Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine Gift


I wanted to create a valentine for someone special but I didn’t have much time today so it needed to be something quick and easy...and as always, made from what I already have on hand.  This is where a good stash comes in handy! I think I always say that, don't I?
I chose a 7gypsies Ruban book cover for the base (you only need the front cover).  This one is embossed so it adds a bit of dimension.  I cut the book cover so that it is about 5” wide but you can leave as is, if you like.  I used the Binderie Punch to quickly make two holes at the top of the book cover.  Set aside for now.
At CHA last week, our friend Tim gave Deb and I a set of the new Distress Stains which are fluid, water-based dyes for paper and other porous surfaces, FABULOUS STUFF I might say.  In fact, we love them so much will be using them in at least one of the classes we will be teaching this year.
 
I decided to use Spun Sugar (you might notice the color names match up with Distress Inks), since it's for Valentines Day, to dye some vintage crepe paper.  I cut about 20” of crepe paper and laid it out on a craft mat.  A word of caution here...these WILL stain your fingers so I just made sure not to touch the crepe paper too much when I was working with it.  Pink is an easy color to start with, it’s when you move on to blue and green that your finger tips start changing colors.  Good stuff!
The nylon dabber top has a built-in spring valve. This allows for controlling the release of Distress Stains from the bottle.  By pressing the dabber top down onto surface, the valve opens and fluid releases.  Lift dabber away from surface to stop fluid flow.  It's that easy.  So, since I am working on stretchy surface I kinda 'pounced' my way down the crepe paper.
I moved the bottle down the center of the crepe paper strip so I could leave the edges natural.   The crepe paper will stretch and bubble when it becomes wet from the stain but not to worry, it will all work out in the end.
Dry with a heat gun to save time.  Love this one from Ranger.
This is what it looks like when it's dry
 
Once dry, cut the edges with some kind of decorative scissor.
Now move to the sewing machine to run a basting stitch for gathering.
Gathered crepe paper (can’t tell it ever bubbled up, can you?).  Tie a knot at one end to stop the paper from unraveling.  Set aside for a moment.
Now back to the book cover.  Add a strip of ThermOweb Super Tape across the front.
Add gathered crepe paper starting with the edge you tied the knot.  When you get to the other end, cut 1/4 longer than the cover and tuck end under.
Use an X-Acto knife to cut a notch in the book cover (I cut all the way through).  It does not have to be perfect (mine's not) because it will be covered up in the next step.
I added a rubbing to an optical lens.
Then wedged the rings on the lens into the hole I just cut.  No glue needed!
I just want to say here that I can find more ways to use optical lenses in projects than I ever thought possible.  Now, I just can't get enough of them! 
 I added some grey seam binding (because I can't make something without it) and a brass charm that I found in my junk drawer.  The letter M is from an old 7gypsies rubbing and is the initial of the person I am making this for.
 Add some Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive along the crepe paper for a piece of vintage crocheted lace.

 Now to add some ribbon for hanging...cut about 18" of seam binding.  I used the grey again but you could change it up and use another color.  Thread the ribbon through one hole so that it is even.  Then thread both ribbons through the second hole and tie a knot.  Trim ends.  Easy!

 Almost done...but I think she needs just a little something more.  Maybe a bit of vintage flowers and my "go to"clear stamp, Avignon.  If you don't own this one, you should.   So, one large stamp at the bottom and one small stamp at the top above the optical lens.

Done.
I love it.
I admit took me longer to write this blog post than to make the project!

747 comments:

  1. This is a great project. I have a couple of these book plates that I haven't used yet and now I'm looking forward to pulling them out of the stash!

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  2. Awesome! Didn't even know the optical lens existed...but NOW I do! Thanks for sharing the how-to!

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  3. I followed you here from Tim's blog. Your creations is so beautiful.

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  4. What a great project! I love it. Shari (cricutrookie)
    cricutrookie at aol dot com

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  5. I love books of all sorts and this is beautiful and vintage (also one of my favorites). Just found your blog via Tim Holtz...now on my favorites list.

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  6. Wow! This is really gorgeous! I would be proud to hang this in my home! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Oh wow, you are now bookmarked! What a lovely project.

