Saturday, 9 June 2012

Jubilee Coaster Book by Gabrielle

I wanted to make a small book that we could add mementos and photos from the Jubilee celebrations we were attending. It has been such an exciting weekend with so many memories that it’s great to have a place to keep them and be able to look back and say ‘I was there’!!!

I took a Maya Road Coaster Book and covered each page with London Line papers (making sure facing pages matched and the patterns were the right way round!) I used Glue N Seal to adhere the papers down as this gives a really good coverage and reduces the chance of the paper buckling. Then I sanded the edges and added Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges.  Once I had done the preparation I was able to add embellishments which is always the fun bit! I used bunting die cuts and twine to make strings of bunting. The fabulous flowers and gems stones, buttons and hearts and, of course, the obligatory crown!

I also made a matching tag!

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Telephone Book by Gabrielle

 When I was given the incredible opportunity to work with Susan and everyone at Country View Crafts I wanted to make something that reflected how I first found Country View Crafts. I was looking for Tim Holtz dies and they had the best prices and I am sure that’s how I have suddenly got so many! I have made a book to write telephone numbers in. I used three sheets of grungeboard and coloured two with Wild Honey Distress Stain. Then I stamped a Wendy Vecchi dotty stamp on all four sides using Jet Black Archival Ink. On the front page I added an invitation to ‘look inside’! Then I used the third sheet of grungeboard to die cut one of Tim’s new die – the Vintage Telephone. I painted it with Little Black Dress and Pewter Fresco Finish paints, sanded it and then highlighted the sanded areas with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I also edged the covers heavily with Vintage Photo. I made inserts from kraft card, stamped on lines and letters cut from Tim’s Word Play die using dictionary paper. To hold the book together I used book rings.