Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Art with Heart Challenge - Floral Wedding Album

Hi all! Eileen Hull's Art with Heart challenge inspired me to make this pretty wedding album for my daughter and her husband. They just celebrated their first wedding anniversary and I thought it would make a perfect gift for them!

How gorgeous are these flowers?! By just inking the fronts, you get a great contrast when they're curled...and the Perfect Pearls spray gives them the prettiest shimmer. I am also very excited about the Liquid Pearls stamens! A few months ago I was trying to figure out how to make these myself and happened upon the most simple yet elegant solution. Read below to see how this sweet wedding album came together.

Begin by covering a piece of ScoreBoards mat board (front and back) with decorative paper. Since the paper I used was only 6x6, I had to piece it together. The spine will be covered, so it was ok to have a seam. Insert the Decorative Frame die into the Movers and Shapers opening of the Mini Album die and cut your album.

To create the pages for the book, fold cardstock in half and cut using the album die, aligning the fold just below the first score line. Punch holes in the pages and thread with a single piece of idea-ology Paper Twine. Punch two holes in the spine of the book, thread the strings through, and tie.

Now let's make our flowers! Cut several flowers from white cardstock using the Layered Flowers die from Eileen Hull. Sponge with various colors of Distress ink and then mist heavily with Perfect Pearls Mist. You want to have them fairly saturated for the next step.

Take your dampened flowers and form them around a dowel, or the end of a paintbrush. Remove and let dry. This will give them a great, vintage texture.

To create the stamens, cut a 3" length of Paper Twine and separate into two pieces. Fold each in half.

Next, dispense a small amount of Buttercup Liquid Pearls onto a nonstick craft sheet. Dip each end of the string into the Pearls. The Pearls will naturally form a perfect little droplet shape on the end. Hang the stamens to dry, making sure they don't touch anything.

To create the flowers, stack several sets of petals. Gather a few sets of stamens together and insert into the opening in the flower. Add a dab of glue on the back to hold in place. When dry, trim the Paper String.

To complete the album, cut a piece of burlap paper using the album die, aligning it along the cutting area for the spine. Adhere a piece of Crinkle Ribbon to it and then adhere the burlap to the cover. Cut a piece of thin cardstock using Karen Burniston's Chevron die and cover with gold glitter. When dry, adhere to the bottom on the book. Add your flowers and a length of pearl trim, and you're done!

For the cover photo, I chose an image that would fit the opening and then adhered it to the first page. I added more photos to fill the book. Mine is fairly simple, because that's my daughter's style, but you could really go crazy with more embellishments, etc.

Have you joined the Art with Heart Challenge? The theme this month is May Flowers and we would love to have you play along. One lucky winner will receive a great prize package!

The dies I used can be found at Sizzix and Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Be sure and use my coupon code (at IE only) to save 10% off your order!

This project is also a great fit for Inspiration Emporium's Celebrate! challenge. You can find all the details here. Hope you can play along with both of these fun challenges.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful week!


  1. Absolutely beautiful!

    I am going to try to make my own stamen's, thanks for showing me how!

  2. I don't know about doing stamens, but I certainly ordered the flower dies! :-) Your work is the best advertisement for a product and a wonderful inspiration for crafters, Shelly.

    1. I could not agree more Evelyn! Shelly inspires me on a daily basis.

  3. Oh my gosh- Shelly! This is fantastic- how beautiful and easy! Love the tip for the flower stamens- fun to customize lots of them! I see a stamen production factory happening... Thanks for making the mini-album so pretty!

  4. This is such a beautiful creation Shelly, I love the way you created those stamens - amazing inspiration!

  5. This is beautiful Shelly! I love hoe you did the stamens and flowers. I think I need to put that flower die on my wish list. ;-)

  6. Gorgeous, I am going to try your stamens idea. It never ceases to amaze me how clever arty people are!


  7. Fabulous mini book Shelly and what a FAB tip for the stamens for the flowers. I never seem to have right right colour or size of stamen. Stamen making big time coming up!

  8. Gorgeous Shelly , love the pretty papers and the frames romantic image set off beautifully with your gorgeous flowers. Tracy x

  9. Thank you so much for those stamens. That is such a clever idea and you'll be seeing them all over blogland now! Superb album which I'm sure will be gratefully received. Jenny x

  10. Love the flowers. Thank you for the how to. I Iike that stamen idea. A beautiful album!

  11. I love to see Eileen's designs come to life. And you, dear Shelly are the best to do it. I always love your creations. Thank you so much for the tutorials. They are always well done. And the stamen "tip"...girl, you are too much!

  12. This is a beautiful, your daughter will be so pleased with it, and thanks for the tutorial for the flowers, I was always wondering how these were made, thanks again, Jasmine

  13. wow. This is just beautiful!!

  14. Love this! You and Eileen do the best stuff! I ordered some perfect pearls.... got 3 colors. Why have one when you can have 3. ;-) Looks like I need to order this die next. It's perfect for a bunch of g-45 in the stash.

  15. Stunning design Shelly and thanks for sharing the stamen creation - brilliant idea. Nicola x

  16. Shelly this is BEAUTIFULLY Created with MUCH LOVE for your daughter... I know she will cherish this for ever and ever as the saying goes... LOVELY gift and keepsake... BUT the best part is the way you made the stamen.. .I love that... I have been making them that way too... but use quilting thread... and think the twisted paper will be 100% better... more strength... can hardly wait to try it... you are a GENIUS... in so many ways... thanks for all you give to the whole... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  17. This is stunning.....simply stunning. The stamens are brilliant!!!


  18. Just magnificent flowers. And the stamen!!! Brilliant!!!


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