Monday, May 9, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show Us... Anything!

Hello Mr. Monday!!!
 We crafted, blinked and another week is done...unbelievable. But a new week means a great new Challenge over at Simon says Stamp & Show where we say "Anything Goes" so that's your cue to don your creative capes and dazzle us with your artfulness...To help your mojo into action here is my Design Piece. I decided I could be both Girly and Grungy and created this ring binder book. I really wanted to try out some crinoline Rosettes, make something usable (how many hangings can my house take?) and took some inspiration from a lovely gift from my friend Franka.
I started by painting some scrap cardboard, inking the edges with Vintage Photo. Then I cut five Rosettes from Crinoline and edged them with Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I saw them by the oh so talented Tammy Tutterow and wanted to try my own take on them. Fancy trying it out, my team mate Linda sells Crinolone in her fabby Etsy store! I added a metal washer to each centre which I grunged up with a good dose of Distress Embossing Powder.

I mounted them onto the cardboard and added metal stems which are coloured with a touch of Alcohol Ink. Glueing them on was a fiddle but all helped by using the wonder stuff known as Matt Medium. Stamped and cut out two leafy sets from Wendy Vecchi from dictionary papers...boy was that some snipping.
Really had fun doing this bit. Covered some old Thicker letters with two coats from my Snow-Cap Dabber adding texture with the sponge top. Whilst wet I threw on some Distress Powder and heated it. I used a scrap of chicken wire as a background which I grunged up with Embossing ink, Distress Powder and a mighty long blast with the heat gun to get a rusty effect. Note to self, stop when you see smoke! And remember LET IT COOL OFF!!! Otherwise one: it will not be set and rub off and two: it will burn your hand and stick to your skin - an extreme fashion statement even by Vivienne Westwood's standards! Again all glued with Matt Medium. Takes a while to dry but leaves no trace.
Also added an inky metal corner.

I mounted the front onto a hardback cover. Both front and back covers are lightly inked, lined on the inside and randomly stamped with the leaf design again. Then I played around to create a  selection of pages using papers from Graphic 45, Bazzill and Cosmo Cricket. Loving the colours here...

A stitched pocket and stamped tags...

Punched flowers and contrasting wrap arounds...
Another little pocket and mini tag with a few words...
Another distressed pocket, on the other side a glimpse of one of the ribbon holders. You can also just see the back inside cover with sanded edges and a little stamping. Everything is held together with two binding rings embellished with ribbons and string.

A close-up of that lovely crinoline, all thanks to my fab DT friend Linda.



So there you go...girly and grungy, fiddly and funky. So it's over to you folks...what's cooking at your house? Remember you could win a brilliant $50 shopping spree and we're looking for those special creations to make the Top Three! Head over to the blog now to see more from the Design Team and details.
I hope you like my book and feel inspired to play along. Thanks very mucho for calling by and spending some time here, do let me know you came by...and if you have any questions, I'd be pleased to try and help out. Now off you go and have some FUN!

Sarah.

24 comments:

uhooi said...

Waw, this card is very creative, beautiful and nice,,

Uhooi.blogspot.com

Vic said...

Great journal!

Dragon said...

Corr... it's gorgeous and I am totally into the rosette at the moment, so I am loving them made out of crinolin - don't know what it is but it looks really dainty
Frankie
xx

Lori said...

I LOVE those flowers! What a great idea to use crinoline as a rosette! Awesome, Sarah!

Jenny said...

Oh wow I luuuurve this journal, the elements you've used on the cover are amazing. Love the colour palette too :)
Jenny x

Zoechaos said...

Fabulous the colours so fresh love the rossettes and the idea of a book and not a wall hanging great twist. XOXO Zoe

Candy C said...

Sarah...your book is beautiful. Your crinoline rosettes are just perfect little flowers for the cover of it! <3 Candy

Angelnorth said...

Looks great, love the crinoline flowers and the chicken wire!

Dorothy said...

Excellent!!

Nancy Wethington said...

You rocked this challenge. And whoever would have thought of crinoline. Now I've got to run to the fabric store to find some. Beautifully done!

Nancy said...

LOVE this, Sarah!! Crinoline with the rosette die? Oh, yeah, I'll be trying this - these are so pretty!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

TOTALLY awesome, Sarah! LOVE the crinoline rosettes - especially the way you colored them. A totally sweet make as always, the chicken wire is fab and the way you mixed the acrylic paint with the distress EP is just too cool!

I wanted to thank you for the link to my blog candy post that you placed on your sidebar. I so appreciate your support and your help getting the word out about my new endeavor. Good luck in the shopping spree drawing!

Sid said...

Fab dimensional front and background, super project !!

Scrappy~Sarah said...

gorgeous, love the delicate blossoms :)

Dezinaworld said...

Wow this journal is so beautiful i love the crinoline rosettes and they have been coloured so well. thanks for sharing this post its made me smile!
Hugs June
x

Toucan Scraps said...

absolutely gorgeous book

craftytrog said...

Absolutely gorgeous & so inspiring! x

Marjie K said...

Oh my goodness this is BEAUTIFUL! Such contrast between soft/hard textures and your coloring is fantastic. LOVE it.

LaStamper said...

Just stopped by to see the crinoline rosettes and fell in love with your blog.

Salamanda's Scrappy Adventures said...

The rosettes are a beautiful and love how the whole piece worked out

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Even kijken wat je weer hebt gemaakt.
Fantastic flowers!!!
Bye Franka

Gillian said...

Hi Sarah, Love the crinoline rosettes, they look fantstic, this is such a cool binder book full of gorgeous textures & layers.

Dolly Daydreams said...

What an inspiration just love this ring binder the rosettes are sublime , rosettes never looked so good !

Marie

Tammy Tutterow said...

Sarah- I just happened upon this post and wanted to let you know how much I love your take on the crinoline rosettes! They turned out so pretty and are a great compliment to your awesome book!