Friday, January 18, 2013

She had Art on her mind . . .

Hi everyone! It`s Tracy here today and I am sooo excited to be sharing my first post with you all as a design team member with eclectic Paperie . . . thank you so much Kim . . . Woohooo!
Did you catch the talented Marji Kempers post yesterday?
Marji is hosting eclectic Paperie`s first eTeam Picks challenge and the theme is Altered Boxes.
Which leads me right on to the humble cereal box!
Yep that gift bag was made out of a . . . Rice Krispies cereal box .  . .yes I know it isn`t in the picture, lol but I was so excited and in my haste totally forgot. But to prove it is a cereal box here is a peek inside. I added some Lily Bee Designs - Persnickety papers inside but not all the way as the rest will be covered up with tissue paper.
Kim sent me a beautiful design team pack and amongst the goodies -
 Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 stamps - Art on Her Mind Stamp Set
Lily Bee Design - Persnickety 6x6 paper pad
I knew I had to use them on this project along with Christy Tomlinson/Unity stamp - She leaped.
To get started I carefully opened up the box to give a flat surface to stamp on and applied a base coat with Gesso, stamped the image and used a mixture of Distress ink pads which I can not do without . . . Looove { as I write looove I am sitting here singing it, lol }. . . and Pan Pastels to colour.
I added some paper and brushed a little Gesso over to blend it in.
Stamped the phrases onto card, chopped up and used silicone to make them pop.
My trust wonky tonky sewing machine is unwell at the moment so I grabbed a fine liner pen for the faux stitching and all the scribbles.
Popped the box back together with a hot glue gun and finished with wire and brads to make a handle.
 
Of course no gift bag would be complete without a gift tag.
I keep all the tags that come with purchases {loooove them}  and add a little Gesso,Ranger Distress crackle paint, paper, Pan Pastels and a fine Black liner pen along with a beautiful stamp to finish.
Sooo what is in the bag..hmmm?
Well it involves air dry clay and pretty pretty goodies . . . will be posting them on my blog at the weekend if you want to see more.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Psssst . . .  it would be great if you could join us for the eTeam picks challenge HERE


Project Supplies -
Lily Bee Designs 6x6 pad
Art On Her Mind Stamp Set
along with
 Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso
Pan Pastel Colours
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads 
Ranger Distress Crackle paint - Rock Candy
Christy Tomlinson/Unity stamp - She Leaped

16 comments:

Redanne said...

Hi Tracy, what an absolutely gorgeous gift bag, love the She Art girl (have recently discovered them myself and love them), the delicate colours you have used and the wonderful papers. I like the way you have applied the papers on the outside. A really gorgeous creation. Anne x

Dee in N.H. said...

That is so cool!!!! Love the papers and especially the stamps and words you chose!!

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Micki said...

Absolutely love it. Dang, now I'm going to start hoarding cereal boxes too, lol. But seriously, it's awesome.

Kim said...

Fabulous Tracy! Love your altered box...great idea!

Annette Green said...

So clever to use a cereal box. I love repurposing! And I can't wait to try those Pan Pastels. What a great project!

Donna-Marie said...

Whoooo Weeee!!!
How cute, what a great idea!!!!
Thanks for the inspiration...my wheels are turning :-)

Erin Smetak said...

Oh wow! Tracy, this is amazing! I LOVE your gift bag/box! I will never look at a cereal box the same way again! Haha! I love all of the different mediums that you used! Simply astounding!

sandee said...

wow, awesome up-cycling! It's beautiful! ♥ waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ☺

Annmaree (Emu) said...

This is beautiful, I just LOVE this project Idea and the recycling you did! it looks amazing! so many beautiful elements coming together to make something to artistic and unique!

lilscrappers said...

ummm, how do I save this? I love this project and I know where my weekend is heading, lol. Thanks for the blog visit, I think I am your newest admirer, lol.

butterfly said...

What a fantastic transformation of that humble cereal box! The She Art image is so gorgeous, and I love the shabby chic finish on the whole thing - wow!
Alison x

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

this is so great...I've been saving cereal boxes for about a year now...I use them for so many different projects. Love this bag!!!!

Marjie Kemper said...

Wow, Tracy, this is such an amazing transformation! You're right that the cereal box is a great size for a gift bag/box. I just love what you've done with it!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

I love this! I'm always looking for ways to upcycle and this idea is brilliant. I love the way you stamped on the gessoed surface. It is whimsical and artful and absolutely fun. I know it will be a real treasure. Thanks for sharing this marvelous idea!

Michelle H. said...

Gorgeous & so creative!!
Love it!