Friday, December 13, 2013

LWD Design Team Showcase: Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stencils for Art & Petaloo Botanica and Darjeeling Collection


CHRISTMAS CARD KEEPSAKES BOX
(ALTERED CIGAR BOX)

HEY Y'ALL! IT'S MY TURN FOR THE LONE WOLF DESIGNS, DESIGN TEAM PROJECT... AND I HAVE HAD THIS PROJECT IN MY "HEAD" FOR ABOUT A MONTH NOW; AND AM FINALLY GLAD TO GET IT DONE. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LIKE TO KEEP THOSE SPECIAL CHRISTMAS CARDS THAT YOU'VE RECEIVED OVER THE YEARS, BUT NOT SURE HOW TO STORE THEM; WELL I HAVE A NICE LITTLE BOX TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT WOULD BE PERFECT!!

THIS PROJECT STARTS OUT WITH THIS REALLY NICE CIGAR BOX. IT IS ONE OF THE NICER ONES I HAVE SEEN AND I DIDN'T HAVE TO DO ANY PREP TO IT BEFORE STARTING TO ALTER IT.


THE PRODUCTS THAT I WILL BE FEATURING IN THIS PROJECT IS THE WENDY VECCHI STUDIO 490 BRICK WALL STENCIL FOR ART; AND THE PETALOO BOTANICA AND DARJEELING COLLECTION.



AFTER CHOOSING MY SUPPLIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS, I STARTED ON THE TOP OF THE BOX BY LAYERING PATTERNED PAPER AND COORDINATING CARDSTOCK. I WANTED THIS BOX TO HAVE THE LOOK OF VINTAGE CHRISTMAS, SO I DISTRESSED THE EDGES OF THE CARDSTOCK WITH THE TONIC PAPER DISTRESSER... AND OF COURSE INKED ALL OF THE EDGES WITH BLACK SOOT DISTRESS INK BY TIM HOLTZ. AFTER GETTING ALL OF THE PAPER ADHERED, I USED THE BRICK WALL STENCIL BY WENDY VECCHI TO CREATE SOME TEXTURE. WITH VINTAGE PHOTO AND BLACK SOOT DISTRESS INKS BY TIM HOLTZ, I USED A BLENDING TOOL TO CREATE AN "OLD BRICK" LOOK.


NEXT, I STARTED TO EMBELLISH THE COVER. THE CENTER "FOCAL POINT" IS A PRIMA RESIN PIECE - WINDOW PANE. THE WINDOW PANE ALSO CAME WITH THE 2 CORNER PIECES THAT YOU WILL SEE ON THE TOP. TO CREATE A BACKGROUND FOR THE WINDOW; I TRACED AND CUT A PIECE OF WHITE CARDSTOCK TO SIZE AND STAMPED SOME TINY SNOWFLAKES "DRIFTING" DOWN THE WINDOW PANES. I ALSO ADDED SOME FELT PINE TREES TO THE SIDE FOR ADDED TEXTURE. USING SILVER AND GOLD STICKLES BY RANGER INK, I ADDED SOME SPARKLE TO THE TREES AND SNOWFLAKES.


 OK... TIME FOR THE REALLY FUN PART!!  FLOWERS!!  CAN YOU TELL THEY ARE MY FAVORITE? NOT ONLY DID I USE PETALOO'S BOTANICA AND DARJEELING POINSETTIAS, I ADDED SOME GREEN BRANCHES FROM THE MARTHA STEWART BRANCH PUNCH (MAKE SURE TO INK THE EDGES OF THE PUNCH OUTS FOR ADDED DEPTH). ALONG WITH THE PETALOO FLOWERS, PETALOO LEAVES (CAME IN THE COLLECTION), AND THE BRANCH PUNCHES; I USED THE FAUX DRIED BERRY CLUSTERS ALSO FROM PETALOO'S BOTANICA COLLECTION. THEY ADDED SO MUCH BEAUTY AND TEXTURE TO THE PIECE!


AFTER GETTING THE TOP EMBELLISHED, I STARTED ON THE SIDES OF THE BOX... CUTTING STRIPS OF RED CARDSTOCK AND USING THE SAME TECHNIQUE TO ADD THE BRICK WALL TEXTURE.  


ONCE I ADHERED THE STRIPS OF CARDSTOCK ON WITH MOD-PODGE, I ADDED SOME COORDINATING RIBBON AND BLACK STRING PEARLS TO THE SIDES OF THE LID. I USED FABRI-TAC BY BEACON TO GLUE DOWN THE RIBBON AND BLACK PEARLS.


OTHER THAN ADDING A FEW MORE LITTLE EVERGREEN TREES ON THE SIDES... THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO IT! WHEN YOU HAVE GREAT PRODUCTS TO WORK WITH; IT MAKES CREATING BEAUTIFUL "ART" LIKE THIS SO MUCH MORE FUN AND REWARDING!!


I CAN SEE THIS BEAUTIFUL LITTLE KEEPSAKE BEING A PART OF SOMEONE'S FAMILY TRADITIONS FOR MANY YEARS. 




THANKS SO MUCH FOR VISITING WITH US AGAIN. WE WISH YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS... AND A BLESSED, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! UNTIL NEXT TIME...

HAPPY SCRAPPIN',


COME BACK TO VISIT US NEXT TIME, AS WE SHARE OUR CREATIVITY WITH YOU.  
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19 comments:

  1. Tami, this altered cigar box is gorgeous! I always love all of your embellishing! Thank you for another wonderful project and for being a part of the LWD team!

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    1. Thanks Kris! And TY for giving me a spot on your team to share my creativity!

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  2. Tami, your altered cigar box is absolutely gorgeous!! You have positively nailed the vintage Christmaas look! Great job!

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    1. Thanks for the luv Ann! Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  3. This is just a fabulous box! I love what you did with it. The flowers are gorgeous and those berries look fantastic! I love that MS punch and use mine a lot. Blends nicely with all of your goodies here! Great porject!

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    1. Thanks so much for your wonderful compliments! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

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  4. This is one amazing project, Tami! I love everything you have used to make this look so vintage. Thanks for the tutorial!

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    1. Thank You for taking the time to stop in Joy! Have a very Merry Christmas!! I would really appreciate if you don't mind to "follow" my blog, I have been trying to get my numbers up. Thanks so much.

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  5. As Kris said, you do have a flair for embellishing. I love everything you make! :)
    (and now I have to get those flowers, too...)

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    1. Thanks a bunch as always Marilyn! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

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  7. Awesome project and all the lovely embellishments you used are just perfect for the design. Thanks for the creative inspiration!!

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    1. Thanks so much for the support Cindy! Have a Merry Christmas!

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  8. It is beautiful! You are truly amazing! Where do you get your cigar boxes that you decorate?

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Deborah! So glad you could stop in and take a look. Have a very Merry Christmas!! I would really appreciate if you don't mind to "follow" or "join" my blog, I have been trying to get my numbers up. Thanks so much.

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  9. Oooh that is really pretty! I love all of the embellishments!

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    1. Thanks so much for your encouraging words Brandy! I'm really glad you could stop in and take a look. I would really appreciate if you don't mind to "follow" or "join" my blog, I have been trying to get my numbers up. Thanks so much. Have a very Merry Christmas!!

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  10. what a great way to re-purpose a cigar box!!! beautiful!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aww... Thanks a bunch Sue! I'm glad you could stop in and take a look. I would really appreciate if you don't mind to "follow" or "join" my blog, I have been trying to get my numbers up. Thanks so much. Have a very Merry Christmas!!

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