Sunday, 17 July 2011

Sweet little box.......


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I haven't shown you this box that I made for Papercraft Inspirations magazine. I used an unfinished MDF box from Hobbycraft. The hydrangeas were made with individual flowers stamped and cut with dies from Heartfelt Creations. I stamped them in pink onto white, then coloured each little blossom with Promarkers. I stuck them onto wooden balls, also from Hobbycraft, using a hot glue gun


There is a tale behind this little box. I cut all the flower heads, coloured them, assembled the hydrangeas, gave the MDF box three coats of white acrylic paint inside and out, then left them on my desk and went down to London for a few days. When I got home, the troublesome leak had returned in my little craft cupboard, and the whole project was sitting there, a soggy, ruined mess. Can you imagine? I had a tight deadline and had to start from scratch all over again.

I don't have any funny tales to tell you about our visit to the Lakes - everyone was very sane and well behaved. I do have Anne's permission to tell you about a disaster she had when in France last week (no, not the locked in the toilet story.....)
She had gone to see Monet's garden, which apparently was a dream, gorgeous wide herbaceous borders, filled with the very plants that Monet himself had planted all those years ago, painted so memorably, and now guarded and nurtured by a whole army of gardeners and security men - these plants are so precious that you aren't even allowed to sniff their scent. So Anne was about to have her photo taken, perched on a bench outside the house. She moved her bag out of shot, and there was a horrible thud as her camera fell out and down, right into the middle of the precious herbaceous border, filled with irreplaceable plants lovingly planted by the hand of the master...........recovering it would have meant trampling the plants in the border, so a security guard had to crawl through a space under the house, emerging covered in dirt and uttering Gallic curses (Anne doesn't speak French, but she got the general gist of what he was saying, it wasn't very nice.......)
See you tomorrow

26 comments:

Audrey Frelx said...

Enfy's, you have to know by now how much I loooovvve boxes, and this one is so delicate looking -- so very pretty! I love the flowers on top!

Sorry I've had such a busy time and haven't been around much, but you and all my dear neighbors are always on my mind!

Hugs, my friend!

S.Bayles said...

Enfys,
This is so stinking cute... I have that green design paper. It is MS. I love that paper pack. Another great job... Keeping my fingers crossed for the pens......Have a great Monday...
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Maureen Reiss said...

Your box is Gorgeous!!! I love those flowers!! Looks like it was alot of work, but sooooo worth it!!
reissfam10 at aol dot com

Chloe and Her Clip On Koalas said...

So gorgeous Enfys. Looks like a wedding cake it is so intricate. LOVE it. x

Glennis said...

What a beautiful box - I love it

Sandy from Ukiah said...

So pretty.. and I always love to come by and visit.. I always leave with a smile. hugs

Sarah said...

Such a beautiful box! So sorry your first one got ruined...practice makes perfect????

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful box Enfys and so cleverly put together, I never would have thought of the balls. So did your friend get the picture after all that?

kath said...

wow en...totally stunning...bet there were some gallic words when you discovered your soggy mess...big hugs kath xxx

Marianne said...

This is really beautiful!! hugs, Marianne

Marilyn said...

The box is beautiful! I can only begin to imagine how you felt to see your project sitting in water. The effort was well worth it, absolutely stunning! The story, oh my gosh...sounds like something I would do...thanks for sharing!

Lynda said...

Wow what a pretty box Enfys - it's perfect!

Love Lynda xxx

Nannieflash said...

Gorgeous top to that box, beautifully created. hugs Shirleyxx

Margie said...

GORGEOUS!!! Sure looks like you put a lot of work into this one, Enfys! The end result is stunning! Great coloring on the flowers!

Anonymous said...

My jaw dropped when I saw your precious box. It's simply amazing. Your projects are such a joy to see and I look forward to your stories:-). I would LOVE to play with some Promarkers
Barbara in AZ

MizMaryAnn said...

Oh my, your box is beyond beautiful and to think you had to do it twice! Whoever gets it is going to get a keepsake for sure.
Your stories is so funny. I can just see the look on that gardners face. Good thing she doesn't speak french.

Riet said...

This is so wonderful Enfys.

Hugs Riet.xx

pinky said...

Wow Enfys what a stunning project, I would have cried and the air would have been blue if I had found it all soggy. Your poor friend, how embarrassing lol.

Melissa said...

Hope Anne took a picture and then framed it and her purse. I just bought the July papercraft mag. Loved your cards and drooled over the box. Sorry you had to do another one. Luckily our roof only leaked in the garage. The only leak I have in the house is my granddaughter who is 2. She is going to be an artist, she just colored my kitchen with red marker.

Linda said...

Oh my the poor dear. I hope the camera was OK.
You box is wonderful. Sorry to hear about a leak. That is not fun.
And sorry to hear everyone was being on their best behavior. LOL

Pinkllilac said...

Wow your box is Ggorgeous I love those flowers and what a lot of work, love it.
Hugs Linda

kisatrtle said...

Those flowers are amazing!

Kim. said...

Oh wow Enfys this is gorgeous but to have it ruined and have to start over again must of really tested your patience.
Kim xXx

Emma said...

Just beautiful Enfys, such gorgeous flowers.
Hugs Emma x

cricutalltime said...

very beautiful.too bad that leak messes up your crafts i would be so mad after so many hours of work.

Nu2scrap said...

This box is simply gorgeous! It looks like a wedding box! Beautiful!-Barb-