Thursday, 24 January 2013

MAWTT - Bling it On

Hello! it's time for another challenge over at 
I am hostess this week and have chosen the theme of .....
'Bling it On'
So you can go mad with the embellies and use anything sparkly, shiny or metallic... so glitter, gems, pearls, metal charms etc! it doesn't have to be a card... so you could make gift box, tag... jewellery even.. as long as you follow the theme...

So I've made my very first Mini-Album which was a bit scary... I watched some You Tube videos and then kinda made it up as I went along!! ... It's about 9.5cm x 7.5cm and so fits nicely into the palm of your hand. I used the largest die of Classic Rectangle Scalloped Nesties - Small. The papers are 'Rosarian' by Prima. I love these papers so much and the colours inspired me to make this Russian themed keepsake. Each page has a different theme and it's basically all the things that I love about Russia... hope you like it!

Annie from Digi my World gave us some fab images to play with... I chose the Russia set of images. You can get the image set pre-coloured if you wish but I have coloured the images digitally to match my papers. The flower is Prima. I've used red nail heads on St Basil's although they actually look like pearls in this photo! but they are definitely nail heads!!  I bought the little Russian Doll bead and threaded it onto an eye pin with some spacers and then attached to a keyring which works as the binder. The leaves are Marianne Design Ivy. Looking at this front cover now... I might add a bit of ribbon or bow to the binding ring top left... just need to find the right ribbon...

Dr Zhivago... love both the DVD's!

This is another image from Digi My World Russia Set. Again I've digitally coloured it to match the papers.  I've added more nail heads and also used Viva Pearl Pen on her headband.

This is the tag taken out of the pocket. It has little photo of Tsar Nicholas II and family and lots of info about them....

Well I couldn't not put Mr. Bond himself in this album!!! and of course the books Anna Karenina and War and Peace. I haven't read War and Peace although we do have a copy! it's huge!!!

The beautiful architecture of Russia... I've handwritten where the places are to make it a bit more personal... 

Another thing that I love about Russia - the Ballet and the Music... the embellishments are from a ballet set that I bought last year. I've added some little red gems to bling up the heart! 

And inside the pocket is this leaflet telling you about the Bolshoi and some famous Russian Composers.

This is fab Russian Doll image from Digi My World Russia Set. I've coloured it digitally and added gems to the centre of the flowers. 

There is little pocket and a blank tag.... a space for recipient to write on....

Close up of Russian Dolls

A page about Russia and the Space Race... photo and newspaper about Yuri Gagarin... the star embellie is gold - the camera is telling porkies again!! the stars and the moon are from Josy Rose.

and again... inside the pocket is leaflet with tons of info about Russian Space Program....

and not forgetting the wonderful Faberge! 

Another leaflet with lots of info....

The lovely Alessandra gave me these gorgeous metal corners for my Birthday last year and so I tried to decorate one up with red gems....A La Faberge!

and that is it ... this is back of my mini album - I've dated it and numbered it... and I plan to do another Country sometime in future... it was quite a lot of work but most of it is planning it out and sticking stuff on... so it was quite relaxing to do... I don't think I will be giving this away though! I have grown quite attached to it so think I will keep it in the family ... Winking smile 

We are sponsored this week by the fabulous Digi My World...

and the winner this week will receive a fab $10 Voucher to spend in-store!! 

Don't forget to pop on over to MAWTT for more details of this week's Challenge and to see my Teamies gorgeous creations!

Not long until weekend...
I am hoping to get rid of this blooming cold which seems to be hanging on forever... so gonna rest up and read my book or watch some catch up tv.... have you seen Mr Selfridge? it's not quite as good as The Paradise imho... but very interesting as it's based on true story... but Mr Selfridge annoys me a bit! LOL .... wonder what he was like in real life... I would love to know...

Hope you are all keeping Safe and Warm!
I will catch up with you all soon...
Love and hugs


Janice said...

Outstanding Sue! what a work of art and so much history too. What a brilliant mini book, so love it and all the images and embellishments you've added. Have you been to Russia, you seem to have a real love of the place... or are you a spy...embedded in our very own DT??? The plot thickens...Jx

Susan Flynn said...

Wow wow wow Sue it's brilliant! Love the Russian theme, Dr Zhivago was a brilliant film and I loved the book! You have really captured the essence of Russia with your colours and embellies! A brilliant book I love it!!! Hugs Susan xx

cotnob said...

