Friday, 18 November 2011

Such a Sweet Altered Box......Made from a Sweet Box....as it happens! My First Altered Box



Altered Chocolate box Ive made

BEWARE.....A LOT OF PHOTOS
But its so I can keep a record of what Ive done!
Its not a tutorial...more of a "what I did" post as this is my first time doing one of these

Yes, thats right.  My scrummy hubby, or should I call him "Scrubby" kindly bought me a box of choccies the other week.  Noooooooo, he didnt put a dent in the car, or buy something stupid (thats usually me does that!) Nor is he playing away from home or has a guilty conscience!  Heehee.

 No tricks at all, my husband is merely a big suck and romantic and is always buying me flowers and chocolates.  Always has done......of course he would never admit to being a big softie.  No need to admit it Scrubby.........Ive gone and done it for you and just told everyone over the internet, haahaa!

Anyway, enough of my antics.  Here is how this box of scrumpdiddliumptous chocolates ended up.....well, the calories ended up on my tummy.....of course!  And yes, that long winded word up there is in fact a word....in my house anyway.

Bllaaaaa blaaa Loops, get to the good stuff!

Scrummy choccies


Opps....someone ate them all......greedy blighter!!


Painted one coat of white acrylic paint all over the outside of the box


Ohhh it took a lot for me to part with this MME paper that was kindly given to me by Brenda (Floral Fantasies) in her blog candy goodies I won.  I got 1 12x12 piece of this My Minds Eye paper.  Its my first time ever having their paper.  The quality is amazing.  As Im sure a lot of you know, Im one crafter who doesnt have a lot of paper.....what is wrong with me??!!  But I decided to part with this piece, I think it was pretty perfect for this box.  The spotty paper I unfortunately cant remember where its from, sorry.


I bought some of this trim from a Youtuber who has a Zibbet store.  Her Youtube name is SaCrafters and her Zibbet store is SaCrafters also.  I cut a line of the roses off the width and put it around the box with hot glue.
Underneath I added K&Co papers and used little wooden knobs as feet
I wanted to created an old looking cracked paint affect on the feet, so I painted them completely red and, let them dry completely.  Added some crackle medium, let it set for 20 mins or until it became tacky.  Then I painted some antique cream acrylic paint over the top.  As it dried, the paint cracked showing the red paint underneath.
On the Lid I wanted to add a sentiment of some sort.  I printed out the word "Treasures" and fitted it into a Tim Holtz Bookplate.  I then used glossy accents to cover the sentiment.  Sadly I ended up with some air bubbles but its meant to look rustic so.....I'll pass it off as art, lol.
I wanted to add a dressform on the lid, so I broke out my new Tim Holtz die.
I used vintage photo distress ink on the dressform and edged it with Walnut Stain distress ink.  The dress on the dressform is actually from a wide lace that Fiona Jennings very kindly gave me.  I lined the rose as close to the middle as I could and cut around it to fit the dressform shape.  I cut a lower neck on it.
I made a wee necklace out of self adhesive flat back pearls
And now for the flowers.  ALL are made by me except for the long spray stick thingies and pink spray thingies! Lol. I also used Large cream and medium brown skeleton leaves as the base to set my flowers upon.  I then started adding my Handmade flowers.
Here I added one of my Handmade stickpins.  You can see one of my red small cabbages roses nestled in between the flowers in the middle.  I have a tutorial on one of my older posts showing you how to make a cabbage rose.  Then I used the Sizzix 3D Flowers Die to make the large and small spiral roses made from cardstock and the top right pink one is a rolled rose made from pink felt.  On the left is a little blossom I made from the small flower from the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die.
A close up of the felt rolled rose and cardstock rolled roses.  The cream fabric flower beside them is one of my Fluffy Goodness Flowers, the small floating Meringue. To see more of any of these flowers, please look back on older posts.
Close up of the small rolled rose from the Sizzix 3D Flower die and blossom made from the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die
Along the front of the box are more of my hand made flowers.
This is a large Petaloop Flower, tutorial is on my last post.
This cream flower is another large rolled rose and the wee red and white flower beside it is one of my other handmade roses.  I also have a tutorial on that flower in an older post.
This flower I made using the Spellbinders Rose Creations Dies.  Again, I have done a tutorial on how to make this flower.


