' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: Box

Thursday 17 March 2016


First let me thank all the lovely people who took the time to leave very flattering comments on my last post. My Dictionary challenge page seemed to have had great appeal, helped in large part by the giraffe's fluttering her eyelashes. She even managed to seduce a visitor into subscribing, Suchi, who receives my warmest welcome.
I am having a hard time finding appropriate themes that say "Spring" without doing flowers or rabbits (there is a good chance you will see both of these in a future post!), so I am choosing what I think of spring colours for the Live & Love Crafts March challenge.

Crafty Individuals wanted to see Boxes of some kind (any kind) and I took up the challenge inspired by Nefertiti's upcycling of a cat's food container. I even pushed myself and fussy cut the little darlings (CI-449) just to show some willing in the face of her extensive scissor work!

The box comes from the recycling bin, and I used a sheet of paper from the Crafty Individuals Weekend in Seville pad (Background Paper Book 8)  and a piece of hand made paper (not by me!) on the lid. For the sides I used Tim Holtz Tissue tape and Trimcraft tape (Curiosity Corner collection), coloured with an alcohol marker in lavender.

A bit of Gelato smudged around the box creates a frame for my "picture".

For embellishments, I used very old purply blossoms from my stash and after a bit of shaping, glued several layers together to form the flowers you see here. I finished them with an adhesive dot.
A few die-cuts (coloured with the same Gelato), a piece of muslin and voilà... "c'est dans la boîte!"

Forgot to say, I gave dimension to my fussy cut pair with an embossing tool and a cardboard backing. It creates shadows around their bodies, really bringing them to life.

Now I need to decide if and who I give this to...

Also entering the Allsorts challenge.


  1. great work, love the color combo and the pair that seem to enter the box. Thanks for joining in the CI challenge

  2. Lovely creation, great colour choices.
    Thank you for joining our Spring colours challenge this week at Allsorts.


  3. Oooo I love your recycled box, it is so very pretty and very dimensional. Lovely! Thanks for joining in the CI challenge. Jean x

  4. Fantastic recycled box with wonderful colours.

    Love Chrissie xx

  5. This is so gorgeous! Best choice of background paper, looks hand-made, it blends so beautifully with the focal point. And the 3D flowers...I love it!

  6. A really bright and happy Spring time card Christine and those flowers look amazing, almost translucent, many thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts this week.

    B x

  7. Fabulous creation, lovely textures.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  8. Fantastic project Christine. The work with the embossing tool really shows and gives a great finish. Love the fabric behind the flowers. Thank you for playing along with the Crafty Individuals Challenge. Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs Flo x

  9. Oh, elle est adorable ta petite boite !!!!
    Et je vois que tu as utilisé les nouveaux tampons... Quel plaisir !
    Bravo Christine, bonne chance pour le challenge je croise les doigts pour toi, tu as toutes tes chances à mon avis. Sylvie va l'aodrer aussi j'en suis sure !!
    Et tu me fais rire avec ton humour, j'adore la manière dont tu accueilles ton nouvel abonné LOL :)))
    Bon dimanche, bisous

  10. This is unbelievably gorgeous! The image is a favorite and you've really used it beautifully! The floral grouping just sets it off. Darling creation!

  11. J'adore les coloris que tu as choisis!!!! Cette boite est une réussite! Je te remercie d'avoir participé au challenge CI ce mois-ci, ça me fait plaisir!

  12. Beautiful box! Loving the stamp and sentiment you used. Looks lovely.

  13. This is so gorgeous, the colours are wonderful and I like the embellishments, the cluster of flowers, so pretty.
    Thank you for joining the Crafty Individuals Challenge.
    Good Luck!