Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Using my Stash and Scraps

Remember shadow boxes?  I saw one which had been made for one of the challenges I am on a Design Team for (Crafting with Dragonflies), and I thought how wonderful that is, so I CASed it! Instead of using a photo frame, I used a small cardboard postal box.  I am using this for a half-way inspiration for UNSTAMPABELLES - another DT I am on, for the current challenge to use up our old stash/scraps! With this DT you cannot use stamps, rubber or digital. Just paper, ink and inspiration! I must say I had great fun creating this. 

This box has been used initially to post some goodies to me from one of the on-line shops, and then I used it to post some goodies to my MIL last year.  I found it when I was cleaning up her unit earlier this year, so I grabbed it and bought it home.

I undid it and glued the outside with some Prit glue, and stuck down some SU DP that looks like red bricks. Once it was glued down I sanded all the edges and made it look a bit vintage with ink etc. I then had an ideas I would die cut out a rectangle but soon realized this was not going to be big enough so hand-cut out the front square. 

Then it was a matter of decorating it. I used a piece of dollar shop 12 x 12 brick paper for inside, and a piece of granite paper for the outside back to cover up all the box and the addresses written on it. These 12 x 12's have been hanging around for a while now to be useful - I'd say about four years! Then I raided all the travel stuff in the travel box (from where I am still supposed to be doing the scrapping of our trip to Europe five six seven years ago !) and got some stickers, and rub-ons and stuff.

There are three stickers on the outside of the box as well as the die-cut. I have no idea whose stickers they are - sorry.  The die cut is an Alternations (TH) die, and I scribbled a bit of white gel pen on the rhs to indicate a light source. The fence is also an Alterations die, sanded on one side, and the Jalopy is too - that got sanded up a bit as well. All three were cut from scraps of card. 

The wooden sign post is from Kaiser (purchased earlier this year in Melbourne) and it has stickers, rub-ons and pen on it - some of the rub-ons are so old they would not properly release so pen had to be used!

The flower spray is relatively new.  I got it from one of the on-line stores during a sale - it's from Prima. There are two slightly different ones in the pack but this one suited very well. 

Behind the jalopy, on the back wall is a piece cut from a Graphic 45 12 x 12 sheet - A Proper Gentleman. It was put out in 2009, and I think I got it when the vintage craze first started - it has old ads on it and this image. It suited the story I was trying to tell here. 

He is very elegant isn't he.

The Vagabond is outside looking in.  I have a lovely print of a painting (purchased about 30 years ago in Paris) which has this same theme.  I loved it then and I still love it. It's pen and watercolour. 

I am not sure what I will do with Vagabond.  At the moment - it sits in the shelf and I smile at it when I go past! Hubby reckons I am a bit artistic! I laughed and laughed when he said that, but it was nice of him.  

I will enter this in the following:
Clear it Out Challenge Blog: for the boys; this is not a card but it could be......
Craft Room Challenge: use something wooden - the sign post is wooden
Make it Monday:  Anything Goes


Anonymous said...

WOW. What a great use of your stash. My family think I have a few products, I think they need to take a peek at your goodies! Love the idea of using a postal box - have one or two of those around here.

JanR said...

So awesome!!

Rene said...

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Zoe Sanderson said...

What a sensational piece of art so much detail and so beautifully made really special. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

Merry said...

This is just lovely Susan....I love all the details. And really like how you have taken the photo in the sun and the man with the umbrella throws a shadow. The flowers are wonderful too.

Chrissy said...

Fantastic Susan, I love all the different elements and textures, fabulous dies and colours...superb it.


Leikkaan Mervi said...

Stunning creation!
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft-Room challenge, good luck and welcome again;-))m

Esther said...

WOW - amazing shadow box, love the vintage details and umbrella man watching over..thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft-Room..(I have some old rub ons like that need help too!)..Esther xx

Deonna Bemish said...

Gorgeous Shadow Box! I love all of the details. thank you for sharing with TTCRD this week

hazel said...

This is brilliant, thank you for sharing it with us at Craft-Room Challenge.
xxx Hazel.

Mom2Two (Jenni) said...

Love this!! Very artistic and love the reusing of the box! Thanks for joining us at the Clear it Out Challenge Blog, best of luck :)

Katherine Clayton said...

What an amazing project! And such a GREAT use of your stash. Thanks for joining us at Clear It Out Challenge for "Lets hear it for the boys" & circuits/punches. Hope to see you join us again soon! (and Good Luck!)

Kathy CIO DT

Debi said...

great creation! thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x