Tiddly Inks Baby Blog Hop: Brennan's Bits Baby Book

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

***Tiddly Inks also has a New Release today! Click here to go to that post!***
We, at Tiddly Inks, are here today to celebrate the upcoming birth of Brennan, whose mom is our dear fellow team member Melissa. Melissa has been on the Tiddly Inks team since close to the beginning and although she has had to take some time off to deliver Brennan, we want her to know she is missed and that we are excited Brennan is almost here. Please join us in celebrating this happy occasion by hopping along...or even better, by linking your own card to say hi to Melissa. 

My project is shown below but if you want to see more delightful cards, all the details for the blog hop can be found on the Tiddlyinks Challenge blog and there is a LINKY tool for you to add your card there as well. We kept this blog hop simple....all the links will open in a new window from Christy's blog. 

Instead of a card for Melissa, I made a blank baby book, that I envisioned Melissa using to jot down all the cute "bits" Brennan does as he grows up that Melissa will want to remember--funny expressions, comments, etc.--those things you think you'll remember, but that invariably end up being forgotten. :) Whatever Melissa decides to use it for, I hope she enjoys it! It was certainly enjoyable to make!

I used another sheet of that beautiful Mulberry paper from my friend, Deborah, for the cover of the book, which I cut from a sheet of framer's matboard. I added blue and green eyelets in the cover before stitching it together with waxed pearl cotton. The image is the adorable Sleep Tight Baby image from Tiddly Inks, and I added a dark blue digital paper (it's from a digi paper pack called Renewed Spirit, by Agnes Biro, but I can't find it on-line anymore) to the background before printing onto X-Press It Blending card, and coloring with Copics. I colored the stars with a silver Wink of Stella pen and used a black, and then a gold Spica pen for the lines attached to the stars. A silver glitter scalloped circle die cut backs the circle die cut image, and that is popped up with foam tape over a white glitter lotus pendant die cut. I ran a silver metallic ribbon through the lotus die cut and tied a little bow, then glued that to the front of the book. The "Brennan's Bits" text was die cut out of navy shimmer cardstock and glued on.

The book cover measures 4-1/2" x 6". The signatures are 24 lb colored paper. There are 9 signatures in four different shades of blue and green, with the center signature being white. Each signature has four sheets, which, when folded, result in a book of 144 sheets. I stitched the signatures together using a Coptic stitch, and left the spine exposed by incorporating the covers into the signature stitching. (There is a link in my supply list to the book I used for the instructions for making this book.)
I used a cute dp with clouds on it for the inside of the covers.

This is what the stitching looks like in the center of each signature.
Here is a look at the Coptic chain that is visible between signatures. I love these two colors together! :)

Come on over to the Tiddly Ink Challenge blog to hop along and celebrate this happy birth and please join in with your own card. There will be a random winner selected from those who link their own card.

Thanks for hopping by, have a wonderful week, and don't forget to check out the New Releases at Tiddly Inks, too!

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
Kit and Clowder October Challenge: Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create Challenge #92: Anything Goes
Paper Issues: You're Sew Cute, You Keep Me In Stitches With May Arts Ribbon
The Stamping Chef Challenge #49: Anything Goes


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Unknown said...

Oh Cheryl, that is just too cute!! I love all the wonderful colors and how sweet. This is definitely a fabulous gift!

Faye Wynn-Jones said...

Oh my goodness what a beautiful project. And wow to your colouring too x

JanR said...

Aw, that's so sweet! What a lovely and thoughtful gift!

mfc.melissamade2 said...

This is AMAZING!!! Wow, what beautiful coloring and you used my favorite baby image at Tiddly Inks. This is an adorable baby book and I love the idea of jotting down little things about him as he grows! You are so sweet! Thank you so much for such a gorgeous book!! ((hugs))

Sprytebyrd said...

This is such a great idea and a lovely gift!

Sharla said...

Wow..such a perfect and thoughtful gift! I love the colors and the cover is adorable!

Loopylou. said...

awww so cute cheryl, I love the colours of the pages too xxxxx

Jo said...

awww what a fabulous keepsake for baby Brennan :)
Jo xx

Unknown said...

Oh goodness, how adorable, and what a great gift for Melissa or any new mom!

Lysa said...

Wow! This is awesome- Melissa will LOVE keeping all of Brennan's baby stats in this book!

JoAnn V. (http://joboogie.typepad.com) said...

How absolutely perfect! I love it! :)


Rita Edwards - Edwards Design said...

Oh, this is totally a lovely gift!

Amelia Lamb said...

What an amazing and individual gift! Super cute image you have used too. Thanks for playing along at The Stamping Chef with us this week xx


aussie aNNie said...

Way too cute, love this little creation and a memorable item to cherish..xx
The Journey is the Start

Petti said...

What a cute lovely book!

Leslie Miller said...

Melissa will absolutely LOVE this book which you're so good at making! Your coloring of the image is outstanding with such depth of color in the folds of the blanket. I love baby stamps and I'll have to go check out these images.

Lucianna Dilsaver said...

What a great idea and so very thoughtful! I know she is just gonna love it :)

Conniecrafter said...

such a fantastic book idea, very cute cover, she will love this!