Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Garden Mini Album

Hi Everyone!

This post includes pics of a mini album that I made for my best friends birthday back in December. I got the idea for the cover from a blog by Nathalia Castellon at Sorry for the blackout spaces but I forgot to take pictures before I put photos in her album.

Let's get started!

The cover is made with chipboard "fence slats" that I painted with purple and white acrylic paint and crackle medium. I made the roses and hand cut and colored the bird. The ladybug is a sticker and the butterfly was stamped on card stock and colored with Prisma colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits. I printed the leaves out on my computer from a dingbat font that I downloaded and then hand cut them and added their details. There's a metal keyhole and silver brad "nails". The album is bound with two bookrings and they have fibers and ribbon tied to them as well as a couple of charms hung by garment pins that I alcohol inked silver.

The paper I used in this mini is from Basic Grey's Porcelain collection. The inside cover has a handmade vine and the flower and leaves are from a Nestabilites die.. The first page has some Prima flowers. The center flower is made with the Velma technique. The sentiment is printed out on a piece of acetate.

The house, pole, vine, leaves, and grass are all handcut and pieced. The little flowers are tiny Primas that I folded in fourths.

This page has another handmade vine. The leaves were punched with a Martha Stewart punch and colored with ink. The flowers are more folded Primas and their bottoms are small Prima flowers also. The bottom panel is a torn strip of paper colored with Tattered Rose Distress ink and some Old Lace Glimmer Mist. The "FAMILY" tag was cut with a Nestabilities die and inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink. The bird is an Inkadinkadoo stamp that is colored with Prismas and the OMS and adhered with pop dots.

This page has a scrunched ribbon with some glass chunk beads sewn to it. The birds are from the same Inkadinkadoo stamp and the sentiment is printed on acetate. The tree is made from a Tattered Angels Glimmer Screen that I ran through my Wizard and then cut out. It's painted with Olive Vine and Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist.

Another bird from the same stamp set. He was stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and he's covered with Glossy Accents. His branch was cut with my Cricut and inked with Memento New Sprout ink. The birdbath is handcut, colored with Prismas and OMS and the bowl is filled with Waterfall Stickles. Some more handcut grass too.

On this page I handcut the tree trunk and then ran it through my Wizard in the Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes Embossing folder. It's colored with Weathered Wood Distress ink. The "leaves" are made with a Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch and they are colored with Olive Vine Glimmer Mist.

Another birdhouse that is handcut and pieced. It's colored with Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress ink and Memento New Sprout.The hearts are strung on a piece of black embroidery thread and they are covered in Cotton Candy Stickles. The opening is covered in Scattered Straw Distress Stickles.

This is the puppy page. The Dogs Rule sign was printed from my computer. The dots on the letters are made with Scribbles White Mist 3D paint and inked with Tattered Rose Distress ink. The flag pole, fence, and leaves are handcut and the vine is handmade. It's decorated with small Primas with bling centers. The flag was cut with a Nestabilities die and the crown with my Cricut. It's "jeweled" with Stickles.

The last page includes a scripture that I printed from my computer and pieced. The irises are some stickers that I found at the Dollar Tree way back. The bird cage is painted onto acetate with the same Scribbles paint.

The back cover has a flourish that I cut from chipboard on my Cricut. It's covered in Shabby Shutters Crackle Paint and decorated with some Primas with bling centers and a chipboard butterfly cut from my Cricut. He's edged with Vintage Photo and stamped with Vintage Sepia. The black part of his body was done using Marion's(APieceofCraftdotcom) technique with puff paint and UTEE. His wing is covered in UTEE also.
Well, that's it. I had so much fun making this one because of all the handmade stuff. I'd rather make it than buy it if I can. I have one more mini that I made for a friend for Christmas before I decided to video, so it will be up next here and I am working on my next video mini now. I can't spit them out very fast because I'm such a perfectionist or detailist, whatever you want to call it. LOL.
Hope you liked my Garden Mini. Leave me a comment if you can. I'd love to know what you think.


Erin said...

I can honestly say that I don't have words...this is beyond beautiful. You are a true artist. I am sending your blog link to all of my scrapn' buddies. Thank you so much for taking the time to explain all of your pages. I think that anyone recieving one of your books is truly lucky.

~* steph :) *~ said...

wow, so beautiful, tracy! i love all the intricate details. the birdcage is so beautiful. love those birdhouses! so awesome. thanks so much for sharing :)!