Monday, 8 August 2016

'Try To Contain Yourself" at Simon Says Stamp

I am here in the Spotlight again at Simon Says Stamp Blog - Monday Challenge! Thank you everyone for the encouraging comments last week! 
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The new challenge is 'Try To Contain Yourself'!
I have always wanted one of those tins with a hole in the top and  string inside - with this challenge I have made my own. 

I used two of my favourite sets by IndigoBlu - Kevins Gang and Kibble Kits.
The box started out like this

My favourite Biscotti come in this lovely box but it is also the perfect size to hold both a thick twine and a thin paper string - two of my favourite things to add to a tag. Oh! and yes, I have carefully removed the green decoration and kept it!
I flattened the box to work on it.
The first stage was a coat of Dinah Wakley gesso

As you can see I put some scrap paper inside to catch any runny paint and used tape to mask off and prevent the colour running over the sides too.I used Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints 
I added some texture by using Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium - crazing and Prima Art Basics Transparent Gloss Gel   The next stage was to add some more stencilling - this time to add some colour - once again with PA Fresco Paints

Then I added some spattering of the PA paints too - Oh! I do love to spatter!!

Next I needed to add a little something _ I chose one of my favourite IndigoBlu sets - the Kibble Kits…and coloured them in seasonal colours using my Tim Holtz Distress Markers

I wanted to add a cat on a wall on each side but when I saw the cats in Kevin's Gang I decided that Kevin definitely had an eye for the ladies!! He is such two timer that he waits on the corner for one female kitty but then has his eye on another on the lid!!

All that remained to do was add some holes with my Crop-a-Dile, having lined it up previously to make sure that the holes could be punched in the correct place!

The idea was that I could turn this around with the Seasons but I actually have a favourite side - I wonder if you can guess which it is - so it may not get moved much at all!!!

Now all I need is a matching pot to keep my pencils and scissors in!

Don't forget when you enter the challenge you are in with the chance of winning a 50$ voucher to spend in the Simon Says Stamp shop! 

Thanks for looking, Chris 


Catherine said...

Oh my gosh, what an awesome idea, Chris!! What a great way to store twine and in such an adorable container. Love it!!

Cathie ♥

Lorraine A said...

Oh my goodness, I am so going to have to make one of these!! I totally LOVE it :-) ❤️❤️❤️ The little kitties are adorable and I love the designs on all of the sides, I don't have a favourite but would love to know which one is yours ;-)

Lols x x x

Macarena said...

This is so cute and funny. Great colors and the sweetest cats ever. Hugs, Marzena

Stephanie Leykauf said...

Totally gorgeous box!! I love the colorful kitties, they are so cute!!

Simon Says Stamp!

Brenda Brown said...

Beautifully designed and put together Chris and so practical too, love it xxx

Helen said...

this is gorgeous, Chris - love those cats all round the box!

Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous box, great idea. Hugs, Valerie

Nikki Acton said...

Heh brilliant work Chris and congrats on your spotlight at Simon Says stamp! Xx

hazel said...

This is absolutely fabulous, I love the cats and it would make a great gift.
xxx Hazel.

Lucy Edmondson said...


Lucy x

Rita said...

That is so darn cute!!!! :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Being a cat lover, this struck me as both fun and functional. I loved the cats and all the hard work you put in to color these adorable kits and cats. That's a very clever way of holding your twine. I would NEVER have thought of it. I think you thought outside the box on that one! No wonder you were chosen to be guest host this month.

laury55 said...

great the idea of the seasons

Redanne said...

Oh wow Chris, what a fabulous transformation, I just love that you used the stamps, the wall is brilliant and your backgrounds are wonderful! Hugs, Anne xx

Crafty She said...

Fabulous box Chris, I love it. xx

Meggymay said...

A fantastic alteration Chris, Its a super idea to have each side representing the seasons.
Yvonne xx

Anonymous said...

This is too clever!!!!
Re-cycling - Tick!
Arty - Tick!
Fun - Tick!
Practical - Tick!
Brilliant idea that has been amazingly executed.

Mi Schra said...

What a wonderful idea! So inspiring ♥

butterfly said...

Great recycling and such fabulous layers of colour. The cats are so much fun, and I can imagine this will bring a big smile to your face every time you need some string - another fantastic moment in the Spotlight at SSS!
Alison x

Team Clark said...

Biggest congratulations to you, Chris! It is lovely seeing you in the spotlight! This project is superb and fun and clever all rolled in to one. Great use of this charming IndigoBlu stamp. Hugs, Autumn

Kath Stewart said...

what a brilliant idea Christine...I love your string box decorated with gorgeous kitties...hugs kath xxx

Elisabetta Gori said...

Questo lavoro è bellissimo, adoro i gatti!

Maura Hibbitts said...

Chris, your box is fantastic! I love how the string comes up and looks like tails for those adorable pups! Awesome idea!! hugs, maura

Barbara Schiassi said...

Chris this work is absolutely brilliant! The little kitties are fabulous and your creative recycling so clever! Barbara

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This is an adorable, practical and so clever made project! I am thrilled about it!
Congrats on being spotlighted! Great!

Emma Williams said...

What a fabulous idea, Christine and I love the execution of this project, from the texture to all the fabulous detail ~ it's gorgeous! Emma xx

~*~Patty S said...

Really great project from beginning to end YUM!
I would giggle each time I pulled on the strings...SO cute and colorful Chris.

Gibby Frogett said...

What a fabulous fun project with great textures and detail - great idea too. Loved all the kitties :)
Gill x

Meihsia Liu said...

Love your fun and brilliant creation, Chris. Those images are super cute. :)

Sandra said...

This is so cute, love the little cats. It's colorful and fun! Hugs, Sandra