Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Simon Says Stamp Challenge DT - Recipe

Good morning!!! It is time for another Simon Says Stamp challenge and this week we have a recipe for you: 3 types of embellishment, 2 papers and 1 image. The DT are showcasing Stampavie stamps this week. Simon Says Stamp have a huge selection of Stampavie stamps and there are so many different artists and styles to choose from - love it!!! I chose to use one of the very first stamps I ever bought, a gorgeous Sarah Kay image, appropriately called "Mommy loves you" and made a very special project...............

.................a memorabilia box for my baby girl (who's now 2 but of course still my baby girl!). This is the top of the box with my 2 papers, 1 image and 3 types of embellishments (flowers, ribbon, crystal chandalier) in huge abundance! I have used gorgeous Magnolia papers from the fairytale collection, available from Simon Says Stamp in full sheets or sets where you get a piece of each paper! I have distressed the edges with Walnut Stain distress ink and used pickett fence crackle paint on the edges of the box. The box itself I have made myself using lots and lots of chipboard!!

Let's take a closer look at some details. I have added lots of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, all sprayed with glimmer mist and two crystal chandalier strands for some sparkle. I have used my MS punch around the page punch to create a frame for the princess crown paper and oval nesties for the image.

I have coloured the image with distress inks. I wanted an old watercolour feel so added a smudgey grass background and kept the colours soft. I have inked the edge of the image mat with walnut stain distress ink.

The edges and corners of the box have been aged with distress ink to give it a well loved feel. I added a few large gems where the lid hinges as though the lid is studded.

On the front of the box I added two large bows with pink grosgrain ribbon to match the one on the top, there are magnetic clasps behind each bow to keep the lid closed.

Lets have a look inside! Lift the lid to reveal a fold down flap......which hides lots of little drawers.........

......each one completely covered in more princess paper, aged with walnut stain and labled with fancy tags. I created the name plates on the computer.

There is a draw for momentos, one for that cute first curl, first tooth and also for the name tag they get in hospital that look so amazingly tiny now! The top section is for first drawings! (can you tell I keep anything and everything LOL). I got the idea from a baby box I saw in a local gift shop, I think that one had another drawer but I couldn't remember and hey this took long enough to make LOL!

But so worth all the hard work because now I can fill the box with all those precious baby memories of my little girl......

......bless her! This is my favourite photo of her taken this time last year! Now I need to make another one in blue for my little boy's things! (when I've recovered from making this one LOL).

Sorry for the long post but I wanted to show you all the details. If you're still awake I hope I've inspired you to join us this week at Simon Says Stamp!!! Pop and have a look at the rest of the teams stunning creations for more inspiration!! x


Helene said...

Oh wow Jane, this is really gorgeous. She's so lucky...


Aunty Sue said...

oh i wish i had done this when mine was little he is nearly 28 now. What wonderful keepsake and can you image giving this to her on her wedding day.

Andrea said...

wow you sound just like me my hubby laughs at how much stuff I keep for their memory boxes (none of the boxes even come close to how beautiful this one is), well done you it is absolutely fantastic x

debby4000 said...

Oh WOW Jane this is stunning, a real labour of love.

Maxine said...

Are you going to have a tutorial on this? It is SO Amazing!!!!!

Guylaine said...

very awesome
lot of good work on it!

Jane x said...

What can I say, simply STUNNING. Jane x

Eileen said...

Hi Jane,
This is so absolutely gorgeous.
Did you buy the box or make it yourself?
If you made it, are you going to do a tutorial on it, I would love to make one for the grandchild I have due next month.

Twocrafty said...

This is just beautiful and such a good idea xx

Rach said...

oh Jane!
this is just stunning!! what a wonderful keepsake box, so

Gloria J. Dawson said...

What an awesome labor of love! Wish I had one for each of my children.

kelly said...

Stunning Jane,WOW!Love it it`s such a beautiful box she will love it when she gets to an age,she wants to go through it.Just to see what she looked like when she was little and all the things she did.

Toni Hughes said...

Oh wow Jane this is gorgeous beauiful details well worth the time and effort hugs Toni

Anonymous said...

SUPER fantastic WOW what an amazing job! love it! you have really gone to town on this one! :0)

Lorraine A said...

How gorgeosu is this !!! a work of art Jane I know it took alot of work ,, but so well worth it !! this is a truly beautiful keepsake ! ,,, something to treasure :-)

Lols x x x

Smita said...

This is beautiful!! Actually, stunning!! I'm just wondering how much effort went into this!! Well worth it...


Anonymous said...

What a perfect keepsake box, a treasure in itself! Every detail is so beautiful! I love it!

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Absolutely gorgeous box to keep your treasures in Jane! I just love the colors and image that you used!

You’ve definitely got the “recipe” for delicious card making!! ;-) Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge this week!


Mina said...

beautiful Jane and perfect to hold those precious that grin lol
Mina xxx

Kim Piggott said...

Jane this is utterly beautiful!
What a stunning way to keep your precious baby girl memories!
So gorgeous!
She is just so beautiful!
kim x

Jo (Boots the Monkey) said...

Absolutely stunning Jane, you just have to make another for your little boy ! What a fantastic thing to treasure.


Jo x

Anonymous said...

Hi Jane
love your box, and I bet your little girl did too, (as any girl would big or little) lol.
Sandra (craftynan)

Anonymous said...

What an amazing keepsake Jane. Can't wait to see your blue one, when you have receovered from this one, of course.