I then put this pearl trim under the fabric rose trim again with hot glue (I love my got glue gun!!).  Opps, this photo should be on up a bit.  Ah well, Im not moving it now!! Blogger isnt playing fair when Im adding photos.
This is the bling mesh I got from a Youtuber, Fiona Jennings (Jennings644)
I cut off a single bling strip and put it all way around the inside of the box
Fiona has an Etsy store here
K&Co papers on the inside of the box and bling around the edges
The completed inside
I added wide lace along the back and printed out some Ephemera from The Graphics Fairy.  These can be used as decoration in the box or used as journalling spots or photo mats.
I also printed out a little envelope from The Graphics Fairy and put some wee postcards and a picture in it too.
A wee close up of some of the photos
I made these stick pins also.  I thought they'd look nice all in a row along the lace.  They arent fixed to the lace so they can be removed and used on projects.
I love using old and decorative jewellery in my projects.  This box handle started life off as a bracelet from Primark.  I just loved these big chunky beads and of course I bought it to dismantle it!
I took the bottom bead cap off the bottom of the bead.  Made a small hole in the box lid, just big enough to feed the bead wire through.  Glued the bead to the lid for extra stability and threaded the bead wire through the small hole.  I then reattached the bead cap through the wire and remade the loop nice and tight up against the cap.  And there we have a decorative box knob.




Sorry if I bored you with photos.  But as I said, this is a catalogue of "What I did" as I am not keeping this box for myself.  It is going to be a gift for a friend.  This is my first time every altering a box like this so I hope you like it.  

Thanks for looking and for any comments.  Any questions, please ask.

Toodles Noodles,

Loops xxx

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73 comments:

  1. Wow Loops. This is so gorgeous. Must have taken you ages to do but stunning result.
    Mags
    x

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  2. OMW Loops this absolutely stunning hun...and your friend is very lucky to receive your gorgeous gift...

    big hugs Vicky xx

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  3. Wow this is fabulous Lee, I love it!!!! Love the inside aswell, the litte 'feet' are fab and your gorgeous flowers look amazing, what a wonderful keepsake! Love Jayne. x x

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  4. WOW Lee,this is absolutely stunning, love all the beautiful details and those flowers are gorgeous...love this so much.
    Wendy xx

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  5. This is simply stunning, I adore it!!!!

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  6. Yumm!!! This treasure box really makes each and every of your flowers to stand out! Sweet as never before! Hugs, kissinia

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  7. wow Wow Wow stunning your friend will luv it, never too many photo's its great looking at all the details and they are all gorgeous embellies, have a great weekend.
    Chris x

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  8. Wow Lee
    Stunning and beautiful , all that work was worth it
    Hugs Dianne xx :)

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  9. Oh Lee this is just so beautiful, you should play with paper more often! Your flowers are some of the nicest I have ever seen and you have showcased them perfectly on this gorgeous box.
    Love your economy with words too - 'scrubby' priceless!
    Hugs Laurie xx

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  10. Oh my word....what a stunner! I love all the gorgeous boxes they have in TKMax, and this reminds me of some of them.....but is more wonderful because it is totally hand-crafted...just gorgeous!

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  11. Its super gorgeous Lee! Thanks for sharing the details... from one look I can now easily say which flower is made by you... Love how you decorated the dressform with the lace...

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  12. Hi Lee, Amazing, stunning, beautiful, all those pretty details, just gorgeous. You take fab pics too! have a great weekend, Karenxx

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  13. Boring... never! I was glued to my laptop! I'd love a sequel!! Wow this was amazing, love all the details but my favorite is still all your handmade flowers, YUMMY! Thanks for sharing another gorgeous project!
    Crafty Hugs,
    Penda

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  14. Oh Oh my giddy aunt lee!!!!! Wowzer what a really really stunning vintage box!!!!! I absolutely love love this Lee!!!! Wow stunning work!!! Anyone who can take a chocolate box and turn it into a work of art like this deserves an A+. Your flowers are super gorgeous!!!!! Keep going your doing a fabulous job!!!!!

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  15. Wowwww Lee..... absolutely stunning! Your friend will be thrilled!
    Hugs
    Christine x

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  16. oh my Lee where to start, first and foremost the manikin with the gorgeous lace dress, the little distressed feet, obviously your gorgeous flowers and overall far to much for me to take in on one visit lol, stunning, bet you really enjoyed creating it
    Hugs Kate xx

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  17. think i'm off to stock up on chocs!! =P really lovely lee, you wouldn't know it was your first altered box at all =) i love all the little details, they are so pretty, your friend is very lucky. xx

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  18. wow what a fabulous creation everything is stunning and the flowers are amazing welldone xx

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  19. oh wow, this is absolutely fantastic lee.so many beautiful details ;D

    xx coops xx

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  20. Wow, wow, wow I love this!!!! Oh Lee, that lace on the dress form is just perfect, and the papers are gorgeous, but best of all, what a fabulous way to show off all those gorgeous flowers of yours. And you even decorated the inside - I adore that loop of lace filled with vintage ephemera. Well done, this is brilliant and you definitely deserve to win some of those challenges.

