My Family & Other Animals

Monday, 8 April 2013

"Little Boxes On The Hillside, Little Boxes..."

Hey hey hey cats 'n kittens, as promised, here is the finished box I made using a Yorkshire Tea box. I haven't managed to do the inside yet as I don't feel there is any rush because to be honest with you I have no idea what I want to use the box for yet! I will have to keep it on my crafting table though as I am well happy with the finished product, for a first effort at distressing I think I have done a passable job.
I used some really, really old paper from my stash which if someone held a gun to my head I would probably say was a K and Co. paper. The stamps on the back of the box were free with a Do-Crafts magazine and the rub-on's are my old favourites Basic Grey. I have used a couple of the hinge die from Tim Holtz's Sizzix range and the buttons came free in a magazine last month (as did the Washi tape which is used to neaten the edges of the box), while the cameo arrived in the post a couple of days ago from Create and Craft, the final thing I used was the Walnut Stain Distress ink pad. If I have missed anything then I can only apologise.
Hope you like it and thank you to Clare from Horncastle (Distressed Miss) for the inspiration on her wonderful blog. I may not comment on everyone's blogs but rest assured I visit you all quite often to see what you have been up to. Big shout outs go to Eileen, Annie-Bee, Carla S, Crafty Kendalian and my sister for the wonderful comments you leave me on such a regular basis, I always get excited when I see you have written something so please keep it up.
I have had to take a sleeping pill tonight as I just knew I would never be able to sleep when I received an e-mail today telling me my e-bosser is on it's way, Yipeeee.
Anyhoo, hope you like the project and I will be back again soon with some more new cards too.
Take Care,
Hugs 'n Stuff,
Entered into: Art With No Boundaries Challenge - Anything Goes
Critter Sketch Challenge #159 - Washi Tape/Fabric Tape/Paper Tape
Bearly-Mine Challenge #81 - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenge #7 - Alter It!!!
Timeless Tuesday Challenge #215 - Around The House!
Inky Chicks Challenge #1 - Use a Background/Object Stamp
Magnolia-licious  & Wee Stamps Challenge - Buttons, Bows or Beads
Crafty Boots Challenge - Recycle
Created With Love Challenge #37 - Recycle/ReUse
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #37 - Anything But A Card
The Shabby Tea Room Challenge #162 - Pretty Shabby
Three Scrappy Girls Challenge - Earth/Nature/Recycling
WhoopsiDaisy Challenge - No Squares Allowed!


  1. Love your box Andy and it is certainly more than "passable"!!! Maybe you could store some crafty items in it and then you'd be seeing it every time you craft - just an idea.

  2. Beautiful box, Andy! Love all the different elements and finishes you used! Adorable images, too! Glad that Jo was feeling a little better today!

  3. What a great box! Thanks for joining at Critter Sketch: Washi Tape

  4. Gorgeous box Andy.I love the colours and design. The hinges look fab. Very inspirational.
    Lorraine x

  5. Absolutely gorgeous!! I love it! You've done such a great job, I'd certainly never see that and think 'first timer' I feel inspired! Great work as usual :)

  6. WOWWWWWWWWWWW Mr.... this is STUNNING WORK !!! Amazing what you can do with an empty box. Love just about everything about it.... hehe... you can guess what the one small detail is :)
    For your first attempt you have excelled yourself.
    Really smiling about the ebosser... I got mine as soon as they appeared and love it. Just be careful about the sandwiches you use I managed to get something stuck in mine and it took ages to force it out, it's supposed to instantly go into reverse but it didn't, I ended up standing it on the edge of the plate and forcing it and it finally reversed.
    Looking forward to your next creation
    Eileen x

  7. What a gorgeous project, Andy! I love every detail! I especially love that it looks perfectly vintage! Tilda is so sweet. I wish the photos were larger so I could see the details better. There is so much to see! Thank you for playing along with us at the Magnolia-licious/Wee Stamps Challenge Blog!


  8. What a fabulous box, Andy. You did a terrific job on the distressing. That is what I have to work on as I tend to me light-handed when doing it. Yours is just perfect. Such a cute Tilda--beautifully coloured. Wonderful DP's--the patterns are perfect for the vintage look. Love your box.
    Thanks for coming over to play with us at Magnolia-licious and Wee Stamps Challenge.

  9. Wow!! Now this is what I call amazing recycling of this tea box Andy, Your elements, papers and of course sweet Tilda are just perfect. Thank you for joining us at Magnolia-licous/Wee Stamps with your adorable creation.
    Suzi x

  10. WOW and so you should be Andy its fabulous!!!Thanks for joining us at BMC

  11. Oh how cute! Thanks for playing in the Critter Sketch Challenge.

  12. Fabulous. I just love what you have done with an old box.

    It is a great inspirational piece. Thank you for sharing your project with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  13. WOW absolutely stunning project I saw this on whoopsi daisy as I linked my card and came for a closer look its brilliant distressing and love the hinges can't believe it was a tea bag box
    carol x

  14. Wow this is one stunning box, just love everything about it. Love the hinges. Thank you for joining us at Artistic this week. Abbie (Owner) xx

  15. What a stunning box I love it very clever. Thank you for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy this week

  16. Simply amazing! Certainly NOT A SQUARE!! :) Thanks for playing with us at Whoopsi Daisy this week!
    Karen C

  17. You've done a great job Bro. Love that paper. What's up with Tilda though? She got the measles?? lol.

  18. This is fab thanks for joining us at WD xx Jan

  19. This is a beautiful box! I LOVE it. Thanks for sharing with us at Three Scrappy Gals.

  20. Andy, This is a fantastic box and I especially love the hinges and the side with all the steampunk paper. Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece in the April issue of the Art With No Boundaries Ezine. Always love coming to visit you.

    You will also be getting an email from me later today with the sentiment prize that was being offered and hope you enjoy using it.
    :) Chris / CS Designs


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