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  8. I enjoyed your tutorial on this project. I have crepe paper and haven't used it. Last summer I saw some of the optical lens and passed right by them. Shouldn't have done that. Thanks for the ideas for items I have and can't wait to try out the new stains.

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  9. I'm so loving this. but I really, really love the way you made the ribbon. I so want to try this

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  10. love the project...love your style! great stuff...

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  11. Stunningly beautiful! I love this project and the stains Oh My Gosh a must have!!
    Hugs

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  12. Love it! An appearance of a book, and yet not a book - but a wall hanging! Nicely done!!!!
    Jan

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  13. Getting shivers cuz this is so cute!!!! Love it, love it, love it!

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  14. What a great idea! I love how you stained the crepe paper!

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  15. Such a pretty project! Staining the crepe paper was a brilliant idea!

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  16. Oooo I love the crepe paper. It looks like sme gorgeous ruffled ribbon!

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  17. Awesome project! I love what you did with the crepe paper.

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  18. Love it! You are so stinkin' creative! Thanks for the tutorial. Gotta try the Distress stains!

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  19. Oh my gosh what a fantastic idea. I love the crepe paper ruffle. I can't wait to give this a try!

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  20. Excellent idea for a beautiful project! I had no idea you could stitch the crepe paper to gather it like you did. The stains look fantastic to work with, and I can wait to get my hands on them! Thanks for a great tutorial!

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  21. Love this...The optical lens is great, I am going to have to look for some of these next time I go antique/junk shopping. I am so excited about the distress stains, I have preordered some, so it was great to see them in action.
    Thanks for sharing your project.

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  22. Wow! I love it! Thanks for sharing. Love the new Distress Stain too! So excited to try them out!

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  23. SEnt over from Tim's blog and I just LOVE this! How gorgeous and simple! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. I would never have guessed that was plain old crepe paper stained with Distress Stain. It seems like you can achieve such a wide variety of effects with these stains - delicate, sassy, vintage, modern... the choice is yours. Can't wait to give this a try!

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  25. Beautiful......love the crepe ribbon.....guess I'm going to have to find some of those optical lenses....they look like so much fun!!!

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  26. What a fun vintage look project! Love how you stained the crepe paper with the stain (can't wait to get these stains) TFS

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  27. Love, love, love the look of the stain with the natural edges! Oh my, Tim's gonna cost me a fortune...

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  28. Love it! I have been thinking about doing something with crepe for a while... maybe this will be it!

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  29. I LOVE the way that spun sugar stain looks! I can't wait to get my hands on them!

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  30. Gosh, you made making it sound so simple!!! It is absolutely beautiful and whoever gets it is a lucky person indeed!!!

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  31. can not wait to use this idea, do you you the vintage crepe paper opposed to regular for a reason? Does it work better with the daubbers? I love, love, love it!
    Deonna

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  32. Wow! that is beautiful! Love it! learned from this today - the crepe paper, the optical lens wedging. THANK YOU! T!m sent me over and I'm so glad! now another blog to watch. :)

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  33. What a beautiful book cover! Thanks for sharing how you made this beautiful project. I learned so much from your description - especially how to use Tim Holtz's Distress Stains. Must try your ruffle, it's wonderfully shabby chic!

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  34. I adore this project. The colors are so vintagey fabulous. It's looks as though you lift it out of a musty trunk from Grammy's attic.

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  35. this is lovely. Thanks for showing us how to color the crepe paper. I would never have dreamed of trying to color crepe paper.

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  36. Wow, what an awesome project. I love what you did with the crepe paper. Thank you for sharing.

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  37. Looks like something from an attic trunk in Paris! Yum! Love the optical lens and drooling for the Distress Stains!

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  38. I would have never thought to use the book cover like this. What a wonderful idea!! Love it!!

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  39. This is so elegant - absolutely beautiful.

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  40. Ms. M is really going to love receiving that. It's beautiful. That is a nice stamp set as well!

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  41. Just loving your project and thanks for the inspiration.

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  42. Soft, pretty, vintage and made with Distress Stain...who could ask for more?

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  43. Came over from Tim's blog.

    All I can say is OH.....MY!

    J.B

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  44. such a cool project! thanks for sharing all of the steps!

