I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas full of yummy food, good friends and lots of family hugs! I apologize for not being able to leave a message on everyone's blog before I left, but time just got away from me! I thank everyone for all the kind Christmas wishes you left me, you filled my heart with holiday joy! I had such a wonderful time with my family, but I have to admit, I sure did miss my craft room! OK, let's get to it, shall we!
I have just been squirming to tell you the great news! Laura Bomber, the owner of Our Creative Corner has invited me to be a part of their Design Team. Only a crazy person would say no to that, so starting January 1st, I will officially be a member of the Our Creative Corner family as we begin our first challenge of 2015! I'm still pinching myself! I would like to send out a huge Thank You to Laura and the rest of the team for welcoming me with such warm smiles and big hearts! I can't wait for this next leg of my crafty adventure to begin!
Laura asked me to put together a little something to introduce me to the crafting community, so for my first project, I have made this altered box. I call it my OCC TRINKET BOX! I do hope you like it!!
The large red rose and the small carnation were made using Tim Holtz Tattered Florals, the medium and small red roses were made using Joy Crafts Flower 2. All of the red flowers were spritzed with a bit of Gathered Twigs and Tarnished Brass distress sprays. The white flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the leaves were cut with a La-La Lands die.
The large dragonfly was a plastic cut out. I sanded it and applied some home-made glitter paste in gold, then I squished in some gemstones and let it set. I spritzed it with Gathered Twigs and Tarnished Brass distress sprays. I rubbed some embossing gel over the raised bits and then added some Ranger Queens Gold embossing powder and heated it up. The small dragonfly was cut out using an Elizabeth Craft Designs die and textured using the same process.
I wrapped the body of the dragonfly with gold wire and used the ends to make the antennae. I got this idea from a very super talented lady SARA EMILY BARKER of sarascloset. I get a lot of inspiration from her fabulous works and I highly recommend you visit her blog if you haven't already...you won't be disappointed!
HOW DID I DO THAT?
- I started with a plain unfinished wooden box and removed the hinges and the latch. I used Mod Podge Matte to stick a layer of cheesecloth to the entire outside of the box and lid.
Here is where things went terribly awry! I forgot to put the base coat on before I applied the paste!! This was an epic error that took me three days and a full box of Q-tips to fix! I'm not going to explain to you what I DID, I'm going to explain to you what I SHOULD have done!
- I should have applied a thick layer of white Gesso and THEN used my ColorBox Mandala stencil with some of my home-made glitter paste in gold to cover the box with this amazing pattern. Let's just pretend I did that and move on, shall we. lol
- I then began spraying with Tim Holtz's new distress sprays in Iced Spruce, Bundled Sage (my new favourite colour combination) and Tarnished Brass as well as some Lindy's Stamp Gang Moonshadow Mist Tawny Turquoise.
- I applied some globs (that's the actual technical term for it) of Mod Podge and then dropped some different seed beads and micro-beads into the globs and let them dry. A few final sprays of ink, let it dry and presto, ready to decorate!
A couple of close ups of the finished texture. To view super-sized images, right click on any image and then click 'open link in new tab'.
I hope you liked my introductory project, make sure to come back on January first for our first challenge of 2015!
I will be proudly displaying this badge!
I am entering my Trinket Box into the following wonderful challenges:
My absolute favourite thing from 2014 was the discovery of mixed media, especially texture paste!
(I chose Bow, Stencil, Dies - I used quite a few bows, but most ended up covered by flowers)
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.