Thursday, 25 June 2009

Altered Container Just Magnolia monthly challenge

Here is my entry for the new monthly challenge at Just Magnolia to alter a container. I changed my mind from the little box I was going to alter and decided to alter this wooden box that I keep my jewellery in. My parents bought it on holiday for me a few years ago and whilst I like the shape and basic design it is a bit "roughly" made shall we say. I bought some K&Co papers especially for the project and can't believe I managed to use them they are so incredibly beautiful I almost didn't use them! So here is my jewellery box now......

I am so pleased with it and absolutely love it to bits now! I took all the metalwork off and gave the whole thing a coat of paint before covering with two different papers. I have distressed all of the edges of the papers with brushed cordoruy distress ink to make them look nice and aged and also around the hinges, handle and fastening.

I even went to my local craft shop especially to buy the Magnolia key stamp for this project! I have also had my first go at the gorgeous cracked glass effect. I coloured Tilda with copics to match the papers and then cut her out and stuck her to a tag made from one of the K&Co papers. The key is stamped directly onto the K&Co paper with just a little colouring on the ribbon and some highlighting. The tag I have embossed, cracked and distressed and the key I just used the thick embossing powder to give it an enamel effect.

I think I've just about added everything it is possible to add on this project! All the things I love most are on it: One of my hand made roses, which this time I've made with natural white paper and edged with tattered rose distress ink; a huge diamante swirl; pearls on twisted wire; lots of prima hydrangeas; lace; ribbon and two gorgeous butterflies!! If you fancy having a go at making a rose like this see my tutorial here.

One of the papers in the K&Co pad has butterflies on it so I cut this large one out and treated it to the cracked glass effect.

The small butterfly is from the same papers and I've added wire antennae as the printed ones were far to small to cut out and this has been given an enamel effect with the embossing crystals.

A view of the corner of the box so you can see the two different papers.

Some different views just because I love it so much...(sorry)

A view of the top of the box so you can see the diamante swirl and all the flowers.

and finally a view of the back showing the ageing around the hinges. Hope you like it as much as I do!

Images: Tilda with hearts and key from Magnolia coloured with copics

Papers: K&Co Madeline double sided paper pad

Flowers: Hand made rose, Prima Hydrangeas, mini roses from stash

Other embellishments: Diamante swirl by Prima, Buttons Basic Grey, ribbon, lace and brads from stash

Equipment: Deep Impression embossing powder, Ink it up embossing ink pad, Heat tool, Ranger distress inks in tattered rose and brushed cordoruy


Tab said...

O M G! What an utterly gorgeous box, sweetie! Wow its is fabulous, you have made me what to make one LOL! Truly gorge and I love the Tilda that you have used too!
Hugs Tab xxx

Angie said...

Its absolutely gorgeous,

Jane said...

OMG Jane it is Stunning!! I love it!

joey said...

Jane you should go into production with this it is stunning! I want one.

Di said...

OH Hun this is just so fabulous!! you do need to get a camera and get some better piccies your projects deserve the best!
Although i can see it it is not at its best i'm sure.
Xmas pressie on the list!! then you will be snapped up by some production company. You should write to Craft stamper mag they always show things like this!

You are really very talented. I couldnt so anything like this.

Hugs DI xxxx

Rach said...

this is amazing. what a wonderful altered container.. your jewelery box looks stunning and nothing like it's former self.. thank you for joining us in our monthly challenge. hugs rachxx

Abby said...

One word....Amazing!!!!

Kathleen said...

WOW....Its absolutely stunning. Kathleen x

Erin said...

Wow, this is so stunning, i love it sooooo much! Fab work.
Erin xxx

Kim Piggott said...

Jane this is so beautiful!
I love your amazing box it is just stunning!
Love your gorgeous papers and your detail is fantastic!
Have a great weekend!
kim x

Di said...

Hi Jane
Thanks for your lovely comments, i hope you didnt mind me making the comment, but yes they are much better hun you can see that fab box much clearer now!

Hugs Di xxxx

Mina said...

and so you should be proud of this stunning creation Jane, its beautiful...fantastic details and so well made...thanks for joining in with the Just Magnolia monthly challenge xxx

Sue Abbott said...

Oh how beautiful! I have just seen your tutorial for your paper roses, which are amazing, I must have a go! Looking forward to following your fantastic blog!
Sue x

Jane said...

Hi Again
I forgot to ask before, what type of glue do you use to stick your papers to the box? I have found a little treasure chest in my wardrobe thinking of having a go...just not sure if I will have the right stuff! :)

scrappypug said...

this is simply stunning- incredibly beautiful.

Jeanette said...

Jane, what a fantastic project. It is absolutely stunning. I am sure it took you a long time but the attention to detail is well worth it. Hugs Jeanette xx

Bev said...

What a fabulous creation! Love all the gorgeous detail x

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Leanne said...

OMG This is amazing!!

This is the first time on your blog and your work is out of this world!!