Monday, 17 October 2011

Something Useful!



For a while now I have been thinking that it would be a good idea to start cataloging my stash....how many times have I bought something I forgot I already had....and how useful would colour charts be instead of the scraps of paper that I currently use or loose in the corners of my handbag?!

Well this is the start of it...not sure how long it will take to complete, I know that I won't have it ready in time for the NEC in November, but at least I've started. So far I have made the front cover using the Vintage Typewriter stamps from Creative Expressions.

My local picture framer gave me a small pile of mountboard offcuts for free...So this was the start of my cover. I made a background by repeatedly stamping the typewriter in Weathered wood distress ink, masking as I went. This was distressed around the edges using Chipped sapphire distress ink. I mounted this layer onto dark blue card and stitched the two layers together with a zigzag stitch.


I stamped the typewriter on cream card in chipped sapphire and heat embossed in clear and then cut it out. I also stamped the typewriter keys in versamark and then heat embossed in clear before inking with weathered wood, stormy skys and chipped sapphire. I also stamped the typewriter in silver stazon on black shrink plastic, allowed it to dry, cut it out and then heated it to shrink it.

I'm thinking that once I've got some pages in my book I will decorate the book rings with lots of fibres....I love fibres, but I think that it will be difficult to add pages with fibres in place..hence waiting for a bit on this one.

Having checked out the feline playful blog I reckon that this will fit three challenges.....

namely..

"Fashionable Stamping challenge, Anything but a card"

"The Crafty Pad - Monochromatic"

"Stamptacular Sunday - Must use a stamp, You choose"

13 comments:

hazel said...

This is fabulous, I love how you've done the background.
xxx Hazel.

Lesley said...

Excellent idea Sue - good luck!!! This cover is gorgeous.
x

Carolyn L. said...

What a great idea for your project! I just love those blues you chose. Thanks for joining us at Stamptacular.
Hugs,
Carolyn

Céline said...

gorgeous project
thanks for playing with us at stamptacular sunday this week
hugs
céline Dt member

Nina said...

Wow, what a great idea!! And it turned out wonderful, love the charm and colours.

Thank you so much for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday this week. Hope to see you again :)
Hugs, Nina.

Elizabeth Hart said...

I am still stunned over the shrink plastic typewriter charm - that is fantastic!. Thanks for sharing this creative card with us at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

lynne said...

Hi Sue
A very useful idea and great use of the stamps.
Thank you for joining Fashionable Stamping Challenge.
Wishes
Lynne

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a wonderful idea, your note book looks great. Thanks for joining the Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

Gabrielle said...

Love this idea! Very clever to think to catalogue what you buy - I might need to start to do that!!!

Diane said...

What a fab idea Sue !!

thanks for joining us this week at The Crafty Pad !!

hugs Diane xx

aqualeiga said...

Hi Sue,
I love your fabulous monochromatic card! Thanks so much for joining us at THE CRAFTY PAD this week.
Hugs, Ali x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Great idea to catalogue your products, I know I have purchased the same thing twice LOL. Love how you have created the background. Enjoy your weekend. Tracy xv

Terry said...

Fabulous notebook and what a great background! Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges!