Thursday, April 14, 2011

Butterflies for Spring!

Good morning stamping friends!
I've been away from the ol' blog since Monday and I'm sorry for leaving you hanging. But, my Dad has been in the hospital since Monday with heart complications from his Chemotherapy. They have him stabilized in CCU right now, but he's been a pretty hurt puppy really since last Saturday. Please keep him in your prayers - I know you will, you all have been so wonderful with encouragement and support since his cancer diagnosis. I can't tell you what it means to know we have friends praying for us from all over the world. My Dad even mentioned it yesterday, that he couldn't believe so many who didn't even know him would be praying for him. It's an awesome thing!

So, today I'm spending the day in the studio trying to play catch up on many things - plus, I have my fun stamp camp - Stampin' at the Firehouse tonight at 7 pm! There is still room for a few more if you want to come stamp with us. All the deets are on my events page, just click the link at the left on my sidebar.

Edited 4/14 - Post with Measurements/instructions is HERE.
The project I'm sharing today is one that I made for my party hostess, Lynn, last Saturday. We had a great time at her Stampin' party and I always like to make something unique just for my special hostess. Here's a photo of the front:

No, it's not a card - it's a mini scrapbook album! Doesn't it make you long for Spring to get here in earnest?!~ I know it does me!
We got the original idea for this album at Founder's Circle 3 years ago, which just goes to show that a good idea is always a good idea, no matter how old it is. The original album used the stamp set Simple Friendship and some coordinating DSP. My album actually has NO stamping at all! I know, get out!! But, I did have some fun with my Big Shot making the cover pieces. I used the Beautiful Butterflies Die and the Square Lattice Die.
Here's a photo of the cover opened up:

My color combo came from the Greenhouse Gala DSP - yes, it really is one of my favorite packs of DSP. You can get so many varied looks from just one package. Did you know that all the colors in this DSP can be found in the Getting Started Cardstock and Ink Spots collection? Yep, it's a great way for new stampers to get started with a nice variety of coordinating colors.
Here's a photo of the "pages" opened up halfway:

This is not a complicated album at all to create - in fact, I think I finished this one in just 1/2 hour. That included cutting all the cardstock and paper.
Here's one more photo of it opened up all the way:

I think my flash didn't go off for this photo, sorry, but since I gave it away, I can't retake it! :)
I kept the embellishments simple since I didn't know what Lynn would do with her gift, but the ones I did use were some of my favorites. Buttons from the Sew Suite Big Buttons, Linen thread, Daffodil Delight 5/8" Grosgrain, Pear Pizazz Seam Binding and those yummy self-adhesive Pearls!

Thanks for stopping by to visit today - I plan to have a project up for you tomorrow as well, so come back and check it out, ok?
Stamped blessings,


  1. Robin,
    Yet another AMAZING post! Truly one of my Favorites! Love it and love that it didn't take long and would be a great project to do with a new consultant kit. You Rock!

  2. i {{luv}} this - i will definitely have to case this one. i alerady have a project in mind.....a few of my friends and i are taking our little girls to a mother goose tea - i will have to make each mom one of these babies to remember our fun day out :)

    thank you for all of your inspiration.

    i will keep praying for your dad, as well as your family - hugs to all of you.

  3. That's so pretty! I think I can pretty much figure it out from the photo but am wondering what is the finished size of the outside cover? Thanks for sharing and I'm sorry that your Dad is cooling his heels in the hospital secondary to the side effects of the chemo...I am happy to add him to my prayers!
    Jan Hoyt

  4. never mind on the dimensions of that SB project, you had the 6x6 info in the post you shared on LNS. Thanks, love the project!

  5. I just love this and remember quiet cleverly the day we learned how to make these at Founder's Circle!! What awesome memories of my very first FC and meeting you!!

    I will be featuring this project on My Crafty Picks #12 on 4-17-11. If you wish to decline please email me at (I have to ask).

    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers!! Sending everyone hugs across the miles too!!! Love ya!!

  6. Is there a tutorial or directions for this album? Would love to have them. It's a great project and I LOVE the Greenhouse Gala DSP!

  7. Love this project, Robin. Looks to be very fun to make.


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