Tuesday, June 10, 2014

STAMPOTIQUE DESIGNERS' CHALLENGE 151: BOXES

It's Wednesday, so the Stampotique Designers' Challenge is up, but, this is a challenge that you will not complete in 15 minutes, that's for sure.  More than once, my back complained about my lack of good posture at my crafting table!  You could have heard me asking (more than once, too), "Arwen!  How could you do this to me?!"  However, in the end, I have a box that is not only beautiful, but functional.  But, first, here's Arwen's challenge all the way from Germany:
What could be better than to give a loved one something?
To present a gift effectively, I make nice boxes to do so.
Be it for jewelry, candy, books, etc. - for all you can make great boxes.
But the box itself is a wonderful gift idea.
Show me your boxes!
As "given away" for something or as preserves things?
I'm curious about your boxes.
I bought a box sold by graphic45 as a "Book Box" at the Eclectic Paperie in Exeter, NH. Covering this box was a tedious procedure, even though I was doing so with paper that I love called "Secret Diary" (Cold Country Series) by 7 Dots Studio.  I didn't want to use stark black ink to edge both my box and the paper edges, so I used Wendy Vecchi's "Watering Can," which is a deep, strong gray.

I hadn't decided a purpose for the box, but was drawn to the following Stampotique Orignals' stamps for this project:


Relaxin' (by Jill Penney & Daniel Torrente)
Peggy (by Jill Penney & Daniel Torrente)
The Crafter (by Jill Penney & Daniel Torrente)
Glimmering Hope (by Jill Penney & Daniel Torrente)
Typewriter Alpha (by France Papillon)



I had recently purchased but not yet used France Papillon's Typewriter Alphabet and, as I tore open the plastic bag containing the small wooden cubes to stamp out the word "art" in several places on the box, I realized I had no idea how I was going to store this alpha set!  It didn't take me long at all to find a purpose for this box!!




I hope you will find some artsy time this week to create and submit something for this fun challenge.  Details and rules for submission can be found here.  At the end of the month, two winners will be randomly drawn from all submissions to receive a $30 gift certificate from Stampotique Originals for anything in their online store.

Thanks for coming by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I do appreciate both!

Cheers!


28 comments:

  1. Kay, your box it's adorable!

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  2. Beautiful Box! Just love the colours, the papers are gorgeous
    and the stamps are just perfect!!

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  3. Ah that is such a cool storage container and perfect for stamps. I have a couple of those sets lying around. Love how you decorated the box. I just love those images. I am too scared to go down that road.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and always leaving such heartwarming messages. I can't tell you how they make me smile to read them. <3

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  4. Your bookbox is wonderful Kay <3
    Love the images you've used!
    And it's perfect for France's alpha :)

    xoxo Arwen

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  5. LOL...book box to stamp box - I love it! With your alterations it is certainly the perfect container for your alpha stamps.

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  6. That's why they are called "challenges",eh!! I can see you now, funny story GF. Your box is FAB, love it, and yes...perfect storage! xx

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  7. wow Kay, what a cute box and what a great way to store your alpha!
    Thank you so much for taking such good care of my... i mean your alpha! ;)))
    xx
    france

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  8. wow! that s a nice box! I have a hard time sometimes making boxes.

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  9. Your box and stamps are perfect for each other, brilliant :)
    Wishing you a lovely creative day,
    big hugs from Poppy and me xxx

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  10. You've done the box beautifully Kay and it's just perfect for those stamps xx

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  11. Brilliant idea..Kay. Love your box .. :)

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  12. This is wonderful Kay, I love it! Your box for storage is so wonderful, I would love to have one of these treasures.

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  13. Such a brilliant idea! Forge ous box, just my colours :)

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  14. Gorgeous box Kay! And fab, fab idea x

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  15. Wonderful box and idea Kay!!! Very clever indeed haha!! :) Great work my friend. Mwah! Coco

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  16. Totally cute idea and you can't have too much storage for your great purchases!!! Love alphabet stamps. Beautiful work Kay. xox

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  17. well Kay you've done ourself proud and well worth the back ache, lovely box

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  18. What a perfect storage box and piece of art!

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  19. I love your box Kay, creative and functional!!

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  20. Kay I love the box and the that paper is really Kool, I have some of the cold country papers and have not used them yet and some old type stamps they look real old fashion,,,I may have a great inspiration from you for something creative my dear friend...((hugs)) bloggers love...

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  21. It may have been a tedious process, but oh so worth it! The papers look stunning with the Watering Can edging, and I love the stamping... and what a perfect use for the box too! Going to be giving in to those alphabet stamps any moment now, so it's a useful heads-up to know I need to think about storage!! Fabulous make, Kay - I love it.
    Alison xx

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  22. Fantastic storage Kay, Love the colours you have chosen and the characters to keep your alpha set safe. Great inspiration :-) xxx

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  23. Hi Kay, Wonderful stamping on your beautiful box, I love the reason you have decorated your box too :D France's stamps are just yummy, I'm looking forward to seeing how you use them:D x

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  24. Wow! I love the box, very creative and perfect for your stamps!

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  25. What a super use for that box. Love the transformation!

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  26. This is gorgeous Kay, I'm afraid I wouldn't have been able to cut into these beautiful papers but they look so at home with the Stampotique images xx

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  27. I really like the background paper used in this journal. I know how you feel about not wanting to mess up a page. I go through my journal and cringe at some of the pages. It's very easy to go back over them and create something new, so no worries, go for it!!

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  28. Great box. Love the colours you used. I love practical art. Pretty and useful

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