Saturday 5 April 2014

Keepsake Box

Hello to all my fellow bloggers. I hope you are all well and managing to get plenty of creative time to yourself. I can’t believe how this year is flying by and we are now in April. The most exciting month of the year so far for me, as I am this months Guest Designer at Cheery Lynn Designs

Todays project is a Keepsake box that I intend to keep little memories my children made or gave me as they were growing up. I started with coating my plain wooden box with a coat of gesso inside and out  to seal it. I then applied various colours of paint blending and applying to my box with a baby wipe. Finally. stamping script and crackles onto it also with paint.

For the top of my box I cut out the French Lattice Small Frame die x 2 with kraft card. I then dry brushed some paint over it to give a shabby feel. I sliced a section off both cut outs so they would connect together at the right size for the top of my box. I saved the small shapes, these were distressed and stamped with crackles. This gave me a contrast when I paper pieced them back onto the lid. I cut out my flourish and again distressed the edges and applied to the lid with multi medium. I then edged with Cuties 3 strip around the edge of the box.

The centre piece I wanted to give a look of petals  wrapped delicately around my topper. I die cut the Cuties 3 strip with kraft card and edged with distress. I then pressed my embossing tool into the centre of the petals to give texture and put a tiny little cut into the strip with my scissors, this makes the paper more pliable to go around the topper with ease and makes the petals sit perfectly. I layered 2 rows around the centre.

I love making my corner dies  look like a metal embellishment. To do this, I firstly cut out with kraft card and double embossed with a metallic copper embossing powder. If you heat from underneath and you will get a smoother finish. The base of the box is supported with wooden beads I painted. 

Now lets go inside my keepsake box. By luck the sections were able to come out, enabling me to stamp them and distress around the edges. My back section I used patterned paper adding glitter paste through a stencil. I also glued on some more little bits from my lattice frame die and edged with the Cuties strip. I used various stamps on my background too.

I used the Expandables Tiny Borders strip into my little sections. This is an amazing die, that gives you lots of different decorative strips all at once and the length is only determined by the size of the piece of paper you use, as it has little markers on the die to expand it. Clever !!

Finally adding all  my various embellishments and a peice of pink felt to the base inside.

Well I hope you have enjoyed my post as much as I have had in making it and feel inspired to enter this weeks challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs which is Back to Nature or  theme changes on Sunday to Anything Goes.

Hope you have a creative weekend,

 Julie x 

Shop at Cheery Lynn for: 

FRM132 French Lattice Small Frame Die
B165 Lace Corner Deco
EDL151 Victorian Romance Flourish
B215 Expandable Tiny Borders
B387 Tiny Fanciful Flourish Left and Right
B339 Gardenia Strip
FRM135 Swedish Spring Oval Frame
B151 Cuties 3
B179 Iris Leaves

I would like to enter this into:

Crafty Little Fairies - Vintage/Shabby Chic

Ecletic Paperie - Challenge Wood

The Artistic Stamper - Embossing and Texture

That's Crafty Challenge Blog - You Spin Me Right Round

Stamping Sensations - Dies and/or Punches Challenge


  1. Julie, this is a triumph! I thought those corners were real metal until I read the text! I love all the detail you bring to your projects. They always look so delicate and so well finished. You are prepared to go that extra step and that is what makes your work special. I always love a visit to your blog! You've also tempted me to give CL dies a go. I don't have any as yet! Julie Ann xx

  2. Good Morning Julie. Well my gob is well and truly smacked with this wonderful box. I love it all and finish you have given it is fabulous too. I just can't stop looking at it . I have a box of boxes and have never done one, so you have given me inspiration to have a go. Hope you are well. Hugs Rita xxx

  3. Well done Julie this is absolutely gorgeous. So glad to see you guest designing for Cheery Lynn you deserve this opportunity your work is beautiful.

  4. Such a lovely keepsake box. Thank you for entering into the latest That's Crafty! challenge - and good luck in the draw.

  5. Fabulous make and great tip on those corners, thought they were metal, will be giving that a go. Thanks for playing at. CLF

  6. Your box is just beautiful Julie and as ever, your embellishments are simply perfect! Anne xx

  7. Julie, your box is BEAUTIFUL, inside and out! Love all of your details, especially how you made those corner pieces look like metal! Thx for playing with us in the eclectic. Paperie ePlay Wood Challenge!

  8. Absolutely beautiful Julie, your box is a complete treasure in it's own right. Congrats on your guest design month... You craft fantastically with CL dies. Nicola x

  9. STUNNING!!! Both the outside and the inside of this box are so pretty!! Love how you have used the little cut out from the lattice die, the whole box is just exquisite! Big congrats also on being guest designer at CL, a well deserved spot!! Your creations with their dies are amazing!!

  10. Oops, back with my official Artistic Stamper hat on, thanks for adding this wonderful box to our challenge"

  11. What a gorgeous altered box. The shabby chic finish on the wood is fabulous, and I love the corners and lovely vintage detailing on the inside. Congrats on your Cheery Lynn guest spot - it's going to be a great month!
    Alison x

  12. Oh the beauty of this box!
    The corners certainly fooled me into believing they were metal embellishments. Also the love put into the inside of the box with all that wonderful detailing - this is very special indeed.

  13. Wow! The outside is gorgeous enough, but the inside is even more stunning! Great use of the dies. Your guest DT spot at Cheery Lynn is well deserved. Thank you for sharing your beautiful box with us at Stamping Sensations.


  14. beautiful thanks for joining us on the That's Crafty challenge!

  15. This is lovely Juliz, great use of your dies and perfect for our theme.

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  16. This is just amazing - so many fabulous details to take in! It really is gorgeous! I think as soon as my finances recover I'm going to need(lol!) some Cheery Lynn dies! Congratulations on your DT spot and also on your well deserved win at OCC. Chrisx

  17. Absolutely stunning inside and out! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

  18. Wow gorgeous and a fab use of dies. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Little Fairies.

    Deborah A

  19. WOW!! This is absolutely stunning! I love the design and all your detailing is so beautiful.
    Thank you for taking part in the Crafty Little Fairies Challenge this week.
    Sue xx

  20. What a delightful box and one to treasure for many years to come. I love the designs both inside and out. Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog xx

  21. Absolutely beautiful, thanks for joining us at stamping sensations
    Francesca x

  22. What a wonderful keepsake box you created Julie! I love the 'copper' corners - the beautiful tiny petals around your framing of the image on the top - even the inside is so wonderfully decorated - so many artistic touches! thanks for joining in the eclectic Paperie challenge!

  23. omg, I absolutely love this. Love the elegance and the inside is spectacular! Beautiful. Thanks so much for playing along with us in our April ePlay challenge.

  24. Beautiful from the outside to the inside Juliz!!
    Thanks so much for joining us this month for the ePlay Challenge.

  25. What a beautiful keepsake box! I'm so glad you decided to play along with us for the ePlay Wood Challenge!


Thanks for visiting, I love to read your comments so I know you have stopped by and look forward to visiting your blog.

Julie x


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