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Altered Holiday Box

Not sure if you remember my crafting holiday to Rhyl in North Wales with two friends … one a crafter the other a book reader … at the beginning of July. The holiday where we didn’t get as much done as we hoped because the weather turned into a Mediterranean scorcher.

Actually we did get some things done and below is the circular box which I altered. Also started a canvas but didn’t finish … ehh still on my desk waiting to be completed!!! Coloured some images which I will be adding to cards or an album … decisions, decisions ahhh.

What I love most about this box are the buttons on the top. These were made with a mold to which I added Frantage Embossing Enamel and clear UTEE. Added four little cotton reels to the bottom of the box which look really neat as teensy tiny feet. Stamped the Elizabeth Bennet from Indigo Blu onto shrink plastic.

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Covered the inside of the box and the inside lid with the same decoupaged napkins as I used for the top. When everything dried I gave an all over wash.

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Domino Elegance In A Box

Here is the box I made for the domino book in the post below.
The design on the front of the box is another from Nicecrane Designs.

Margie left me a lovely comment asking about the dominoes used … just ordinary standard very cheap plastic dominoes, approximate size 4¾ cm x 2½ cm. They also had a little gold pin in the centre but this pried off very easily.

To make the box cut a piece of cardstock at 11.7 cm x 10.2 cm for the lid and 11.5 cm x 10 cm for the base. Score the lid and base the same way. Score one side at 3 cm then turn and score each of the remaining sides the same. For the lid use a small circle punch on the longest side of the box to cut a half circle.

I work in both inches and metres whichever suits the actual purpose and I found for the above measurements it was easier to cut in inches for the accordion middle of the two dominoes..

I started with a piece of cardstock measuring 8 ¾” x 1 7/8 ” then score at every 7/8″.

Margie I too have eyes and fingers on the elderly side which is an excellent way of describing them … (made me chuckle out loud when reading) … and I am sure that is why I have never attempted to make these before but trust me it is sooooo easy. I am a great believer in using a good pair of tweezers and this helped enormously to adhere the tiny images.

I found this tutorial link which may be of help to you


Trinket Box

Just a quick post to show you the finished little box which I made on Sunday at Crafty Queens with Eve.
Again a huge thanks to Eve for all her hard work we all so appreciate the monthly workshops.

Did very little with the box at the workshop because I wanted to paint the edges black and had nothing with me to do so. We also made a little album that goes inside the box so I worked more on that which should be finished tomorrow.

The box is a Tim Holtz Configurations Shadow Box 5.5″ x 5.5″ which I have covered with the Graphic 45, A Ladies Diary Papers, Black Gesso and more Frantage.

This is how the inside looks when opened plus you can just see that I have used a brass side hook and eye for the closure.

My granddaughter Amber will be 15 on Monday, so guess who will be getting this in the post.


Gorgeous Soap Gifts

Just love altering these little bars of soap they make such unusual Christmas gifts … only give to someone who would really appreciate them.

The soaps I have used are Bonne Mere Milk Soap, link here, they are 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches. It doesn’t show in the pics but you can still see the writing beind the stamped image. Stamped images are from Estelle at The Stampsmith, stamps are Juliet and Ophelia my fave images.

Below shows pics of a bar of soap which I am in the middle of decorating.
First pic is how the soap looks at the back, second pic shows how it looks when you add the stamped image to the front. You stamp the image first onto white tissue paper then adhere to the soap.

This pic of Ophelia is how she looks when decorated and all boxed up. Made the box with an acetate aperture so the image shows through.

When opened I have nestled her onto some pure linen material just for an added piece of luxury.

I have two more to show you which are just soooo pretty.

Entering for: The Stampsmith Challenge … no surprise there … Handmade Holidays
Live & Love Crafts Inspiration & Challenge Blog – Anything but a card
Pan Pastels Challenge – Gift Time


New YouTube Video Tutorial


This is the box which I show you how to make on my YouTube channel but there are some extra embellishments on this box which I added after I had finished the video.

The flowers are an added touch which I made with lace and ribbon which are probably my fave embellishments to make they just add elegance to anything you make. Also finished off the back of the box and for this I stamped a couple more of the Flapper girls and then lightly coloured with Copics, one of which was decoupaged over the girl already on the box.

Watch this space I am making another video at the moment … have started to loose the nervousness and so enjoying making this third one which is a fabric album!!!

