Sunday, 11 October 2015

Graphic 45 Botanicabella Die Storage Binder Box

Hi, been a little while since I posted. I've been doing a couple of projects which are destined for peoples birthdays, so I can't post them yet. And then my dad died, so not really felt like sharing much. But I have finally got around to making something for myself, for a change
I can't take the full credit for this, I got the idea from Kona Raven, thanks Kona.
I needed something to store my dies in, mine were just sitting in the bottom of a drawer. I saw Kona's post on facebook and adapted it to suit.
It basically looks like a boxed mini album. I added a leather strap with an eyelet and a Tim Holtz buckle. I also covered the spine with brown leather as I wanted it to be strong and flexible, my dies get quite a bit of use.
The paper collection I've used is Graphic 45's Botanicabella, decorated with bits and pieces from my stash. I didn't want it too fussy on the outside as it needs to be functional
The papers were absolutely GORGEOUS, and as you can see, the back is not embellished at all
Inside the front cover (top?) is a pocket for storing my stencils
The box/binder actually measures 8" x 9" x 4", so there's quite a lot of room in it

I bought a pack of A5 punched pockets and 10 x A4 magnetic sheets. Then I cut some mount board to 8" x 5¾", then went round the edges with an alcohol pen, and the magnetic sheets to 7" x 4¾", Kona used self adhesive magnetic strips but I found them too bulky. I stuck the magnetic sheets to the centre of the mount board, then stuck design paper, round the edges, on top.

I did the same both sides of the mount card and voila! 

Thank you for looking, hope to see you again soon

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Graphic 45 Rare Oddities Mini Album - Sold

Hello again
This post is very picture heavy as the album has an awful lot going on
I did quite a large amount of fussy cutting, 
The papers were so complicated that embellishments were really out of place, so I hope I've used the paper to it's best advantage. I just love that owl, along with the bottles and the design element in the top left hand corner (and several elements on the back cover), they were all fussy cut and stuck to the main library paper to decorate the covers and spine.
Inside the front cover, love that purple, I've added a couple of flat pockets. I also used the 6" x 6" patterns and solids as well as a 12" x 12" paper pad. The little tiny pocket holds a couple of tags made using the Tim Holtz tiny tabs and tags die
This page has a flat pocket decorated with fussy cut books
The little purple holder has a miniature book in, it actually opens!

The left hand side is a gatefold page with a magnet catch, made from a chipboard cutout from the collection. There are 2 small flat pockets on the 'doors'. 
Inside the gatefold is a flat pocket with a frame cut tag which has 1 open side to slide a photo into
The right hand side has 2 small magnetic flaps, decorated with cut aparts from the collection, which lift up
The main flap also opens to reveal plenty of space for photos and a slide in strip on the left part of the page
 Each of the pocket pages has a large photo mat, instead of using a paper tag for the pull I've added some filigree metals (one front & back) This was an idea from someone on youtube, I can't remember who, but if it was you then please contact me so I can credit your idea on this page.
This page is a tiny bit complicated to show in photos 

The left hand side has 2 flaps, one is a small pocket
with some fussy cut books with a tiny bronze owl perched on top 
It opens to reveal another fussy cut flat pocket from the book shelf paper 
The bottom flap is a tri fold flap with a slide in strip and several small photo mats 
These are all held closed with magnets and open to reveal shelves and that lovely owl again.  

The right hand book shelf covered flap is held closed with magnets
and opens to show 3 pages of photo mats and a slide in strip on the left hand side

On the next page is a top and bottom flap held closed with magnets. I've decorated the centre of the flap with a chippie and dangling from it is another tiny bronze owl

When opened there is also another flap on the left hand side with a slide in strip
There is quite a lot of room in this album for adding photos
The right hand page has a flap at the top and a flat pocket at the bottom

The  last page is also a tiny bit complicated. It is a triple pocket page on the front flap
I've decorated the bottom pocket with fussy cut bottles which have been covered in Dovecraft acrylic glue, which works exactly like Glossy Accents. They've been mounted on foam and stuck onto a very small pocket which also has a bronze key. There's also a miniature wand, which I made from a coloured toothpick, some crochet cotton and a wooden bead. That was fun!

