Monday, August 11, 2014

Prima Seashore Mini Album Insert

This is my first attempt at making a mini album on my own.  It's actually an insert for a mini album, but I'm using it as a mini album by itself. 

At the beginning of the summer I took a class on how to make a Vertical Paper Bag Mini Album.  It was a 12 hour class that wound up lasting almost 14 hours, but was well worth the time and investment.  Since then I have watched several tutorials on other mini album styles and chose this style for making the first one. 

An ocean and nautical theme is what I decided on for this project since I already had a 6" x 6" pad of the Prima Seashore collection - gorgeous paper and one of my favorite summer themes.  The back cover of the album is 6 1/4" H x 6 1/4" W with the front cover and inside pages varying slightly from that. Kraft cardstock from The Paper Studio was used throughout the album.

This is the front cover.  The little flap at the top and the piece it tucks behind are made with a Stampin" Up Modern Label punch and acts as the closure for the mini album.  All of the edges of paper in the album are sponged with Walnut Stain Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink to give it an antique look.  All of the dies throughout the album were cut out of white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.  Some gold accents were added using a Sharpie Metallic Gold Fine Point Pen.

This is the inside of the front cover and the first page.  There are pockets, tags and fold-out page flaps throughout the album for added space for photo mats.  One of the Prima Seashore papers was cut-apart tags and pictures also used throughout the album.

First page with the side flap open showing a pocket with 2 tags and more space for photos or journaling.

The next 2 pages.  The page on the right has 2 flaps one that opens up and one that opens down.  This shows the top flap closed.

This is the bottom flap that folds down.  It has 2 side flaps that open like a gatefold, but they overlap each other. 

Here both side flaps on the fold up flap are open.  Lots of room for more photos and journaling.

Here is the inside of the bottom flap when it is folded down.

Top flap closed on that page, bottom flap open partially shown in foreground.

Front of side photo mat insert.

Back of side photo mat insert.

Inside of same page with top and bottom flaps open.  A pocket with another tag.

Inside of the opened top flap.

The outside of the back cover.

Punches, dies, stencil and stamp used on the mini album:

Stampin' Up! punches - Modern Label, Round Tab, Ticket corner
Stampin' Up! stamp set - By the Tide
Cheery Lynn dies - Ship's Compass, Ship's Helm
Sizzix Alterations Bigz die - Sand and Sea
Impression Obsession dies - Sea Birds, Shell Set
Marianne Creatables - Classic Boats
Memory Box die - Big Splash
Memory Box Frantic Stamper exclusive dies - Lighthouse, sailboats
Dollar Bin punches - Tiny seashell and tiny seahorse
The Crafter's Workshop Stencil - Fence Frame Stencil 6" x 6" - sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink to look like a net

I used the tutorial by Angelwings 14100 on YouTube called Mini Insert Tutorial (Previous Insert I Had Made for Donna) as the basis for the layout of this mini album insert.

This was a fun project, although it did take me a couple of days to do.   I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.  I'll be making a few more mini albums.  I just haven't decided which style album or what theme yet.

Have a fabulous week.

Doodle Frame Florals

A couple of notecards using Penny Black, Inc's Whisper wood mount stamp with a frame doodled around the edges.

 Red and Yellow "Whisper" Florals

 Blue and Violet "Whisper" Florals
The Blue and Violet Floral has a slightly different doodled frame from the Red and Yellow one.
They were stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink on Copic X-Press It cardstock then colored with Copic markers.  The frame was drawn with a Copic Black Multiliner 3.0 pen. 
The 4" x 5 1/4" piece was popped up with dimensionals on an A2 white card base.
My inspiration for these pieces came from a card on The Paper Menagerie on  Here is a pin I saw of it on Pinterest.
Thanks for stopping by for a look.
Have a great week.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Timeless Lace

Heartfelt Creations Timeless Lace was stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers.  It was trimmed and matted on black, red, then a deep yellow cardstock for a quick, fun 4-1/4" X 5-1/2" card.  Burgandy, Paprika, and Black Diamond Stickles were added for a bit of bling and a finishing touch.
Have a great Wednesday.
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Bees at Work

This card was started last winter and then got buried in a stack on my work table.  I found it again a few days ago while doing a bit of cleaning up, so decided it was high time to finish it.  It's just a card for fun inspired by the Stampin' Up! Hexagon Hive die.  I didn't include a sentiment yet, because I haven't decided what I'll use it for.

The Stampin' Up Hexagon Hive die and a background piece of yellow cardstock were sponged with yellow and rust inks using Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Honeycomb stencil.  The die was popped up on top of the background stenciling and matted on Cajun Craze cardstock

 The bees are an old Sizzix Sizzlits die Bee#4 cut out of the same yellow paper.  I recently ordered the new Tim Holtz Layered Dragon Fly die and embossing folder set and decided by using the embossing folder I could make the wings look a bit more realistic. 

The dragon fly was embossed on a piece of vellum cardstock, then the bee die was placed over the embossed wings and cut out for each bee again.  The yellow wings were cut off and the vellum wings were glued on the back of the bees in their place.  The bees were colored with Copic markers, then glued down in the honeycomb.

Thanks for stopping by and having a look.
Have a great week.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Perfect Peacock

This is one of my favorite Stampin' Up! stamps from their new 2014-2015 catalog.  I love peacock stamps and this one is especially beautiful.  It was particularly fun to color and work with. 


Mr. Peacock is colored with Copic markers after stamping with Momento Tuxedo Black ink on GP110 cardstock. 

The foliage dies added are Penny Black Inc.'s Fresh Breeze (fern) and Memory Box's Fresh Foliage, both of which are colored with Copics and cut apart before gluing down.

The feather is from the Spellbinders Shapeabilities set Peacock Feather, which was also colored with Copics.

Bits of gold were added here and there with a Sharpie Fine Point Metallic Gold Pen for a finishing touch before matting on Island Indigo and Tempting Turquoise cardstock.  This was then offset and matted in the top left corner of a white card base.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a fab rest of the weekend.