|Journal for Maddy.....ignore the dodgy stamped name! That can be removed and replaced with something else. I just added it as an example|
Well I had a wonderful day at the Creative Crafts Show at the King's Hall in Belfast today. And as my wee sister T is now dabbling in the wonderful Crafting World, there was little pleading needed when I asked her to come with me. Let's face it.......I need someone to watch over me in case I get up to no good and misbehave! Now I'm not saying I need a babysitter but......okay who am I kidding, my 21 year old sister needed to babysit her very badly behaved mischievous 32 year old sister! I even needed reinforcements called in so we met up with my bezzie buddy, Maddy from Izzwizz Creations here in Blogland. Please do pop along to Maddy's blog, she's an amazing crafter and artist and this month she was asked by Penny Black and more's blog to be one of their featured artists. So please run along and have a nosey at her beautiful birdcage book.
Anyway, I was looking at all these Crafty ladies milling about the Kings Hall and all the while I was wondering did I know any of them from Blogland. It was really starting to bug me and at one stage I really wanted to shout out at the top of my lungs "Oi YOU LOT........I'M CRAFTY LOOPS IN BLOGLAND. DO ANY OF YOU KNOW ME OR DO I KNOW YOU?" And as much as I would have loved to have done that, I would have run the risk of Tara and Maddy grabbing their bags (with T probably grabbing my purse in the process!) and then swiftly running off down one of the crowded aisles in an attempt to ditch me!! So I didnt shout anything, which was me totally fighting against my nature.....believe me!
In fact.......the sensible thing to do would have been for me to have come on here on Wednesday night and put up a post saying "NOTICE TO ALL BLOGLAND CRAFTERS GOING TO THE KINGS HALL TOMORROW!!! If you want to know who Crafty Loops is and wanna say hello.........just look out for the 5ft 9", 21 year old skinny runt with bright VIOLET hair........and Crafty Loops is the one trying to pretend not to be with her." Yes thats right, I picked my sister up this morning and she got into my car with BRIGHT VIOLET HAIR!!!! And I swear it wasnt that colour a few days ago! And to top it all off, she got more compliments from people at the craft fair about how lovely her hair colour was that I was actually starting to think that I must be colour blind and seeing some other daft colour from everyone else!
So anyway, a great day was had by all. Way too much money was spend, my cheeks were sore from laughing so much and I feel like I have been tackled by the whole Irish Rugby Team (well, that may be a bit of wishing thinking on my part, heehee), but I had a fantastic day.
On to my project. I wanted to have a wee pressie for Maddy for when we met up today and this project has been in my head for a couple of weeks now. So I decided to make her a journal. As you all probably know by now......I bookbind, so this journal is made from scratch. Im afraid the photos may be a bit higglety pigglety but blogger is playing funny blighters again. Grrrrrr to the new blogger interface. They really need to iron out the severe kinks in their system. I had to use IE to upload the photos as I couldnt do it in Opera!! Anyway.....Enjoy.
|All the stamps I used on this book are Crafty Individuals Stamps except the butterfly stamp which is a Particraft stamp. I will give the stamp numbers and links as and when I can. This Journal was made completely from scratch as always. I promise my book binding tutorials are coming soon! She says for the millionth time!|
|This is a freebie stamp I was given with an order I got from Crafty Individuals but if you want it yourself, its in the set numbered CI-341. I decided to do the Embossing Resist Technique on the book. So I used my versamark ink and white cosmic shimmers embossing powder and stamped various stamps all over the books cover then heat set the embossing powder. I love the not quite perfectly smooth look to the embossing. Makes it look vintage.|
|This heart was another freebie stamp from Crafty Individuals but Im so sorry, I can't find the code for it! The butterfly that you can partially see is from Butterfly Set 2 from Particraft. Once I embossed the cover with all the various stamps, I sprayed the entire book with a combination of Cosmic Shimmer Sprays and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. I stuck to blues, purples, reds and pinks for this book. I know Maddy loves bold colours so hopefully she likes these colours.|
|This is the main image of the book. Again it is a Crafty Individual Stamp and its number is CI-132. NOW.....I am not a master colourer like all you wonderful ladies. I am useless at colouring, I cannot shade, I cannot blend.....in fact, if I stay within the lines I see that as a Masterpiece, lol. I used both Promarkers and Copics to colour the image and used some Dovecraft Glitter Glue to bling up her wings. I then used my scissors to roughen up the cardstock edges and used a combination of Distress Inks on the cardstock, Victorian Velvet, Vintage Photo and Dusty Concorde. The image was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and I must say, it is the best ink I have found to use with the Crafty Individuals Stamps. Their stamps are so beautifully detailed and Memento ink in my opinion seems to be the best ink to stamp all that stunning detail with.|
|I decided to go for a lace closure on the book, so the lace was hot glued around the front and back of the covers and brought together at the opening of the book to tie in a bow.|
|Here is a view of the inside of the book. once open. I left the inside covered completely white and blank so Maddy could splash them with her wonderful creativity.|
|Here is a view of the lace closure with the bow untied.|
|This is the front and back covers complete with the charm in place on the spine. You can clearly see how I added the lace over both covers to create the closure for the Journal. Other stamps used was a script stamp, the number is CI-214 plus there was a wee bee stamp which is part of number CI-302
And thats it for this post folks. I hope you like this book. I won't tell you about the fiasco I had with the Cosmic Shimmer Sprays!! But anyone who has Cosmic Shimmer Sprays will know that even if you are using a brand new unused bottle, sometimes the spray part of the bottle either doesnt work at all, works perfectly OR decides that spraying straight where you want it to spray is so ordinary and boring. Sometimes a certain spray bottle decides its too cool for school and wants to spray in whichever direction IT wants. So there may have been an incident involving me pointing the purple Cosmic Shimmer Spray directly at the book, but said colour decided it wanted to spray sideways! I may now have a revolving carousel for my craft tools that used to be white, but now has a great big purple spray line of cosmic shimmers ALL down the front of it hitting every tool along the way. AND.....purple would not be one of my favourite colours! Grrrrr!
|CHALLENGES I'D LIKE TO ENTER THIS LITTLE BABY INTO!|
Craft Your days away - metal (ends 28th April)
Crafty Individuals Blog - Summertime (ends 28th)
For your Inspiration - Photo (2nd May)
I Brake for Stamps - Anything but a card (announced start of May)
Flutter By Wednesday - butterfly, fairy or angel (ends 25th)
Divas by Design - Anything but a card (ends 24th)
My time to Craft - Fairy Nice (ends 23rd)
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes (ends 22nd)