Tuesday, 11 November 2014

GDT spot for Try it on Tuesday 'Handmade/Homemade' challenge

I was delighted to be offered the chance to be a guest designer at Try it on Tuesday - the theme is Handmade/Homemade - perfect for this time of year! Why not pop over to see what the TIOT design team have made to inspire you….here

So what did I make? 

You may have seen this on my desk last week….
 …..I had gathered some bits and pieces together.
My Hougie board was all ready for action.

8cm x 8cm for the box and a slightly larger top so that it would fit 
You will see the reason for the size shortly.
First I wanted to cover the sides with a pink/blue gold paper.
Brushed Corduroy, Worn Lipstick and Weathered Wood Distress inks smooshed on a craft mat then powdered mica sprinkled very lightly with end of a sharpened coffee stirrer, spritzed and encouraged to run over the paper

I used a variety of text and patterned stamps too, using  Archival browns

The brayer helps to smooth out the paper

Then started to decorate the outside

Flowers were made using a five petalled flower punch, the centre had a petal removed and everything pinched together and ink from my brown distress tool rubbed over the tops.

Then the inside

My idea was to create a box that contains the sort of thing you can never lay your hands on in a hurry (if you're like me any way!)

In here from the top going clockwise, a tab with a fabric top that holds paper clips and safety pins, 1st and 2nd class stamp books, an emery board(can never find one of those!)and finally a mini sewing kit. On the base is a sticky note pad and mini pencil. I suppose it could be called a 'Minor emergencies box' or an 'It's in here' box, either way I hope it will make a nice present.

I have already started to make more of these, so would love to read your comments

Thanks for looking, Chris


Georgie C said...

What a beautifully vintage little box. Such a pretty project Chris x

JoZart said...

Gorgeous with suchlovely detail. You have made a beautiful job of it and it will be both a useful and a treasure for whoever receives it.
BTW...Why not add a little tube inside to hold a small toning pen?
I contacted you to ask you to email me as we will be in Pine Lakes from Sun and hoped you might be at your place? If not maybe you'll let me know of places I should visit.
Jo x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Oh Chris, this is jaw dropping. I'm truly impressed with the box, the construction, and the embellishments. Seems you used lots of different paper, and many, many embellishments. This is really stunning. I can see why they asked you to be a GD. I'm truly IMPRESSED!!

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful piece Chris, and great to have you with us at TIOT as guest DT! Hugs, Valerie

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous project Chris. All the details look fantastic and I loved the contents. Thank you for being our guest designer at TioT's and sharing this awesome piece..

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning Chrissie, love what you did with your box, fantastic details on each of the sides and of course big congrats on your GDT spot!

Pamellia Johnson said...

Holy cow Chris, this is absolutely amazing!! I love the soft ivory and brown hues and all of the wonderful vintage trinkets! Your treatment on the background pieces is just amazing, wow! This is an absolute treasure!

It's such a pleasure to have you as our guest designer!
Big hugs, Pamellia, Try it on Tuesday DT

sirkkis said...

I adore your lovely gift box. Amazing piece of craft art. So many wonderful elements and beautiful embellishments.
Thank you for visiting my blog and for your nice comment.
Hugs xxx

Margik said...

This box is so wonderful. I love the fabulous background pieces and all embellishments. Thank you for being our Guest Designer for this challenge. Mar x

chrissies said...

A stunning box and great to have you as our guest this week

Love Chrissie x

Juliz Design Post said...

Wow Chris. Absolutely stunning project, love all your decoration and stamping and what a fab idea putting all these useful goodies inside.
Julie x

Golden Goddess Designs said...

great project! i love it!

Nikki Acton said...

Fabulous Chris - this is a wonderful make - I just adore all your embellishments. Nikki x

Mrs.B said...

Hi Chris, Thankyou for being our GD at Tiot, and with such a fabulous project. Love the idea of - 'it's in here box'. Love all your details and embellishments, makes a great piece of home decor.
Avril xx

Joanne said...

WOW! just look at this masterpiece. Do you realise how talented you now are - or maybe you always were, just didn't realise. Fantastic piece. Great catch up tonight btw

Redanne said...

Wow Chris, your box is stunning! I love the way you have decorated the outside and what a lovely surprise the inside is too. Just gorgeous! Hugs, Anne xx

Gez Butterworth said...

Amazing box Chris. What a superb idea. Love the flowers on top!

Brilliant, Gez xx

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Chris, well I think these are brilliant,a perfect gift, top to bottom, all the side just gorgeous, its a fabulous creation, I love it, I like the 'It's in here' box idea, thanks for sharing..

butterfly said...

Another gorgeous - and well-deserved - guest spot. Your exploding vintage box is just enchanting, with such lovely laces and layers and images. Beautifully done!
Alison xx