Thursday, May 12, 2011

Last One Before Hitting the Road...(Warning, it's long)

Such extremes in weather all across the country.  We haven't been able to buy a drop of rain, having severe drought conditions and already into stage 1 water restrictions, a few days from stage 2 for our city.  Other parts of the country can't get dry!  As I sit here writing this post, I am watching the severe weather report interruptions, showing the HUGE, creepy line of severe storms heading this way.  It looks like 10:00 at night rather than 10:00 in the morning.  Very dark outside, high wind already hitting here.  I'm not good when there's high wind in bad storms, but don't think I need a straight jacket...yet.  LOL 

I fly out this afternoon, headed to Vermont.  My daughter's fiance' graduates Sunday (they both attend the same university, then she and I will be off on our road trip, driving back home in her car.  Not really sure of road conditions with all the flooding, but we are looking forward to the trip.  We plan to stop in to see our friend, Barb, a super sweet lady I met here in blogville.

I have been absent from my craft cave way more than I've wanted to this past month.  Adjusting back to full-time work (thank goodness for full-time!) and working on the yard and painting the exterior of the house in down time...haven't had the time I've wanted play, though have been able to get some cards and creations done.  Hopefully when I get back from Vermont I will be able to get back into the swing of things. 

In the meantime, I am posting this wedding planner I made for Shelbie.  I had started with the dividers (posted a few several posts back), but finally finished the binder.  It started with a 7x9" three-ring binder I had sitting around here.  I started covering it with pretty DP but then noticed the vinyl on the binder was stretching and sagging.  Well, that won't work!  So I pulled off the paper and subsequently the vinyl, and ended up with separate pieces of thick paper board.  So I use some book-binding tape and got it all put back together, then started over with the covering.  I'm posting before pics as well, and the dividers, further down in this post.  Most of the DP I used for the entire planner project was HOTP, some Anna Griffin, DCWV.  For the binder itself I used HOTP and the musical note paper is Anna Griffin.  I couldn't find my plain scallop punch so I used MS Cornice punch.  All of the roses are from Wild Orchid, attached to the Spellbinders On the Vine Borderabilities. The metal corners I got from a local stamp store, and the little lock and key are from Hobby Lobb, and I attached them to the chain and the chain to the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Ornate Plate.  I printed "follow your dreams" off my computer for the insert. I just got the Labels 20 from Spellbinders so had to use those.  Cut copper colored foil, embossed it with a CB folder and sanded it a bit.

On the inside, again I used HOTP paper.  The vintage "marriage license" I got from Graphics Fairy, shrunk it down and printed off my computer, aged it with distress inks.  Added a cut from the Borderabilities and a couple tiny hand made flowers. 

The "before" pics and dividers are posted below.

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
Everybody Art Challenge - Flowers
My Time to Craft - Scallops
Papertake Weekly - Punch or die cuts
Wags N Whiskers - Dies or punch.
Crazy 4 Challenges - Flowers
Craft Us Crazy - Favorite embellie or something new.

Stamps:  None for binder.
Paper:  HOTP, Anna Griffin.
Ink:  Distress Inks, Colorbox Queues.
Accessories:  Spellbinders On The Vine Borderabilities, Labels 20; Wild Orchid flowers, hand made flowers; MS cornice punch; digital "marriage licence", metal corners, lock and key charms, chain, Tim Holtz Ornate Plate, Spellbinders foil, sanding block, CB folder.

Open, vinyl still on.

"Stripped", ready to cover


Jill said...

gorgeous wedding planner love the attention to detail stunning thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

Pat said...

Beautiful project. Thanks for joining in our challenge at MTTC this week. Have a good trip.

Pat xx

Rebekah said...

Such pretty work thanks for sharing at CUC hugs Rebekah xx

Lacey Stephens said...

Fantastic Cards! Great take on the Die cuts and punches challenge. Thanks for playing along with the Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge. We have a new one this week "Circles", we hope you can play along again!
Also, we will have a new digi release and blog hop on Friday, May 20th! Come hop along for a chance to win some digis!
Wags 'n Whiskers Rubber Stamps

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Wow, Nancy, what a fantastic wedding planner you have made! The cover is just gorgeous and each and every page a procession of beauty! Loving all the beautiful embellishments you used throughout, especially the metal pieces on the front! So happy to see your entry at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week!

Lesley said...

Lovely work! Thanks for taking part in the MTTC challenge xx

majsan said...

Really cute. Thank you for joining us at CRAFT US CRAZY