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  45. Great idea!! I appreciate the directions to make some on our own time!

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  46. really beautiful, thanks for sharing... and thank you tim for sending me here... my newest favorite! Happy Valentine's Day..

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  47. the gathered crepe paper is fabulous!! it is a beautiful work of art. thanks for sharing!
    holly

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  48. Lovely project--so romantic! Hope to see more Distress Stain projects with your talented touch.

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  49. This is stunning!! Love the
    coloring of the crepe paper and
    using the optical lens. You explain
    the process so well. Thanks so
    much for the inspiration!

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  50. Lovely project--so romantic! Look forward to seeing more Distress Stain projects with your talented touch.

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  51. Wonderful, Beautiful, Lovely, Can't wait to get my hands on those stains.

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  52. Can't stop drooling over this project !!!!

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  53. Hi! Tim Holtz send me over to see and comment on your book cover project...LOVE IT!!! Your crepe paper ribbon and Tim Holtz Distress Stain idea is FANTASTIC! It looks stunning against the 7gypsies Ruban book cover!!! (love your description of "Lucky Day"!

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  54. I just love it when you do a step by step with pictures because a lot of times I can't "see" the project with just words! I adore your gift! I'm sure it will be treasured by the recipient!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  55. OMG.. this looks so very ladylike. I love to see how you made the wonderful project.
    Thank you so much for sharing the instructions. :-)
    XX Kathi

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  56. This is wonderful. Love all the techniques and materials used. I'm off to make one now.

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  57. Lovely project, thanks for sharing the How-to's. :) I have also been wondering about the optical lenses, and how to use them other than a pendant.
    I was AMAZED that when applying the stain to CREPE PAPER it didn't or otherwise get holey. I was also amazed that you could pull on the thread (to gather) without it tearing. I have never used crepe paper in my crafting as I always thought it was too "vulnerable" LOL
    The stains seem to have worked out nicely on that, so now I am like WOW, how great they must work on other things.

    Thanks so much again, for sharing this lovely creation with us.
    Susan

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  58. ohh you are soo lucky to have all the stain colours!!
    thanks for sharing your beautiful project.
    Patti

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  59. Love how you used the stain. Thanks for sharing.

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  60. I love everything about this project. It's SO my style. I love the reuse of a book cover. I love the gathered paper. I love the displaying of it on the suitcase. Thank you so much for sharing this, it has inspired me.

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  61. Love the tutorial on the stains....I guess they will have to go on my "must have" list. They really made the crepe paper sing! And I loved the way you tied the seam binding hanger...just that little touch of difference sets it apart from the norm. All sorts of ideas from that 1 project....glad I came over from Tim's to check it out!

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  62. wow. I would not have thought of gathering crepe paper; would have thought it would tear very easy. great project!

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  63. Absolutely georgous. Love the idea of the crepe paper. The dauber distress inks is great idea,no waste.

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  64. Thank you for sharing, can't wait to get my hands of some of Tim's new stains. Thanks again, Gail White

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  65. This is outstandingly beautiful!! Thank you for sharing all of the 'how's' - I'm so going to make this for my daughter! Or, my office. Which will win? (lol)Maybe I'll have to make two!
    And a rub-on with a lens? Genius!

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  66. Wow love this, and the vintage look. I have never seen the optical lens used and now I am on a mission to find some. Thank you for sharing! Thanks to Tim too for letting us know about your blog~!!

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  67. This is absolutely beautiful. Who knew you could stain crate paper. I can't wait to give these techniques a try. Creating is my favorite pastime.

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  68. What fun! Only a book COVER, nothing behind it? I hear that the cover is getting lonely. You need to include something with it. LOL!
    TFS!
    sc gma

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  69. Tim's Blog pointed me to your Blog. I had no idea what the Distress Stains were until I saw your project. Thanks for great instructions. I think I could even do this!

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  70. So glad Tim gave us the link to your blog---love the crepe paper & stain technique. Can't wait to try it. Off to check out the rest of your blog--will be adding to my fav's

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  71. Thanks for sharing. I just love all the details and beauty of this piece.

