Monday 6 April 2015

Blues in Bloom

Greetings to you and thank-you for visiting. It's a beautiful sunny day here in Dublin - hope it is lovely where you are too.

Some of you will have seen before my take on altering a Tim Holtz configuration box. To see my earlier boxes take a peek here and here for more details on how I altered and decorated each box.

First of all, here is a shot of the box lid from my latest alteration:

All papers used are by Maja Design. The paper on top outer lid was embossed with a flourish texture fade to match the flourish pattern on the 4 metal idea-ology corners. The chipboard (by Wycinanka), just like the corners, has been painted white, and also has some blue frantage added. I stamped and gold embossed the sentiment and tucked it around the gate. The little messenger bird has been diecut from chipboard using Sizzix 'caged bird' die - he looks much better set free! Added floral elements - some from stash and some diecut. The cream embellishments are by Prima and the gold ones are by Nunn Design. Edges are inked with distress inks.

Here's another, fuller shot of the box.

Next snap shows the box front. I've used idea-ology feet that are also painted white. I adhered lace around the top rim. Also, stencilled some texture paste right around the box using Crafty Individuals 'leafy border' stencil. Sprinkled on distress glitter in clear rock candy while texture paste was still wet to add a little sparkle. Ran a loopy grosgrain ribbon around it too - the tiers remind me of a wedding cake. Diecut the chipboard 'lock' from Sizzix 'hardware findings' and added key by Maja Design. Affixed a little bow for extra prettiness.

Here it is from a side angle:

Now, let's look inside to see the scene on the inner lid. There's a little diecut bird (Memory Box) with a painted watering can. Again some Wycinanka chipboard that I've painted white with a dusting of blue frantage on the blossom. Also added some 'florals' both diecut and from stash, and little metal embellishments.

Now a twirl to view the right side of 'garden'.

Finally, a view of entire inside. All the compartments are painted white on the outside with the insides then lined with a selection of beautiful Maja Design papers.

As always, your visit and any comments you may leave are hugely appreciated. Enjoy the remainder of your Easter weekend.

Nicola x

I wish to enter box to the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday - A is for 'Altered' configuration box
Frilly and Funkie - Put a Ribbon on it!
Stamps and Stencils - Anything Goes
Live and Love Crafts - Signs of Spring
Crafty Cardmakers and More - Wings
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - April
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Things With Wings
Mixed Media World - Anything Goes


  1. Wow Nicola! This is absolutely stunning with amazing detail and such pretty embellishing too.
    Enjoy what's left of the long weekend yourself.
    Fliss xx

  2. WOW, WOW, WOW, this is absolutely gorgeous. Love the blue and white theme and so many beautiful details and embellishments. A true keepsake.
    Hope you enjoyed your Easter in the sunshine.
    Avril xx

  3. Oh Nicola, this is another complete stunner! Love the gorgeous blue tones and it is so beautifully embellished! Such a wonderful way to store all these little bits and pieces, just gorgeous!!
    Beautiful sunshine here too, - long may it last! xxx

  4. Oh Nicola! This is absolutely beautiful! Love all of the exquisite detail! Such a feast for the eyes!♥

  5. Oh Nicola, I have oohed and aahed throughout your exquisite post, so beautiful. Loving your mix of textures from your lace, stencil and embossing folder they compliment each other so well.
    Hugs Julie xx

  6. Nicola, this is a beautiful work of art! I love the white painted feet and the gorgeous CI stencilling - and the inside is just gorgeous. I love the little heart on the top too, along with every other detail! The whole piece is a triumph !! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Absolutely stunning. The attention to details and all the elements are gorgeous. Thank you for joining our first challenge at Stamps and Stencils.

  8. Stunning Box Nicola I love all the fabulous details those flowers are beautiful!!
    Kevin xx

  9. Exquisite project Nicola! Such beauty wherever you turn. Thank you so much for joining in with out challenge.

    DT MMW

  10. WOW!!! PINNED! To convert the CB into this is impressive, and the inside is as gorgeous as the out! Just exceptional!

