Friday, 12 March 2010

Easter elegance.


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Yes i know it's a little early, but i finished Maddy's Easter prezzy today and couldn't wait to blog it. Click on the pics for a better look.
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This lovely little egg trinket box started off as a delapilated mess on a charity shop shelf. It was bare apart from some of the beads going around it, it was scuffed, scratched and had the remains of a terrible paint job on it..... So i bought it with an Easter project in mind.
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I've used Distress Crackle Paint on the egg itself, i mean eggs do crack now and again don't they? Painted with a thin coat, the crackles are lovely and fine. I also added a few little things to fancy it up a bit.
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First i punched a simple heart out, distressed it a little and hand stitched around the edge.
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A few fabric flowers and more beading dotted around the place...doesn't that crackle paint look great close up?
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The little butterflies are lazer cut, and with a coat of antique cotton paint and a stamped text pattern on them, they really come to life on the project. I was able to enter this into the Charisma Cardz Challenges this week as they are ofter something with Beautiful Butterflies.
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This pendant/charm was a great find, it originaly came as part of a belt, but in true Calv style i wrecked the belt and used the only bit that was left intact! I can also enter it in the Creative Inspirations "charms" challenge this week.
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I know what you are thinking though, yes Calv that's fine but what about the choccy!!! Have i ever let you down yet? :)
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Filled with mini easter eggs, Maddy has the choice of white, plain and dark choccy to indulge herself in.
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What would this kind of project be without some reference to Alice in Wonderland? It gave me a chance to compliment the box with something nice, whilst using one of my fave stamps, an Alice in Wonderland quote...
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This handmade scroll was made on patterned paper, wrapped around a couple of dowelling rods i chopped up this afternoon. Painted again with crackle paint and finished off with tiny brass knobs.
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A dainty button and some ribbon later.....and Mr Carroll would have been proud of me! :)
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I love these butterflies...
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A close up of the wonderfull quote...
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So there you have it, one Easter prezzy for my partner in crime. :) Hopefully Maddy will forgive me for spoiling the suprise, she'll just have to wait for the choccy now.....i'm sure i'll take good care of it. :)
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Thanks for looking everyone.....and Happy early Easter!!!
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65 comments:

K said...

Oh wow! Maddy is a lucky lady, both of those are equisite! And I've never seen an egg shaped trinket box before.

julietk said...

I am sure Maddy will be delighted with that, you have made a beautiful gift.

Kath said...

How absolutely exquisite ,Calv. Maddy is one lucky lady I think, however I am sure she deserves it.

Karen@CCC said...

OH wow wow wow Calvin!! That is a real labour of love and totally exquisite, Maddy will so love it. Cor Calvin, it's bloody impressive! Well done you!
xx

Karen@CCC said...

...just noticed all three posts used the word exquisite - now that's telling! :-)

Calv said...

Thats everyone. :) Hopefully Maddy will get to see it soon, her internet busted the moment i blogged this lol.

sandra said...

This is AMAZING project!!!
I love everything on those!
Crackle look,butterfly's,flowers,stamped text...
I'm shore Maddy won't resend you,and that she will be happy for getting this stunning gift!
Hugs!
Sandra!

Viv said...

Wow! Lucky Maddy! The egg is so gorgeous and love the scroll, the butterflies, everything!!! Don't know about the choccy eggs...will she actually get them do you think? They disappear in our household all the time! LOL!

Julie Allain said...

Oh my word Calv this is absolutely brilliant, you are so creative and I think that Maddy will be over the moon with such a fantastic gift I know I would be :)

maddy hill said...

i have only just seen this as my internet has been off ......
im speechless..............i feel like the owner of a faberge egg........oh my calvin ... it is the most equisite egg ive ever seen and thats the only word for it ,,,,,, my jaw is on the floor !

i just adore all those details , oh wow oh wow !
im stunned .......

Calv said...

Yayy she's back online...so glad you like it Maddy, and don't worry, i'll pack it well when i post it. You can see now why i wanted to blog it, it will distract people from the rest of the rubbish on here lol. :)

Thank you again everyone for the lovely comments, they are much appreciated.

