Thursday, March 17, 2011

This Is Anything But A Card

As you can see it really is.  How I got to this point is funny!  My friend is having a birthday and so I wanted to purchase a key chain and make cupcake charm (she loves cupcakes) to go with it.  Well the charm got made and key chain hasn't arrived and so........I know she likes to keep notes, etc., so..........hence the journal or whatever choose to call it!

I used a background I already had done using my Mega MountTM and Cover-A-CardTM Vines inked with Brilliance Thyme.  It was on white cardstock.  I applied an old yellow mustard dye inkpad,  mounted it on a dark brown cardstock, probabaly Bazzil, then mounted those to the front and left inside.  That's the neat part about Cover-A-CardTM. The stamp area is 5.75X5.75 and it fit great here.

I stamped Alesa Baker's  CrŠme Cup with Brilliance Galaxy Gold 3 times on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, painted it with Twinkling H2O's Daffodil, Fern, Golden Sand, and Warm Pecan, cut out the layers, and placed them as shown.  Glossy Accents was added to the rosettes and leaves.

I ran a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock through the Cuttlebug with Spellbinders Lacey Circles and embossed it.  Leaving the die on the scalloped piece, I stamped it with Cover-A-CardTM Wispy inked with Brilliance Galaxy Gold.  I painted the scallops with Twinkling H2O's Solar Gold.  The image was mounted on the die cut and the 3mm pearls were added with Glossy Accents.

My friend loves big ribbon, so May Arts was taped around the cover and inside and a Bow-Easy bow was added with a little lace, to make it even more feminine.  The die cut image was added, along with some leftover buttons with gold sewing thread.



Next I used a stamp from one of Kalani Allred's new friendship sets, True Blue Friend.  I inked it with Gold Galaxy, stamped it on white cardstock, put it through the Cuttlebug with one of Spellbinders' Fancy Tags, trimmed it down as shown and used 3mm pearls as embellishments for it.


All this because I didn't get a key chain you ask??  LOL  Well, when I did the key chain charm I used the next to largest of Spellbinders Lacey Circles and White Shrink Plastic.  I stamped the front with Galaxy Gold and the same image as above.  Then I used VersaMark on the edges around it so when I heated it with my heat gun it wouldn't stick to itself.  Cleaned off the VersaMark with a soft toothbrush and water, dried it and painted it with Brilliance and Mica Gloss Colors.  I heated them to seal and dry and then I applied 2mm pearls and Glossy Accents as a seal and let that dry.

On the back I used a stamp from another Kalani Allred set, All Occasion I.  You really need to check out all her new phrase sets starting HERE.  You will go crazy, I swear.  One is has such cute and fun phrases that I had to have it, even before knowing how I would use them.

So now that you have seen what  I did, check out what the IO DT members did too!

And don't forget that the IO Blog is now using Inlinkz for people who want to join in the challenges.  Much easier and faster I think.  There will be some more changes for the challenges coming soon too.  We also have the DT doing posts on their blogs in off-challenge Thursdays.  You can check the IO blog on that day to find out who is creating for the day!

Thanks for stopping by to look and share!!  See you soon.

 Shirley

32 comments:

Anesha said...

Beautiful project Shirley, love the cupcake and the paper is beautiful! Have a wonderful day. Hugs Anesha

The Country Rose said...

How sweet is this?!! I love the colors- so cheerful and happy! The cupcake looks good enough to eat! I know your friend will absolutely love it!! Happy St. Patrick's Day Shirley!

Barb

The Rubber Maid said...

Very nice indeed. Thanks for straightening me out. Pat

Diane Jaquay said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, Shirley! I've become "obsessed" with the Cover-A-Card stamps since I got to try them out at a friends house, and now I want them all lol! I LOVE the cover you made for your book, it's stunning!

Shannon White said...

This is so pretty Miss Shirley! I love all the details and cheerful colors you chose. Your friend is going to love it! 8-)

Katarina said...

Shirley this is just simply beautiful. I love journals and little books, and this one is a prize!

Charlene said...

Adorable gift book, Shirley!

Carol Hartery said...

Shirley,
Your gift for your friend is positively gorgeous and amazing. I cannot believe how much time and work you put into it. She'll be absolutely blown away by your thoughtfulness.
Do you have a special trick for when you are working with a large stamp like Cover a Card?
Carol

Crystal said...

