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Monday, January 9, 2012

Beach Cottage Decor and Tutorial Tuesday

Remember I mentioned that I have been super-busy lately? I have a new Amazon Bestseller entitled "Beach Cottage Decor: Life's Simple Pleasures."

The book is $2.99 and it is filled with all kinds of ideas for Beach Cottage decorating.

As a mixed media artist, I love to create....

Seaside treasures are among my favorites.

And now, I would like to announce the winner of my New Year's Giveaway--She is Diane of Lavender Dreams--Congratulations, Diane!!!

And I made two sets--not one--of these French-inspired tags (in pink and blue)--so I have 2 winners for these:

Marydon of Blushing Rose and Jill of Chillin' With Jill--Congratulations!

I am proud to announce my Tutorial Tuesdays and today's tutorial for an Old World Style Book.

I design for Shabby Cottage Studio and I created this project using all of their awesome products!!! If you haven't been over to their store, you might want to go take a look!

Old World Style Book

It began with this cover that is from Shabby Cottage Studio....

Then, I cut out sheets of their graphics.

Then, it was time to stamp the pages....(This stamp is from Stampabilities--not Shabby Cottage Studio.)

Once all my inking was done on each page....

I used a Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the book cover, back, and pages....

Then came my favorite part--embellishments!!! AND seam binding--all available at Shabby Cottage Studio...

I love the flowers and chipboard designs!

Here is what my finished design looks like...

This key-shaped stamp is one of my favorites and it's from Stampabilities too!

It's easy to make and lots of FUN!!! Happy Creating!!!


Linking this to:

Gingersnap Creations--"Use a Set or Line of Stamps" Challenge

Blogger's Bodega

Market Your Biz

Your Cozy Home Party

What's It Wednesday

White Wednesday

Wow Us Wednesday

Time Travel Thursday

Show and Tell Friday

Potpourri Friday


Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, Cindy, congratulations on another bestselling book! Do you ever sleep? lol! Also, congrats to all your winners! Great post! Thanks for the tutorial!
Hugs, Cindy

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I was excited to see your Beach Cottage decor e book...I can't wait to get it! And then I saw I was a winner in your giveaway! How wonderful! You are always so sweet to all of us! Thank you, girlfriend! Hugs, Diane

Netty said...

Beautiful beach decor and congratulations on another best seller Cindy. Loving your altered book, x

Gina said...

Your work is always so beautiful & inspiring! Congrats on another best seller!

NanaDiana said...

OMGOSH, girl! You are just too are the engergizer bunny of the blogging world! I sure love everything you do! oh..and love YOU, too! xo Diana

Jill said...

Wow! Where do I start? First of all, Congrats to you for another best seller! I love your beach items.

The old book is fabulous! I love vintage inspired books and I adore every single thing you added to it!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am sooooooooooo excited to win thse beautiful tags!! They will be treasured, I promise!

Donna said...

Your new book sounds awesome, Cindy! And right up my alley, as I love all things beachy! I need to check it out for sure! Love, love, love your book! The flowers that you used are so pretty. And congrats to the winner of your shoe:) Oh, and I am super excited that Amazon is going to promo you, how cool is that?!

Victorian1885 said...

Congratulations Cindy! Do you ever sleep my friend? You are such a talent ... thank you for sharing your gift with us!

Myric said...

Your new book does sound there are a lot of good stuff in it. I would love yo check that out!
And this book however is so cool! Thanks for the tutorial. Wow shabby cottage studio does have a lot of treats!!!
My congratulations to the lucky winners!!!


Unknown said...

You are very inspiring!

From Idaho,

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwww! So much exciting things!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee your altered book!! It is AMAZING!!! And congrats to your winners and to you also for the new book! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Starr said...

Oh my Cindy, I just can't keep up with you, how amazing you are! I'll be getting your new book, I believe I have them all and they are fantastic, and most of all, practical and easy to read. I can go over and over them, thanks so much for using your talents to help us!!!
Congrats to all the winners, what treasures your are receiving!
Big Hugs!

Scrumplescrunch said...

Great Tutorial Cin, like everyone has said.
Congrats to the lucky winners as well.

Scrumplescrunch said...

Oh and Cin I forgot to thank you for putting my button on your blogging seminar. You are a Gem.

Mari said...

Hi Cindy~

You totally rock my friend :) congrats to you and the very lucky winner!


