Today, I am sharing a “first” with you…. I was invited to be a guest designer for this month’s challenge at a blog new to me called “It’s All About the Vintage and Beauty”. The blog features projects that are vintage, retro, old fashioned or antique!
A day after I accepted the invite, the challenge theme was revealed, and yes, it was to “Pimp a Box.” Now I am sure that since the blog is written in another language, that something might have been lost in the translation to English, so after I had a laugh, I went into an immediate panic as I did not know where to begin. Of all the challenge themes I might have anticipated, this was NOT among them!
Thank goodness for Pinterest, as there were so many gorgeous altered boxes and books from which I could draw inspiration. I even created two new boards on my Pinterest page featuring all the wonderful altered books and altered box creations of some talented artists! You can check them out HERE or click on the Pinterest link on my sidebar!
For my project, I purchased a 5 inch unfinished wood box from Joanns. I knew a square would be the best shape to begin with and the size was perfect for a beginner! Working with a soft shade of blue, I painted the entire box, inside and out with a beautiful soft blue Martha Stewart satin acrylic paint – “Cloud”.
Next, I pulled out an old K&Company 12×12 paper pad called “Bailey”. All the papers are so lovely and vintage- they look like canvas and many are already distressed on the edges. I fussy cut two five inch squares, one for the top of the box that featured two lovely flourishes, and a square for inside. I glued them down with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive. This glue is perfect for attaching paper- no bubbles, no wrinkles! Once attached, I sanded the edges for a more distressed look and then inked the edges with Brushed Corduroy ink.
Then, the “fun” began.. I painted a silver WOC metal corner with White Pearl (Ranger) paint dabber and sprinkled it with Deco Art Glamour Dust before attaching to box. Next, I added the pearl/bling flourishes over the white flourishes in the design paper. I added WOC and Prima roses, but the white/blue combination did not pop until I added the deep red roses to the mix. Then, I stamped “DREAM” with an Inkadinkadoo wood stamp on a piece of manila tag and cut the letters apart, again distressing the edges with Brushed Corduroy ink. I added blue swarovski crystals to each letter.
I hope you like my project… while I stressed out initially, I knew the challenge would leave me feeling good about trying something outside my comfort zone!
Now, it is your turn to join the “Pimp a Box” challenge at It’s All About the Vintage and Beauty challenge blog… For the month of February, you can enter to win some candy, too…the winner will receive Goddess Girls -a set of 25 beautiful digital stamps from The Gecko Galz- you must check them out HERE… gorgeous!
Thank you for your patience in reading this long post, and as always, for your kind comments! I will be entering this creation in the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts- Flowers and Pearls
Eureka Stamps- Swirls and Pearls
My All Crafts Challenge- Show us what you create
Pretty Little Ribbon- Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp-Something Messy
Stamps With Fun- Vintage
Through the Craftroom Door-Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenges- The Letter B (box)
Sarah Hurley Challenges- Anything But a Card
Southern Girls- Bling it On