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. Your projects are so fantastic!!! Can't wait to give this one a try!!

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  2. That is just lovely! I really like the Distress Stain on the crepe paper - what a gorgeous color! Thank you for sharing the steps to make this!

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  3. Just love it, again you gals are so creative, and what a nice and easy to do.. Thanks for sharing always look forward to see the cool projects you come up with..

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  4. Oh, wow. This is just a beautiful project. Lucky, loved recipient!

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  5. Ooooh, I just love this beautiful romantic project!!!

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  6. Ya'll never cease to amaze me with your creative talent. Love this!! And thanks so much for sharing.

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  7. Oh that is fantastic!!! Thanks so much for sharing how to do the gathered crepe paper! Can't wait to try it, whether I have the stains or not!

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  8. Gorgeous piece of art! The silhouette caught my attention immediately.

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  9. So stunning! I found your link through Tim Holtz's Blog and I am so impressed with your book.....I am definitely inspired to try out these Distressed Stains! Thanks for sharing your fab creation.
    Love
    Carrie
    http://carrieoncrafting.blogspot.com

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  10. SWEET!!! Once again you ladies have inspired me, and oooh baby do I love T!ms stuff!!! Keep em commin!!! \m/-.-\m/

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  11. This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the tutorial and I can't wait to get my hands on some of those stains!

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  12. i think it is gorgeous!!! what a great idea!!

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  13. Ohhh, the possibilities!! Great finished project!

    Noreen

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  14. That gathered & stained crepe paper is awesome! Thanks for sharing the step-by-steps.

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  15. A really beautiful piece.

    Toni :o)

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  16. I LOVE the crate-paper technique! I was completely convinced that it was actually fabric... sooo cute!

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  17. Thank you for this gorgeous project. I love, love, love it! The stains look awesome, can't wait to try them out.

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  18. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Wow great idea using the crepe paper... super inexpensive for working with children.

    Love your finished project.

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  20. Love this vintage look...your piece is just beautiful. Thank you for posting a step-by-step tutorial. I'm looking forward to trying out the new stains.

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  21. Love this! The dyed crepe paper is so cool - what a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Oh my -- this is just breathtakingly G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!! Tee-Hee -- as I was reading your post I kept thinking how excited I'd be if this were meant for me, since it contains my initial. Too bad you don't even know me, but I'm POSITIVE the "M" recipient is going to be beyond THRILLED!!! TFS!!!

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  23. Lovely! Love how the crepe paper came out! Lezlei

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  24. This project is POSITIVELY glorious! {Crepe paper - SERIOUSLY! Brilliant!} This kind of fun, easy, but completely technique rich project makes me want to romp through my craft room, open every drawer and let my materials RUN! Thanks for the super inspiration and EXCELLENT share! Yipeeee!

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  25. very very cool - love it! thanks for sharing the instructions!

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  26. Fabulous! Love that pleated tissue paper! Gorgeous all around!

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  27. So supersweet!! Loved it too!! Have a great weekend :-)

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  28. What a wonderful project! I think I'll have to give this a try!

    thanks,
    linda
    http://scrappedtreasures.com
    Ranger Certified Ink & Embossing
    Ranger Certified Perfect Pearls

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  29. Perfectly beautiful, vintage and feminine! Thank you for sharing such special work!

    :) Heidi

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  30. This is so pretty! I love it! :-)

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  31. Sweet! Love how the distress stain worked for you!

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  32. Those Distress Stains are a real plus in the studio!!! Thanks for the crepe paper gathering demo! never thought of that...

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  33. Beautiful project, and that ruffled crepe paper reminds me of an old fashioned garter!

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  34. This is really beautiful. I have crepe paper--not all I need is the stain. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. wonderfully clever. I will be giving that crepe paper technique a try

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  36. ooh-la-la - very 'noice' ... that crepe paper with a little staining looks totally gorgeous ... and I never thought of using crepe paper like that.

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  37. Wow this is gorgeous, I am so glad that Tim pointed me in your direction, your blog is just FABULOUS! Roght, just off to search for optical lenses in Ebay now!
    Hugs,
    Em.x

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  38. Beautiful wall hanging! Love you embellies and how you used the new Distress Stains! Can't wait to try your ribbon treatment!

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  39. This is really gorgeous! Love how the stain worked on the crepe paper and what you did with it!

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  40. This is really just beautiful!
    Love the use of the Distress Stain. So delicate.

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  41. Just a wonderful design! So many elements used! Well done!

