Saturday, 16 April 2011

It's altered for the One Stop Crafts Challenge

Good morning one and all

I really hope you are reading this because it is scheduled and I am in Lincoln visiting my son for a long weekend.

The theme is ALTERED this week at  One Stop Crafts Challenge.  So you lovely crafters let us see something other than a card this time a round, and please pop along to the challenge to see all the pieces of work from our teamies.

I have two examples for you this week.

This is a paper mache box from Hobbycraft which I painted with Eco Green craft paint. The top is then covered with artists modelling paste and used my heat gun to help it dry - which made the paste pop and splutter to get the raised bits. I wiped over the top with some diluted paint on a baby wipe and added a bit of Inka Gold on a paint brush across the top and around the edge. I added blobs of Gemtac glue to which I added seed beads, and then the dragonfly to which I added beads. Lastly the flowers, which are Prima.
The second boxes are very easy, and I have to give credit to Louise at Zuzu's Petals 'n' Stuff.  I really admire her really incredible work.  Please pop across to her blog and have a look at it.

These are light weight wood boxes and I have sprayed them with glimmer mists inside and outside.   Rubbed or brushed on Inka Gold around the sides and edges.  Added flowers (Prima again - and lazy I know - but I am doing some other boxes that will have handmade metal ones on), brass leaves, butterflies etc.  The top bluey green one is Cosmic Shimmer Peacock and it is multicoloured shades.  Fab!  All the edges have sari lace around them, as in the photo below.

I expect you are wondering why so many boxes - well I have taken a stall at my Village Fete, and also a big craft fair.  In the meantime, I have just taken over the house with boxes, paints, etc, etc.  However, it is really enjoyable doing something else as well as cards.  I use a very large pizza box for a spray place, lined with plastic, and then lined with paper towels - several thicknesses.   And how's this for a good way of using up the ink on soaked paper towels - I have rolled a couple of boxes in and got a variation in colour scheme - which has been really effective on a pink box and an orangey-gold one.

I am entering this for the following challenges

Your Next Stamp - Texture it
The Paper Variety - Flowers

Have a fabulous weekend.

I really appreciate it that you take the time to look at my blog and leave such lovely comments. Thank you each and every one of you.



  1. Val, what absolutely beautiful projects - just gorgeous. Have a great weekend. xx

  2. WOW...hunni you are so clever these are absolutely stunning truly truly breath taking!!
    Cant pick a fave its impossible I love 'em all. I use a shoe box for my spraying from my youngest sons trainers, he's a size 11 so its a good size box lol.
    Enjoy your weekend sweetie.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  3. Oh Val, I'm nearly lost for words (only nearly lol!) these are all beautiful & should disappear from your stall no problem.

    I hope you enjoy your visit with your son & he is doing well. Are you fitting in a visit to the local craft shops too? xxx

  4. BEAUTIFUL boxes! Gorgeous rich colours and lush floral decoration! Hugs, Lesley

  5. These are stunning Val. Well done and good look with the craft stalls.

    Lesley Xx

  6. lovely work, very pretty.

  7. These are just lovely! Thanks for joining us at Your Next Stamp Challenge!


Thank you soooo much for all the wonderful comments you leave on my Blog. I appreciate each and every one....and for you taking the time to do so....I will try to get over to your Blog too.
Love and big hugs
Val xx


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