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Friday, 27 August 2010


Well,think most of you are experiencing,this awful weather gosh its cold enough to have heating on.  Just hope it is going to improve,like they say it will.
I have been making this book for the last 3 days,I just wanted to make a real one with a hard back cover and a spine to it too,the covers,I bought,from craft obsession,s the rest is from my stash,
I have covered the book with modge podge,to protect it,then used one of Tim's frames for the centre,stamped the free image from craft stamper and adhered it to the back of the frame.  Then I have applied glossy accents,to the stamped image.  I have taken,a piece of Tim;s paper and adehered it to the spine which I made with a piece of chipboard.Then taken some more of Tims,locks,and things made a hole and added the chain,so it can open,and lock up.  I linked 2 of his chains together so I can open the book properly,then just finished with one of his hinges,which i pained with distress inks. I have also added some paper which I have distressed with old,paper,and adhered to inside,will show that another day,as may embellish,some of the pages.
Just hope you like it.

I have taken 2 photos,as one was taken during the day and the other tonight,not much difference, I am going to enter this into the artistic stamper challenge really admire the work those ladies do on there and wanted to make sure what I entered was good enough.  I know I have a long way to go,but its worth a try,
Artistic Stamper something old something new,the butterfly charm is old,Tims,frame etc are all new.
audsentiments,anything goes
suzzanes,thursday challenges,letter A ART,Adheshive
Finally I have made an atc with some Grunge paper first time using this I have ambossed it then added distress inks,and more of Tims,paper. Beads are from an old necklace,of my daughters,stars are grunge,added paint to them.


Netty said...

Wow Cheryl you more than a worthy challenger, I adore your book cover and you've given it a real spine, thats brilliant. Will look forward to seeing what else you do with it.... The ATC is is great as well. I hope you are feeling better. Hugs Annette x

Mina said...

oh wow Cheryl your book is stunning, I want one now lol...what a brilliant idea for the atc too
Mina xxx

Maria Matter said...

Stunning Cheryl!!! omgosh, this is definitely's amazing! I'm way too intimidated to think this far outside the box, so I'll just oogle over your fantastic projects!
hugs & blessings!

Cindy Haffner said...


Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, this book is GORGEOUS!!!! What a fabulous piece of work..amazing!!! I don't know if you've seen my Hurricane Katrina piece yet, but I'm sure when you do, you'll need's quite a story...

Jennie said...

How gorgeous is this :)) Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper challenge

crafty creations said...

Cheryl its absolutely stunning !!!!

Zoechaos said...

Your book is just the most fabulous piece of art it simply looks like and authentic antique book a real treasure will be marvelling about this all day. Your ATC is fabulous as well and deserves its own posting because it pales into insignifince compared to the book. Congratulatons on such an amazing piece of work. xx Zoe

jackiescrafts said...

Wow Cheryl your book is fab, it looks like it is really old you have managed the ageing process so so well. Well Done you

Hugs Jackie x

Heather x said...

Cheryl you are amazing! What a beautiful book!
I love the texture, it really looks like an old encyclopedia my gramps used to have :)
*hugs* Heather x

Brenda Brown said...

Cheryl your book is just stunning, I love it. Your hard work has really paid off and it deserves a prize all of it's own. What a great achievement.
Luv B xxx

Karen said...

WHOOOOO!!!! well done Cheryl, the book is amazing my lovely!!! Am sooo impressed!!! I bet its really nice to touch...all those textures. HUGS XXX

Artyjen said...

Good enough?!!! It's fab - u - lus Cheryl!!! :)
xoxo Sioux

Suzanne said...

Wow this is fabulous! Thanks for playing along with other lovelies thoughtful Thursdays challenge!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Cheryl,
I know people will be ecstatic about your is beautiful! And I'm so glad you came by my blogs...Isn't that song gorgeous with them singing it?
I love the harmony...
I made a book a few months ago that I haven't decided when to post...I thought I'd wait til a challenge fits that I can display it for..(Mine is an open one.) I never did one before--they are fun...could be because I love books!
Have a beautiful day.
Hugs xox

Junibears said...

