Thursday, March 21, 2013

All Things Altered Spring 2013 Blog Hop!


Welcome to the "All Things Altered" Spring 2013 Blog Hop! You should be coming to me from Betty's Blog. If you are lost, see the list of blogs at the end of this post to make sure you visit everyone!

Once again, Pam at Scrapbook Flair organized a group of crafters for an altered art blog hop. I think this is officially our SECOND YEAR! She has put together a line-up of 12 designers, all making some sort altered art for you to use for inspiration!

And there are PRIZES! Pam, our hostess (Scrapbook Flair), is giving away an AMAZING prize - a "Surprise Basket" of Springtime Goodies! Plus, some of the designers are also giving away prizes! 


I am giving away a GRAB BAG of GRAPHIC 45 PAPERS!


To be entered to win the prizes, leave a comment on all the designers' blogs (include your contact information).  I would love for you to Follow me as well, but it is not required.

Here is my altered project. I decided to alter a wooden pencil box (4 x 9 1/4 x 2 inches). I picked it up at Michael's back last fall, for $3.99 and just never got around to doing anything with it. Now, my 17 year old daughter is the happy owner if a new pencil box!


I am in love with the new Graphic 45 French Country papers and knew I was going to use them for this project!

Wooden items need a bit of prep work before you get started decorating.


I lightly sanded the box and wiped it down with a towel. This smooths down any rough spots.


I painted the edges with black acrylic paint. Once the paint was dry, I attached paper to the outside and inside of the box using Liquitex Gel Medium and a foam brush. I prefer the gel medium over a product like Mod-Podge simply because the gel medium only needs to be "painted" onto one surface. I painted it onto the box and then placed my paper on the adhesive layer. It bonds well and does not soak the paper.


Once I had the box covered with paper, I decorated the top with some flowers and other "junk." I love to use flowers and metal items together - sort of edgy-feminine or steampunk-y.


One of my favorite things to tuck into the flowers are tiny light bulbs! I found some online, but I am sure you could use Christmas lights that have burned out!


I lined the inside of the box with contrasting paper and a few postage images. My daughter wants to put pencils in the box, so I did not decorate the inside.


I added a Graphic 45 Antique Metal Door Pull to the lid as a handle.

I hope you had fun looking at my project! Now, hop on over to Jess B's  Blog!

If you get lost during the blog hop (so sad to get lost!), here is the list of participating Designers! Make sure you leave a comment to be entered in the drawing!

Pam
Pinky
Debbie
Betty
Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!
Jess B.
Angela
Christine
Barbara
Irit
Candice
Jennifer
Scrapbook Flair


Box: Michael's Craft Store
Designer paper: Graphic 45 French Country, Curtain Call
Chipboard: Imaginarium Designs
Metal embellishments: Graphic 45; Tim Holtz; The Paper Studio; Sky Blue Pink
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Paint:Martha Stewart
Adhesive: Liquitex gel medium; Aleene's Tacky Glue

92 comments:

Arlene said...

love it, Gloria! ♥

Gitte said...

Its beautiful.

Pamela Romero said...

This little box is so adorable! I love the color combination and the textures of the ivory flowers are wonderful. The little stamps on the inside are such a nice touch!

Adriana B said...

wonderful box love it :)

Boots And Bling Time said...

This is gorgeous!!! Wow. Just love it!!!

Dee in N.H. said...

Wow! Gorgeous! I love how the flowers and metal pieces look with that paper!

some kind of wonderful said...

beautiful job! i love this!

silvia said...

Gorgeous pencil block!!!

NickelNook said...

GORGEOUS box, Gloria! Love all the pretty embellishments! Have a wonderful weekend!...Nancy :o)

Pammejo said...

Gorgeous Pencil Box, for me, I have pencils...I will send you my address!!! Love all the detail and I am with you love the French,Country Collection. Thank you for always being a part of the All Things Altered Blog Hops, now off to find me some small light bulbs.

Karen Bahit said...

OH MY!!! Graphic 45 rocks your box!!! You did a fantastic project!!! I absolutely adore it!!!
Thank you for sharing you talent with me.
Hopping along,
Karen

Corinne said...

