Sunday, August 25, 2013

My Other Creations: Little Birdie Altered Journal


This week's challenge for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is to use dots!  Wa-hoo!  If you've looked at any of my projects, you can see that nobody has to tell me twice to use dots!  LOVE THEM!  And I also love this Tim Holtz spiral-bound journal that is so blissfully easy to alter.  Here's how it started out:



I cut a piece of My Mind's Eye paper (from the Bramble Rose collection) to fit on top.  I added some polka dots using a Stampabilities stamp, then smudged on some brown Tim Holtz distress ink to give it a little more dimension.



I used Ranger Black archival ink and added some elegant text using a Stampabilities stamp called, "Le London Script."



On the top, I tacked on this fun paper dot garland made by Glitz.  I glued on some flowers from Petaloo and made a flower of my own using a Sizzix flower die.  It's glued on top of a Prima flower.



I added some ephemera elements to the background (from Kaisercraft's Attic Collection), then sawed a bird's nest in half and glued it to the cover.  I included some decorative twigs to make a branch for the nest to sit on.  I added fabric scraps to a store-bought bird and put him in the nest.  I finished it off with yet another flower from Prima and a little ticket stub sticking out of the top to serve as a divider tab.


 I used all sorts of random supplies on this project and as always, Simon Says Stamp is my go-to shop for all things crafty.  Here's a list of some of the fabulous products I used:


 

As always, be sure to check out each week's new challenge theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  Not only will you inspire us fellow crafters with your genius, but you'll also be automatically entered to win 50 big bucks to the Simon Says Stamp Store.  Free money just for sharing your skills?  Go for it!

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15 comments:

  1. Andrea...this is so pretty. I love it ALL! The half bird's nest looks so cool and adds so much dimension to the front of this little altered journal. I love how you've created such a wonderful new and improved cover using the polka dot stamps, the script and the wonderful little garland from Glitz, too. This is so stinkin' cute! <3 Candy

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  2. Oh....what a fabulous cover! Andrea. The background colors are so beautiful and I love the cute bird and nest, too. All the elements are so lovely! :)

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  3. Hi Andrea, I love this piece , the backdrop is gorgeous and everything works so well together. I absolutely love,the dimensional nest which adds so much detail and dimension and gives it a tactile feel. Love the touch of stamping and how,you incorporated dots into,your challenge piece. Tracy x

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  4. Fantastic work! I love the soft colors you splashed in!


    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  5. This is gorgeous! I love the bird nest as an embellishment. I was wondering how you did that. And then when I read "...then sawed a bird's nest in half..." I felt pretty dumb. lol Like, "duh". Well, anyway...I think it's pretty darn awesome.

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  6. This is so sweet and charming! The strung dots in the background and the clever idea of the bird half. I hope you put is other half on the backside. :)

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  7. how fabulous! Love the colors and a bird on a book? Perfection!

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  8. Whouah!What an amazing creation!

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  9. Just beautiful! Love the fun background which sets your birdie off so nicely. The fun dot banner is brilliant!

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  10. Beautiful altered journal Andrea!! Love the gorgeous background you created and what a great idea to place a bird on it.

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  11. Ohh Andrea, this is amazing! The birdsnest with the little bird is so cool! And the background is really perfect! Hugs, Sandra

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  12. GORGEOUS cover on this journal! Love the whole design!

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  13. OH MY, Andrea, this is simply FABULOUS!
    There are just SO MANY LOVELY details to admire!
    I love it! Beautifully done!

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