30 januari 2012

forever love mini album

I've been meaning to try and make a mini album for a long time, they are sooo cute! This is my first try, a mini mini album, measuring 5x5 cm (2x2").

 To make the cover more sturdy, I used cardboard and glued it to the back and front of the album.
A nice butterfly paper enhanced with ice stickles, three blue gems and a stamped sentiment made a pretty front.

 The album pages are made from two long strips of paper, scored and folded accordion style. Each fold also makes pockets for tags, all but one facing upwards.

 Flipping through the pages. Place for photos and journaling tags, plus a tiny pocket with an extra tag.

Tags, with a piece of stapled ribbon for handle.

Cutie "I love you"-tag and the forward facing tag.

There you have it! I'm hooked.... and already working on my next mini. :)

And of course, some neat challenges. You know I love them :)
I'm entering my mini album here:

Secret crafter - Ribbons
Cute card thursday - You're a gem!
One stop craft - Stitching, faux or real
Aud sentiments - Use the word LOVE
DYSU - Ribbons
Creative craft world - Mini challenge
Stamping with the dragon - Anything goes
Simon says stamp - Anything goes
Papertake weekly - Happy highlights! (ice stickles and
glimmer mist on butterfly)
Crafty Ann's - What's new pussycat? 

29 januari 2012

sheer roses

The making of the Sunshine bag made me wanna do more see-through stuff, so here's another one for you.
 A rose is a rose is - in this case, a rub-on. I found a paper with the same rose shape as the rub-on (not even from the same brand), and used that for the backdrop.

It would have been even more cool if the roses were facing the same direction, but as it were they are laterally reversed. Naja, you can't have it all. :)  

 For the sentiment I made a tag and glued it to the inside of the bag, with a white rub-on frame on the outside. Both tag and frame continues around the corner, wich gives a nice touch.

So, once more, from the top. As you can see, I decided to go without the handles this time. The rose in the back already covered one if the holes so I just put a butterfly sticker over the other one.
To match that, I used a cute little charm along with the ribbon and bow on the front.

Now, I just need to find something to fill it with, and someone to give it too. :)

It's no fun without some nice blog challenges, so here goes:

Simon says stamp - Anything goes
Stamping with the dragon - Anything goes
DYSU - Ribbons
Crazy4 - Layer it on
Crafty Catz weekly - Things with wings
Secret crafter - Ribbon
MAWTT - Blooming marvellous
Crafts 4 eternity - Clean and simple

Sweets for my sweet

I know I haven't been very active here lately, and I'm sorry for that. I promise to shape up!

Meanwhile, a glimpse of one of the things that kept my focus elsewhere. Can you really blame me? ;)

16 januari 2012

Sunshine in a bag

As promised, no more christmas.  So how about I give you sunshine in a bag? It's just about time for some spring feelings. :)

I've got these adorable little plastic bags/boxes whatever you call it, and I just felt I needed to do something where I used the fact that they are transparent. 
 I came up with this 3D-look that I think turned out pretty nice. What do you think? ;)
The super-duper cute birdies are a see-through puffy sticker I've been longing to use but never found the right place for, until now. The row of flowers are cut from a scrap paper piece, and on top of that some sort of semi-transparent nylon flower, with a brad center.

I used various papers from my "leftover"-stash to create the backdrop. The sky already had clouds on it, but I added a few more, plus a cutout cloud for depth. For the sun a "check me out"-yellow and a bit of "spot on"-green as grass. ;)

I added a cloud and a hot air balloon to the front because I didn't want the knots to show...and I also had a little mishap with the cloud so now the front is all bubbly... :( Naja, happens.
Anyway. Later I found that the front cloud added a really cool effect to the whole thing, see? Ooh I like it when these things happen, unintentionally.

So, this is the back. I just cannot leave it with a white side facing out, so I added this sky piece with a pink birdie. Almost looks like it's saying something with the beak open like that, but I never found out exactly what....

I'm entering my bag in the following challenges:

Whoopsi Daisy - Anything but square
Dream Valley - Anything goes
One stop craft - Spots and ribbon

12 januari 2012

The very last of christmas

This week, while coughing and snoring (aint THAT typical January, seems I'm always struck with a cold this time of year) I went along and tossed out the trees - all three of them!! :) - and put my christmas back in the boxes. Always a bit sad to do so, cause we really like the holiday season in my home. But since we don't wanna have christmas ALL year around, it's bound to be done. 

Anyway. While doing that, I realised I forgot to post this little happy snowman greetingbox. Oh noo!!

It's app. 5 cm in diameter and if I remember correctly, the box was originally a bubblegum container. The lovely mr. Snowman is a sticker.

There were no actual purpose for doing this, but it's been a while since I last made a box like this and that's purpose enough for me.

A string of pearls, kinda. The lighting varies a lot in these photos, I'm sorry for that.

Wishing a merry christmas.

The following photos show the reverse side of each circle. 

Of course I had to add a little something to the bottom of the box too.

My next post won't be christmasy, I promise!! :D