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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

A Stitch in Time

Hello Everyone!

It seems ages since I blogged but I had a few days away.  I am here to share my Inspiration Team piece for Eileen Hull's Art With Heart Challenge - A Stitch in Time.  Do come and join in the fun!

Eileen has designed a fabulous new range of sewing themed dies which are either in the stores now or will be coming very soon!  This week I chose to use the Cantilever Sewing Box die and next week I will be sharing projects made the new Stitchlits border and flower dies.  The sewing box is SO clever, just like the one your Mum or Grandma used to have, only in miniature!

This is a picture heavy post so I have kept the words to a minimum.
Using the die I cut out all the pieces and looked at the brief instructions.
Since I intended to cover my box with paper I attached strong red liner tape all around each box and painted the bottom and edges with Tim Holtz Aged Mahogany Distress Paint.
I chose the fabulous new Graphic 45 Christmas Carol papers to cover the box.
With the boxes covered, I painted the struts with DecoArt Media Fluid paint in Titan Buff.
I used some metal brads from my stash (the colour matched too!!) for the struts, and two knobs by Wendy Vecchi's Blossom Bucket range on the top.
At this point I decided to make it a jewelry box and lined each compartment with more of the papers and then some black felt.  Two of the compartments were fitted with concertina folded felt to create places for rings and earrings.
To decorate the top I cut a Tim Holtz Poinsettia, partly from G45 paper and partly from canvas fabric which was backed with Wendy Vecchi's Clearly For Art so that I could shape the flower and it would stay in place.  The greenery is from more Tim Holtz dies and the pearly embellishments are by Anna Marie Designs
Here is a close up of the finished top.  I also painted the stars on the little knobs.
One final look at the completed box.  The finished set measures 6.1/4" x 2.1/4" approx.
(16 cm x 7 cm approx) - perfect as a little jewelry box or for several small gifts.
I do hope you like it!  I can see myself making a few of these to put small Christmas gifts in, they would be brilliant for Valentine gifts too, but I also think they would make wonderful mini sewing boxes to keep all your sewing bits and bobs in.  They go together incredibly easily too.

So do please come an join us at Art With Heart in our A Stitch in Time Challenge HERE, where you could win one of Eileen's fabulous new dies!  At the moment you stand a very good chance of winning - just saying.....!

Thanks so much for looking, I hope to see you again soon.  Hugs, Anne xx

40 comments:

  1. Anne I've said it before and I will say it again ... "patience of a saint".

    Another gorgeous make with so much attention to the little details. Fabulous.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  2. Oh Anne this is magical!!! I love that you've turned it into a jewellery box and lined everything and the Wendy embellishments and poinsettia are fabulous with it. Jenny x

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  3. Oh wow Anne - this is a complete gem (no pun intended!). That's one fantastic, clever die. Absolutely LOVE your decorating and perfectly co-ordinated papers and brads and struts and gorgeous little knobs and wonderful top arrangement. As for your black lining for jewellery, well it just knocks it into the stratosphere! Beautiful piece and impeccably made as always. Nicola x

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  4. wow wow wow...another stunning project Anne...love the papers you used too xxx

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  5. Oh Anne- what a clever way to use this die! Each little compartment is perfect for storing small jewelry and treasures and love how you lined it- so rich looking! The flower on top gives seasonal flair and is an art piece in its own- you are amazing! Love this project so much...

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  6. Gorgeous Anne love how you converted it into a sewing box. Lining the inside with the papers is a beautiful touch and I love how,you added the concertina felt for the jewellery items. Love the touch of colour on the star handles too. Gorgeous flower to adorn the top . Tracy x X X

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  7. Hi Anne,

    Wow, what a gorgeous box! Your work is always lovely!

    Hugs

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  8. Fabulous! I love what you made with this sewing box, the harmony of the colours, and the marvelous poinsettia!

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  9. Marvelous creation and attention to detail! Those knobs are the bees knees dearie! I do have to ask what kind of paper/cardstock you used to cut out the die? It looks very sturdy! Gorgeous flowers and bling bling. Awesome sauce! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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  10. What a beautifully decorated sewing box Anne! I love the colors and dots - and that gorgeous poinsettia sitting on top with those pretty star knobs! what a wonderful creation for the Stitch in Time theme! Julia xx

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  11. Absolutely adorable, Anne. I love the graphic 45 papers that you used and your color combinations. Such an intricate little box! Love the poinsettia, too!

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  12. I adore the colour scheme, the spots on the poinsettia work brilliantly, a truly fabulous 3D creation Anne. Superb! Ruth xx

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  13. Dear lovely Anne where do I begin ? This is an absolute treasured piece of crafting! You have showcased Eileens die magnificently. I doubt words can express just how much I LOVE your jewellery box ( and your jewels, hahaha) . Yet again your choice of papers , your attention to the minuest of detail ( the concertina felt to hold the rings and earrings, the colour coordinated brads , the inner paper linings etc etc ) and professional finish makes for a masterful creation that I'm sure anyone would love to own. Anne your love for your craft always shines through in your work .- you rock ! x

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  14. Anne this is absolutely gorgeous and how clever are you making it a holder for your jewellery!!! all the little details as always are what makes your projects so perfect!!

