Saturday, 23 November 2013

The story of the day (l'histoire du jour)...

Hellooooo Tando's fans ! I (Coco) have something to share with you for our Free For All week. Such "Anything goes" theme is always perfect to show cute - or not cute sometimes ! - projects we have in reserve that are not fitting to any particular theme. Today is one of such cute projects... Hope you will like it as much as me. It's a mini album I created a few weeks ago for my goddaughter, who celebrated her seven years this month. She wanted something with pastel colours - she told me ALL the colours she love, I think I didn't forget any of them haha ! -, and I had in mind to do a small album similar to a previous one made for my eldest daughter a few months ago (also visible on my blog if you are interested to compare both and/or get all the details and materials I used)

This is a mini book in oval done from scratch on watercolour paper and covered with two oval Stampbords, and once open you can read a short story in it. I decorated it on every side. I used Distress inks and Perfect Pearls, a lot of Stampotique stamps mainly designed by Maryse Carrier, and no less than 4 beautiful Tando stencils...! The sentiments are from a Dyan Reaveley's collection.
Here is the front cover, closed with the right side ribbon. You can admire the effect of Kaz's "Dotted Star" that frames my the little girl.. This stencil/mask is great, it can really be used in many different ways !! 

I didn't have any Tando's sturdy oval chipboard, so instead I used as covers two Stampbord ovals I had for ages in my stash. Stampbord has an incredibly smooth texture to work with inks especially, this is a great material but much more expensive that plain chipboard !! Some Tando large chipboard pieces can easily replace it. My small girl with flowers was watercolored with distress inks and covered with glossy accents... Love this bright finishing texture !  
Here are some images of the four first panels inside, you can see all my Tandos stencils on the background.

A photo of the mini-book unfolded on the first side:

and now, the reverse-side panels and back cover. On the back I put two photos of my goddaughter, alone and with her cousins !... Cute kids, at least on the photo haha !! :-) At the end I coloured using the same set of distress inks some basic wooden beads, and when dry I tied them to some of my ribbons. 

I used the following Tando masks/stencils: 
A Skinner Stencil/Mask - Burning Rubber

Mask - Dotted Star

Leaves Mask set of 2
A Skinner Stencil/Mask - Baroque

Well, what do you think of it ? Would be interested to know your opinion, as I really enjoy creating such whimsical little scenes... Anyway my goddaughter was glad with it upon reception, she said she LOVES it !! That's the best reward for the time spent on such make, isn't it ?...

Have a lovely and creative week-end, feel free to pop over at my blog here if you want further details on this project and have still enough time, as Christmas is now around the corner and everyone very busy ! But don't forget to come back tomorrow if you want to see a last beautiful "Free for all" make for you, by my teammie Katherine.... HUGS Coco xxx


nefertiti said...

A wonderful mini, with very beautiful pastel colors and a great work to make backgrounds!!
Bravo Coco!!

Sandra said...

This is so charming ! Great work, once again. And thanks for the step-by-step :)

butterfly said...

So adorable, Coco! What an amazingly shaped background, and all the colours are so pretty and fun.
Alison x

Kaz said...

Lovely Coco!! There's so much detail involved with this! xxx