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Thursday, 27 March 2014

A Mini Storage Box .....

Thanks for all your comments on the Wedding Favour Artist Trading Blocks/Boxes, Jenny and I are both thrilled that you love them.

I still have boxes on the brain.  A couple of years ago I wanted to purchase a project for making a storage box HERE, but it had been discontinued in 2010, just my luck.  I kept the picture of the box and decided to have a go myself.   What's so hard about a bit of measuring and gluing (?)  ........well I persevered and here is what I created.  Apologies, there are a lot of photos, but not too much chat so I hope you will stay with me!

To make my box I used greyboard (about the thickness of mount board or mat board), Tim Holtz's new Wallflower 12" x 12" paper pad, black Distress Paint, Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, Idea-ology pieces, Remnant Rubs, Stampers Anonymous Classic Favourites #1 stamps,  a tiny door knob from Marks and Spencer, a lot of measuring and a few choice words!

This is the front view, the finished box measures 5" square. Lots of Idea-ology and Remnant Rubs were used here. Click on any of the photos for a better view. 


Side view, right side, love that bird!


I wish I had put this gorgeous piece at the side, instead of the back.


The left and final side.  For each side I cut the paper to fit, inked the edges with distress ink and simply glued them on to the assembled and painted box.


This is a view from the top showing the lovely little door knob, it is made from pottery and hand painted (not by me!) with some little flowers.


This first piece in my box is a little storage box, made to store ATC type projects












This is one of my books which is just under 4" x 5" in size.  I added some pages in thick card.

I won't show you inside as I have not added anything to the pages as yet.











Another little book.  All of the books are covered in the Wallflower papers and all the edges have been coloured with Gathered Twigs DI.











This shows the inside of the final book.  I have added lots of pockets, these will take mini tags or tickets or other small items.










Finally (if you are still with me!), in the little drawer I have stamped the dragonfly from Classics #1 and then I coloured some of Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art with alcohol inks, stamped the dragonfly in Stazon and fussy cut it to add to the base stamping.


Here is the final piece again.  You can just about see the little platform at the bottom.  It is simply a 4" square box that I made up from thick black card and glued to the base.

If, like me, you love all things Tim, there is still time to enter our challenge over at A Vintage Journey where the lovely Alison has chosen the theme, Say it with Words..... we would love to see you play along.

Speaking of challenges, I would love to enter this into Country View Challenges HERE which is 'Paperchase' and this month there will be two lucky winners, each receiving £20 voucher so spend at Country View Crafts.

Thanks so much for looking and hopefully leaving me a comment. Take care.  Hugs, Anne xx

76 comments:

  1. this is just stunning, Anne, totally inspiring.
    Rosie x

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  2. OMG....................I thought this was a box that you had brought and decorated. This is truly inspiring Anne. Going to have to share this......................

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  3. Anne this has got to be one of your most impressive pieces yet. I love everything about it and what you are doing with it. I'm also impressed with your little book, it's lovely. I can't wait to see it all for real.
    Lynn xxx

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  4. A B S O L U T E L Y wonderful

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  5. Wow, such an amazing project. I love everything about it. Debbie xx

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  6. Great post Anne, love your very interesting project. xx Flora

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  7. Hi Anne, This is absolutely divine and so carefully thought out for every little detail and measurement. Too many photos......definitely NOT !!. I drooled over every single one of them.
    Julie xx
    P.S. I'm away to look at it again.

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  8. WOW! Anne, this truly one of the most stunning creations I have seen! I LOVE the design and every single detail wonderful. the hand painted door knob finishes it off perfectly.
    I think I will be popping back often just to have another look!
    Hugs Sue xx

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  9. Anne!!! I think you have gone and outdone yourself again! This is seriously stunning! Such a brilliant design that you have made your own with so many gorgeous products from Tim. I wouldn't be able to select a favourite side, tho that bird is adorable. Love your perfect little books, atc compartment and top knob. The final glory of the whole piece is the little drawer and it's exquisite inside. Glorious work, beckoning Spring. Nicola x

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  10. Ps the drawer pull is fab too! Everything has your trademark clean professional finish. Nx

