Sunday, 14 August 2011

A tale about how I had to punish a Box... - Fashionable Stamping Challenge #2

Re-edited: Hurray!!!!!! My box has been chosen as Top 3 at the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge!!! Yeeeeeeeey!!! ;)

This is going to be a long one so grab yourself a cuppa!

Let me introduce you to the Box… one shy, paper mache Box. It looked lonely and abandoned, it was crying for a new life and attention…

I said, “OK Box, I will give you a new life”. As I set to the task, I decorated it with an array of wonderful lively colours. The elegance of pinks, the wonderful charm of yellows, a decadent hint of royal blues… Bright and cheerful, I thought!

But then, somehow the Box didn’t look happy… it just didn’t feel and look right! So I kept working, improving things… spent days making alterations… still not right!

I begged, tried to reason with the Box, pulled my hair, no success. The Box just wasn’t happy with the look!

So, in this all frustration and despair I finally said, “That’s it! I’ve had enough! I will have no more of this nonsense! You want to be a grumpy dark mood Box, so be it!”.

So this is how I arrived with this…

I suppose making art is all about finding “IT”. This “thing” that makes the project look just… right… as it was always meant this way, even if it took a long time to achieve this… lol ;).

This time the Fashionable Stamping Girls would like you to show off your handmade flowers. But don’t forget – no digi stamps, traditional inky stamping only!

We are again sponsored by Marina from the Cottage Crafts.

I started my “dark mood” Box by covering it with a tissue paper. I used black tissue but you can use any colour and just paint it black ;). Crumple it nicely as you are gluing it to the surface for a nice texture. Then dry brush some gold paint over it….hmmm… see how almost instantly your boring Box transforms into a lovely antique looking gem ;).

Then I stamped the fancy flourish (Papermania Signature) onto tissue, heat embossed it in gold and glued on top, blending it in.

To “punish” my Box even further I set out to be very frugal with my embellishments. Most of the items used have been repurposed one way or another…

Starting from the bottom, the Tim Holtz clock shape, which was painted gold and stamped over with some text, did not make it for another project. The big “spool” was made from a kitchen towel roll, cut to size and covered with TH grungy paper.

The “ticket” was stamped with PaperArtsy Winter Wonderland stamp. All embellies are “resting” against the big spool and the metal champagne cork retainer… Hmmm, let me think…We drank this champagne after the balloon flight my DH and I treated ourselves with for our 1st wedding anniversary… And can you see that cute little Cherub?

Then I threw in a handful of vintage buttons, fibres, altered chipboard shapes and spools decorated with TH tissue tape. Flowers were made with Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die.

Somewhere there I’ve also hidden the champagne cork itself ;).

The top of the Big Spool has been covered with the some recycled packaging plastic, embossed with the Crafty Companions Time embossing folder.

This is a technique from Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of Christmas – day 10.

If you are still awake, well, go crafting and join in with our fabulous challenge and check out the amazing projects prepared to please your art hungry eyes by my DT Sisters ;).

Thank you for your lovely comments and have a wonderful Sunday!

Hugs xx

Ps. If you've missed my previous post with the July calendar page, please click here ;).

Challenges for this project:
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Tim Holtz Technique
The Cheerful Stamp Pad #23 - Petals
Grungy Monday #19 - 12 Tags of Christmas, day 10
Allsorts Challenge #116 - Anything but a card
Stampalot Challenge August - Anything you fancy


Marie said...

What a wonderful looking box. It's absolutly stunning. I happen to have three boxes dull and nothing done with them... Thanks for the inspiration. It's a smashing job you have done!
Love n hugs

Fliss said...

Joanna this is absolutely stunning and it's so lovely to see all the photos of the amazing detail. Thanks for all the text on how it was made too.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Candy C said...

Joanna....WOW! LOVE your gift box. It is just amazing!! So much luscious detail on the top! The box alone is really cool but then you added all the beautiful elements ... scissors, gorgeous flowers, timepiece, etc. Just beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Wow Joanna, fabulous little altered box, love all the layers of yummy details. Great texture too and love the clock and scrabble letters at the top. Delicious. Tracy x

Claire said...

I bet Mr Box is smiling now he looks gorgeous! I've been waiting to find out more about how you made this stunning project Joanna, it must have taken ages but well worth every minute as its just beautiful
claire xx

bearkis said...

Влюбена съм във Вашите творби!!!!С натърпение чакам всяка следваща !Поздрави!

Ros said...

I am speechless ... when I clicked to enlarge your pictures ... I nearly fell off my chair ... the details are fantastic ... every little thing just perfect ... I think your box is just feeling overwhelmed in a GOOD way ... probably just can't take in the terrific make over ... Totally brilliant Joanna

ona_i_ja said...

Przepiękne pudełko. Niesamowicie dopracowane! Podoba mi sie ogromnie :)

Val said...

Wow - just fabulous - amazing detail.

Carol Q said...

stunning Joanna, a wonderfully grungy box and what a lot of detail to look at. all of the items look as though they belong together.

Clare *Littlebear* said...

This is a fabulous creation! Thank you entering it into our challenge at Sir Stampalot this month.
Clare x

Sam said...

This is absolutely briliant and I would love to own Mr Box. Well done!!

pinky said...

Absolutely stunning Joanne. I never seen anthing like it before...stunning work. Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.

pinky said...

Sorry should have said Joanna:)

brenda said...

What super work Joanna.

Thank you for joining us at Allsorts Challenge this week and good luck.

B x

Sophia said...

θέλω να το κοιτάω συνέχεια!!! Υπέροχο!!!

Nigel said...

Sometimes things just aren't meant to be the way you thought they were, and this is one of them.

It's absolutely brilliant :)

Linda R. said...

Oh my goodness.. I have to say I LOVE THIS. I also love how you called it your dark grumpy box.. This really is a wonderful work of art my friend..

Hugs, Linda

Anne said...

What an amazing box! Here's a link to the Swindon shop, enjoy:)


Sally H said...

Wow! fabulous work! Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month and good luck!

Karen C said...

WOW! I've never seen such a cute box. Amazing talent. Thanks for sharing.

Francesca said...

Beautiful Creation

Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot challenge this month and good luck!


Marjie Kemper said...

Fantastic creation! Love all the amazing deets.

Debs said...

WOW stunning box - so many gorgeous details.
Thanks for playing along with us at Allsorts this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

PsyPenguin said...

Wonderful box! Even just the box itself is fantastic without all the amazing extra embellishments on top. xx

Fleur said...

Wow I love this, ~ Stunning!
Thank you so much for entering our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
Hugz Fleur xXx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

How cool, your box looks fabulous.

Brenda Brown said...

An amazing project Joanne - it looks fabulous and well worth the time and hard work taken to make it.
I hope you are well.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Yvonne Garner said...

Love your box! Congrats on your award, too! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving kind words. Take care.

SuzanneK said...

Hi Joanna, wow what stunning piece of art, but really no surprise you are one very talented lady. TFS Hugs Suzanne x

Shirl said...

Finally made it here Joanna to tell you what a fabulous box this is

Flowers are so creative, how could you call this box punishment it looks like love to me.

Hugs Shirley x x x

Terry said...

Amazing and beautiful box and what a gorgeous flower! Congrats on SSSS Top 3!

Mrs.B said...

This box is stunning, Love all the details.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and your nice coments.
Avril xx

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