I haven't crafted for a while, mainly due to lack of time and space, however just lately the yearning to play with bits of paper and glue has returned with a vengeance!
I first developed a passion for paper crafting (mainly scrapbooking) some time ago now when an American friend introduced me to it. A little later, after visiting a couple of scrapbooking fairs, I enrolled on U K Scrappers, a crafting forum, and through that forum met a group of ladies who I am blessed to class as some of my very closest friends. We've been friends now for a number of years and have our own closed community forum where we chat every day. A little later this year, some of us are getting together at a weekend retreat to indulge in lots of eating, chatting, laughing (lots) and maybe a little crafting too!
One of our number issued a small round robin challenge recently. Basically anyone who wanted to take part would put together a small kit together with instructions for a project to be created by the recipient.
Yesterday I received my package of goodies (and I've just remembered that I didn't photograph the flippin' kit before I attacked it with the scissors and glue!).
The project was to use the papers and embellishments provided to create a decorated 'minibook'. My friend had kindly created the 'book' for me out of 8 x 12 cardstock, but I'm a clumsy, sausage fingered crafter and needed something a tiny bit bigger to work on, so re-created the minibook from 12 x 12 card stock.
Having inked the edges of each page with a nut brown ink pad, I matted up the front cover with two types of gorgeous patterned paper, I cut spirals from some dark brown card stock and attached two butterfly embellishments. When the book is moved, it looks like the butterflies are fluttering!
These butterflies are so pretty - they have an iridescent sheen on them which reflects the light. Gorgeous!
As it's well known that I'm head over heels in lurve, the sentiments, papers and embellishments provided were of a very romantic nature and complemented each other perfectly. The flourish and picket fence were provided to me in white card stock, so these were inked up to give a little definition.
Aww - L is for Lurve!
Again the die cut butterflies were beautifully cut from white card which allowed me to employ my snazzy copper gilding pen to do a little 'colouring in'. I was really pleased with this effect.
This is how the book looks in all its glory!
I sealed the bottom of two of the pages to make pockets, then decorated two of the tags with more of the embellies provided.
The tags slot perfectly into the 'pockets' and give a bit of added interest.
Ta-dahhh! The first crafting I've done in ages! Thank you Sherri - I've had a lovely chilled out afternoon, cutting and sticking to my heart's content!
Looking forward to the next challenge now!