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  11. Wow, what a stunning project Ann and what a showcase for those wonderful papers. I enjoyed every word and photograph of your post. We definitely needed to see every inch of your perfectly constructed and immaculately decorated work of art. Can't wait to see what you do with those beautiful little books. The whole thing........ha! just realised I'm going to say the same as Paper Profusion ie ............... looks so professional!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  12. This is absolutely stunning Anne. To think you started from scratch and made this magnificent piece makes it so brilliant. Love it all, the papers, the bird the drawers, well all of it it is beautiful Well donex

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  13. wow Anne - this is so beautiful - those papers are amazing and I'm amazed at all the details - you've put a lot of time and effort into this and it really has paid off - a real jem! Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday! Big hugs rachel xx

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  14. Hearts a pounding over here, Anne! I can't believe you even added a little floral knob that matches the Wallflower paper so well! I am truly impressed with your little storage unit! Absolutely beautiful and I love it! Hugs!

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  15. Oh wow Anne, this is one totally amazing project, just stunning and so very, very clever!!! Love how you have done the top of the box with the decorative knob and the little books look amazing just by themselves! Can't wait to see what you will put inside them. Totally LOVE this make, I wished I could see it IRL!!!

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  16. This is a beautiful piece to store some of your craftyness. Very stunning!

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  17. This is wonderful. Aren't you glad you save that picture! So much better than a kit. Love your little books too. … and the drawer is awesome. Great job.

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  18. What an inspiration you are to all crafters Anne. Totally unique comes to mind this is one very special and treasured work of art. Like Astrid would love to see this in the flesh.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

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  19. Anne, this is simply stunning ..... I love it!! What a fabulous storage piece for all those works of art. I really need to get my hands on those gorgeous new Tim papers too! Have a great weekend ..... hugs Linda xx

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  20. I'm blown away, Anne - this is one of the most beautiful makes I've seen on my travels ever, I think! I love the papers on the outside, and the inner storage case and books are just as stunning as the box itself. And a drawer too... This is beyond brilliant!
    Alison xx

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  21. Oh! Anne your mini storage box is stunning, but seriously it deserves a much grander title. You have created a beautifully constructed masterpiece. It is perfect in every way and I love everything about it, from the gorgeous knob on the top to the Dragonfly resting in the drawer at the bottom and all the divine books in-between, and the papers and the stamps. A work or Art in every sense of the word.
    All this and you still made time to send me some happy mail, thank you so much, it was a lovely unexpected surprise.
    Hugs Lottie x

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  22. Morning Anne
    just love all of this project
    are you coming to the happy stampers north west on saturday, have some fab new tim holtz stamps. Also wanted to know if you fancy making some demo cards for me, pretty please.
    ali x
    ali-craft

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  23. Wow Anne it is absolutely wonderful...lost for words it's so beautiful...hugs kath xxx

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  24. It is absolutely stunning Anne, what a super idea too, and a lovely professional finish too. This would be a pleasure to keep use. love it. Michelle xx

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  25. wow this is amazing what a wonderful make, simply fab x hugs x trace x

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  26. Blimey Anne. You stopped me in my tracks with this. Quite incredible, utterly professional and absolutely gorgeous. You are so talented my friend. Jenny xxx

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  27. Oh WOW Anne, I'm always amazed by your creations, but today I'm truly blown away! This is truly stunning! Making boxes is a big love of mine and when I eventually get this craft room sorted and all my art stuff nicely placed in my summerhouse room, I have big plans to try and find the time..first on the list is that tag storage, hugs Carole Z X

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  28. Oh my Anne - this is just stunning! The box itself is amazing but then all the wonderful things you have made for the inside! Absolutely fabulous and so beautifully crafted. It would be a pleasure to have this sitting on my living room table - perhaps you ought to go into production !!! xxx

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  29. Ooooh, this is stunning Anne! A fab idea, beautifully executed - soooo creative, love it! Chris xxx

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  30. All I kept on saying as I looked through was "stunning" and I see that word has been used by Jennie above. Sorry but that is the word - this is absolutely stunning.
    I had no idea each of those 'panels' were actually drawers in their own right. Words fail me - you are amazing! Oh WOW!
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  31. Wow o wow Anne. What a brilliant make. Never would have guessed its a scratch built box. X.

