Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 200 – anything but a card

Angela is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Anything But a Card.

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, but NOT a card.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

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My project for this challenge is a hexagonal gift box that I made for a friend’s 60th birthday.

I bought the plain box from the Works for only a couple of pounds, and set about decorating it.

First, I painted on a basecoat of white gesso, and when that was dry, I went over it with cream paint.  The next step was to stencil with a light brown ink through a butterfly stencil.  I also added some text using a darker brown ink on the lid.

The next step was to add some crackle glaze, and when the effect had completed, I went over the whole think with some brown ink to bring out the cracks.  I went over the edges with some gilding wax (pebeo) and finally added some beads on a string all around the edge, applying it with glossy accents.

I decorated the lid with some flowers made using dreamees stamps, and a big bow made with ribbon from my stash, with charms attached.

I didn’t take pictures, but inside I lined the box with self adhesive velvet paper so it looked nicer.

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Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 199 – Thankful

Maike is hosting our challenge today, and the theme is Thankful. This could be a thank you card, or your might want to show us a scrap layout with your child/grandchild. Just anything you are grateful for really.

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it’s Thankful themed.

Please remember our 15 total challenge rule!

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Now, like lots of people this side of the “Pond” I didn’t realise that Canada had a Thanksgiving Day too… but they do!  It is earlier than the American version, in October rather than November.

I found this out because my eldest nephew’s girlfriend is Canadian – and this year she was going to miss Thanksgiving with her family because of work commitments, so we had a Thanksgiving Dinner here for her!  It’s Turkey, but with other vegetable sides to what we are used to – and lots of maple syrup in things.

I thought it would be nice to make a card for her and I used my trusty 6 x 6 stepper card die, which I decorated using for a base layer some gold mirri, topped with a really nice orange card I got in a Linda Chapman’s World of Paper set which came with a Pollyanna Pickering DVD.

I had some random leaves from a Hunkydory kit that I utilised, along with a die cut banner.

For my topper, I downloaded a picture of bountiful fruitfulness from the internet that I cut into a fancy shape using a die from my collection.  Beneath this topper, I used a larger version of the die to cut a shape from card which I embossed with a Sheena Douglass embossing folder, coloured with distress inks and finished with gilding cream.

I really liked the way this one came out…