Friday, April 10, 2020

April Showers Bring May Flowers Tiny Book

Have you seen Eileen Hull's latest Sizzix Dies? They are the Tiny Book and Tiny Book Case and they are little but mighty! (as well as SO much fun to make up!) The Tiny Book is only 2.25 x 3 inches and it fits perfectly in the Tiny Book Case. I wanted to make a project for the April Showers Bring May Flowers Challenge over at the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and I thought it would be perfect to make an "April" case to hold a flowery "May" tiny book.

April Showers!

Open up the case and what do you find?

A flowery little May book! I used the same embossing technique on the cover as I did on my Doodle Notebook project.

When you open up the Tiny Book you find a whole garden…

The inside pages are an accordion fold, stamped and colored on both sides.

I  happy with how the contrast between the case and book turned out. The case and book dies are really easy to assemble but here are a few in process photos.

Step 1 - I made my own spray mist using Eileen's Blends Reinker in Hydrangea mixed with some water in a little spray bottle. I misted the Case diecut and let it dry so all the little droplets showed. Stamping and stenciled/embossed raindrops added that 'rainy' feeling. You have to be aware of the directions of the parts so your paper, stamping etc is right side up where it is supposed to be!

Step 2 - I misted and stamped the front and inside of the Tiny Book cover. The overlay is a diecut (Bouquet) that I embossed with Pink Peony embossing powder and then glued onto the cover.

Step 3 - I scored a strip of mixed media paper to accordion fold into the book cover. Before I folded it, I stamped and painted both sides.

Step 4 - After folding it, I glued the first panel of the strip onto the back cover of the tiny book. A little knotted piece of elastic holds the book shut and makes a little handle so it's easy to remove it from the book case.

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I am also adding this project to the current April Showers Bring May Flowers Challenge over at the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. They have great challenges so be sure to check them out!

Eileen Hull Sizzix
Tiny Book Case Sizzix / SB )
Tiny Book Sizzix / SB )

Tim Holtz Sizzix
Bouquet Sizzix / SB )
Typeset strip die - retired

Indigo Blu Stamp set - Floral Fantasy
Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Field Notes
Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Flower Garden
Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Entomology
Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Glorious Bouquet
Seth Apter Baked Velvet Embossing Powder - Aegean Sea
Eileen Hull Blends Ink - Clear 
Eileen Hull Blends Ink Reinker - Hydrangea
Archival Ink
Distress Ink
Distress Ink Oxide
Distress Spray Stain

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  1. So cleverly done Lisa! April showers/ May flowers 🌸. Thanks for adding those cool tips and techniques- all adds up to a tiny treasure ❤️

  2. Oh Lisa I absolutely LOVE this! The way the case gives you the feeling of cold rain in April perfectly contrasts with the flip inside to the warm colours of a beautiful May flower garden inside. I love that pull out accordion! Thank you so much for entering this into our challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog xx

  3. This is just so clever, Lisa! I love that you made the case a depiction of rainy April and inside surprised us with that fabulous booklet of stunning May flowers on the subtly stamped accordion page. So much work and creativity in one project! As always your work delights me! Thanks so much for playing along in our April Showers Bring May Flowers challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog!

  4. WOW Lisa, just wow!! I love what you've done with the tiny book and case and our challenge. Umbrella man is one of my very favorite stamps/dies ever!! Loving all yur pretty May flowers. Thanks for joining in our challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.

  5. What a clever design Lisa - love the raindrops and rainman on the cover and the lovely die cut and stamped florals inside!

  6. I do love this set because there are so many great details! The coloring of the flowers is amazing! And I love the pink overlay! Great, great project!


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