A birthday card for my neighbor Alice, who loves butterflies (Fabriano card base):
Also created a few notebooks - 3x5 spiral bound, 75 lined pages - from Staples (sold in packs of 5) - cut off cardboard notebook cover and neatly housed the spiral-bound pages using covered Bazzill chipboard with various script papers. A neodymium magnetic is concealed under the embellished tag on the notebook cover, and its mate is hidden in the wool felt flap.
These measure 3.5 x 5.25 inches finished. Idea-ology Foliage piece adds decoration to the magnetic wool felt flap.
An interior pocket is always nice. Magnet mate can be seen on the right; used fabric glue to secure as I didn't want visible stitching.
To compensate for the lump created by the felt closure at the notebook back, I added additional cardboard shims so the writing surface was comfortable and level. I like a quality piece.
The neodymium magnets keep these books closed securely. Opted to use these as they are (1) ridiculously stronger (hence more expensive) than the Basic Grey snaps, and (2) the Basic Grey snaps are on backorder until...gulp....end of next month! OYE!!
Quick pocket card thanks to the finished tag; card size is 4.5 x 5.5 inches. Handmade envelope.
Close up of the nifty Serenade embellishment. Hope your weekend is going well!
Altered 5x8 notepad featuring a 100-page lined pad inside. Cover was cut, scored, pocket formed then adhered to lined notepad (Staples) - a piece of 4 x 7 inch Bazzill chipboard was covered (patterned cardstock papers are one of the idea-ology pads - believe this to be Crowded Attic), embellished, then adhered to notebook front.
Masculine themed notebook - assembled using a de-constructed 5x8 lined notepad (Staples). Pad covers are thick, Bazzill chipboard cut slightly larger than lined pages then covered neatly using papers from an idea-ology pad.
Knob and escutcheon are from Graphic 45, clear clock Heidi Swapp; tiny compass is from the store, light bulb, filmstrip ribbon and Journaling Tickets are idea-ology products. Happy Monday!
More Seaside papers and stickers, shell is from my stash, mother-of-pearl button from etsy. Source for mini gel pens: overstock.com. Thanks for stopping by and it's almost Friday - yippieee! Hope my friend Karen won big in Vegas!!
Adding the participation in a weekly artisan market to my schedule has been keeping me out of trouble. It forces me to create new goodies (to replenish what sells), and has taught me to use my crafting time during the week wisely.
Post-it notepads are pretty popular - these are 3x3 inches square with a mini-gel pen. Pattern can be found in this post.
I recycle my strip scraps (and extra pages from October Afternoon's Flashcard Books) - notch one end, adhere vertically and randomly to a horizontal, narrow (one inch wide typically) scrap of cardstock that is slightly shorter than the width of the bag. Run unit through sewing machine. Adhere unit to bag. These bags with handles are for multiple card purchases (I wrap purchases in tissue paper first, then insert into bag) or larger items. Bags are roughly 8x10 inches.
These bags are non-gusseted, and about 6x10 inches - for single card purchases. It's a great way to get rid of scraps quickly and effectively, and customers absolutely love and rave about them. Hope you're having a great week!
I've been experimenting with creating handmade flowers over the last few weeks - I would make one, get bored and toss it into 'the dish'. Couple of days would go by and I'd find another flower design, and repeat.
Flowers represented are: crinoline zapped with a heat gun (makes it curly), muslin die cut into circles then folded into thirds, and a spiral cut then loosely rolled one from scrap linen fabric. Fabric brads are old 7gypsies.
'The dish' on my worksurface is a glass dish from my great-grandma - the grandma that would make rum raisin ice cream that wouldn't freeze. Ha. It's my catch-all.
Anyhow, when 'the dish' gets too full I dump it out and make something or a bunch of somethings with some or all of the doodads.
Glass vial - also from 'the dish' - is filled with chunky glitter, Swarovski crystals, and butterfly scraps from Memory Box's Butterfly Delights. Script paper is from the darkest corner of an ancient paper stash; other cardstocks are from 12x12 idea-ology Lost & Found. Zva flourish; Prima leaves.
Notebook base is from Staples - finished size was 7 x 9 inches. One of the first things last week to sell at the artisan market. Thanks for stopping by!
October Afternoon Cakewalk gift ensemble - youngest daughter's friend Kayla (hence the initial k) is turning eleven - notebook and earrings pic...
Memory Box Heart Pocket die created the enclosure for a pair of earrings I quickly assembled using a few Swarovski and sterling silver products. The birthday girl loves the color orange...so I obliged.
Close up of the notebook front. Finished size of notebook is 5 x 8 inches. Cute mini pom pom trim in white was machine-stitched into place.
Was a good day at the gym this morning - looking forward to warmer weather though - it was eight (Farenheit) this morning. Miss being able to run the hills in my area.
Those that know me know I do not watch television - at all. This evening I am going to view my first episode of Downton Abbey, thanks to my mother loaning season one and two on dvd to us - everyone says it is a wonderful series. Happy Friday!
Card base uses Spellbinders grand scallop circles and the flags and banners from the kit. Finished size is five inches in diameter.
Card interior - Papertrey Ink stamps and banner die.
The photo above shows the entire package of Serenade flowers used - one on the notebook, five others at the top left (created most these based on the product packaging photo), and two machine-stitched card fronts using up the little extras.
Notebook interior - another flower used on the interior pocket, as well as two Memory Box dies (Pocket Gift Tag and Perfect Gift Card) - makes a nifty pocket for post-it notes once the recipient has removed the gift card. Finished notebook measures 5 x 8 inches when closed.
I'll detail the other cards made with the Serenade flowers in Monday's post - next week I hope to detail my latest love - how I make custom envelopes, as well as bubble-lined envelopes. Best wishes for a great weekend and Happy Birthday Bevie!