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Friday, 4 April 2014

Sunday Stampers wk 301 - Shades of Brown: Friday 4th April 2014

Hello Friends!

Today's creation is for this week's Sunday Stampers hosted every week for the uber talented Hels Sheridan. For all the deets just click here  and have a look.

The theme for this week is to create something including the colour brown and shades thereof ! Now, although I love bright, happy colours and creating for Spring; I just love browns in card making (probably why I like autumnal crafts so much).

I didn't have a lot of time this may have noticed I've been a day behind in visiting all of be honest my mojo has been hiding a little this past week...but I do like to take part. I have had this little plain brown note book sitting forlornly on a shelf by my desk for ages, but suddenly it made a good starting place for this challenge.

For my own use, this book had to be quite flat, no fancy embellishments because it will be in my bag and no matter how 'pretty' I could have made it, it would just not be functional!

This isn't one of the faux leather books I've been playing with (they will be on here within the next week), but just a notebook with a plain brown cover. Most of the stamps are from the Typrography sets by Graphic 45, that quite shamefully have been in my stamp collection for ages and never been I'm asking myself why?!!!

I used a script stamp from one of the sets, inked it up with brushed corduroy distress ink, stamped on copy paper and then on the cover. I repeated this all over, just to leave a faint hint of the text.

Next I used the Big Butterfly from Indigo Blu and stamped it off the page twice with Memento Rich Cocoa. I then gave the cover a quick burst with my heat tool, just to dry and set it.

Over these stamped images, I stamped the pen, nibs, flourishes and quote from the Graphic 45 set, using aged mahogany

I then dusted them with clear embossing powder and heat embossed. This gives it some lift and shine. Once I had finished stamping the base, I inked the edges with a mixture of brushed corduroy, aged mahogany and walnut stain inks.

I then stamped the pen again, as well as an ink bottle. I used aged mahogany and clear embossing powder and heat embossed again. These were then cut out and set aside.

To secure the book I used string and a wooden button from stash. I glued the stamped pen across the string to help secure it and then added the ink bottle over the pen. I needed them to be glued to the front so they don't catch in anything when being carried about.

That's it for today friends, thank you so much for stopping by, I really do appreciate your comments - hope you are all having a fun Friday,
Love and Hugs,
Carole X


  1. wow Carole, this is gorgeous, love the browns,love the stamping... love it all! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  2. This is fantastic Carole, how lovely do those browns look! You are not on your own with stamps that get forgotten about..... but well done for using this set because it is lovely. Hugs, Anne x

  3. Love this Carole, great selection of stamps you've used & I'm loving that Indigoblu butterfly. Bet loads of people will want one of these when they see you take it out of your bag to use!
    Have a good weekend
    Amy x

  4. I love browns in crafting too and this is stunning! Such beautiful stamping and I love the button!

  5. Your note book is lovely, the stamping really works to create a wonderful gift. Hazel xx

  6. Carole this is fabulous and something I'm going to try


  7. Love it, this is brilliant making a beautiful notebook.
    Have a great weekend

    Patricia xx

  8. I really like this notebook! It is so well done. It will be one of those "one of a kind" mini masterpieces that you will love for ever!!

    Have a great weekend!


  9. Carole this is just stunning with the monochromatic browns and the button with the twine is a lovely touch.
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  10. Morning Carole,
    Great change from a plain notebook to one that is stunning.

  11. Hi Carole...I really like your notebook, l love the aged look of it...well done. Vikki

  12. Love this Carole, it's gorgeous! Great transformation. I laughed at your comment on my blog about owning literally every Pink Petticoat paper..the ice cream cone one is from the Beach Cottage set. I know I am missing a few...Cx

    1. Lol, I do have that set!!!! Forgot all about these papers :) x

  13. Hello Carole, Sure I was here before to comment, well it is just as gorgeous as when I looked at it earlier, I do like your notebook very much, fab detail as always. xx Flora

  14. Fantastic creation Carole like the string affect .Melanie

  15. Hi there Carole, long time no me!! Really do like this notebook and agree with you, you need to keep embellishments to a minimum if it is going into a handbag - especially those that can double as a small room!!! Love browns myself so this is a hit with me.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

    PS So glad my Rabbit Fancy dress invite tickled your fancy!

  16. Stunning creation! I have these books on my to try list, hopefully over Easter. Love this Carole.x