Angelwood said...

This is gorgeous! Maddy is one lucky lady to receive this beautiful creation filled with some yummy chocolates.

ps. I've really enjoyed looking through your blog posts. So many gorgeous projects to look at and try out! Thanks for following my site too! Have a great weekend!

Net said...

Oh my! That's lovely.

No before pics Calv?

I'd check those chocs for teeth marks Maddy!

Calv said...

Theres a couple of pics of it near the start of the project once i'd stuch the charm on and given it a coat of undercoat, but nothing worth putting up on here though. Love the choccy cakes on your blog btw! :)

Yvonne said...

Oh this is soooo beautiful, Maddy is a lucky lady, so much love has gone into this and the details.. stunning. Now thats what I call a perfect gift.

camcraft said...

Oh My Calv. Totally goregeous. Such an eggquisite gift indeed. A real labour of love.
What a fab find indeed Calv.
Carole

Sarita said...

I don't think I've ever seen such a beautiful Easter Egg, and your Alice scroll is genius,
Bet Maddy will treasure them,
Sarita

Kate said...

Maddy sounds very pleased and I'm not surprised, this is lovely. Where did the Alice stamp come from? I've been trying to hunt some down, but silly money appears to have to change hands?

Caroline said...

They're both lovely...you must have the patience of a saint!

cardesque said...

OMG Calv this it totally awesome!!!
Absolutely gorgeous. Well done indeed. Maddy will be thrilled! All the wee bits just add to it's deliciousness!

elina said...

this is gorgeous, especially the crackle paint looks fab!!

Jennie said...

Just gorgoeus :) Maddy will love it
Hugs xx

Monica said...

Wow!! This is amazing! :-)

Nicci said...

Wow, aren't you good eh? I'm sure she's gonna love it! :D

Allison said...

simply wonderful, the crackle paint looks stunning
Lucky Maddy- at least you now have plenty of time before easter that you can make me one too!!!
AllisonX

Joy said...

Maddy is so right. You ARE wonderful. So is that gift. Thanks so much for sharing.

Janette said...

WOW....what else could anyone say.....it is GORGEOUS.....how lucky to have this made for you,you are very talented.....x

sandra said...

Oh Wow, this is just stunning. After reading Maddy's blog, I think it's true to say she is over the moon with it. Not just because it's beautiful, but because you made it for her so lovingly. Stunning. Love Sandra x

Naomi (Sugar Brown) said...

erm... Calvin.... since you are already taken and I think that Maddy will put up a fight..... do you have a brother? and is he any thing like you???

Maddy, you are so lucky. This is beyond gorgeous!

Kim Piggott said...

Wow utterly divine!
kim

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

OMG, my jaw hit the floor. This is amazing, beautiful, gorgeous, exquisite and a thousand other adjectives to describe the wonder of it. You must have used a case of those small bottles of crackle paint but it was well worth it. That charm is gorgeous. You totally ROCKED the charm challenges. Thanks for sharing your beautiful creation with us at Creative Inspirations!!!

Andrea said...

Oh my goodness - I'm speechless! This is absolutely beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, exquisite......
What a fabulous gift - Maddy is very lucky!
Love, Andrea xx

Sarah C said...

You are too talented for words. This is just wow, amazing, brilliant, fab, fandabydozy!!!! I just loved that quote when I heard it in the film on Monday.

tee said...

Oh Calvin this is just totally breath taking!! Maddy I am sure will totally love it!! You have such an awesome talent!!

flutterbycrafter said...

Wow, this is absolutely fantastic, I just love it so much Maddy must be delighted. What a talent you are.

scrappyjan said...

Calvin this is so so BEAUTIFUL!!!!
It really truly has the WOW factor going on!! I love all of your little handmade details..
I am is just WOW right now..
I hope to see more of things like this from you in the near future..
Happy weekend to you, Janiel

pinky said...

