Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Mini Revealing!

     I couldn't stand it!  When I got up yesterday morning I started working on the mini and couldn't stop despite all the OTHER things I NEEDED to do.  LOL  If I don't stay on it when the mojo strikes I'll come back and have forgotten all the ideas I had.  :-)
     So this is the big reveal.  I haven't done the journaling yet and I'll probably put another pocket and more journaling on the back for a kind of summary so it's not really 100% done, but it's ready to share.  And yes Dana, there will be a video for YT.  LOL (video is now up at my YT channel here)
     Here's the cover.

     The whole album was made with one of the $1 chipboard albums from Michaels, Pink Paislees Butterfly Garden collection, and ALL the images used throughout are from A Day For Daisies including the "Flower Frame" you see here.  And of course they're all colored with Copics!  Surprise!  LOL  The frame was printed twice so I could pop the flowers up 3-D style.  For the frame itself, I glued about four layers of thin chipboard together and then glued the image on top.  I wanted the frame to look like wood so I used a sepia Micron pen to add some wood grain.  For the inside of the frame I used some lace that my LSS owner found for me in her stash and graciously added some fusible backing onto so I could use it in my album.  I just ironed it to the page.  Voila'!  I found the acrylic letters at Big Lots for $.25 a pack!  They're colored with alcohol ink.  The butterfly is Kaisercraft covered in Picket Fence and Rock Candy Crackle paint with a little distress ink on the edges.  Ribbon, lace, pearls, and some bead charms I put together finish it off.

     Each page of the album is a reflection of one of my daughters character traits.  More ribbon, lace and pearls and the trait spelled out in the same letters I used on the cover.  Each image is attached to a pocket that holds a journaling card so that I can elaborate on the trait.  Everything is machine stitched in this album too.

     On this page I used some of the newer Recollections flowers out at Michaels.  I also used some hemp cording I got at Kraft Outlet to create the vine and I punched the leaves with a MS punch.  They're painted with more of the shimmery Creative Inspirations paint I mentioned in yesterdays post, and inked with a little distress ink.
     This page has some MS Monarch butterfly punch outs, more of those Recollections flowers, ribbon and pearls.  Each of the images also has some chalking for the background color.  Love those treble cleft paperclips from Staples!
     Yet more lace, ribbon and pearls.  The small roses are the little resin ones Michaels has started carrying.  I added a few MS Frond punches lightly inked and a few little pearl stamens to the flower bouquet.
     My sweet friend Silvia sent me a package a while back with some beautiful Prima bling pieces in it.  I tried so hard to use the looking glass one on the last page but it was just a bit too large.  I did use the key on this page though and tied a piece of peach ribbon on it.  The little butterfly  is a MS punch painted with some pale blue irridescent puff paint.
     This is my favorite page in the book.  I was just so happy with the way the coloring came out.  I added another butterfly I punched from some of the DP.  The little flowers and leaves were all punched and painted with the CI paint and I used some more of the hemp cord.
     The crown is another piece of the Prima bling set Silvia sent me.  The flower was made from Tim Holtz Tattered Florals punches and painted with CI paint (the leaves too).  As I explained yesterday, the butterfly is actually part of the paper.  I just cut around most of it so I could pop it up over the pocket and flowers.  There's a bit of Perfect Pearls on her shoe and some Diamond Stickles to add extra shine to it.
     Sigh . . . my baby is no longer a baby and will probably be getting married within a year or so.  The gorgeous trim came from Hobby Lobby and the little butterflies were painted with Bisque Liquid Pearls.
     So that's my little album.  I hope you like it.  Tammy's images are so beautiful and I was able to find one for each of the traits I used in the book.  Of course my kiddo is a lot more that these and I'm sure she's just going to loooovve the drama queen page.  LOL  I just wanted to make a little something to tell her what I see when I look at her--my most precious gift.
     I found a few challenges to enter this into.

