Tuesday 2 April 2013

In The Library - Craft-Room Challenge DT

Hi, I hope you've all enjoyed your Easter weekend and break, if you were lucky enough to have one.  At least the weather has been quite nice here, for a change! 

It's time for a new theme over at the Craft-Room Challenge and this time, it's the turn of our very talented Debi to choose the theme, which is:

In The Library
Debi loves books, and would like to see us use
books, stamps of books, mini books, altered books, pages from books, text, script, etc. 
For my DT sample, I used one of those papier mache book-shaped boxes - they usually come in a set of two, and this is the larger one:
I've painted it all over with black gesso to start, then used Rub n Buff in Antique Gold on the spine.  I've then used a couple of pages torn from a book, painted with a wash of emulsion, for the front and back. 
The Paper Artsy image has been stamped onto cream cardstock, torn out and a little Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain added round the edges, then I adhered a mica tile over it.  From the same plate, the sentiment "Bookworm" was added at the bottom of the image.  Across the top and the bottom, I've used some Viva Ferro metal effect colour in gold, then stamped into it with a CI crackle stamp, and highlighted it with some more Rub n Buff (there's lots of Rub n Buff on this creation!).  A pen nib has been added to the top, along with some TH Chit Chat stickers, and a TH Hitch Fastener.
When you open the box..... has been painted, again with black gesso, and lined with unpainted torn book pages.  I've then filled it with little plain pieces of notepaper - maybe to make notes of the books you have read or want to read - and tied them up with some paper string.  A little Rub n Buff around the edges just to finish it off. 
This fortnight, we are very kindly sponsored by:
who manufacture gorgeous vintage rubber stamps
(click on the picture to visit the store)
We are also looking for Guest Designers over at the Craft-Room, so if you fancy joining us for a challenge or two, please add GDT after your name and Mervi will be in touch with you.
For a bit more inspiration, please drop by the challenge and see the gorgeous creations that the rest of the Design Team have created for you.

I'd like to enter my box into the following challenges:-

Simon Says Stamp And Show - Anything Goes
PanPastel - Anything Goes
Penny Black & More - One For The Boys
Allsorts - Vintage
Rhedd & Rosie Challenge - Vintage/Shabby Chic
The Artistic Stamper - Texture
Thank you for taking the time to visit, and I hope you have a good week!
Maria xxxxx


Inky Angel said...

Wow, Maria this is simply stunning! I love everything about this beautiful vintage box/book with perfect image and rustic elements.

Candy C said...

Maria...your altered book is beautifully done. I love the cover. Love the stamps and your design. I also love the book text on the interior cover. Very nice. Thanks so much for sharing your book with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Debi said...

Maria! This is gorgeous, love the black gold vintage feel, and then it's a box!- love what how you've done the inside too, Debi x

Mervi said...

Hi Maria, wow this is stunning, love the old look and great stamp! Fabulous altering!
Thanks for sharing at Penny Black and more too,

brenda said...

A lovely Vintage piece of artwork Maria, thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black and More and Allsorts challenges.

B x

Wendy L said...

What a great vintage creation, thanks for playing at Allsorts this week. xxx

Zoechaos said...

Wow so detailed and gorgeous I fancy if I smelt it the scent would be of old leather. Terrific piece XOXO Zoe

Claire said...

What a beautiful project, I love the crackle effect, really stunning and the gold looks so rich. Fab idea to store notepaper. Thanks for joining us at PanPastel Uk this week
Claire xx

Zoe said...

Wow! Gorgeous, thank you for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xxx

Jean said...

A fabulous vintage project Maria. Love your cover design.
Jean x

Esther said...

A stunning book box, these are so cute and I love how you altered yours. Love all the touches of gold against the black..Esther xx

Astrid Maclean said...

This is gorgeous, love how you have done both the outside and the inside of the box. Great textures too!
Thank you so much for joining us over at the Artistic Stamper!!

2amscrapper said...

The book box is genius! Love those blank note papers tied with string found inside.

Artyjen said...

Thanks for playing at The Artistic Stamper this month with your fabby textural book. ;)
xoxo Sioux

Jacqueline said...

Love this piece!!!

Jackie xx

Sandra Wright. said...

What a stunning entry for our challenge...I love everything about this Book Box.Delightfully vintage,love the colour palette and such a gorgeous image.

Thank you for joining us over at Rhedd & Rosies Challenge Blog.

Sandie x

hazel said...

This is wonderful Maria. I love how you've decorated it inside and out.
xxx Hazel.

Laurart said...

This is amazing! I LOVE it!Very inspiring creation - Thanks so much for sharing Lots of love from Laura (Follower #81!!!) xxxxxx

Suzanne C said...

Wonderful book! Fantastic texture and the layers of the images and text. Happy to have you playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

craft-roomjulia said...

Hi Maz, it's a case of better late than never with this comment, so sorry it's late.
Your altered book is yet another Nanna Maz masterpiece, simply stunning, I just love it. Julia xxxx

Tina said...

AMAZING ! thanks for joining us at Rhedd & Rosies Hugs Tina x

Anonymous said...

This surely is such a perfect stamp for such a project. I also love the idea Maria, of the notepaper inside, I've never considered such a blank for this purpose, so creative and something I need to keep in mind!
As you well know, I am a Bookworm and I do actually have a notebook where I record each and every book I read but I like this idea for to jot down the books I still want to read.
Quite fabulous.

Words and Pictures said...

What a great alteration of the book substrate... I love that image, and the amazing texture on the cover, and the notepaper inside is such a wonderful idea. A great make!
Alison x