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  32. Blimey Anne this is stunning!! I'm in love with that wallflower paper but your project looks amazing - all those books, pockets and knobs. I bet you really enjoyed doing this and it was well worth the effort!! Elaine xx

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  33. Anne I absolutely LOVE this. I hope I can see it in the flesh soon its gorgeous. Your projects just keep getting better and better. Mo x

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  34. Anne this is truly amazing!!!! I thought you had altered a box but now see that you have made it from scratch,!! Wow a totally brilliant piece I am awe struck . Love the little pocket book and the dragonfly in the drawer , wonderful work !!! Xx

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  35. Wow Anne that is stunning I love it, well worth all the measuring! If you have a homebargins near you, they have sets of knobs in, glass and alsorts, can't remember how much but they were under £10 and gorgeous! Elizabeth xxx

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  36. I'll start typing as soon as I can lift my chin off the floor. There ... this is seriously "jaw-dropping"! I cannot imagine how long it took you to make this. Every bit of it is simply amazing. Love your books (folders are such an awesome idea for small pieces). And that dragonfly drawer at the bottom ... stunning. Love this Anne!! Fabulous make! -- Mary Elizabeth

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  37. Absolutely gorgeous Anne, I love your storage box and those papers are stunning. Love the added knobs too. The mini books housed inside are gorgeous, this is such a lovely idea. The dragonfly at the bottom of the draw is a fabulous addition. Have a lovely weekend Anne. Tracy x x

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  38. Well you've really outdone yourself this time Anne! This is truly gorgeous and all the details are wonderful, especially the knob at the top and the lovely drawer at the bottom. Brilliant make. Margie xxx

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  39. Well. You've really caused some lockjaw this time, Annie! I'm stunned at the extent of your incredible talent! This looks so professional! Surely, it must be from a high-end art gallery! Every detail is so exquisite and so "you" in the design and impeccable execution. It does deserve to be in the center of the coffee table so that it can be seen from every side. Your little books and the drawer with the real-looking dragonfly inside, those knobs ... is that a photo of your parents or from Tim? Honestly, I'm blown away!! The photos and the post were not even long enough. I've been here for several minutes just scrolling and staring and drooling! A winner all the way, my friend! Have a lovely weekend! Love and hugs, Darnell

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  40. OK, Darnell awready said it all better'n I could. I laughed when I read the comment about 'what's so hard about a bit of measuring' ...well I can manage to mess up just about anything if I have to measure! (and I do measure 2x - cut once & STILL mess up). So I'm awed by all that was required here. This one I like even better than the last one you did. (must be the bird on it!). Love these papers, the tiny elements you have on each section, and the painted pull on the top. THEN you put it on a drawer that has more space to store! Annie, this is just beyond awesome. You outdid yourself on this beautiful piece. Thanks for showing all the photos & how-tos. I always enjoy reading how you achieve these art pieces that you create. TFS & Hugs.

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  41. Wow, I'm missing words - that's breathtaking. Really a masterpiece.

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  42. KABOOM********** Miss Anne this is "THE BOMB", hand made BRILLIANT, CREATIVE work, I hope Mister Tim, will feature this on his blog, you showcased those papers at their best, this is so inspirational and to have done it yourself, BRILLIANT, standing ovation for this Miss Anne, thanks sooooo much for sharing it, I'm all pumped up to fly to my desk :O), have a wonderful weekend, I'm going to FB this brilliant creation, ((( BIG HUGS ))))...

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  43. Oh ya this is amazing. Lovin these wee books. You could just make one if you wanted another. Great project.

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  44. ooh absolutely scrumptious Anne, I could see great enjoyment making that

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  45. Stunning piece of crafting Anne, I really love it and the papers are mouth watering and well chosen. Clever you! Love Barb xx

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  46. Cor Bliney Thrice !!!! Absolutely gobsmackingly jaw dropping gorgeous Anne. Fabulous make and beautiful albums....will dream of this tonight

    TFS and huge hugs Annie x

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  47. I cannot say more than has already been said before me. You are a crafting genius Anne! *hugs* Mo :o) x

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  48. Saw this on FB and fell in love! Gorgeous, just fabulous and what a great design!

