Sunday, 20 April 2014

Springtime Playtime...

Hello everyone and welcome! Let me start by wishing everyone a very happy Easter!! Here in the Northern Hemisphere Easter is all about new life and today I am sharing a little mini book full of Springtime images.
The cover of this was actually created quite a while ago with the help of a Stampendous stamp. The background was created with the help of Distress paints and inks, the Papillion Text stamp by Tim was stamped in Walnut Stain and then I over stamped the Paris/Eiffeltower in Black Archival. I stamped it again and then fussy cut the flowers and coloured those with Distress Markers in Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar.
I added a bit of Stickles to their centres. Oh an I had also added some texture through a Crafty Individuals stencil and coloured it with Treasure gold.
 The construction of the little book itself is easy, you will need 2 sheets of 12 x 12 " strong card, - score at 6" one way and at 4 and 8 the other way. After that it is constructed in exactly the same way as Tim's W book. If you want more detail, just email me.

Alright, now for the inside pages, after doing loads of DT work, I really just wanted to play with my own stamps and inks, using all my favourite techniques of ink blending, stenciling and stamping.
I used smooth stamping card through out, the vocal stamp is from Inkylicious, coloured with Distress Markers. The stencil in the background I think is from Creative Expressions. I wanted the colours through out to reflect the transition from winter into Spring, and as I want to add this to the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie which is Flights of Fancy I included loads of birds and butterflies throughout.
The stamps here are all from Kaisercraft, the stencils are Tim Holtz and Prima. The butterflies were stamped twice again, first in Plum Archival including the background collage that is part of the stamp, and then just the butterflies in Jet Black archival.
Another Inkylicious stamp, stamped with Faber Castell Big Brush pens and then coloured with them also, scribbling on craftmat and then using a water brush. Stencils are Tim and Prima again.
Here's a close up of the birds. I love how these stamps are so detailed even though they are polymer ones and really quite cheap.
More of the same, the colours slowly turning more Spring like. Stamps from Stampendous, stencils Tim and Prima. Not really sure where this particular butterfly was from, it may have been a Kaisercraft one.
Here is the last page I have done so far, this gorgeous bird is from The Birds of a Feather set from Artistic Outpost, I coloured it with Distress Markers. The swirly one around the outside is a very old Stempel Glede one.
Below you can see how the pages fit into the book
As I used two 12 by 12 sheets for my basic booklet, I have still got about 3 pages left to finish, but I leave those for another time.
Here is the back cover still, using the same background stamp I used on the front to tie it all together.

Hope you like my little playtime booklet, the individual pages of the book are 6 x 4. Thanks so much for visiting and if you celebrate it I wish you the most wonderful Easter and don't eat too much chocolate!!

I am entering this into the Flights of Fancy challenge at Frilly and Funkie and as the challenge this week at FSC is Flying Things I am also adding this there.

59 comments:

Nikki Acton said...

Absolutely gorgeous Astrid. Your colours are stunning, I love the lilac, blue page. Happy Easter, Nikki x

Gitte said...

Beautiful work. :-)

chrissies said...

A stunning book to celebrate this time of year.

Enjoy your Easter Day Astrid

Love Chrissie x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

oh Astrid... every single page in this booklet touches my heart... amazing colors, style and so much love in each part....
adorable!!!
Happy Easter to you Astrid!

Thanks for all your generous sharing of artwok and your charming friendly nature!
xxx
Susi

Buttons said...

I'm thrilled to bits you chose to share this gem of a book with us at Frilly and Funkie Astrid. Every page is a delight with so much beautiful stamping and texture, and you blend colours in a masterful way. So now I'm just sat here scrolling backwards and forwards taking in every element. Love it!!! Jenny x

Paula Whittaker said...

Happy Easter Astrid.
What a gorgeous piece of art....like everything about it x

Stamps and Paper said...

Absolutely fabulous Astrid wonderful mixtures if colours and texture also beautiful colours

Anny

Brenda Brown said...

What a beautiful book Astrid, I just love all the wonderful images and the textures. Each page is a gem in itself and I am going back to take in more of the details.
Wishing you and yours a very happy Easter.
Hugs Brenda xx

rachel said...

a Happy Easter to you Astrid - your album is just beautiful - love it xx

Redanne said...

Wow Astrid, you must have had a wonderful playtime, creating this little masterpiece! What a lovely way to combine all those beautiful stamps too. I need to go back now and keep looking at this wonderful creation........ Hope you are having a wonderful Easter weekend. Hugs, Anne xx

Maryann Laursen said...

Sooooo gorgeous as usual here again Astrid. I love how you´ve decorated every page soo beautifully and with soo many bright colors. It looks fabulous.
A very Happy Easter to you too hun.

Jane said...

This is just stunning Astrid, beautiful pages. Happy Easter x

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Wow, Astrid, each and every page is awesome.

Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid your new book is marvelous , I so love your play with the colours, -so beautiful are all the pages , and the butterfly stamps abd birds fits so well for this challenge.
Happy Easter to you ,too, my friend.
Hugs,Dorthe

Meggymay said...

Totally gorgeous, every page has wonderful details and inky goodness.
Happy Easter.
Yvonne x

Elaine said...

What a perfect book project, I love your vintagey themes and I have quite a few of those stamps myself! I love butterflies, Parisian images and the general feel of it. I especially like that Hope page. Really lovely work, it looks like you had real fun with this. Happy Easter. Elaine x

May said...

Gorgeous book so many fabulous techniques Astrid, Love all the images & blending of beautiful colours... the birds & butterflies are perfect... Happy Easter... Hugs May x x

Ros Crawford said...