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  21. This box is a masterpiece - I'd be scared to use it! Definitely a treasure... Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Cardmakers. Good Luck!

    Jackie

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  22. Great box Lee, your friend is very lucky.

    Emjay

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  23. OMG! where do you get your amazing ideas from Lee. This is so gorgeous, love all of the stunning embellies you've created and gorgeous papers inside and out. LOVE LOVE LOVE the dress form. :o)

    Donna x

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  24. Wow Lee you are so talented. I just love this box so much. I love all of it. MME papers are just gorgeous and I hate parting with mine. Lovely beautiful lace on the dressform. Just GORGEOUS xx

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  25. Awwwwww Lee, I'm totally speachless....I enjoyed all of your photos and your humorous way of explaining....thanks for joining Whimsy Stamps and good luck in the draw!
    xxx Margreet

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  26. Lee, what a fabulous creation! All those lovely flowers too! Beautiful!
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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  27. wow Lee, it looks fantastic, and who would ever know it started life as a choccie box
    I particularly love the dress and dress form - genius
    can I ask how long it took to do?
    Debz
    xx

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  28. Fab project and such a beautiful design, love the colours and all of the little details you have added
    Lindsay xx

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  29. Bored ?,i'm never bored at your wonderful creations,the more pics the better hun.

    As always this is soooo beautiful,thanks for sharing.Love it.Huggles.xx

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  30. Świetny pomysł na niezwykle kobiece pudełko!! I te Twoje śliczne kwiaty, które w tak wspaniały sposób potrafisz skomponować.. Pozdrawiam ciepło:))

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  31. OH WOW!!!! Lee this is the most beautiful box I've ever seen hand made, it's gorgeous!
    I'm so pleased you included so many piccies of it, I wanted to see all the gorgeous details, it's truly beautiful, well done you. Hugs Teresa xx

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  32. Wow Lee, this is just stunning. I love all the different types of flowers you have used. Thank you for joining us at Whimsy Stamps this week, good luck with the challenge x

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  33. Lee,you never cease to amaze me with your beautiful flowers,but you have with this beautiful box surpassed yourself,it is gorgeous....
    Mandy x

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  34. Lee: Your box is amazing. I've seen similar ones made out of old cigar boxes, but yours is truly innovative. It's quite lovely. You just seem to come up with such unique and interesting ideas, Lee. I'm always amazed. Also, thank you for the Thanksgiving wishes. Thanksgiving is always the 4th Thursday in November. Historically, it was a tradition set forth when the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock, along with the American Indians who had occupied that land, had a feast and together, thanked God for the blessings they had received in America. That's where the tradition began, and while some Americans have forgotten its true origins, this is what it is really all about, just a good opportunity to thank God for all He has blessed us with in this country. Anyway, thanks for your sweet comments. I want you to know that you are often a blessing and encouragement to me, Lee, and I appreciate you. Have a blessed week as well.
    Karen

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  35. Oh Wow this is so gorgeous! I love the idea of a pocket inside. So many lovely details and i love the flowers!
    Hugs xx

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  36. OOOhhhhh Lee it's even more scrumpdiddliumptous (lol!) than the chocolates. I loved all the pics and the way you describe how you made it was great and not boring at all. What a very lucky friend you have, I'm sure they'll be delighted with this - so hard to believe that something so gorgeous could start off as a plain old chocolate box. xx

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  37. You did an awesome job, Lee! I love the crackled paint on the handle and the dress form. Beautiful...Beth

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  38. Wow Lee - loadsa photos!! this is a really inspirational project - just beautiful.

    xx Jill B

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  39. oh wow what an amazing box lee ... you would never know how it started out in life ... how clever are you ... love your design and love all the flowers and embelishments ... well done you I am sure your friend will treasure it forever ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

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  40. WOW Lee this is absolutely fabulous, job well done, shame the choccies are missing lol. Chris xx

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  41. Wow that is a stunning box and whoever gets it is very lucky.
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this time and we hope to see you again soon.

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  42. It should be a sin to be this talented!!!!!! This is absolutely stunning, and all those lovely pictures really tell a story of the progression of a simple box of chocs into craft heaven!

    I am thrilled you stopped by at Crafty Cardmakers for our recycling challenge.

