Friday, 25 January 2013

What are you known for?

I like to join in with the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge when I can and this week the theme really caught my attention and although I find it difficult to decide what I could be known for I know what my favourites are and I guess that's probably what others would say about me. That is vintage, shabby chic, distressing and all things Tim, and of course my favourite sewing theme. So combining what I could of these I found a box to alter and went for it, wanting to make myself somewhere to keep some of my little vintage bits and pieces of threads and spools etc.


Have I whet your appetite?

This is the box I started with, yes it is real and its what my sunglasses came in a couple of years ago. I have to say I got them for an extremely good price at the time.










I started by dipping all the sides in distress inks, keeping them light as I didn't want to make this piece too grungy.  

Then I made a start on the panel to go on top of the lid. More distress inks, masks and clear embossing powder.

But look what new stamps popped through the post box this week, oh yes the wonderful sewing blueprint stamps from Mr Tim Holtz himself, they are just divine - and I was so naughty I bought the minis as well.


I used the Alphabetical strip die that I bought when I was with Terry in California last August.



The cotton reel labels are ones that I scanned and printed off.


... and a close up of the blueprint dress form. It's fabulous. I stamped it over the top of the embossing and used distress markers to colour it in.


I die-cut a spellbinders border to go round the box and sewed the edge of it before attaching.


Well I hope that those of you who know me would think of me this way.

As I have 'spruced this box up' it gives me another chance to play at the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog too; Happy Daze have a recycling theme this month and Marjie has kindly reminded me that Eclectic Paperie want altered boxes.

Happy Friday. Thanks for visiting me and taking a peek at my project today. I hope it inspires you to alter a box and make something useful that you can keep things in.

Have fun.

hugs {brenda} x0x


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34 comments:

clare said...

fabulous. x

Sophie said...

Was für eine geniale und großartige Idee.
Ich liebe diese kleinen altmodischen Näh-Utensilien.

Ein schönes Wochenende wünscht dir Sophie

Kathyk said...

YUMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEE!!! fab project Brenda - simply perfect.

Hmmm - what am I known for? Guess it would have to be something ....... PURPLE!!!

Happy Friday

Kathk

Redanne said...

Hi Brenda, you are right about those new stamps, they are fabulous and what a brilliant job you have done with them. Your box is gorgeous, so beautifully altered and I also love your vintage pieces inside the box too! I definitely think this is a very YOU project. Anne x

Ellie Knol said...

I also save a lot of boxes, for when..... LOVE yours!

Julia S-W said...

Love what you've done to your rather up market box Brenda! The stamped panel is wonderful and I so need those stamps!
Have a good weekend,
Juliaxx

Yvonne Garner said...

Hi Brenda, A delightful box indeed and I think you have captured "Brenda" spot on! Love that new stamp image too! Have a great weekend. Best, Yvonne

inkypinkycraft said...

I love whatyou have done here...the mini blueprints, well two sets fellin my door too! Have the others on my list!! I lve the way you have added the image over that lovely background ..a beautiful piece hugs trace x

Karin said...

fabulous box! heave a great weekend!

Paper Profusion said...

Brilliantly altered box Brenda. Love the stamping on top of embossing. The printed spool tops look wonderful and really give it pop! Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

Lucy Edmondson said...

Yes, definitely this is you, Brenda - I associate you with Shabby Chic, Vintage, Tim Holtz, Sewing - and anything that is beautifully crafted. Thank you for a wonderful day today,

Lucy x

Sue said...

Absolutely fabulous Brenda!!! love it hugs hun xxx

Lisa Jane said...

Oh it's brilliant. I love recycling especially if its so pretty

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a wonderful altered box, great details.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

simply W*O*N*D*E*R*F*U*L Brenda!

butterfly said...

It's totally gorgeous, Brenda - love the image on top as well as the delicious backgrounds all over! It would also fit right in to the current challenge at eclectic Paperie - Altered Boxes!
Alison x
http://eclecticpaperie.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/eteam-picks-challenge-altered-boxes.html

Sue C said...

Gorgeous box Brenda, love the new stamps ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

catherine said...

Ooh I just love this Brenda .I love all the images and the look to it. Have a good weekend - it is snowing again here
x catherine

Terry said...

Awesome, Brenda! Yes, this is so your style, beautiful and vintage! Love the sewing themed box and I do believe I must have those stamps! My list is growing and growing! Hope you have a fabulous weekend! Hugs!

Candy C said...

Brenda...your altered box is very cool! I love the top and how you've embossed, distressed, stamped and embellished it! It's fabulous! Love the Spellbinders die cut trim around the top, too. Very neat job! Thanks for sharing your project with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Anita Houston said...

What a grand Versace sewing box...lol!!! I love the transformation! So vintage now, and useful for something rather than rubbage! Love the images too. Thank you so much for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp & Show this week!

Sue said...

Fabulous project Brenda and so useful too.
It would have been a shame not to have used that lovely box.
Xxx

Martina2801 said...

What a beautiful sewing box, dear Brenda! Well done!

Have a nice weekend.
Hugs MARTINA

Buttons said...

This is an absolutely stunning transformation Brenda. You would never know the purpose of this box in its former life without your 'before' photo. It has a real look of a vintage sewing box, and the new stamps are delicious. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Hugs, Jenny x

Marjie Kemper said...

Brenda, this is gorgeous! First time I've seen the dressform blueprint used... yummy... I love this altered box. Hope you'll share it with us over at the eclectic Paperie challenge - it's fabulous!

Suzanne C said...

Fabulous! Love the soft colors with the beautiful vintage sewing theme! Sweet box! Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

Juls said...

love love LOVE it!!!! You know my obsession with sewing themed items, think I have mentioned it before! Love this, such a stunning project! Hugs Juls

Tracy said...

Stunning from start to finish Brenda.....a girl after my heart! Shabby chic,distressed and vintage ...bliss !!
Thank you for joining in over at eclectic Paperie .
Hugs
Tracy xox

Ginger said...

recycling at its best,thank you for playing along with Happy daze this month. x

Alexandra said...

Beautiful re-make of your posh box. I love it, so pretty and practical.

Kim said...

Stunning creation...I love every little part! The stamp is just perfect with all of the bits and pieces. So sweet! Thanks for playing along with eclectic Paperie's eTeam Picks challenge!

Tenia Nelson said...

This is soooooooo COOL!!! Thanks for playing along in the Altered Boxes challenge over at eP!!

Marjie Kemper said...

Wow, Brenda, that's an awesome altered box! I love your background and the letters seem like the font was made for this project. Just fabulous! The spools were a genius add-on. Thanks so much for joining in the altered boxes challenge at eclectic Paperie!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Super yummy stamping and background. Such a lovely box!