  11. This is beyond gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    Really Reasonable Ribbon

  12. Hi Nicola! :) And WOW for this box fully and gorgeously decorated, I love it to bits!! A real treasure, so well done....
    And that's great to read that you have sun in Dublin too, it was so good to have a sunny Easter here in France, especially the day when the kids are looking for the eggs in the garden.. :D Hugs, Coco xx

  13. Nicola, As a lover of boxes and birds, you have really pulled me in with your incredibly detailed altered box! I love the colors and the design. It is really a treat to have a peek inside to see this "secret garden". Love this and it is PINNED! I've already clicked on that chippie link, and sniff, sniff, sold out! I'm working on a project that would be perfect for! Guess I'll just have to cut a paste!

  14. HOLY COW Nicola, I almost fell off my chair today when I saw this gorgeous project! PINNED PINNED AND PINNED AGAIN!! I don't even know where to start! I think a blanket WHOOP WHOOP is going to have to cover it, or I will be here all day! Seriously stunning my friend, you are a talent and an inspiration! big hugs :)

    1. Good grief, I was so excited about all the beautiful things here that I forgot to say Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Put a Ribbon on it' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  15. Your box is stunning Nicola, so many beautiful details, -flowers, laces, and diecuts ,all together makes this a very special and wonderful piece !!
    Dorthe, xo

  16. Oh.. this is such a gorgeous creation, Nicola. All the details are just fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  17. what a beautiful box with so much detail, Thank you for Joining us at Stamps And Stencils.
    Sharon x

  18. Absolutely stunning Nicola ! There's so much to see, I love all the detail you've added and the pastel colours are just gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Sue C x

  19. Such a beautifully altered box Nicola :-) I love the colours and fantastic layout both inside and out. TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  20. Wow you but so much into this, it's amazing. I loved the outside and then saw that you even did more for the inside. It's really gorgeous and thank you for sharing it with all of us on the RRR Challenge for this month.
    Really Reasonable Ribbon

  21. What a gorgeous box, Nicola! I love the delicate blue and all the textures and details. Amazing!

  22. What a pretty, lacy box! Amazing.

  23. Oh for goodness sake Nicola, I'm beyond words in love with this incredible box!!! You truly are a creative goddess and this creation simply sublime. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  24. SO BEAUTIFUL!! This is truly an amazing creation, so much awesome detail, thank you for entering at Frilly and Funkie. xx

  25. Just stunning Nicola...your creations are so distinctive and I always fall in love with them...I just adore this one...
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at

  26. absolutely stunning as always hun.- like Sandra says always so unique.Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

    Handcrafted by Ellapu
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    DT Anything but a Card

  27. This is just AMAZING Nicola.
    Thanks for entering our 'Wings' challenge at CCM&More.
    Hugs Kimx

  28. Absolutely stunning, Nicola. The shades of blues are so lovely, the gates on the lid look wonderful with the spray of flowers and the little avian postman, and then you open it up and there are even more delights on the inside! As always, your shabby chic detailing is pure perfection.
    Alison xx

  29. Big Congratulations on Frilly and Funkie win!!! So well deserved my dear :)

  30. Congratulations on being chosen winner at F/F! SO WELL DESERVED!!!!

  31. Such a great project. You have outdone yourself. Thanks so much for playing with us at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

  32. Beautiful project Nicola! Love all the blooms and pretty mix of patterned papers!

  33. What a simply gorgeous project! Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Cardmakers and more.


  34. Aaaaaaamazing box! Beautifully decorated both on the inside and outside, with so much attention to detail and those them!!!! So elegant, a truly captivating project. Thanks for playing with LLC and congrats again. ;-)

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

  35. waue love this SOOOO sweet

  36. never cease to amaze me with your gorgeous creations! This sweet little box is beautiful. I so love all of your details and thought that obviously goes into every piece you create. LOVE IT! <3 Candy


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