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Saturday, 12 June 2010

Sweet pea gift box

I was tidying up (don't worry it doesn't happen often lol) when I came across a clear plastic cotton bud box in the recycling so I decided to have a play and alter it. I'm making a bracelet for my friend using some gorgeous aqua semiprecious chip beads and brown pearls so I thought these colours would be just the job for the gift box.
 I got a pot of Viva Precious Metal paint in my Graphicus stash box so I gave the box a light sand and coated it with paint -omg I love this stuff!!!! The shimmery glimmery gorgeousness is unbelievable, i can't wait til payday so I can invest in some more colours. Anyway here is my altered gift box

And another angle to try and catch the paint effect

The image is a Sweet Pea stamp from Crafts and Me, coloured with promarkers and a dusting of ink around the edge. The image is mounted on some brown shimmer card and attached to the lid with wet glue (this stuff doesn't like dst). I raided my flower and bead stash for the flowers, using some floradoodles and the rest plain white flowers coloured with promarkers. I added some memory wire spirals too. The sentiment is stamped and embossed onto a creative acrylic tag which had been coloured with alcohol inks (stream and expresso) - hard to see in the pics tho. I added some brown velvet ribbon and a couple more flowers to the box base to finish off.

I'm entering this little gift box in the following challenges

Sweet Pea Stampers: Aqua and Brown
Crafts and Me: Friends and Family
Sentimental Sundays: New or neglected stash (my yummy new paint!!)
Tuesday Taggers: all that blooms
Gingersnaps Spicy Supplies Challenge (GC 58): Transparencies (I've used a clear acrylic tag and my recycled box is made from clear plastic)

Thanks for looking,
Claire xx


  1. Lovin' this box Claire! I wouldn't be able to part with it!
    Love as always Gina x x x

  2. Claire this is really lovely, what a good idea I would just have thrown the box away.

    Jenny x

  3. Claire this looks fab, i love your colour choices :)

  4. Really effective paint work Claire and beautifully coloured image. Thanks for sharing at Sweet Pea stampers hugs Pascale

  5. Really lovely project, love the colours. Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays.

  6. Fabulous upcycle, those boxes are just asking to be improved LOL how striking is that colour scheme. Thank you for joining us at TT this week.

  7. Gorgeous, love the colour combo. Thanks for joining us at TT this week.

  8. Beautiful box Claire, just love that image, she's on my wish list. Love the colours too, just fab.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Crafts and Me.

    Hugs Tracy x

  9. Love teh 'dad' card and this box is gorgeous. Can't comment on the top one as Mr Blogger won't let me see it. Perhaps it will another day.
    Beryl xx

  10. Gorgeous box hun and i love the colour combo. Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me for our challenge this week. luv gina xx

  11. Very cool! Love your colors, too! Thank you for joining us at Sentimental Sundays this week! Please play again :)

  12. Wow this is a stunning creation and wonderful re´cycling Claire. Loving your image and floral detail.
    Thank you for joining us at Sweet Pea Stampers.
    Nicola -x-

  13. Stunning box, I love your choice of colours.

  14. Another gorgeous project Claire! You know me and 3D...just LOVE it...and this little box is another lovely example of what can be done with recycled items :) Wish I could come to visit and "play" with you...and get all messy LOL!
    Hugs :)

  15. What a fabulous gift box and I love that you coordinated it with the gift inside.

  16. Simply gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Gingersnap Creations!


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