Sunday, 2 June 2013

Welcome Back Sue Carrington #1 Sewing Box ....


"For today’s project I decided on using the wooden pencil box, but I didn’t want to use it for pencils. I love to use sewing on my projects so have lots of reels of cotton with no home, until now" ! 



First of all I gave the box a coat of Ice Blue FrescoFinish, this is an opaque colour so coats the wood really well. 



I left the box to dry and then started to work on the metal panels that I wanted to cover the lower half of the box. I fell in love with metal after the first Artsycraft week end I attended! I’ve used a mould and placed the metal on top and first of all used a paper stump to start defining the pattern. 


After the paper stump I refined the pattern even further with a nylon tip tool, and this is what the pattern looks like when finished.



I then started to coat the metal with Fresco Finish starting with Sky Blue, then Baltic Blue and finishing with Little Black Dress. I dabbed off the excess in between each colour. 



This is what the metal looks like with all three colours applied. 



I then highlighted the edges of the box with Baltic Blue andInky Pool and I stuck the metal to the box using Humungo Killer adhesive tape.


I then started work on the panels for the top half of the box. I used Inky Pool and Beach Hut with some water and ‘swooshed’ the card through the paint, dried the card and then dabbed it back into the remaining paint on my craft sheet. 



I used the Hotpick 1214 set and stamped the hooks on the thin pieces of card which will go around the edge of the lid.





I then used the Ink and the Dog Mini 65 with Broken China Distress Ink on the top panel and then Mini 62 with Archival Black Ink, but I stamped it first on to a scrap piece of card before stamping on to the panel so the ink was lighter. 



I then used the Scallop Flower Die and cut out three flowers from Crunchy Waxed Paper that I’d painted with Bora Bora. I used an embossing folder and then cut them ready to make a rose.  I also used the small Oak Leaf Die and cut two from the painted CrunchyWaxed Paper and embossed them too. 



All of the pieces were made into a cone shape and then layered inside one another.



I used Bora Bora and Inky Pool to cover the metal embellishments and then used Treasure Gold in Sapphire, Aquamarine and WhiteFire to highlight them and the Rose Quartz.



I’ve stamped the bodice from the Hotpick 1214 set onto some Smoothy White Stamping Card, cut it out and then painted it.



I wanted to line the inside of the box so I blended Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks over some Smoothy Card and then used a small paintbrush to flick some watered down Bora Bora and Beach Hut over it.


To finish the top of the box I also cut a Mini Flourish from the painted Crunchy Waxed Paper and used the text from the Hotpick 1215 set. 




I added some Tim Holtz metal feet and then lightly brushed over them, as well as the metal panels and the edges of the box, with some White Fire Treasure Gold.

The little handle for the lid is made from a tiny cotton reel that I’ve painted. I originally was going to use a Hitch Fastener but as I’d run out of them the cotton reel was the next best option!
 

Here are my cotton reels in their new home ! Unfortunately, I creased the lining of the lid but as it’s on the inside I’m not too worried !

See you tomorrow ! 

Leandra Says: The depth from the embossed flower and metal trim adds another dimension to what is already a beautiful project Sue. Good to have you back.

Gillian Says: Oooo I love the use of the metal trim and the foundation feet are the perfect finishing touch, really transforms this plain wooden box . Another beautiful project Sue, welcome back.






28 comments:

Carol Q said...

looks like a really aged family heirloom - I can imagine it full size! beautiful Sue.

Helen said...

what a fabulous project.

isisimaginings.com said...

That's beautiful, the metal trim looks gorgeous & I love the flower.

Lin said...

Beautiful Sue!! I could with one of these for my cottons..love the colours you've used..

Darcy said...

That is gorgeous, I especially love the flower.

Rebecca said...

Really lovely :)
Happy craftin
Rebecca

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous way to store something as simple as thread!!! Love the waxed paper flower! Susan Ribbons

Sarah Dunkley said...

That's stunning! Really love it! x

Annie said...

This is wonderful Sue x great tutorial with lots of techniques. I love it. You are such an inspiring crafter.

Hugs Annie x

Trish said...

Stunning box! It's given me some great ideas for a wooden tissue box I want to alter...

Lucy Edmondson said...

Such an inspirational project, Sue - I am reading it and i can't wait to get crafting and see what I have to substitute! Hope to have a go this week. Thank you so much for making me want to get stuck in,

Lucy x

Kim Dellow said...

Wonderful Sue! Kim

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous project ! Love using embossed metal and the treasure gold is luscious... made my choice yesterday after Leandra demoed all the colours at the Craft Barn. Need quite a few though...

butterfly said...

Fabulous... love the metal panel sides, and that gilded rose is glorious! Wonderful stuff, Sue!
Alison x

Julie Ann Lee said...

A really elegant and unusual box. I love the colours and the embellishments, Julie Ann xx

Alison said...

What a fabulous project! I love the colours & the embellishments! A magnificent storage for your reels of cotton Sue! xxx

Ria Gall said...

Hi Sue
what a totally stunning sewing box, so much work and love have been put in to it and the finished box is delightful, really love this piece
Ria

rachel said...

what a truely wondeerful piece - absolutely love this - gorgeous xx

Sue Butler said...

This altered pencil case is amazing and beautiful, I love the palette you have used and all the wonderful details, it is very inspiring, the tutorial is excellent.
Smiles:)
Sue

jojo79 said...

This looks lovely, inspired by this.

Jo
x

Sandy said...

Wow!!!!
Sandy

scrapcrafts Norway said...

Just stunning!

Astrid Maclean said...

Wonderful transformation, it looks fantastic!!

Julie Steed said...

Wow! What a transformation! It is gorgeous.

craftimamma said...

Oh wow! I really love this especially as I love embossed metal. Haven't played with my metal stuff (all from PaperArtsy) in an age. It's a beautiful piece of work Sue.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Dawn said...

Want one of these please :) Dxx

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow awesome amazing sewing box, I love the metal and the feet and flower look gorgeous. Kezzy :-) xxx

isisimaginings.com said...

Gorgeous!! Love the colours, the metal is terrific & the handle is very cute.

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