Monday, 23 April 2012

An altered box - something totally new for me!

Hi all and welcome Monday,
I know today is Quote day but I also wanted to show you a project that I have been working on over the weekend.  It is something totally new to me, but I was  so inspired by a box that Astrid MacLean did for Spellbinders recently that I decided to try my hand at an Altered box.  If you haven't been to Astrid's blog, pop over and take a look she is fab and offers loads of wonderful vintage freebies (alot can be found on Pinterest) 
Well, I had a plain black shiny gift box, cannot remember for the life of me what was in it though, anyway, I striped it and using lots of Mod Podge I covered it with some beautiful dark blue Oriental paper (I had not realised just how lovely the quality of this paper was and it's been in my stash for two years!). 
On the lid I added two layers of grey/blue floral paper and pastel pink damask and edged it with some pink braid.  I then cut Labels20 from pink pearlescent card and edged it with Faded Jeans DI, and I also cut a  tag from Fancy Tag2 and some Roses.  These were cut using coordinating papers in both pink and blue, shaped and then layered.  Before attaching these, I added a handcut lace rose to the top of Labels 20 diecut and a crocheted circle offset to the left hand side.  Next I made a flower from some of my crocheted lace and placed this beneath the roses and added pearl sticks and some of my handmade Decorative pins. 
I think it turned out okay for my first ever attempt and it has definitely given me lots of new ideas for future gifts etc.  I hope you like it.
 My recipe:- Spellbinders  Rose CreationsLabels20, & Fancy Tags 2.  Decorative pins, wired pearls crochet lace and circle doily are all handmade by me.  Braid from my stash. Papers are from Serif romance scrapbooking digikit.
Lace rose below pins was handcut from a lace curtain,

I will end with my quote for the week, it is an American proverb I believe:-

Doubt who you will, but never doubt yourself!

I hope you all had a good weekend and that today is the start of a successful week.  Thank you for popping by and leaving me some feedback, I truly love to read your comments.  Take care and I will see you again soon.
Regards and big hugs Linda x


  1. Morning Linda,
    This is beautiful...again! You really are very talented making all the embellishments as well.
    Can see your friends are going to be in for some lovely gifts in the future!
    I left a comment after your communion invitation post and it published but disappeared - the second time this has happened. I hope you got the chance to read my compliments.
    Have a good week.x

    1. Hi Desiree, I am sorry to hear that some of your comments are not appearing. I have checked my email advisements and there are none showing there either (I set up my account so that all comments go to my inbox also just incase any ever got accidentally deleted on my blog.) So I don't know what is happening to you sorry. The last two I have are for 20th and 17th. Nevermind, I truly appreciate every single comment, thank you so very much for taking the time. Hope your week has started well. Best wishes Linda x


  3. Christine Harrop23 April 2012 at 09:47

    Hi Linda

    Gorgeous box. The crochet motifs/flowers are lovely. I used to do masses of crochet sooome years ago. Now that I see whaat youe are doing with it maybe it's time to take up my hook again!

    Thanks for the quote. I look forward to Mondays!

    love Christine x

    1. Hi Christine,
      I, like you, hadn't crocheted for years and didn't have any patterns either. So I invested in a book for bedspreads and linen edges and adapted the patterns to be used for doilies and lace for my cards etc. Now when I want something a bit different I spend a couple of evenings crocheting while I watch a bit of TV and sometimes it can be a godsend to keep me distracted when I am having a bad day. The 'handmade' ones on the market can be so expensive and thread is reasonable, it just takes a bit of elbow grease and time; both are free. I hope you start it up again, If I can help with a few of my patterns (hope you can understand then please let me know and I will write them up for you.
      Best wishes and thanks for your lovely comment. Linda x

    2. Christine Harrop23 April 2012 at 18:38

      Thanks Linda. I have sent you an email. Christine x

  4. Breathtaking!! this is truly gorgeous, it's given me lots of inspiration, thanks for sharing

    hugs Vicky x x x

  5. Morning sweetie this is just gorgeous huggles Pops x x x

  6. Hi Linda, What a great 'first'. Love all your flowers and, of course, your pins. Anne x

  7. Hi Linda
    The box looks really lovely-love the pins.
    (Too nice to use)!!
    Eileen x

  8. What a beautiful box Linda, love the flowers and pins. Your have made a very good job. Hugs Fiona P xxxx

  9. Stunning box sweete, such fab detail and so pretty too x

  10. Wow, this is just so beautiful, what a lot of love and work has gone into it!


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