Saturday, 9 August 2014

France in miniature

Some time ago on a visit to Kendal I bought a little tray from 'Kitten and the Goat', a little craft shop that has so much in it - I have never come out empty handed yet!!
I didn't really have anything in mind except that I might make something to go on my bookcase next to my letter rack.
Today that's exactly what I did! It's a while since we've been to Paris, but we did have a trip to France last year to stay with my (ex) sister in law in Poitiers. I do love France and this little box  is my reminder of happy days.
I started by painting the outside with Mocha Mousse Fresco paint then added a coat of crackle glaze and once that was dry painted over with Nougat Fresco paint

I sanded some of the paint away too
The inside was painted with Nougat and Snowflake Fresco paints….
….just to make a base for adding
Top left - map from Tim Holtz Warehouse District stamped on to linen
Top right - Tim Holtz Idea-ology District Market Tissue Wrap - Melange
Bottom Left - some torn napkin - courtesy of Alison
Some hessian - again courtesy of Alison
I then set to to add some more stamping and bits and pieces
Top left, bottom right some French stamps I bought last year on our visit to my SIL
Top right a stamp from a letter - donated by SIL
Bottom Left - a miniature vintage drawing and street sign cut from a French Calendar
The 'shelf' was edged with some leftover vintage lace from a die cut.

The Eiffel Tower was from a set of tags I have had for ages and the French stamps were used to stamp two cut outs from my trellis die. The top was also a piece of leftover lace cut with a Martha Stewart punch.

Just to give you an idea how big the box is I have photographed by my stamp pad.

I would like to enter the following Challenges

Thanks for looking, Chris


lynnesbowsandbelles said...

This is a wonderful homage to Paris - so wonderful.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Now I get the title of the post. It really IS in miniature. This is a lovely box, and I think you did a beautiful job of decorating it. I was super impressed, then saw how small it was, and got even MORE impressed!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Of course you may ask Julia for my address. You may tell her I looked for your e-mail address on your blog and when I couldn't find it, I gave you permission to get my address from her.

Annie said... have managed to apply so many details in to your box Chris....I thought it was much bigger in the photographs. Love the amazing backgrounds and adornments .....a real treasure

TFS and hugs
Annie x

Redanne said...

Wow Chris, what a beautiful memento of Paris, you have packed so much into that tiny space - love this! Anne xx

zandra said...

Love the recycling and great take on the challenge. Thanks for playing with us at TIOT.
Hugz, Z

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You asked where I got the image for the cup I used in my J52 challenge this week. It came from a template I downloaded from a company called "Milkwood Studios." When I did an internet search, there were several entries, but none that were the one I remember. In fact, I think the woman even said she was shutting down her website. As a result, I couldn't find them on the internet. Sorry I couldn't be more help, because all her templates were FREE!

Juliz Design Post said...

This is so cute and I'm so glad you photographed next to your ink pad as I can appreciate all the lovely embellishments placed in and around this intricate design.
Julie x

Dianne said...

What a beautiful tiny treasure, I love the size, you have decorated it so beautiful, it's a lovely altered box, thanks for sharing it...

Valerie-Jael said...

This is really gorgeous, great idea! Thanks for plaing along at TIOT with your beautiful box, Valerie

Julie Ann Lee said...

Here I am, out of breath and catching up - I hope! I love this little box of all things Parisian! It's really made me want to return to that beautiful city! You always give me itchy feet, Chris! xx

Lynne K said...

What a lovely keepsake! Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations.


Buttons said...

What a beautiful way of representing and commemorating your travels in France Chris. Love the idea of adding different backgrounds to each section. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

sirkkis said...

Absolutely amazing little box. Love it!

Inkypinkycraft said...

a lovely make and love how you have managed to put so much detail in such a small space x This is a gorgeous creation. thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie x

butterfly said...

What a magical miniature memento... Beautiful work, Chris!
Alison xx

Tracy said...

Brillint project, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations.
Happy crafting, Tracy x