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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Art With Heart - Favourite Things

Hello Friends

Our theme for this month's challenge at Art With Heart is 'Favourite Things'.  The Inspiration Team are sharing their favourite things all this month and we would love to have you play along!  It really is an anything goes challenge - just share your favourite things, whether it be a die, paint, colour or project - how easy is that!  Please do join us....

The biggest problem I had was trying to decide what my favourite thing is.... in the end I settled for Eileen Hull's fabulous new Cantilever Sewing Box.  I just love doing 3D projects and this sewing box goes together like a dream, it is such a useful box too - ideal as a real sewing container or as a gift box, or a jewelry box, like the one I made here.

I recently attended an Andy Skinner class (with some of my lovely blog friends) and I wanted to do  this box using one of the techniques we learned in class, to give the box a vintage feel.
I won't go into a lot of detail about the construction because I showed that in my previous sewing box post, but I will show you how I covered this one.
Once I had painted the whole piece I decided I would rather cover it in paper, than leave it as it was.  However the coat of DecoArt Americana Decor paints gave me a good strong base.
I used several sheets of thin card, first coating each with DecoArt Media Gesso and letting them dry.
Next was a thin coat of Cobalt Teal Hue DecoArt Media Fluid paint.
Once dry I covered it with DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium and let this dry before applying a thin coat of DecoArt Titanium White Media Fluid.

Once dry (it dries very quickly) I applied a coat of thinned down DecoArt Quinacridone Gold to give it an aged look.

I cut the sheets into strips and applied them to the base sewing box and to the struts before attaching these to the box.

I lined each of the boxes with some co-ordinating paper (Maja Design) and used a couple of Tim Holtz hitch fasteners on each of the box lids.
The flower is a Tim Holtz die - Tattered Poinsettia.  I spritzed the petals with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain.  I added some Tim Holtz greenery and covered the central bauble with the fabulous Tim Holtz Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter Dust.
I did not want the box to just be for Christmas so I attached some sticky back velcro to the box and to the flower so that it can easily be removed.

Here is another look at the finished box.  I have got my fingers crossed that the recipient likes it!  I hope you will join in our challenge at Art With Heart, HERE.

Thanks, as always, for looking and I really appreciate any comment you leave, I hope to catch up with you shortly.  Hugs, Anne xx

31 comments:

  1. Superb finish and such a gorgeous finished product. It reminds me so much of the one my late father hauled home from Germany during WW2 which became our sewing box for ever.
    Jo x

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  2. This is fabulous Anne...great gifting idea and so useful! I love the finish and the colors here and how clever to have a removable flower!

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  3. This looks amazing Anne and I love how you have attached the flower so that you can 'ring the changes' through the year.
    Beautiful.
    Toni xx

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  4. Marvelous creation, Anne! You are really a queen of 3D mixed media! Thank you so much for such a wonderful tutorial and inspiration! Bravo!
    Huge hugs! Branka xxx

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  5. OH wow - totally gorgeous in every way Anne. You are sooo patient to be able to do these 3D things and they always look so incredibly wonderful. I have no doubt the recipient will be over the moon thrilled with your artwork! j.

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  6. Gorgeous piece and the colour is fantastic as is your crackle . The poinsettia flower on the top is wonderful. Everything works perfectly together Anne, love it. Tracy x

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  7. I don't think you need to cross your fingers Anne - the very lucky recipient will be bowled over with this beauty! LOVE the crackled surface - it really is WONDERFUL!!! Again, you've worked this die brilliantly. I really love it inside and out. You are so talented. Nicola x

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  8. Oh, Anne - you've outdone yourself this time! That crackle is absolutely fantastic, and what a great idea to use those colors - they are lovely! Lucky recipient!I always admire your 3D makes - do you have any tips for how to nicely line the boxes? Or do you do that before you make/fold them into shape? Thanks for all your visits and wonderful comments - very much appreciated! xxx Lynn

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  9. Love your box anne,fab texture with your techniques.xxx

