Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Gift (or two) From My Heart

WARNING!  Long post ahead!  I've been busy in the Closet!

Christmas is coming, and in our home, we make hand made gifts for each other.  Sometimes we draw names, and make a special gift for that one person.  A few years ago, my daughter drew my name and made an altered book for me, after taking an altered book class with me.  It is a treasure and even more meaningful because we got to share the experience of learning together. It's usually a flurry of activity at the last minute, because we are a family of procrastinators. (Not ME, though, of course!)

I bought her a special pair of hand made (by another artist) earrings for a gift for Christmas. When the store owner asked if I wanted a box, I declined, knowing the box would have to be special, too. Here is the box I made for her earrings--a gift to house the gift.



I started by grabbing everything out of my stash...box- I have lots of these paper mache boxes in lots of shapes in my hoard-check; designer paper- check; card stock- check; Mod Podge- check; Perfect Paper Adhesive--check; ribbon-check; embellishments-check, check!

I painted my star shaped box with gesso, dried, then  with white acrylic paint and dried again. Once completely dried, I spritzed the inside of the box and lid with Perfect Pearls Mist (Bubblegum).  If you look closely, you can see the pretty sheen inside--I assure you--much better in person.

 Meanwhile I worked on the embellishments.  A white pearl, tiny white pearls on a strand and a lace applique were all altered with Distress stains and alcohol inks and allowed to dry.

I made the flowers using (white card stock which I inked up with Distress Inks) Tim's Pinecone die.  I inked the edges of the die cut cardstock ever-so-slightly with Vintage Photo before twisting them up into a small rose and two tiny rosebuds, and then again, on the very tips, after assembling.

I cut and glued designer paper (I don't know the name--it's all just thrown in together by color or theme) for the lid and the sides and bottom of the box.  (I used Perfect Paper Adhesive for this and it does the best job.) Once glued and dried, I took a bone folder to smooth all the edges, glue down anything I missed.  I inked the bottom of the box with Distress inks to give it a vintage feel and the lid as well (this paper started as pink dots on a white background--I never think to take before pictures!)



Lastly I glued ribbon around the edge of the lid and added my embellishments, flowers, and a piece of tulle from an old petticoat.




I think Lauren will love her gift(s)!

While the mess was out, I decided to make another...and another...and a few more!

This is one I made for my son, Ethan.  A little more masculine, but still Christmas-y.  I'm not sure what this will hold, but possibly a check or a note to find something else.  Sometimes a gift is too big to wrap, and we have to hide it. Or a key to a new car!  HA! HA!  Just KIDDING! I just have no clue what to get a 16 year old boy! But he'll get a hand made box, that's for sure!


The box was prepared as above, using different colors and paper, obviously. Christmas-y fiber and Tinsel Trim around the edge of the lid.


I used Tim's Pine Cone die again, but this time for the foliage, painted with Paint Dabbers. Chipboard was  covered  in paper I copied from a Christmas Hymn book, die cut with Tim's Reindeer Flight die,  and distressed with Distress inks. All pieces were treated to a sprinkle of Diamond Dust.



Tinsel twine was used for the wreath around the deer's neck with two tiny bells attached on a jump ring.

(I forgot to take a photo of the back, but I chose the portion of the paper that had Santa and his reindeer flying across the sky. This is beautiful paper, and wish I had more!)

I hope Ethan will like this enough to overlook the fact there is no key in it!

While I was at it, I made these other boxes for little Christmas gifts of jewelry, gift cards, etc.  I won't go into detail about each box, but each was prepared as the first one except I did not spray with Perfect Pearls.  I chose various papers from my stash and decorated each in a unique way...all stuff from my crafty little hoard!  These jewels were a real challenge to place on the tree--so tiny! And since they were so old they had lost their stickyness, so each had to be glued on!


I used some Jolee's stickers and a little hand cut (decorative scissors--when's the last time I used those?) and stamped postage stamp on this one. Vintage pink rick rack for the edge of the lid. This will go to my Mom, since she lives in Florida.


Next up is this simple little tree adorned with a rosette cut with  Tim's Mini Paper Rosettes Decorative Strip die.  The flower is from my stash--Recollections, I think, straight from the package--no altering done. Finished with Stickles dots and ribbon from my stash. Getting the paper right on these trees is the real challenge and let's just say, there were many cutting mistakes!



 Next to Lauren's, the next box is my favorite.  Sister gift here...she raises and sells poinsettias at her nursery--Hilltop Farms outside of Springfield, MO.

I used Tim's Poinsettia die and Texture Fade for this, using the smaller two poinsettias  for the flower and the larger one for the leaves. I cut this from water color paper, which makes the inking just gorgeous (Distress Inks, of course!) and shaping easy-peasy. Stickles for the center. Sprinkled with lots of Diamond Dust--a crafter's best friend from Halloween through New Years! Again, a few cutting errors with this paper!


That line on the left is part of the design on the paper, not an inking error on my part!



