Sunday, 8 January 2012

Another Altered Chocolate Box!! Im not a gorb...honest!!


Pretty Shabby Chic Vintage style Box  Pictures are rubbish ..... the lighting was awful!  Bloody winter!  Baaaa!
Yes I realise it may seem like its been FOREVER since youve had me nattering in your ear .... but do not despair ....... for I have returned!  Heehee.  Ive been so busy since Christmas my head feels like its doing a bit of an Exorcist move and me old noggin keeps spinning around!!  Anywho....onwards and upwards as they say....

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.

This box started out life as Tesco Belgian chocolate seashells (yummy!).  I painted the box roughly with white acrylic paint but paid a bit more attention to the edges.  I did this to get rid of the majority of the box's original colour.  Its not essential as it will be covered with paper but I like to have my paper slighter smaller than the actual box so there will be a small edge where the box is exposed.
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 used a different paper from Melissa Frances on the inside of the lid.  The colours are perfect and coordinate perfectly with the outside papers.  Gorgeous pinks and tealy colours. Im sorry the photos arent showing the colours very well.  The inside base is the same as the sides of the box on the outside.
A wee close up of the paper.  I am going for a magnetic closure this time with this box.  I put the opposite magnets onto the box first and then covered them with paper so they wouldnt be seen.  These magnets shown here will have paper over them too, to disguise them.
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.
Believe it or not, this little closure charm started out life as a Primark pearl earring.  I cut off the back and glued it to a circle of card.  I then used a wee strip of the bling mesh again and glued it around the pearl.  This is also how I make my blingy flower centres.  I added the paper to the closure too but used my scissors to distress the paper edges.
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.    
Now it would be a bit weird if I made something that didnt have some of my handmade flowers on it, wouldnt it? So I added 2 of the Peace Roses on either side along with one of my large Floating Meringues from my Fluffy Goodness Collection (Ohhh listen to me....I have flower collections, heehee).  I dyed the material using my own homemade glimmer mist also.  I also made the wee pearly centre for the flower.
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!
Opps sorry for my shadow at the bottom left of the photo.  Sadly I could get great photos, the lighting is terrible at the minute.  Roll on the Spring!!


And that is it from me my little Loopy Loo's.  I feel like I havent stopped these last 2 weeks.  So hopefully things will start to calm down a bit and I can pay a bit more attention to my blog.  Again Im so sorry for the quality of the photos, they really do not do this gorgeous box justice.  Hopefully the next box I do the light will be a bit better!

Thanks for dropping by everyone, any questions please do ask.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Toodles Noodles,

Loops xx

Challenges I would like to enter my Altered box into

Dream Valley Challenges - Anything goes.......Yeah for me!!
The Ribbon Girl Blog - Blue and Pink



61 comments:

  1. oooo how lovely =) think we're all just getting back to reality after all the christmas craziness!! hope you had a good christmas and new year. think i may have to give this a go after all the chocolate we acquired over christmas =) xx

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  2. Lee your boxes are just so fabulous. Such inspiration for all us crafters. I love love love your projects. xx

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  3. Lee this is absolutely stunning. Love it
    Anne x

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  4. Yes indeedy roll on spring, absolutley stunning altered box, gorgeous papers and beautiful embellies.
    Chris x

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  5. Gorgeous box. I love it. Beautiful papers. Love the final result. Johanne L.

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  6. Next time I'm visiting my son in Bangor, I'm poppin' in on you....you need to share that chocolate! Have to say I also have quite a box collection...in fact I only buy chocolate gifts if I know I can use the box afterwards...haaaa!
    You've inspired me to go make something wonderful with a few of 'em....thanks for sharing the piccies....and save me some chocolate...ha!

