Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Up-Cycle!

Ok, be honest, as a crafter do you not now look at stuff that was once trash bound and say "Hey, I can make _____ outta that!"  I know I sure do!  Now I rip off pieces of shipping boxes to use in layouts, bottles and boxes sit in my closet just waiting to be made into something pretty.  Well if you have something just whispering to you "recreate me", this challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous is a perfect one!   Click on the title to go check it out and see just what you need to do and you might even win a great prize!  Lookie, Canvas Corp was generous enough to donate this awesome pack -

Pretty neat huh :)

So, as I said I have several items just waiting to be re-made into something stunning and here's what I came up with.  It started out as a plain blue box from a local bakery -

I gesso'd it so that any blue doesn't peak through.  Then the fun starts, I mod podged all the paper on and went wild with a major stash raid for embellies.

So, what do you think?  I love how this came :)  What a pretty little box it is.  Nothing was bought to put it together, as a matter of fact, some of the embellies like the little metal quote and word tabs were from a swap many, many moons ago.  The paper is from Prima's Fairy Belle A4 paperstack that I've had for eons now, but still adore, and then just bits and pieces of my stuff.  Those butterflies came darling.  I cut them on my cricut in 2 different sizes, inked the edges, then used glossy accents along the bottom edge of the wing and poured some micro beads on it, the one popping at the top I used diamond glitter on. The floral moss I have had since I make my own arrangements.  The tiny blue flowers are from I Am Roses.  I dragged them through Lindy's mists for the blue. So are the teeny leaves. Take a minute to check them out, great stuff, great prices.

Product List

Prima A4 Paper Stack - Fairy Belle
Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio Spray - Pink Ladies Pink
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray - Clam Bake Beige, Rusty Lantern Lime, Mad Hatter Mint, Carpathian Blue Bells
Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder - Oak Leaf Olive
Invild Bolme Chalk Edger - Garden Grass
Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot
Silks Acrylic Glaze - Pretty Peridot
Tim Holtz Grunge Board Die Cuts - Hinges
Stickles - Icicle, Crystal, Cinnamon
K and Co Borders - Metallic Flower
Creative Embellishments Chipboard - Flourish #'s 10, 14
Various stash items owned for ages and finally put to use

Please go check this great challenge site out!  What an awesome way to go digging and finding treasure you forgot you had.

Well folks, my summer vacay has come to an end.  How do 2 months fly by so quick?  My youngest is in his last year of elementary.  Fifth grade and then middle school for him. Both girls are in High School now, MaryAnn in 11th, and Sophia a freshie :)  Time does fly whether you're having fun or not ;) so make the most of it.

Thanks for coming by!


  1. Wow, Paula! I just love the way you got into the spirit of this challenge and totally transformed this box! You cooked up a batch of genuine eye candy! I love all the wonderful layers and textures you combined, and I can sense the fun you had in putting this together. It's great!Thanks for playing along in the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Up-cycling challenge.

  2. AMAZING project..I just love it!! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  3. I love everything about this! The finished piece is just gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  4. I am in awe. What an absolutely fantastic creation. Thanks for haring with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  5. I want to cry...this is so beautiful! I have a load of stuff waiting for me to make it into something pretty. One day! I am in total, jaw dropping awe at this! Thanks so much for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  6. WOW! I love this little box and the butties with the beads on them are to die for. Will have to check out this little gem ... my scrap room is the only place that I hoard and its getting bad. NOTHING gets thrown away. I just need more time to play.

  7. FAB-U-LOUS!!! This little bakery box is great! I know just what you mean about thinking I might be able to make something with this...Congrats on your well deserved win! Love this!

  8. BAM! And the confetti flies through the air, because you nailed this challenge! This box is amazing! It's just so beautiful! I love everything you did with it. I would proudly display this in my living room! I can't stop looking at it!

    1. Lol Lisa :D Thank you. This one was fun for me. Sometimes creating just is a breeze and doesn't make you sweat. My box was one of those.



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