    Lin xx

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  43. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! What a HUGE difference! You did an amazing job! =)

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  44. Oh Lee! What can I say that hasn't been said already? This is sooo lovely, you are very talented! Just love this box, you really have recycled it well! Brilliant work, Jx

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  45. Oh wow what a lot of work but it looks sooo GORGEOUS, well done.Can't wait to see what you make next now :O) Viv xx

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  46. fantastic idea Lee, I love it and aaaawwwww bless the little darling for buying you choccies
    Mina xxx

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  47. Hi thanks so much for stopping by my blog wow you box is amazing!!!! such lovely details!!!!

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  48. Wow,wow,wow Lee, this is just STUNNING,..... love all the piccies, all the details are just so sweet, love the lace on the dressform and little feet and all your scrummy flowers, love it all !
    Tilly

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  49. totally amazing and congrats on debbi's distressed inks win

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  50. Ли, шкатулочка получилась великолепная, красивая и стильная ! Любая женщина была бы рада стать обладательницей такого чуда !

    P.S. Поздравляю с выигранной конфеткой от Дебби .

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  51. Stunning Lee. I love all of your creations especially your flowers and the Guitar x

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  52. Wow! What a stunning altered box you have created! And what an awesome hubby for buying you the choccies to start with ... he is obviously looking out for your craft inspiration as well as being a big softie lol. I've just discovered you through Mina/Pink Puds blog and so glad that I did! I'm off to check out the rest of your blog and become a follower so I don't miss anything else you post! Julie :D

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  53. Wow wow wow hun, this is gorgeous! clever you, love your not a tutorial lol, fab pictures, gorgeous embellishments and of course your beautiful flowers, they are so gorgeous!!, well done, look forward to your next no tutorial too lol hugs liz xx

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  54. WOW WOW WOW!! I JUST LOVE THIS BOX...IT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL...REALLY GORGEOUS! I LOVE VINTAGE AND YOU NAILED IT BEAUTIFULLY!!!!

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  55. Wow so much love and work as gone into creating this box. Absolutely Stunning!!!!!
    Hugs
    Tamara

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  56. Ли , как здорово ! ты выиграла еще одну конфетку ...поздравляю !!!!!!!!!!

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  57. Wow Lee, this is stunning. I love the vintage feel and I just absolutely love your handmade flowers.
    Becky x

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  58. This is a great creation hun! xxx

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  59. OMG Lee!!!!!!!!!!!! What a fabulous vintage altered box!!!!!!!!! You deserve to win every challenge and then some!!!!!!!!!! Your details are simply amazing wowzers!!!! Perfect for a wedding gift no??? Haaahaaaaaaa *smile*

    Lee, thanks so much for your delicious comments, you make me smile every time you pass by my little web space :) You are one of a kind and make this world a truly better place :) Merci xx

    Tammy

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  60. Well hun, thanks for your lovely comments, but I have to say that I wish I could make beautiful flowers like you!hugs Liz xx

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  61. Goodness me! what a special box, with lovely memories as a pressie from hubby to a beautiful and unique box x Leigh x

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  62. OMG lee, this is absolutely beautiful. I just love the vintage look of it. Would make a gorgeous jewellery box. i just love it. xx

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  63. This is amazing!!! It must have taken quite a long to make but it shows cos its beautiful!!!! Love it!
    Rach :) xx

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  64. This is incredible Lee, although be prepared to be adicted to MME papers now you have started!
    Love how you see something that would normally end up in the recycling bin and have transformed it into something so beautiful and unique.

    I particularly LOVE your pins and flowers - do you sell them?!

    Thanks for sharing... I feel all inspired now!

    Sue xx

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  65. Oh wow Lee this is fantastic. You are so clever and really take care to make something perfect. I could never come up with these ideas. I love it. Debs xx

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  66. WOW this is stunning Lee,everything about it is just gorgeous, love it
    Hugs Lorna xx

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  67. Wow, this is stunning. Looks like sooo much work but well worth it.

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  68. WOW! This is stunning Lee, love it! Love looking at all your fab details, but I think the dressform is my favorite...it's gorgeously cute!

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  69. Your box is soooo pretty. Loved how you showed each step!
    Now,to answer your question, the Blitsy site currently does not ship internationally, but is in the works to start shipping internationally, so it's just a matter of time :)

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  70. Gorgeous...I think I'm in love! :)

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  71. Wow,wow,wow this is splendid.....what a showpiece! Must have taken ages....Clever girl!xx

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  72. ooo this is awesome!!! GORGEOUS, lee!!! your friend is soo lucky to have a sweet and talented friend like you.. love this one!!!

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Helloooooo! Anybody out there??!! Hey....there you are! Thanks for leaving a comment and stopping by my Blog. Lee x