Sunday, October 2, 2011

Anything But a Card - Hooked on Craft Challenge #9

Happy October, everyone!

Oh, this is one of my favorite months! The leaves are changing. The temps are dropping. The spice scents coming from the kitchen are fantastic! My friend, Alice, brought over a yummy apple spice cake. So, it's not just me who is ready for this time of the year!

We have a wonderful new challenge at Hooked on Craft Challenges for you to join in on. The current challenge will get you thinking outside the box - or maybe about the box! It's ... *drumroll please* ...Anything but a Card! How perfect is that? Look at all the options! The design team has wonderful springboards for you to see. Their links are on the right side of my blog. Check them out! There are a wonderful variety of options done by these amazing gals! This challenge will run from Oct. 3 to Oct. 15. You've got plenty of time to get those creative juices flowing!

For my project, I altered a notebook cover to create my own multi-purpose notebook. I figured I could just write whatever I wanted before I forgot it, LOL! Goodness me, the older I get, the harder it is to remember! Here is an example - I walked into a room and said to my husband, "You know what?" He replied, "No, what?" I looked at him stupidly because whatever I wanted to tell him flew out of my head just as quickly as it had popped into my head! Honestly, I stood there shocked at myself! Just that fast, the idea flew out of my head! *blush* So, this little book should help! (hopefully)

Isn't it pretty, girly, too, huh? I began by using an embossing folder to create the white embossed background and window. I, then, chalked white CS to create the cloudy sky background to place behind the window opening. This created the perfect frame for the hummingbird. I added a gorgeous purple butterfly and some pink pearls. You can find them here:

Pink Pearls
Purple butterfly

I wanted to create something that reflected me. I so love my hummingbirds. I chose to use a delightful hummingbird stamp that will soon be found in Karen's online store. I colored the image with Twinkling H2Os. It gave the stamp such a subtle metallic sheen. Then, to do a little more, I created another layer by creating another wing on vellum paper. This has been attached at the "shoulder joint" to the base image and then elevated using a pop dot to give dimension reminiscent of flight. It looks like a third wing in the photo below, but that is just the way I angled the camera so you could see it more clearly. It looks wonderful IRL because the translucence of the colors on the vellum.

I chose flowers that were also bright and cheery. I love the selection of flowers found at Hooked on Craft. Karen has a wonderful variety in color and style. Here is what I used in my cluster:

Yellow Mulberry Curly Rose
Aqua Star Flowers
Chrysanthemum Flower
Pink Water Lily
Purple Orchid
Small Roses (purple and pink)
Yellow Calla Lilies

I hope you liked what I've shared with you today. I love the femininity of it.

If you haven't yet visited Hooked on Craft, please check it out. The flowers are gorgeous. Karen's trinket pins are delightful! The stamps are adorable!

See you soon,


I would like to enter this journal into the following challenges:

1. Creatalicious Challenges #26 ends 10/14 - anything goes
2. Stamp, Scrap, and Doodle Saturdays ends 10/7- anything but a card
3. Crafts for Eternity#39 ends 10/6 - anything goes
4. Fussy and Fancy Challenges ends 10/6 - try a new technique (using Twinkling H2Os for me)
5. GlitterGeeks Blog Challenge Wk. 17 ends 10/6 - shabby chic
6. 4 Crafty Chicks #57 ends 10/5- anything goes
7. Paper-Crafting Journey #20 ends 10/11 - die cuts
8. Crafts and Me Challenges #54 ends 10/4 - flowers
9. Scrapalicious ends 10/4 - anything goes
10. Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
11. Whimsical Wednesdays ends 10/12 - anything goes


Anonymous said...

Absolutely Beautiful! Love the colours and all the ribbons and your pretty bird, Delightful!
Hugs Julie P

Jenny said...

Just stunning. The colours, the flowers, the bird - all just stunning - almost too good to write in :)
hugs jenny x

Jackie Thomas said...

Oh my goodness Chris, this is so beautiful. I love your attention to detail. Huge hugs xo

Kelly said...

Chris your notebook is stunning! Love the bright colours against the white. Beautiful work!
Kelly xxx

Mandy said...

Hi Chris,
This is a stunning notebook....Fabulous detail as always, gorgeous colours....Beautiful work...
Mandy x

Riet said...

What a beautiful card Chris.

Hugs Riet.xx

Sandy said...

Wow Chris - would ya look at this - gorgeous you talented lady!

pinky said...

Beautiful project. Thanks for joining us at C4E this week.

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous notebook, fabulous design :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Lori Turner said...

Gorgeous journal!! I love it! Thanks for playing at 4 Crafty Chicks.

GiGi said...

This book is beautiful!!! I know exactly how you feel, maybe I should make one of these myself! Thanks for playing at Whimsical Wednesdays!

Nelly said...

This a beautiful notebook and such wonderful colour choice and detail...thanks for joining us at this weeks Glitter Geeks challenge and good luck...X

Sally Morgan said...

Chris, this is just beautiful-so feminine. Everything about it is perfect!
*hugs* Sal x

Sheryl said...

Hi Chris! This altered notebook is simply gorgeous! I love the white embossing and those yummy colored flowers and ribbons are so very pretty! Take a bow!
Thank you for joining us for our Fussy and Fancy, "Try A New Technique" Challenge.
Hugs, Sheryl

Shelby said...

Love this notebook! I should make me one as well...I can related to the thoughts flying out of my head! Love all of the flowers and the butterflies are gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Glitter Geeks this week.


cheryl said...

this is one gorgeous card just love the image,and the colors on this bless you for playing at creatalicious this month love hugs cherylxxxxx

having a {me} day said...

This is beautiful. Thanks for joining us at c4e. keeleyxx

Sande said...

G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S NOTEBOOK!!! So lovely colors and bright!

Thanks for joining us at SSDS!
Hope to see you soon again!

Hugs, Sande xx

Linda said...

This is so beautiful! I love the flowers and the beautiful humming bird. So very pretty!
Thank you for joining us at SSDS.

Merlyn said...

Beautiful card :) I love it so much :)

Unknown said...

Wow this is gorgeous!!!!! you did a fabulous job on this notebook!!!!! Wow stunning!!!!

Carole said...

Love everything about this notebook. Beautiful ... Good luck in the challenges.

Veena said...

So elegant and pretty! The embossed background window,colourful ribbons, hummingbird, butterflies and flowers are just gorgeous!