Wow! This is fabulous Sue, lovely dramatic colours and so much detail - it must have taken you ages.
We had more snow here last night and we haven't got rid of the last lot yet, I'm getting a bit fed up with it now - it makes it so difficult to get out and about.
Keep warm and enjoy your catch up TV.

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

OH WOW!!! Sue this is amazing, love your attention to detail. I agree you need to keep it in the family you can't be giving that away!!
Hugs Shell xx

Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!!! This is stunning Sue. I love the design and theme. With such great colours and your detailing is amazing too.
Take care
Hugs Sue

Cheryl said...

oh wow Hun this is just fantastic,the detail on every page is just superb hun,such amazing detail hugs Cherylxxxxxx

chrissy xx said...

WoW! You have been busy Sue all the fine details you have put into this Mini-Album..FABulous details...FABulous colours..No I don't think I would want to part with it..Sooo nice to look back at there's things here to stir up memories.
I LOve Mr Selfridge lol..I do think he as a set of false teeth in! He looked a lot nicer 'in real life' on the Jonathan Ross show...I read somewhere that the real Mr Selfridge lost everything and was even arrest for vagrancy he kept going to look in the windows {how sad}

Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW Sue, this is amazing, what a brilliant creation, I love everything about it, Fantastic work. I want to look at all the pull out pages now and see what you have on them.

Hope alls well, Love Hazelxox

Pami said...

Blimey Sue, you have been busy!!! What an amazing creation, you can tell it was a labour of love! I agree with Shell, you need to keep it in the family and not give it away!!

Thanks for a great theme this week! I do love a bit of bling!

Hope you are feeling better now.
Pami x

KraftyKoolKat said...

Oh sweetie I have just typed a long comment for this then it said service not available. I wish I had copied it first Lol!!! This is an awesome creation sweetie. It has blown me away. You have put a lot of hard work into this book and it is no surprise that you are going to keep it and treasure it.

I will be watching Mr Selfridge but like you he annoys me. A lady in my apartment block thinks he is gorgeous!!! No accounting for taste. Lol!!!

I hope your nasty cold leaves you soon, have a good week end.


May said...

O my word Sue, This is fabulous & put together beautifully.. Love all the elements, such a lot of work!! Simply Gorgeous... Hugs May x x x

Debs said...

WOW WOW WOW Sue this is totally awesome!!!
So much work and love has gone into this wonderful project and it shows - outstanding!!!
You are sooooo talented my lovely friend.
Hope you are keeping well.
Take care
Debs xx

PaperDaisies said...

Wowzers Sue, this is stunning. Just love it. Hugs Nina

Tammy said...

OMGosh Sue your mini album is AMAZING!! I love it! Fantastic details and design on each page along with the perfect papers and embellies! A true work of art!
I hope you have a fabulous evening!
Big Hugs, Tammy

Mau xx said...

Hi Sue, Thanks for calling by sweetie, I am doing ok and managing to stay warm..I so hate the cold :0
Love your creation, I can see how much work went into it. You have excelled my friend. Will be interesting to see what Country to do next time.
I hope that cold clears soon.
Huge Hugs Mau xx

Kathleen said...

Good grief Sue, what a lot of fabulous work has gone into this, no wonder you have not been well, it is stunning.

Kath x

Mary J said...

A fabulous book, Sue - all of the details are amazing - beautifully co-ordinated!

Carole said...

Another gorgeous creation Sue, it's fab

Carole xXx

Wishcraft said...

What a fabulously detailed creation Sue, this is wonderful! Hugs, Lisa x

Anonymous said...

Wow Sue! This is amazing! Its like a beautiful art, history and geography lesson in one. Such a lot of love you have put in this project. Well done!
Pearl x

Doreen said...

Wow!!! I love this stunning have certainly put a lot of work into this Sue.....I am not surprised you want to keep this

McCrafty's Cards said...

Wow Sue, this is absolutely wonderful, you have put so much in it, fantastic!!
Kevin xx

Pia S said...

WOW! You've really nailed the Russian theme with your little album! And even the colors, papers and bling add to the Russian feel! Well done Sue!

Jules said...

Wow Sue .. .. what an amazing project.

It must have taken hours, and hours, and hours to make. Super special that's for sure.

I am loving Mr Selfridge. We didn't see The Paradise programme so can't compare.