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  42. Love it all.. can't wait to get the new distress stain's.. thank you for sharing a lovely project with us.

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  43. This is beautiful! Great idea to use the Distress Stains on crepe. Can't wait to get some.
    Susan

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  44. This is just stunning! Loved seeing the new Distress Stain in action and those optical lenses... oh my!!! Those are the bomb diggity!!!

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  45. So simple and elegant! Wonderful job!

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  46. This is so lovely! I have never worked with a product just like the distress stains, but it sure looks so intriguing and fun.

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  47. That's so nice thank you for sharing :-) I love the idea of gathering the paper might give that a go. Can't wait to get my hands on the distress stains I have gone distress mad :-)
    Sarah x

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  48. Ohhh... this is beautiful!!! Just so lovely.

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  49. Just found you thru Tims blog & am now a follower! Your blog is BRILL , it's great that you have such great instructions & photos! I love learning new tips & tricks, thanks for sharing :)

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  50. This is so beautiful! That paper looks like ribbon. I like how you used the lens. Simply gorgeous.

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  51. So cute, I love vintage things and this will fit in very nicely. Thank you for the great tutorial.

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  52. So soft & pretty! :> Love that stained ruffled crepe paper...so glad Timinsisted we stop on over! :>

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  53. wowie what a great project, love it, thanks for the tutoral!

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  54. Oh Sew Pretty project! Love that Binderie and New Distress Stains.

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  55. Wow, it looks like you took this lovely book out of Jane Austen's hands! I love the glass lens with the silouette. So feminine and soft. I'm ready for Spring also and this is a lovely introduction to Valentines day and Spring.

    Okay, I've drooled enough!

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  56. Wonderful! I can't wait to be able to use thses new stains!

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  57. Wow so cool. Can't wait to try it.

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  58. I love this project. At first glance I thought it was a repurposed book. I have a lot of those and am anxious to see if I can get one to work for this project. I have never used the distress stains, but can't wait!

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  59. gorgeous! Can't wait to get my hands on some of those stains.

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  60. what a great project... love how the crepe paper came out... I can't wait to get my hands on the new stains!! thanks for sharing!

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  61. Wow,
    I just love the idea of forming a frilly ribbon for across my scrapbook pages. Thanks for sharing the great idea. I can't wait to try it out.

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  62. I always thought crepe paper was one of those products that better belonged in the 1980's along with those parties we all went to ... i know you all did! ... but I am an absolute convert and am going to get some, how cool is that stuff with the new distress stains ... LOVING IT :)

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  63. Really gorgeous, elegance and simplicity come here together to make something very beautiful!

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  64. what a gorgeous project! I love the way you colored the crepe paper and gathered it...so pretty!

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  65. Lovely project! Can't wait to get some of the Distress Stains! Scrumptious!
    DeniseB

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  66. What a beautiful project. I love how the Distress Stain bleeds on the crepe paper. And I never think to put rubons on other than flat paper surfaces...thanks for that tip.

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  67. OH wow! I love this project! Great idea staining the crepe paper! It looks wonderful! {Have I used enough!! ??} Great post, thanks!

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  68. Gorgeous project. So cool to see the Distress Stains in use. Spun Sugar is such a fabulous pink! Thanks for the tip about it staining one's fingers.

    I need to check out the book covers and the binding punch!

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  69. I love how you used the crepe paper with the distress stains. I can't wait to start playing with these new products.

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  70. Beautiful! I love the use of the distress stains, the glass lens and silhouette. It all comes together for a lovely project.

    Thanks!

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  71. This is such a cool project and I love the way you added color to the crepe paper. I knew the Distress Stain was going to be a wonderful product!

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  72. Love the idea of the basting study to get the paper to look like ribbon! So adorable!!!

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  73. This is just beautiful. I love how subtle the Distress Stain colors can be made. It looks as if you found this sweet treasure at a European flea market! Thank you so much for the tutorial on it. Gorgeous piece of art.

    Elaine Allen

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  74. Wow, I love it. I have some of those book covers and have been wanting to do something AlTERED with them. You have given me a great idea. I'm loving the distress crepe paper too and did I mention the running stitch? Oh, ok enough... thanks for the project (fun) idea.

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  75. ONG this is stunning and sooooooo my style :D love that crepe paper!!!!
    Julie xx

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  76. Love how you turned the book cover into a vintage wall hanging! Looks like Tim's die is going to HAVE to be added to my list of new stuff I just can't live without!!! That pink is perfect!

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  77. What a sweet Valentine's Project!