Hi Shirley, thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me :))) I love your blog and so happy you stopped by!!!! Your project is fabulous, such cheerful colors, and a fun design!!! Have a great weekend!

Cindy Haffner said...

GORGEOUS Shirley, I love your YUMMY cupcake.

Sue from Oregon said...

Shirley, thanks for popping in to say Hello! I was excited to have you come visit! Been browsing your wonderful blog and your great creations! I am off to check out more!

Denise @ Paper Gems said...

Shirley,

Like what you did with this journal!

I really like decorating journals as it's more finished/final over a card. I give my little books to friends that have some big decisions to make in their lives to write it out! I also use them @ my computer desk to make notes to myself, jot down poems, and keep logs of my eBay sales and such! I set them on little display stands. Also, noticed how well you use punches, nice blog here!

Also, I'm a fan of IO stamps, I own SEVERAL!

mustavcoffee said...

Hello there Shirley, this little book is wonderful, a really beautiful gift:0) Thank you so much for visiting my blog and all your lovely kind comments:0) xxx

MaryNSC said...

O MY gosh How beautiful she is going to have a cupcake FIT!! BEAUTIFUL!!!

April said...

I have been looking over your site and I love all your beautiful work! I don't know anything about sending you an email. I don't know what is going on! LOL! I have become a follower of your blog.

Ila said...

What a Gorgeous project!!..I love the cupcake..and the colors are Fabulous!!..a lovely gift!!..Hugs, Ila

Lyn S said...

This is just so bright and cheerful and yummy with those cupcakes Shirley! I'm sure your friend will just love it!

Summerthyme Studio said...

Oh my Shirley, this is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! That Cupcake looks good enough to eat!

Hugs

Vicki

Pranavam Ravikumar a.k.a. Kochuravi said...

Nice One!

Curt in Carmel said...

Such a beautiful project Shirley. So bright and cheery. Perfect for a birthday gift. Love the cupcake. Your thoughtfulness on this project really shines through. Great work! Best, Curt

Mrs Ham said...

Shirley this is a wonderful journal. Your friend is going to love it, I know I would. I can see from your other cards that you are a Martha Stewart punch girl also :)

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments on my cards. Have a wonderful weekend.

Regina

P.S. Your work is beautiful.

Cibele Glazer said...

Thank you so much for the lovely comments you left on my blog tonight! I had a tough week and you really brightened my day. I decided to return the favor and check out yours and I am SOOOO glad I did! Your cards are pieces of art. Absoultely beautiful!!! I could spend hours looking around (I think I did). Now I know where to come for some inspiration. :)

Suzanne C said...

Love the journal and the pretty colors! Gorgeous details!

Kristine said...

Hi Shirley! WOW, what a great book cover! Your digi matches the DP so perfectly... LOVE IT! =)

And can I just say when your blog first opened up the first thing I saw was that lovely bouquet of pink flowers top right under your header and SMILED! What a nice welcome!! =)

Valerie said...

Hi Shirley, what a fabulous gift with so much love gone in to it! Many thanks for your comment on my blog and I'm so pleased you have become a follower
Val x

Michelle VP said...

What a sweet notebook with a lot of thought put into it for your friend. I especially love the shrinky-dink charm. :) Thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog recently. I'm so happy to visit you now! :)

Shirl said...

One lucky friend getting this adorable journal. Brilliant tip with the versamark and shrink plastic will be trying that one.
Thank you for all your kind comments and yippee just became your 2ooth follower.
Hugs Shirley x x

~Heidi~ said...

Thanks for all you wonderful comments on my blog. I enjoyed looking at the cards on your blog too. You do wonderful work and have great ideas. I will be sure to look often!!

Julie Koerber said...

What a darling and thoughtful gift! I'm sure your friend will LOVE it!!!

Lindsay Lee said...

Love this cupcake book!!! The yellow is so bright and cheerful! And the idea for the keychain is just ingenious!! Also, thanks for your kind comments on my blog!! I appreciate them so much!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

love the vines and the colors you chose and of course, the cupcake! Your blog is so fabulous.

Colleen Dietrich said...

What a beautiful book, Shirley! Love the gilded touches. :) Hugs!

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