Sunday, 3 April 2011

Altered Box

Firstly Happy Mother's Day! I hope you're all being spoilt or spoiling your Mum's - we've been out for coffee and cake this morning and DH and DD are cooking a special meal for this evening. I've had one of the most thoughtful pressies ever from my kids a 12 x 12 Really Useful Box - I keep meaning to get one but either forget or find something more pressing to spend my pennies on, so I am truly thrilled to have been given one and not because it was filled with some Cosmic Shimmer Sprays, Metal Rubs and a couple of new sentiments stamps ;)

Secondly thank you for all your good wishes yesterday they were very much appreciated. We had a lovely day despite all the sniffing and coughing and I managed to sneak in some crafty time as well ;)

Anyhow, onto the matter in hand my box (or as it is now My Mum's Box)!!

The box has been painted with acrylic paint and a crackle medium. The painted surface has then been lightly swiped with Distress Ink and gold paint.

I've added Sizzix 3D Flowers and Tattered Florals and a selection of flowers and leaves that I found in my stash. The flowers and leaves have been dusted with Diamond Dust (isn't that stuff just the best). The pearl tipped spirals are made from the wires snipped from the flowers and an old bracelet that broke.

The inside and base of the box have been lined with designer papers which I forgot to photograph.

The photograph is of my children when they were much younger. I've changed the colour to sepia in my graphics programme and then inked it lightly to try to get it tie in with the aged feel of the box.

I'd like to enter this box into the following challenges:
One Stitch At A Time - Something 3D
The Crafty Pad - Flowers
Allsorts - Blooming blossoms
Sarah Hurley - Mum's the word


  1. Wow this is just gorgeous Claire, love the spirally bits on the flowers.

  2. Claire, this is just gorgeous, I love everything about it. Glad to hear you are having a fab Mother's Day xxx

  3. Claire this is GORGEOUS!!! Hope you have a lovely Mother's Day and what a great pressie :) Jaqui x

  4. I bet your Mum loves this box and it has pride of place in her home!!!

    Love everything about it the colours and detail are just so perfect for the beautiful photo!! Hope you had a fab day Love Chanelle xxx

  5. Wow Claire - this is gorgeous. Love the subtle colours and the flowers are really pretty. what is diamond dust???

  6. what a beautiful gift Claire, so gorgeous :) x

  7. Stunning Claire !!
    Thanks for sharing with us at One Stitch At A Time for our Easter challenge. Good Luck !
    Choccy x

  8. oh wow hun this is just stunning,beautiful children,and the flowers finish it off to perfection,love it,hope you had a great day hun hugs cheryl xxxxxx

  9. WOW!! Your box is the sweet picture and your beautiful flowers!!!

  10. Beautiful box! HAPPY Mum'a Day over there!

  11. Fabulous! Great for gift giving too. Happy Mother's Day to you.

  12. What a gorgeous box Claire and love the intensity of the beautiful purple flowers.

    Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation and joining in my Bloomin’ Blossoms theme at Allsorts this week

    B x

    There's a Stampalot voucher up for grabs here

  13. Wow that looks brilliant, love the crackle paint look

  14. Claire, it's beautiful! bet your Mum was as delighted with her box as you were with yours!
    Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Pad for our Flowers Challenge!
    :Dawn xxx

  15. Beautiful! A really special keepsake.

    Thanks for joining us in the 3D Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.

  16. OH MY BLINKING GOODNESS.....WOWWWWWWWW this is soooo amazing hun, I love black & white & sepia photo's I would have them everywhere if I could lol. This really is gorgeously stunning I'm gobsmacked & well just WOWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  17. Stunning :-) Thank you for joining us at OSAAT this week, hope to see you again soon :-) Elaine OSAAT DT xxx

  18. What a fabulous project! Thank you so much for entering this creation in the Allsorts challenge, good luck!

  19. Oh my word, that is totally fabulous! What a beautiful gift, so personal too xx

  20. what a fabulous box.. stunning
    Thanks for joining us at sarah hurley this week
    Lisa x

  21. Hi,
    Ah this is super, Thanks for sharing and joining in on the 3 D Challenge on OSAAT this week Hazelxox

  22. Absolutely gorgeous keepsake box Claire - what a great job you did!

  23. Gorgeous project, super flowers and colours. Thanks for sharing at The Crafty Pad this week.

    Pat xx

  24. oooohhh this is just beautiful!! I love the flowers they are stunning, as are your children :o)

    thanks for joining in with our bloomin blossoms challenge at Allsorts this week


    Amanda xx

  25. This is beautiful, those flowers are gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at OSAAT this week and good luck xx


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