Friday, May 8, 2009

You Inspire Me...

This is a project that is near and dear to my heart. While I was at CHA with Michelle (Stamper's Dream) and Laurie (Just give me stamps), we saw such fun chipboard books in the Maya Road booth. When I saw this one, I just knew what I would do with it, and Michelle was kind enough to indulge my inspiration and order some of these.

Many of you know that Laurie and I are good friends that actually met through Splitcoaststampers almost 2 years ago. We had an immediate connection and have been close ever since. We've been through a lot these past 2 years with both ups and downs, and through it all she has inspired me in many ways with her strength, hope, faith, and much more. So, I thought I'd make this book highlighting what I admire so much in her and how she inspires me daily.

All the decorative paper used for this book is from the K&Company Line Madeline, and any other paper used is Prismatic. The inks used are either Vintage Photo or Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress), or Vintage Sepia (Versafine)

So, onto the first page:

Labels IV (Spellbinders)
Vertical and Harmony Rectangular Stamper (JustRite)
Trompe Script Uppercase and Lowercase (JustRite)
Brayton Font (JustRite)
Times Roman Upper and Lowercase (JustRite)
EK Success Border Punch
Kaisercraft Wood Flourish
Mini-Multicolored Rhinestones (Zva Creations)
Rose Sheer Ribbon (May Arts)

Page 2:

Grungepaper (Tim Holtz)
Peony Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Rub-ons (My Mind's Eye)
Harmony Rectangular Stamper (JustRite)
Trompe Script Lowercase (JustRite)
Border Punch (Martha Stewart)
Button (My Mind's Eye)
Crocheted Ribbon (May Arts)
Wood Flourish (Kaisercraft)
Center Flower punch (Carl CarlaCraft)
Copper Pearl (Kaisercraft)

To make the flower, I just rubbed Worn Lipstick and Aged Mahogany (Ranger Distress Ink) directly onto the Grungepaper and ink distressed the edges with Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress Ink). For the leaves I rubbed Frayed Burlap and Pine Needles (Ranger Distress Ink) and then hand cut them.

Page 3:

Harmony Rectangular Stamper (JustRite)
Brayton Font (JustRite)
Long Rectangle Nestabilties (Spellbinders)
Chipboard Bird and Branch (Maya Road)
Border Punch (EK Success)
Buttons (My Mind's Eye)
Rub-ons (My Mind's Eye)

Page 4:

Mini Chipboard Trees (Maya Road)
Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Harmony Rectangular Stamper (JustRite)
Trompe Script Uppercase (JustRite)
Times Roman Lowercase (JustRite)
Border Punch (Martha Stewart)
Organdy Ribbon (Offray)

Page 5:

Harmony Rectangular Stamper
Trompe Script Uppercase and Lowercase (JustRite)
Invisibles Chipboard Frame (Heidi Swapp)
Border Punch (Martha Stewart)
Roses (Prima)
Brad (Chatterbox Easy Brad Maker)
Rhinestone (K&Company)
Pearls (Kaisercraft)
Crocheted Ribbon (May Arts)
Mini-Multicolored Rhinestones (Zva Creations)

The frame is like an emboss resist, only you don't have to do the embossing. The intricate patterns are already done for you. All I did was rub Frayed Burlap over the whole image, the Vintage Photo around the outer pattern (avoiding the center), and finally edging it with Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress Inks).

For the ornate brad, I just took one of the brads for the Build-a-Brad Kit (Chatterbox), and filled the center with a large Rhinestone (K&Company)

Page 6:

Harmony Rectangular Stamper (JustRite)
Trompe Script Uppercase and Lowercase (JustRite)
Brayton Font (JustRite)
Border Punch (Fiskars)
Brad (Chatterbox - Easy Brad Maker)
Crocheted Ribbon (May Arts)
Mini-Multicolored Rhinestones (Zva Creations)
Patterned Ribbon (Chatterbox)
Ornate Die (Cuttlebug)

Whew....that was a long post. Thanks for sticking with me.
To see what the other Dream Team gals have come up with today, click on their names below:
Cindy , Cammie , Michelle, Denise, Kim

Have a fabulous weekend my blogging friends!!


Denise (peanutbee) said... THAT is THE sweetest project and Laurie is going to LOVE it. Awwww, what sweet friends you are. You made me feel all misty so I can just imagine how Laurie is going to feel when she sees this. Awesome, girl! AWESOME!!

Cindy Haffner said...

Oh Tosh this is beautiful, what an amazing job you have done. Laurie is going to love it. You inspire me. xxoo

StampOwl said...

fabulous project Tosh

Michelle (Lady2cu) said...

WOW! I don't even know where to begin. This is so over-the-top fabulous, and there are so many gorgeous and intricate details. I know you made this out of love, and it really shows, my friend. YOU inspire so many ways! I love your book, and I know Laurie will too!

Mimi H. said...

What a wonderful project! Laurie will love it. Thanks as always for sharing.

Rose Ann said...

