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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Mobile box !

Hello ! It's Sue C here today to share a project and as the current Get Altered challenge is to alter a box I wanted to make sure I got something made in time. After searching through my craft room for a suitable box to alter I found the one that my mobile phone came in which was just what I wanted !

I first of all removed any labels as far as I could and as the box is quite smooth I lightly sanded it so it would have some tooth for the paint I wanted to use.

I used some masking tape to cover part of the base as I didn't want to paint it as the lid wouldn't slide on too easily if I did. I then painted both parts with a pale blue chalk acrylic paint.

I then used the Mini Diamonds stencil and Wendy Vecchi's white Embossing Paste. When it was dry I gave the lid another coat of paint. 

The colour scheme for this box is totally centred around some Petaloo flowers that I have and have been itching to use (you'll see the flower towards the end). I used  a babywipe and started to build up layers of paint, painting it on and then wiping it back. 

You can see how the paint stays in the lower areas of the embossing and catches the colour.

I carried on until I reached the colour combination I was happy with.

I didn't want to use embossing paste on the base so I stencilled it with more paint, mixing the colours to match the lid.

Now you cand see the gorgeous Petaloo flower ! The square Maya Road buttons are wooden and I've painted them then stamped them using the Wendy Vecchi Vintage Tapestry background stamp and Cornflower Archival ink. The Maya Road bingo piece has had paint wiped over the top to change it's colour.

I've used a piece of burlap beneath the flower and also added two pearl stick pins and some little metal leaves that I've painted too.

The wooden cage is also by Maya Road and has been painted using the babywipe I used for the box. The little metal flower has been painted and the paper flower has been made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flower strip die. I painted the card before die cutting the flowers, layered them up and added a little pearl to the centre. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Simple Sayings set. 

I used four Maya Road bingo pieces to make some feet, painted them and rubbed some metallic wax around them too (unfortunately I didn't photograph them!). I also rubbed some metallic wax around the edges of the box, which you can just about see on the above photograph.

I hope you've enjoyed today's project and I hope you can join us for the Get Altered challenge !

Have a lovely week end !


Suman Pandit said...

Hi Sue, this is lovely transformation and upcycling !!I love the colors used , have a great day :)

Astrid Maclean said...

Absolutely stunning Sue,I adore the colours and the stenciling looks fantastic! You are such a master at this technique! Great inspiration!

Annie said...

Gorgeous Sue :-) and thanks for sharing how you altered this box. Love it and what a wonderful gift it would make

Annie x

Rita said...

What a magnificent box Sue. I still have mine lying around somewhere, so maybe I could put it to better use than hiding in a cupboard. You are such a talented lay. Hugs Rita xxx

lilscrappers said...

Oh, this is fabulous! There is a box sitting on my desk that needs altered and I wasn't sure how to incorporate the bottom as it has a magnet closure. I think you just gave me an idea :D

Kim said...

Sue, this is delicious! Wow, just beautiful!!

Giovana said...

Wow Sue!! What a fantastic box!!

Micki said...

Awesome altered box. Love the color and the texture and awesome idea to alter a phone box.

JulesinParadise said...

Love the directions...very helpful. It is a great alteration!

Sue Lelli said...

Oh Sue, this is so GORGEOUS! And to think it all started with that PRETTY flower! LOVE the texture and the colors and that you added feet to the bottom! This is a Stunning altered box!

Dolly LaBelle said...

Om my, what a lovely creative box. I am a box collector, so now I have a reason to still collect. Now if only I could be so talented to do this too. Thanks for sharing!

Rea' said...

That is one fabulous box... love the texture and design... and that color scheme is amazing !

Tracy said...

Wowowowowow....I`m playing catch up here tonight and my mouth keeps dropping open oohing and ahhing,lol..gorgeous and love the textures you created Sue!!
Big hugs

butterfly said...

What a gorgeous transformation, Sue - wonderful colours and textures, and a great step-by-step as always... Brilliant work!
Alison x