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Sunday 30 December 2012

Surprise us at FSC!

Hello folks, I hope you're all enjoying the Christmas and New Year break. I've got 9 days off work now so hopefully lots of time for crafting :-)
Back to business as we've got a fab new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges where our theme is 'Surprise Us'. Our lovely teamie Joanna suggested that we should all make a project to send to one of our DT sisters so next week I'll be posting my project out to ...... nope not telling, that would spoil the surprise lol.

I've altered a little board book box using acrylic paint to create a crackle background, and adding lots of gold embossing. I then made a panel using alcohol inks (wild plum, cranberrry and snow cap) which I stamped with a gorgeous Chocolate Baroque flower stamp and embossed with Gilded Ivory EP. ?Unfortunately my photography skills don't get any better so the photos are pretty rubbish. I added some lace, ribbon and little flowers (from The Funkie Junkie boutique) I made a little brooch to go in the box, using crinoline fabric coloured with the same alcohol inks and white netting, I added a button and stiched some crystals and seed beads around the button centre. Here's another pic which is perhaps slighly better, or maybe not lol. 

I'm entering this project in the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T: Not a card
Fab'n'Funky: ribbon/lace
Live and Love Crafts: anything but a card
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes
Try it on Tuesday: Lucky Dip (Stamped image and ribbon)

As always our challenge is sponsored by the lovely Marina from Cottage Crafts with a voucher for the lucky winner so don't miss out!  Don't forget though, we're a rubber stamping challenge so no digi stamps allowed :-)

Thanks for popping by today, have a lovely Sunday. If you have time grab a coffee and pop over to visit my DT sisters as they have really come up with some gorgeous creations this time
Claire xx


  1. Hi Claire! A fab project indeed! Love the added brooch, too. Enjoy your time off. A special time of the year. Best, Yvonne


  2. Gorgeous creation again Claire ! I can't imagine what wonderful designs you will be coming up with if you are not working for 9 days. Enjoy your time ! Happy New Year, Shirleyx

  3. Wow Claire...for me??? It looks brilliant! I love the alcohol inks and the brooch is a great gift idea for the inside. You have put sooo much work into this and it looks amazing.
    Dot x

  4. A fabulous alteration Claire and a gorgeous project for someone to receive, I just love the techniques and colours you have used.
    Enjoy your time off work. Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year and may 2013 bring everything that you would want it to.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  5. Hi Claire. Both the book box and the brooch are fabulous. Love the colour scheme you have used and the different textures on the box.
    Beryl xx

  6. Gorgeous, love the pink and gold shimmer!

    Lucy x

  7. Hi Claire, this is a beautiful project, just love the colours. The matching brooch is a gorgeous touch.
    Have a great New Year - and enjoy you time off!
    Best Wishes
    Avril xx

  8. Gorgeously pretty Claire!
    I want to wish you and yours a healthy, happy 2013 and for you, lots of creative playtime.

  9. Ooh Claire this is funny we both did a book box, but at least they are both very different..hope you have a fabulous New Year and enjoy your time off..Esther xx

  10. It's a wonderful dream in pink, great project.

  11. Gorgeous project, love the broach.
    Very best wishes to you and your family for the coming Year.
    Yvonne x

  12. Oh your altered book and that gorgeous pink flower look so dreamy! And the gold touches look fantastic. Someone is going to be very lucky and very happy to receive your gift!

    Best wishes for the happy and excitingly crafty New Year to you and yours!
    Joanna xx

  13. This project is so pretty! I love the beautiful colors too! have a great Sunday:)

  14. This project is so pretty! I love the beautiful colors too! have a great Sunday:)

  15. ooh fab creations, thanks for sharing with us at CRAFT ...Merry Christmas x carol

  16. WOW! This is stunning Claire. Such a fabulous design and the colours and detailing are wonderful.

    Thank you, also, for taking part in the Fab'n'Funky Challenge
    Hugs Sue

  17. So, pretty. Great take on the challenge. Thanks for playing with us at TIOT.
    Hugz, Z

  18. Lovely project Claire!
    Happy New Year to you and your family!
    xx Ellie xxx

  19. FABULOUS! Stunning. Love it! Yummy colours too.

  20. Gorgeous creation! Thanks for joining us at the LLC anything but a card challenge. wishing you a crafty new year! hugs, Elizabeth

  21. Oh I have that book box and hope to make it look half as gorgeous as this one! Love the gold and flowers! Happy New Year! Hugs!

  22. Gorgeous book and gorgeous flower. Thanks for playing along with the Anything Goes challenge this week over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

  23. A beautiful creation!! Thanks for joining our Ribbon or Lace challenge at Fab'n'Funky

    hugs Vicky xxx

  24. Lovely creation thank you so much for joining us at CRAFT this time.

  25. Fabulous project, Claire! Thanks for sharing also at TIOT!

  26. Happy New Year Claire and best wishes for 2013. This is a gorgeous make and will be treasured by the lucky recipient.

    Hope you have enjoyed your crafty time

    Annie x

  27. Hi Claire, what a stunning and beautifully crafted gift, such a wonderful keepsake. xx

  28. So pretty in pink.. what a lovely altered book box, Claire!
    Alison x


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