Saturday, January 26, 2013

Collaged box w/bird

Today I have an altered box to share with you.
It started out as this "Gone With the Wind" deluxe VHS tape set (Thanks to my Mom for the trash to treasure!):

Here is what I created out of it: 
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The inspiration for this started with this rub-on. It is by Prima Marketing from their Melody collection. I rubbed it on book paper torn from a daily devotional book, then used a little Ranger Distress Ink through punchenella on it. I was so pleased with how it looked, it led me to find papers to use with it to collage the box.
I tore paper by Prima Marketing from their Songbird collection and randomly collaged it on along with more of the pages torn from the devotional book
I added more rub-ons by Prima, K&Co, and Kaiser Kraft as well as random stamping and stenciling with acrylic paint and Ranger Archival Inks.
Then I painted the bird using one I found at a free clip art site as a guide. Paints by Claudine Hellmuth were the perfect colors to paint my bird and they are a little bit sheer to let the background show through ever so slightly. On top of the paints I added Ranger Perfect Pearls in Turquoise, Blue Patina, and Blush. The shimmer is really beautiful but unfortunately I couldn't get the camera to pick it up.
I used Washi Tape by My Minds Eye from the Indie Chic collection to finish off the edges of the opening for the drawer to slide in and out of and, of course, I finished the back:
and sides:

I added the knob and now have a beautiful box to keep my Gelatos in. Twelve of them fit perfectly in the space where the VHS tape sat - see them peeking out? These are the only twelve I have so now I "must" get twelve more to fill the other space!
The Mod Podge I used is "Mat Antique" and I love the yellowed look it gave to the papers.
I am entering my box in the following challenges:
Frilly and Funkie - "Spruce it up"
Eclectic Paperie - "Altered Box"
Happy Daze - "Recycled"
Thanks for looking! I appreciate your comments!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Frosted Design - Give a Gift challenge

 This week's challenge at Frosted Designs is 
"Give a Gift". 
You are free to interpret this how you wish. I've made two cute Valentine gifts - but what's really fun is what I've made them out of!

I took this packaging:

. . .  and made these Valentines!

Here are close up shots:

Angle shots:

and the backs: 

The paper I used is the "Love Birds" collection by Fancy Pants Designs. I am linking up at Word Art Wednesday where the theme is "anything goes"!
I hope you are inspired to create a card, layout, or off the page project with a "gift" theme and link it up with us at Frosted Designs!
Thanks for stopping by - I appreciate your comments!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Guard your heart canvas

Today I have an 8"x8" canvas to share with you. 
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Some angle shots. The sides are 1 1/2" deep
This piece is for sale for $30 + $5 postage
e-mail me if you're interested (
I am sharing this piece at "Word Art Wednesday" where the theme is hearts. They are a wonderful challenge blog, stop over and have a look!
Here is the finished back.
I will share close ups of the little "Journey Key" canvas with you another day!
Thanks for stopping by,
 I appreciate your comments!

Friday, January 4, 2013

2012 366 December Calendar

The Fabulous Friday challenge at Frosted Designs is a recipe challenge. 
Pick any four of the following and create a card, layout, or off the page project: 
rub-ons, transparency, brads, eyelets, 
misting/masking, punches, stamping, stickers 

On my project I've used:  rub-ons, masking, punches, and stamping

Here is the final calendar page for my 2012 366 project. If you are unfamiliar with this project, you can see my original post here. To see all of my pages for the year, click on the tab at the top called "2012 366 project". To see how other creatives have interpreted this challenge, click here.  
For my December calendar I decided it would be fun to have pictures of my Christmas decorations. Most of these have great meaning or sentimental value to me and I wanted to preserve them in this project.
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Here are close ups of each quarter of the page.

Here is the full December spread for my 2012 journal (close ups of the scrapbook side can be seen in this post)

 I hope you'll join the fun at Frosted Designs using any 4 items from the recipe list. Link it up at Frosted Designs for a chance at a wonderful prize from Prairie Bird Boutique!