I know, I know... where the heck have I been... again?!

... I have been very busy creating! I was working on submissions for the next TAC catalogue and the deadline was Monday, so all of it is IN THE MAIL! Too bad I can't show you any of it until the end of January, though.

[I told you I was a tease :)]

Well, Kim Sears is such a sweetie... she sent me a blank 'JOY' mini-album that she had bound with the BIA! She used her Cricut & Design Studio software to cut all of the pages & a thin layer of chipboard and glued them all together. She sent along some extra pieces of cardstock and a little more of the Merry Wishes paper for me to complete it. I did! Yep, me, Miss Procrastination, finished it. Evidently I got a wild hair last night when I got home from work and I went through all of my little embellishments picking out the pink & green ones, including several spools of ribbon to boot.

[yeah, try 7 rolls of ribbon... yep, I know... 'freak']
So I had all of this pink & green beautimousness spread out all over my table and just started going to town! I sponged all of the edges of the book and the mats & tags I created with Jardin Moss Palette ink. I'm telling you... sponging makes a difference!! I used Black StazOn to stamp the 'Christmas' sentiment (current GWP stamp) on a little pink plastic tile... I then covered it in VersaMark & sprinkled a pearlized clear embossing powder over it and heated it. Add a little pink bling & some organza ribbon, and voila... title.
Look at all of the ribbon... yummy.

I kept the back of the 'J' and the front of the 'O' pages pretty simple for the addition of photos, except for all of the lovliness on the lower right corner of the 'O'!! Is it not fantabulous?! So girly.

I had to add more on the back of the 'O'... loving these buttons!
The front of the 'Y' has a paper pocket w/ a pull-out 'card' and a couple of tags. I'm visualizing a photo on the front of the card w/ journaling on the back... LOVE the pearly-pink paper clip. I finished the page off with a trio of lace flowers.
I LOVE the back of the 'Y'. I used a Fantastix to shade the letter to form the rest of the 'Y', punched a couple of scallop circles & added a button center, and then used the outline of a 'u' sticker affixed to cardstock.
Tied a little ribbon around the 'u', added a pearly-green clip with a little snowflake-stamped tag. The 'i treasure' sentiment has a touch of Candy Cane Stickles along with the Ornamental Snowflakes stamped in Toile Pink & Belle Rose Palette ink.

The inside back cover is fun, too. I glued a length of beaded trim at the bottom, added another cluster of buttons at the top left, along w/ a few large sequins. Left a large mat for a photo, and added a journaling block. Finished it off with a little white heart stamped with 'love'.
Thanks so much, Kim! I couldn't have created this without you!!

What do you think?!!


Chaffin Channel said...

This is freakin' adorable!!! I love the backside of the "Y" - fantabulous!!

You are so creative.

Laurie Unger said...

Wow - this is wonderfully done! TFS!

Brett & Cherie Garrett said...

Thanks for the comment, Barb! Cindy has sucked me into this "blogging" business! I love this book...pink and green are so great together. I LOVE the beading on the bottom. All of it is so embellished and gorgeous! LOVE IT! =)

Angela K said...

Amazing!!! Just beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

Very cool! I love the beaded detail you added! Youcan never have too much bling!


Unknown said...

The whole thing is fabulicious!! Absolutely!

Toni said...

Okay this is just another reason I have to have that Cricut. I love these books and would love to make my own. Yours is really cute Barb, but what isn't?

Bridgett Owens said...

I love this!!! I think you did a great job, too and knowing how I like to put things off...let me just say WAY TO GO!

Lisadwb said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely!!

Debbie Olson said...

This is a VERY cool album, Barb! I have a Cricut and the design CD--just need to figure out how to use it!

Kim said...

Barb this is this is just AWESOME!!! You turned this blank canvas into an amazing book! WOW!!!

Mrs. Nancy G said...

So cool! You art always AMAZES!!!

Beverly said...

O-M-G!!!! LOVE it, LOVE it, LOVE it!! There's only 1 thing I don't like about it......IT'S NOT MINE! :) Can you please bottle some of your creativeness & send it MY way?!?!?!?