Sweet Stampin' - New Beginnings

Woohoo, it's time for a new Sweet Stampin' challenge, our first for 2015. So I'm here today to share my Design Team make with you. We are embracing all things 'NEW' at Sweet Stampin'. So we're keen to see your cards and creations that showcase something 'new'. A new baby, a new home, new job, new stash! As long as you show that your creation celebrates something new, you're in with a shot at the prize. Just remember to follow our simple rules and be sure there's some stamping on there! After all, that's what we're all about.

I have chosen to make a 'New Baby' card for this challenge. I say card, but in actual fact, it's more of a 'New Baby Diary'. I've made a concertina type card and decorated both sides, tying it with a simple ribbon fixture to keep it all together. I've been looking forward to sharing this, as I've not made a card like this before, and I was so pleased with how it came together!

Front Page of the Baby Diary

The papers I've used on the front page are DCWV Nana's Nursery - Baby Girl. Which I thought worked really well with the sweet animal prints I've used. I also used a gorgeous digital paper set and several of the elements from The Sweet Shoppe designer Zoe Pearn's lovely new baby set called 'Baby of Mine'. There are so many great elements in this set and I honestly could have made this book twice the size! All the colours and elements worked so well together considering they were from stand alone sets. So I'm super happy with this little make. I've another new baby make to craft for soon, so I'll have another play in the next few weeks with similar elements.

Close-up of the gorgeous LOTV 'Heaven Sent' baby stamp.

The sentiment I've used on the front page is from Tina Wenke for Stampavie, from the Happy Birthday set. Stampavie sadly closed shop in 2014, so get them while you can!

Image with the surrounding mats too.

I've used a lot of gorgeous Lili of the Valley stamps and sentiments on this card and I've also used some pre-coloured images that the lovely artist Sheri McCulley allowed me to use this way after I contacted her telling her how much I loved her work! So I've interspersed these gorgeous images to be little points of interest for the bubba as she grows. I think these Woodland Tails characters are really enchanting and work so well with the sweet Lili of the Valley images I've used.

Page 2&3

Page 4&5
(space for birth details)

Page 6&7
(milestone page)

The Back Page, showing the ribbon loosely wrapped over the page.
(This was necessary so as to be able to use the reverse side of the book pages)

Page 9&10

Page 11&12

I decorated the box lid with a Nana's Nursery page (how cute are those wee critters?!) and used one of the elements from the Sweet Shoppe Zoe Pearn digital paper set as the label for writing the address details on.

Box Lid with Address Label
(watermark just for web)

Here's the Baby Book inside it's handmade box ready for giving.

Thanks for popping in on my blog today. A super long post due to all of the photos needed to show all the different elements of the make, so I'll leave it there. Do pop on over to the Sweet Stampin' blog to check out what my amazing team mates have made for this challenge and come and join us with your own 'New' adventures in craft. What a great way to kick off the 'New Year' in crafting! See you all again soon and Happy New Year! Hugs, Wends x

(Extra elements = Lil' Inkers Stitched Square Die for all the Sheri McCulley images, Magnolia Doohickey Rocking Horse, Memory Box Poppy.)

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #260 ~ Anything Goes
Glitter 'n' Sparkle: #117 ~ Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers: #250 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #354 ~ Anything Goes
Divas By Design: December ~ Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Pick a Fav' ~ Ohhh So Cute/20 May 2014
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge: December Challenge ~ Buttons
Passion For Promarkers: Christmas Bingo ~ Ribbon/Diecut/Button
Loves Rubberstamps: #132 ~ Something Old & Something New - Old designer paper and LOTV image, new Magnolia rocking horse die and first use of my Sheri McCulley images.


Love this idea so cute, love all the images used, thanks for sharing with us at Glitter n Sparkle Chris DT x
Pop's Cards said…
Morning sweetie, this is simply stunning :0)
I just recieved your message, unfortunatley when I closed my blog down and deleted a photo album that deleted every single photo from my blog, every card and tut I had ever made, so sorry I will not be able to join in, maybe next year, but thank you so much hugs Pops x
Sue said…
Happy New Year Wendy!
WOW! This is stunning. I love the design, gorgeous papers and such beautiful images.
hugs Sue xx
Tracey T said…
What a beautiful project - a gorgeous keepsake for the proud parents. xx
Jane said…
What a lovely idea Wendy! Super yummy papers too!xx
Happy New Year too! Hopefully going to get a chance today to blog my fave makes from 2014 xx
The Crafty Den said…
What a beautiful baby keepsake Wendy. Thank you so much for joining in with our Mega Christmas challenge at PFP. Good luck and Happy New Year! Hugs, Denise x
Such a precious baby diary, a lovely keepsake Wendy.

Warm hugs
Lorraine said…
A gorgeous card, so sweet.
Thanks for joining our Bingo challenge at Passion for Promarkers
Lorraine x
Wishcraft said…
Love this Wendy, such a gorgeous and super sweet creation!

Huge apologies, but the dies you asked about have sold already via a Facebook group... I forgot to update the sale page on my blog!

Hugs, Lisa x
Debs said…
Adorable keepsake Wendy - such a sweet image on the front.
Happy New Year - hope 2015 is a good one for you.
Debs xx
Caryn said…
Great card - so cute.
Thanks for playing along at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Caryn xxx
Heather said…
A gorgeous creation Wendy, your book has gorgeous pages and your front with the LOTV is adorable with lovely derails!!

Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Heather xx
Cards By MI said…
A very lovely make. It's totally stunning. Thanks for joining our Mega Challenge over at PFP. Good luck!
Love n hugs
tilly said…
what a stunning keepsake book, well done,.thank you for entering our challenge at Crafty Catz and hope to see you again
An absolutely adorable project! Thanks for joining the Anything Goes Challenge at I Love ProMarkers. Hope to see you back for new challenges. Good luck, hugs from Lisbeth.
carol said…
Beautiful creation, .....thanks for playing along with us at CRAFTY CATZ
X Carol
Rachel said…
Hi Wendy, Happy New Year!
What a beautiful project.

Just seen your top 12 post - I will have to have a think and write a post!

Wedgie xxx
Fabulous Design! Love your colors! Thanks for joining Loves Rubber Stamps this time around.
Hugs, Dangina
Wow. Wow! It's gorgeous Wendy, what a lucky little baby indeed xx
MagsB said…
Wow, Wends, this is soooo sweet! What a fabulous idea, and as you say, the papers go together beautifully! Gorgeous!!

love Mags B x
Darnell said…
This is a truly outstanding work of art, Wends! What a thrill for the new parents and a keepsake to stay in the family for generations to come!! Happy New Year!! Hugs, Darnell
coldwaters2 said…
Hi Wendy I want to thank you for the lovely comment and such a warm welcome to the team I am really happy to be part of it. Wendy this is absolutely fantastic, all those gorgeous papers brilliant project.
lorraine x
Niki said…
This is so sweet, Wendy! What a beautiful project :D

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