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  72. your totally amazing I love this project so elegant and beautiful- love each little concept and put together wow what a statement. thanks for sharing and I love the crepe paper- so soft looking and love the die colour.

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  73. What a beautiful projects. Love all the little details.
    Aloha, Kate

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  74. I just LOVE this journal, awesome job!! Love what you did to the crepe paper, and I have this stuff here, got to try it.
    Will have to see if i can get the new Ranger products yet.!!!
    Thanks
    Donna

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  75. The whole book is beautiful, but I was so impressed with the crepe paper idea. I need some crepe paper and distress stains.

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  76. This is so gorgeous! I just love this look,it is so sweet and feminine as well as elegant!
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    I am so glad that tim sent us over to you!! I am becoing a follower for sure!
    Have a great weekend!

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  77. Hi there....Tim sent me. I'm so glad he did. I love your romantic, vintage wallhanging. So many hints and tips of ways to do things here. I have to look around more.

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  78. This is beautiful- I LOVE the detailed steps you give. Now I have one MORE blog to follow and have Tim to thank for it!

    Can't wait to get my hands on some strain!

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  79. Altering the crepe paper is brilliant. Have the book cover and optical lens in my stash - just need to get the Distress Stains. Thanks for a great idea!

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  80. this is just absolutely beauitful and im sure your friend will be honoured to display that in any room.The designa nd technique just amazing love the glass adornment.Thanks for show casing and inspiring us crafters.The must have inks have gone on my list of urgent need it's!lol

    hugs judex

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  81. my goodness, i thought that was real ribbon until i read your directions. What a nice touch the stain made for coloring the crepe paper. Thanks for a great project.

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  82. THX for the 'how to'...love how versatile the new stains are. The optical lens is cool. Lovely gift!

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  83. This is so cool. I just love the vintage look and stain is so pretty but suttle. Can't wait to see this in the stores...great job :0D

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  84. Just beautiful!!! I just love the new stains.

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  85. I love those stains! I am convinced they are a must
    your project is beeeauuuutiiiifuuuul

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  86. I've just come from Tim's blog.I have this book cover and can't wait to get my hands on some distress stains to make this project. It's gorgeous!

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  87. what a lovely project. I like that it has a ribbon hanger to put on a door or where ever to have it out all year long. thanks for sharing,
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  88. The use of crepe paper is so delightfully creative!

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  89. Wow, I can't believe what you made with the crepe paper. too cool! Oh, I can't wait for those new Distress Daubers!

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  90. Found your blog thanks to Tim H. and so glad I did. Love this project,beautiful wall hanging.

    I just saw the book covers and the lenses Thurs at my craft store and drooled over them but wasn't sure yet what to do with them---now I do! Only thing I need now are those stains!!

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  91. Stunning! LOVE it!!! You make it so easy for anyone to be creative!

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  92. I love tis project, thak syou for sharing.

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  93. Tim sent me to see how you used the new distress stains. Beautiful job! I am going to have to watch you blog...you do great work! TFS!

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  94. What a gorgeous project! Such an inspiration. Can't wait to try those distress stains. The covers are great too and all put together is wonderful!

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  95. You make it look so easy! thanks for sharing.
    XXXAnetteXXX

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  96. Its SIMPLY beautiful, ecletic and fun,,love it all, so anxious to try the new Ditress Stains.I started to play with a book cover last week and never finished it..now I know why!

    Thanks for the great project!

    Jan

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  97. Looking at this gorgeous project certainly makes me want to get some of that distress stain ASAP! Really beautiful!

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  98. Oh I love this project! very nice! And thanks for using the new distress stains! They look like 'must haves'!

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  99. OMG!! :) Oh How beautiful!! please pick me!! That is so cool with the crepe paper!!
    thanks for sharing and great inspiration

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  100. I like how the stain is soft - had expected it to be more vibrant. They look like fun new toys. Thanks for the post

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  101. Amazing concept and I love the Victorian flair. Thanks for showing us step by step instructions too!

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  102. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing your tips, techniques and the awesome project.

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  103. This is so beautiful! Where do you find optical lenses? They would be an awesome add on.

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  104. Thanks for the great ideas! What a great use of the new stain. . .custom ribbon!

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  105. This project is so great! Love it!

