Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Cute Button Box...

Morning folks...the "taking over my every waking moment" Fiskars samples are almost done...just 5 to go but to absolutely guarantee that I retain my sanity right through to the end I took my lovely buddy Paula's advice and decided to sneak in a little playtime. Yesterday's project for Penny Black Saturday set me thinking about that syndrome that most of us crafters suffer from...oh yes that uncontrollable urge to keep buying new stuff when you already have enough crafty stuff to keep you going for years. And this is the time of year when your crafty purse could be feeling a tad stretched after the expense of Christmas...January seems to be the longest month when you're waiting for your next pay cheque...juggling the pennies to pay off the dreaded credit card bill so don't beat yourself up if you're on a temporary stash diet.  Time to make something out of all those papers and bits and pieces that have been hiding in the darkest recesses of your crafty space for many moons...so after a root around in the cubbyhole...here's what I found...
 
this cute little stacking Snowman box that I bought last November in New York...the sweeties contained therein have long gone....why didn't I line his body up with his head before I took this photo...
Gorgeous Bo Bunny Papers...Chipboards and Alphabets again bought last year and sadly forgotten in the cubbyhole paper mountain.  So I set to work...sticking down the papers and giving the lids a lick of paint...Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue mixed with Old White..but any acrylic paint would do...
stacked the boxes..each box glued to the lid below it...
and then it was time for the fun bit...the embellishments and if you don't have the right colour of ribbon....get out those Promarkers or Distress Inks and have a play...I buy lots of white ribbon and then it's easy to colour match to the colours you're using in your project...

and it also works on plain old white Prima flowers
time for the decorating...


and I'm sure you'll agree I have ended up with a pretty cute box for my buttons....made from almost nothing...just need to find the time to give the old Licqorice Allsorts tin and Snowman's buddy the thrifty treatment...
and if you decide to have a go....I would love to see what you've made...just leave me a comment with a link to your project.  Catch up with you all tomorrow.
Hugs Kath xxx

25 comments:

Celeste said...

Oooh, love your converted containers. Gorgeous and useful. Looks like i need some of those promarkers too. Have not seen them in Australia yet.

Alison said...

Just gorgeous, you are one talented lady !!x

Susan Flynn said...

This is so beautiful Kath I am looking round now to see if I can see anything....hmmm does it work on husbands????

May said...

Beautiful Kath, love the new button storage sooo gorgeous, Glad you took a little advise from a friend and had a little time for you to have a play in the cubbyhole. amazing creation Hugs May x x

loftylass said...

Brilliant Kath.... the boxes were lovely before the treatment but now so much prettier in your craft room. I am so looking forward to your event in Newcastle and hoping we might be doing some altered art (wink wink) I need a big push in that direction. tfs
Hugs
Heather
x

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

WOW - that is SERIOUSLY GORGEOUS. You are the queen of altered art and are a great inspiration. You are certainly the reason I had a go at altering a few things last year. xxx

kathleen said...

Morning Kath.Wow your box is amazing i wish i had your talent and ideas.

Have a good day.
Kathleen x

Redanne said...

Hi Kath, I have covered a couple of plain boxes in beautiful papers and made flowers for the top but I do not have a blog yet (not sure how to set one up) so regret I cannot show the pictures. Love what you have done with yours.

Beth said...

This is amazing Kath! I love these colours and how you've glued the lids to the box below - great idea as I'm always knocking things over!!

Love Beth xx

Enfys said...

Hi Kath, I am blown away with this . I actually have one of those stacking snowmen boxes (michaels, right?), will have to climb into the loft to unearth it. You did a beautiful job
Hugs
En xx

Vicky said...

Absolutely love it Kath, you're sooo clever.
My resolution was not to keep so much packaging that I never get 'round to altering. Wish I hadn't chucked it all now! :)x

Paula (PEP) said...

I love your button box & I had to smile when I saw you'd lined that up to read correctly before photographing it. Think I'll have to take some of that advice too & fish out a PB that I got in the Sales but first it's the paperwork to do & then a bit of furniture shifting ready for the new 8ft sofa to be delivered (6ft 4ins husband's dream that he & little me can sit on it at the same time may well come to pass).
Paula (PEP)
Hope you get the last bit of Fiskars knocked on the head.

Anesha said...

Love your altered boxes!! Have a great day and hugs to Buddy. :)

Craftyanny said...

Love these Kath, so pretty
Anne x

Linda said...

This is a Wonderful Idea! I love the way it turned out. I will be looking for stacking boxes at the thrift store now. Thanks for the great idea!

lilyf said...

Just love your button boxes Kath. Have coloured white ribbon with my promarkers but never thought to do the flowers. Thanks for that tip.

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Kath

Another gorgeous creation from you, love what you've done to the boxes.

Hope you are having a good weekend.

Hugs

Tina
X

The Stamp Basket said...

Gorgeous, Kath! Hugs,
Janet xx

Lee said...

Oooooooh WOW,Kath you've done it again created something Fantastic.I LOVE it.Thanks for sharing,always a pleasure to come on your blog.Huggles xx Cuddles for Buddy.xx

Kietha said...

Beautiful as always, will you actually keep buttons in them though? or is that just to distract Buddy from what may really be in there lol.

Kat said...

Your boxes look gorgeous Kath as well as useful. I've got one or two things lying about ready to alter. Just need to find the time!

Wasted a whole afternoon today going into Aberdeen to collect new glasses for both of us. Tried to find a pattern and wool for a child's jumper for a WRI competition that is then donated to be sent to Romania. Would you believe the cheapest I could find in JL was at least £3 and according to a pattern they had needed 7x50g balls. For an 8 yr olds jumper. I don't think so. Decided to buy wool elsewhere and use an ancient pattern I found in a drawer. Can't even be my pattern as it cost 1/6 and we were decimal long before I needed to knit school jumpers. Not to mention when I converted the number of balls in ounces I would need 4 balls of wool not 7!! Guess that's an example of use what you've got.

Kat xx

Archies Mum said...

Wow love your buttons boxes, they are amazing. You are very talented Kath.

scrappyjacky said...

Great idea,Kath....it looks wonderful.

maxine said...

This is beautiful Kath x

M-J said...

Looks fab!

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