Friday, 6 March 2015

Boxed In...

Cor blimey, where has this week gone huh?  Last weekend I was over at Crafty Bunch in Telford and Sue kindly had ordered me a Sizzix die I have had my eye on for a while... the Eileen Hull 3D Block Cube... and of course, I had to have a little play this week.  I was lucky to be given some of Ken Oliver's gorgeous mew Studio Collection papers, by the man himself no less, when I was at the trade show a few weeks ago.  So, armed with new die and new papers, I got playing.



In the paper pack is an ephemera page, I loves ephemera and the stars a-top the box are just perfect... I popped them onto cardboard and cut them out, inked them, grunged them and then layered them with a pearl in between them to build up the height.


I made ickle panels for the sides and top of the box - stamping with Jet Black Archival and a script stamp and inking with Gathered Twigs to age up the effect.  The butterflies are Tim's new Watercolor butterflies... aren't they adorable?  These are stamped onto Ken's paper, cut out, inked and then stuck onto the panels with little twists of rusty wire for their bodies. The words are one of my most beloved Darkroom Door stamps - Word Block Journey - I love how the words on this are all different sizes and the font is just *perfect* if you know what I means.


Now, no self respecting box would sit flat on its bum... it needed feet... and the idea of using cotton reels soon had to be forgotten as I have run out of them!  So, I hit on the idea of using bottle caps... I just popped some gold Krylon pen over the edges to make them uniform in colour... and then added Potting Soil Archival to age them a bit.


Right, I have waffled enough... tis time for me to get meself to bed... I am away to the North East first thing in the morning so I needs me beauty sleeps!  Please check back Sunday for the new challenge theme Sunday Stamper - I have scheduled it!  I know, I am organised for a change! Thanks for looking, have a great weekend... TTFN

Hels x

EDIT.... I had the heads up from Anne about Eileen's current blog challenge... which is HERE... so I have entered this little box into that challenge... ooh, exciting, I never get the chance to enter challenges!!!   Thanks Anne! 

21 comments:

Lisapmac said...

Gorgeous decorative box, what a lovely gift to treasure x

Joanne said...

This is super. Love the bottle top feet - good excuse for a tipple or 4.....
X

Jenny Shepherd said...

Lovely ox and fab decoration, beautiful as usual!

rachel said...

gorgeous work Hels - beautiful xx

Theresa Pace said...

This is gorgeous Hels. Love the colours you used here xx

Helen said...

Love this little box and what clever feet it has - well done!

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Hels

What an awesome little box! I'm in the process of making "nice" storage for my crafty bits and pieces instead of plain old cardboard boxes (ggreat for the abandoned warehouse look but little else. I am just finishing one and thought of feet- bottle tops will be perfect, I have loads! You really are clever to have these ideas :-)

Have a fun weekend

T x

carol edwards said...

Great box Hels, love the colours, the star is beautiful and clever use of bottle tops x

Sue Balawajder said...

Love the box,the feet are such a good idea.Pleased that you sound much better,have a really good weekend. Big hugs,Sue Balawajder (craftywaj) X

Redanne said...

I just have to say this - you really have 'rocked the block' Hels!! I am so thrilled that you have got the block die, it is so versatile and I love your wonderful creation! The feet are brilliant too - great idea...

I hope you will add this to Eileen's 'Go Green' challenge (there is another of her wonderful dies as a prize). http://www.eileenhull.com/2015/03/art-with-heart-challenge-march-go-green.html

Hope you are feeling much better - have a great weekend. Hugs, Anne xx

Sara Barker said...

Love your block, especially all the metal embellishments--the chain is my favorite!

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, A fabulous box, beautiful colours and gorgeous embellies.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Shari Trumbull said...

Hi Hels! I am so sorry that I have not been by as regularly as usual! It's not you, it's me-Totally! :) Just missing out on these last few CC3's and being a bit busy behind the scenes :)
But I just had to make the time to come by and LOVE YOU UP on this cube creation! I LOVE this, it's beautiful! Love the bottle cap feet!! So clever!! Happy Weekend to you!! XOXO-Shari

Sue OConnell said...

Hi Hels - great inspiration as usual. My take is at: http://nwscrapbooking.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/you-inspire-me.html

Eileen Hull said...

Hels this block is simply stunning. Thanks for entering our Art With Heart Challenge!

Oxana Moupasiridou said...

Love love love your block!^.^ The colours are really inspiring ♡ Thank you for joining us at Art with Heart March challenge

Anita Houston said...

This rocks!!! PINNED!!!

Meme said...

I LOVE your block! You rocked this!
Love the elements that you have chosen and the colors, fab!

So glad you came to play with us at Art with Heart!

Eileen Hull said...

Hels this is fantastic- thanks for entering the Art With Heart Challenge!

Pammejo said...

Gorgeous ATB...love all the fabulous pieces you used to create such amazing interest to your ATB...love, love, love. Thanks for joining us on at Art with Heart Challenge.

Eileen Hull said...

Hels you have won a Sizzix die for submitting to our Art With Heart Challenge. Can you send your shipping info to me at EileenHull@aol.com? Congrats!

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