Oh this is totally AWESOME!! Love the papers and that little light bulb is great on there..
ronnieandcorinne@sbcglobal.net
hugs

Miriam said...

That is absolutely gorgeous. Everything is so smooth, you'd never know it started as a plain box. Inspirational, thanks.

Charmelle Clark said...

Enjoying jumping on this BLOG HOP.

Jacquie Southas said...

I think I need a new pencil box :)

Gorgeous project Gloria!

Shani Thomas said...

Stunning! It's a shame to use it for pencils.

Shanna Shands said...

Your box is so beautiful and amazing. Thanks for some inspiration!

Elsie said...

Just bought more French Country... And added another project to my list. Thanks, Gloria!

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Beautiful box! I love the flower and embellie cluster on the top! Thanks for sharing! =)

Karenladd said...

As always, your creation is gorgeous! Love the idea of tucking tiny lights in with the flowers for added texture and shine!

Robin said...

very neat altered box. new follower. come visit me :).
Robin
http://cutonedesignsbyrobin.blogspot.com/

Deonna said...

very beautiful, love it!

Pam said...

Beautiful project! Of course, I love every one of your projects. Great papers, great embellies. I love your idea about the old Christmas lights... never would have thought of that. Great project, Gloria!

Susan Bullock said...

Love this! Your daughter is so lucky to get this pencil box. I love your touch of light bulbs in a cluster of flowers, I have been doing that lately. Your creations never cease to amaze ~ thank you for all your inspiration!

P.S. love the gel medium tip

Christine said...

Beautiful! I love the papers and embellishments that you chose! It turned out fabulous!

Ms Scrapmess said...

Her pencilbox is absolutely gorgeous!!! Love the bits tucked among the flowers:)

Melita said...

gorgeous Gloria!!

KC Inspired said...

Your ideas are always fresh & exciting! I love being a follower. This box is no exception. Love the way you've "steam punked" it out!

KC Inspired said...

forgot my email- sorry


Tons of inspiration on this hop!
kconner1961@yahoo.com

Mary Ann said...

AWESOME!!!Love your box,scrappinggg.blogspot.com/

Cheryl said...

Ooh Gloria this is amazing! I love the papers and the flowers & metal elements on the top are just stunning! Blessings, Cheryl

Ava Gavloski said...

perfectr altered item, the floral goes so well with the pp
perfecto
cottagerca@yahoo.ca

Sarah said...

Love your blog and love Graphic 45, I just got a cigar box to alter and Graphic 45 paper would be perfect, Sarah

Scrappy Kapers said...

love graphic 45, love the project and thankyou for sharing

JenL said...

Beautiful, just like all your projects!

Barbara Rankin said...

What a beautiful pencil box. Love your paper combo and, yes, I too love the new French Country line. Your work is amazing, and TFS. Love the tiny light bulbs, too.

Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

OMG this is STUNNING! Love the Parisian theme and all the embellies you used. Just an amazing piece of art. I'm jealous of your daughter LOL
~Deb~
CDAC DT Member
A Look Through My Eyes

Carol Gibson said...

Beautiful box. I subscribe to
your blog and check it out
all the time. Thank you for
all the inspiration.

Clare said...

Just beautiful Gloria x C

Scrapfaire said...

Lovely project! Reminds me I haven't gotten anything done with my own gel medium lately! Thanks for the inspiration!

Marianne H said...

Adore this box.

Barbara F said...

Beautiful! What could be better? G45 French Country paper and a box...LOVE it! Great job!!

Unknown said...

Beautiful!

Lyneen said...

Your box is AWESOME... then anything Graphic 45 made by you is!!!!! Love how you create with their products. Thanks for sharing!

lapizz said...

Gorgeous work!!!

angel4ever said...

Holy smokes this is AWESOME!!!! I LOVE it!! ♥

cardstockaholic said...

Absolutely stunning! Love it!

Holly said...

Your box is gorgeous and I love all of your tips!

Diana said...

