Saturday, 21 May 2016

2016 #10 Keepsake Box {by Hazel Agnew}

 2016 Topic 10: Doodles

Hi everyone Hazel Agnew here. Tonight I'd like to share with you my decorated box; a combination of some of my favourite stamps, a recycled box and embellished with lots of flowery doodles.

I find doodling very relaxing, and I now have a notebook with collections of various styles and subjects which I have collated for reference. 

Step One: First, I covered my box, which contained chipboard letters. I used dictionary and manuscript paper and vintage papers from my stash. I glued them with Multi Medium Matte.

Step Two: Next, I stamped my main images using Black Archival onto some background paper. Because of the musical notation, the faces didn't stand out enough, so I stamped them again onto less patterned paper and glued them over the top. The stamps are some of my favourites. They are MN07 and MN10.

 Step Three: Next, I doodled flowers around the images using a Black Fudeball pen, and, using watercolour crayons, coloured them in what I hope looks like a shabby chic finish. I also added a metal tag sentiment, and some roses to add to the nostalgia. The lace helped to frame the scene.

Step Four: I treated the inside of the box much like the outside, with various papers, paint washes and Vintage photo distress ink. I also added lace around the window and lace as an opening tab and another photo from MN13 with a little wooden frame. The Prima flower just gives it a finishing touch.

Step Five: To age the outside of the box, I painted Fresco French Roast roughly around the papers. Allowed it to dry. Added PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze, allowed to dry and overpainted with Fresco Mermaid. This gave me a lovely aged crackle finish. I added some stamped script and a few random pictures, finishing off with a bow and another Prima flower.

I hope that this has inspired you to have a little doodle. I find that if I am stuck for images to doodle, then I Google a title like "flowers", and add the word doodles and hey presto, images are there to play with. I find that doodling can be very relaxing and colouring in also.

Thankyou for joining me and maybe you will join in with this challenge. Happy doodling from Hazel Agnew
also known as Craftroomgran.

Oh Hazel your doodling is wonderful, they look like vintage stamps and tie in beautifully with the whole theme of the box. ~Darcy

We would love to see how you interpret this Doodles topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #10: Doodles, on this page HERE.
All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas,  particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 
All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Doodles link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, May 29th 2016. The winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


  1. gorgeous vintage, shabby chic doodling, love the box. Gorgeous project, Hazel.

  2. That is very beautiful, Haazel. I love all the vintage elements & the doodled flowers are fab.

  3. This is absolutely beautiful the colours and the images you have chosen xx

  4. Wow it's gorgeous hazel! Loving the vintage vibe!

  5. beautiful work - I adore this x

  6. Gorgeous project Hazel.... and fabulous doodling!!

  7. Your project is lovely. I especially love the inside with those gorgeous doodled flowers. I also love that there's an aperture in the box's cover to take a peek inside.

  8. This is absolutely glorious hazel, the doodled flowers are pure artistry,

    Lucy x

  9. Absolutely wonderful Hazel! It looks truly vintage and delightfully shabby andnyour doodled flowers are beautiful. A really stunning project altogether.

    Lesley Xx

  10. This is beautiful Hazel!

  11. What a fascinating project Hazel!! Fabulous vintage and shabby chic doodling. I love the colours too!! xx

  12. Exquisite work, Hazel! This is an absolute delight! I love the use of the Ink and the Dog stamps, which I've loved forever and your flowery doodles go perfectly with the whole wonderful vintage creation! xx

  13. Beyond beautiful! Absolutely amazing!❤

  14. Truly a beautiful and original project Hazel, wow. A box to treasure for a long time!!! Hugs, Coco Xx

  15. Hazel, this is such a delightful project! Your doodles are the most amazing frame to these stamped images! The outside is so beautiful, anyone would love to display it! I love the window idea. Such a wow!!!

  16. Just wanted to say a big Thankyou to all the people that have left such encouraging really helps...thanks!

  17. This is Gorgeous Hazel love it xx

  18. Completely gorgeous - I'm sorry I'm only catching up with it now!
    Alison x