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  49. Oh this is gorgeous, so so clever... Would like to have a go at making something like this.....well done x

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  50. A fabulous project, useful and beautiful. Well done Anne, your a genius. Would love to try this out myself.
    Ann B
    xx

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  51. Sorry I'm late Anne. My first comment has not appeared. Glad I came by for a second look. Magnificent piece of work, all the things I love and that beautiful handle looks stunning on the top. Love the superb album too and can't wait to see the tags you put in it. Enjoy your Day at Port Sunlight. Wish I could be there too. Hugs Rita xxx

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  52. Wow Stunning project love these TH papers I "need" them!! Your storage box and books is truly gorgeous and a fabulous keepsake thank you for sharing

    MaggieH

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  53. AMAZING!!! I love your box, all that work!!! wow!!! You are so good with this type of stuff and it is gorgeous! I love the tones, papers, style, the big knob on top, pooh I wish we lived closer so we could do one together!
    Hugs Kelly

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  54. Anne, this is absolutely exquisite! I've loved so many of your projects, but this one tops the cake. It's incredible and you've made each surface just lovely on its own. Off to pin. Have a lovely weekend!

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  55. Oh my goodness, it is stunning! I am so impressed :)

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  56. Ooh, this is one of the most beautiful and inspiring projects I have ever seen! I absolutely adore everything about it! It must have taken oodles of time and imagination. Just wonderful! xx

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  57. O my word Anne...WOW...I love it... the shape & design is amazing Anne....you are a clever girl WOW, WOW, WOW....fabulous creation... Hugs May x x

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  58. Fabulous Anne! A really amazing project - I wouldn't like to see what I would do do the measuring!!! Just love it!!! Chrisx ps thought I might see you again but we must have gone in opposite directions!!!

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  59. Absolutely stunning Anne you have put a lot of time and effort into it, lovely to see you yesterday and thankyou again for the lace you are an angel

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  60. Oh! My! Word! Anne a project that is "out if this world" I love, love, love it.
    The whole thing is so beautiful
    Hugs

    Patricia xx

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  61. Thanks for your lovely comments Anne! I see your gorgeous box is causing a sensation ! And rightly so xx

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  62. OMG!!! Anne this is absolutely incredible.
    I am blown away with its brilliance. You have the patience of a saint to be able to create such a treasure.
    Hope you have had a wonderful day
    Hugs

    Patricia xx

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  63. Just stunning love the clever idea.

    Hugs diane

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  64. Gorgeous and I agree with the posted above..bery clever!!!

    Love the DP you chose...it is beautiful. The inky edges and surprise of the dragonfly just add to the overall beauty!

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  65. simply stunning. LOVE it!!

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  66. Absolutely stunning Anne! Love all the boxes you've made for the inside and the little books. The door knob is to die for!
    Thanks for joining us at CVC. Sue C x

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  67. Got here at last Anne ans what a wonderful post and outstanding project. This must have taken ages to complete and I am blown away by the amount of work, the ingenuity and sheer genius of designing and making such a brilliant box. The whole piece stands proud and full of vintage charm, I really am enthralled with it. TFS sharing all the photos of it xx

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  68. I am convinced I do not always get my e-mail. I NEVER saw this Anne and I always look for your posts first thing out! Now I have to go back and study this like crazy. Ohhhhhhh Anne - to say that you are extremely talented would be an understatement! No forgive me for jotting off but I need to go study this box!
    Sandy xx

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  69. WOW! first a big thanks to Darnell for suggesting I hop on over...then a WOW! WOW to you. Amazing exceptional creation. I'll be visiting you again.

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  70. What an amazing project, love everything about it, Cathy x

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  71. Your project is beatiful. A very clever box. Discovered you through Darnell's blog.

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  72. I'm sorry Anne, don't know how I missed this when you posted it. I was probably being distracted by life lol! It's absolutely gorgeous. I see you have noticed the door knobs from Marks, they are lovely, had to buy one or two or three myself lol!
    Happy Crafting, Angela x

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  73. this is ingenious. and so well made it looks like it was bought that way with all the compartments. i love love this. not sure i have the patience but really wish i did.

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  74. This is truly beautiful Anne, I'm sorry I missed commenting back in March...absolutely stunning! Hugs Carole Z xx

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  75. Just found this, it is stunning, how clever, well done.

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  76. Hiya - I've just been on the Ali-craft workshop for this - thank you so much for sharing all the details with her and allowing her to pass them on to us! It's a real shame you weren't there though. I've really enjoyed myself today :o)

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Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x

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