|Pretty Shabby Chic Vintage style Box Pictures are rubbish ..... the lighting was awful! Bloody winter! Baaaa!|
I know, I know.....you are all gonna be thinking "Another bloody altered box? How much chocolate do you eat woman??!!" Well, to answer that question......I love chocolate and could eat it until it came out of me ears. But to be completely honest, as much as I would love to be able to eat chocolate until it came out of me ears......I cant, unless I dont care about fitting through my doors!! But, I have been collecting boxes for a long time. And even when family member get choccies or things with nice boxes......I tend to nab those too! My room looks a bit like a box recycling plant at the minute, so I thought I better get my arse in gear and start altering some boxes, before Im overrun with nothing but boxes!! And there is no way Im storing boxes that could be housing lovely crafty stash in its place instead! So, you may be seeing quite a few altered chocolate boxes over the next wee while BUT dont go thinking Im a big gorb and scoffing down tonnes of choccies so I can alter the boxes into pretty little creations. Im not ..... honest ...... well not all in one go anyway!! I obviously ate them at some stage to have all the empty boxes! Oh behave you lot ..... stop raising your eyebrows in disbelief ....... Ive had the boxes ages....honest!
Anyway.......heres another little box I have altered. Here is how it went......Photo heavy but I want to show the progression of what I did. For my own records cause Ive got a noggin like a sieve and also in case anyone else wants to have a go and doesnt know where to start.
|I went around all the box edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and added this gorgeous paper from Melissa Frances. Painting the box white first means the distress ink colours perfectly. I also used Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the paper edges.|
|I think this paper from Melissa Frances is just perfect for the shabby chic look I am going for on this box. Its a beautiful mix of pinks, blues and greens. Its stunning.|
|I added this beautiful blingy trim around the outside of the box. I just stuck it on with hot glue....my favourite adhesive of choice even though I get the odd blister or 100!! I bought the bling from Fiona Jennings. Her Etsy Store and Youtube name is Jennings644. Fiona is out of stock of this particular trim at the moment but she has similar and other gorgeous trims, please take a look here|
|Close up of the gorgeous trim|
|Around the outside, I glued some gorgeous cream crocheted lace that I got from Fiona and decided it needed a bit of bling to correspond with the bling on the lid. So again, using bling mesh that I bought from Fiona, I cut one strip from the mesh and used hot glue to adhere it to the centre of the lace. If you dont know what bling mesh is, have a wee look here on my previous post. I wouldnt be without this stuff now. Its so versatile. You can even use your bigz dies and die cut it. This mesh looks amazing die cut using the dress form from the Tim Holtz sewing room die. Ohhh I also crackle painted the wee feet and glued them on too.|
|On the inside of the lid I used wide cream lace and glued it along the back. Putting the lace along the back of the lid makes a great wee storage pocket for stickpins , photos, love letters etc,.|
|I added a pretty little blue and white lace trim as a border along the inside.|
|Here is how it turned out. I think it looks pretty Vintage Shabby Chic, dont you think? I dont have the Tim Holtz Flourishes Die but my wonderful friend Maddy (Izzwizz) very kindly cut me some. I used 4 flourishes.|
|I put down some gorgeous skeleton leaves that were sent to me from Oh La La Vintage Treasures (Thank you!). The little frame was a gift and I used an image from Graphics Fairy inside it. At either side of the frame I placed 2 of my own handmade stickpins and some little beaded sprays that I bought from ebay.|
|The inside has some of my handmade stickpins placed on the lace and some wee vintage photos and postcards, again downloaded from the Graphics Fairy. I love the idea of being able to store things on the inside of the lid.|
|This is the finished inside. Sorry about the picture quality...it really looks awful. But the box is very pretty in real life...honest!|
|Just a little view of the side and another image of really appalling lighting! Grrrrrr!|
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