Saturday, August 16, 2014

My Bunk-Bed Button Box

Hello Everyone!

Guess what, it's time for another project inspired by some fantastic challenges! I will tell about the challenges in a bit, but first...as usual, a bit about my project.

I had so much fun making my Summer Garden Birdhouse with the Special K box, that I was really excited about the prospect of doing something like it again. Back to the recycle bin I went, and this time I ended up with a large 5 Minute Rice box. Here's the finished project real quick.


I will now answer the two biggest questions on your mind...

#1 - Can I say "Bunk-Bed Button Box" ten times real fast?? The answer is no I can't, it's REALLY hard!!
#2 - Why did I name it My 'Bunk-Bed Button' Box, I see no bunk-beds or buttons?? The answer is...drum roll please...



How did I do that??

- I have included the template at the bottom of the post. I designed it myself and it's pretty easy to use. You can make it as small or as big as you like, as long as the pieces stay the same size, relative to each other. Solid lines are where you cut, dashed lines are where you fold.

- I painted all the pieces with a couple coats of Gesso, then a coat of home-made texture paste, which I smooshed on really unevenly in order to get all that fabulous texture. Then I painted the pieces with several different shades of DecoArt paints.

- I used my blending tool to apply some Tim Holtz distress ink Shabby Shutters and Bundled Sage to accent the green paints.

- I stamped all my images with Ranger Archival Potting Soil ink and then I applied some more texture paste using the Crafter's Workshop Reversed Chicken Wire stencil. Then I applied some white paint to highlight the raised areas.




- the pink flowers were handmade using Joy Crafts Flower 4 die and coloured with Tim Holtz distress ink Victorian Velvet. The ribbon was dyed with Victorian Velvet, Shabby Shutters and Bundled Sage.

- on the leaves and those wire twirly things I made, I applied a bit of glue and some Our Craft Lounge Sparkly Fluff to give them a soft furry texture. I wish you could feel them, they're so fuzzy!!



- The butterfly was punched out with a Tonic Studios punch. I painted it, inked it, distressed it then applied some Crackle Accents and let it dry. After it was dry, I applied some Gathered Twigs distress stain through the cracks then highlighted a few spots with white paint.



Here is where I got my inspiration and where I will be entering my button box:
I would like to thank the Design Teams for all the inspiration and for getting my creative juices flowing!

Crafty Catz - Challenge #244 - Recycle It
(the challenge that inspired me to rummage through the recycle bin again - absolutely love it!)

Frilly and Funkie - Hip To Be Square
(my inspiration for making a box as my project)

(my inspiration for all the textures on the box , on the leaves and on the butterfly)

(my inspiration for the use of the sisal - a natural wood fibre - it really gives it an out doorsie feel!)

(my inspiration for what to do with the inside of the box, what to fill it with, and of course, the big loopy bow!)

(the challenge that started it all - anything but a card - thanks for the inspiration!)


Here is my Bunk-Bed Box template if anyone cares to give it a go. Just right click on the image and open link in new tab, then you can save it to your computer. Have fun and I sure would love to see any projects you might come up with!!


That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. I read and appreciate every single one! If you have any questions, please let me know.


94 comments:

  1. Pamellia.....you rock girl!!! Wow, I am fast running out of words to praise your work it's sooooo beautiful. It always makes me happy when I see what you have posted,YOU are an inspiration. What a lovely touch to include the template too.

    Extra hugs to the best flower maker out there

    Donna xx

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    1. Thank you so much Donna! What a wonderful compliment to start my weekend with! You always make me smile when you visit me here, thanks for your support and kind words! Super hugs! :)

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  2. Hi Pamellia thank you so much for you lovely comment on my blog
    I have just been looking at your creations wow stunning pieces (love the bird house soooo cute)
    Now following so won't miss anymore
    Jacki x

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    1. Thank you Jacki and welcome to My Little Craft Things! A big welcome hug to you!! :)

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  3. This box is so creative and very beautiful, well done you. xxxxx

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  4. OMGosh Pamellia... this is one of the prettiest little boxes I have seen in ages... so sweet and delicate and precious looking.. I LOVE THIS LOOK... love the way you have created a surprise too... I love these kinds of boxes... you have really made this box jump with excitement... love it all... fantastically CREATED in all ways... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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    1. Wow, Bonnie, thank you! That means a lot to me and it's so great to hear from such a talented artist! Big hugs :)

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  5. This is just so cool! I love the Victorian look and feel of the papers and embellishments. Your design point of view is quite clear. Wonderful composition and execution. Thanks for playing with us this week at Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog!
    Hugz,
    Chana

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  6. Oh wow, this is so, so pretty! And practical too. You decorated the box beautifully and it's really sweet of you to also post a template for it. Thank you very much!!!