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  78. Love it!!! Love the vintage look. Hmmm Distress stain now on my gotta have list!!!

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  79. Wow! I actually thought the crape paper was a ribbon! It looks amazing! Gonna have to try this technique out. Thanks for sharing!

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  80. Beautiful color, beautifully done! Tim makes it easy, doesn't he.,

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  81. Hi.
    I just found your blog today and I must say that your Valentine Gift is so beautiful! I really love how simple it actually is, but yet filled with lovely small details.
    I also really like your "Amore" book.

    Thank you for giving me new inspiration -
    I'll keep an eye on your blog.

    Greetings from FarfallaDK

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  82. Oh I love the crepe paper ribbon, fooled me I thought it was fabric ribbon. So excited for the Distress Stains. Can't wait to try them out:)

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  83. Absolutely beautiful. I've heard nothing but excitement and love regarding the distress stains. I can't wait to get my hands on them!

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  84. Great ideas! Never would have thought of using crepe paper like this! Must get these stains ASAP!
    Pam Perry

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  85. WOW!!! Gorgeous creation!!! I must try that gathered crepe paper idea!! =)
    Hugs, SannaS

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  86. I really like the use of the book board in this - gives me some really good ideas - gotta run and make a few more valentines. With I had the TH stain, will have to add lib I guess for now :)

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  87. love this one paula and how lucky you are to already have your stains. I am patiently waiting for ours to arrive but until then I am awaiting more inspiration from you!
    always,
    michele

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  88. Loving your projects. The stains you used look wonderful. I can't wait to get some as soon as they are available.

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  89. love your project!!! Great idea for crepe paper!!!
    best regards,
    Wanda

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  90. i completely ADORE this!! the ruffle at the bottom is so sweet!! i can't wait to try it!!

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  91. Super cool and quick project. Bet your Valentine M will love it! Gotta go get me some crepe paper now.
    PS Avignon is one of my favorites too.

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  92. This is so classy yet simple. There are a million uses for the stains, thanks for another idea!
    Lyndap

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  93. Greetings from Surrey, England.Like Faye, I thought this was ribbon. Can't wait to use the technique and those gorgeous stains on my scrap pages. They'll look beautiful on the pages of my Nan who was born during the reign of Queen Victoria.

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  94. have been dying (no pun intended) to see what the distress stains are used for, absolutely love the effect you have created, and how lucky to get a whole set, hope I get a chance to have a go of them sometime soon.

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  95. This is the cutiest hanging. I am waiting for the stains to come to my LSS. I hope they get there soon.

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  96. What a beautiful hanger, something to treasure forever.

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  97. What a really cool project! I love the creative use of the crepe paper--I must give this a try!

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  98. What a great idea. It makes a lovely Valentine. And your blog is another I need to add to my favorites. I appreciate Tim pointing me to you.

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  99. Beautiful project, beautifully photographed and explained. Great to see the new stain in action too! x

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  100. Love it! I'm going to make one now. Also going to find the Avignon stamp so I can own one. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  101. What an incredibly beautiful hanging! I love it and the exciting new uses for new products, as well as some old materials, like the vintage crepe paper I happen to have stashed somewhere! Love it, love it, love it!

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  102. BEAUTIFUL!!!
    Very Precious!
    Have a great w-end!

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  103. So luscious, I'm completely jealous, but not so jealous that I can't make a version for myself
    ;-) Thanks to Tim for sending me your direction..Loads of cuteness!

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  104. Oh, how cool....always something new to learn....always something you just have to have!! :)

    Laura

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  105. Love this - it is gorgeous! Wonderful project!

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  106. LOVE THIS! Thanks so much for sharing! Absolutely fantastic project--can't wait to get some of those distress stains to try!

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  107. Beautiful !! Got your link from Tim Hotlz. Great project

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  108. Well I for one am glad you took the time to write the blog and that your friend Tim directed all of us here :D Such a cute project and I love the way you did the crate paper!

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  109. Love this project! so chic! and I super love crepe paper
    TFS
    -BK

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  110. How SHABB~O~LICIOUS!!! what a faboo idea!!

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  111. Really beautiful. I never thought of running a stick through crepe paper cuz I thought it would tear too easily; now I know better. And of course, Tim Holtz's Spun Sugar Stain... love the color and it adds a beautiful tough to your project, expecially with the lace added - so vintagely (is that even a word?!?... oh well) elegant. Thank you for sharing.

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  112. Tim was right-indeed lovely and sweet!!