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  7. it always amazes me the amount of work you put into your altered items Lee, fantastic project.
    My mum first-footed me with a box of cadbury occassions choc biscuits and now that the kids have eaten them all (it's true, it was the kids) and the box is empty it made me think of you, so as long as they don't destroy it using it as a bed for Ugly Gordon I may try and alter it :)
    Debz
    xx

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  8. Hiya hun,WOW this is sooooo Beautiful.If i tried to do this it would just look a flippin mess Lol.Love it,keep em coming.Huggles xxx

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  9. great tutorial and gorgeous box..i always hesitate over boxes too but that is more for storage then creating beautiful things x

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  10. Wow this is just stunning I so wish I had the patience to try something like this! hugs Debbie x

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  11. Hi Lee,
    Happy New Year to you! So lovely to see you back creating - and what a creation! I love how this started off as a chocolate box ( I had one of these but sadly it's already gone out to the dustbin men:()I love everything, such gorgeous papers...and your beautiful flowers. Ingenious too, to have a little pocket inside the lid! a wonderful tutorial, thankyou! Hugs, Teresa x

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  12. WOW!!! Lee this is gorgeous,i love the vintage feel, i,ll have to have a go at altering a box when i have some sparetime as this looks amazing you,d never think it was originally a ordinary box for chocolates.
    (hugs)
    Trish (-:

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  13. WOW Lee, this is just stunning, so many gorgeous details, love it.
    Wendy xx

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  14. oh wow great talk through too think you and littlebo have something special to beable to make creations like this.

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  15. WOW, this is absolutely gorjuss, stunning, stylish, jaw dropping and more, i am totally in love with your style!! Lucky girl getting this one...........:))
    lotsa luv

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  16. Absolutely stunning Lee. It is hard to believe that this wonderful creation started life as a humble chocolate box. So much attention to detail.
    Mags
    x

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  17. Hi Lee This box is amazing, Love the melissa francis papers and the flowers and trimmings around the box,Beautiful Work of Art...

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  18. You never cease to amaze me, Lee! Awesome job and a true work of beauty, as always.
    Karen

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  19. Gorgeous box Lee, I love the papers you have used and everything goes so well together. It really is beautiful.
    Becky x

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  20. OMG!!!!!!! Lee as always I am totally gob smacked, such beauty and gosh if I had used my papers like these to such a good use..............Your roses and pins look amazing on this gorgeous box, you blow me away with your altered art
    Hugs Kate xx
    Happy New Year to you
    ps have you entered my new candy yet?

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  21. your box is fabulous, I really must try some projects soon, instead of just cards

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  22. Hi Lee
    a big pile of boxes on the way to you--- when they are altered.... please return hehehehe
    I just adore what you have done with this wonderful creation. papers, flowers pins all superb
    Tilly

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  23. Another stunning box Lee, the trim, the bling, the flowers, the pins oh! hun they are all so gorgeous. A wonderful creation as always. :o)

    Donna x

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  24. This is so beautiful Lee what stunning vintage work! You and boxes is like me and tins! My tea bags come in tins and I have tonnes of them!! My hubby will kill me if I keep another tin but they are far too good to throw away! Hugs Rebekah xx

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  25. wow this is beautiful lee.your details are absolutely stunning, so pretty :D

    xx coops xx

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  26. so much gorgeousness on one box Lee, its stunning...now come on tell the truth you eat all the choccies dont you lol...I have a whole pile of boxes waiting to be altered, I tell everyone I know when they get something with a box to keep it for me
    Mina xxx

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  27. Absolutely beautiful! Love those Melissa Frances papers and your gorgeous stickpins!

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  28. Yowswer! This box is stunning! Love how you made it and am thinking I need to try my hand at this too! S:o) Beautiful job!

    hooliewoodcreations.blogspot.com

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  29. WOW! Lee this is truly gorgeous. I have several chocolate boxes waiting to have a new look. I wonder when I'll get there.

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  30. Oh, hun, I know what you are talking about. I have a feeling like we have a polar night here. Seems like the day has decided to go somewhere else together with its bright light. We all are forgotten in the darkness... But your box... it is beautiful, Lee!

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  31. Such a gorgeous box,lovely papers too.
    Hugs Emjay

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  32. What can I say but WOW! Your box is over the top gorgeous and really to die for. Love those papers and your use of lace and pearls. So very romantic indeed! This way you've had the pleasure of the box in more ways than one ;-) A true stunner!

