Friday, July 13, 2012

The Challenge to Top All Challenges

WOOOOOOOO! What a week. I've done challenges before, but my BFF gave me the challenge of all challenges this week. Back in May, she told me she and her DD had written a poem for one of the couples in her Supper Club who would be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary in July. She asked me if I'd help create a card for it, and she wanted to come over and spend the day working on it. I told her just to name the day as long as it wasn't Tuesday or Friday as those are MM days.

She called last Thursday, and asked what she could bring to the Shrimp Boil. I asked her about the anniversary card and when was the party? Well seems it was last night, one week away from when we talked. With the Shrimp Boil on Saturday and company abounding, the earliest we could start on it was Monday of this week.  She arrived around 1:30 Monday afternoon and had broken the poem into 11 sections that she wanted a page per section along with the cover, so now we're talking a book instead of a card. She had brought pictures that she thought she could use, but there weren't enough and when I started showing her digital images, the whole game plan changed. Now it's all images and no photographs. We spent until early evening picking out images and looking for papers. She went home, and I kept working on getting papers ready to print along with finalizing image selection.

Tuesday after my walk, I hit the ground running. At this point in time I have to interject that DH had to take care of MM and entertain him all day long as I was in TM madly coloring and creating. He did an admirable job. They buried treasure and drew a map, so they could find the treasure. Then they went on to build a wooden treasure chest. MM informed me(as DH would cutting boards with the table saw) that he could have built it himself, and that Grandpa wasn't doing the top right(seems he wanted a rounded top for the chest and that wasn't happening). DH let MM hammer and help screw on the handles. Now they've got to paint the box and add the hinges to the top and the clasp, and that's a this afternoon project. MM informed at the end of the day that I owed Grandpa. I informed MM that my BFF owed Grandpa. She informed MM that she fixed me up with Grandpa, so no one owes anyone.

So back to the saga of the card turned book. At this point it's not looking good for me to participate in any of my usual challenges with a regular card. That said, Phindy's Place, Sassy Cheryl's, Tiddly Inks and Mo's Digital Pencils had images that were perfect to go along with the poem.

The Phindy's Place Challenge Blog this week challenged us to use things that started with our initials. Well my initials are SS so there were scissors, digi stamps and Spellbinders used throughout the book. Thanks girls for making it a two week challenge so I get an entry in.

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog was to create a summer creation. I have this one more than covered and  one of them is even a Sassy Cheryl Image called Farmer Sally, and I guess you can have a jester anytime of the year.

BFF picked the card/book up yesterday at 1 o'clock just 5 hours before the party(totally delighted and excited about the finished project) and left me with another project she needed today. While I've been working on the card, she's been canning figs, preparing for the party,  visiting one of our elder members of our church whose in the hospital to help serve communion to the lady and fixing foods for a luncheon that she's doing for another elderly member of our church's birthday. The last project was happies to give to the 9 attendees.

So along with the Phindy's Place Challenge and the Sassy Cheryl's Challenge, I'm also covering the Show Me Thursday Challenge on Sassy Cheryl's blog. I did not post a picture of TM when I finished the book(words and pictures could not possibly do the mess justice). I have now got it cleaned up though, and I don't want another "project" for at least a week.LOL

So here are the pics of the Anniversary Project. Forgive the bad photos, as I was  in a rush and the lighting is terrible.
Cover and Page 1 - Silhouette images and Cameo used to cut these.

Page 2 - Start of the poem

Page 3 - Farmer Sally from Sassy Cheryls. Scissors were used to cut the image out.
Page 4 - BFF loved the card I created like this so it had to be duplicated. Summer Challenge and Intial challenge since scissors were again used. Image is Phindy's Place Daring Diver.
Page 5 - Summer Bare Image from Phindy's Place. Summer Challenge and Phindy's Place since Spellbinders were used.
Page 6 -  Serving Up Hearts by Sassy Cheryl
Page 7 - Baby New Year from Tiddly Inks

Page 8 - The April Fool from Sassy Cheryls. Coloring concept was CASEd from Cathy E. Thanks GF.
Page 9 - image is Jill from Mo's Digital Pencil

Page 10 - the images used here were found online and cut out with scissors

Page 11 - Dress Up fro Sassy Cheryls. Spellbinders were used.
Page 12 - Combined  Shy Guy and Babbie Bride from Phindy's Place and the second image is Together from Phindy's Place

 Well, I hope you made it through this saga and enjoyed the visit. I don't plan on duplicating this anytime soon. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Oh My!!! Oh My!!! this is absolutely an amazing work of art Shirley! I can't believe that you got all of these pages made so fast.. they will treasure this for ever!
    you are amazing, every page is fantastic!
    WOW! love every detail!
    what a great entry for the Sassy challenge this week!
    hugs to ya!

