Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Hat Pin Book Tutorial & GIVEAWAY

Hello, Crafty Friends!! It's another gorgeous day in and out of my craft room!! And I want to share some of that gorgeousness with all of you!!

Speaking of GORGEOUSNESS in the craft room...

Today's project was made using GORGEOUS papers from DCWV's Royal Gypsy Stack. This entire stack is filled with beautiful patterns with a variety of rich blues. And as an awesome bonus... check out the awesome gold foil!!

Other Supplies Used
Eileen Hull Designs' Scoreboards Needle Book Die (Sizzix)
Mat Board (Sizzix)
Crinkle Ribbon
Eyelash Yarn
Le Plume II MArkers- Pale Green, Violet, Light Blue (Marvy Uchida)
Water Brush (Pentek)
Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Magnet Disks
Metal Embellishment (Momenta)
Paper Trimmer

This sheet is just an awesome sample of what is included. 
It is also what started this whole project! I was flipping through the pages and found a gold foiled feather. It was part of a panel that had a beautiful sentiment. But the sentiment was too large to what had in mind.

I decided to use it anyway. And used my Marvy Le Plume II Markers and a water brush to color and shade my gold feather. I used Pale Green for most of the feather with Lt. Blue down the center. I added more Lt. Blue up top and Violet in the center for the "eye". Then just blended out all the colors with my water brush.

Once I got the colors to the intensity I wanted, I cut the feather out by hand.

Such a pretty feather needs something just as pretty to lay on...

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I had this awesome die in my collection and had been wanting to make one for a while now.

So, I used a couple coordinating sheets from the Royal Gypsy Stack and layered it onto some Mat Board. Then ran through my Big Shot stacked on my die... and cut it all at the same time!

It not only cut my patterned paper, it separated the patterned paper pieces at the crease lines (which saved me time from cutting them apart), and it made crease lines in the mat board, all in one pass!!

Next, I ran the segmented pieces through my Xyron Creative Station Lite to add adhesive to the backside of the paper.

Then attached the patterned paper to both sides of my book cover and buffed down the sharp edges with a sanding block.

I added a line of clear liquid adhesive to the inside middle of the book. ONLY down the center.

Then added a 4"x 3.25" piece of felt.

I didn't worry about glue showing through... I simply ran crinkle ribbon down the middle, flipped it over and tied it off on the outside. Finishing off with a basic bow.

Then I glued the closure to the outside of the back side of the book. wrapped around front to see where it met and added a magnet on both the book and to the closure strap. (No picture of this step sorry! By the time I realized I did take a pic I had already glue it down and was on the next step)

Once, my glue had dried. I moved onto dressing up my front. I wanted the feather to be the focal point of the cover but it got lost in the patterned paper I chose.

I found the really pretty gold foil doily on the Paper Lace pad and it was perfect... it just needed to be trimmed down a bit. I cut about 2 inches off and attached it to my front cover.

Then added foam adhesive behind the feather and mounted it onto the doily. I tied eyelash yarn around the feather for more texture, then added a metal embellishment to the bottom of the feather.

And here is my finished book...

I also added a tiny rhinestone to the top of the closure. 


Remember when I said I wanted to SHARE some GORGEOUSNESS??!!

Well, I am giving away this Hat Pin Book to one lucky person!!
But what's a Hat Pin Book without HAT PINS, right??!!

So... Included in this GIVEAWAY are three handmade hat pins!!!!

Each pin was handmade (by me) with Swarovski Crystals!

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, affiliated, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any of their subsidiaries.

You do not have to "follow" or "like" to be entered in the giveaway but if you did, it would be greatly appreciated!!

Good Luck, Everyone!!

Hope you all have a GORGEOUS day!!


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  1. This is such a lovely project! Those papers are gorgeous and the gold doily went perfectly with the Royal Gypsy papers. The eyelash yarn gave just the right texture around the feather too. All around an awesome project!

  2. OMG such a treasure! I would hold on tight to this if I won! Beautiful work on all of it

  3. Another great production by the one and only Mitsy. I'm telling ya, I wanna be you when I grow up! LOVE everything about this project. The colors, creativity, the pins, the stack, oh so many things to love!

    Have a crafty day, Sonja
    ♥ Sugar Beans Cards ♥

  4. a fabulous project and so creative! just love it! and gorgeous to top it off.

  5. Oh my goodness. This is so pretty! I love all the details!

  6. OMG! It's absolutely adorable!!! I love all of your project!!! Thank you for your kindness!!!

  7. That is so beautiful! I love the Royal Gypsy stack too. Perfect prize. xxx

  8. That is so beautiful! And those hat pins - yowza! 😍

  9. Mitsy.... All I can say is WOW, WOW, WWWOOOOWWW!!! Everything looks GORGEOUS!!!

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  10. Absolutely stunning...a real treasure.

  11. This is just beautiful Great job!!! I LOVE it!!

  12. Once again another gorgeous project!! Love the papers and colors ��

  13. Wow! You are amazing when it come to things like this. Each day I see the things you make and I am continually amazed. Keep them coming.

  14. Oh my how pretty
    this hat pin holder
    is and the pins are
    fabulous! This would
    a great die to use
    and make all sorts
    of little books.
    Carla from Utah

  15. Wonderful OTP project. I think I need to make this folder.

  16. wow I just adore the book you have made and your tutorial is very easy to follw thank you so much xxxxxxxxxx

  17. Beautiful project! Love the papers and that pretty feather on the cover! The hat pins are gorgeous! I have a few antique pins on a pincushion, and if I am lucky enough to win, I'll place them on the pincushion too!

  18. Gorgeous gorgeous work! Absolutely lovely and the hat pins are inspired! This would make an awesome gift! Thanks for sharing all the info for making! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. This is so deliriously GORGEOUS!! I've put the die and gorgeous DCWV papers on my wish list.
    I would LOVE to learn how you make your hatpins!! Do find the pin bases somewhere or make them yourself? I know they look lovely stuck in a bow on cards and I want to make some, just need to get started. Thanks for the fabulous inspiration!!

  20. Amazing, I love this, such a wonderful design.The papers are really pretty

  21. I love how you made the feather so much prettier and the pins are beautiful as well as the book:)