Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Repeat Performance at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Sara Emily Barker Candy Box Tim Holtz Sizzix Bouquet Curio Box 1

Hello and welcome. It's the start of a new challenge theme over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. It's my turn to host, and I've named my challenge 'Repeat Performance'.

 A popular New Year's resolution is to save money. I challenge you to save money (and the environment) by using at least one thing you would normally throw out on your vintage or shabby chic project. Please be sure to let us know what that one (or more) item is.

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

Honestly, this was an easy challenge for me, as I'm always saving everyday trash to use on my projects, from computer parts to bread crumb containers, and pretty much everything in between. But I challenged myself to use something directly from our trash cans for this project.

For my DT project, I chose to make a candy box using Tim Holtz newly released Curio Box Bigz/Thinlits  die set and his gorgeous Bouquet Thinlits die--just in time for Valentine's Day gift giving.  If I were giving it to me, here's what it would look like filled with my favorite candy.

Sara Emily Barker Candy Box Tim Holtz Sizzix Bouquet Curio Box 2

Pictured below are my 'trash' items: one is the plastic wrap from the extended cutting plates my daughter just gave me for my birthday, and the other are some fairly inflexible plastic ties from who knows what. I spotted them in our kitchen trash this morning and gave them a good washing before I decided what to do with them. I used one of the Thinlits dies that comes with the Curio Box to cut a 'window' from the plastic wrapping for my box. The ties were both twisted up like the one on the right. I used my heat tool to warm them just until they started moving, and then held them taut until they cooled to make them straight (like the one pictured on the left).

 I was able to incorporate both the plastic wrap and plastic ties to create and decorate a 'window' in the box top.

Sara Emily Barker Candy Box Tim Holtz Sizzix Bouquet Curio Box 3

 I'll be sharing a tutorial on how this all came together this coming Saturday on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. For now, please enjoy some close ups of my candy box.

Sara Emily Barker Candy Box Tim Holtz Sizzix Bouquet Curio Box 4

Sara Emily Barker Candy Box Tim Holtz Sizzix Bouquet Curio Box 5

In the following photos, I'm lifting the lid up a little to show the box bottom. The lid actually covers the entire bottom box portion.

Sara Emily Barker Candy Box Tim Holtz Sizzix Bouquet Curio Box 6

Sara Emily Barker Candy Box Tim Holtz Sizzix Bouquet Curio Box 7

And here is a shot of the box bottom by itself, turned upside down.

Sara Emily Barker Candy Box Bottom Tim Holtz Sizzix Bouquet Curio Box 8

If you want to know more about how all of this came together - how I constructed the box top and painted the bottom to look like copper, as well as how I made the simple embellishments, please join me over on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog this coming Saturday, January 25, 2019, to see my step by step Saturday Showcase tutorial. I'll also be sharing a few more ideas on how to use the versatile Bouquet Thinlits die in that post.

For now that's my take on my theme 'Repeat Performance' for the current The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge. My talented team mates have created the most amazing projects for this challenge so take some time to hop on over and see them out HERE. Remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage projects using your throw-aways to be in for a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes. Happy Crafting! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:

These products were used on my box and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Sizzix Chapter 1 Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Bouquet
Sizzix Chapter 1 Bigz XL Die w/Thinlits Die by Tim Holtz - Curio Box
Tim Holtz Metallic 2 Kraft Stock
Distress Paint - Black Soot
Alcohol Pearls - Celestial
Alcohol Ink - Mushroom
Dina Wakley Black Gesso
Prima Opal Magic Wax-Vintage Silk
Tim Holtz Mirrored Hearts
Tim Holtz Typed Tokens
Chrome Precision Base Plate for Thinlits
Sizzix Mini Tool Kit


  1. Awesome creation! I especially love how you used those ties to create the embelishment for the frame of the oval window! Looking forward to the deets on Saturday!!!!

  2. Wow, great minds think alike....
    such a beautiful candy box Sara Emily!

  3. Great candy box, Sara! And I love that you could even use the plastic wrap and ties! That's so clever! I too am a hoarder of packaging of all kinds and I had to have the curio box die too - but haven't had the time to play with it yet (boo Thanks so much for sharing this awesome make with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia xxx

  4. What a fun candy box, Sara! Love how you upcycled some materials into it, and the texture and colors are awesome! Thanks for sharing this with us at SASPC! hugs, Maura

  5. Wow, what a stunning gift box! It looks amazing and to think it's made from recycled trash, I can't wait to see your tutorial 😀. It came together so beautifully! Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  6. Love your practical and very beautiful use of your trash items!!! Such a gorgeous project and some very innovative uses of rubbish.

    Milkway Midnight??? Goodness me never seen that before, but I shall be hunting a pack out as I love milky way and I love dark chocolate. My drooling mouth thanks you, my hips I suspect less so!

    Thank you so much for sharing in our first challenge of the new decade, and good luck!

    Crafty Cardmakers

  7. Gorgeous, inspirational make!
    Thank you for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create With Polkadoodles! Jane (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

  8. This looks absolutely amazing Sara! Loving how you upcycled the ties and the finish and colour on this box is awesome. Popping right over to see how it was done! hugs xx

  9. Back again!! This is what you get when you don't read things properly. Will check out your step by step tomorrow! LOL! So pleased you joined the Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers too! hugs xx

  10. Thank you for sharing with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges. Great idea to use Curio Box die and Bouquet thinlits together. Incredible copper glow you've achieved on the box. Nice gift for Valentine's Day. Hugs, Susan

  11. Brilliant gift box! The tutorial was inspirational! I love how rich the colors on the box make the overlay shine beautifully! P.S. (I looked for your stump vignette and couldn't find it... I wanted to see the beauty again!)

  12. Loving the box, great idea. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Cardmakers and good luck with the challenge, Angela xXx

  13. Thanks so much for joining the challenge at Country View Challenges. Good luck and hope to see you again, Teresa DT xx

  14. I've seen the tutorial for this magnificent altered box now, and I loved seeing all these close-ups too.
    Alison x

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