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  106. OOOooooOOOoooooOOOO OF course, I love this too....who wouldn't!!!
    I can't wait to get some of these inks to play with too.

    LOVE the ol' cabinet card as the base!
    Peace OUT and ART ON!!

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  107. Thank you for the tutorial - concise and to the point. Love your project and now can't wait for the stains to get into the local stores.

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  108. I love those book covers. The project is stunning and the crepe paper ruffle is gorgeous!

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  109. Lovely, beautiful, creative....

    Cant wait to get my hands on the new stains from Tim. Also, I can see many uses for the optical lens.

    Great project, thank you for all the great ideas used in this.

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  110. This is a wonderful use of his new stains. I also love the book cover!

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  111. Beautiful! I love 7 Gypsies book covers. I can't wait to get my hands on some of that stain too. :)

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  112. I love this project! I knew I was saving that vintage crepe paper for something fabulous. I can't wait to try it!

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  113. Deb C is it? I have loved your creations since ML days. So glad Tim helped me find your blog. Lucky M, what a gorgeous gift!!

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  114. A VERY beautiful Valentine creation!!

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  115. Your book is really cool! I love the aged look of it and those distress stains look wonderful to use! I am going to have to get some of those!

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  116. Beautiful! I need some ribbon for a custom wedding invitation for a client and can't find just the thing. The stained crepe paper just might make her happy!

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  117. Your projects are AWESOME and this one in particular is GORGEOUS, so well done, tasteful, pretty and not too frilly, just love it!!!
    Donna

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  118. Wow, this is quite beautiful. Glad Tim set up the link. I cant wait to get some distress stains when they come to my area.

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  119. just had to come back and take another boo!!! I love it!!

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  120. Just lovely!!!! Love the project!!!!

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  121. What an awesome project.. Im gonna have to give it a try. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  122. This is so fantastic. I found your blog through Tim Holtz. This makes me want to hit my craft room tonight! :-) Hugs, Dena

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  123. wow I love this and it is easy, must trim the crepe paper trim love it and must have the stains. thanks for sharing.
    Pam Allen

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  124. Wow, great project, love the idea on the lens! Thanks!

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  125. I love this, and the crepe paper. I might have to give this a try.

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  126. Oh my goodness, this is incredible! I didn't know about your blog before, but I sure am glad I do now! I appreciate Tim spreading the word!

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  127. I saw the link on Tim's blog and had to see what you had done! Wowza! Love this project. Thanks for the inspiration! I'll be signing up to follow ...

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  128. Wow..wow.. this is just gorgeous!
    Love it.
    Hugs Anne

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  129. What a fabulous project! I love how the crepe paper gathers. I need to go try that. I also like how the distress stains worked. I need to put those on my wish list.

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  130. How nice is this! Love the look of the Distress stain. But, like everything that Tim does is just best :) Great project.

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  131. Wow, what a lovely make and I love the use of the optical lenses (SO hard to come by in the UK), a great idea with the rub-on.

    A great blog also, so glad I found it.
    Kyla

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  132. I love it too. thanks to Tim for pointing me here. we go to AZ once in a while on vacation, will stop in the next time i am around. fab-u-lo-so work.... Hey --- my initial is an M......hint...


    maureen
    moknowsallcrafts.blogspot.com

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  133. Hi there, I actually saw your blog post at Tim 's blog today.And I went through all of your older post ! enjoyed it alot, love all your old stuff's , from the flea market.Wish there is flea market like the one's in your country ...over here! The story of he little boy in the trunk of the car was funny ...Love the pictures of the jellyfish, alsome..
    The crepe with spun sugar is so sweet! I can't belive its crepe paper! look so soft in the pic,thought it was some cloth material.Yes , agree...making is so much easier the writing and posting a blog.Love your blog!
    Hugs
    doreen

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  134. So creative. I have some blah looking grey crepe paper in my stash ... I totally know what I am going to do with it now!!

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  135. Beautiful...thanks for the tutorial!!

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  136. Okay I must confess I like, NO I LOVE this project. It's so awsome. Where did you find optical lenses & crepe paper? I can't find them around here. I just think this is a perfect idea for me to do with some of the old family photos I'm coming across in researching my family history.

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