Thursday, 13 February 2014

Inspiration from a box ... or maybe it was the chocolates?

I received a lovely box of chocs for Christmas, and decided that the gorgeous circular box was just too lovely to throw away and I kept it to decorate.  Unfortunately, of course, before I could decorate it, I would firstly have to empty it.

Well, that was a really difficult task, but I battled on, and managed to succeed in emptying it fairly quickly.  ;0)

After bravely emptying the box, I painted it using some leftover cream paint (I had to give it several coats to hide the dark bits), and after much frustration trying to get rid of brush marks, I used a small paint roller to roll out the brush marks, which gave it a lovely mottled effect.  

Once the paint had dried, I decorated it with lots of layers of cream and gold card, a gorgeous teddy bear image (teddies are something else I love as well as chocolates boxes).  

I added some gorgeous gold organza ribbon, and some golden die cut hearts.  

Finally I stamped teeny flowers and leaves around the largest circle layer, and also all around the sides of the box, and wrapped more of the organza ribbon around the edge and tied a small knot to hold it in place.

This project is to support the inspirational object challenge at As You Like It Challenge and also the Teddies challenge at Crafty Little Fairies.

Here's the original box (no drooling now girls!)

Card Recipe:
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Happy crafting


Judith said...

How gorgeous is this Annette - just love the gold die cuts and the painted box is lovely - not to mention the cute image! hugs judith

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Gorgeous alteration of the yummy box

Pollard Carole said...

Brilliant project this has made a fantastic keepsake its so beautiful. Thanks for the tip on the paint roller I made a memory box last month from a recycled box and painted it with gesso over the cream but couldn't get rid of the brush marks so a this is fantastic tip as I'm doing a wedding keepsake box later in the year. The Memory box is on my blog if your interested Love and Happy Crafting Carole x

XxJULESxX said...

Just gorgeous as usual!!

Wishcraft said...

Wow Annette, this is fabulous! You've got more patience than I have... although I'd probably have managed the chocolate eating bit :o) Hugs, Lisa x

Jennifer said...

I'm still giggling after reading how you 'struggled' to obtain the empty box, Annette. I have had similar experiences in the past.

Your finished creation was well worth the battle, is gorgeous. Love how you have coloured our friend, Barry, and the tiny stamped flowers and foliage look wonderful. Love the gold die-cuts too.

Jennifer. x

Carol S. said...

Beautiful box and I know just how hard you had to work, to empty the contents of the box. I am sure it was tough but somebody had to do it!! Now you have a stunning box, so it was worth all that hard work! I love Barry, he is so cute. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Squirrel x said...

Awesome and gorgeous .... but empty?!!? You have the patience of a saint hunny, I would have quit after the chocolates, lol. Brilliant result, and perfect for my birthday present ;oD xx

Sarah said...

I LOVE this Annette, so pretty and Barry is coloured beautifully, although his expression almost says "I'm sorry for eating ALL the chocolates". Hope you are safe and sound xx

Christine L said...

A beautiful creation Annette... love the gold finishing touches too.. and WELL DONE YOU on battling through those chocs!

Christine x

Anonymous said...

Totally Gorgeous hunny LOVE the colours and all the pretty dies you have used too! and lenny's cute shiny nose! hugs me x

Liz's creative corner said...

Wow well worth the work, gorgeous finished box and love the cute image, thanks for sharing with us at Bunny Zoe's, hugs Liz xx

heidy said...

What a beautiful box,thanks for joining CCT this week!
Hugs Heidy

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