Thursday, 5 July 2018

"B" Happy for Frilly and Funkie

Hello friends and welcome.
Today I am excited to share a project with you that I made specially for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie where I was invited to be guest designer once more after winning their Lace challenge a while back.
I made a project with the newly released Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal die, but as you will see, this is not actually a journal or indeed an album.

But first to the challenge theme:
The host for this challenge is the lovely Cec, and this is what she had to say about the challenge:

Challenge Theme: “B” Happy!
Description:  Create a shabby chic or vintage project that makes you happy and features birds, bees and/or butterflies.  You must use at least one of these things with wings and it must have a place of prominence on your creation but if you wish to use two or more, please feel free to do that.

Now I had this wonderful piece of rice paper from Stamperia in my stash and decided to use it for this project as it features the beautiful butterfly. Now you may ask, if this is not an album, what is it?

Well, it's a little container/folder (not sure what to call it) to hold some teabags and tags created for a tea bag swap that I was recently involved in.

So here is a quick run through of how I made it:
Here you can see the whole of the outside. The bee in the middle is a La Blance stamp that I stamped on tissue paper and then adhered to the central panel.

Now to the inside:
I have this Stamperia Flower Alphabet paper collection that matched the rice paper beautifully, so I used different papers from that for the inside. I added the bee stamp here too, this time stamped on an other piece of paper from the collection and then fussy-cut a couple of flowers and attached them underneath to tie the different papers together.

Next I created a pocket, deep enough to hold the tea bags and tags. Hopefully you can see from the picture more or less how I did that:
As you can see I made a couple of concertina folded "hinges" that will be attached to the central inside panel and thus make the pocket deep enough for the content.

You need to make sure to stay inside the spine area, otherwise the album will not close.

Here you can see in a bit more detail what the contents look like:

It all fitted just perfectly inside the pocket, and using the wrapped journal die for this purpose worked pretty well, as it is designed with a wide enough spine to easily wrap around the package.
The two little tags are just cut outs from the paper collection, the larger tag was made with oxide inks, some background stamping  and a fussy-cut flower I had in my stash.

I also added a little butterfly still to stick with the theme of B creatures with wings...
The folder closes with a Velcro closure and that was pretty much it.

I loved the theme that Cec had chosen and want to thank the whole team at Frilly and Funkie for inviting me to be their guest. And thank you lovely friends for your visit here today


Redanne said...

Astrid, this is absolutely gorgeous, I cannot think of a nicer way to parcel up a gift, it is a gift in itself - and a beautiful one at that! Hugs, Anne xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Fabulous vintage project, great attention to all the beautiful details. Hugs, Valerie

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a fabulous project! This is such a lovely gift too! Well done for using some of the Stamperia Rice paper - I bought some age ago and can't bring myself to use it, you may just have given me a nudge!! Hugs, Chrisx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Beautiful Astrid. Wonderful gift idea and the paper is stunning. Tracy ❤️

G Peplow said...

Fabulous make, well done 😊👍xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Beautiful project!

My name is Erika. said...

You know I have thought about getting that die (as it has a lot of potential for sure. You have really shown that potential for sure. Beautiful work Astrid. Hope you are having a great Thursday. Hugs-Erika

Annie said...

This is a simply stunning journal for those beautiful keepsakes from crafty friends Astrid xxFabulous details both inside and out and your pocket is amazing xx Love it !!

Tried to leave a comment at least three times at F&F without success !! Blogger playing up no doubt xx

Thank You for sharing and huge hugs
Annie xx

Dorthe said...

A beautiful, romantic holder for the swap pieces, so wonderful created with the gorgeous papers, and stamps- love the bee stamp-
and your tags- are so lovely, -the green one fantastic, in your mixed tones.
An amazing folder , dear Astrid !!
Dorthe xxo

Meggymay said...

A stunning project Astrid you always make the most amazing books.
Yvonne xx

ßeulah ßee said...

Beautiful papers, beautiful album/folder. I am especially fond of the bumblebee timepiece ☺. Thanks for sharing!

butterfly said...

Delightful! I love the soft blues, greens and lilacs of the cover (just been creating something in soft lavenders myself, but you won't see that for a while - I have to wait until it's been given to the recipient). Lovely pages and pockets and tags - I always enjoy "interactive" projects! Love the Oxide colours on the tags too. Congratulations on a lovely guest spot for F&F.
Alison x

Margaret Mifsud said...

Oh my!! This is fantastic Astrid!! The outside is super gorgeous! I love the colour mix and the stamping .. so beautiful!! What really grabs me is the brilliant design!! What a wonderful idea to use a journal cover as the holder for the items in your tea bag swap! Wow! The recipient must have been gob-smacked. Such a beautiful gift all by itself! hugs x

Mrs.B said...

A stunning project and a lovely way to store the tags and teabags. Gorgeous details as always.
Avril x

Let's Art Journal said...

Congratulations on your win and Wow, what a stunner! The paper design is so pretty and I love the clock stamp with the bee - beautiful 😁. I hope you had a lovely week, enjoy your weekend! J 😊 x

Helen Wallace said...

Oh gosh! That paper is absolutely gorgeous Astrid and you've created a little treasure with it. Such a sweet idea to tuck a little gift inside and your featured bee is delightful. TFS

froebelsternchen said...

Oh wow... this is simply AMAZINg Astrid! I am in awe of it!

Larimore2 said...

Girl, your project has me speechless! You really chose a great color, backgroundto it all pop!
Stamping velum or tissue papaer sounds like the things I like to do!
Veeeeeeeerry NIIIIIIIIICE JOB!!!

Jackie PN said...

WOW Astrid!! This is a stunner! Each page,tag,pocket,element,wow! You really made this creation,a joy to view!Fabulous ,my talented friend! xx

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