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Wouldn’t you think after not having a PC for three weeks that Mrs S would be chomping at the bit to post some of the makes she has been working on?  Mr A took the day off work yesterday to set up the new system and install what he had backed up so she would be up and running.  But what does she do … has a play day today with her crafty friend … so I have decided to write the post for her about how she has finally transformed me from being a boring ole brown box to something stunningly beautiful.

Reminds me of the ugly duckling story.

My life first started when she bought me from the MDF Man in April 2013 at the Ally Pally craft show.  How excited was I to be taken home by Shirl because I knew she would transform me into something real cool and not just leave me as a boring plain MDF Box.

Wrong …  after we got home she cast me aside without another thought with all the other stash she had acquired.  Over the coming months she started using all the other stash bought but alas things just got piled on top of me and I was alone and forgotten.

Another mega clear out has just taken place at ‘Shirl’s Den’ where she came across me lurking under piles of dust and stash.  The den clear out was forgotten for a while as she went about working her magic on me.

She is just loving the tarmac technique (see her post HERE).  I must admit I had my doubts when she first started to paint me but I should never have entertained those thoughts.

Today I sit proudly on her desk beside her precious stamps and inks.  Inside of me is a spanking new art journal book  (which her crafty friend bought for her)  just waiting to be worked on.

OK final reveal  …. tah dah!!!
I even took more pics than Shirl normally does so that you can see all the stages of my re birth of an ugly duckling into a swan.  Sorry just got carried away a bit, wrong story.

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These pics are the first stages where she covered me all over with embossed cardstock.  Then she painted me with the most hideous of colours.  You can also see where she took my cover off and started to add embellishments.  Not sure I wanted flowers on me but I wasn’t going to argue in case she threw me back on the dusty ole stash pile.

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Uh oh, now this is the scary bit when she covered me all over with some black yukky sticky stuff.  Apart from anything else it smelt foul!!!   At this stage I just wanted to be back on my comfortable stash pile all dusty rather than smelly.  But then she started to wipe me off with a stinky smelling soft rag and as the last pic shows I started to transform.

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How gorgeous do I look now and as proud as a Peacock.

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Some more before and after shots.  Aren’t you glad I did this post and not Shirl, just look at all the pics you get.

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Just had to show this one last because as it says … this is all about me and my journey.

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Love From
Mr Box
x x x 

Birds & Bees Matchbook

 Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have a terrific theme of  ”Birds & Bees” which was picked by our wonderful DT sister Claire.

Wanted to tell you first what card I used for the Matchbook.  I made faux leather by using Ranger Ink Refresher on craft cardstock.  Have tried the glycerine but for me personally my results are better with the Ink Refresher.

Before you see all the matchbook just wanted to show you a close up of the stamped image which is on the front.  Sorry about the reflecting light.  How fabulous does she look, all cracked weathered and worn … bit like me really.  Added a teensy little red colour to her lips for effect.

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The matchbook is a Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers L Die called Matchbook Set.  For my make I used the smaller of the two.

For the inside I made a little ticket strip album which cascades down when you open the matchbook.  Added a little tissue paper bumble bee on the front which was sent to me from my fabby SIL Irene.  It came in a beautifully decorated box with lots of other crafting goodies.  Thanks ‘I’.

Placed the ticket strip on a black frame which you can’t see very well because the ticket strip is black also.  Each ticket has a stamped and gold embossed image on it plus the quote has also been stamped onto a piece of faux leather card then torn around the edges.

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I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.

Before I go I am leaving you with two sneak peeks of another tarmac project that crafty friend and myself started when I stayed for my sleepover.  Can’t show it all because it isn’t finished yet!!!

 All I can say is … OMG I am just loving that tar … keep watching this space!!!!

If you missed my last project you can see it here where you can also find a link explaining about the tarmac technique.

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Bring On The Sunshine For Those Crafting Days

Off for a sleep over tomorrow with my crafty friend, feel like a teenager again when I say that.

Can anyone remember those weekend sleepovers when you were younger?  I’m sure it definitely wasn’t craft on the mind then, as far as I can remember me thinks boys were the main topic of conversation!!!

Summer for the schoolkids here starts really early (compared to the UK) because today is their last day of school until September.  Can you Adam and Eve it, nearly three months off!!  My crafty friend works full time at a school so she has all the school holidays off … wahoooo … lots of lazy crafting days ahead and a holiday to look forward to.

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One Step At A Time

Decisions, decisions about what page to show next.

My tissue paper bird (from my tissue paper bitty box) decided the colours and the format of this page.

After all the fun of layering paints, paste, die cuts, stamps and more on top of each other another page was born.

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Growing On Me

On a roll with the photo taking still not keen on it but it’s  ’growing on me’ she says tongue in cheek!!

Sun glasses time and more from my journal book.

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More journaling Pages

Hope your days weather is better than ours.  Not much that a girl can do when it’s like this apart from … ummmm let me think now …. get messy and alter something with bitumen paint!!!

