Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Valentine Book of Love

     I've been wanting to make one of these "book" cards for a long time.  This will be part of my husband's Valentines gift this year.  I'll have a tutorial on how to make the "book" with all the measurements I used posted here on the blog next week.
     Everything's layered and inked.  The flowers on the cover are some of the new Recollections line at Michaels.  I added a bunch of leaves I printed and cut out from a Fred, She Said Designs digi flower set.  There's a fun pink chipboard flourish from my friend Silvia.  I covered it with Tattered Rose Crackle paint.  The butterfly is also from a FSS digi stamp set.  I cut it out, colored it with Copic markers and covered it with Rock Candy Crackle paint.  I did a lot of machine stitching on the matting pieces on this project.

     The tag is stamped with a sweet Lili of the Valley image and colored with Copic markers.  The back has lines for journaling my Valentine message.

     Inside the box created from the faux pages, I have created a ticket shaped mini album.  More of the Recollections flowers grace it's cover, and I printed the sentiment out on my computer, cut it apart and inked it.  The mini is held closed with a belly band of kraft paper with one of the flowers added to it.

     Each page includes a scratch off decal that covers up each of the reasons I love my hubby.  Just a little added fun to have him scratch off the coating to read the reason that goes along with the journaling on each page.  I left the decal off the sentiment on the right so you could see what it will look like after scatched off.
     This was so fun to make and hopefully will be a fun little extra something for my hubby.  There's a complete list of supplies at the bottom of this post
     I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp and Show--show some love
Wild Orchid Challenges--love is
City Crafter--the word love or a heart
Tuesday Throwdown--stitching
Charisma Cardz--Valentines/love
Craft Your Days Away--love
Paper Sundaes--Valentines
Claudia & Co--unique folds
Simon Says Stamp--love is in the air


Supplies for Book

Paper: Kraft Outlet Buff Ivory Cover Weight Cardstock and Brown Kraft cover weight cardstock, Bazzill, Recollections kraft cardstock
Stamps: Stampabilities "Ornate Textured Background", Fred, She Said "Paper Roses" and "Monarch Butterfly" digital stamp sets, Inkadinkado "Ornate Flourishes"
Inks+: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Forest Moss, Crushed Olive, and Tea Dye distress inks, Copics E97, YR31, YR65, Tattered Rose and Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint,
Tools: Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace punch around the page set, sewing machine
Miscellaneous: Making Memories Vintage Findings adhesive epoxy letters, 7 Gypsies postcard and stamp stickers, Recollections flowers, chipboard flourish, Tim Holtz Adage Ticket, 7 Gypsies Victoria Seam Binding

Supplies for tag

Papers: Kraft Outlet Brown Kraft cover weight cardstock, Gina K Designs Pure Luxury cardstock, Bazzill
Stamp: Lili of the Valley "Together Forever", Recollections "Brackets and Corners
Ink: Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress ink, Sakura Micron pen
            hair E31, E35, YR20, E50, E53, E57
            skin E000, E00, E11
            clothing B000, B00, G82, E53, RV10, RV11, R22, E31,
                         E35, E57
            swing E43, E47
Tools: Nestabilities Labels Four (S4-190)
Miscellaneous:  7 Gypsies Victoria Seam Binding

Supplies for mini

Papers: Kraft Outlet Pre-cut chipboard full sheet, Kraft Outlet Lunch Bag Kraft Text Paper, Recollections cream cardstock, Bazzill, Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Stamps:  Fred, She Said Designs "Paper Roses" digi set
Inks: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Forest Moss, Crushed Olive, and Tea Dye Distress inks, Sakura Micron pen
Tools: sewing machine, Cricut
Miscellaneous: Kraft Outlet scratch off stickers, Recollections flowers


Angi Barrs said...

Wow gorgeous design. Love the pocket, the ticket shaped mini, and all of the pretty details.

Nancy said...

This is truly beautiful Tracy! I can't say anything more than that! :o)

Unknown said...

Your husband is going to love your book, you've given it a very romantic touch, nice details and those flowers are totally pretty! Have a great day, Ira

Dana said...

Gorgeous!! Can't wait to see the vid! I am sure your husband will love it!

C Stephens said...

What an amazing project Tracy. It is absolutely gorgeous!

~* steph :) *~ said...

very pretty book, tracy! your husband will love it. love that butterfly on the cover. what a neat creation. thanks for sharing and have a great day. *hugs* steph :)

Jen Cuthbertson said...

This is truly amazing, Tracy! I love everything about it and no doubt your husband will, too! Love it!!

Nelly said...

so wonderful work - perfect for the Valentine gift!

Crystal said...

Wow, this is gorgeous, I'm sure your hubby will love it! Thanks for playing along with us at Paper Sundaes :)

Dazie said...

this is amazing I love everything about it! The inside is even more amazing than the outside!

Thanks so much for joining our love theme over at craft your days away this fortnight!

Sherry Kushibab said...

What a lovely and thoughtful card for your hubby. So many special details.

Terra said...

This is gorgeous! I'm sure it will be treasured for a life time.

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous project Tracy! Love all the gorgeous embellishments on the front!

♥Jan♥ said...

Ah, this is the book you were telling me about. The stitching seems to pull everything together so perfectly, wish I had thought of that. What an amazing Valentine gift.

Kristina said...


He will love it.......I'll say it again...AMAZING!!

Jóna said...

Gorgeous!! So a amazing Valentine gift !
Hugs, Jóna

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness. This is absolutely amazing.. So many wonderful details. I am still drooling over your gorgeous pages.. Your hubby is going to love it... Thanks so much for sharing it with us over at CCCB!!

Hugs, Linda

Cassie_lu said...

this is amazing and so meaningful. your hubby will love it.

Kim Duran said...

Tracy! Geez you just made my jaw drop to the floor! This is gorgeous! Love, love, love it!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That is such a COOL project Tracy, love it, especially all those lovely layers, so pretty!

Ros said...

This is just amazing a beautiful piece of art ... made with love ... thanks so much for sharing with us at CCCB

Audrey Pettit said...

Oh, wow! How awesome, Tracy! This is truly amazing!

email: said...

WOW!! This is gorgeous! I love the flowers and the image! Great job with the distressing along the edges too : )

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!!


Carol Ann said...

Just beautiful! Thanks for playing along at CYDA this time.
Carol Ann xx

Lynne Forsythe said... coool is that!!??!??! Hubby is gonna love this for sure!!!

Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!!

cnelson said...

Thank you for joining us at CCCB!

~*Joni said...

What a gorgeous gift to your husband! I love the colors of your book, the images are so perfect and sweet. Wow, now I need to re-think what I'm giving hubby this year. heehee! Thank you so much for joining us in our Unique Fold challenge at Claudia & Co. this week.
~*Joni C&Co. DT

Aphra Bolyer said...

Gorgeous, Tracy! Love the cover and that sweet mini you popped inside. Just lovely! What a great gift, too. :)

Suzanne C said...

Fabulous! Love the details in this and really appreciate the design after seeing your tutorial.

Michelle Pearson said...

so very the flowers and butterfly!

Tracey Lynn 'Fred' Miller said...

I am TOTALLY in LOVE with your BOOK of LOVE! I have bookmarked your tutorial, going to have to seriously try this...Thanks so much :)

Grenouille Greetings said...

This is lovely, Tracy! (Yes, I'm still here). Fabulous creation! Hugs, Lesley

crazy4atc said...

Great project,thanks for the tutorial!