Sunday, October 24, 2010

Late again!!!

It's a little later than I planned for an update, but here is my version of an altered cigar box.  Since it was an early attempt, I didn't keep the names of everything I used.  The hinges  and oval on the front are grunge board,  The stamps are from a set I purchased many years ago and stamped with tumbled glass and spiced marmalade distress inks.  The orange stickle is distress stickles in spiced marmalade.  The ribbon was in my stash.
It's funny how a project takes on a life of it's own.  This started out as a bits and pieces of paper storage box and has ended up on top of my jewelry armoire as a place to put my daily wear jewelry.
As I worked on this piece it was hard not to go over board.  I wanted it to have an Asian/feminine feel, but I still wanted it to be a bit grungy.  Not sure if I succeeded, but here it is.

                                                     Left side and front

I hope you enjoyed this project.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Uh Oh

It seems I have been neglecting my blog once again.  I was not sure how often I would post or if I could even keep up when I started, but I have been trying.
I haven't been sitting around doing nothing, so I thought I'd share some of my recent works with all of you.
First, I have my attempt at altering a former CD holder.  I needed (wanted) something different to use as a mail sorter in my office, so....I found this and here's what I did:  I used ivory tinted Gesso as a primer, then added distress inks in Spiced Marmalade and Dried Marigold.  The labels are from my stash, and the pictures are from the pages of garage sale children's books.  I used Tim's flourish stamp and Tea Dye ink for the swirls.  The entire box was sprayed with a bit of water (it gives it a bit more of a weathered look) and a matte sealant when done.  The flowers are making memories, with clear rhinestones colored to match the rest of the colors.  The dragonfly is also from my stash, so I can't tell you where he flew in from.
Let me know what you think.  I'll be back tomorrow with my version of an altered cigar box.
                                                      Top and Back
                                                      Left side
                                                        Right Side
Thanks for looking!!!