OMG this is just gorgeous, so much detail and the finished product looks so delicate, like something from an expensive antique shop!
Pinky

POPPET said...

Wow this is truly amazing, love everything about it, great take on Charms at Creative Inspiration, hugs Pops x

NGCARDS said...

This is absolutely stunning hun! Thanks for joining us this week at Creative Inspirations! xxx

My Passionate Pink Life said...

That is one lovely egg and maddy is just so excited about it too!!...very beautiful job!...Jennifer

CHARITY CRAFTER said...

Lovely lovely pressie! I am not surprised that Maddy is thrilled.

* Shaz * said...

OMG....what an amazing gift Maddy is one very lucky lady.

Stressed Stamper said...

OMG you are one sooooo talented fella, and Maddy is sooooo lucky

Nora said...

I don't know of a lady that wouldn't squeal with delight, then sigh over the amount of work that you put into these beautiful treasures. Creativity, love and choccies, too?!? Calv, you are an amazing man!

{Maddy don't let him go.}
♥hugs♥

Calv said...

Tell you the truth....she only loves me for my coffee making skills and roast dinners!!! :)

Thank you ever so much everyone, it was such a shock to wake up today and find so many visitors here, lovely to see so many new faces too so a big hi to you all.

Looking forward to taking a trip around everyones blog over the next few days, it takes me a while but i get there in the end. :)

Thank you again.

kaye.churchill said...

This is so beautifully elegant. Stunning.

Katrina said...

WOW, this is simply stunning Calv, so elegant, I'm sure Maddy will treasure it, it's a work of art. You are one talented pair!!

Katrina

Nigel said...

Calv,

This is amazing work. Congratulations mate, you're a star.

Littleted62 said...

This is such a gorgeous creation Calv, a real labour of love, you have the soul of a true romantic.

Nicki, xx

Karialov said...

Oh my. :D This egg is just perfect. Love the alice text ass well. you are an outstanding crafter. :)
Have a good sunday. :D
hugs.

Anthonette said...

Very impressive work, Calv! I love all the details you added. That's great that Julie featured this on Inspirational.

Donna said...

Wowza! Stunning creation Calv, absolutely amazing! Such attention to detail and a real treasure, you are so talented. Hugs Donna x

Albajane said...

WOW beautiful.I`m speechless after seeing the stitching .........brilliant x

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Absolutely gorgeous Calv, beautiful gift for a beautiful lady - well not so sure about the 'lady' hehe Maddy will know I'm only joking - before anyone thinks 'how rude!'
Anne xx

Kiwi The Kreator said...

YOU, my friend...AWWWWWWWESSSSSSOME!!!!

Pinque said...

Beautiful work! Can you please tell me what fonts you used for this scroll or was it all rub-ons?

Fany said...

Magnifique!
That is a peice of art! Someone will be very happy to have his superbe egg. eggstradinairy!
Love it.
fany

stephanne said...

Owwww, this is right up my alley!! I love every single solitary thing you have done here, I wont bother to itemize things, as you know what you've done, lol, but wow!! LOVE THIS, right down to the choccies, yummy!!! Thanks for joining this weeks Charmed Challenge at Creative Inspirations, I am off to scurry around the rest of your blog ;)
Stephanne

Fiona said...

I have one word for this-SENSATIONAL!!!!!

Tasha said...

Wow this is sensational - such a stunning creation
Thanks for joining as at Charisma Cardz
love tasha xx

Silky Chicken said...

Fabulous, I WANT one of those! You're soooo talented Calv!

asimpson said...

Wow, I am speachless, these are both absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Annette

asimpson2 at telus dot net

Michelle's Blog and Cards said...

Oh Wow that is such a gorgeous easter gift - Maddy is very lucky and you're incredibly talented - Michelle

Hilde Larsen aka. Tindaloo said...

gahhhh! I'm drooling!!! This is so gorgeous :) and where did ya get that gorgeous alice stamp I wonder? Lucky Maddy! :)

fairyrocks said...

WOW stunning work of art!!!!!