I Said I Wouldn't Do This!

Ok, I was talked into creating a blog to showcase my creativity. I have been resisting this for far too long, but now is the time to finally get the ball rolling.

So here goes. Come with me on my journey into creativity.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Bookmark Swap

I participated in a bookmark swap this month.  Can't wait to get the ones that I'll be receiving from the swap. I actually had a hard time trying to come up with something that was useful and not bulky.  Wouldn't make sense if you couldn't actually use it.

As I was looking thru my paper stash for just the right paper ..... I have so much that they nicknamed me a "paper ho" ... lol.... and I'd have to agree..... I finally found a nice soothing earthtone to go with the sentiment that I selected.

I chose a DCWV Rustic Stack.  I love the earthtones in this stack.  I coordinated it with some Martha Stewart cardstock.  I had gotten it for dirt cheap when it was clearanced to $4 for this huge stack.  The MS Cardstock was cut at 7.5 x 2.5 inches.  I cut the patterned paper .25" shorter than the cardstock for layering.

I stamped the sentiment on the lighter colored patterned paper with pigment ink and embossed it so that it would stand out.  The complimenting patterned paper that I used for the reverse side had scrolls and flowers on it.  So I got this brilliant idea to use my crystal glaze on it... but that was going to take too long.  So I pulled out my embossing pen and went over the areas that I wanted to emboss... and wow... everything just popped out.

A few years back, a friend became a CTMH consultant and one of the initial workshops she did was on creating a bookmark.  I called her up to see if she had any of the bookmark holders left since she's no longer selling CTMH products.  Lo and behold, she had some... so that saved me from having to use my zyron laminator.

I got everything assembled and thought it still looked too plain.  What can I do to make these bookmark pops, but not be too bulky?  Flowers.... Prisma flowers and Rhinestones.  Everything... ok... most things have to have a little bling.

I hope the recipients like the bookmarks that I lovingly created.

Here's all of them together:

Here's a view of just one of them:

Here's the backside of them.  Hope you can see the embossing that was done to the scrolls:

And here's a close up view of the sentiment and the embossing:

DCWV Rustic Stack
Martha Stewart Cardstock
Sentiment : Cloud 9 Design Baby Girl
Prima Flowers
Tsuineiko Chalk Ink
CTMH Plastic Bookmark Sleeve
Utee Embossing Powder


  1. Helen, I love-love your bookmarks!!! And, I've got to find some of those bookmarks holders! I use my laminator too, but the holders just look so professional! Well, here I'll be going again looking for something I probably won't be able to find -- thanks!!! LOL!!!

  2. Audrey, I think I will have to get some more of those holders also. They were really reasonable in price. Lots cheaper than using my laminator.


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