Saturday, 12 March 2011

Springtime Metal Book

I've had a couple of hours to craft this morning so thought I would join in the challenge over at The Play Date Cafe.  I often use two of these colours together but never with blue but I must admit I am loving these colours together.
I decided to create a little something with a metal element as Simon Says Stamp and Show some METAL this week so I have combined a few challenges. My little book is created using a metal door hinge that you would purchase from a general DIY store, that's my first piece of metal.  My covers are created from gold metal which I have embossed and coloured with alcohol ink and sanded the top to remove the colour from the raised areas.  A small amount of blue acrylic paint was rubbed over the entire piece to remove some of the shine.  I have also added some Design Detail to the front cover to join in with the challenge over at Studio L3 with Linda for the Compendium of Curiosities challenge (Page 67 of the book for the technique).  This is our last week, or maybe not, as Linda says, can't wait to see what you have planned Linda.  Thanks for a great challenge, I have enjoyed playing along each week.
I have also used metal corners on each cover of my book which measures 2.5" in height and each page is 2" in width.
My accordion is from blue Bazzil card and my pages have been coloured with DI's worn lipstick and spiced marmalade, perfect match for the Play Date Cafe colour challenge.
The images on these pages are from Crafty Individuals and once again I have added some Design Detail as detailed in Tim's book.
The poppy image on the left is a Memory Box stamp (available from The Stamp Attic) and the image on the right is another Crafty Individuals image and once again Design Details have been added. The birds along the bottom are a punch from Martha Stewart.
My final pages include a poppy image from Crafty Individuals and a Tulip image from Outlines.  The small bird is a Maya Road Chipboard piece.

I would also like to add this piece to The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog challenge which this month is SPRING HAS SPRUNG and The Stampman challenge which this time around is a floral theme.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for popping by, Tracy x x

47 comments:

Sue said...

Ooooooh nice!! LOve the stitching on the front of the book and LOVE the hinge idea.....mmmm wonder where I can get a hinge!!!

Suzi B said...

fabulous! would love to see it...

Helen said...

Gorgeous book, what beautiful work. I am off to check out that poppy stamp NOW!!

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful book. Love all the layers of inks and images. Gorgeous embossing.

Hels Sheridan said...

Gorgeous book Tracy, FAB use of that hinge! How clever!!! Thanks for joining us at the AS CT challenge x

Sandy said...

Oh wow this is so cool.
Absolutely outstanding. I love it.

Have a great sunday dear Tracy.

Lisa Somerville said...

Love your hinged books! Wonderful colors and images!

Julie Forest said...

Wowzers, Tracy! This is a stunning little metal book! Love the colors and your embossed cover ROCKS!! :)

Netty said...

Oh wow Tracy this is a totally fabulous book, so much work but oh so worth it my friend. Loved sharing the CofC journey with you. Enjoy the weekend. Annette x

Susan Allan said...

Love the use of unusual objects AKA your hinge.

You have made these odd colours work magnificently.
Have a lovely evening
Sue xx

Maggie Ann said...

This is sooo amazing, and the colors are gorgeous!

Meggymay said...

Amazing, fab book. Love the covers, the colours are gorgeous.

Gez said...

Super book. What a clever idea :) The colours are FAB. Love the stitching.

wearestampers said...

Fabulous little book! Love the hinge, and the 'details'!
Pam

Cheryl said...

oh wow hun each time,you amaze me with your creativity,and this time well wow this is just stunning hun,adore the hinges,and the pages,are just brilliant hugs cheryl xxxxx

donna said...

Tracy your book is gorgeous! What a brilliant idea to use the hinge. Your colors and stamps are beautiful! Thanks for all of your inspiration during this journey. See you in the next one. Cheers..Donna

Linda Ledbetter said...

Tracy, this is the perfect, gorgeous way to wrap up the CCC! You always make such wonderful books-- intricate and thoughtful and perfect-- and this is one of my favorites yet! The door hinge binding is absolutely ingenious, and the way you incorporated the Design Details challenge is brilliant. I love the stitching!

