Inspiration Challenge HSSIC2

Good Morning Stampers!! I am super excited for this weeks Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Challenge (HSSIC2). Using the era that the novel Pride & Prejudice was written in and the story contained within the cover is an amazing inspiration!! I LOVE this time period, not to mention the story itself. It makes me think of empire waist lines, lace, proper English, chivalry, and unspoken love- just to name a few… I have made several cards lately and thought it would be fun to try this inspiration on a project that I have wanted to make for a while, so here goes-

I decided to make an ornate book mark for my Inspiration Challenge project. I had so much fun making this and plan to make many more of these for my craft fairs for next year. These were super easy to make and allowed me the chance to embellish it with the Pride & Prejudice inspiration as my guide.

I used the TWO TAGS Bigz Die to create this project. I ran a single piece of card stock through the Big Shot to create the outer front tag, and then folded a piece of card stock and placed it on the die and ran it through to create a “alligator mouth” to complete the bookmark effect. I placed the fold part of the card stock at the base of the scallop portion of the die to create the “page holder” of the bookmark. After creating the “alligator mouth” portion, I used snail adhesive to attach the front tag to the “alligator mouth”. Then made my embellishment portion.
I have never tried the lace technique with paper before, but I really enjoyed the end result and it was super easy to create. I took a 11.5″ x 2″ strip of Sahara Sand card stock and punched the lace design using the Eyelet Border Punch. Then using my bone folder and elbow grease I worked the paper- the same way you curl ribbon using scissors. Once the paper is in a softer state then I crinkled it up like trash, over and over. Then worked it again with the bone folder. When you have worked the card stock enough it will begin to separate, I separated the 2 large pieces and gathered to get the lace effect. Then using the 1-3/8″ & the 1-3/4″ circle punch I created the center shapes for the stamped images.
I used Sticky Strip on the back of the stamped/punched center image to attach the lace piece. I used the beautiful set Eastern Blooms to create the soft elegant image that reminds me of the English country side that Pride & Prejudice is set in. I used muted colors in the stamped images on Very Vanilla card stock, which remind me of the fabric colors of the time. I also made a cute broach type embellishment that reminded me (somewhat) of the large hats and hat pins that the ladies wore then. I had to get a bit of Valentine’s Day in there too, which is where the pink comes in…yeah I know I am squeezing in a lot.

I made the broach embellishment into a butterfly to coordinate with the garden theme of the stamped image. I used pieces from the Pretties Kit (pearls & pin), Pink Bead Duo package, and leaves from the Stitched Felt Sweet Pea package available in the Occasions Mini. I wrapped some beading hardware thing (I honestly don’t know what it is called, but it can be found in the beading section of your local craft store, it’s just a small metal wand thing) around the loop of the Pretties Kit piece and strung it with pink beads to create the antenna for the butterfly. Then I fed pearls onto the main piece and then layered and strung the leaves through and then finished it off with a few more pearls. Then I attached it by weaving it through the holes in the faux lace piece.

If I could have figured out a way to get the pearls to lay on top of the butterfly’s body I would have done it, but I played with this idea for several days and couldn’t figure out a way to get it done. So it isn’t exactly anatomically correct, but close enough-yeah?

I attached the larger flower piece using dimensionals and added more of the pink Bead Duo to the center of the flower using Crystal Effects, which acts as a great adhesive for things like that.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Inspiration Challenge and I hope you play along, come to visit over at Hand Stamped Sentiments. I can’t wait to see what you come up with and your interpretation of the theme this week, but until then~ TTFN



  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave such a sweet comment. I do LOVE glitter!

    This bookmark is beautiful. I love that you explained the steps and took so many photos. I’ve never tried making the paper lace before … hmmmm… might have to try that! :)

  2. wowzers! this is so beautiful!

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