Saturday, May 06, 2017

Dutch Flowers Notebook and Card - Spellbloggers

Well, hello there! - how are you?
Welcome to another Spellblogging Saturday!
Here's what I've been making this week - I broke open one of my newest Spellbinders die sets - well, eventually you do have to stop just looking, and open up the package, don't you? haha
This one is the sweetest little set of rather funky flowers and a little butterfly - two of my favourite kinds of embellishments, so what's not to love?
I don't think my photos do the die cuts justice really, as the embossing on the flowers and the butterfly wings is really pretty.

Anyhoos, I mentioned to a friend that some really dull, really cheap little notebooks are very easy and quick to pretty up for a tiny cute gift, or maybe to make and sell at table-top sales, school bazaars etc and I thought the best way would be to find the ones I have stashed away and actually do a sample.

Here's how my notebook started out.  It's about 5x19cm and I think they cost about 10p each

Having cut a strip of Kraft card the right size to wrap around the notebook, I used strong glue to stick it in place. First adhering the back of the book in place, then using a bone folder to make the creases on the spine before gluing that and the front cover of the book into the card wrap.  
I matted a piece of white corrugated card onto black card and then onto the notebook

The die set I've used to decorate the book is this one:
Dutch Flowers Die D-Lites Etched Dies (Spellbinders)

 To finish I added some ribbon to keep the book closed, but tbh that was just a bit of extra, necessary frippery, it didn't need it.  But I do like a bit of ribbon.

Then I thought I'd make a matching card, just because I could.
I just used a piece of old wet-wipe to rub ink over a piece of white card, matted onto black then Kraft and added this panel to a plain white card blank
Using the same coloured card as before I cut some more flowers and another butterfly to decorate it.  This time I didn't stick everything down as firmly as I wanted the wings and the leaves to stand out a bit - I love sticky out, dimensional bits on cards, but you wouldn't want that on a notebook as they'd get ripped off in no time!
I added some little black gems to the flowers (which don't really show up in the photos 😠), some ribbon and a triple bow.

That's it, a cute little notebook and a card,  all done!  I hope you like them
Thanks for visiting, if you click on This Link  you'll find yourself at the Spellbinders store and you can get your hands on this cute little die set too!

Happy Crafting



Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy the notebook and card are gorgeous those dies are lovely. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Dawn said...

What a gorgeous gift idea. Would be great to sell for my daughters school as the summer fete isn't far away.

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful notebook and card Kathy
Gr Karin

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

These dies are super cute. Great card

Shabneez said...

Love those dies Kathy - Spellbinders have a great range don't they? Beautiful project. Shabneez x

Angelnorth said...

Love the matching card - great little set!

Laine said...

Such a fun project Kathy! So cute!

Tracy Welham said...

This would make a lovely gift set, The colours are beautiful and such a great idea with the notebook. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

Jan Ltc said...

Love this elegant card xx Jan