Tuesday 8 January 2013

Valentine Ring Box - Craft-Room Challenge DT

Hi, first of all...Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful and restful Christmas, and enjoyed the break and all the festivities.  I always find it a bit sad once the christmas tree and decorations come down, as everywhere looks a bit bare and you know it really is the end of the break for another year.

So, I'm sure you will be pleased to know that it's time for another challenge over at the Craft-Room, and this time it's Nikki's turn to host.  She has chosen the theme of:


We loved seeing your tags, it was great to see so many variations and different techniques - Hazel definitely has her work cut out to choose just three!  My creation for this challenge is a little wooden heart-shaped ring box:
It was undercoated (inside and out) with Gesso then painted a few times with Chalk White chalky emulsion.  I then stamped part of a rose in two places, coloured with Inktense pencils, and added another thin coat of emulsion, then lightly sanded.   I stamped the Darkroom Door sentiment, the CI swirls on the lid, and the CI flowers on the sides, in black Archival Ink.  I edged in a dark black/gold metallic paste around the top of the lid, then attached the heart trim and seam binding bow with a glue gun.  The two intricate metal embellishments were coated with Viva Decor Metal paint in Mother Of Pearl, and attached with glossy accents - the bottom one was gently bent to fit onto the front.

The inside is simply decorated with a single CI flower inside the base (not shown) and also inside the lid.  As I'm not putting a ring in this little box, I decided to put a Docrafts key charm inside, and wrapped in a piece of white cotton which I stamped with a Darkroom Door keyhole.  I thought I could give it to Dave on Valentines Day and he could put the key charm on his keyring - aren't I an old romantic, lol!!!

This challenge is very kindly sponsored by:

who are offering a prize to the winner of the random draw

Click on the link to visit the shop, as they have a range of beautiful rubber stamps, dies, masks, and lots of other lovely crafty things.

The Design Team have created some beautiful pieces to inspire you, so please pop over and check them out.  I'm really looking forward to visiting you to see your creations.

Bye for now

Maria xxxxx


Debi said...

Just gorgeous Maz- I love that sentiment too , Debi x

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Hi Maria,,,I love the paint effect makes it shabby chic looking, which I'm a fan of but can never quite master. Hope hubby appreciates the romantic gesture. Xx

craft-roomjulia said...

Hi Maz, I'm just in love with this little box. Your background is simply beautiful, I must give it a go, that's if I can be parted from my sewing machine at the moment lol x x x

Mervi said...

Hi Maria,
beautiful and shabby ring box, fabulous painting and stamping;-))m

Zoechaos said...

WOW what a beautiful little treasure love this box. Who knows maybe it will come back to you sometime soon with a ring in it! XOXO Zoe

chriscesar said...

Suc a romantic idea for your Valentine! It is such a lovely box to put the key of your heart in!

Jean said...

Small boxes are definitely on my list of favourite things and this one is so sweet and romantic. I love the way you have painted and decorated it. Jean x

hazel said...

I love your little ring box Maria, it's so beautiful.
xxx Hazel.

Vicky Hayes said...

This is a stunning project Maria! I love your shabby chic box with its 'faded' stamping and the way the sentiment and metal embellishments fit so perfectly. It's good to be a romantic! Vicky x

Anonymous said...

It is always the care you put into your creations, seen here with the stamped details inside.
Gorgeously shabby chic and so elegant.

Paper Profusion said...

Hi Maria, popped over for a look/see on Lynne's recommendation (Adorn). Your creations have made a very worthwhile visit - really love your crafting - gorgeous makes here! Nicola x

Esther said...

Hi Maz - such a beautiful little box and gorgeous sorry I've been so rubbish at visiting lately...Esther xx

Anonymous said...

Oh Mari its beautiful, I'm in awe of your talent, this is such a beautiful makeover both inside and out.


Ephemera said...

Hi Maria, this is gorgeous, Shabby perfection and such a beautiful sentiment, what a perfect touch adding the key, love it. Xx

Words and Pictures said...

This is what I really came over from Craft-room Challenge for - absolutely enchanting, Maria! I love the paint effect the emulsion gives you, and your tinted flower images look just perfect. Gorgeous, inside and out....
Alison x

2amscrapper said...

lovely inside and out!