Entering for: Let’s Ink It Up – All Girl
Stampalot Challenge – What’s Your Crafty Passion … mine is making flowers … eh and stamping, inking, getting messy, matting & layering … oh well just about everything which involves crafting 😯

The Craft Place Challenge – Anything Goes
Card Makin Mamas – Busting Out The Rubber
Frosted Designs – Stamping



Sunday 1st July, that’s another month gone already and still no sign of our summer ah well there’s always next year 😯

I have made a video tutorial of how to make this box but it’s not ready yet, hopefully will be posting sometime today … fingers crossed!!!

Our new theme this time round at Fashionable Stamping Challenges is Oriental, below is an ATC box I have made so that I can store all my ATC’s that I have collected over the years … instead of lying in an ole shoe box!! They can now sit on my desk 😎

Can you believe I never noticed that these are my husbands initials until he pointed it out … that’s what comes of being married for nearly 30 years!!!

You have to go see all the Fashionettes creations they are just awe inspiring especially as this theme seems to have been a challenge for even us 😉

Entering for: Simon Says Stamp & Show – Depth Of Distress


My Trinket Box

I started this box a while ago but didn’t really know where I was going with it until I saw the challenge at Fashionable Stamping and then I just knew it was going to be my DT piece. This time round we would love to see Steampunk and yes I am one of the Stampettes who has never done Steampunk before, this is my first time. Apart from the fact I don’t really have any appropriate stamps I am also one of those rare people who doesn’t like to put altered wings on things. There is loads going on with the box but will only bore you with a little info.

The large die cut was cut out from a piece of cardboard which was covered with ripped layers of masking tape, inked with a black DI then stamped onto with various stamped images before putting through an embossing folder. The leftovers were used to stamp a PaperArtsy bird onto before cutting out with a bird die. Stitched around the edge of the lid before using more green acrylic paint as another dimension and of course lots of crackle paint.

I made compartments for the inside and you can just see some of my crushed bottle tops also lots of embellishments which I have made and not used yet. Check out those little loops showing through underneath that is going to be on my next project.

This is what is on the inside lid, lots of delicious pockets for my tags to go into.

Entering for: So Artful Challenges – Steampunk – Colours: Sepia and Earthtones

Lozzer’s Sea Shell Box

Every year when my grandchildren come to visit for their summer holidays it is straight to the beach, I am convinced in a previous life they were all water babies. What is it that all children love to do while at the beach … uh huh collect sea shells so I have made this box for Lauren (Lozzer) to keep all her little treasures in. Found lots of little sea shells in one of the drawers in their bedroom so pinched a few to put on the lid of the box.

Fashionable Stamping has a beautiful theme this fortnight called Nautical so this box came in handy as my DT creation.

When Paula first suggested this challenge I only had a lighthouse stamp which Fliss used on her beautiful card but I managed to buy these pretty little Inkadinkado Stamps which are so cute. The little postcard image of the boy & girl has been stamped over with Versamark and clear embossing powder. Under the black flower is a flourish die, cut from cardboard then painted with acrylic, triple embossed then added mica powder, the shine is incredible, also did the same to the little star and the button in the middle of the bottle top.
Entering for: Craft Us Crazy – Anything But A Card/Altered Item … I think my bottle top counts as an altered item lol.
Crafty Boots Challenge – Nautical or Red/White & Blue
My Craft Spot – Inside & Out
Simon Says Stamp & Show – Use a Lord Tim Technique
Let’s Ink It Up – Distressing


Altered Match Box

Back again this time with an altered project which I made whilst at home with the grandchildren.
Claire, Amber, Irene and myself all piled over to my wonderful friend and teemie from FSC Brenda’s for the night to have a little playtime and we each altered an old used matchbox … pretty cool eh!!

Thanks Brenda can’t wait for another playtime see you in April … Hugs Shirley x x

Entering for: 4 Crafty Chicks – Anything But A Card
Crafty Creations Challenges – Vintage Fashion
Little Red Wagon – Use A Vintage Item
Anything Goes Challenges – Altered Projects
Crafty Ann’s Challenges – Anything But A Card
Sugar Creek Hollow – Trash To Treasure


Shadow Box

Quick post girls just to show the Shadow Box Christmas card I taught to the girls yesterday, fun time had by all.
I never think to post these cards but will try to remember to do in future.