Firstly I am showing two more pages from my book which I started to show here.  Everything is quite self explanatory really lots of inking, stamping and stencilling.

Filled a few of my little water brushes with Dylusions inks and used these for the colouring in of the toadstools and bird.

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Tarmac Technique

What a day I had yesterday full of fun, laughter and getting messy … definitely messy, with my crafty friend.  Before I go any further I bet you are wondering why I keep referring to her as ‘My Crafty Friend’, simple really, she would rather not have her name mentioned on the web.

Well the messy part was using Bitumen Paint … TAR … to you and me.  Ali mentioned this technique on C & C and she showed something which she had made, it looked rather cool.  She kindly gave details of where she had seen the technique used.  Off I trots to find out more details which you can find HERE.

Karen says dilute the Bitumen paint to about 50/50 with white spirit but my suggestion is to start with about 80% paint to 20% white spirit and see how you get on.

There has to be a before and after so the before is this rather pretty but very bright book box that I had in my stash (bought from Dunnes Stores for €5).  Below is the altered box … love it better now.

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You really should have seen this when it was covered with tar you would have thought I had lost my marbles.

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Now isn’t that just the coolest technique.

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Journaling Book

Before I start something new I decided to show a journalling book that I started last year … the precise date is 14th April 2013.  Impressed that I can remember making it, cheated really, if you look at the first pic you can see that Neil Walker signed the page for me.

Met Neil  the day before at Ally Pally (Saturday, 13th April 2013) and I loved his displayed work so we got talking.  He mentioned he was doing a workshop at The Craft Barn the next day and as it is not far from where my son lives my crafty friend and I went.  At the end of the workshop I asked if he would sign my page.

We covered so many fab techniques including using a credit card with paints, spreading paint with a palette knife, doodling among many others.

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It helps to sign and date your journaling pages because you can look back and see where the journey started and where it is going.

Also I know that maybe Amber or Lauren will love these books sometime in the future (says she) and to have the date when grandma made it will be a talking point.

Made these two pages, in the same book, on 12th May 2014 (over a year later) with the usual painting, stamping, molding paste, stencilling, paper napkins and inks.  This even has some gold embossing on it.

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Signed and dated in the bottom left hand corner the next page is the top left hand corner.  Just find a space and away you go!!!

Finished quite a few pages in the book and have taken photos so guess what you will be seeing over the next few days!!!

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New Home For G45 And Tim

In the end this turned out to be a project that just didn’t stop.
*** Heavy on photos which is so unlike me as you all know I am not a fan of taking them ***

Desperately wanted somewhere to keep my ephemera goodies of Tim’s and also wanted to decorate the box which I bought from the MDF man at Ally Pally in 2012 … yep had it that long.  The goodies fitted perfectly in the box, which you can see here if you want to see the post.  This left a lot of room at the top so next came the album.

Finally cut into the Menagerie paper pad  which wasn’t as bad as I first thought, what is it with me and papers?  I am always the last to show off papers used because I can’t bring myself to show them the scissors.  Used a variety of G45 papers from different pads which was teamed up with Tim’s.

Lots of stamping, fussy cutting, pasting through stencils and painting with pearlised translucent paint leaves me one happy bunny.  Totally love this album so keeping it for myself oh and the box, sorry Amber!!

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See how much space was left even after adding Tim’s ephemera packs so I  designed the album to fit perfectly and to leave room so it comes out easily.

Remember all the rage about faux leather well I have lots made and that’s how I did the strap for the buckle.   Glued two pieces together before cutting to the right size and stitching around for added strength.

Even more photos …

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and more …

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Nearly finished …

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PHEWW – THE END
Well the back of the album anyways!!!

Shirl

Summer Blooms

Vintage Stamping Challenges has a Summer Blooms challenge theme this month which was our lovely teamie sister Brenda’s choice.

This started life as a plain MDF box and then went through a complete change with paints, inks, paste, gilding wax, stamps, masks and frames until it passed the Shirl test of me being happy with the end product.

Bought the frame a few weeks back because I thought it would look so pretty with one of the grandkids’ photos in it.  Already had the box lid painted and masked when I pressed the frame onto it just to see how it would look … oops, broke the glass.  Guess who forgot that dimensional paste made an uneven surface.  Don’t you just love happy accidents, the look of the broken glass was amazing and wanted to keep it looking like that.  Very carefully I stuck the frame onto the lid then added a thick layer of glossy accents all over the broken glass.  Tested very gingerly when it was dry to see if I could feel any glass bits .  All was AOK so I sanded bits of the frame in places to add some gilding wax.  Flowers and G45 paper around the edges completes the outside of the box.  Wait until you see what I have made for the inside.

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To enter this months challenge just click Mr Linky at the bottom of the VSC web page and maybe it could be you who wins the $20 from Flonz’s store. Please visit the DT’s blogs for more inspiration and also it would be nice to leave them some love.

Shirl