"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." Anais Nin

Friday, March 28, 2014

FRIEND Word Book

Quite a while back I bought several word books and seeing as I'm trying to finish old projects, I picked this one to do this week!

I love this CTMH paper and glad I tucked it away with the book.  I tried not to get carried away  because you really can with albums!

I just cut and taped as well glued the paper on to the chipboard pages.  All page edges are inked with Black Soot distress ink.   Below, the black decorative strip on the right side page is like a belly band to tuck photos under.

Below is a library pocket (left) that I added paper to, plus two tags, so lots of room to write or add a couple of photos. 

On the right had side, it's hard to see, but there is an acetate pocket to which I added some cut-out flowers and a label.   I edged it with a black Copic pen so it was easier to see  :) 

The butterfly is lace that I cut to shape.  The right hand page has that decorative strip along the bottom to tuck photos into.
Below: The right side has a little frame to add a small photo.  And the last page has some pockets and tags for more journaling and photos. This last page is the chipboard that comes with the book, that's not part of the lettering, I shaped the end and covered it too for an extra page.

Long post :) thanks for coming to look, hope you are all having a great week!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tea Tuesday with Tea Bag Package

I'm so late today, but Happy T Tuesday, I found this very little 'flower pot' on Pinterest (I live for Pinterest, lol).  My tea is coffee :) Timothy's Breakfast Blend in my Keurig.
This teacup garden and a few other fairy gardens can be seen at http://onceuponafairygarden.com/home.html.

I made a tea bag holder!  I think you could decorate this up to look like the front of a card.   They are so cute---and once again, the photo on Pinterest was a dead-end.

I started with a piece of  Anna Griffin paper, 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches and folded it as shown.

I marked the center, and folded the sides in---but, instead of just going to the mark, I over-lapped the sides about a 1/4 inch.

Then proceeded to fold in the top and bottom corners as shown below.

 I then folded the top again to make it look like a big tea bag---it measures about 5 1/2 inches tall by 4 inches wide.  Added a little tag and inked up all the edges with SU Cranberry Crisp.   

 This one has 4 tea bag packages in it and is a gift for a friend. 
I can see myself making more of these--so quick and easy!
Have a great day and check out who's doing what on Tea Tuesday, at http://alteredbooklover.blogspot.ca/ :)   

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Explosion Box or...Scrapbook in a Box or...Photo Box

This little box comes with different names :)  all the same, it can be made for many uses and can be as elaborate as you want. I like the pattern for this one because of the heart shaped, fold-in, part. Got that from Dawns Inspiration blog--I added her to my blog list on the side bar, just type explosion box in her search bar when you get to her blog, it's about 5 pages in otherwise  :)  She does a you-tube video too, so you can follow right along with her, if you want.

I used StampinUp cardstock and printed paper--although there may be a piece of Creative Memories paper in there.  The rest of the goodies are just from my stash--I get stuff wherever I can  :)  I was going for Elegant Wedding.
The sides all have bead flourishes. I LOVE black and white.  And, if someone wanted to add the colour of their wedding, it would be so easy to add a splash!

The inside, I put pearls all around each section, you can see it around the wee box in the center and just barely see it on the other levels.  All the little pockets have decorated tags--8, so lots of room for photos and journaling.     

The little box in the center is just for putting a few precious mementos.

The two hearts on the top are glued down, but I also knotted a tiny ribbon around the two--you know,
they tied the knot ;)

Lots of layering, inking, a ton of sookwang tape, a bucket of pearls, a labour of love!
I'm really pleased with how it turned out :)
Here's another one that is in the shop.  My crocheted flowers colours are a bit 'off', they are actually more peachy like the paper. As you can see, there is a frame to add a photo on the top.  I planned this as a baby photo box but it could be any theme.

I used Stampin Up cardstock and Basic Grey printed paper--Two Scoops--and stick-ons, bits and pieces of ribbon and lace and a few metal embellishments.  There are 8 pockets and tags--again, lots of room for photos and writing.
I'd love to see your scrapbook in a box if you've made one :)
I made about 30 of these a couple of years ago, they were really popular!
Hope you enjoyed your visit, please leave a comment so I can be sure to visit your blog :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Explosion Photo Box

Well, I'm not really accomplishing much today! Went to town early, had coffee with a friend, home for lunch and now enjoying my tea--a David's black tea, Red Velvet Cake. My hedgehog cup is so cute but quite thin and doesn't keep the tea really hot for long--maybe I should be making one of those lovely little cup cosies. I resisted the urge to get a sticky bun at the store and am now regretting it   :)
Saw this cute thing on the 'net' somewhere--they used it as a wedding favour I think.  I didn't see any measurements, just have to guess.  Cute, eh? 
I'm working on another one of those exploding photo boxes. A couple of years ago, I made so many of these and sold them all at the Christmas fairs! So I'm making a couple to try selling again :) the only trouble with black is that I have to work on it during the day, so I can see!
Hope you're all having a wonderful day!  Thanks for stopping by :)  check out the tea group at Elizabeth's blog.  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Happy Tea Tuesday

Tuesday or any day is good for tea :) even so, I start my day off with a couple of cups of coffee!

I saw this gorgeous picture on Pinterest but the link didn't lead anywhere unfortunately.  But, I had to share it because it was just too beautiful!

This would have to be on display all the time, if it were mine :)
I just finished my 7th blanket this year and there were more before Christmas---fleece is so nice to work with!   As soon as you feel it, you just want to snuggle down into it!

This one is for my Grandson, River.  Check my Paper Crafting, face book page to see the other the other blankets and all the 'stuff' I've been up to  :) 
Happy tea day ! Check out some other tea drinkers here, at  Elizabeth's page

Thursday, March 6, 2014

March Tag for 2014

Are you following along with Tim Holtz's tags this year?  Here's mine for this month.  I never have all the identical materials, but it doesn't matter at all---it's the technique and procedure that he teaches that I really enjoy. 

  I used some of Tim's tissue wrap, metal tag, honeycomb stencil and staples, distress inks, some SU twine, and SU markers in the spritzer. Some Paper Pizazz fibre and a couple of feathers from my stash. 
I put this down on top of my small journal and it looked like it belonged there!  So there's an idea for your tag :) 
Thanks for coming by :)