Thursday, 24 December 2009

'Twas The Night Before Christmas....

...and all through the house....yes folks! It is nearly Christmas and I have reverted to being an 8 year old...am soooooooo excited! **Grim has put my pressies under the tree and I am being ever so good...not even looking...let alone squeezing!!** So, the Night Before Christmas poem refers to a mouse...nothing stirring etc...which gave me a FAB excuse to use some of the old bits n bobs I bought in Covent Garden a few weeks ago...




I made a shadow box which is Christmas themed ... and isn't a card... so I am entering it for the Allsorts Challenge this week...which is...anything but a card! The shadow box is from The Range and does come with glass, which I didn't want to use so I now have a 6" square of my most hated thing...I hate glass...usually cos I end up slashing myself with it LOL I got the box as a pressie from Andrea...and... I am so happy cos I have three more to play with still!




I painted the whole frame with Traditional Tan paint (yes, my fave) and then once this had dried I covered it all with Rock Candy Cracklepaint. While I waited for this to dry, I started on the insidey bit.




I made a template of pieces of card, cut them, inked them with Antique Linen and then some were coloured with Peeled Paint and some with Fired Brick. The stamping is mainly from Tim Holtz images, using parts of bigger stamps as the features and then jazzing up with Distress Stickles. I coloured the box using Glimmer Mists which I kept on layering and drying and repeating until I got the right depth I wanted. The inside frame comes apart from the box, so I used a green Glimmer Mist on this to give some contrast.




The decorations around the box are made up from my junk collection and...the ickle birdy is a trinket box thingy which was a pressie from Dan...I UTEE'd it with gold embossing powder and then used an Artistic Stamper script stamp which was inked with Timber Brown StaZon and pressed into it. Did you notice the ickle Idea-ology rose? I got this idea from some bloke called T!m - apparently he did a load of tags a few weeks ago and I happened across his blog (ROFL)

Thanks for looking....and...HAPPY CHRISTMAS to you all....have a wonderful festive season ...
lotsa love

Hels x

33 comments:

Kim said...

Oh, Hels--this is positively stunning!!! I found your blog this year, and am so glad I did. Thank you for all the inspiration! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

lesleyanne said...

absolutly stunning Hels
merry christmas too you both
lesley xx

Chris said...

Love this, Hels.

Hope you have a lovely Christmas with lots of inky gifts.

Effie said...

Fabulous festive box!

Rachel said...

This is just gorgeous. Stunning. Fabulous.

Merry Christmas!

Sid said...

Great box, love the whole thing ! Merry Christmas and a superb New Year !

Princess of glitter said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your creative ideas!

Merry Christmas and an Artful New Year!

Lori said...

Beautiful piece, Hels! Love it! Merry Christmas!

Kathy Eddy said...

This turned out fabulous Hels! Grreat job on it! Kathy E

Julie said...

WOW!!! Hels--this is just amazing! I love everything you did here--WOW!

Hope you have a fabulous Christmas! I think we all feel like 8-year olds this time of year...isn't that a Christmas miracle in and of itself?!!! Merry Christmas!

Linda Elbourne said...

This is absolutely blooming gorgeous hun ... totally Lurve it XXX

Sandy said...

OMG what a wonderful shadow box. This design is brilliant. Love all the stamps. Your work is very inspiring my dear Hels.

Elaine A said...

BEAUTIFUL! BEAUTIFUL! This is just outstanding Hels!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Elaine Allen

Lynn Stevens said...

Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor! Amazing Hels. Tim would be soooo proud!You should send him a pic!
Have the Merriest Christmas ever!

Kay said...

Absolutely gorgeous Hels, hope you have a lovely Christmas x

Craftyideas said...

Gorgeous love it. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Jules said...

Hi Hels

I love your shadow box - such a gorgeous work of art!!

Well done on managing to pull the challenge in this week and share it with us here on Allsorts.

Have a lovely Christmas.

Love Jules xx

Jennie said...

This is so fab and a very Happy Christmas to you.. hope you have brill day!
Hugs xx

Denise said...

Absolutely stunning, Happy Christmas to you and yours Hels xx

Julie Ranae said...

What a beautiful project, Hels!

Thank you so much for coming by The Open Window and becoming a friend...I look forward to meeting you 'in person' in 2010.

Have a lovely Christmas!

Sassa said...

This is just gorgeous!!
Merry Christams and A Happy New Year!!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

This is a wonderful project, I am luvin' it! This is a wonderful wall piece or gift to someone special.

Shar said...

This is completely stunning, Hels! I love it! Hope you had the best Christmas ever!!!

Debs said...

Hi Hels
This is simply stunning - love it!
Thanks for sharing it with us at Allsorts this week.
Merry Christmas
Debs xx

Debby said...

Every time I visit you my keyboard gets a beatin cause i'm drooling all over it! Uh. Gorgeous. Beyond Gorgeous!

Andrea said...

signed in on sophie's laptop, this is adorable hels, love the vintage look about it, happy new year! xx

Artyjen said...

Love it! What a fab decoration to bring out each year.
xoxo

Ann said...

Stunning Hels!!! xxx

Shazza said...

stunning work Hels. Got my CS delivered today and I knew when I saw the front cover that it had to be your creation. Well done hun
x

Anke said...

WOW Hels absolutly stunning.

Hugs
Anke

TinaB said...

This is stunning!!!!!! I think it is one of the most beautiful things you have made xxxxx

Helen said...

I agree, this is just stunning. Happy New Year to you.

Lucy Edmondson said...

I love this so much, Hels, it is just the kind of piece of your work that I love the most. These collage arrangements are not easy to do, but this is perfect,

Lucy x

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