Sunday, 30 July 2017

Anything Goes - CD Sunday

It's Carol's turn to pick the theme at CD Sunday for the next two weeks and she's chosen 'Anything Goes'. I've been wanting to try book folding for a while so this was the ideal opportunity - thanks Carol!
In a recent issue of Quick Cards Made Easy magazine (issue 164) there was a 'how to' on book folding a bird cage. It looked quite easy but I decided to also look on YouTube for any similar ideas. As I needed to include something from a Cd I thought I'd print backing papers and make flowers to decorate the bird cage but that idea changed.I found two really lovely videos on YouTube and decided to combine the two. So thanks to Debbie Raybould and Scrappy Happy Goods for sharing their own book folded birdcages.
The book folding it self was very easy and I completed it in one evening while watching TV. After that things got a bit more difficult!
So here's a photo of the completed item:


The frame was bought from The Range and I added the black gem and white pearl strip. 


I covered an A4 piece of card with a backing paper from The Lace Collection Cd by Creative Crafting World and that was placed in the frame on top of the piece of glass. I left the glass in because without it there was too much of a gap and everything moved around in the frame.
The next stage was to cut the hole where Bertie the Budgie was to sit - he was also bought from The Range.


When you remove the pages to make the hole the inside looks really untidy so I placed white card in the hole to neaten it. I also added a wooden skewer for Bertie to sit on.
The next part was where it got difficult because trying to glue ribbon onto the pages while keeping them spread evenly required more than 2 hands and a lot of patience!
I coloured white satin ribbon with a Sky Blue Promarker and then glued the white lace onto it. A length was then glued to the top and bottom edges of the birdcage. A strip of clear gems was then glued above and below the hole cut for the bird.


To decorate the top edge of the birdcage I coloured some plain dazzlers with a Aegean Blue Promarker and glued them to some ribbon rosettes. Another stage that was problematic as the dazzlers wouldn't stick to the ribbon not even with hot glue and the ink from the Promarker stained the white ribbon in places. I think I managed to hide most of the stains by the way they were placed onto the birdcage.
At the top of the birdcage I glued a silver ring to look like the ring you would hang a cage up from. And from there I hung two types of ribbon and a strip of aurora borealis gems (as in the photo below). 


I finished the birdcage by cutting a piece of the backing paper to fit over the base and filled the centres of the flowers with white Nuvo Drops. The flowers on the main backing paper had flat backed pearls glued in the centres.



Finally I felt sorry for little Bertie being locked in a cage so hung the key up to the cage door so he could let himself out if he wanted to - I know I'm mad!


I glued tiny flat backed blue pearls to the top of the key so it would fit in with the colour scheme.
it probably sounds as if it took me ages to do all of the above but it was done over 3 days with a lot of time waiting for glue and ink to dry.


If you're still with me after reading all that then don't forget the challenge runs for 2 weeks until Saturday 12th August at 1 p.m. To be in with of a chance of winning a prize from Carol you must include something printed from a craft Cd - no matter how small. And you must also name the Cd you've used. If you don't follow those to rules the Design Team may still leave a comment on your blog but you won't be eligible for the prize.



20 comments:

  1. This is so stunning, and a wow, the work you put into the design and everything you did with the book.
    Must have taken you hours just putting it together. Well done

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  2. A wonderful design and beautiful keepsake, stunning work Pamela

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  3. Hi Pamela. You already know how awesome I think your creation is. It is a prizewinner all by itself. Thank you for putting so much talent and care into your design team creations.
    Hugs
    Carol
    xx

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    1. Thank you Carol - your comment brought a tear to my eyes.

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  4. Wow Pamela. Well guess what I'll be doing next!! You've inspired me. I've been looking for a new project to get my mojo going again and this looks like IT!! I love your eye to detail. Bertie looks so cute too. My thoughts when I saw the key that it would make a great new home gift. Hugs Wynn xx

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    1. Thank you Wynn - glad I could be of help with the creativity! Great idea about the new home gift.

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  5. This is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. So much work but it's given you a work of art to treasure forever
    Jane

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    1. Oh Jane that's such a lovely thing to say - thank you.

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  6. Oh my goodness, this is just stunning! I love how you added the key, just the sort of mad thing I'd do! You must have been cursing adding the ribbon to the pages whilst keeping them even. So much patience and work has gone into this, I hope you have it proudly on display somewhere special. Hope you have a good week. Cara (Glingle) x

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    1. Thank you Cara. It's currently propped up in my lounge but I'm thinking of putting it up in the hall.

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  7. Wow Pamela, this is an absolutely gorgeous project, you must be so proud of it. You must also have endless patience to have persevered through all those challenges it threw up along the way.

    I've fancied trying bookfolding for a while now but haven't got round to it yet! Thanks for the stunning inspiration.

    Jo x

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    1. I don't know about endless patience! But I won't let something get the better of me. Thanks for your lovely comments.

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  8. Wow, what a lot of work but well worth the effort as this is stunning. Just a thought regarding fixing the ribbon - would it be easier to stick the ribbon to a thin strip of paper/card first and then stick it to the pages as it wouldn't be as flimsy as working with the ribbon xx

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    1. Thanks for your kind comments KandA. The blue ribbon was coloured with ink then dried using a heat gun, then the lace was glued to it. So it was quite rigid after all that. The problem was the pages kept moving if I put any pressure on them.

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  9. This is just amazing and so beautiful - truly a work of art.
    Jocelyn x

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    1. Thank you Jocelyn that's really kind of you.

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  10. Holy Smoke this is AMAZING!!!! What a stunning creation, Its beautiful and so intricate!!! Love that you used the Lace Collection CD too. If you are on facebook you should show Lynda and the Girls on the Creative Friends page. Hope alls ok with you, Love Hazelxx

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  11. Whoa Hazel - don't hold back LOL! Thanks for your lovely comments and yes, I'll pop over to Lynda's FB page.

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