Archive for the ‘Altered Boxes’ Category

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Friday, August 12th, 2016

A selection of bird items from my Etsy shop:

Bird Items

It was a Dark and Stormy Night…

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Halloween Shadowbox

This time around on the Lawnscaping Challenge blog it’s paper piecing. For me it’s never too early to start thinking about Halloween so I decided to make a Halloween Shadow box using 3 different Lawn Fawn sets, Hebbie Jebbies, Critters in the ‘Burbs and Harvest Season. I can’t wait until Halloween so I can put it on my mantle!


Halloween Shadowbox 2

More Silhouette Projects

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Here’s a couple more projects I made with my new Silhouette die cutting machine. I wanted to see just how small I could get the machine to cut so I chose a simple image, the deer silhouette, and was able to cut it 1″ x 1/2″ ! I adhered it to vintage French book paper and put it inside a pre made frame. Isn’t it cute?? I want to try some more like this but soldered them.


Next I had a wonderful wooden cigar box I wanted to make into a specimen box so I layered some patterned paper and card stock inside the box and cut out a few butterflies and a label from the same papers using the Silhouette and mounted everything inside. I love how “old world” it turned out.


Under a Smiling Moon

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Here’s a fun wooden shadow box I made recently. I painted the box grey and then painted crackle paint over that and then inked it to add some more age to it. I had some neat silver tinsel garland and adhered that around the edges of the box. Inside the box I turned an image of a little girl into a witch by adding a black hat and broom and also added a silver smiling moon charm and some black alphabet beads that spell out “Happy Halloween”.



New Chapeau

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Here’s a shrine box I recently finished, I reused a mint tin and painted it brown and then added book pages from a vintage French text book to the insides and front. I added a small metal frame with a picture of the Eiffel Tower on the front of the box. On the inside  left did a collage with some torn vintage travel tickets, postage stamp and postage cancellation rubber stamp. On the right side I did a collage of a woman standing in front of the Eiffel Tower wearing a big lovely hat, I added words from the French book that say “Yes, it’s a beautiful hat”, another postage cancellation and a souvenir sticker.



Make a Little Birdhouse in Your Soul

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Here’s another small altered wooden box I did using Tim Hotz’ crackle paint with a little bird collage inside and a tiny wire nest with blue bead “eggs” and vintage game pieces for feet. See the previous post for another similar box and info on how I made them:



bottom showing feet:


Monday, April 6th, 2009

I caught another fairy:) I took a vintage image of a little girl holding a basket of flowers, colored her and added a rhinestone to her dress and gave her some yellow and green wings. I placed her inside a wooden box I painted green and then crackled with white crackle paint. ( Tim Holtz’ Picket Fence white), I think the white makes it look very shabby chic:) I also added some fake grass at her feet, an aged tag, vintage looking key and a piece of vintage wooden yard stick.


close up of fairy:


side view to show the crackle:



Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! We always celebrate in my family because we’ve got a lot of Irish ancestors and it’s also my brother’s birthday. When we were little we always left a piece of cake out for the leprechauns :)

Sadly I don’t have anything green to share but instead it’s blue. It’s a bird shrine box. I took a small wooden box with a hinged and latched lid that also has a wire screen in the front and painted it blue then used Tim Holtz’ crackle paint and distress inks to age the box. I added a tiny tag to the front door with the word “fly” cut from a vintage book. Inside I made a tiny collage from an image of a blue jay on some vintage music paper and over the door added the words “three blue eggs” also from a vintage book. My favorite part is the tiny wire nest I made and glued inside. I took a very long piece of thin blue wire and ran three blue speckled beads onto the middle and just started wrapping the wire around and around and then pushing it down around the sides of the beads to form a nest shape. It’s the first one I’ve made and I think I’ll probably be going to get lots of wire to make more:) Then finally I glued three vintage game piece to the bottom for feet.