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  33. Hi hun, sorry I haven't got her sooner like you I've been up to my ears, thought not in as many chocolate boxes as you! if you need help eating the choccies you can always send some my way lol,

    love your gorgeous creation again hun, brill papers and gorgeous flowers and pins again, hope your ok,have fun, hugs Liz xx

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  34. I absolutely love this Lee, it is a stunning work of art, amazing!!! x x

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  35. What gorgeous creations you make Lee! I've hung onto a couple of Xmas boxes which I hope to alter them at some point because you have inspired me with your beautiful boxes! I think a lot of us are suffering from post Xmas and New Year exhaustion/over done it/knackered. Desperately hoping for the spring time sun now! hugs Karen x

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  36. What a pretty box! You are so clever!

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  37. Oh WOW! You never fail to amaze me, this is so breath takingly beautiful, your attention to detail is absolutely exquisite, love it. Thanks for the heads up about Wendy's candy.
    Lindsay xx

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  38. This box is brilliant - you are so creative. There is so much detail on and in this box - marvellous.

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  39. Oh my giddy aunt Lee!!! Your at it again!!!! What a precious treasure you have created!!!!This is just stunning work my friend!!!!!Oh how I wish I could make flowers like you!!!!Wow lee I love love this masterpiece and the Melissa Frances papers!!!!Way to go my friend you sure are the Queen of altered boxes and that's the truth!!!!!
    Hugs
    Linda

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  40. Hi Loops

    Your box is amazing, so pretty!!

    Hugs Ann xx

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  41. WOW Lee this is just stunning, i absolutely love it
    Hugs Lorna xx

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  42. Aww Lee this is just gorgeous! Wow absolutely vintage shabby chic and I love it. All that lace is fab and I love your blunt pearl closure. What a great idea to hide the magnets, mine always come off and hiding them would solve the problem brilliantly!

    Talk about busy since Christmas! You and me both! Sorry I haven't been around much lately but hope things will calm down a bit by the end of the week.

    Love the altered choccy boxes and can't wait to see some more. Funny how we're both on vintage romantic streaks at the moment. Maddy xxx

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  43. That should have said bling not blunt! Curse predictive text!!!!

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  44. Lee - this altered {Shabby} box is FABULOUS!!! Melissa Frances paper is so perfect with it! I can't wait to see what new papers MF comes out with at CHA!

    I LOVE chocolate too! Yummy! xo

    -pamela :)

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  45. Lee yet again I'm in love with your box,it's so beautiful,I love all the detail you put on them....Such fabulous work...
    Mandy x

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  46. Totally stunning Lee.

    And the glossy accents worked a treat, so thanks for the tip, I made a whole batch yesterday

    B x

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  47. thank you hun, super excited
    Hugs Kate xx

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  48. Lee this is GORGEOUS!! It is beautifully shabby chic, vintage, romantic... I could go on and on! LOVE THIS!

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  49. OOOOHHHHHHH!!!! This is just beautiful.. so full of vintagey gorgeousness!! Love that paper and thank you so much for all the pictures, it really does help to see how it's all done!!!
    Hugs,
    Teri

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  50. Sheesh! This is awesome Lee!
    I really wouldn't have a clue where to start making something like this!
    I love all the embellies...really, really beautiful.

    Hugs Elaine xx

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  51. Hi Lee...This is absolutely stunning. I love those gorgeous shabby chic papers and the vintage style you have created. Absolutely beautiful.
    Debbie x

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  52. stunning lee,love it sue xx

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  53. hiya, isn't it lovely to have fabulous memories, will keep producing bits that aid yours lol xx
    Kate x

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  54. Lee this is absolutely stunning, you are so clever, I really love this one. xx

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  55. Another super fabby box Lee! You make it all look so easy, maybe when I've finished my Milk Tray I might give it a go....or will I wait for the Dairy Box box hehehe

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  56. Another stunning creation Lee - don't know how you have the patience - I'm more of a quick fix person finishing a card in a night. Really well done. Jx

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  57. Lee another really stunning project!

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  58. Lovely box- very pretty!! Nice to see the progression, too!! :)
    Thanks for sharing with us at Dream Valley this time!! :)
    hugs, Rachel x

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  59. Absolutely gorgeous what a wonderful keepsake box.. Chris xx

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  60. A work of art - and thanks for the step by step to making your beautiful box - thank you for joining in with the Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge, Mary G x

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