Monday, 25 February 2013

How to fit a whole world into a suitcase

Re-edited: My project received an 'honourable mention' at the JUGS! Yay!

Hello friends! First of all I have a small announcement to make. We've recently had some changes within the Stampendous Design Team and I have been invited to take up the post of the permanent Foreign Correspondent BlogStar alongside my talented Teammies Rhea and Tobi. Each  of us will be providing you with weekly delicious & Stampendoulicious inspiration on our blogs and on the main Stampendous blog as well. Yay!

Today I am taking you for for a trip around the world. And all you need is one suitcase :). In this post I will mention all the key goodies I've used, but if you'd like to see the full step by step instructions, be sure to visit  the Stampendous blog.

Some of you may remember this project from this week's show on Create and Craft TV, with the lovely Jill Tuck from the Stamp Man as the guest artist demoing some fabulous techniques.

As you know I haven't been blogging much recently as I was very busy crafting instead :). And all my efforts were focused on making the samples for all last week's shows on Create and Craft TV featuring Stampendous products.

There is something really thrilling and super exciting about seeing your work featured in media, albeit in a paper publication or an online magazine. So I'm sure you can imagine this loud squeal when I saw my projects on the box! For the next few weeks I will be sharing the projects I made - and hopefully by the time  I shared the last one my tired Muse will be ready for new action again lol :).

I made my suitcase from a 4 mm thick foam board and decorated it with tissue paper (for texture), acrylic paints and the Encrusted Jewel Kit - in Turquoise.  To make the suitcase follow the tutorial that you can find here.

The stamps used are my brand new Old World Map, Suitcase World, Beautiful Life, Ruffled Bloom and Fresh Bloom stamped onto pearlescent cardstock/paper with embossing ink. The images were heat embossed with the powders from the Detail Basic Embossing Kit. I coloured the images with Inktense pencils.

To adorn the centres of the flowers and the suitcase compartments I used a selection of pretty brads, Teal Mica Flakes, Teal Colour Fragments and Champagne Crushed Glass Glitter. I added generous layers and blobs of Beacon's 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue and sprinkled all the sparkly jewels over the glue.

The hinges, keys and the lock plate were cut from Tim Holtz Hardware Findings die and PaperArtsy Harware #1 and heat embossed with Shabby White and Aged Teal Embossing Enamels. I also added a paper fold inside over the compartments to hold them securely together.

The trims were embossed with Sizzix Texture Fades Cracked set and heat embossed with detail clear embossing powder to create a faux leather effect.


The links above will direct you to my favourite UK's retailer for Stampendous products - The Stamp Man. But don't forget that you can also browse and shop for all the lovely goodies directly on the Stampendous website

I have to say I really love this selection of the stamps and the Suitcase World sentiment is simply fabulous. If you could pack your suitcase tomorrow and start your travels around the world, what would be your first place you'd like to visit? What crafty item you would not leave without?

My first stop would be hmm... Rome, I think. And I would definitely have to take a Frantage kit with me :). I could carve stamps out of potatoes, use mud to stamp with and pine resin as glue. I would light a fire with wooden sticks to heat my embossing powders but I would never be able to find a substitute for my beloved Frantage beauties :)).

Thank you so much for visiting and for your lovely comments and emails regarding the Create & Craft shows. And I would also like to welcome my new followers and email subscribers - I hope you will enjoy sharing this creative journey with me :)).

Big hugs 

Challenges for this project:
Eclectic Paperie - Folded paper
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Stamp you love (but haven't used yet)
Vintage Stamping Challenges #5 - Blues, Browns and Beige
Frilly and Funkie - Layer it on and Share a Word
Just Us Girls Challenge #177 - Photo Inspiration (below)


Ginger said...

I did not see this on the TV as I don't watch it much, but this looks an awesome project. x

Joanna Wiśniewska said...

Asia, cudna praca, kwiaty są wspaniałe... Piękna skrzynia :)

Joanna Wiśniewska said...

ps. sentecja wewnątrz bardzo mi się podoba :)

Netty said...

