Tuesday 29 November 2011

A Box of Flowers - Craft-Room DT Project

Hi, I can't believe how quickly two weeks go - it's time for another challenge over at Craft-Room, and such beautiful entries we had to our Postcard/Travel theme, making it difficult to choose a top 3!.  Our new challenge, of Handmade Flowers, has been chosen by the extremely talented Hazel.  For one lucky random winner, there will be a £10 voucher to spend at the Craft-Room Online Shop and, as usual, we will choose a top 3.  Check out the challenge website for full challenge rules.

This is my project:  a box of flowers, which is based on a little window box:

The flowers were made from white cotton coasters with a lace trim, from the £1 shop (pk of 12).  They were dyed and spritzed with various colours of Perfect Pearls mixed with water, and Distress Re-Inkers. The circles were doubled over then rolled up and stitched in place, and I dropped a pearl  into the centre of each. I then added some leaves cut with Marianne dies, adhering with glue.

The box that they sit in is made from an oblong deep edge canvas painted with cream acrylic paint, turned upside down so that the flowers sit in the recess, and two different types of lace trim added.  The glue I used throughout this project was Art Institute - it's a new one to me but is brilliant for sticking lace down as, once dry, you really can't see it.

The sentiment is from Paperartsy and stamped in Coffee Archival ink:  two different distress inks on white card, then pressed onto a wet baby wipe (because I couldn't find my spritzer at this point!) and dried with a heat gun.  It resulted in a lovely weathered look - accidentally!  A little metallic rub on around the edge to finish.

Distress Inks, Perfect Pearls, Archival Ink & Art Institute Glue from Craft-Room
Canvas and acrylic paint from Dunelm Mill

I really enjoyed making this and putting it together, I hope you like it.  Do check out the projects by the rest of the team as they really are beautiful.

I'd like to like this project up to Creative Inspirations Paint - Anything But A Card, Crafty Bloggers Network - Something Other Than A Card, and also, if I qualify for them, The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Borders and  Flowers, and Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - Make A Gift / Anything But A Card.

Enjoy your week.

Maria x


hazel said...

I love your box of flowers Maria. The flowers are beautiful and I love the sentiment.
xxx Hazel.

Zoechaos said...

Beautiful box of flowers Maria wonderful project XOXO Zoe

craft-roomjulia said...

Your imagination is awesome Maria, this is just so creative. The flowers are wonderful, I must try and get my hands on some of the doillys. I love everything about this. Love Julia xxxx

Sandra's Spot said...

Fantastic, I love the flowers, hey I love the whole piece. Hugs Sandra XX

Dolly Daydreams said...

Hi Maria , thank you so much for your lovely email and am happy you liked your prize. what a fabulous array of flowers here and presented so beautifully in this gorgeous box, it does indeed look like a window box.


Debbi Powell Designs said...

Lovely! Thank you for entering the CBN challenge...good luck x

Im just me - Marleen said...

A beautiful project, well done. Thanks for joining in the CBN challenge xxx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

This is fab, the flowers are so pretty and I love sentiment you used
Lindsay xx


Fabulous project Maria - the flowers are gorgeous and how fantastic to discover a new technique by accident - well done!
Hugs, Sylvia x

downrightcrafty said...

beautiful creation and love the border and flower choice, thank you so much for sharing your lovely work with us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
Hugs Kate xx
ps I have some new candy if you are interested :)

Franz♥ said...

Fantastic work and perfect take on theme!

Thank you for joining us at Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge, hugs, Franz.

Tracy Heaton said...

What a great project - the flowers are just fab! Thanks for joining us at SCSC this week.
Tracy x

Michelle said...

Wow - lovely box and great flowers! Thanks for playing along with the CBN Challenge.

Vicky Hayes said...

Wow - this is the most amazing project! I love the window box idea. Vx

Nicola Jayne Saul said...

Gorgeous project, love the flowers. Thanks for joining us at the CBN challlenge this week, love NJ XX

Esther said...

Maria this is a gorgeous project, such a good idea and the flowrs are just beautiful ! Esther xx

Kianel said...

Gorgeous box!
Thanks for joining us Creative Inspirations paints challenge!
Love from France, Kianel.