Monday, 12 October 2009

My secret project!

I can now blog a little project I've been working on for Lynne's birthday. Although it isn't her birthday until the weekend I have now given it to her, so you can see it too! Not particularly wonderful from this angle, but if I tell you that this is the lid of a box, and the box looks like this...
You are a bit more impressed now aren't you? I made the backgrounds with adirondack colour washes in lettuce, stream and eggplant. The fern stamp is from the wild meadow themeplate from Graphicus and is stamped in Versamagic turquoise gem. The butterfly is from the crafty Elements Butterflies sheet from Crafty Individuals, coloured with promarkers and then clear embossed. And now for the next bit... (drum roll please)... slide the lid off and VoilĂ !
It's a magic box! Not bad for my fist attempt, eh? The butterflies are on strips of acetate and coloured and stamped on both sides (and clear embossed). The punched flower and leaves are coloured on both sides too.
The full instructions to make a box like this can be found here and some breathtakingly beautiful examples can be found on Elaine's blog. Thanks for the inspiration, Elaine. I don't think mine will ever be as stunning as yours, but I'm very pleased with the results and your instructions were so easy to follow.
It's been a funny day today. I've been on a course that was a bit abstract at times and a bit hard to follow. If you want to be a 'leader' these days you need to know an awful lot of jargon. Oh dear! I'm beginning to sound like I'm ready to retire!!! I'm not really, but maybe I should join the Campaign for plain English!
BTW this is my 200th post!!!! I can't believe it! I am well and truly addicted. I am gathering some blog candy ready for my bloggerversary on 19th October, so keep dropping in!


Anonymous said...

Its beautiful. Gorgeous colour and designt and that butterfly is superb
hugs June x

Lynne K said...

As the lucky recipient of this beautiful box, I can tell you it is even more amazing in real life than it appears in the photos! Thank you so much, Sally, I love it. xx

Lottie said...

Oh you clever, clever lady - it is absolutely stunning - brilliant - amazing - love it!

Anonymous said...

This is stunning Sally. You must have spent hours on this.
I saw Elaines blog a while ago and was amazed at this ladies artwork.

Lesley said...

Beautiful box Sally - Lynne is very lucky! xx

magic boxes said...

Hi Sally

Your box is gorgeous, I love the colours and the butterflies!

I wish my first box had been half as beautiful.

Elaine x

craftimamma said...

Oh, this is gorgeous Sally. No wonder Lynne loved it. The colours are lovely and I always have a soft spot for pretty butterflies.

Lesley Xx

lisa said...

You are so clever Sally, this is fantastic. How lucky is Lynne to receive this. Those colours are gorgeous and I love the butterflies.
Courses!!!! I think they must be everyones pet hate, they were certainly mine.


Chris said...

Oh this is truly delightful Sally... such beautiful colours... lynne is a lucky lady indeed :D Congratulations on your 200th post... WOW that is some amount of Hugs Chris xx

brenda said...

This is brilliant Sally, you are very clever. I have often admired these boxes so thanks so much for the link.

Sorry so long getting here, up to my eyes in DT and demo stuff this week.

B x

Debbie Dolphin said...

hi sally
really lovely.They are really easy to do arent they.I once made one for jill.I really loved doing it.You wouldnt believe its all made from an A4 sheet of paper.
debbie xxx