Saturday 17 March 2012

For Those Special Things

Hi, another Friday night - best night of the week!  I haven't posted much over the last couple of weeks, or visited the blogs as I'd like, so I do apologise.  We're house hunting at the moment and it is taking up soooo much time.  I hope we find something soon.

This little creation has taken me all week, doing just a little each night.  As some of you know, my daughter is pregnant.  Well, she commented last week that next year will be her first Mother's Day, so I decided to make her a little surprise gift for this year.  I've created a few pockets here and there, so she has a special place to keep her scan photographs etc safe.  I've tried to theme it around her becoming a mother and having her own family.  Grab a coffee because there are a few photos!

The front and back covers are made from mountboard and the pages are made of doubled plain Kraft cardstock.  I have mounted printed & embossed Kraft cardstock onto the front and back covers, which has been spritzed with a home made mix of Walnut Ink and perfect pearls.  Tags have been used to show 2 of the 3 pockets in the photos.  Will try and get a good pic of the top pocket between pages 3 & 4 and add it later.
The Front Cover
Pages 2 & 3 - a photo can be slipped between p3 & 4, in the top,  for safekeeping

Pages 4 & 5
Pages 6 & 7
The Back Cover
Stamps used are The Stampsmith (from Portrait of a Lady), various Crafty Individuals ones, and Creative Expressions Vintage Sewing.  I've also used Websters Pages & Melissa Frances dps, and a whole mixture of other things, such as various Tim Holtz bits (button, ornate plate, salvage stickers, ticket), trim, flowers, distress ink, distress embossing powder, a button, sewing thread (around the cotton reels), dyed seam binding, and more!  All stamping has been done in Coffee archival ink. 

This is the first time I've made one of these, and I'm really happy with how it's turned out.

There are a few challenges I'd like to enter this into:

The Stampsmith have a theme of "Flip and Fold,  
The Stampman is looking for Vintage creations, and  
The Fashionable Stamping Challenge are playing Bingo (I have the bottom line across, 3rd line down, both diagonals, ).
My Mum's Craft Shop have a theme of Mum's The Word
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Shabby Chic / Vintage
Creative Card Crew - Vintage

I hope you like it.  Don't forget that Craft-Room Challenge have a Shabby Vintage theme at the moment, and Lets Ink It Up would like to see your flowers.

Have a great weekend!

Maria x


Karen McAlpine said...

Oh, what a lovely idea! Your daughter will adore this mini book-what a treasure. Love all the accents and fibers. And, of course that great Stampsmith image. Thanks for joining us at the Stampsmith Challenge!!

mags said...

What a beautiful creation. Your daughter is very lucky and will have a wonderful keepsake.

marion said...

This is so gorgeous and stunning Maria. Love it ! Hugs, Marion

Unknown said...

Wow Marion, I don't know what to say, except this is STUNNING. Hugz Suzanne x

Ink Art Designs said...

oh my...this is sooo gorgeous Maria. I hope you remember the tissues when you give it to your daughter!
Dot x

Mynn xx said...

This is AMAZING! LOVE the metal and the burlap, so fabulous!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Maria
I am firstly commenting with my FSC hat on lol.
A beautiful gift and heartfelt and incredibly special. She will treasure this for a lifetime.
Thank you for sharing with us at FSC.

Anonymous said...

Me again, this time returning from The Stampsmith Challenge.
Beautiful, beautiful use of that stamp, isn't she gorgeous and so easily becomes an adopted ancestor.
What a special mother you are to create this for your daughter.
Wishes and good luck with the Prize Draw and can I say, thank you for your continued support of TSC.

Mrs.B said...

Hi Maria, this is a wonderful keepsake for your daughter and so beautifully done with gorgeous images and stamping.
Thanks for sharing with us at FSC.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, really a wonderful project with great elements.
Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

Meggymay said...

Wow, a fabulous project, I'm sure it will be treasured. Thank you for joining us at FSC this time.

Vicky Hayes said...

This is the most wonderful little book Maria - what a lovely gift for your daughter. Good luck with the house hunting, I know only too well what a challenge that can be! Vicky x

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Wow! what a stunning project, so beautiful and your attention to detail is fantastic
Lindsay xx

Jill said...

wow stunning project Maria so beautiful thanks for joining us at MMCS hugs Jill xx

Margaret said...

What a lovely idea. You have put a lot of thought and time into this
Thanks for joining us at the Creative Card Crew challenge #6
Margaret DT

Debbie said...

What a keepsake you have made for your daughter! It is stunning! Great details and love the Stampsmith image! Thanks for joining us at The Stampsmith Challenge!


Angela Weimer said...

Wow! What a beautiful little book. Love it. Thanks for joining us at The Stamp Man and have a wonderful day. Angela

Claire said...

Oh wow what a gorgeous project, a real stunner! Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and good luck
Claire xx

anna christensen crafts said...

Hi Maria, I think that this is absolutely stunning and will surely be treasured - I am inspired to make something similar