Tuesday Throwdown--non stamped sentiment
Creative Craft Challenges--anything but a card
Craft Your Passion--anything but a card
Make It Monday--anything goes
Paper Playtime--anything goes
Pink Elephant--stitching
Pollycraft--distressing (the edges of all the pages are distressed)
Crafty Pad--cute and girly
Allsorts--anything but a card
The Outlaws Paper a la Mode--anything but a card
Fussy and Fancy--use three or more of your favorite embellies
Craft Us Crazy--anything goes in August
Paper Shelter Challenge--stitching
Cupcake Craftroom--soft and sweet

Have a fabulous week!


Audrey Pettit said...

Oh, Tracy!! I'm just speechless. I actually have tears in my eyes right now. This is the most beautiful, thoughtful, stunning, detailed, gorgeous mini I have ever seen.

Anniebee said...

This is phenomenal, Tracy!!! I saw you had posted a link on The Outlawz Paper a la Mode challenge and I hurried over here to see what it was you posted. I adore minis (the baby one in the DT section is mine) and yours is absolutely gorgeous! I'd be surprised if your daughter doesn't shed a tear or two when you give it to her. Fantastic job and I'm now following you.


Anniebee said...

I take it back.... I forgot I was already following you! Duh! LOL


Nancy said...

Awww Sweetie! This one made me cry! It's so beautiful and meaningful...and brought my girls to mind! (especially the "drama queen" lol) I can only imagine what it will be like for you to fill out those journaling cards! A very special treasure for your daughter! I'm now a huge fan of those images as well! Thank you very much, my friend! :o)

KimCreate said...

Absolutely Stunning! And creative and beautiful and heart-felt.
I'm drooling over this.

Roxann said...

This just takes my breath away, Tracy! I love this on so many levels, gal!

Dawn said...

Lovely Cute & girly project!
Thanks for playing at The Crafty Pad this week!
Good Luck
Dawn xx

heidy said...

Oh Tracy,this is fabolous and what a great gift for your daughter!
It's so presious!
Hugs Heidy

Tammy said...

Oh my goodness Tracy! This sweet little album brought tears to my eyes. I have 2 little girls whom i often find are my insperation for the images I draw, and your album made my heart sing! I just love your work, and cannot imagin how much your daughter will treasure it!


Unknown said...

Oh Tracy, I'm really speechless over this album. You have made such a personal album that your girl will cherish forever since it has been made with so much love and dedication. You're a mom in a million! Each and every single page made with devotion and respect, well, hats off to you my dear friend! Hugs, Ira

Lisbeths kort og scrap said...

I don't have words!
This is such a fabulous work of art. And what a gift! I MUST make such an album for my own kids when they're "ready to leave the nest". Not only is it a wonderful idea, but the work you've done on it is great too!
Thanks for sharing this beauty with us at Fussy and Fancy, and good luck :)
Lisbeth K

Joey said...

Hiya Tracy this is stunning, an absolutely fabulous creation, so many beautiful details, thanks for sharing with us at pollycraft. Joey xx

Linda Breedlove said...

Wow, Tracy.... so amazing. Love all your details... it's just stunning! Fabulous work!!!

Jane H said...

So amazing!!!! Wow!!!!

Jodi said...

This is just amazing - such attention to detail and I can see what love you put into this. Thanks for sharing your talents with us at Craft Your Passion. I look forward to seeing more from you!

Dorcas said...

OMGoodness how GORGEOUS!!!!!!

Unknown said...

Oh my heavens.. You are so good at doing these mini albums.. I LOVE THIS!
You didn't miss a single detail.. It truly is Wonderful..

Hugs, Linda

Sarah said...

Tracy, your album is amazing! Your love shines through in every gorgeous detail. I'll be watching for the video. Hugs, Sarah

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

what a gorgeous card love the colors thanks for joining us at TPS........


Tracey said...

OMG This is amazing Tracy - a work of art!
Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter this week & Good Luck.

Frideborg said...

