Saturday, 28 February 2009

Box


I was sat there on Thursday looking round the crafty space for a cardboard box when the postman arrived. The kind people at the electric company had sent me 2 free low energy light bulbs - I wasn't bothered about the bulbs but was more interested in the packaging!

The bulbs were contained within a cardboard box measuring 6" x 4".

Tossing the bulbs aside I thought this little bit of cardboard was just the right size for me to fiddle with so I could take part in this week's Awfully Big Art Adventure which had a theme of 'alter a blank'. I had been really excited at being put onto the front page of ABAA with my milagros heart and then disappointed last week when I hadn't found time to take part in the challenge again - so I was determined that one way or another I would find a box or something to alter this week!

After moaning to my lovely postie that the box wasn't in mint condition (those nasty people at the electric company had glued labels and stuff on it and one of the sides hadn't been folded under properly) I decided to make a 'Memory Box' with it.

I covered with some mulberry paper that had a 'raindrop' design on it and added some antique lace round the entire base of the box. On the top I used the same lace and made a 'bouquet' of fabric roses, blue and cream organza ribbon , with a gold and pearl wire flower bunch. I finished the bouquet by cutting out a cardboard bird. A chipboard 'Memory' sticker finished the top of the box and a fabric rose onto the front conceals the velcro 'hook and loop' fastener underneath.

12 comments:

  1. Now that's what I call recycling! Out of something to throw away you've made a memory box for treasures - love the use of lace and flowers, and thanks for taking part in ABAA again.
    love
    Rosie ABAA

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  2. Beautiful memory box Viv,I received one of those box's too,must be slipping coz never thought of altering it LOL.........
    Beautiful piece of art work,love it !

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  3. Viv:

    I have not thought of recycling the boxes from the mail - what a great idea! Your work is beautiful and I have added you to my blog reader. I am looking forward to seeing what else you create.

    Liz

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  4. oooooooo i say....much better than the original box and i have the very similar box lurking in a dark cupboard..so need to search...now where did i put the lightbulbs lol!!! as its a very dark cupbaord........love your box ..and the papaers are superb.....lvs sasyx

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  5. Great idea Viv - and a fantastic result!

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  6. Lovely box Viv- you clever lady you!!!!

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  7. This is a beautiful memory box! Great job.

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  8. Viv this is stunningand what a great use for what would otherwise be junk..Love it!!

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  9. A gorgeous piece of altered art - thank you for joining in with our challenge.
    Linda :-)

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  10. What a treasure of a box you've created from something someone else might toss out. Just beautiful with the loveliest of details too!

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  11. Gorgeous! Congratulations on having it featured.

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  12. Wow, what a great recycling idea. We get stuff in boxes all the time through the post its good to see one being put to good ude, Jaqi

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