Sunday, 1 December 2013

Little Boxes

It's always lovely to give and recieve home-made gifts at Christmas - cookies, jam, bath bombs, lavender bags, fudge and all kinds of other goodies make really nice presents - but you need a pretty box to show them off and make them look special.
When I saw last week's challenge over at LunaGirl - "Retro Gals" - I was inspired to use some of these gorgeous vintage images to revamp some of the many little boxes which I've been hoarding in my workroom. So I gathered up a few bits and bobs ...


On the left is a selection of boxes awaiting transformation, then there is an assortment of patterned papers and on the right a couple of lovely LunaGirl collage sheets.

The first box was really quick and easy because it already had a nice striped pattern, so I just needed to cover the label, tart it up a bit and finish with a pretty bow.


The same patterned paper was used to mount the image on the front, decorate the top and create a little tag, so it would all match ...


I stamped the words "I made these for you x" on the front and I think this will be filled with some home made cheese nibbles for my Uncle.

The next box took a tad longer to do, and in fact I may not have finished it yet! With the glamourous lady on the front, I think this box would be lovely filled with luxurious bath bombs for someone who deserves some pampering ...


I used the beautiful collection of patterned papers which was free with Scrapbook Magazine some time ago - they have a real vintage vibe so they worked very well for this project ...


Layers of Distress Paint, Distress Inks and gesso were built up over the patterned papers to create a shabby vintage look, then I added a cluster of flowers inked with the same colours, with some little gems and pearls dotted around it for extra glamour.


Some silver gilt paste help to blend the edges and give a touch of luxurious sheen.


Finally I gave the lovely lady a bit of bling with a jewelled frame and finished with a chiffon bow.

Unfortunately I've just missed the deadline for the Retro Gals challenge at LunaGirl - but never mind, I had fun anyway and there's always the next challenge ...

Thanks for popping in, see you again soon :o)xxx

2 comments:

Karen Lunagirl said...

These are gorgeous, and I'm posting some of your pics and link on my blog anyway, even though you missed the challenge! Great work!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I bet these were so much fun to make!
Rinda