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  10. this is absolutely brilliant anne - and I was so very pleased to win last month with my sewing box - I will definitely try to remember to enter again this month! Time just slips away doesn't it??? Been meaning to ask you if you have an address for Mo.. Hope all is well for her! Big hugs lovely lady and i hope we can meet up in the new year! Hugs rachel x

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  11. I can't believe you! This sewing/jewelry box is gorgeous from the finish on the box to the flower on top of the box. How many of these sewing boxes did you make? You really are good at the 3D makes. Merry Christmas Sugar - it's time to rest. Read a good book! Snuggle under a warm blanket and have a cup of tea.
    Sandy xx

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  12. That's fascinating to observe, Annie! You really rock these sewing boxes!! Hope your Christmas prep is going well. It's a bit of a madhouse here! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  13. I am in love with the crackle on your wonderful sewing/jewelry box Anne! what beautiful colors too - and the lovely poinsettia tops it all off perfectly! Julia xx

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  14. They are sure to liked it Anne, its beautiful and I can picture you in your lovely craft room making it. Clever you.
    You should get David to take a photo of you working in there and share it with us all xx

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  15. I love the pale vintagey colour scheme on this one and the flower on top looks fabulous. I'm sure whoever receivs it will treasure it. Elaine xx

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  16. OMG Anne, you are just so clever!! This box looks amazing again! Love the colours you chose and the crackle looks wonderful! I love projects that can actually be useful, and this one will be for sure. So clever to to make the poinsettia removable so it can be an all year box, - brilliant!!

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  17. WOW WOW WOW!! This is just amazing Anne!! All that crackle is so fabulous, and perfect for this sort of project! Love the big poinsettia, but making it removable is a complete stroke of genius! Such a stunning and functional piece of art! hugs :)

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  18. holy moly macaroni this is gorgeous!!!! love the whole project and the removable flower.. brilliant!

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  19. How could I not LOVE such an amazingly perfect gift that has been so professionally crafted by you dear Anne my lovely friend. You can be sure there is Oodles of LOVE in my heart for my stunning gift and I will treasure it forever . Thank you so so much . I surely am one very lucky lady. Huge hugs xx

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  20. This is such a super idea! Love the removable accent, but would NEVER take it off!!! So beautiful! These colors are right up my alley. Hugs, Autumn

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  21. Wow Anne! I know I have said this before but your patience in making something that has so many parts really is so impressive! Not only that, but you decorate in such away that it becomes a real treasure! From the fabulous crackly exterior to the lined drawers and then the stroke of genius - a gorgeous removable poinsettia! Mmmmmmm!!! Hugs, Chrisx

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  22. Ooh this is so wonderful! The crackle looks awesome and the removable poinsettia is such a clever idea! Not sure I would remove it though - it looks so gorgeous! xxx

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  23. Amazing crackle... your Christmas sewing box looks absolutely stunning (and I love that you can convert it to non-festive too!). Lovely idea with the hinge fasteners to open it - that's so clever and looks brilliant too. Fabulous!
    Alison xx

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  24. Fabulous sewing box, Anne! I love the crackle and the shades of colours. Clever gift!

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  25. This is amazing Anne! I love all that crackle too! WOW gorgeous!

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  26. This is absolutely brilliant and as ever the construction is perfection.
    Love it too bits, Angela X

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  27. Firstly-how amazing was your class with Mr. Andy?!? That is so on my art bucket list. He's amazeballs! Secondly-your use of this die is awesome sauce! You have shown that we can do anything with it. I love dies like that! Your crackle is phenomenal and oh so very yummy! Gorgeous flower and genius idea on using the Velcro! You are such a talented and sweet lady! Merry Christmas! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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  28. Wow Anne! What a gorgeous project! I love all the crackled detail! That poinsettia is beautiful!

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  29. Another WOW over here, Anne! What a pretty little piece and that crackle is so shabby chic! Love the poinsettia! Big hugs!

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  30. Another stunning work of art Anne and the crackling is divine.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  31. This is truly stunning Anne! Giving this beautiful box an aged and antique look works perfectly with the poinsettia trim. Jenny x

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

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