Love your pencil box! Beautiful!!

Barb Wagar said...

Your box is absolutely stunning! I want to make one too! So inspired!! Thank you for your tutorial and descriptions... it really helps me get a head start on my project so I don't have to learn the hard way! lol Thanks for a chance to win a prize too! b_whatever60@hotmail.com

Karen said...

Simply beautiful Gloria...useful and pretty!

Ratty Hugs said...

What a super project, love the colors & the details. I wouldn't have thought to add the lightbulbs to the floral embelishnent. Thank you so much for creating and sharing it.
~C8> Ratty Hugs
Tuckerderatt@yahoo.com

Jennifer Hankins said...

Beautiful! I love it!

Debbie said...

Beautiful Pencil Box...love your creativity! bdlam@shaw.ca

Dakota Bear said...

Gorgeous! I love the French Country papers.

Deborah Johnson said...

So creative. On the top of list of items to make.

marylouh said...

I love G45 papers. They make anything look so regal and pretty. Love the pencil box. It's so much more elegant that it was when it was at Michael's.

Martha said...

I wish i could be this creative! Thank you for sharing and giving me inspiration!!! This is so beautiful! wow

knitter99 said...

Great job with G45 paper. Simple enough; like the lightbulb tip!:)

Shirley Smith said...

Very nice! My grand daughter saw this and said "you could make me a jewelry box like that !" . Also love G45 paper !!

Evelyn S. said...

Gloria...you are just amazing!

Jody said...

I have just one word for this beautiful projetc it's FABULOUS!

Kathleen White said...

Lovely altered box.

Judy Wood said...

Super Cute! I LOVE Paris themed artwork!

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous! Lots of pretty details!

Katina said...

OMG, this came out so cool. Love how you glammed it up and I'm sure your daughter will treasure it!

macmomma said...

Your altered pencil box is gorgeous! I bet your daughter had a big smile on her face and a happy heart when you gave it to her! She is a lucky girl! Thanks for sharing!

Char said...

Elegantly beautiful!

Kelly Harms said...

Really, really beautiful. Lots of nice details. Gotta love G45 papers -- they make everything looks to gorgeous.

Debra Lovell said...

WOW! Really beautiful!! I love decorating boxes.I have a friend who smokes cigars and I get all the boxes.This gives me some new inspiration!! Thanks ,and "Happy Spring" :)

Jeanann said...

Ms Gloria this is beautiful .. love it!

Donna said...

This is gorgeous! Your daughter is very lucky to have it!

Wilma said...

What beautiful, is gorgeous

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Unknown said...

I want to do this to some recipe boxes. Great idea
Tina K

reno272 said...

This altered box is absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for posting.

Karen Shady said...

Hi Gloria.... I adore your beautiful box.

orfanannie said...

Beautiful work as usual, Gloria! thanks for sharing with

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

I love how elegantly this turned out. I also love the lightbulb in the floral spray. It's unexpected and so much fun. A beautiful project, Gloria!

Nicole Doiron said...

This is totally gorgeous! I love those Graphic 45 papers! TFS

Dorothy said...

Gloria, this is amazing!!!

Barbara's Appalachian Treasures said...

Great looking box, I too love the french country dp just ordered it and look forward to using it. Thanks for the inspiration.

Craftylyn said...

Love the box, it's beautiful.Working with Graphic 45 papers is like working with treasure.

Jean Bullock said...

wow, WoW, WOW! What a gorgeous box. Both inside and out look great!

Pam Zirbel said...

Gorgeous cigar box Gloria!!! Well done and I also have that paper and just cant decide what I want to do with it!!

Jenni's Whimsies said...

So pretty! I have a stash of wooden cigar boxes begging for a Makeover.

Cathi ONeill said...

Such a gorgeous box!

Teresa said...

oh my goodness! love your box! tjigo at apex.net

Chris said...

Nice box Great vintage look and the steampunky touch, lovely

Kee said...

This is so pretty!

wilson.marie65 said...

This is just beautiful......

artjunkie2 said...

Beautiful!! Love the paper!!