Sunday, July 28, 2013

John Finn's Wife mini book

This week at One Stitch at a Time (OSAAT), it's Anything Goes!

I used Rapunzel by Ike's Art, and made a mini-book of the lyrics of "John Finn's Wife" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

The tin is only 1.5 inches. It originally contained tiny paper clips. I sanded and ink-distressed it a bit, and used double-sided tape to adhere the ribbon. I added Stampendous Mica with Glossy Accents to the top. I colored the image with Copics and a white glaze pen.
The text was all done in Adobe InDesign; I hand-cut the circles. The text "pages" are backed with vellum flowers that I cut on my Cricut. It's bound with a sheer green ribbon.

Anything Goes Challenge #97: Anything Goes
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Crafty Ribbons #54: Anything with a ribbon
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Rhedd & Rosie's Challenge #11: Anything goes
Simply Create Too #42: Anything But A Card

Update: Thanks to Juliet's comment (in the Comment section), I was reminded that I wanted to share the backstory on why I chose this particular song/poem: 
Nick Cave has been my husband's favorite singer forever, and back when we were dating in High School he used to sing this song to himself while riding my motorcycle over to visit me. In the 20 years since, we've listened to the song together many, many, MANY times! I actually found that I had most of it memorized. I decided on this design because it reminds me of my favorite part of the song, where she throws all the flowers on the ground... such a strong visual. You should see me with the book wrapped in my hair, it's quite lovely :)

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  1. What a lovely project and so beautifully made. Hazel x

  2. OMGoodness - that is amazing and sooooo tiny :-) She looks gorgeous too with black hair :-) Thank you for using one of my images.

    IKE xx

  3. AnonymousJuly 28, 2013

    What a fantastic make. I just love it.

    Thank you for joining us at Rhedd & Rosie challenge blog.
    Hope we see you joining us again.

    Moira DT.

  4. Oh this is lovely, thanks for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xx

  5. This is totally awesome CG - so much attention do detail and wickedly unusual creation - I am in love with it. Congrats for thinking so out of the box (or should I say in this case 'in the box' :) it has to be a winner, certainly would be in my book. Oh dear to many puns I fear. Hugs and congrats again. Jane xx

  6. CG, this is such a great project and what a wonderful gift for that special person.


    Your Sister OSAAT DT

  7. Fabulous creation CG. It look so beautiful. Loved it.

  8. a fabulous masterpiece, CG, and sooooo fun! The person receiving it will love it. Thank you for sharing how you made it! hugs, de

  9. really unusual! Many thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

  10. Stunning! I haven't seen anything like this before. Thanks for sharing it with us at Anything Goes.
    Hugs, Janine xx

  11. Gorgeous, thanks for sharing your creation with us at Crafts 4 Eternity. hugs x

  12. What a great little book. Love the container its in as well! Thank you for playing this week at Simply Create Too and good luck!

  13. Wow what a stunning project, thank you for joining us at Creative Moments

    Alex (DT)

  14. Super project. thanks for entering at Creative Moments for this challenge. Gill DT

  15. sooooo... I had to look up the lyrics to John Finn's Wife so I would know what you did here. I have to say that although it is a stunning song with amazing imagery, It would never have occurred to me to turn it into a book. The Rapunzel image you used fits my mental picture of John Finn's wife pretty well. Do you have a plan for this book- is it a gift for someone?


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