The blue background with the warm, sunset panels makes a gorgeous color scheme on the pages, and the stamp images are perfect!

Thank you so much for being such a wonderful participant in the CCC! You're an incredibly talented artist and a lovely person, and I very much hope you'll be back for the next chapter!

flutterbycrafter said...

What a fabulous book, love everything about it

Nigel said...

My first thought was "that hinge looks almost real". D'oh!

I love this, and like Sue would like to see it in real life.

Joanna K (aka Asia K) said...

Wooow, what an amazing book, Tracy! I love the metal covers and the sanded embossing really makes them pop! Stnning art!!! xx

kim-paperbabe said...

This is awesome Tracey I lveo that you've used a hinge for the sping genious girl!!!
The metal embossed looks fabulous and loveing those stitches too!
The Design Team & I are so pleased that you joined the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week!
Thank you, HuGs Kim :)

Martina2801 said...

It´s a joy to visit your artwork and fabulous blog! You have such a wonderful way of creating art that I just love! Keeps me returning to see what you will do next.
A new follower:-)
MARTINA xoxo

Von said...

Oh isn't this fab !!!
Von

Wendy said...

Oh Tracy, its amazing...

Wanda H said...

Fabulous piece!!!! Love the metal!!!

Fiona said...

Beautiful Tracy - just beautiful - and such a lot of work!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us over at the Play Date Cafe :)

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

Oh, this is fabulous Tracy! Loving the hinge, metal embossing, colours, gorgeous stamps... a stunning piece of art!!
Jan x

lisa said...

What a stunning book. I love all the metal and you've put some gorgeous stamped images into it, it must have taken you ages.
Thanks for much for sharing it with us at The Stampman this time.
hugs Lisax

Nancy Wethington said...

WOW! Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

Nancy said...

LOVE this!!
Thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!

Zemphira ~ Scatter Art. said...

What a piece of art!
I love this.

Candy C said...

HI Tracy! This is a beautiful example of Show Some Metal! Love your book! It's really a work of art! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge! Great job!

Lynn Stevens said...

WOW Tracy, Now this is creative, Great idea to use a real hinge for the spine. and so many wonderful pages. I am in awe of your creativity!!! A metal masterpiece!
Hugs Lynn

TuKara said...

WOW!!!WOw!!!!Wow!!!!Super!!Magnifique livre!

Michele Gross said...

Amazing! I love this project so much!! Great images, great use of the colors, its just super cool! Thanks for playing with us at The Play Date Cafe!

Minxy said...

This turned out amazing, i love it, I tried ages ago to make a hinge book but failed miserably, thanks for showing me it can be done, and done well :D

Jinny Newlin said...

Truly amazing, Tracy! This is fascinating! I want to reach through this computer screen and gingerly thumb through each and every page. TFS! Thanks for playing along with us in The Cafe!

Ginger said...

This is lovely, so inspiring. x

Dragon said...

Woo that is totally fabulous. I love it..
Frankie
xx

Marjie K said...

Your book is absolutely GORGEOUS!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHHHHHHHHHH! Tracy--this is STUNNNNING! I love love love this book! I love that cover! And those pages--oh my! You made this entire thing? I'm blown away! I wish I had talent like this! LOVE LOVE LOVE:) Thanks for playing along and joining in the fun over at the PDCC:}

Candy C said...

Congratulations on your honor from Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge on your metal book. It is stunning and a very well deserved award!!

Libby Hickson said...

Oh my WOW!!! This is incredible!! Love every single detail of this amazing little book. Thanks so much for playing with us at the Play Date Cafe!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

How cool, such a fantastic book, wonderful work.

Artyjen said...

Fabulous idea to use the hinge for the spine....looks great ;)
Thanks for playing along at The Artistic Stamper this month
xoxo Sioux

Joanna K (aka Asia K) said...

Congrats on being one of the top picks on Stamp Man, Tracy! How fab!!!! ;)) xx

Kirsten Alicia said...

That's fantastic!