    Hugs! xx

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    1. Thank you Cebelica! If you are so inclined to use it, I sure would love to see your project! Happy day :)

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  7. wow stunning project -love all the details,texture and fabulous embellishments-thank you for the l;ovely comment on my blog
    Carol x

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    1. Thank you so much Carol for all your lovely comments! Hugs :)

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  8. Oh my, oh my! This is stunning and so brilliantly designed! You're a genius! Thank you for sharing the template, I really love the ingenious little drawers! I might have to make myself one! It is so beautifully decorated!!
    Also, must say thank you for embracing and joining my challenge at Crafty Catz! So glad you went through your recycling bins again ;) hugs,
    Ingrid xxx

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    1. Thank you Ingrid! I was actually really excited when I saw what the challenge at Crafty Catz was, how could I resist having that kind of fun again! Have a wonderful weekend my crafty friend! hugs :)

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  9. You are so talented, this is super pretty and a gorgeous design, now I do admit to seeing these style of box before, but to have designed your own and hand out the template is so sweet of you, I will have a go before long, always wanted to make, I'll snag your template and label back to you.....Thanks so much..xx

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    1. Thank you so much Janette! I actually got the idea from something similar I had seen at a craft show earlier in the summer (only I think it was taller with 3 drawers), so I was pretty happy that I could remember the shape enough to get a template designed. I would love it if you gave it a go, can't wait to see!! Crafty hugs :)

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  10. WOW! This is totally stunning! I love the design, gorgeous colours, wonderful textures and such beautiful detailing too. I especially love the butterfly.
    Thank you so much for sharing your template and for the inspiration.
    Sue xx

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    1. Thank you so much Sue! Have a great weekend! :)

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  11. Frankly words fail me Pamellia! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this very clever design concept and adore the way you've coloured and embellished it. Truly a work of art! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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  12. OMGosh Pamellia this little box is absolutely stunning!! I love the drawers and all of the textures and that beautiful butterfly! Your flowers and the fuzzy wires look awesome! Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog and thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Tammy x

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    1. You are so sweet, thank you so much Tammy! :)

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  13. Hi Pamellia...I so love these secret boxes!!! Yours is GORGEOUS!!! Your flowers arrangements are so beautiful...all that lovely lace...any girls dream!!! Another FABULOUS creation!!
    Take care,
    Beth

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    1. Thank you so much Beth! Have a wonderful weekend. Big crafty hugs :)

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  14. Hi Pamellia
    Will have to start looking in the Thesaurus for more descriptions of your projects as stunning just doesn't seem adequate. Did something similar when I first got my Hougie (scoring board) but it was nowhere near as sophisticated or as marvellous as this. May just have to give it another go.
    Have a great weekend.
    Ang x

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    1. Aahhh, Ang. You always know just what to say to make a girl feel great about herself! Thank you so much and you have a great weekend too!! Crafty hugs to you :)

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  15. Hi Pamellia ! You've created a beautiful work!
    Is a wonderful selection of colors and meticulous finish.
    I really like !!!
    Hugs :)
    Max

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  16. Hey Pamellia, very beautiful this secret box. I saw exactly the same box but with 3 drawers yesterday on a german/english blog. I wanted to make one for the fancy folds challenge but maybe i'd better not.
    I must say I like the way you dressed it up a lot more. You have done a great job on your decoration.
    Hugs, Veerle x

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  17. absolutely gorgeous, such detail so pretty and delicate
    hugs Kate xx

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  18. Your bunk bed button box is utterly gorgeous Pamellia and such a clever idea too! I adore Artist Trading Blocks and can see one of those being adapted to this style too. I think yours might just be one of the prettiest and most useful boxes I have ever seen! Anne x

    PS - I hope you have entered this into Eileen Hull's Art with Heart Challenge too!

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    1. Thank you Anne, that is so sweet! Thanks for the tip about the challenge too, I will have a looksie! :)

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  19. This is so adorable!! You make the prettiest things!!

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  20. Awesome you are just so clever, I want to try this and thanks for the template....have also joined your gorgeous blog, You go girl...xxxThe Journey is the Start

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    1. Aahhh, thank you Annie! You are so sweet! I welcome you to My Little Craft Things with a big crafty hug! :)

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  21. Oh my goodness! This project is absolutely divine! I love every single little detail you did! My favorites are distressed ribbon and chicken wire stencil detail! Absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Samra! I'm so glad you came to visit me today, love hearing from you! Hugs :)

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  22. AMAZING that you designed the template all by yourself! THIS is the most CLEVER thing I have ever seen! Plus I LOVE the colors, the texture past and the flowers! FAB project!

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    1. Hi Sue! I did design the template, yes. But I didn't design the box itself. I actually saw one at a craft show a couple of months ago, only it had 3 drawers. I remember thinking 'oh, I could do something like that'...and so I did!! It's not exactly the same, but I think I did pretty good from memory.

      Thank you very much for the wonderful comment! Crafty hugs :)

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  23. adorable
    thanks for joining us at Charisma
    Allisonx

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  24. This is such a pretty little box and such a lovely place to keep your buttons - lucky them!

    Thank you for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge Blog!

    Sheena
    xxx

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  25. What a fabulous idea, wonderful button box, so clever and such a pretty design! Lovely. Ruth x

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  26. So pretty and such lovely colours.Love the floral cluster and the stencilling and the design is fantastic.Thank you for sharing the template!I am going to give it a try.