Inside the flap there 3 pocket flaps for tags or keepsakes

which fold out to show a corner pocket and a frame photo mat

Inside the back cover is the same as the front but with slightly different decoration.

Well, that seemed like a marathon, but I think I did alright.
Thank you for visiting, hope to see you again

Graphic 45 'Couture' Trinket Box

Hello again, trying to get all my posts done this morning

This a trinket box, measuring 5" x 4¼" x 2". It's been decorated with a peacock feather patterned paper from Graphic 45's 'Couture' collection. I have added some dark grey grosgrain ribbon and a few bronze upholstery tacks.
There's also a large curious stone purloined from an old ring and attached to a bronze filigree flower
Inside it was painted with green pearlised acrylic and then decorated with a turquoise floral paper from the collection

Thanks for looking, on to the next one

Tiny Gift Box

Hi there, I haven't posted for a while as I have been working on a couple of gifts, which I'll post once they have gone to their new homes, as well as some other bits and pieces
This a tiny wooden gift box, painted with black acrylic paint, then decorated with IndigoBlu's Belle Epoque and a few bits and pieces from my stash
So cute, it's a 2¼" cube!

Thanks for looking

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Home Sweet Home Mini Album


I've just finished this 6½ x 6½, 6 page, mini album using Graphic 45's 'Home Sweet Home' paper collection.
It has been made for the RAF Association to raffle off at their Christmas do. I managed to find some little poppies on ebay which made my day, I think they go perfectly with the tiny white blossoms, which are both on the design paper
On the spine I've added a little gingham bow and a cut out from the paper mounted in a cabochon setting with glossy accents
Inside the front cover I've put a cut out, mounted on black card, as a corner pocket and tucked some hand made envelopes in behind it
Each of the pages has a flap with a small bottom pocket
which opens to show one page with a paperclip and on the left hand side a flap which is fixed on 3 sides, both to allow someone to tuck things under them
On the other side of each page is a full height side opening pocket with a 5½ x 5½ folder / photo mat which can be used either way. There is also a small binder clip on each page so that  you don't have to stick anything directly to the paper
Inside the back cover is a pocket (thank you to Clare Charvill for the idea) so you can slip a memo pad in for notes, shopping list etc., whatever it gets used for.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Artisan Style Altered Box


When I got up this morning, this box was plain wood. Granted it did have carving on it, and a little bit of brass inlay, but after painting it with black acrylic, heat embossing it with Moonglow Gold/Teal, adding flatback pearls, a handmade handle, micro beads, flowers and a few other bits, it doesn't look like the same box
The big teal coloured 'thing' is part of an old bracelet I picked up in a second hand shop yesterday and added some micro beads in black and teal
More micro beads in the corner, a little note card and one of my favourite bronze dragonflies
I lined the box with some Graphic 45 Artisan Style offcuts and made a little notebook, which I must finish when I have some white paper :-)

Thank you for looking, bye

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Precious Memories Keepsake Box

Phew, it feels like I've been blogging for hours just photographing these 3 projects and putting them up here
This keepsake box measures 6¾ x 8¾ x 3½ and is decorated with Graphic 45's 'Precious Memories' collection. I've done some fussy cutting for the 2 bottom corners and the top 2 have metal filigree corners
The flower cluster has a silk rose leaf, a double bow made of ivory satin ribbon and crochet cotton. I made the little pearl spray from fishing line, seed beads and rice pearls. The cute little button was a freebie from a lovely lady on ebay who has just retired.
I've put cords in to hold the lid, it kept flopping back and I didn't want to break the hinges.
Inside are a few little things to keep bit and bobs in
There's a little box with a ribbon tie, a box envelope (about ½" deep) with a magnet closure and a resin rose, and a few handmade envelopes with labels on held together with a white binder clip (bought from Tesco's, 4 for £1)
I've also put in a little mini album, 4½ x 6½. It has a lace spine with another double bow and a button

There are 4 pocket pages with file folder photo mats. There are 2 pockets, one on the page and another 

Thank you once again for looking. I hope you'll pop back again