This is one of the most beautyful work I have seen. I am glad I am a follower to you so I can be part of the nice things you have done. Amazing !!!!

Love from Sweden

Chrissy said...

Beautiful album, so full of beautiful eye candy..realy lovely.

Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’


Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.

NanaConnie said...

Really fabulous, Tracy. No wonder you couldn't put it down to do anything else! I can't begin to list the things I love about this project so you'll have to take it as the biggest compliment when I say I'm going to CASE this for my oldest granddaughter! Thanks for playing along on the Tuesday Throwdown this week.
NanaConnie TT DT

NanaConnie said...

Really fabulous, Tracy. No wonder you couldn't put it down to do anything else! I can't begin to list the things I love about this project so you'll have to take it as the biggest compliment when I say I'm going to CASE this for my oldest granddaughter! Thanks for playing along on the Tuesday Throwdown this week.
NanaConnie TT DT

Nicola said...

Tracy, this is absolutely incredible work, I've never seen anything so beautiful. Your daughter will cherish it forever and your last sentence really touched me, it summed it up perfectly! Your heart and soul has gone into this masterpiece, well done, you are one talented lady!
Thanks for sharing this with us at Allsorts this week and good luck!
Love Nicola xxx

Xushenka said...

Wow, this is so beautiful, Tracy! Love the detail and the images you picked. I can't even pinpoint my favorite instant, the whole album is great! :)

Davi said...

A VERY beautiful album you have created Tracy~~ So many lovely details!! A real treasure :) Thanks for sharing with us at TT this week.

Debs said...

OMG - this is totally awesome. Such a lot of beautiful gorgeous details! You really can see the heart & soul that has gone into creating this and I'm sure it will be treasured forever.
Thanks for playing along with us at Allsorts this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Benzi said...

Oh my goodness, what a treasure you have made. Love each one and they're just full of wonderful and meaningful details. So glad you joined Tuesday Throwdown this week.

Mary J said...

AMAZING Tracy - I'm just picking my jaw up off the floor! Thx for linking it up to the Make it Monday party!

Mary J x

Geri said...

oh, goodness!!! I'm seeing this late--glad I didn't miss it!! It is just amazingly beautiful! Such sweet details tucked in everywhere! And I really LOVE how you found the perfect images for each of those traits--what a wonderful idea!! What a treasure for your daughter!! She has brought out the very best of your talent!!

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

OMGosh Tracy! Your album is GORGEOUS! I love it & love the way you chose the words to describe your daughter. What a beautiful treasure for her to keep forever. So beautifully & lovingly made. You did GREAT! It was well worth the wait.
Huggies ~

Fleur said...

Wow this is absolutly stunning.
Thank you so much for entering our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
Hugz Fleur xXx

cheryl said...

oh wow really love this its just gorgeous great colors and image on this bless you for playing at creative craft challenge this week hugs cherylxxxxx

Jenn (Triple J Designs) said...

What a truly beautiful work of art. Your coloring is amazing and the whole album is gorgeous!!
Thank you for joining us this week at Craft Your Passion Challenge and we hope to see you again soon!!


Sheri Gilson said...

Gorgeous album, Tracy!! Love all the fabulous detail. Thank you for playing along with The Pink Elephant.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow soooo stunning....
Thank you for playing along with us at Paper Playtime.
Celeste, DT Paper Playtime

Theresa said...

What an amazing project! Wow the work you put into this is just fabulous. I love every page. Thanks for joining us at The Cupcake Craftroom.

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh, I cannot even put into words the beauty of this! Your daughter is going to be so amazed...what a tribute!! Gorgeous, not enough adjectives to describe!

Mary J said...

Hello, me again! Forgot to say thx for joining us at the Cupcake Craftroom too - hope you can join us for our new challenge on Thursday!

Mary J x

Ellis said...

Wow, this is so amazing, your daughter will love it! =) You're a true inspiration! =)
Hugs, Elenor