Saturday, 18 January 2014

Collecting Memories

Welcome back!

   I had to do a project for over at PaperArtsy where Julie Ann from magpieheaven is one of the guest Designers! I adore Julie Ann's work and was so lucky to get to meet her at Ally Pally last September - she is as lovely in person as she is on her blog!!! ;o)

  I was very inspired by her use of the colours on her project and the box with the tags inside, gorgeously decorated with leaves. I bought a little box on holiday in the Czech Republic in the Czech equivalent of a 'poundstore' - Usually it is just lots of junk there, but you do sometimes find little treasures.

   This box was a mahogany one with a gorgeous embossed texture on it. While it looked lovely as it was, I knew it was perfect for a little alteration. So back home it went into the craft stock pile where I keep frames, hangers, paper mache and canvases and waiting until the time was right to use it.

     I covered it with Snowflake Fresco paint and then added a layer of Guacamole paint over all the embossed area and the edges of the box.

 I then brushed some Hey Pesto paint over this and then I dry brushed it with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Paint.

     For the sides of the box I applied Chocolate Pudding Fresco Paint and then applied some Crackle Glaze. When dry I brushed Guacamole paint over it before brushing some Hey Pesto over the top.

   When everything was dry I lightly sanded the edges down to reveal the dark wood underneath to give a very shabby look and then I went to town brushing White Fire Treasure Gold over it all!

   The top was decorated with a torn book page covered in Brushed Corduroy and Frayed Burlap DI's

    The die cut flowers were covered with Guacamole paint before being stamped with a text stamp from the Bluebird set of Artistic Outpost Stamps.

  The leaves and the edges of the large flower were brushed with Decoart Crackle Glaze and then when dry they were inked with Brushed Corduroy DI ink to enhance the cracks.

The words 'Wonder and think' were from the 'Think and Wonder' set of AO stamps. The twigs were coated with Mocha Mousse paint.

     I cut four little tags to size and put some Gathered Twigs DS and Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap DP on the craft mat, spritzed with water and then and swirled the tags in the pool. After drying with the heat gun, I dabbed any bare patches with Frayed Burlap DI.

   I then stamped the images in Potting Soil Archival ink using the stamps from the 'Think and Wonder' and 'Bluebird' AO stamp sets before adding various flowers that had been painted with Guacamole Fresco Paint and stamped with text.

As a finishing touch, a flower and a pen nib with the word 'thoughts' on it were glued to the inside of the lid.

I hope you like it! Thanks so much for being here - See you soon!

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I would like to enter this in the following challenges -

Simon Says - Anything Goes
Artistic Outpost - Anything Goes

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  1. Hi Laura! This is just gorgeous. Your love for this project is evident. You remind me anew that older images can be fresh and new again with a new color palette. Bravo!

  2. Gorgeous project Laura! The box was definitely a good find, love the colours and the crackle. The tags are fantastic, your AO stamps are definitely a good buy! Sue C x

  3. Beautiful project Laura & I love the colours you have used I'm always drawn to these sorts of shades myself. A gorgeous little box to keep all your treasures in, a great find.
    Have a good weekend
    Amy x

  4. Gorgeous box, love the distressing and the White fire! The tag booklet is also fantastic and I love the stamps you used.

  5. Stunning project. This box is absolutely gorgeous, I love fantastic green, stamped tags and flowers embellishments. xx

  6. This has turned out beautifully definitely worth more than a pound now. I love the variety of techniques that you have used and that it holds that wonderful collection of tags
    Amanda x

  7. So beautiful, from such humble beginnings!

  8. Such a beautiful box Laura. I adore the colours and crackle you have created. Beautifully embellished and definitely one to be treasured

    Hugs Annie x

  9. Absolutely breathtaking Miss Laura, I love the colors and you tags are spectacular, I have to facebook this thanks for sharing, hope you have a wonderful weekend..

  10. Fantastic find and you definitely made it gorgeous - what beautiful work Laura.
    Sandy xx

  11. Beautiful, love your work.

    Moira xx

  12. Seriously beautiful, total transformation.

  13. Beautiful, a total transformation. Think I've a similar box somewhere - I must find it out now I've seen this ! x

  14. This is such a gorgeous creation, Laura. The color scheme and textures on box are wonderful. :)

  15. Love the calm vibes that your box gives off. It is very beautiful and reflective. Have enjoyed looking, thanks.

  16. Laura, I am honoured that my little box inspired something as gorgeous as this! I love your colours and textures: it is an exquisite work of art. Your tags are stunning, your flowers are superb - I love how you created the centres. As always, your use of colour and texture is second to none and highly evocative - your colours and textures just makes the soul sing. Thank you, Laura, for playing along this week. You are always an inspiration and this is stupendous! Julie Ann xx

  17. A gorgeous transformation, a great box for storing special things.

  18. A truly beautiful box-just love the colours-a hint of Spring soon I hope! Your flowers and tags are the perfect addition! Chrisx

  19. Neat-o!! I have that "think and wonder" stamp set and you used it much better than I have to date. Thanks for the ideas! nise

  20. Stunning casket, so much to see and read and just take in! Take a breath now... Love all your hard work, every little piece is wonderful and you can tell you have taken hours over it.

    Fantastic Project, beautiful work :-) xxx

  21. Wow! It is completely stunning.

  22. Gorgeous colours! Love your little box! Leandra

  23. WOWSERS! LOVE IT! Thank you so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

  24. Wow, that's a breathtaking project.


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