Now,  I'm a little ahead of the game, thanks to the challenges over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous and Frilly and Funkie.  Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenges us to use our hoard and decorate a box--any kind of box. Frilly and Funkie  wants to see what kinds of gifts we are  making.  These are truly gifts made from my heart.

I would like to enter this into the following inspiring, fun challenges.  I hope you are inspired to link one of your creations up to one or all of these challenges:

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #20 "Box It Up!"

Frilly and Funkie "A Gift From the Heart"

Art With Heart Challenge November: "Favorite Recipes" I don't have any of the kitchen dies, but I did use a creative "recipe" over and over again to create my boxes, just added different "ingredients"!

Inspiration Journal "Happy Holidays!"

Rhedd's Creative Spirit November Challenge "Anything Goes" (as long as it's altered art) I altered these paper mache boxes!  And lot's of dies, papers, and other stuff was altered in the process!

The Artistic Stamper Creative Team November's Creative Challenge "Christmas is Coming" Yes!  There is rubber stamping on my postage stamp on the flamingo box! I hope you didn't miss it! (I don't have the maker--it was one of those loose random stamps in the drawer with all the other postage rubber stamps.)

It's All About the Vintage and Beauty #80 Home Made Embellishments I made my own roses, poinsettias, rosette, postage stamp, reindeer and foliage, and reindeer jingle-bell wreath collar.

The Mirror Cracked From Side to Side #3 Christmas Decorations

33 comments:

  1. Theses are gorgeous boxes, thankyou for joining in the challenge at The Mirror Crack'd. Happy crafting, Angela R. x

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    1. Thank you, Angela I appreciate your kind words!

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  2. Each and every one of these boxes is wonderful Sara though I have to say my favourites are the ones for your son and daughter. You are clearly a master of this particular art and I love how every one of the recipients of your boxes will have a treasured memento to keep special trinkets inside as well as their gift. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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    1. Thank you, Jenny. You always make me smile when you leave one of your fantastic comments on my blog! I'm happy you told me which are your favorites!

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  3. Gorgeous, each and every one! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  4. These are stunning. Each one is a little masterpiece.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

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    1. Thank you, Christy, for your generous praise!

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  5. Great boxes you have made for Christmas.
    Thank you for joining us at The Mirror Crack'd.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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    1. Sue, Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a sweet comment!

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  6. These are just gorgeous!
    Thank you for joining us at It's all About the Vintage & Beauty.
    Hugs Merkku

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    1. Again, Merkku, thank you for your visit and your comment!

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  7. wow, I love all these boxes! Thanks for joining us for the Inspiration Journal and Art with Heart challenges! =)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I'm happy you like them!

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  8. So very pretty,just love your colour choice too...makes the whole piece really eye catching.
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

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    1. Hi Sandra,
      Somehow I missed your sweet comment! Thank you!
      :):) Sara Emily

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  9. Wow, you really have been a busy girl Sara! This is just an amazing collection of boxes, holy cow! So many different shapes and ideas, love the tree, so festive! Your reindeer one is my favourite, I just love the ice crystals and the tinsel around his neck! You blow me away with your creativity! Your family is going to love them! big crafty hugs :)

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    1. Wow, Pamellia! More generous praise from such a wonderfully creative artist! You are making my head swell with all your compliments! Oh, yes, I have been busy! Time to come out of the Closet and get some fresh air! Thank you for your lovely visits! Just what I needed! Hugs!

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  10. Beautiful boxes! I love them all! Thanks so much for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Glenda, thank you! I'm so happy you like my boxes!

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  11. Gorgeous gift boxes! Love the different shapes! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

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    1. Thank you, Sue! What a fun and inspirational challenge over at Frilly and Funkie to get me started!

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  12. These are all so lovely, but I think the deer and the star are my favourites! Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

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    1. Thank you, Sammy! And thank you for letting me know which were your favorites! The deer seems to be winning as the favorite:)!

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  13. Wow, love all your Chrstmas boxes! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Thank you, Donna! It was such a fun challenge, as I am quite a hoarder of all kinds of boxes!

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  14. I loved the first box, and then they kept coming. I admit, I love the flamingo one just a tad too much! LOL These are so amazing! And you need a nap! hee hee Thanks so much for playing along with the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge!

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    1. Thank you for making me laugh out loud so early in the morning! I can tell it's going to be a good day, now!

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  15. Wow, I love that first box! Such fun colors! And the roses are amazing! Then I fell in love with the reindeer box because I love the color so much...and it's a reindeer! And there's tinsel! Then, the flamingo box made me laugh with delight...and the poinsettia box is simply lovely...boxes and boxes of delight! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Hi Kathy! And I love all your uplifting comments on my blog more than I love boxes--and that's a LOT! Thank you for making my day, again!

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  16. WOW...busy! I love them all. AMAZING!!!! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie :)

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    1. Thank you, Nicole! And what amazing boxes you have been busy creating!

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  17. WOW All your boxes are so special. I kept scrolling up and down to take it all in. Such talented hands you have
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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