Oh my goodness, Tosh...I'm sure this project will mean soooo much to Laurie!! It is so incredible, thoughtful, and gorgeous!!

Kimberly Crawford said...

It is absolutely gorgeous and perfectly Laurie!!!!!! AMAZING, Tosha!! What a fabulous gift!!!!!

Mothermark said...

Gives we warm fuzzines big time!!! How wonderful for you to do this for Laurie! Its so cool that the two of you will probably become life long friends all from an on-line connection! This is over the top gorgeous! Fabulous!

I get the feeling the ultimate compliment to you Tosh, would be for me to say that this looks like something Laurie would make! I know that would be happy because I know how you love what she does!

Its gorgeous! Well done!

Sharon Harnist said...

Fabulous book, Tosh -- I know Laurie loved it!!

Gabriela said...

Gimme a sec here. I fell outta my chair and need to get back up so I can comment on this post. There. Whew! Next time you intend on knocking me outta my chair with your gorgeous and awe inspiring work, uh, a little warning please? Shall I warn Laurie to tie her shoelaces tightly because she's about to get her socks blown off?

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

WOW! Tosh, this is amazing. You obviously poored lots of love into this for Laurie. I love all the pages, but Goodness is my favorite. Hugs,

Steph K (booga3) said...

WOW! This is just amazing and so beautiful and heartfelt!

Sandra said...

love it! What talent you have! thanks for sharing!

Laurie Schmidlin said...

Oh Tosh! Bare with me here, because I can barely type (my eyes seem to be leaking.... :-)! There are not enough words to describe how beautiful this is! I am SO blown away! And grateful! You have been SUCH an amazing friend to me! This is just SO like you! It's just YOU to do something so wonderful, so from your heart, so giving, and SO beautiful...because that is exactly who you are! Thank you soooo much Tosh...for everything!!

Leslie Miller said...

This is the sweetest reason for doing any kind of stamping, Tosh. I see already that Laurie loves it. It reminds me of her and it's absolutely gorgeous!

Carolyn King said...

Tosh...what a wonderful friend you are---and amazingly talented too!!! What a STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS keepsake for Laurie. I know how much she means to you and i have a hunch she feels the same---how could she not?

You are amazing girlfriend. Truly amazing.

Anonymous said...

Totally speechless! This is truly amazing, Tosh!! It's evident that you poured your heart into this ceation and I'm sure Laurie will love it!

Jane Wetzel said...


Joanne (jojot) said...

well, takes one to know one......what special friends you both are to each other.....she will love this, just as you would if she made it for you......nobody can take the place of a good soulmate friend....gorgeous

Judy Rozema said...

How wonderful to have and be such a special friend to each other. What a beautiful book of love you have made for Laurie. I know she is so touched by it. You are a sweetheart.

dpkennedy said...

Oh dang it, you made me cry! How incredibly thoughtful and wonderful...This is truly a masterpiece and Laurie will certainly treasure this forever! sniff sniff...

Anonymous said...

You and Laurie both seem to be such genuine, giving, loving and, of course, wonderfully creative individuals. You have kindly shared a very tangible artifact of your wonderful friendship and it is beautiful beyond words. I so appreciate that you have shared it with your readers. I think highly of both of you ladies.

Bastelfrosch said...

This book is a dream!!! I love it.

retiredheather said...

this is such a stunning gift to give to a friend! You have blended your color shocies so well and you can feel the sentiments in your work.
Hugs with admiration

Angella D. Crockett said...! This is one of the most incredible things I have ever seen!!! Every single page is so powerful and full of love and beauty! What an awesome friend you are!!! (I hope this comment goes through....I don't think your blog likes my computer!!)

Silke said...

Absolutely drop dead FABULOUS!!! This looks amazing - Tosh!!!

KAT said...

I'm really bad about leaving comments - but I really try when a piece really inspires me - well this is one of those pieces! Love the words you used to describe your friend - the colors and all the chip board you used on this project - it's a real beauty!!! Thanks for sharing this with the rest of us!

Sandra MacLean said...

Ok Tosh, you left me with a lump in my throat at this beautiful tribute/gift for you dear friend Laurie. But then, when I read Laurie's comment, my heart just sighed. I have made a couple of friendships through SCS that I treasure everyday so this project has inspired me to do a little something for them - thank you Tosh. We should all have friendships like yours and Laurie's. ((big hugs))

Amy Sheffer said...

Wow, Tosh, I'm all teary-eyed over this wonderful tribute from one beautiful person to another! Your heart shines through this piece from cover to cover. Thank you for sharing!!

Dawn said...

Laurie will surely treasure this...beautiful!

Vicki Dutcher said...

This is amazing! What a gift to receive! You can see a lot of love went into this project!

ChristineCreations said...

Oh Tosha, this is a beautifully done, and such a tribute to your friendship. I know she will treasure it!

Anonymous said...

Oh Tosh, this is so beautiful! I am sure Laurie will treasure it, and thank you so much for all of your inspiration! wow! gorgeous!

Lee H.

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