photos.

Page 3. Does pretty even describe this page? Very inter-active on top of the fancy florals make this a stand out page. I have used my lace punch to give some depth and interest to the parts of this page and perfectly matched seam binding with some inked ephemera flowers really makes it pop. A pretty sparkly chipboard piece from the collection also adds some interest.
Lift that magnetized waterfall piece and there is a gorgeous papered place for a good sized photo. Once lifted, you will find another piece to the puzzle, a generous sized pocket in a coordinating paper and pink seam binding to accent it. See how the lace punched edge stands out especially inked. Inside the pocket...
Inside the pocket is a sweet sweet card. I love that cut a part I used on the front of the card. Inside the card is a pretty ephemera key that is also a holder for another matted tag. 
Lift that flap and the underside of the flap is decorated and has a bottom left pocket. A pretty ephemera piece is matted and adds even more interest and dimension. Inside the pocket is yet another matted tag!
Love this matted tag created with one of the cut a parts in the collection.
Still on this page.....flip down the flap, and you will find more and more! On the inside of that lower flap there is a pretty pretty pocket embellished with pretty matching pink seam binding and some of the pretty pretty ephemera flowers. There is a matted old fashioned tag inside.

Once the flap is lowered, another page is shown. This page has a bottom side pocket with a side 'Remember' embellishment. Inside is a pretty matted tag suitable for a nice size photo.
Inside the pocket is this cool matted tag.

The large matted top load tag.

Page 4 & 5.  Lots more inter-actives!

Page 4. This page consists of lovely taupe colors. Keys provide the back ground for the base. Matching gorgeous taupe seam binding works perfectly and helps to hold the booklet inside the oversized pocket. The pocket has been decorated with a chipboard button piece using taupe embroidery floss. There is also a glossy Home Sweet Home brad that fits perfectly with the page.
The booklet from the pocket is actually a tri-fold. It's all papered in awesome polka dots staying with the taupe-y feel. There is a pocket papered with the keys that holds a sweet little tag. The cover of the tri-fold is an awesome cut a part.
The sweet little tag from the pocket.
Flip the tri-fold over and it is also papered and has a top stop that holds a sweet little matted tag I made from one of the stickers in the collection.

Page 5. This page consists of 3 pockets all of which holds matted tags and have coordinating round pulls. The pockets are all embellished with chipboard colored buttons from the collection. Embroidery floss is used to complete the buttons.
The matted tags from the button pockets. Cute cute cute.
The super large matted tag from the top load page.

Pages 6 & 7. More pretty florals and beautiful colors! 

Page 6. Looks like a pretty subtle page......wrong! Such gorgeous graphics. On the bottom, you will note a sweet chipboard frame embellishment from the collection. Coordinating pink seam binding behind the frame completes the embellishments. 
Fold down the magnetized flap and a very pretty pattern paper with a bouquet and chandelier grace that page. On the folded down flap there is a bottom side pocket that holds a cute matted tag.
I made that sweet matted tag using a cool pocket die I also got from Country Craft Creations.
Put the magnetized flap back up and lift the top of it to show it's another flap. That one has a side stop that holds a matted square tag made from pattern paper in the collection. The stop is adorned with a tiny chipboard piece from the collection.
Matted tag from the stop.
Still on the same page, lift that flap and expose a large bottom pocket. The pocket is adorned with a pretty ephemera watering can with flowers. 

The pretty matted tag from the pocket with a top pull is also a tag holder. A sweet matted tag is held in place with a top stop.
Under the above flap there is also a side stop that holds a pretty pretty matted tag cut using the pocket die from Country Craft Creations also.
Love that scalloped top using that die.

Page 7. This page is enhanced with a lacey side long pocket. I love the key and flowers in that paper. That lace I had in my stash and worked out nicely with it being so narrow. 
The contents of the long pocket is a cool matted tag with an old time theme, as well as a classy booklet.