Eve Sanchez said...

It is all wonderful! Great blog! This is great inspiration!

Donna said...

First Cindy - congratulations on another wonderful and successful launch of a new book!

Wish I had Kindle, but I'll just purchase and download to my computer! Boy is that easy or what?? I hope everyone knows they don't need Kindle to read your books, just their computers!!

Second - my oh my, what beautiful items you have finished! All are simply wonderful and I can see why you've been so darn busy these last weeks! But it was worth it as your work is simply gorgeous!

Third - congratulations to all of the wonderful and blessed ladies who won some of your beautiful items. I know they will treasure them, Cindy, as your work brings joy to ones heart each time it is gazed upon, held or shared!

May God continue His blessings upon you!


sjmcdowell said...

Oh Cindy,

I am breathless just reading all of this great news and looking at your wonderful book you put together as well.

I am sooo excited for you Cindy...another wonderful book...YES!! Special Congratulations to you my dear friend!!
The Beach Cottage Decor is right up my alley! My husband and I want to move to Savannah this year and I am going to decorate our new home with a beach cottage decor...So this book will be PERFECT!!

Congratulations to the winners of both your giveaways too!!

I have to stroll over to Shabby cottage Studio! I would love to make a book like that as well!!

Cindy you inspire me and set my soul on wings....

Love you girl,


Anonymous said...

Your talent is amazing, as we can see by your finished projects. I love the Shabby Style, so I love all your goodies! Congrats on your Amazon feature too. Thank you for following my blog and joining my party. I am now following you too so I can come regularly to see your projects!

Gloria said...

Congrats on the Amazon promo! Your altered book is such a pretty treat. TFS!

Astrid Maclean said...

Gorgeous book and thanks for the Tut!

Congrats on the new book also! Is it possible to download your books just to my PC? I don't own a kindle..

Unknown said...

You are such an amazing artist Cindy! Congrats on another book and thanks for the lovely post and pictures, it's a beauty to behold! Hugs, Ira x

Dorthe said...

Congratulations dear Cindy, your new book looks fantastic, I love the projects you have shown- the window, is gorgeous.
And thanks for the tutorial, on the sweetest little journal, I can see many wonderful products -and the book is so lovely and beautiful.
HUGS, Dorthe

Valerie-Jael said...

Thanks for sharing! Valerie

Ros said...

You know I am a big fan of the beach theme creations ... just beautiful ... Love the tags too and your book is just so sweet!! Have a lovely creative day!

Creative Grammie said...

Hi Cindy;
Congrats to all the lucky winners!
Wow! Another best seller! I can't wait to download it.
The Old World Book design is so gorgeous! Fantastic!
Hugs to you...

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

You are a super creative lady! It's time for me to drag out my craft supplies which is usually what I do in the winter ;o) I found you at the Cozy Home Party! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

Linda said...

Hi Cindy,

the tutorial is awesome! You are very creative- lol I also wonder do you ever sleep? I will download the book tomorrow on my kindle! Thanks!! The tags are gorgeous too!
Hugs from me!

Anonymous said...

Cindy, your little book is lovely!
And you're making me wish for a day on the beach instead of the gray, rainy one that's forecast for here today.
I too, love Gail's Shabby Cottage Studio papers!
Happy crafting!
Diane (who has been on semi-crafting-sabbatical for too long!) said...

CONGRATULATION Cindy!!!You are unstoppable with your talent:) Soooo excited for you:) LOVE that little book you made!!!!!!I really need to try my hand at altered art) Have a wonderful week, my friend.
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Linda M. said...

Good morning Cindy, I'm here with a cup of coffee. Congratulations on another new best seller book. You know I will read it soon. I just ordered some things from Shabby Cottage Studio and that old world book cover was one of my new items. Your finished book is beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial. Hugs, Linda

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Congrats on the new book, Cindy! Sounds fun! Thanks for the tutorial- love that Crop-a-dile tool! Congrats to all the winners, too!

Debby said...

First of all congratulations. Wish I had a Kindle.
Love this book. I received a book kit like this in a giveaway. Not as nice but the cover was similar and the pages. Now I will have some new ideas on how to use it.

Debbie said...

i flew over from jill's place, i love to chill with jill!!

i am a full blown scrap addict, i know i will love it here!!

wonderful blog!!

Jann said...

