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Monday, 19 May 2014

Guest Designer at Country View Crafts

It was a thrill and a huge honour to have been chosen for a Design Team Special Mention Award at Country View Challenges for my mini box which you can see HERE.  A huge thank you to the DT!  Not only that but I am one of the Guest Designers this month - how fabulous!  Their theme this month  is Nature's Glories.  I decided I wanted to use butterflies, after all, what is more glorious in nature than a butterfly

As many of you know, I am totally in love with Eileen Hull's Artist Trading Blocks.  I had the die that cuts three blocks but I wanted the larger die too, so I purchased the large single block (3" square) die from Country View Crafts, which you can buy here, so that I could do something for this post.  Here is the finished closed block.


I cut the block and assembled it before painting the edges with Broken China Distress Paint.  I cut into some of my beautiful Maja Design papers and cut five mats for the outside of my block and six more for the inside.  The edges were covered with Broken China Distress Ink.  I took one of my Tim Holtz stencils (Doily) and randomly stencilled the mats, again with Broken China Distress Ink.  

I added some of Tim's Remnant Rubs to each of the sides.  I die cut the butterflies using Tim's Butterfly Frenzy strip die and some more Maja Design papers and applied these to the outside of the box.

I cut a whole strip of butterflies because I wanted to create a butterfly surprise inside - a kaleidoscope of butterflies! 


The butterflies are attached with thin strips of acetate so that when the box is opened the butterfly frenzy pops out!!   Each of the butterflies is edged with Broken China Distress Ink.

To finish off the top I added a large blue bead, to which I added a small pearl.

I hope you like my Artist Trading Block and of course, the gorgeous butterflies.  Thanks for looking and hope to see you soon.  Hugs, Anne xx

41 comments:

  1. I feel like a butterfly frenzy opened up in my heart, Annie! Congratulations, my friend!! You deserve the recognition and the honors for your incredible talent and abilities! This artist block knocked MY block off!! Love and hugs, Darnell

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  2. well done on your special mention award and wow wow wow a beautiful kaleidoscope of fluttering butterflies...you've blown my socks off once again...hugs kath xxx

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  3. Good Morning Anne. Your box is so amazing. Beautiful when closed, then when opened up the gorgeous butterflies just pop out and fly around. Love it. Hugs Rita xxx

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  4. Hi Anne, I always say "wow" when I come to your blog...love love love tis box with those fabulous butterflies! A massive congrats on your special mention ...and very well deserved! Hugs, Carole Z xx

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  5. That's just AMAZING Redanne ...wow!
    Fantastic box !

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  6. Oh Anne, this is totally amazing!!! How very, very clever! The idea of the butterflies on the acetate is brilliant! Wow, I am in awe, that must have been quite a fiddle!! Love the soft mats you created too, such a wonderful make!! Sigh, I now need that butterfly strip die.... yet another one for the wishlist....

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  7. Congrats on your well deserved special mention and GDT spot Anne.
    This is truly stunning. I love the design and the explosion of beautiful butterflies looks amazing.
    hugs Sue xx

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  8. Well done on your special mention Anne, very well deserved. This is just stunning! Such a beautiful creation. Your projects never cease to amaze me. How lucky someone would be to receive a gift like this with all those pretty fluttering butterflies popping out!
    Amy x

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  9. Such a clever idea and so well put together Anne, this is beautiful and a fabulous example of our theme of Nature's glories. Thanks for taking the time out to support us and guest for us today! Chris xxx

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  10. Just beautiful, Anne - well done xx

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  11. oh Anne - this is so beautiful - already been over to look on the CVC site but had to come for another look - brilliant make - that strip die is wonderful - as are the block dies - fabulous xx

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  12. BSC on your staggeringly amazing ATB Anne!!! I utterly love the way you've done this as it shows your creative imagination off to its full potential. A huge standing round of applause my very clever friend. Jenny xxx

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  13. Wow!!! Just look at all those flutterbys ...... absolutely stunning Anne. I do love how you create these blocks, each and every one of them is a fabulous piece of art. xx

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  14. Soooo beautiful Anne - certainly the very loveliest use I've seen of the Butterfly Frenzy strip. You have mega patience to cleverly mount them all on acetate - what a brilliant pop out!! Love all your block and sides too and the clean and simple remnant rubs look brilliant. Congratulations on this fabulous GD piece. Nicola x

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  15. Wow... what a fun and wonderful creation, Anne. Those butterflies are just fantastic! Love your great inspiration. :)

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  16. Hi Anne, I think we need to re- name these boxes to Anne's Talented Boxes. Another stunner from you. Big Congrats.
    Julie x

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  17. I agree with Juliz Design Post Anne! You definitely have the magic touch with the boxes. I LOVE the butterfly explosion! So beautiful and the die packaging strips are simply brilliant! Congrats on the special mention- well-deserved!

