Friday, February 10, 2012

Box for Bugs....?

I have something a little bit different today;  I have used an empty chocolate box for my Cuttlebug plates and dies since I got my 'bug.  Recently I decided to make it a bit more attractive (even though it lives in a cupboard!) Coincidentally we're showcasing projects "other than cards" over at the All That Scaps Blog 
***Warning: There's a lot of photos in this post.. even for me :-) 
I decided to give my CC Designs Sweetheart Birgitta image (available here) an outing... being a digi meant it was easy to scale her up a bit to suit the size of the box.  
Birgitta is coloured with Copics and I'm really happy with how her dress came out, I added Stickles to her wings then cut her out and added her to a couple of Fleur De Lis Nesties die cuts - one black and one from a piece of DCWV Mariposa paper.  I wrote the label on a Standard Circle Nestie, backed up with a Scalloped Circle Nestie (I would have much preferred to print my label, but my printer died, aaahhhh!!!)  The little butterflies are from a Martha Stewart punch.  My Time to Craft has A for Adorable as its theme this time, Birgitta's pretty adorable, I'm in!
I started with a choccie box similar to but not this one (this one's left over from Christmas, and no I didn't eat them all; they went into hampers (well MOST of them went into hampers, lol) 
I covered the outside of the lid with paper from DCWV Mariposa collection, all the lovely butterflies were glittered up already...bonus!  
As the paper is quite heavy I just stuck it straight on to the box (I have made one before with lightweight paper and it's a good idea to "line" the top first so that the box colours and embossing don't show through)  
I added a strip to one side - the 12" paper covered the rest in one go.  I then decided to give my new MFT Zig Zag die a run around the side of the lid, it wasn't "enough" on its own so I added a strip of plain black at the bottom and covered the join with some gold braid I've had since my egg decorating days. I used the same paper to cover the outside of the box.
The inside of the box and lid are covered with Grace Tyler paper. See, the plates and shims fit perfectly!
Cutie Pie Challenge has Anything But a Card as their theme, so I'm entering there. Charisma Cardz has "Thing With Wings" as does Crafty Emma's Store, so I'm in there too, and Paper Crafting Journey and the Gem of a Challenge both have Fairies; technically Birgitta is a Swiss Pixie, but I'm sure she qualifies :-) Allsorts Challenges Free and Easy theme is a nice easy one!
Do pop over to the All That Scraps Blog and check out the "other than cards" projects my teamies have come up with to inspire you.  I'll be back very soon with the card I've been threatening to post all week! Until then Happy Crafting, Donna


catherine said...

What a great idea. i'm always forgetting where I have put my down. Find them under a pile of paper normally
x catherine

Mimi said...

Great idea! Lovely papers and pretty die cuts! Fabulous coloring of the adorable Birgitta! Have a wonderful weekend! ;D

Sue Nicholson said...

Lovely idea, beautiful image and work. Thanks for joining us at Cutie Pie cheers sue n x

Joey said...

Its gorgeous Donna and so nice to be pretty too, beautiful colouring.Have a great weekend. Joey xx

Debs said...

Your recycled box is as delicious as the goodies that were originally in it :o)
Love the super sweet image and your colouring is amazing :o)
Thanks for playing along at Charisma this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Vee said...

What a lovely altered box. Thanks for playing with Charisma this week.
xx Vee

Teresa said...

Oh I'm so relieved I thought you meant the creepy crawly types lol, smashing box Donna, very clever idea I love it. Teresa xx

Vanessa (aka V'ness, Nessa, oldschool) said...

this is adorable!!!
Thanks for joinin in at MTTC & good luck!!!

Bilyana said...

wow..that is amazing

Shelby Goolsby said...

What a wonderful idea and this is just so cute!! I love the butterfly paper, so pretty.

Mandy said...

Beautiful box,love the image and colours...Thanks for joining in with us at A Gem of a Challenge,hope to see you next time...
Mandy x

Anonymous said...

Oooh Donna my friend! i love this box how cute is the CC image too! thank you for being a cutie pie woo x

happyglitzygirl said...

Very cleverly done,love everything about this gorgeous box. Thanks for playing with us at the papercrafting journey, blessings Hilde

xxxtglxxx said...

Beautiful project Donna - your card and box look stunning! :)

Thanks so much for playing at Charisma Cardz this week,



Janet said...

Beautiful card, thank you for joining AGOAC x

Janet said...

Beautiful card, thank you for joining AGOAC x