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  113. Stunning project... those distress stains look like an amzing product ... another must have from Tim :)

    I love that you used the crepe paper, such a versatile product too... already so long around but never boring. Nice effect to make a ribbon using the sewing machine!

    Another blog in my 'following' list ~smile~.

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  114. Absolutely adorable. The colors are soft and elegant. I do love the cover and hope my stamp store has them. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us. Great tutorial on the new stains.

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  115. It's projects like this why 7Gypsies products is one of my all time favorite manufacturers! Thanks for sharing! ~Patti~

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  116. This is just so stinking gorgeous. I adore it and can't wait to give the new distress stains a try!!

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  117. What a beautiful project!! I love Tim Holtz's products - now, if I could only get my projects to turn out so beautifully!!! This is wonderful...thank you so much for sharing -- you made it look easy!!

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  118. I have never seen anyone sew crepe paper let alone dye it. This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas! What a beautiful little project with your great stash!!!

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  119. Wow, Tim Holtz sent me over and I just have to say this is a really stunning project!!

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  120. What a stunning project and a great unique idea. Absolutely love the crepe ribbon coloured with the stains, stunning. The optical lens is a wonderful addition. Tracy Evans x

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  121. Oh, it's fantastic! Thanks to you (& Tim) for sharing!

    iamvictorias at gmail dot com

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  122. Hi. Tim H. just sent me over as well.... What a great project!!! I love it and love your site as well.
    Charlene

    katknit at gmail dot com

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  123. Beautiful..but I do have a question. I am new to this style of crafting. Is the "book cover" a true book cover, or is it printed on thick paper to look like one?

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  124. I saw this on Tim's blog & had to come here to tell how pretty I think it is. Thanks for the tutorial also.

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  125. WOW!!! My jaw has dropped to the floor...as soon as I pick it back up I will type my comment. This project is Gorgeous, Stunning & oh sooooo Beautiful! I love it!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  126. Thanks for the close up photos of the distress stain in use....simply beautiful project.

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  127. I love the crepe paper idea and the spun sugar looks so vintage

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  128. love the idea and the whole project--very clever

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  129. such a lovely colour,so romantic wow well done!

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  130. amazing art work! thanks for sharing your idea, I like how the crepe paper works here - just fun!

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  131. I love this project, so vintage in look but modern in design... looking fwd to looking around your blog...

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  132. Funny how something named Distress makes me feel every worry slip quietly away....love anything Tim Holtz does...must get these. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  133. Can't wait to get my hands stained with the new Tim Holtz stains. They just look so fun!!

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  134. This is gorgeous!! Thank you so much for sharing the "how to" of your project. I came from Tim's blog, and haven't been to your blog before. Will sub in RSS feeds...and poke around more later. I sure like what I see so far!! I think I am going to be needing those distress stains!! Hugs, Rockin Robin C

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  135. Oh wow how fantastic is that! I love how you made the crepe paper ruffle - fantastic!

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  136. Oh my gosh... I LOVE this! I just started playing with crepe paper this week and it is the bomb!

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  137. This is awesome. I love this project and the way you used the new Distress Stains :) Thank you so much for sharing this project with us-- it looks like a lot of fun

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  138. Wow! Wish my name started with an 'M' and then I could get hopeful about seeing this arrive at my home! Just lovely!

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  139. So beautiful and elegant!!
    I cant wait to get my hands on that stain!!

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  140. Love means never having to apologize for inky fingers! Thanks for sharing your beautiful project and detailed instructions. My inky fingers are crossed in the hopes of a set of new Distress Stains...

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  141. Just found your blog from Tim's. What a great project! Love the Distress stains. I also like how you "highlight" the product so that we can check them out. Great marketing! Have put you all into my favorites. DD
    ps would love to win the Distress Stains as well.

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  142. What an elegant project. I love what you did with the distress stain and cepe paper. Thanks for sharing.

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  143. Very nice! So many good ideas, so little time.

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  144. Beautiful! I love the idea of using the Book cover as a base.... and a lovely base it is. I already have a set of the gorgeous new stains on pre-order but if you pick me, I will send my winnings to my sister in Indy who has been bit by the stamping bug!

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  145. Wow!!! Am I glad I stopped by here today to see your fab project and the tutorial i'm definetly gonna be trying! TFS

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  146. That is such a cool tag! I ca'[t wait to get my mitts on the new Distress Stains.

