Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Altered chipboard box.

Hi everyone :)

I haven't made Maddy anything for a little while, and one of my more secret resolutions was to do more of this, so here's a little altered chipboard box i made for her to put odds and ends in.

Very simply done, but the best bit about this was that i got to try out my new Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paints that i bought today. They are amazing! It's the uneven crackle effect i really like, and when you brush over it with colour, the crackles stand out even more.
Here i just coated the box in Tattered Rose Distress Crackle Paint, and when dry i lightly brushed over it with Tea Dye distress ink. A few embellishments and of course some lace to dainty it up a bit, and there you have a nice looking little box for a lovely gift.

Aren't these crackles just great?.........Cheers for that Mr Holtz! :) You can buy the paints here at Jennie's shop.

It's the first box I've altered apart from a tea caddy i did a while back, so i was pretty chuffed with the result. Hopefully Maddy will be too....fingers crossed! :)
Lastly, i have to give a shout out to a new craft shop i discovered in a nearby town today. Close to Southampton, theres a place called Swaythling, and there you can find a craft shop that's only been open a few months called "Craftin Delights".
Run by a lovely and helpful lady called Jeanette (hope i spelt that right), who makes a gorgeous cuppa btw, her shop is full of crafty goodies. I was made very welcome by Jeanette and her friend and fellow crafter Nicky, i had a lovely time there. Jeanette also runs workshops there too, so next time you are down this neck of the woods, it's well worth popping in.
Always nice to find a new place to get stash, and only right to pass it on to. :)
Bye for now.....


Hels said...

Heavenly little box Calv, I bet Maddy will love it .. those Cracklepaints are fab aren't they? I just got my hands on the metallics and they are even better!! Hugs hun x

maddy hill said...

Calvin it is absolutley beautiful !!!!!! I totally adore it xxxxxx thank you - .... its gorgeous xxxxxxx

wow !
I cant wait to recieve it calvin !
beautiful just beautiful i love the crackle paint effect ..and all the gorgeous details xxxx im really stunned xxx

Calv said...

Glad you like it Maddy :) Took me long enough to get the pics up, my blogger is seriously playing up today.

Cheers Hels, and a Happy New Year to you btw. :)

Just-Kim said...

That's a beautiful box! She's a lucky gals to get something so beautiful!


Paula's ponderings said...

I love that box...its stunning..I really must get hubby crafting!! Lucky lady Maddy!!

Ruth (ooffee) said...

My Blogger was playing up too! Very annoying, nut well worth the effort to see these GORGEOUS photos. Maddy is one lucky lady! Well done you! x

Kinglake said...

lovely little box calv ! xx jo xx

Sara said...

Calvin- I love your work!!!!!

Glad I found you- happy new year.


mamaluke said...

Very pretty, loving the lace, the rose, the leaf puncy and the crackles, just gorgeous!

Kitty G said...

Calv I would like you to talk to my husband. I would love to recieve something this beautiful from my guy. Maddy is one lucky lady

alcoholinky said...

that's fab and so delicate Calv. you're very good at doing feminine things! - oh blimey - don't take that the wrong way! LOL

Elizabeth said...

OMG Could your stuff be any cuter?! Wow! Thanks for sharing!

Calv said...

Thanks for the lovely comments everyone :)

I think the feminine knack comes from having two girls in the house most of the time, my life is one big pink glittery fairy party! :)

Rica said...

Gorgeous box Calvin, beautifully done - Maddy sure is a lucky girl!!
hugs Heather xx

Miri said...

Wow! It's so beautiful! I also bet that Maddy will love it!

And thank you for your nice comments on my blog :) (even if it wasn't a card but a bookmark ;) )

Calv said...

Lol so it was Miri hehe.....sorry about that......i thought it looked unusual for a card! :)

Thanks for stopping by. :)

Happy Crafter said...

Wow its stunning Calv love the crackle and everything about it :)
Happy New Year!!!
Val xxx

Pelle said...

Hi there Mr. I realy love what i see here. Plus very nice to see other men in this hobby. Looks like i have to spend all morning here at u're place.
Greeting from norway, Pelle

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Maddy is one lucky gal! I saw this on her blog's really so very lovely!!
hugs, Jami

minnascorner said...

Oh dear. I think I just may have to order the whole range of crackle paints now. I only have a few and I can CLEARLY see that I need 'em all. Can I just tell hubby that you're to blame? The kids might have to go without food for a few days, but it's all worth it, eh? ;)

Love your work. It's gorgeous and stunning. Your girls are very lucky, indeed.
Minna (a Swede in Italy lamenting the deplorable lack of craft shops here!)