Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Beautiful Blooms

The challenge for the next two weeks at Frilly and Funkie is called BLOOMIN MARVELOUS and it is all about adding handmade flowers to your vintage or shabby chic project.

I decided to alter something for a change and found a cigar box in my craft cupboard.  It was paper covered and UGLY.

I was going to do a paint/stencil/stamp treatment on it but changed my mind when the paint wouldn't stick to it without looking streaky so I went with plan B and decided to tear paper and decoupage it on, inside and out.  The yellow and blue toned papers come from Far Far Hill and Paper Peonies.  The text paper is from my scrap bin and I also used some Tim Holtz Melange Tissue Wrap. 

Once everything was glued on and given a coat of Glue and Seal, I took some Broken China Distress Ink to it, which just highlighted some of the torn edges.  I thought it could use some little feet so I took acrylic paint to some wooden pieces I picked up at Michaels.

Then I added a row of venise lace around the edge with a narrow strip of satin ribbon from my stash.  I added pearls to the lace, half of which were coloured with a Copic marker.

Next I started on the flowers.  All of them were made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die but using different mediums.  The teeny flower was made with crinoline dyed with some Wild Honey Distress ink, the blue paper flower was made using some Far Far Hill paper, inked with Broken China Distress Ink and with some beads from my stash for a centre.  The big yellow flower was made from some yellow handmade paper from Dollarama that I stamped with a text stamp using Coffee Archival Ink.  A coconut button turned upside down acts as a centre.  Finally I made a flower from some Wendy Vecchi Clearly for Art Modeling Film that was coloured with Terra Cotta and Sail Boat alcohol ink and has a dew drop for a centre.

The metal leaves were coloured with Meadow and Sail Boat alcohol ink and I tucked a paper doily underneath.  The flourish started life as a piece of white card stock that I spritzed with some Vibrant Turquoise Dylusions spray ink before I cut it with the Venetian Motifs die from Spellbinders.  The tiny butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch and I added a row of teeny pearls to make the body.  Finally I made a couple of bead charms with a brad from Dollarama on top so there would be something to open the box with.

My seven year-old Granddaughter is madly in love with this little box and wants it so badly but I can't imagine what she wants to put in it.  Besides it would look very out of place in her modern IKEA bedroom.  I will have to think about this.

These supplies came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique where prices are always discounted from the manufacturer's suggested retail price:


  1. This is absolutely gorgeous Cec and I can see why your granddaughter loves it so much. Go on, make her happy. I bet it will get pride of place in her bedroom. Jenny x

  2. A fabulous makeover of the box and your flowers are gorgeous.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous Cec ! Love the transformation and the flowers are beautiful. Sue C x

  4. What an amazing transformation! I just adore your beautiful treasure box. Your flowers are gorgeous and I love your color combos!! BEAUTIFUL!!


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