Oct 9, 2011

"Anything But a Card" at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

A Box For My Cards.
When I first put my cards in at a local cafe/gallery to see how they would go, they were crammed into a tiny, gold and glittery box.  Belinda said that it would do until I decorate my own box with feathers, bright colours and lots of bling to show my personality...

I did nothing!

Thank goodness Shirl (our fearless fashionista at Fashionable Stamping Challenges) set a challenge of
"Anything But a Card".

Reaction 1:  I wanted to wimp out of the challenge! Big time! The truth is, I spent 4 weeks trying to come up with a believable reason not to do this challenge!!!
Reaction 2:  I could make that box that should have been made 3 months ago....
but...feathers???  bling???  bright colours???  that's right, still stalling....
Reaction 3:  I decided to just to go with it and see what evolved, maybe something that was beautiful and calm ~ like me 
(lol,...sorry, couldn't resist that!)
And I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge!        

This was the result. 

The box is a chipboard tissue box, turned upside down.  I then went and got the biggest saw I could find and shaped it so that it sloped downwards. 
I gave the whole thing 2 coats of white acrylic paint.  I left the inside white,
And sanded it.
But went over the outside in 3 or 4 different blue DI's and a purple one too.
And sanded it.
The long vine stamp at the high end of the box (on both the sides and the back) is stamped in white ink and clear embossed. And the flourishes around the rest is done in the same blues as I coloured the box in.
And sanded it.

This is a view of the front of the display box.

I just want to point out that around the top edge of the box I painted on some white picket fence paint..enough so that it dripped.
The blue distress inks have seeped into it and looks really good I think! 
There is a clearer view of this at the back of the box.

And this part of the view of the side of the box.

All around the box are stamped images from Crafty Individuals which I really like at the moment.  They are stamped in Pumice Stone DI on patterned paper and water colored with the same watered-down ink.  Blue DI edges each pic which has been distressed and layered and mounted, with some cheesecloth and ribbon from my stash, behind it.
Oh, and notice the bling...just had to have a little!

And this is a view from the back.

All around the box are silver embossed butterflies that seem to float from frame to frame to give continuance to each side. As does the ribbon which wraps all the way around.
This gorgeous image is silver embossed also.On the inside of the box I have randomly stamped butterflies as well just to draw the inside out...
I ended up sanding half of the images off so I ended up with a more muted effect.


I am entering this project in the following challenges~
Crafty Individuals October Challenge - Things with Wings


Roberta: Mother of 3 said...

Well! When you really don't want to do something it turns out just fabulous!!! What else are you avoiding? You might turn out some other genius result! I hope you create with us again at Frosted Designs! **Roberta

Tina said...

wow this is amazing...love the all the details and colors

thanks for joining us at stampinsanity anything but a card challenge


Lin said...

Oh my you were brave taking your saw to this but what a fabulous result. Just amazingly beautiful. Prevaricating clearly suits you, perhaps you should do it more often! By the way, what happened to the bit of the box that you were left with??? Pictures please!

Thanks so much for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.

Lin xx

Dots Dabbles said...

thanks Lin, the tissue box was open one end and I have just turned it upside down...so the left over bits are just a couple of triangle bits...which I have got rid of. Maybe I should have kept them???

Fliss said...

I nearly wimped out too Dot and I'm so glad you didn't as your box is gorgeous. Love the textures and colours and the images are beautiful.
I think I might have to steal your fabulous idea!
Have a lovely Sunday.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Sue C said...

Ha,ha.... Dot you have made me laugh with your reasons for not wanting to do this challenge. Can't believe you didn't want to do it when you've produced such a stunning piece of work ! Sue C x

Amanda said...

OMGOODNESS!!! This is stunning. I just love it when I look at a project and see the hard work that has gone into it. Well done, it's gorgeous.

Thank you for joining us at Frosted Designs, I hope that you enjoyed the challenge. I really look forward to seeing more of your work


Lynne Moncrieff said...

Hi Dot
It is really beautiful and much more appropriate than bling!!!
Wonderful use of CI stamps.
Thank you for entering it into the CI Challenge for Winged Things.

Princess4Wiz said...

WOW! This project is just stunning, Dot. I would never have been brave enough to even attempt such a challenge, never mind pull it off the way you have! It's wonderful!

Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.

Beth. xxx

Sid said...

Fab and very useful box !!

Andrea Fogleman said...

Sometimes the best projects come out of the "just go with it". I love how it turned out! Thanks so much for playing along over at Frosted Designs.

Yvonne Garner said...

Oh Dot! You did so much more than create a very suitable project for the challenge. You challenged yourself to face your fears! Bravo and congrats on a beautiful creation. So many details. Best, Yvonne

Ellie said...

Looks gorgeous!

Meggymay said...

Fabulous box, love all your details and colours. Yvonne x

Cazro said...

I adore this box, it's a brilliant idea, to think it all began with you using a saw, ouch! Lovely colours and decorated beautifully. Caz

Brenda Brown said...

This is a stunning creation Dot. You have made a superb, practical box that you should be very proud of. The colours, stamps and embellishments are perfect and well done you for not giving in.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Josephine said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this time.

Jane said...

A lovely box thankyou for sharing with us at StampinSanity
Luv Jane xxx

Kelly said...

Wow! I love your box, it turned out great. I agree; 'anything but a card' challenges are really hard but you have made a wonderful project!
Thanks for joining us at Hooked On Craft Challenges, Kelly

Mrs.B said...

Glad to hear I'm not the only one who had the same thoughts.
This is gorgeous dot, love the colour and the background stamping with those images.
There's a little 'vintage lady' on her way to you, sorry for the delay, but she likes a new inkpad!
Avril xx

Sally said...

Wow, gorgeous! Fantastic idea and so beautiful.
Thanks for joining us at Hokked on Craft Challenges
*hugs* Sal x

Jean Hardy said...

A lovely idea for an altered box. Thanks so much for joining in the challenge this month. Jean, Crafty Individuals

Joanna K (aka Asia K) said...

Oh Dot, what a beautiful "challenge" to have! Your box is stunning! A true piece of art to display all other gems in a smaller format! Woooow!!! xx

Kelli said...

That's awesome! Love all the blues!!! Thanks for Joining us at StampInsanity this challenge!

Tamie said...

Now this is very cool. Love the monochromatic look. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

Leanne said...

Thanks for playing our Monochromatic Challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks! TFS!

Kim x said...

This is lovely, i like the colours.
Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Cardmakers.
Hugs Kimx

Shirl said...

Dot you really are a treasure this box is gorgeous. What we would have missed out on if you had wimped out and not created it. Your description of all those excuses made me chuckle.

Hugs Shirley x x

Susan's crafty chaos said...

Stunning box! Thanks for playing along with us at StampInsanity! :D

Cindy Adkins said...

WOW, this is absolutely gorgeous!!!