The booklet is magnetized and flips open to house another matted tag in the belly band. A cute little matted sticker makes for a perfect embellishment on the belly band.
Still on page 7! Again magnetized to hold all the goodies in place, fold down the flap and you will find a long corner pocket that holds a nice sized matted tag. Cute.....Home Sweet Home in a frame..pretty.
Matted tag from pocket.
Ongoing still on the same page....fold down the flap yet again and show the beautiful flowing papers! On the bottom flap is a long side pocket embellished with a cute little tag from the sticker collection. Inside the pocket is a cool booklet.

The booklet is decorated with coordinating green seam binding (LOVE that stuff). Excellent place to journal or add some photos.
Close all the magnetic flaps and pull the large matted top load tag.

Pages 8 & 9. More pretty stuff.

Page 8. This page has a top corner pocket that a large matted tag slides into nicely. A journaling place on the bottom is the perfect place to make note of a photo you could place on the back. Pretty green seam binding sets off the page.
The large matted tag from the pocket.

Page 9. This pretty blue and pink page is so delicate and just plain pretty. It is embellished with a delicate lace and pretty coordinating blue seam binding. The base has a top stop with a sweet little booklet. On the bottom, there is two pockets. The top pocket is edged with lace. Inside there are matted long tags. Awesome journaling places.

The matted tags with top pulls from the pockets and the cute little booklet.

The large matted top pull tag from the top load page.

Pages 10 & 11. Ready for more inter-actives?! 

Page 10. This page has a narrow side long pocket. I have added the pretty ivory seam binding all tied up in a pretty bow. Inside the pocket are 2 inserts.
The matted tags are nicely sized to accommodate photos easily.

Page 11. This page is full! It starts out with a gate fold technique being held in place with a chipboard piece from the collection that has been magnetized and attached to the page with a pretty glittered brad from the collection.
Slide that magnetic closure down to open....
Open the first 'gates' and on each one there is a bottom stop that holds cool vintage tags.
The vintage tags from the first gates opened
Next set of gates opened and the papers all coordinate. The base page has a pretty side stop that holds 2 small tags with pretty green pulls.
Fold down the flap that is accented with the lace punch along the edge. There is a belly band that holds 3 pretty tags.

So so much space in this album! Such a beautiful collection, love it!

Large matted top pull tag from the page.

Page 12 & Inside of back cover.

Page 12. I love this. The page is papered in a pretty blue pattern and has a belly band and coordinating bottom narrow pocket. They are both decorated with the beautiful pearl lace and a small magnetized booklet is stationary and in place not to be removed.

The contents being held in place with the belly band and bottom pocket. There are two matted tags and a booklet that also has a belly band with a matted tag inside. Lots and lots of space.

The adorable stationary booklet and the inside of it. Make a sweet little private note inside and it stays locked in place with the magnet.

The inside of the back cover and inside of the magnetic side closure flap. Pretty coordinating papers run throughout the inside of the cover making it flow easily. 

The inside of the back cover is so darn pretty. A bottom half pocket holds a generous sized matted tag with the vintage cut a part. The space at the bottom again is perfect to note a date or name of a photo you can place on the backside. The pretty pink coordinating seam binding couldn't be more perfect to finish it.

The inside of the magnetic closure flap has a long side stop with a piece of ephemera that has been matted to dress it up. Inside it holds 2 polka dot tags with floral pulls. 

Thank you all for stopping by and taking your precious time to view my latest creation. As always, it is a one of a kind creation. I love making pieces that I hope will become keepsakes. I am offering this creation for sale.....if you are interested, please contact me for details. Below find a materials list and a link to Country Craft Creations where you can purchase all the products used. 
I am also including a link to the youtube video with a walkthrough of this masterpiece.  :-)    Please feel free to leave comments or questions, as I welcome them all.

*Bo Bunny Soiree Collection: 12x12 paper pad, 6x6 paper pad, Chipboard embellishments, Cut a parts, Brads and stickers.
*Colored seam binding * Metal key with hearts * Pink Resin Flowers * Lace with tiny pearls * Wooden cigar box with dove tails (not available from webstore)  *Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo *Chipboard 12x12 medium weight *ScorTape *Scotch Quick Dry Glue *Glossy Accents *Bling from my stash *Handmade flowers made from paper collection *Carta Bella White Linen cardstock