Other people I have spoken to have said the same as you though. That it was better than Mr Selfridge .. .. so I clearly missed something good.

Hurry up and get rid of those germs. You don't deserve to feel rough for this long!!!

Love Jules xx

DesignerDiva said...

Good morning Meester Bond!! OMG Sue this is Faberge-licious (get it?) what an amazing keepsake and I agree totally how could you give it away!! I've made a few albums and think they are really fun to make and lovely to keep. The papers here are stunning and all the research you must have done for all that information is mind blowing!! so many details and so much work - amazing!
Have a good weekend my little friend and thank you for the link to the card
Hugs Laurie xx

Judith said...

Wow Sue this is just fab - u - lous! When I saw it on MAWTT I thought it was a pretty card - I should have known better with your creativity, it really is wonderful and such beautiful tiny details - you're wasted on our little DT you belong to some Russian art school or something lol - hope you have a great weekend hugs Judith xx

coops said...

wow this is fantastic many stunning details and i love your bold colours and bling :D

xx coops xx

Asha said...

A magnificent work of art .. a true labour of love. You MUST NOT give it away. I see this becoming an heirloom of sorts. Thanks for sharing your talent so generously.
xxx Asha
Sunny Summer Crafts

Ira Huberts said...

Wow Sue! Thank you so much for taking us on a trip to Russia with your gorgeous album! Love every single page of it, your use of different elements is so pretty and the touch of bling is perfection! So much work has gone into this album, but it´s been worth it, it´s sooooo pretty! Big hugs, Ira xox

Donna Mosley said...

WOW!!!! Sue, this is absolutely incredible hun. Love the gorgeous papers and details. AMAZING!

Donna x

meg said...

Hi Sue, your album is beautiful you have highlighted each page in such a unique way it must have been so difficult to create so many different pages whilst following your theme.I love the Faberge egg page it is so rich.Take care and have a great weekend. Hugs Meg

Vicky said...

This is gorgeous my sweetie loads of work has gone into this, love the papers.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Alessandra said...

wow Woman, are you crazy???!!! How wonderful is tha, looooove love lve it!! I want James Bond (but rather the Daniel Craig one with no clothes on lol) and he brings me a Fabergé egg, want one, but a real one!!! No fakes are welcome in my home :o) lol! Hey, it's a fantastic work! Well done!
Hugs and cuddles, Alessandra

Claire said...

WOW Sue what a fabulous book this is and I adore the theme - lots of gorgeous colours and fabulous elements and that russian doll charm is so lovely. Sorry its taken me a while to visit! Hugs, Claire xx PS. You need to pop over to my blog x

xxxtglxxx said...

Sue! Sue! Sue! :) How excited was I to see this!

I LOVE Russia! :) I am absolutely mad on anything russian.

They say we (the british) are fascinated by the russians as they are mysterious and even after all these years we still cant fathom them out past or present.

I dont know about that, but I have always had a deep curiosity and respect towards the people and culture and even tried to find a russian speaking course nearby.

Its a dream to visit there one day, and I watch anything with Russia in it! :)

So, I LOVE your mini album, its brilliant! lol



Sarah said...

Hi Sue, oh my word that is just amazing! What a wonderful little gem of an album.

So many details and obviously so much work gone into it.

I'm afraid I can't get into Mr Selfridge - I much preferred The Paradise. I am rather enjoying Ripper Street though, it's a bit violent I know but still I enjoying it.


Mary J said...

I'm feeling for you Sue - my cold won't leave me either! I have everything crossed that you're better soon!

Your book is AMAZING! The details are stunning!

Crea Astrid said...

What a lot of beautiful creations. Nice colors.

Hugs Astrid.

jo said...

Wow, Sue, what a fabby project! Love the shape, the gorgeous papers, the colours and you've packed in so much info &'s stunning! Defo a family keepsake! Hope you're keeping well, warm & enjoying the week.....snow all gone here, now we've got torrential rain & howling wind!
Hugs Jo x

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! Sue, this is AMAZING!!! It's so beautiful and so full of interesting detail.

My great grandfather was from Russia and it's somewhere I'd love to visit too.

Shannon White said...

Wow!! this is Just the Most Gorgeous Album Sue!! Love all the care and attention to detail you put into it! And I am loving all the pretty bling too! Just Wonderful my friend!! 8-)


SusanLotus said...

Awesome mini-album! I love your Russian theme. :)