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The end of a (somewhat) productive week

So today is the day before I'm back to work, and here is the last thing I made this week; my mum's birthday present.

A couple of months ago I was walking past a charity shop and I spotted a jewellry box, so I decided to buy it. Here is what it looked like when I bought it.

Now I knew that I didn't want to change the inside, as purple is mum's favourite colour. I did however, want to do something with the outside. 

I started off by painting it black using acrylic paint, and then sealing it with spray. I then used a versamark ink pad, a script background stamp, and some mica powder, to decorate. I then made some shapes and leaves out of polymer clay, coated them with mica powder, and attached them to the lid of the box.

Here you can see the polymer clay shapes on the top, and the script all over the box.

I added some flowers from my stash (daisies as I felt I didn't want flowers with too much colour) and stamped a butterfly stamp (consisting of three stamps) four times onto white shrink plastic, coloured them in with promarkers, and shrunk them, glueing them onto the leaves/flowers, once everything else was dry. 

I think the minimal decoration works for this. I was initially tempted to add some paper, either on the lid or along the side, but on reflection I don't think it needs it. 

I'm entering this into the That's crafty animal magic challenge

Happy crafting 
Ems x


  1. Wow ... a transformation and a half! It doesn't look like the same box. Well done Ems. ~ Cobs. ... oh... and ... good luck with the competition! (I've entered that one too! First time I've ever entered one. eeeek!) x

    1. ooh now i don't want to win - i want you too!

    2. aw, bless your heart. Thank you. But ... looking at the entries I've a feeling that I'm up against quite a lot of great crafters.

      But it doesn't matter even if I don't win. What was important was that I took hold of my courage and actually stopped paying lip service to entering any type of crafting competition, and actually DO IT! I felt like I'd climbed a mountain once I'd finally posted the picture and link.
      Small things make me happy. LOL ~ Cobs. x

    3. It's a scary thing when you first put your work in a challenge - it's like it's up for intense scrutiny, much more than the usual blog post. However, it's worth it. I just made Top 3 for the Tick Tock challenge!


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