Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fairy Needle - My First "Mini Album" Try

**** 05/05/2013 Edit:

This album won the first prize at Child's Play Challenge!
In addition, it was included into Top3 at Dream Valley Challenges.
And got a prize at Love To Create "Punches or Dies" Challenge
I'm so happy!

Hello dear visitors and welcome a new day!

Today's post may be a little long, so I'm warning you :)
Most of the time I make cards, but I've always wanted to make mini-albums too. I just adore mini albums, especially in a grange & vintage style. I find very inspiring the works of an extremely talented crafter - Anne (you can find her blog here, or a YouTube channel here). Her mini albums are totally amazing!

I may admire Anne's style, but my style is different - ribbons, butterflies, flowers and Copic colored images. What can I say - even my mini-albums look like cards :) hhh

The one I'm sharing with you today was made especially for a 'Mo's Digital Pencil' DT Call (I wanna try my luck), I used Mo's Digital stamp called Fairy Needle. The folding instructions may be bound here.

The image is Colored with Copics of the following colors:
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, R20
Hair: W5, W3, W1
Wings: B000, R000
Needle: C4, C1, C0
Outfit: R89, R85, R83, R81
Lips: R32

A look on the opened album from above (this way you can see all the folds and pages):

After you open the cover, this is how the first page looks:

Unfolding another page:

These are photo mats (altogether there are 4 of them for the pictures of 3.5" X 5", and another 4 smaller ones for the pictures of 2" X 3"). I've attached transparent photo corners to each mat. A clear plastic strip holds the mats on the album's page:

Unfolding the third page:

And the fourth:

And getting to the middle:

Above the middle part of the album there are two folds with pockets and little tags for notes and journalling:

The papers I used are from the Prima 6X6 Botanical Paper Stack. The mini is pretty chunky and heavy. I stitched each and every page:

Several close-ups from the pages:

And from the front cover:

The big brown flower is a hand-made one (I used Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Bigz Die and brown cardstock to make it, misted it with the Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold glimmer mist).

The chipboard scissors are from Kaiser Craft Wooden Flourishes FL389.

I used (as usual) several dies here:
Spellbinders Circle Dies,
- Magnolia So Wrapped Tilda Lace,
- Spellbinders Lacy Circles,
- Magnolia Feather Dies,
- Cheery Lynn Small Exotic Butterflies,
- Cheery Lynn Nautical Wheeler Doily.

The wings of the fairy are covered with Clear Rock Candy Distress Dry Glitter:

I want to enter this mini in the following challenges:
1. DT Call @ Mo’s Digital Pencil
2. Things with Wings @ CardsInEnvy
3. Tis a Twine @ Wild Orchid Crafts
4. Anything Goes @ Challenges 4 Everybody
5. Stitching @ My Time to Craft
6. Flowers @ Dilly Beans
7. For a Child @ That Craft Place
8. A passion for Flowers @ All Sorts Challenge
9. Punches or Dies @ QKR Stampede  
10. Pretty in Pink @ Whimsy Inspires
11. Floral Bouquet @ Cupcake Inspirations 
12. Bingo @ Love to Create (I chose - Stitching/Die Cuts/Tag)
13. Anything Goes @ Nut Crafters
14. Handmade Flowers @ Creative Card Crew
15. Anything Goes @ DianaMlarson Blog
16. Use Flowers @DoceRelaShop
17. Things With Wings @ Dream Valley
18. Fantasy & Fairies @ Moving Along with the Times
19. At Least 1 Die Cut @ Stamp & Create
20. Anything Goes @ Stamp’n’Doodle
21. Anything Goes @ Through the CraftRoom Door

Today my package from "Simon Says Stamp" has arrived (it was shipped on the 5th of April). I've ordered 6 paper stacks by First Edition Paper. Each stack contains 64 sheets of heavyweight cardstock paper, lots of pages have embossed elements, and the designs are so pretty!! I recommend you try those papers too!

Some dies and Magnolia Postal stamps:

Score Tape (so strange that this amazing product is not widely sold here in Singapore, only one shop has it, so I've decided to add these to my order from Simon)

On the past weekend we had a real April shower!!! It was foggy and gloomy outside:

See for yourself:
That's it for today! Thanks for reading!
Pop back soon and have a pleasant sunny day!


  1. Wow, this is a beautiful album Alexandra!!
    Love everything about it!
    Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges!

