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Sunday, 27 June 2010

Sweet pea notebook and baby wipe beads

Well I did it, got my Bind it all off the shelf, dusted it off and had a go. It might have helped if I'd spotted the dvd in the box before I had a play but no, I didn't notice that until I put it away lol. After a lot of faffing around I managed to make this note book (don't look too closely at the slightly wonky wires)

I used covers that came with the BIA (7x5 ish) and painted them with Viva Precious Metal Paint. Once the paint was dry I ran a black stazon inkpad around the edges and stamped an Elusive Images background stamp in versamark as the cente panel. I dusted it with mica powders and then stamped some faux stitching down both sides with a HOTP stamp. I then attached a layer of wide lime ribbon and some narrower bluey green ribbon around the cover.The image is Winter Watcher by Ching-Chou Kuik, coloured with promarkers and matted on some black card with embossed faux stitching around the edge. I also added some glossy accents to the cats eye. The two flowers are made using an Elusive images stamp, the centres are bottlecaps crushed in my cuttlebug and filled with peacock blue glitter.

To finish off I added some little black gems and a beaded dangle which is mostly made of beads from my stash .... apart from the pale beaded beads which are made of baby wipes rofl.

I've got a pile of baby wipes in beautiful colours from cleaning up my inky mess but I never really know what to do with them (all ideas appreciated please lol). I tried punching one and ruined my favourite flower punch and today I managed to snap some nymo beading thread while stitching these (what do they make babywipes from? ????).

 The beads are easy to make but a little fiddly. I cut the baby wipe into strips and rolled them around a wooden skewer, fastening the end with dst. I then threaded a beading needle with nymo thread and added my beads. When I got to a baby wipe bead I stitched almost through the bead and came out near the top. I then threaded small bugle and seed beads on my needle and wrapped it around the baby wipe bead. This is attached by stitching back into the babywipe bead and then out of the top of the bead!!

I'm entering my little note book in the following challenges
Magical Crafts:Flower Power
Our Creative Corner: Keep your cool colour challenge - blues and greens
Cute Card Thursday: Renew, Reuse, Recycle (my baby wipes and bottletops)
Sketch Saturday: I've used the sketch for my cover layout

Thanks for looking, I hope you've had a good weekend. I usually hate Sunday nights but as I don't have to go to work tomorrow I'm a happy bunny :-)

Claire xx


  1. This is pretty special Claire, You make it look so simple but when I try something like this it usually ends up in the bin!

    Jenny x

  2. this is absolutely stunning huni i just love the techniques you used for the backround it looks really beautiful xx

  3. I agree with Jenny, Claire, it is pretty special. You put so much into your write up too, that reading it makes it seem easy. You have wonderful ideas.
    Have an enjoyable weeks holiday and enjoy the sunshine.
    Christine xx

  4. A great make, I love the way you have used those covers
    Thanks for joining in at Magical Crafts this time
    Jackie x

  5. Oohhh Claire what a stunning notebook, such wonderful detail, especially loved the babywipe beads idea, amazing.

    Thank you for joining us over at Magical Crafts.


    Joanne xx

  6. Love the notebook and was very interested to see how you made the beads. You certainly have some patience!

    Janet xx

  7. wow wow wow!!! this is just utterly amazing and gorgeous!!!! LOVE it so much just so gorgeous and creative everything about it is just perfect! Hugs Juls

  8. This is lovely Claire and I like how you've made the beads. How imaginative, x

  9. Beautiful book that image in the centre is great Claire and a brilliant idea to use the dried baby wipes to make beads. Thanks for playing along at Magical Crafts.
    Carol Ann xx

  10. Oh the colours are so striking on this note book and that image is gorgeous!

    Thanks for joining us at magical crafts

  11. beautiful work Claire - love all the techniques you have used to create this amazing book

    x Hilda

  12. WoW! This is fabulous Claire! Your coloring is absolutely incredible! Love the book - too pretty to use. :)

  13. This really caught my eye-I LOVE the colours and the style. It is like a gothic fairy tale. The metallic paints are great and how you used the bottle caps. Glitter is my favourite thing and it is rare when i don;t use some parkle on my card insome fashion-just lovely

  14. Spectacular!!!! Such a lot of texture and colour, just gorgeous!


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