  2. Your BFF is going to owe you big time but since she is your BFF, I am sure she will reward you for all your hard work in some fashion. This is phenomenal and I think the anniversary couple will be thrilled.

    My only fear for you is that others will request a similar project from you because it is so wonderful. Start practicing now - NO. Say it often and say it loud so that when the time comes, and it will, that word will come quickly from your mouth (unless of course you want to do something like this again - and if you do, you are a better woman than I).


  3. Well all i can say is STUNNING work Shirley and i know the couple will just be astounded with it.Like Cec im worried you will get so many requests we will never see our Shirley again lol .Its Beautiful well done you xxx

  4. Wow, such a great story and a super finished project Shirley! I agree with MM, your BFF may owe grandpa a special dinner (or something). The treasure hunt sounds as fun as the Anniversary project that you completed!!

  5. Wow, what a lot of work! This is amazing Shirley, really amazing! Whoever receives this will be truly awestruck. What a great friend you are, but I already knew that!

  6. oh shirley! oh my gosh! I bet she absolutely loved it. There is so much gorgeous work in this hun! I bet the couple recieving it will cherish it so much!
    huge hugs Lou xxx

  7. I tell you what Shirley. . . .this is probably one of the most creative and beautiful things that I have EVER seen! And the images go PERFECTLY with each part of the poem. It's just OVER THE TOP, INCREDIBLY STUNNING!!!!! You have certainly outdone yourself with this project. . . .and I certainly hope you're proud of it, because you should be. Love, love, love it!
    So glad that DH was there to help out with MM or you might not have gotten it all done. Totally amazing.
    Thanks for playing in both the Sassy Cheryl's challenge and the SMThursday fun. This fits perfectly for both!!!!!

  8. just Fabulous, Shirley!!!! love it!
    and such a tease with your shrimp boil... sigh
    thanks for playing in our Sassy Cheryl's challenge

  9. Shirley, you are nothing short of a creative genius! This endeavor is nothing short of fabulous! I just loved your blog post, especially the very funny account of DH and MM and their adventures with treasure hunting and the treasure chest - too cute! The best line of all is from your BFF - how wonderful that she introduced you to your hubby. Thanks for chance to read all about this, your "book" is a charming treat!

  10. Hi Shirley!!! YIKES girlfriend! This is beyond amaaaaaaaaazing! So many fabulous images...beautifully colored, as always! What a fun, fun gift! Thanks so much for joining us for this week's "Summer Fun" challenge at Sassy Cheryl's! This is serious summer fun, sistah! Hugs. Pat Frank

  11. Wow Shirley, these are all so fabulous!!!! What a wonderful gift. ~jeni :)

  12. Holy guacamole, Shirley-this is AMAZING!!! I cannot believe you did this in such a small window of time-what great (and incredibly talented friend!) you are! I LOVE this! Your images are fantastic, the coloring gorgeous, the layouts, incredible...I just can't say enough!
    Oh, and I think Grandpa and MM time is a good plan :)
    I'm so glad you joined us for the summertime challenge at Sassy Cheryl's this week!

  13. Wow, Shirley, this is just over the top! What a sweet friend you are, your BFF will be eternally grateful. Such a special gift for the anniversary couple, they will treasure this forever. You really did a great job matching up images to the poem, too.

  14. I'm B-a-a-c-k! Taking another look at this amazing creation! Did you hear about the reaction?! That makes it all worthwhile doesn't it?!
    I'm so glad you joined us for the Phindy's Place challenge!

  15. Wow Shirley, what an AMAZING job you did, this is really special.