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  18. what a marvelous box Anne! love the explosion of butterflies - it must be quite shocking when you first open the top!! So lovely in the blues with the pretty papers and butterflies!

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  19. Congratulations Anne on your role as Guest Designer and what a mouth watering beauty you present us with. The flurry of butterflies is something special indeed and they appear as if they are mid-flight.
    You are creating such astonishing ATBs.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  20. Your ATB looks lovely on the outside Anne, but what a stunning flurry of butterflies you get when the box is opened, they are magnificent. Mo x

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  21. Hi Anne gorgeous box, as you know I love the technique using acetate to suspend parts of a design and it works so well with the ATB.
    The butterflies are stunning and I love the choice of colours.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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  22. This is so beautiful and I love that the butterflies spring out when you open it!

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  23. That is just simply amazing!
    I love how you designed it and the butterflies flying out like that is just beautiful!

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  24. Congratulations Anne on being guest designer well deserved but no surprise as you are so talented. I absolutely adore butterflies, they are my favourite. This creation is beautiful, so very beautiful.x

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  25. Utterly magical, Anne - I'd so love to see that explosion in action! What a brilliant design, and beautifully executed - another triumph of an ATB - wow!! Congratulations on your guest spot - what a well-deserved honour.
    Alison xx

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  26. Just wonderful, Anne
    Rosie x

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  27. Well done on your Guest Designer role and what a project - your box is great but i love the explosion of butterflies!! Elaine x

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  28. This box is so fabulous, I can't take my eyes off it, I just love how you put all the butterflies onto acetate to make them froth out, wonderful Anne. Hugs barb x

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  29. I adore the explosion of butterflies!! I may have to get both the ATB die and the butterflies... though not sure I'd have the patience to do something like this...It is completely fabulous.

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  30. What fun. It looks so wonderful and surprising!

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  31. I was thinking how beautiful this is then I scrolled down and saw all the butterflies inside and just thought: Wow! Absolutely perfect.
    Rebecca.

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  32. Absolutely stunning Anne!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  33. Anne, I admired it on FB but there's nothing like seeing the progression here from closed to open... WOW!!! It's extraordinary.... kudos!

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  34. Gosh it must have taken hours, it's very beautiful Anne xxx

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  35. hi anne. can't get on email at the mo as am away! just wanted to say thanks for sending off the flowers - i will be able to have a play when i get home on fri evening xxx thankyou xx

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  36. Can I please get the instructions on how to make one of these butterfly boxes. I just love it.

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  37. OHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Que c'est beau!.... je découvre aujourd'hui ton blog et cette merveilleuse boîte grâce à Pinterest.... Je suis sous le charme!.... Existe-t-il un tutoriel pour réaliser cette boîte?
    Merci de ta réponse... je continue ma visite de ton blog...
    Bonne fin de journée

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    1. Aliselle, thank you so much for your lovely comment. The box is an Eileen Hull die by Sizzix - 658983 (Box/Cube). It goes together very simply and there are instructions in the package. The butterflies are from a Tim Holtz die (Butterfly Frenzy Decorative strip die). I cut some lengths of acetate and glued the butterflies onto the strip and then glued the strips into the base of the box. I just used some pretty paper to cover the box and also to die cut the butterflies. I hope that helps! Anne x

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    2. Thank you so much for your anser! You are very nice to take time to explain to me wich way you made your card... My question is how to shut the top of the box without braking the butterflies!!!!
      Sorry for my bad english...
      Have a good day...
      Aliselle

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    3. Your English is excellent Aliselle! Since the butterflies are attached to acetate, they are very flexible. Just push them in very gently, it will not harm them, and then close the box. When you open the box they will 'explode' out. I hope that answers your question. Anne xx

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    4. Ah! Oui! Thank you very very much!... I anderstand now... :)
      Have a good day
      Aliselle

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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