Friday, 13 February 2015

Short Book, Long Post

Hello.  Welcome.  Happy Friday the 13th.  Hope it's been a good one for you.  A special Hi and Hello to Jane and Lizzy.  So glad to have you along.  Gosh, at this rate I'll hit a 100 followers for my birthday!!  Won't that be something to celebrate?!  Hugz all round

OK, I have lots of pictures to share so I won't waffle too much.  There seems to be a thing for mini-books/albums at the moment.  I haven't done many of these and I saw this easy tutorial by Dawn over at The Craft Barn.  Since mini-album is their challenge this week I thought I'd give it a go.   Incidentally, Danie May made a lovely ATC book with a similar technique.  Definitely worth a look. 



I started with a piece of paper.  I knew I was going to go all hearts and love so I started pink.



I added scraps of stamped tissue and a pretty napkin



I white washed to bring it all together



I added black and a hint of red acrylic, smears and lines.  I also stamped a Pink Paislee flower with a heart in the middle using rose paint.  Then I trimmed the edges.  Using my scor-pal I scored as directed in Dawn's Tutorial


Ta Dah.....  My folded mini-book.  Then I decorated.

Welcome to my Little Book Of Love

Front cover - Cheery Lynn Design (CLD) Love You More cut from red foil.  Unity Stamp Co. Nancy Girl, watercoloured.  The letters were cut from a sheet of Prima patterned paper.  


Pages 1/2, CLD Rum Punch Tiny Doily, cut from pink and white patterned paper.  Unity Beach Girl, coloured with sharpies.  The two sentiments are from the Beach Girl stamp set.  



Page 3/4 I stamped Unity Beautiful Soul directly onto the pages.  The sentiment wasn't very clear so I quickly grabbed the clear embossing powder.  It's better, but I should have stamped it onto tissue, or paper.  I have added some watercolouring to the main image.  I cut CLD Mini Dimensional Butterflies from pink patterned paper and also added a Wink of Stella Clear to them. 



Page 5/6 CLD Southern Charm Valance cut in white and tinted with distress inks.  Unity Harmony Girl and her sentiment.  The birds are from Unity Love Life set.  I added a red heart to their breasts and some crystal glaze



The back cover.  CLD Dreamcatcher #2.  The girl is fom Unity Love Life set, with a hint of watercoloured pink.   Maybe I should have used pink for the net and dreams but I was thinking catching a bit of sunshine is a great idea.  

Thanks for your visit.  Give this a go.  It's fun.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Mini Albums
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 171 - Tickled Pink
Unity Stamp Co. Friends With Flair
Unruly Paper Arts February 2015 RAQ 
Ett Trykk Vi Jubilerer Utfordring 2
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Red + Pink
Scor-pal More Than One Score Challenge 12 - Hearts A Flutter 

43 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! Stunning! Look at all of the work you put into this. I really love what you did with the front cover.
    Beth
    Beth's Beauties

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  2. With posts like these you sire will hit that magical 100 quickly! Gorgeous mini... I spy a certain bikini clad young lady again.....& I can see why you'd like to catch some sunshine about now!!!! I'm a fan of brights, so I think it looks perfect:):)

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  3. A beautiful mini album Gail, thank you for joining the challenge!
    Jane x

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  4. Wow, that's a big project. Very clever and crafty work.

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  5. your project is very pretty!

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  6. Oh Gail, you have been so busy making this stunning mini album. Love your stamping techniques and dies used. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck.
    Julie x

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  7. So pretty - love the colors
    isoscia at aol dot com

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  8. You really put some detailed work and lots of love into this mini book! It's just gorgeous and amazing!!!

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  9. Great project! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. well isn't this just gorgeous!!!!

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  11. Fantastic make! Love all the details and your masterboard paper, and unlike me you got Dawn's instructions right!

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  12. This is gorgeous. Love how you created the background :)

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  13. Wasn't really liking the whitewashed page, preferred the bold colors, but I change my mind after seeing all the stunning pages you made. What a work to complete in 1 week.

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  14. This is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
    {I came over from Unity FWF}
    I am your 88th follower. Want to get you to 100.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly {blogspot}

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  15. Such a lovely mini...WOW! I love the elements, colors,fab stamps and variety of Cheery Lynn dies used in your book of love!
    Thanks for joining the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge and lots of luck!

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  16. Wonderful mini album, it is like a little story book! Great technique for that background paper. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

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  17. Fantastic Ionabunny! You did a great job! I love the use of dies in your project! Thank you for joining Cheery Lynn Challenges! Good Luck~

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  18. This is great, so pleased you liked my mini album, great make of your own paper too. thanks for joining in at the craft barn.

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  19. Wow wow wow!!!! What a wondeful mini!!! You did a great job. Thanks for all the photos so we could see the process.
    Saw you on Unity FWF.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  20. A lovely mini album. Great co-ordinated elements and colours.

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  21. This is such a beautiful mini album and there is so much work in it but it's definitely paid off because it's just stunning! Thank you for sharing your project and for joining us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! :)

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  22. Totally amazing book, Gail! Love the "love" theme and colors. You did a remarkable job here!

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  23. Fabuloius project--I love the background and your choice of stamps. Thanks for posting this at UPA. Good luck with the RAQ random draw. Helene

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  24. I just keep scrolling back and forth... it's amazing!

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  25. What an awesome book! I love seeing how mixed media pieces come together, thank you for the tutorial!

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  26. Squealing with delight here! This is just wonderful. Pink and red and amazing. Thanks for sharing your techniques too. Fab!

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  27. Awesomeness on every page!!
    I saw this on Unity FWF. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

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  28. Fabulous! I love how you built up the background.

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  29. I love your background paper and you have put so much work into creating your pages.

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  30. Stunning piece of art, love all your pages.
    Thanks for joining Unruly PaperArts RAQ this month :)

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  31. Hi Gail, thanks for the shout out about my ATC Book with your post here.......I love your little book of love and how your background came together. A perfect backdrop for all the wonderful details you have added to each page. I am loving all the Unity Stamps you have used too! Thanks so much for sharing this with us and for your continued support of Unruly PaperArts.......Danie xx

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  32. What a fabulous mini book! So much hard work went into it, love it! Thanks so much for playing in our Hearts A Flutter challenge at More Than One Score with Scor-Pal and Good Luck!

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  33. How cute! I love this darling book!

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  34. Wow wow wow your mini book of love is totally awesome, I love the background wow and each pages looks truly stunning. Thank you for joining us at Unruly Paperarts this month. Happy Art :-) Kezzy xxx

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  35. Super awesome cool!! I'm certainly going to try this. TFS Dawn tutorial.
    Love how you decorated yours!

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