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