Friday, March 8, 2013

Waltzingmouse March Blog Waltz

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The day has finally arrived!!  All three of these fabulous sets:  A Good Egg, Folk Art Labels No. 25, and Folk Art Medallion are available for purchase at the Waltzingmouse Stamps store.  I have to say,  the Folk Art Medallion set that I used for this project has unlimited possibilities.
A Short while back, I spotted a Paper Book Gift Box on Pinterest.  The designer is Wenche, and she does beautiful, inspiring work.  Here's Wenche's Tutorial.  Her books are just stunning!  I thought Claire's new images would look gorgeous as the cover so I went to work on making this sweet gift box. 
 I converted the accordion folded pages' measurements into inches since I'm terrible with metric measurements:  2 sheets of 4.75" x 9.5" and 2 sheets of 4" x 9.5" scored at every 1/2".  I scored every inch, turned the paper over and scored every other inch.  That way the accordion folds easier for me.  Just a little tip.
 
I stamped the book cover using the Folk Art Medallion set with Latte ink (a muse), but Claire also has designed digi papers with a similar design now.  How cool is that!!


Here's a look at the side.  I added two grungeboard hinges underneath the top panel, and glued it over the top.  Thinking back...it might have been helpful to sew the hinges to the base for a more secure hold because those hinges put up a fight against the glue. 



On the back, I included my "signature" (printed because my name's so long it's hard to fit when written), using one of the signature images from the Waltzingmouse set Make Your Mark. I love this set of images.  There's a variety of styles to fit whatever project you can think of.

 It's hard to see, but the Kraft cardstock was embossed with Cuttlebug's Tiny Mosaic Embossing Folder.  After which I added Versamark to the entire book cover and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  Lastely I sanded the whole thing for a more aged appearance.


I used Versamark, and embossed the Folk Art Labels No. 25 Frame with Aged Silver Embossing Enamel by Stampendous.  I wanted to give the book label an aged look.  I also added the Aged Silver to the diecut corner embellishments (Antique Frame and Accents by Spellbinders), and brushed them with some Stone Gray Staz On to make them a little rougher looking.  They were also sanded a bit to soften the shine.


I added gold to the page edges using a 18K Gold Leafing Pen by Krylon.


And finally, here's what the inside looks like.  A perfect little opening for a thoughtful little gift.

You could win a stamp set of your choice too.  All you have to do is leave a comment on each blog by March 11th at 11:59 PM (GMT), 5:5 9AM Central (March 12), 3:59 AM Pacific and 6:59 AM.  One commenter will be randomly picked, and will be posted on Claire’s blog on Wednesday, March 13th.

That's it for my little project today.  I hope you've been inspired.  These sets are truly MUST HAVES.   
Next up on the hop is inspirational Becca!
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Paper:  Watercolor (Accordian Pages),  Dark Chocolate, Kraft and Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Latte (A muse), Pumice Stone and Gathering Twigs (Ranger Distress), Versamark
Accessories:  Dies ~ Labels 25 and Antique Frame and Accents (Spellbinders, Grungeboard (Tim Holtz), Flower (Prima), Feathers, 18K Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon), Clear Embossing Powder (JudiKins), Aged Silver Embossing Enamel (Stampendous), Tiny Mosaic Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Organdy Ribbon, Scor-Pal, Sewing Machine

58 comments:

Kim Duran said...

Tosha....oh my word! This is gorgeous! Totally gorgeous! So many details, I can tell you put a lot of love into creating this piece of art.

Claire Brennan said...

OMG I am on the floor, Tosha.....I have never seen anything like ths, this is incredible!! wow. You are just incredible. I have no words to describe this. hugs to you. I can't get over this beauty!

Julia Aston said...

Oh MY GOODNESS Tosh! what a gorgeous creation!!! this looks like leather - wonderful stampings and design!! Love it!! off to check out that tutorial!

Miriam Prantner said...

This is so beautiful! What a treasure! So elegant and gorgeous!

Becca Feeken said...

Wow, wow, wow Tosh - what an amazing creation! I've poured over the pictures for the last 10 minutes taking in every nook and cranny of this gorgeousness!! Love the colors, details well, everything!

Rosie said...

Love your book gift box and the colors you chose. Very very unique.

Deborah Frings said...

Wow - this is stunning. I love the way you've given the book such an antique look - the hinges, the metal corners - all just fabulous!

I've booked marked Wenche's tutorial and your post so that I can have a go at a book like this in the future.

Linda said...

Amazing and thanks for the chance to win.

Vicki said...

Such an involved project but sooooo stunning! I would love to receive this as a gift box.

Laura Jane said...

WONDERFUL book!

Marybeth said...

Oh my this is amazing! Such a beautiful hand made gift. Love the vintage look of this beautiful project!

Marisa said...

Totally stunning, Tosh!!! Love the corners and the brads.

Becky said...

OH My Goodness...How awesome!

Denise Bryant said...

