Artistic Philosophy

Reality has limits but our imagination does not, so let it run free and your creativity will flourish.

My imagination helps me create unique work as I strive to produce beautiful things and grow in capability, experience and confidence. My goal as I travel this journey of creativity, is to share my work and inspire others so that they themselves, may create something distinct and original too.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

My New Little Craze

Good morning all,
Well here it is, the photo I promised you yesterday, again I apologise for the delay but family has to come first.
My new craze is Corner Bookmarks!  I just love them;  they are little pieces of crafting heaven to me and I just adore making them.  In a way they are a little like ATC's - they can be created in a shorter time and also, they are great for using up those oddments of card and paper that we all have laying around or filling up boxes and drawers in our homes.
I found these little beauties while browsing some of my favourite blogs some time ago now and with that in mind I would like to give credit to the lovely blogger who, I believe, does the best version of this style bookmark in a tutorial.  Her name is Beate Johns and here is the LINK to her blog.   For any of you that fancy trying these and haven't any idea how or where to start this is the Link to Beate's tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.
Here is another picture for you with the bookmark insitu,

and another with the book closed for you to see the effect. 
My recipe:-   280gsm Teal & White card, Spellbinders Damask Motifs & Classic Bracket Edgeabilities  , Teal & White vintage ribbon, Teal grosgrain ribbon from my stash.  White inkssentials pen (for faux stitching and dots)
I made mine on the larger side using 5.25x5.25inch base card (before folding), then pierced all the way around before sticking anything in place.

So what do you think, aren't they just the cutest little things?  Imagine what you could do to decorate yours:  stamped images, decoupage, flowers, layered diecuts etc etc, you name it and I am sure it's probably possible.  One tip for you that really is quite important; don't make any decoupage or flowers etc too thick as they may damage the pages of your book.  
If you fancy doing something with extra layers or bushy flowers for example, then you need to tune in here again very, very soon as I will be showing you another bookmark but with a difference. This one will be equally fabulous but it has the added advantage of either one or two surfaces to be decorated and both of them can be as elaborate as you wish them to be as neither of them sit inside a book.  Have I got you intrigued and enthralled, or have you seen them before and possibly made them yourself?  If you have made any, I would love to see some;  maybe you could leave a link in your comment for me then I and other followers can pop over and take a look.

A CHALLENGE.... DO YOU FANCY ONE?
How do you fancy a challenge with these bookmarks as the subject?  I am considering offering a box of fabulous 12x12 designer papers as the prize: they will include several manufacturers of Top brands and of various styles and finishes too OR a voucher to a top online store.  I think I am going to ask a dear blogger friend to be the judge (I will reveal the judges name/s when we have made a final decision on the challenge going ahead).   So please give me your views and if you want to take part,  pass on the info to your friends/followers and get them interested as the more the merrier, infact if we have enough entrants I will do a runner-up prize also. 
Okey dokey then, I can't wait to read your comments to see what you think, not only of my little craze creation but also of the challenge idea.  I will back again soon with my second bookmark and then later this week with a new CASE creation.
I hope today brings you nought of pain but lots of gain.  Be happy.
Sending you hugs and big smiles Linda xx

16 comments:

  1. Corner bookmarks - what a great idea - allready thinking of stocking fillers ( I know, sad isn't it) these would be great in a matching gift box for the guy/gal who has everything!

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  2. Christine Harrop25 April 2012 at 13:17

    Oh wow, what a fabulous gift idea. Cannot wait to have a go at this little beauty. Thanks for the great ideas Linda. A challenge sounds great.
    Christine x

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  3. Wow these are something else!! Have you got any tutorials on making these, I am relatively new to crafting.

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  4. Hi Linda
    What a great idea- your example is lovely
    Eileen x

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  5. I've made one of these myself in the past, I've seen the tut you mentioned....yours is the most elegant I've seen. I'd love to take part in a challenge, if you let me know (by email) details of when etc I will have it put on Feline Playful for you. Hugs lin

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  6. Love the bookmark, can't waiT to start making, hope they will be good enough to enter in challenge. Thank you for passing in the link. Best wishes, Lesley x

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  7. Wow, thank you guys, I am blown away by your enthusiam and your praise for my bookmark.
    With regard to a challenge, when I do one, all NON-BLOGERS can also enter. All you have to do is scan or photograph your creation and email it to me. I will then upload it to the challenge post for you and Bob's your uncle, you will be entered too. How does that sound? I think we may have a 'go for gold' here guys. It may be a small challenge but it should be a bit of fun for us don't you think?
    Take care all. Hugs Linda x

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  8. Linda you have a lot to answer for!! Not only am I hooked on making decorative pins and lapel pins( thanks to you) but it looks like I am just going to have to get myself some new spellbinder dies!!!!! In order to make these corner book marks - I love it when I have a reason to buy new spellbinders. Lol. Keep up the good work. Sue

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  9. Gosh, what a great idea, never seen these before, (what a sheltered life I lead!) lol! Just lovely, great for pressies when giving a book, will definitely have a go at these. Take care Alison :)

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  11. Stunning bookmark never thought of doing this ,how much are your sample sets of pins may have to try this ,melanie

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    1. Hi Mel,
      If you email(see my profile) I can chat to you about what your after.
      Thanks for your lovely comment. Hugs Linda x

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  12. Great idea Linda. Anne x

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  13. What a brilliant idea and yours is beautiful! Carole Z X

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  14. Hi sweetie this is stunning love the colour choices too gorgeous work huggles Pops x x x

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  15. Hi Linda, these are amazing how cute, will need to have a wee go ( when I can find some time lol) love the colours you have used, hugs Fiona P xxx

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