23 September 2013

Crafts-Too Challenge You - Texture with Something Shiny or Glittery

Hi everyone and welcome. I was thrilled to learn from Chris at Crafts-Too Challenge You that I had been picked as a Top 3 Winner for the July challenge. What's more she asked me to create a little something for the challenge this month which is 'Texture'. The twist from 20th September to 3rd October is to add something shiny or glittery to your project.

Before I share with you the project I made I must hang my head and show you the box in which many of my stamp sets are stored. Well at least they aren't all over the floor I suppose, but something had to be done. So for my birthday I got ...

Actually I got two of them! and turned the first into this...

Actually this was rather therapeutic. I've had this rather lovely card stack (DCWV - The Timeless Type Stack) that has occasionally been taken out and stroked but not used.

If I put it on a card it would disappear from my life forever! And it was way to gorgeous to let it go. Oh, get a grip woman!

So the logical solution was to use it on something that would have a practical use and (more importantly) stay at home - happy days.

The MDF box edges were painted black before the card was lovingly applied.

I chose a different sheet for each side to get the maximum enjoyment when viewing.

The card on the front had to be inked/stained to match the colour of the one on the back (ok, who out there said I'm rather OCD?!)

And then the box was put together (with a little help from my OH).

Now the fun could begin - the decorating on the front, using offcuts from the same sheets used on the sides, each treated in different ways. Roughened edge strips of card were layered with (shiny metallic) lace, vintage lace, and inked seam binding to provide a base for the other embellishments. 

I also got to use a Crafts-Too script washi masking tape which matched perfectly. Then black texture paste was stencilled through a chequerboard mask over the top.

The flowers were scrunched to give a vintage feel and each had a different button used in the centre - and I was even able to use some of my favourites (more therapy).

Some die cut branches and two types of leaves were added, with the larger leaves being embossed and stained with a metallic stain for extra shine.

And finally I added more shine with the addition of a key, lock and buckle courtesy of the Crafts-Too vintage range again (highly recommended). 

So there you have it - or rather I do (she says, grinning from ear to ear) and some of my stamps now have a new and more glamorous home. Now I just need to get the other one done. While I plough on with that why not take a look at the wonderful projects created by the Design Team HERE for more inspiration and make something for the challenge yourselves.

Unruly Paper Arts have a '3D wooden project challenge' running to September 25th (with voting from September 26th to 30th) so I will be entering, and would be thrilled if you would vote for me.
See you back here soon with a more autumnal theme.
In the meantime take care of yourselves. Hugs, Jenny xxx

P.S. Karen is quite right - I really should have included a link to the crate blanks so you too can have stunning storage solutions. You'll find it (and many more fab blanks) at; http://www.clevercut.co.uk/ECatalogue.asp?Parent=&Show=WOODELEM&ShowDesc=Wooden%20Elements&Page=1


  1. Hi Jenny, saw this on the C2CU blog and had to come over and take a closer look. I love it, absolutely stunning. Do you have any idea where the 'blank' came from as I also have a DCWV pad that will never be used on a card, it has to stay with me - yep I'm a paper stroker too.
    But seriously that is one of the most beautiful transformations I have seen, thank you for sharing it with us Karen

  2. Stunning storage Jenny...... Yep I share your feeling of loving certain papers. I am like this with G45 sheets.

    Beautiful decor and I can see you really enjoyed altering this box. Congrats on the GDT spot too x

    Crafty hugs Annie x

  3. Wow! What a beautifully altered project! I love all the flowers and metal trinkets!

  4. What a gorgeous transformation Jenny, from a storage box to something to feast your eyes on every time you need a treasured stamp.

    I keep some of my stamps in a not to pretty garden box but after seeing how beautiful yours looks I want to revamp and use some of those G45 strokeables.

    Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

  5. Oooh, from one stroker to another... I love those gorgeous papers and your box transformation is just stunning! Your embellishments look beautiful too - a great idea Jenny and so useful too. Off to vote now. Hugs, Anne x

  6. Apologies, meant to say congratulations on the GDT spot too and nice to see your piccy on the blog. Hugs, Anne x

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  8. Oh Jenny what a wonderful transformation!! Gorgeous and I have to say I am loving the look of those boxes!! The embellishments look wonderful and what a great place to sore your stamps... (hanging my head in shame, - I would probably need about 30 of those boxes to store my stamp collection...)Oh and congrats of course on being Guest Designer!!

  9. Storage has never looked so good! Jenny, I love the transformation and those flowers and embellishments are gorgeous! Congratulations on the GDT spot! Enjoy the week!

  10. Love your beautiful box Jenny. It looks so stunning and the work you have done on it was absolutely worth the effort. The colours are so striking too. Hugs Rita xxx

  11. Congratulations on the guest DT!! I'm totally loving your altered box. What a gorgeous way to store your stamps. Brilliant!
    Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

  12. Well this is BRILLIANT Jenny! Using up favourite papers, not having to give project away AND ending up with STUNNING storage! Definitely ticks all my boxes (no pun ...)! This is ab fab and I love how OCD you are too (I would be the same). Absolutely beautifully decorated too. Congratulations on your DT spot. Nicola x

  13. What a completely fabulous crate Jenny. I love the fact that you weeren't just happy to cover it but that you added all those extra gorgeous elements like the flowers & that key! Wow! Superb. So much inspiration :D Mo x

  14. Using papers that you dearly love in this way is a perfect idea, as you say, on a card it disappears forever.
    P.S. When are you coming to tackle storage solution for my um stamps LOL

  15. That is a gorgeous box for your craft room! I love the papers and embellishing. Great idea and very well done.
    Enjoy, Hugs Kelly

  16. Oh! Wow! I love, love, this fantastic storage solution. You have made a terrific job of altering it. This is somthing that really appeals to me.
    Keep up the great work

    Patricia xxx

  17. What a great way to use your beloved papers - no wonder you've never wanted to part with them, they are gorgeous! I love your stamps storage!!! xxx

  18. Very pretty! Love all the great details! Thanks for playing with us at UPA!

  19. Your transformation of a few bits of mdf into a wonderful art container is masterful Jenny! The colour combo and textures sit perfectly together.

  20. Hi Jenny
    Congratulations and I love this piece. How naughty of you to add a link, now I have to go and shop!
    See you soon
    Rosie x

  21. What an absolutely gorgeous make, Jenny - I'm so pleased you get to keep this one for yourself, and see it on a daily basis. The papers are really lovely, and the way you've coordinated and arranged all those fabulous flowers, leaves and charms is just perfect. Bravo!! And I'll hop over to cast my vote now...
    Alison xx

  22. That's a wonderful idea :) A fabulous piece of art.

  23. I love the papers you used! Your basket to store stamps is fabulous...so gorgeous!

  24. I know, I know, I got the date for the vote wrong... but I have just been over now and voted - best of luck! Hugs, Anne x

  25. How funny that this box matches my interior too....awesome!!! ;) LOL It's truly a gorgeous creation and brimming with the best of the best embellishments. You forgot nothing.... 'cept maybe my address. KIDDING!! :) Love it!
    Lisa x

  26. This is gorgeous Jenny, well done for using your papers and you definitely made the right decision in keeping your box xx

  27. This is stunning, I love the transformation you came up with. It's beautiful. Thanks for joining us over at Unruly this month.

  28. "If I put it on a card it would disappear from my life forever!" You are too funny - a true paper addict!

  29. Hi Jennie, just been on a catch up!
    Stunning storage - great way to 'use and keep' thoses papers.
    Avril xx


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