Happy Easter!!
Such a beautiful album ... I love the pages ... I have a lot of Inkylicious stamps too I love them ... Your birds are amazing and just pop out of the page ... Have a beautiful day ... it's turned cold here

Ellen said...

Wowww Astrid, awesome as always!!!

Ellenx

Anne (cornucopia) said...

This is a beautiful book, Astrid!

Happy Easter to you.

I also wanted you to know that your April tag inspired me to start the Tim Holtz "Tags of 2014" challenge.

I have admired your artwork for some time now.

Laurart said...

Totally breathtaking! I am so glad I came over here to have a peek because there is so much to see. This is so beautiful xxxx

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

Yeah, it is absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking, Astrid. A wonderful piece of art.

Happy Easter to you and yours

Marilyn J. Rock said...

Stunning from front to back! So hopeful with its Spring theme! Happy Easter! xo

Claire said...

Hi Astrid and Happy Easter to you. I love your little book, you've managed to include so many pretty details and I love all the texture and gorgeous inkyness too. Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this time
Claire xx

Rita said...

What a masterpiece Astrid. I absolutely adore what you've done. The colours and textures are just fabulous. See you on Tuesday. Hugs Rita xxxx

Martina2801 said...

Dear Astrid, your album is FABULOUS in every way. The creativity of design and the stunning colours are superb! Congratulations on your wonderful artwork.
Wishing you a lovely Easter:-)
Hugs MARTINA

Joanna said...

Happy Easter Astrid!
Beautiful book. Love all details.
Joanna

Vampirschmetterlings Basteleck said...

Wonderful work!!!

Happy Easter!

Ingrid

Cazro said...

Amazing work Astrid. Happy Easter. Caz

Juliz Design Post said...

Wow Astrid, this book is a jaw dropper !!! Fantastic. Happy Easter, Julie x

c.szyba said...

gorgeous book,
bye from France
Pitchoune

Corrie Herriman said...

Love, love, love it all ! Happy Easter to you Astrid !
Corrie x

Jools Robertson said...
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Jools Robertson said...

Happy Easter!

What a beautiful book and fab tutorial
Each page is stunning and the variety of colours perfect for the lovely images
You have created a true treasure

Jools x

isisimaginings.com said...

Hello Astrid, I hope you've had a lovely day. Your book is absolutely gorgeous, I love each & every detail.
Thank you for the VERY kind comment on my blog today, I'm still blushing. :)

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

This is delightful with so much to please the eye, from the dreamy inky backgrounds to the wonderful detail on the stamps.
Also the front cover is special in itself.
A gorgeous little Springtime keepsake.
Wishes
Lynne

sharon said...

This book is breathtaking!! I adore the birds especially, and all the yellows, looking like spring, so cheery, so happy!

Valerie-Jael said...

Your little book is really beautiful, love the colours and images, and textures. Have a happy Easter Monday. Hugs,
Valerie

Agnès PETIT said...

Great, really great! Bonjour from France

Chris Warner said...

Wow, another beautiful masterpiece Astrid - soooooo artistic! I cannot decide which part I like the most! Beautiful! Chris xxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Oh my what a gorgeous book, love all the pages very much. Have a great day, Shirleyx

Terry said...

Once again you have treated us to a world of beauty! Oh how I love the cover and the texture and the pages are all so amazingly beautiful! Hope you had a wonderful Easter and a little bit of chocolate! Sadly, my hubby did not give me any. Hugs!

Lys Scrap said...

This booklet is a wonder for the eyes! Have a great Easter! Lys.

butterfly said...

Gorgeous gilded texture on the front, and each page inside is a delight - lovely stamping and colours, with all those birds and butterflies - a perfect springtime album!
Alison xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, I'm missing words, such a wonderful project.

Jann said...

Astrid, your art is always so beautiful and inspiring! I love this book-the images, the backgrounds, the colors, everything!

Jennie Atkinson said...

I don't know how I missed this Astrid! What a fabulous little book - so many wonderful techniques, textures and colours. Just perfect to celebrate spring x

Annie said...

wow and more wow's. This is so fabulous Astrid.......I love all the wonderful details and can't wait to see this in real life tomorrow :-)

See you soon

Annie x

Dianne said...

Well Miss Astrid when you have some personal playtime you create you best work, that cover is SUPERB,every page is a magical dream, really outstanding work, this visit was jammed packed with inspiration thanks you so much for that, hope you have a wonderful week, I'm going to try and FB this, ((( BIG HUGS )))...

PetraB said...

Absolutely gorgeous with its textures colours and images.

Tincan Crafter said...

Wow, just wow - so in awe of all of it. Absolutely stunning!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!!! I say this every time I know but that's just how I feel about your work ... simply Wow! This is Astrid magic at its best. Glorious colours, fabulous stamping and every single page is a little work of art!!! I love it!!! Hope you had a lovely Easter too Astrid and didn't make yourself ill on too much chocolate. I am so inspired by this little book I'm going to make one myself. If it turns out just half as good as yours I will be delighted!!! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous creations!! ox

Ellie Knol said...

O, these all are looking gorgeous!

Anita Houston said...

Every page is a delight for the eyes! You put together the most awesome books! Truly fabulous!

Sue C said...

Absolutely stunning Astrid ! Love all the pages, there's so much to see I need to go back for another look !

Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie too ! Sue C x

Ana K. said...

Every single piece you make is full of textures, details and so beautiful...I love your work, my dear Astrid! Hugs

Dagmar said...

your book is a dream - so beautiful - fantastic artwork! Hugs Dagmar

Mrs.B said...

A stunning mini book Astrid, love the texture on the cover and then such beautiful images and gorgeous stenciling inside.
Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
Avril x

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh, Astrid, it's just gorgeous. And such fun to have the play, just for the sake of play. Love these pages, especially the rays one. Beautiful!

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