  2. Absolutely stunning!!!! This is just perfection! Thank you so much for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations this week! Good luck and I hope to see you back next week!
    Rene :D

  3. Woow, this is really gorgeous! Love your design and the image is so beautifully colored. Love your album!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this week at Love to Create.
    Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

    Hugs Mian
    Love to Create Design Team Member

  4. I love mini albums and this one is gorgeous but it won't qualify for the Cards in Envy challenge as our challenges are for cards only. I'm sorry but I have to delete your entry, but we do still have a few days left in the challenge if you make a card with "things with wings" we'd love to see it. However, all cards linked for our challenge must be flat and fit in a first class envy only.
    Sandy, Co-host for Cards in Envy

  5. You mini album is just beautiful Alexandra, thank you so much for sharing with us at Allsorts this week.

    B x

  6. Good luck for the DT call! Your mini album is gorgeous!! I only made a crad with this absolute lovely digi a week ago! I LOVE Mo Manning images!!

  7. מדהים. כרגיל. מיני אלבום מקסים. מקווה שתצליחי להכנס לצוות העיצוב.

  8. Beautiful album! Love each page! Thanks for joining us over at Docerela Creations! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

  9. Love the colours of your project. The image is cute and the flowers are lovely.Thanks you for joining us at Creative Card Crew on our handmade flower challenge hugs Tania DT xx

  10. Such a pretty album, love all of the details. Thanks for joining our challenge over at Docerela Creations!

  11. This is so amzing -- I am so inspired this is just beautiful I love everything about it.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes April Linky Party
    DIANA L.

  12. Just stunning, love the colours & embellishments you have used!

    Thank you for sharing with us at My Time To Craft & MAWTT this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  13. I loved your album! Congratulations!

  14. This is lovely and thanks for joining us this week over at Allsorts
    x catherine

  15. Gorgeous!Good luck for the DT call!

  16. Stunning creation.Love all the pretty colours.Thanks for joining in with us over at Nutcrafters.Hugs Debbie x

  17. What a lovely card. I also love your picture. How beautiful.

    Thank you for joining our flower challenge at Docerela Creations.


  18. A-mazing! Love this so much - so many details, great color combinations and layers... You can explore all day on this! :)

  19. Absolutely gorgeous project, so pretty. Lovely details and coloured image. Flowers are lovely too. Thank you for entering in Creative Card Crew challenge.
    Lou DT.

  20. Fantastic!!!
    Have a good luck in the Mo's. You are soooooo talented that they must pick you!!!

  21. Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week Tracy x

  22. Wow!!! Gorgeous!!! Thanks for participating in our LOVE TO CREATE challenge!! Hope to see you again next week!


  23. Oh this is absolutely a beautiful mini album. Love all the details with the dies and colours. Love every little detail you have used for this. Thanks for playing at QKR Stampede and good luck. Hope to see you back friday for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member at QKR Stampede!! xx

  24. Oh my goodness, that album is AMAZING!!! Love all the details; super cute coloring, love the journal pages - MAGNIFICENT!!

    Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations!


  25. Stunning creation!! Hugs Juls xxx

  26. Wow, wow, wow! What an amazing creation, it is just beautiful! I absolutely adore the cute Mo's image on the front of your fabulous mini-album! Thank you for joining in at Dream Valley Challenges!

    love Mags B x

  27. Fabulous creation, so colourful, thanks for sharing at MTTC x

  28. מהממםםם כל הכבוד לך!!

    אני ממש אוהבת

    זהבית שקד

  29. Wow! this is an amazing creation.

    Donna x

  30. I got so excited when I saw mini album in your title. I LOVE making minis and really need to find the time to delve into another one. I agree that Anne's creations are amazing. You did such a beautiful coloring job on the Needle Fairy. She just may be my all time Mo favorite. Best of luck on your try out for the Dream Team!

  31. No way this is your first mini album???? This is AMAZING!!!! If this is only the first I can't wait to see future ones! Thank you for joining us at Docerela Creations! DT Member- Nitasha

  32. Hi Alexandra,
    Your mini album is just stunning!
    I love from top to bottom and inside out.
    Good luck on your DT call,,got a feeling you will get in.

  33. That is so gorgeous! Thanks for joining us over at Docerela Creations! DT Member Dulce Silva

  34. Wow this is stunning ! just adore this.
    Thanks for joining us at Whimsy Stamps for this months challenge x

  35. Wow this is truly amazing, but I am sorry it does not qualify for the WOC challenge as you have not followed our rules of no more than 3 challenges being combined and as such your entry will be removed.

  36. Congrats for the winning!

    WOW what a rain..


Thank you for the kind comments!