Hi Cheryl, Thanks so much for visitting me.
I've just been having a looksee at your work. BEAUTIFUL!! I especially like the book you've just made. Gorgeous.
June xx

pinky said...

Flip me pink Cheryl that book is unreal!! I am totally gobsmacked by it. You should be married to Tim Holtz you could at least give him a run for his money lol. Loving the little atc, would love to give the grunge paper a go.

Tanya R said...

How gorgeous!

Cheryl said...

WOW your creations are amazing,but I really love your book!!! It looks like something from Harry Potter.....brilliant work!!
Hugs xx

Julie said...

What a cool project! Thanks so much for joining us at Aud Sentiments

lalkygirl said...

stunning project cheryl,i adore it,good luck in your challenges
tracey x

Juls said...

Oh My Word...stunning!! Love the really gorgeous antique feel...and such a brill way of using that stamp! utterly gorgeous! Hugs Juls

Audrey said...

Wow! Those eyes look amazing! I love it! Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments and don't forget to join in our monthly drawing going on right now.

Betty said...

Oh Cheryl hun i adore your book its Fantastic, i can see you have put a lot of work and love into this,and it looks so mysterious looking forward to seeing more, your tag is fab too.
Hugs Betty x x

Lily said...

Wow Cheryl, I am totally in awe....! Love the book, absolutely fantastic!

Have a nice weekend!


margaret said...

I love everything about your book, the cover is just fab, wonderful detail with the key and chain!

Jackie said...

Wow, these are both amazing, Cheryl. Your book looks fabulous and the ATC is very striking. Fabulous work!

chris said...

HI Cheryl, your book is great, I love how you have done it, and those eyes are amazing, its such a work of art.
thanks for popping by my blog you leave the kindest comments. lots of hugs chris xx

June said...

Ohhh honey these are both gorgeous that book is fantastic. well done !!! I cant imagine being clever enough to do that.
hugs June xxxx

Tracy said...

Spectacular creation Cheryl, I love your work.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Teresa / Trees aWard in Crafts said...

I think this is just a lovely project. I love they eyes on the book, like it says "private I'm watching you". Hugs, Teresa

Linby said...

OMG! This is stunning.
I have an award for you on my blog hun.
Love Linbyx

Tracey said...

Wow this is stunning Cheryl well done! Love the ATC too :)

It really is cold & it's still August, silly weather - at least we don't have any rain here (yet).

Have a great weekend.

Kim Piggott said...

Oh wow Cheryl such amazing work!
Absolutely gorgeous!
kim x

Hope Jacare said...

Wonderful creative projects Cheryl - love your book it's very clever! Cheers Claire x

jackiescrafts said...

Hi Cheryl hun
There is a little something on my blog for you to say thenk you for all your support
Hugs Jackie x

Mandy G said...

Hi Cheryl,
Love the book sooo vintage,I can see why it took you 3 days.
I just wanted to say a big thank you for popping by my new blog.

Sarah said...

Hi Chum
OMG!!! this Book is amazing Cheryl it looks like a leather bound cover and so vintage super fabulous work you have done with this creation chum, and your Atc is gorgeous also, this is defo your field in your creativity and my have you excelled with this book, I'm off to put my card on now chum.
Lots Hugs
Sarah xx

Sylvia x said...

Hi Cheryl

just left a comment on someone else's blog and your comment was above mine!! I wondered where you had gone to ... i know you don't visit trimmieland anymore (rrr i miss you and all your fantastic work). Hope you are well and happy hun..take care

sylvia (craftyandmad) xx

Mandy said...

Big wow hun these are fabulous, love your book
hugs Mandy xx

A.J. said...
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A.J. said...

Hi Cheryl
I can't believe you made this - it is amazing!

Great blog!

Crafty Creations by AJ

Chocolate Orange said...

Oh wow !!! Cheryl thats absolutely gorgeous. I really love your book. No wonder it took 3 days to do.
Choccy xx

Jan said...

I'm lovin your hard cover cool!

Minxy said...

Oh very clever, love the distressed feel of it, thanks for playing along with the ASCT challenge x