Monday, 18 April 2011

A Bird Book and a Card for Less is More


Monday again, and another week has begun. I have been busy crafting again over the weekend – what else? And the time just flew by. I have been busy on another little book, a paper bag album this time. They were in the kit I bought from Alyson. I covered the bags with paper from Daisy Ds, and then stamped them with script and flourishes in Victorian velvet distress ink. The edges were distressed with antique linen and Victorian velvet. After that I started with the decorating, using rub-ons, lace, die cuts, flowers etc. The birds have been die cut from paper which has been painted, stamped sprayed and embossed – I always use my paint & colour remains for this, saves wasting, and it’s a good way to try out patterns and techniques, too. After it had all been embellished, I cut part of the bag base off, punched holes along it, and sewed the pages together, strengthening the spine with some sewn on canvas. The covers have been made from distressed and embossed chipboard, and fixed with sticky backed canvas. It was the first time I have tried to put a book together like this, and I need to refine my technique, but practice makes perfect, so I will be trying it again. I took the photos before sewing the pages together, as I didn’t want to force the pages wide apart. I still have to make some tags or other little things to put into the bags, but apart from that, it is finished.
And I managed a card for *Less is More*. The challenge this week is to use acetate, so I stamped my little row of houses onto acetate using Stazon black, mounted it onto yellow and then blue card, and then onto a yellow card in landscape format. The sentiment has been written by hand.


I very much enjoyed reading all the comments on the pictures I posted yesterday, and I do love to hop around all the blogs and visit people all over the world to see what they are making. And believe me, there is so much talent being shown, just great!
Okay, that was it for today. Thanks for dropping in, have a great day, and take care!

40 comments:

  1. My, you have been a busy girl! You paper bag book is so sweet, and so much work and thought has gone into it. I haven't made one of them yet - looks fun.

    Well done.

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  2. Amazing book ! That must have taken forever each page is a delight, so pretty such glorious colours and images.
    Your card is so lovely simply stunning.
    Have a lovely day.

    Marie

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  3. Such a pretty book Valerie and I enjoyed having a sneaky peek at your creations yesterday. Great sentiment on your LIM card. Have a fab week. Suze x

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  4. What a wonderful book - you have the vintage style sorted - I cannot seem to get the right look. Your card is lovely. Lynn x

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  5. Oh what a lovely book the colours are just my cup of tea and those rub on look wonderful (which ones are they) loving all the flowers

    love Dawn xx

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  6. Oh sorry and the card you have me playing on this challenge as well now ;0) D xx

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  7. Thanks so much for joining us once more with this super card.
    Lots of people have found using acetate a bit daunting this week!
    I love the street scene you used, what lovely little houses!
    Enjoy your week!
    Chrissie
    "less is More"

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  8. Such a lovely grouping of cards. I love the soft colors.
    Your LIM card is wonderful. TFS
    Carole

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  9. Thanks a lot Ladies! Chrissie, the stamp looks just like the main street here in Kaiserswerth, that's why I bought it!

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  10. Love your bird book, Val, and the card is very elegant! Hugs, Sarah

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  11. Your book is just stunning! And I love you LIM card...love the stamp!
    Lizy x

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  12. Beautiful so creative and a perfect way to use up the work surface protector I do the same but not with the same beauty as you have here am in love with your book. XOXO Zoe

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  13. WOW! You've been a busy girl! These are all gorgeous and the birds look amazing :)

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  14. I'm speechless. Your bird book rendered me mute ... some people would say you should make more of them. :o) Exquisite, Valerie. The colours .. WOW. Simple, clean lines .. the stamp is lovely .. great card. You had a fabulous weekend!

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  15. Wow, another smashing book, its gorgeous. Love your LIM card as well

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  16. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL book!!! As for no jelly beans in Germany...that's so SAD!!!! I would have to order them from the States! LOL!

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  17. These are just wonderful. I love the bird books! :-)

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  18. Hi
    I don't think this could be anymore beautiful.#
    Wishes
    Lynne M

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  19. Love that book and the card is very pretty,too. Love all the lace and birdies! Hugs, Barb

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  20. Love the stamp with all the houses, it really pops with the vibrant blue frame.
    Your book is exquisite, such gorgeous embellishments, love the bird and bird cage, I don't think I could bear to give it away!!
    Val x

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  21. Such a cute row of houses and they look great on the acetate, Fab card :)
    Jenny x

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  22. Wow this is amazing so much work has gone in to making this and its beautiful
    Hugs Susie Sugar xx

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  23. Oh my gosh--this is so totally stunning!! I LOVE your book--it is breathtaking!!
    XO
    Cindy

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  24. Great card - and stunning book
    well done

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  25. What a lovely scene you have created and your handwriting is so neat.
    Linbyx

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  26. Your little houses are FAB, such a simple but effective card
    Thank you for joining us, have good week
    mandi
    Less is More

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  27. Wow Val i love the card its so pretty!!! and such a stunning book you always present beautiful projects!
    Hugs June x

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  28. O my, I so admire you for all of the lovely pieces you turn out! Where do you find the time?!!! These are each so very special.

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  29. Incredile book, each page is prettier than the next. I love your first bird page with the simple background and the gorgeous colored bird the best, then the butterfly. Amazing work.take care,gerri

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  30. Your books are always stunning Valerie and this is no exception, beautiful. Annette x

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  31. this is a stunning collection! I am going to follow and be inspired!

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  32. Oh my goodness~I need to stop over here more often, because my jaw drops in amazement every time I do! I can't imagine a prettier paper bag mini!

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  33. Wow! You've been busy! Love your row of houses for the LIM challenge!

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  34. Hello, love your album it's gorgeous, such pretty pages and your card for LIM stunning, CAS perfect:0) xxx

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  35. Thanks, CAS is the hardest thing in the world for me!

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  36. love to go to your "sunny street" - super card for this weeks challenge. x

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  37. What a wonderful album - so very pretty!

    And your LIM card is so bright and cheerful - love it!

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  38. FAB project, the book's amazing and your LIM card is just fabulous too

    Kathyk

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  39. Fabulous! Your CAS card is gorgeous and I love the colour combo!

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