"Clearly" Amazing Blog Hop!

We are super excited about the fun we’re having with the folks from ClearScraps and the generous people at Tsukineko who supported our blog collaboration this week. Loving how the acrylic surfaces really lend themselves to being used with so many different ribbons, patterned papers, and, of course, stamps, stickers, and other products from Stampendous! Too much fun!

And, naturally, a huge Prize Package doesn’t hurt! You could win a fantastic load of swag just for commenting on these terrific creations! Remember that the folks over at the ClearScraps Blog have more prizes as well!! There are three ways to win our goodies! Comment on the blogs all week and we’ll enter you once for every comment! Then:
  • Go to our Stampendous Facebook Page.
  • Find the post for this Blog Hop Collaboration – It should be “pinned” as the first post on our page.
  • Click on SHARE below the post (it’s probably in blue)
  • A little box will pop up – choose On Your Wall
  • Bam – you’re entered! (PS… chances are in your favor… no one shared Monday’s post!)
Here is my creation for today's huge hop:

Using the base of the Clear Scraps "Sassy" 8 X 8 album, which is a mix of clear acrylic and chipboard pages, with a unique layer of pages and edges, a batch of Tsukineko inks, and of course, a slew of Stampendous images and goodies, I went to town on this project. I have to admit, I worked on this for several days, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

I knew that I wanted to use several pictures of darling Emily, the daughter of friends, who has pictures taken of her pretty much 24/7! And Mum (yes, she's British) does a fabulous job of photographing her daughter. I've teasingly asked her if Emily recognizes her without a camera in front of her face. But, who wouldn't want to photograph this child?

Anyway, I changed all of the pics to grayscale, and added only pink Copic coloring to tint them. I adhered her photos on mostly the chipboard pages, but made sure that she could be seen through the decorated acrylic pages. These pages start out with a protective film over them that needs to be removed before decorating them.

For the front clear page, I daubed Tsukineko's Cotton White StazOn over the back, leaving a portion blank for the photo on page two to show through. Then I stamped the Cling Blossom Spray image randomly over the front and back using the Black StazOn ink. StazOn is the perfect ink for stamping on non-porous surfaces like acrylic and acetate. Using various shades of aqua/teal and pinks, I carefully colored the back of the designs with my Copic markers. I stamped the Perfectly Clear Amore Frame as well as a title using the Altered Type Alphabet, and colored this as well. To make this framed area pop out, I painted behind it with aqua acrylic paint.

The second page is chipboard and was covered with a soft aqua paper stamped with the Cling Garden Background using Tsukineko's Turquoise Gem VersaMagic chalk ink. I stamped with VersaMark a few Butterfly Beauties over the page, and embossed them with Aged Rose Embossing Enamel. The edges and back of this page were painted with pink acrylic paint, and "white washed" with the Cotton White StazOn pad. A little ink distressing was added to the sanded edges with Angel Pink Memento. Small pockets were adhered for "Tiny Treasures".

Page three is clear once again, with a rounded edge. This time I chose to show off how pretty it is to stamp with the Cotton White on the clear for an etched appearance. Using the flexibility of the Perfectly Clear Elegant Borders, I was able to curve the border to match the curve of the page. Cool, huh? A few adhesive pink pearls highlights this as well. I stamped the Cling Daffodil Girl on tissue paper with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and colored her from behind with Copic markers. I adhered her to the back of the clear page by brush-applying Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage on the page, placing the tissue piece on top, and brushing more over this. Then I applied an even coating of Multi Crystal glitter...amazingly this sparkle shows through the translucent tissue from the opposite side as well!

Page four shows through page three, with darling Emily in her pink tutu, sitting near her garden fairy. I embossed the Perfectly Clear Vintage Frames over this pic using Aged Rose EE once again. All of this on a soft pink polka-dotted paper adhered to the chipboard page. The edges and the back of this page have been painted in aqua and "white washed" using the Cotton White StazOn pad once again. The back of page four also has a fun pocket for "Mum's Memories".

Page 5 is another clear page. I stamped the Perfectly Clear Elegant Borders and Butterfly Beauties around the edge, and a frame in the center with the Cotton White StazOn. I daubed aqua acrylic paint behind the center frame to highlight it. Since I wanted to adhere another pic from behind, I also added a distressed pink panel die cut to be several inches smaller than the page. This allows my stamped Elegant Borders and Butterfly Beauties to show off that etched look once again. For extra textural interest, I adhered a swirly design of Rose Color Fragments over the surface using Glossy Accents.

I finished up the album by inserting three "C" rings from the hardware store. These have small holes at each end which after inserting through the pages, I was able to tie off with ribbons. One jumbo scrumptious aqua ribbon bow from May Arts, along with some pink paper roses, completes the vintage garden feel that I was going for.

I realize that my post today was quite long-winded, and I totally understand if you want to leave your comment, and move on to the next in line of this fun hop, but I do hope you'll come back with your cup of tea in hand, and a couple cookies, and read through the details. Just don't leave any crumbs behind! Here are the players for the hop today:


ScrapBazaar said…
This is sooo sweet! I love it! Very good job!
Ava Gavloski said…
love your project and your blog is very interesting.... be right back...wink wink
Barb Turpin said…
What lovely vintage feminine details...especially love the clear pages with the lacy white edge.
Nikki said…
This is such a delicate looking album with a beautiful vintage feeling to it :)
christi said…
i love the color choices and how you framed the pics. wonderful book.
Stampendous said…
This is the most fantastic project, Pam! Emily's mum is going to be just thrilled to get this amazing book. Love the romantic, soft colors, and the gray scale photos that let your fun pages just shine! Great Job!
Lori Schwaderer said…
Oh my God, how I love this. The colors are amazing. I am a vintage girl and I love love the look of it. Thank you
tsmayol said…
Delicate and feminine. Perfect for a little girl. This is a beautiful album.
Sue D said…
This is gorgeous and such pretty colors.
Lea said…
Pam, this is so sweet and girly and shabby chic! I love it!
Barbara said…
Wow! That is so beautiful and elegant!
Cathy said…
This is a gorgeous album!
Thanks for playing along with us at Clear Scraps this week!
Suzanne C said…
Brilliant idea with the white stazon it adds the softest frame around the beautiful pictures of emily! Gorgeous through and through!
Greta said…
Beautiful colors & I love your choice of images!
Carol said…
Beautiful projects! I really enjoyed all the inspiration this week with Stampendous and Clear Scraps, thanks!

Carol B
Ginny said…
Beautiful album. I love the colors.
Lynn Mercurio said…
This album is really amazing, Pam. What lovely and dreamy colors you have used, and look at all the Stampendous goodness on every page presented in such glorious fashion. Love how this turned out!!!
Denise Bryant said…
Pretty album! I love the colors!
Pam, this is glorious! Every page is so beautiful and could easily stand alone, together, you have created a treasure! I love the teal and pink. It's truly a work of art!
Denny said…
My favorite so far! I love that you used the clear pages to add emphasis to the pages below them. Little touches of color and texture added so much. Great job! I can see why it took a few days :)
Scrappychick said…
this is absolutely gorgeous! love the shabby colors and all the beautiful details!

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