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September 16, 2015

International Ambassadors Informal Blog Hop

Hi Everybody,

Here we are again with another IA informal Blog Hop and this is the ninth one that we have done.

The International Ambassadors are based around the world and we thought it would a good idea for you to get to know each of us and our individual styles.

Please pop along and visit the others as I know they would love to get comments from you all.

And I hope you enjoy your journey around the globe to see ...

Linda Lucas - Australia
Yvonne van der Grijp - Netherlands
Christine Emberson - UK

Our theme for this month is to recycle/upcycle an item and for my project I chose to alter an inexpensive notebook from a local stationery store

I covered the book in dark blue paper and then add a patterned layer to the top and rounder the corners.

I added in the Petite Monarch border strip and then covered the edge with ribbon and pearls.

I cut the Interlocking Love  three times in blue, with the two pieces to the die set ,and backed them onto white with the solid die

One of them I punched a hole at the top and threaded it with ribbon for a bookmark.

The other two I staggered onto the front of the card and added  Just A Note ... across the panels.  For my floral touch I used Pretty Petals B  and combined it with Foliage

The ribbon is from Mei Flower and the pearl centres to my flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


  1. Wow that is terrific, far too posh to think of writing in
    cheers kaye

  2. Beautiful card Christina gorgeous colours and design


  3. Great project-would make lovely gifts especially for Christmas.


  4. Wow! I've seen altered notebooks before but yours has the look of a beautiful piece of art. At first glance, I thought it was another beautiful card. I really like the way you used the Interocking Love die to create the dimension and texture. Love the sweet flowers too.

  5. Lovely card and colours xx hazel

  6. Hi Christina,
    Lovely notebook, and a nice little gift to make for someone.
    Di B x

  7. Morning Christina, Wow, you have taken a 'run of the mill' notebook, and have taken it to the' upper level', this is stunning and a beautiful 'work of Art'.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  8. Loving your Book cover Christine, and the lovely Book Mark too , a nice idea for my Grand Children's extras at Christmas i'm thinking.
    Elaine H X

  9. Just wonderful! You wouldn't think this started life as a humble notebook. Fabulous design. Debra x

  10. Morning Christina,
    Love what you have done with the notebook, would make a lovely gift.

  11. Just the job for Christmas. The bookmark is a very practical addition . xx

  12. great project. and it looks beautiful. would make a nice gift.xx

  13. Beautiful creation Christina. Wath a beautiful dies you have used.

  14. This is so pretty Christina and a perfect Upcycling project - love the colours and the Dies! :)

  15. Hello Christina

    What a great idea covering the front of a book. I must give this a go sometime. It has changed the look of the book.

    Crafty hugs

  16. This is beautiful Christina and what a lovely gift it would make.
    Val in Spain x

  17. Good Morning Christina :) OMG! This is just beautiful!! At first when the page loaded, and I saw just the photo, I thought it was a most beautiful card, but as I read, I discovered it was a notebook! And then I saw the beautiful bookmark as well! What an awesome gift this would make! Thank you so much for sharing. Enjoy a fabulous day. Big Hugs.

  18. It's beautiful and I love that you've chosen to do it in blue

  19. Beautiful project! Thank you for the inspiration...I'm going to try this.

  20. Very pretty card and I love the soft blue. Dianne

  21. It's beautiful, Christina. What a great way to make an ordinary, cheap book look special. x

  22. Hi Christina, this is a great idea, love the colours you have chosen, the dies you used have come together beautifully, off blog hopping now.
    Regards Liz.

  23. Hi Christina what a beautiful notebook would be a great project to share with my grandchildren when we have our next crafting day. Off to the blog hopping.
    Thank you
    Anne Owens

  24. Love the colors. Very pretty.

  25. I love how you decorated the notebook. Outstanding! I pinned as usual.

  26. Lovely note book Christina in some nice
    coloured colours. Nice thing to do and give.
    hugs Maria x

  27. Hi Christina, just beautiful...would make a wonderful gift. Janelle x

  28. Hi Christina, what a great idea to decorate a note book, I brought a covered notebook with one flower on it from WH Smiths an it cost £17.99 it was nowhere near as lovely as this one. Take Care Melody xXx
    Going to go to the other blogs now to see what they been up to x

  29. What a beautiful notebook, it would make a fabulous gift. Pat x

  30. Beautiful. I have a notebook ready to cover but not done it yet. You have inspired me to get on with it. Thanks for sharing

  31. A really great idea Christina, what a lovely gift to give someone...thanks for sharing with us....luv Ursula xx


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