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Sunday, 25 August 2013

Notes, recipes & things to do! - Sunday 25th August

Good morning friends!

I hope you are all enjoying the weekend - we are lucky here as the weather has stayed pretty fine and is still very warm; we are meeting up with some family members at the nearby Arboretum (Westonbirt) for a picnic, which I'm very much looking forward to!

Thank you for your comments about my necklace yesterday - we went into Bristol and I actually wore it and was thrilled when someone actually noticed it and asked where I'd bought it!

Today I am back to paper craft and feeling much more at home! I wasn't going to post any of the presents I've made to take over to  my relatives in the USA until we are over there...I am getting with them and mostly they have a British theme to them, but when Christine Emberson started to sell kits to make a recipe book for charity recently, I just had to make one for one of my family.The females all love crafts, so I know it will be appreciated.

Christine is doing a stellar job at raising money for Ronald MacDonald House, where she was able to stay whilst her son was undergoing hospital treatment. All the die cutting and papers were included, all I had to do was put it together and add my own little touches as I wished!

I decided to make this more of a note book (although the recipe that Christine sent with it will be accompanying it)...

 I first of all covered the paper I wanted to use for the  front of the book with the lace and ribbon, tucking the over lap behind; I also used  a piece from  the extra card provided to make a pen holder, which I also glued on the inside.  I then used book binding glue to cover both sides of the back and front covers of the book with the papers provided.

 I glued the pocket Christine had provided to the inside of the book and typed the words on card, before die cutting using Spellbinders Scalloped Circles. I had some labels, which I tucked inside so they can be used as desired. I also added another pocket of my own at the back of the book. Christine provided some ready cut pages and I added some more.
The really fun part was decorating the front! I inked the edges all around with Spun Sugar distress ink and used most of the die-cuts - flowers, basket that came with the kit. I wanted to add a bow, so I used ribbon from my own stash and I also added a butterfly and a button.

I stamped the words 'Notes, Recipes and Things to Do' and die cut using Spellbinders Labels Four Small.

This was a really lovely project to make and as I am in need of a little book for very best recipes, I have ordered another to make for ourselves!

Thanks for  visiting, you can visit Christine's blog and see all her wonderful inspiration at 

Have a great Sunday,
Love and Hugs,
Carole X


  1. Love what you have done with Christine's kit,

    Hazel x

  2. A lovely gift Carole which I'm sure will be well received. Enjoy your picnic. Christine xx

  3. Hi Carole,
    beautiful recipe book. Love the design and papers. The recipient is going to be sooooooo pleased with it. Love that lace.
    Have a wonderful picnic today.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  4. Beautifully put together Carole. Your relatives are sure to be thrilled. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Hugs, Jenny x

  5. Such a lovely gift Carole the recupient will be thrilled with how you've embellished it...


  6. It looks beautiful, I love how you have designed the cover and added your own special extras, thank you for featuring it Carole :) xx

  7. This is really pretty Carole - what a gorgeous kit and a lovely idea as well.

    Hugs Sue Pxxx

  8. Absoltutely beautiful Carole! Christine is such an inspiration and I enjoy reading her blog daily. I missed out on the first kit that Christine did, but have emailed her and managed to secure one! Waiting for it to arrive.xx

  9. This is so pretty and I bet she was happy that you bought one for her charity work she is doing. Thanks so much as always for stopping over and leaving such cheerful and wonderful comments.. It is always very much appreciated. Have a super great day, Teresa

  10. lovely lovely project and useful too. great