Congratulations on your new position, thats fab news.
Loving your gorgeous suitcase, beautifully made with lots of great goodies. Hugs Annette x

505whimsygirl said...

Very cool! I love the colors.


Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Congratulations on your new position. This piece is fantastic, beautifully stamped and embellished. I love the colour too. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge, great to have you playing along. What a thrill having your samples on the tv too. Tracy x

Shirl said...

Joanna this is simply divine, everything a crafter just loves to look at and to keep coming back for another look.

Thank you for sharing with us at Vintage Stamping Challenges.

Hugs Shirley x x

Jenny Marples said...

Well deserved congratulations on your new position and what a thrill for you! Loved seeing your work (credited - yay Jill!) on C&C and it will be even more fun now to see it in more detail on your blog. Hugs, Jenny x

brenda said...

What a fabulous and inspirational idea Joanna, I think I've spied this somewhere before !

Great entry for our theme this month, thanks so much as sharing with us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

B x

Candy C said...

Asia....your suitcase is a real work of art! I love the sentiment and how it works so perfectly with your wonderful suitcase! Love the design and the stamped map of the world. You have colorized it beautifully to coordinate with your other embellishments. Nicely done! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Inkypinkycraft said...

Congratulations! Trace x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Such an outstanding piece of art. Just fantastic. Thanks for joining us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

Terry said...

Big congratulations, Joanna! However, I am not surprised! Fabulous altered suitcase! I just love map stamps, so I will be looking out for this beauty! Have a wonderful day! Hugs!

Carol Q said...

Gorgeous Joanna - you've obviously put a lot of thought and care into creating this.

butterfly said...

Glorious suitcase, inside and out! Great to hear your Stampendous news - so thrilled for you.
Alison x

Unknown said...

Oh my stars. That is such exciting news. Well deserved my friend, your work is awesome. I am in love with you little suitcase here. Looks amazing my friend.


Barb Turpin said...

Your project is amazing! I love the new stamps and your flowers are beautiful!

Ros Crawford said...

Everyone should have one of these I think .. Your suitcase is stunning ... I am always amazed by how much work you put into your creations ...

Unknown said...

I love your suitcase and the creativity inside it. :) I'll pop over to the blog when I have more time because I definitely want to know how you created this amazing keepsake. Congrats on your new post too!

Janny Jager said...

Congrats on your new post Joanna.
The suitcase is amazing.
Love every detail.

Greetings Janny

Marisa said...

Your box is simply fabulous!!Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls this week.

Paper Profusion said...

Just on a quick catch up Joanna. Serious congrats on your appointment, well deserved and that is a rockin title! Your suitcase is totally stunning. Thank-you for all the little deets. Thank-you for your lovely comments at my blog last week. Nicola x

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous and fun project! I just love everything about it!!! Great take on my Photo Inspiration :) Thanks for playing along with Just Us Girls!!

Marjie Kemper said...

What a creative project! Congrats on your designing work and thank you for sharing this with us at eclectic Paperie!

Tracy said...

Woohooo Congratulations to you!!
This is stunning and so many it all.
Thanks for linking up over at eclectic Paperie!!

Claire said...

Wow congrats on your permanent DT spot and what a fab title lol. Gorgeous suitcase, real stamping eye candy! I admired it on C&C but its nice to be able to have a proper look at all the details. Have a good weekend and thanks for joining us at VSC too
Claire xx

Tracey said...

Wow what a spectacular project!!! Fabulous project, with so many awesome details to adore! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show :)

Rhea Weigand said...

Amazing Asia!!!! Amazing!!!! hugs, Rhea

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Love the colors and textures on the outside and the beautiful stamping and the sentiment inside. Very cool project - thanks so much for sharing it with us at Frilly and Funkie!

Laurart said...

Amazing! and featured on T.V - WOW!!! You are so talented and I am looking forward to seeing more of your work! It is fantastic Lots of love from Laura xxxxxxx

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