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    1. Thank you Pallavi! I sure would love to see your project, if you make one!! Hugs :)

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  27. Oh wow, this is creativity at its best! An incredible design and so original. Your embellishments are perfect as always. Thank you for generously sharing your template, I have saved it. :)
    Rebecca.

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    1. Aahhh, thank you so much Rebecca! Big crafty hugs :)

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  28. Absolutely stunning ! What a brilliant design and the embellishments are gorgeous ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

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  29. Oh my this is gorgeous. There is nothing I don't love about it. How clever you are Pamellia. Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls.

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  30. Congrats on your Top 3 Pamellia and thanks again for joining us with this fabulous box. Love all the details and texture, and so pretty. Thanks for including the template too.
    Thanks for sharing at Alphabet C hallenge
    Avril xx

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    1. Thank you so much Avril, for the kind words and the congrats! Hugs :)

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  31. Hello and what a beautiful creation, so glad we inspired you to go through your bin...lol
    thanks for sharing your template too,
    x CRAFTY CATZ
    carol

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  32. Gorgeous! Thanks for the template!

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    1. Thank you Debi and you're very welcome! :)

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  33. Pamellia, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, your amazing little box of treasures. I truly can't find enough positive adjectives to describe the beauty of it, so I'll have to settle with beautiful, gorgeous, lovely, stunning!! I can't stop looking at it! Thank you so much for sharing your art with us at the Frilly and Funkie!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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    1. Wow, what wonderful compliment and coming from such a talented artist like yourself makes it that much more heart warming! Thank you so much Nancy! :)

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  34. Wow! Your entries that I'm seeing on all the blog challenges are fantastic, but this one is beyond words!!! Every little detail just speaks to me...from the beautiful flowers to the textured honeycomb. It just takes my breath away!!! And then to make it into something extra special by making it functional to hold all those luscious buttons--you are a creative genius!! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of us...we are truly blessed.

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    1. Wow, what a wonderful compliment! Thank you so much Sara, you really made my day!! Big crafty hugs to you! :)

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  35. Hello, Pamellia! Just stopped by to let you know that your fabulous button box will be featured on our Facebook Page today. You are being featured for repurposing an ordinary product in a most stunning way. You have a very strong design point of view that is easily recognizable in your work. Also apparent is your eye for detail, color and composition! Thanks so much for joining the Front Porch Gang here at 613 Avenue Create! And, Congratulations.
    Hugz,
    Chana, Owner
    613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog
    http://avenue613.blogspot.com
    Facebook.com/avenue613

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    1. WOW, that is an unbelievable honour! Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment and for letting me know! I will go and check it out right now! WOW, I'm blown away by that! Huge crafty hugs to all of you! :)

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  36. Absolutely beautiful! I love the addition of the texture paste! Thanks for playing with the Southern Girls!

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  37. Pamellia, this is just amazing. I love the texture and the colour and it is just so clever. Thank you for including the template - I will certainly give making one a go. :)

    Jackie Blackman

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    1. Thanks Jackie, and I sure would love to see your project if you decide to do one!! :)

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  38. Wow Pamelia your work is amazing - this little box is so beautiful - thank you for sharing

    Mines up if you have time to take a look

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    1. Thanks sweetie! I can't find your box?? Can you leave me a link, I would love to see it! Hugs :)

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    2. Hi Pamelia and thanks for visiting my blog - what I should have said is that my piece for the Friday Alphabet challenge is up. I haven't made anything like your gorgeous box yet but have been looking at my stash and hope to make one soon - Have a lovely Sunday - your work is amazing

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    3. Oh, got it. I will go have a look then. Hugs :)

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  39. Oh my gosh, how clever is this!? I was completely intrigued when I saw the title of this blog post. I knew there was more to this than just the outside! You've worked magic with a rice box! This is the coolest!

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  40. I'm back again for another look! I keep seeing more wonderful details...again, this is an AMAZING work of art! I can just tell you had a great time making it. And I did not notice at first look that you MADE the template for this YOURSELF!!!! Incredible! I think I see some very great things coming your way:).

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    1. Thank you so much Sara! I did really enjoy making it, I just love coming up with new things to try! Take care, and big hugs! :)

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  41. Just stunning - a really beautiful creation.

    Thanks for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge.

    Helen N x

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  42. OMG this is absolutely stunning! Might just give it a go. Thanks for the template! And thank you for sharing with us at Southern Girls challenge for our texture challenge! HUgsxx

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    1. Thank you Alethea! If you give it a go, let me know...I would love to see! :)

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  43. Have to say this is one FABULOUS project! Thank you for joining the Southern Girls challenge, I know that it was a while back but I was so busy in August that I didn't get to check it out. I'm wondering how you make you own texture paint, I've got several masks but tend to only use them with inks, love the look of this! Thank you in advance, Julie.x

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    1. Thank you so much Julie! I actually have a tutorial for the texture paste. You can find the link for it on my Tutorials page at the top of the blog. big hugs :)

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  44. This is so fresh and vintage in the most beautiful way possible. You have such a great eye for this and the most awesome talent Pamillia. Xx

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    1. Aahhh, thank you so much Georgie, you are so sweet! hugs :)

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