Beautiful vintage-shabby style book! Thank you for sharing with everyone--you are so talented!!!!

1CardCreator said...

Congrats on another great book Cindy, I will pass the word to my Kindle friends. Congrats to your winners, the prizes are beautiful. Love your tutorial on the old world journal, it is gorgeous!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Cindy, your old world style book is gorgeous - I love all the shabby chic ephemera you've used. Elizabeth x

Kathy said...

It is beautiful Cindy, just the right amount of vintage, being ALL vintage, wink! Love it. xo

Cindy said...

It looks wonderfully beautiful. I have never done any of those, but would love it. Thanks so much for the tutorial.
Hugs, Cindy

highheeledlife said...

Gorgeous! and wonderfully creative!!! Congratulations to all the winners. xo HHL

Debbiedoos said...

You are something else girl. You need to give me some of that energy and ambition. COngrats to you. And thank you again for spreading the love on the newbie party, I think you are awesome for wanting to help out others too.

Inspire Others said...

Hi Cindy,
Congratulations on your new book!. I love to stop by and stay for a while when I have the are a Phenomenal Women and your blog is full of inspirations for everyone. BTW, beautiful book creations, thanks for always sharing. Stay well☺♥☺

Daniella said...

Congratulations to your winners!!
Your book is gorgeous!

Lesley said...

Hi Cindy
congrats to the winners!!
Love the new Beach items, very cool, and thanks for the inspiration for this old book project.
Have a super evening.

Michele said...

the book is darling! i will have to take a look at shabby cottage. am also curious about the crop-a-dile thingie. will look all these things up! would love to make sucha a lovely creation myself. thanks for the tutoring! xo

Tammy said...

Visiting from Jill's place, and now following. You have so many interesting ideas here. It will take me a while to browse around.

Rupa said...

Thank you so much for the free kindle book on Cottage decor. I am so thrilled that it's free even for those that have just Kindle for PC. Thanks for your generosity once again!

PattieJ said...

Thank's for the tutorial! I am new to this kind of art work so it was helpful to me! OOOH I love Shabby Cottage Studio!! I want just about EVERYTHING in the shop!!lol

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Hi Cindy,

I love your work. To me your a textile designer. I love all the layers and pictures you used for this project. I want to get that stamp!!!


Jill Marcott-McCall ~Feathers & Flight~ said...

Good Morning Cindy
The Book is So Vintage and Lovely! Love it!
Have a Happy Wednesday!

Your Craft Book said...

Wow Cindy you are so creative and so busy. I wish you great success with your new ebook, you are a great inspiration to me always.

Blessings and have a great week, Maureen.

Nann said...

Cindy you just blow me away with all you do. Another published book..I know its a winner. And those giveaways..Wow! I loved loved loved your altered book. What an inspiration you are. That is the type of scrapbooking project that I love to do. Altered or made books are so rewarding and yours is amazing!!

Also Thankyou for featuring my blog button in your new seminar. I am so thrilled. And so many of my friends, both bloggers and non bloggers have commented how beatiful it is. You are so creative and do gorgeous work. And I appreciated your comment on my last post. That piece of dessert is for you!!

I so much appreciate your goodness and kindness my friend.




Nann said...

PS I meant to include my new blog header and not just the button. Many wonderful comments to me about it. Beautiful girlfriend, absolutely beautiful. N.

Queenie Believe said...

Congrats to Diane!!! What a wonderful way to start off the New Year.
I love love love the chip board book. Hopefully when things slow down a bit I can do a little creating my self.
Your new blog header is wonderful. It exuds southern charm and grace.
Have a really great day.
Always, Queenie

My Captivating Life said...

I am a blog stalker but I always enjoy looking at your finds and creations. :) I wanted to invite you to participate in my getting to know you post. You can find it here.

Myric said...

Oh Cindy, thanks for the very sweet comment.Thank you for sparing time to visit and read my blog in spite of your busy busy schedule! How are you doing and how are the projects coming together?


Bliss said...

Ok, so maybe it is still a good day even if I didn't get any treasures in my mail, I just read that I can get your book on kindle.... FREE!!! How awesome is that. (First I better read the other books waiting for me on there).


Honey at 2805 said...

You are an amazing artist Cindy! The little book you creative is fabulous! And congrats on another Best Seller! Yea, I have a new Kindle and will be down loading it!

Thanks for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!