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  15. This little box is gorgeous Ann. You have done a fabulous job with it. Love it! And I've just got to get that die now!

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  16. amazing make Anne - would definitely love to play with this die! Amazing use of the graphic 45 papers too - lovely.... you are so very clever! Big hugs rachel x

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  17. Anne, this is so lovely!! And perfect as a jewelry box! Thank you for the step outs.... you always make it look so seamless, forgive the pun! Absolutely delightful - xx Lynn

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  18. this is so beautiful Anne! I love the Christmas feel and what a good idea to use it as a jewelry box. =)

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  19. Stunning 3D project! I adore it! You are so creative! As always a great inspiration!Barbarayaya

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  20. Oh WOW!!! What a stunning piece - it is fabulous Anne.
    Toni xx

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  21. This is amazing Anne .... and so cute. The papers are gorgeous and I'm always stunned by your attention to detail. xx

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  22. Gorgeous Anne, I saw this on Eileen Hull's Instagram feed and when she said you had made it, I had to come over for a closer look! Beautifully done, the G45 paper was the perfect choice and love that you made it into a jewelry box, brilliant! Thanks for sharing it, Deb xo

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  23. Wow Anne, this is just fantastic! I love the big layered poinsettia, what a great topper for this lovely Christmas project! The rich red paper is such a wonderful choice, and I love how you made the little handles! Functional and beautiful, what an amazing holiday jewelry box!

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  24. LOVE that this is for jewelry!!! Such a cool design! I've gotta get this die!

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  25. Absolutely delightful! Gorgeous paper choices and layering in your flower!

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  26. What a stunning festive version of the sewing box... this would make such an exquisite gift, but I can see you've already put it to good use! Love the lined interiors - if you'd said it was black velvet I'd've believed you... the whole thing is just so classically elegant. Beautiful work - a real wow!
    Alison xx

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  27. Hi Ann, what an amazing die and love the way you interpreted it. Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x

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  28. This is a lot of die cutting! You did a fabulous job creating this, I would be so confused as there are a lot of parts to it. lol The sewing box is quite beautiful and your idea for gift giving is going to make someone happy. Looking forward to more.
    Hugs Kelly

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  29. Fabulous Anne. Great idea with the felt for jewellery and I love the shaped flower on top. Another fantastic 3D make. Elaine xx

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  30. Like???! LOVE IT!! Anne this is just incredible and love that you turned it into a jewellery box. You do the most AMAZING projects, I'd love to a ladybird on the wall (don't fancy being a fly ;) ) and see you in action! Hugs, Georgie xx

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  31. Sorry, Annie, I meant to come right over when I saw this on FB, but then one of the babies got away and it's been a mad search for the past two days. Turns out he had fallen into the waste paper basket! Good thing I hadn't dumped into the recycle bin! But that's not why you called. When I saw this on FB, I truly gasped. First of all, how clever to even think to make a set of dies that could do this! She is amazing!! But you, my friend, you are the artist who brings that vision to LIFE! This is extraordinary!! Applause, applause!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  32. Wow Anne! What a fantastic project obviously created with lots of love! The poinsettia is gorgeous!

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  33. Sorry I am so behind on visiting some of my most favorite people! Anne, this has an incredible "Wow" factor! What a fabulous festive creation! The design and the Poinsettia is just amazing. You are so creative with those dies! Love this much! Hugs!

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  34. This is such a cute mini sewing box! Love the way you have decorated it - just gorgeous! xxx

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  35. I had a sewing box JUST like this one (except mine was not so pretty!). Both DH & I are once again astounded at your patience & skill with cutting, painting, pasting papers, assembly and such amazing attention to details that create another beautiful work of art. What a pretty jewelry box it made, or again, a lovely way to keep any little treasures the recipient desired to house. It's another of your WOW projects. TFS & Hugs.

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  36. Wow, Anne! It's hard for me to sound surprised at this point since I've seen this before...somehow I omitted a comment, but I swear I left one! Old-timer's disease striking, I suppose!

    Anywho...your sewing box turned jewelry box is absolutely amazing, obviously made with much love and patience, and certainly with so much attention to detail and fine craftmanship. Love the choice of papers and colors and the fact you lined it. A concertina fold, no less, to hold that precious hardware! This is one FABULOUS work of art with that poinsettia spray to top it off! Big hugs!

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  37. What a wonderful sewing basket - it reminds me of ones from the 50's. You are so clever. Sorry I have not been around -- I had surgery the last of October and I still cannot eat solid food. But I am starting to feel better. Will write again later Sugar!
    Sandy xx

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  38. I looked at this again and again because I seriously am so blown-away by this creation that I knew I wasn't taking in all the details on the first viewing. Anne, this is astonishing! Each time you work with this range of dies I am astonished at your achievements and it's happened once again. This truly has the appearance of a sewing box, no one could ever guess it is made from cardstock and not wood. The attention to detail of the matching brads and the pleated felt to nestle jewellery, well I am just blown-away .... did I mention that already?!!!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  39. A stitch in time saves -- oh wow - look at the pretty jewelry! You are so smart. The top is outstanding and YES I know this is my second comment but I needed on more look and I am so glad I did!!
    Sandy xx

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

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