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  147. I love it too. Note to self: crepe paper and seam binding!
    KAD

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  148. Brilliant! So romantic. Someone is going to love receiving it.
    Blessings Bernie

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  149. I absolutely love the book cover. I reminds me of my childhood. I can hardly wait to play with the stains.

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  150. i LOVE to use crepe paper on my projects! can't wait to try out tim's new distress stains ! your project is gorgeous ladies! laura j

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  151. Thanks to Tim, I came to your blog and "Love It!" Will be back for more. Your project is just my style and I love the use of the stains. I would never have guessed you could do that with crepe paper. Thanks.

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  152. What a lovely project! The stains look fun and easy to use! Thanks so much for the wonderful detailed instructions!!

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  153. I absolutely love this project...I wish i am this good to make things like this...I can't wait to get the supplies to try this out...

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  154. So beautiful! I am in love with the crepe paper! This project is definitely on my "to-do" list!

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  155. This looks totally awesome - how lucky you were to go to CHA and workshop with Tim.

    Julie

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  156. This is simply divine!!!
    Love it.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.
    So creative & inspirational.
    I can't wait to try those stains.
    Crafty hugs,
    Sonia
    archivingangel@yahoo.com

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  157. The stains look fun but I still having finished my ink collection! I've been noticing a lot of people using crepe paper this year. What fun!

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  158. Beautiful! I can't wait to get my hands of some of those covers. Thanks for sharing!!

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  159. Very, very classy. Love the idea of using crepe paper. FUN!

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  160. It turned out beautiful. Would you share what kind of crepe paper you used that holds up to the ink? I know the stuff I have would have dissolved.

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  161. Wow, Tim sure know a winner when he sees it. Beautiful project. I was thinking the stains might all be very bold. Nice to see there are some subtle colors as well. I will be subscribing to your blog. Thanks Tim! Penny

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  162. Very fun, I can't wait to try out the new distress stains!

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  163. very nice, simple and quick.

    Thanks

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  164. This is great project. And thanks for the demo of the new distress stains. I can't wait to get my fingers on some!!!

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  165. As I said on Tim's blog "What a romantic project! I love the assemblage of the book cover with the clock piece, the silhouette and the ribbon! Quite lovely!" May I add that I love the soft looks of the pink stain on the crepe ribbon. Bravo!

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  166. Quick and creative all at the same time. I think I may use your idea for the crepe paper. I can imagine it with lots of different colors. I like that the colors all match the dis tress inks. I also like how you tied the gray ribbon at the top. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  167. Great project, great inspiration, and great product too. It really is temptation unfulfilled as I can't have a go until the Distress Stains get to England. Saw and loved them at CHA and wanted to bring some home!
    JoZarty

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  168. Stunning, I love the look. I can't wait to try my hand at one of these. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  169. What a fabulous valentine gift. I am looking forward to using the stains because I was a big fan of the color washes and evidently they are no longer available. You have an amazing blog and I am looking forward to seeing more projects from you.

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  170. OOOOOOOOOO! A project filled with things I love, 7gypsy book covers and Distress Stain. Love this!

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  171. I LOVE it too!!
    Thank you for the great instructions.
    I'm so excited to get my grungy hands on those distress stains - I will proudly wear blue/green fingers!!
    ~Jill

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  172. Stunning Vintage Project. Loving the effect of the stains on the crepe paper. Can't wait to get my hands on these.

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  173. Love your use of the distress stain with the crepe paper. It looks so great on your project.

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  174. Aaah! 'Tis a fab project...love the gathered trim
    xoxo Sioux

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  175. Came over for a visit from Tim's blog...what a cool use for the stain!

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  176. Soooooo awesome! what a beautiful project! I can't wait to get my hands on some Distress Stains! And a Binderie Punch. and the 7 Gyspsies book cover! LOL

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  177. Oh my gosh - this is so fabulous and creative! Love the addition of the crepe paper. Who knew?

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  178. Such a Beautiful Project, awe inspiring (: Thanks for Sharing. Can't wait to try me some Distress stains!!!
    ♥Holly

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  179. beautiful project...love how you used the distress stain on the crepe paper...makes it look like it was perfectly aged!

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  180. What a great project. Thanks for sharing. Now I have to get some of those wonderful stains!!!!

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  181. This si wonderful---very creative--love the ruffle

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  182. This is just beautiful. I too always use what I have on hand, but then that "hand" is very full. I wonder how close to this I can get with my stash. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  183. Wow!! just fabulous, love the distress stain and love that optical lens!

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  184. Beautiful! I like how you stained and gathered the crepe paper. I also like the silhouette on the optical lens.

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