Wow... what a gorgeous project! Love the Folk Arts Medallion set and the Birthday stamp too! Great font!

Helen L said...

this is just so amazing!! It looks so totally professional and NOT homemade!! Stunning beyond words!!

Pat K said...

Words can't express how beautiful you "book" is.

Michelle said...

Absolutely Beautiful I can't wait for this stamp set to arrive !

Joyce said...

Amazing project. I"m so glad I just ordered those stamps.

LDonohue1 said...

I have never seen a paper craft so beautiful.

Michelle Rodgers said...

Your amazing talent never ceases to amaze me. Once again, you have totally outdone yourself. Fabulous work, my friend!!!

Bumblebee said...

amazing Tosh, I would be sooo excited to receive a gift in such a beautiful way!

PoJo said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!

Cheryl B. said...

Gorgeous book. Thanks for the tutorial link and all the pics! This is a set I will buy today!!

Dottie said...

This book is incredible and I can't wait to jump in and make one. (I looked for the size of the front cover but could not find it...) I am just so impressed by this beauty! You did an awesome job at it.

LaurieJ said...

Tosh, your project truly has me speechless! It is so beautifully creative. The details, details, details - all executed perfectly. Oh my!

Fay Marie said...

Gorgeous box! Looks like real leather!

craftymom205 said...

Beautiful project.

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Connie Ludgate said...

What a cleaver gift idea for a birthday present to fit inside. Good use of the stamps.

Anonymous said...

Oh My! You took those cool new stamps, some pretty paper and ink, and put them with the neatest project I have seen in eons! This is stunning! I've never been much for stamping things other than cards and envelopes, but I may just be making a book one of these days for ME! Thanks so much for sharing this beauty.
nise

Lynn Hardy said...

Tosh this piece is outstanding! It's just so perfectly beautiful - what a treasure! I'm glad I've ordered these stamps now, although I doubt that anything I make with them could match this.

KVencel said...

Your version of this project is just simply beautiful! Love the way the label is highlighted on the front of the book.

Jo4Him said...

Gorgeous project and this stamp set is perfect for embellishing it. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

WOW, beautiful art work. A gorgeous work of art. Stunning, elegant. Love every thing about the project.

Margie F.

Fishing4Fun said...

Absolutely Stunning Tosh!
New to blogging; had to comment on such a beautiful box. Love your use of different supplies.
Congrats!

Belinda Langner said...

Wow, that's insane! Crazy cool! Love this!

Alinsmajl said...

That is so much work. How do you find the energy?

Deirdre said...

What a work of art.

Tosh, this is truly stunning.

Marie-Louise said...

This is absolutely superb. The papers and the stamps are fabulous. Well done.

Pauline said...

Wow, what a wonderful gift box! So beautiful, I love the gold leafed book pages, such a gorgeous design.

snowbear said...

This is gorgeous!

Donna Ellis said...

A lovely project, Tosh! Thanks for sharing all the little details which make it look so rich. Love how you made it look like a book. hugs, de

Isabel Z said...

Stunning as always; you always amaze me with your beautiful creations.

Melanie Ann MacKenzie said...

Absolutely stunning. No other word for it. Cheers.

Darlene said...

This is gorgeous! Thank you for the instructions, the links, but most of all the inspiration!

colleen howell said...

very pretty little box

Andrea Ewen said...

Holy mackerel, Tosh! What an amazing project! I absolutely love everything you've done with it, the colors, the soft edges...it's a total masterpiece! YOU are AMAZING!

Kate said...

Exquisite work. Love the box, love the cover. I can't believe those corner embellishments aren't metal !

Lagene said...

WOWZERS!!! This is an amazing book box!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh wow that is just fantastic, love the stitching embellishing, very cool!!!

Laurie Schmidlin said...

Tosh, this is absolutely breathtaking!! Since I have the amazing fortune to be able to stare at it in real life (it has the place of honor on my shelf next to the mini album you made me), I can attest that it is even prettier in person!! Absolutely exquisite!

Sue D said...

Wow--this is awesome!!

Cards By Jan said...

Wow Tosh!! My heart went thud on this one!! Its so beautiful, useful, and what a wonderful gift it would make!!
Hugs

Kim Rudisill said...

This is such a beauItiful and creatve piece. It looks so much like a real book.

Earline said...

Man this really look so real thanks for sharing with us.

Sparkly Engineer said...

Wow, this book box is awesome. Your picture taking skills are also excellent

Susie said...

Tosh, this is just beautiful. Thank you so much for doing the math of us too. This is a project I'd love to make.

Kelly S. said...

I came back to look at this and it seems my original comment disappeared! It was along the lines of Claire's...like I was SERIOUSLY on the floor over this! It is along the lines of Becca's collapsing house card (hee) as the most amazing papercrafted project I have ever seen. It's so authentic...it TRULY looks like an old Bible! Every detail is stunning!

Pet73 said...

Very beautiful!

 
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