Sunday, 16 December 2012

The Christmas Challenge for Eclectic Ellapu!

Hello everyone! We weren't supposed to have a challenge over Christmas but Elaine (Ellapu) had a brainwave and decided we would have a combined challenge with both teams submitting projects if they wanted.
Well just at the time that this was decided I had been playing!
Elaine has this wonderful technique using duct tape that ends up looking like metal (details are on her blog here!) I checked out the amazing projects that she has made and started thinking about what I could make. I remembered some cigar boxes that I liberated from a friend years ago and raked them out of hiding. So I had a box and a technique,  I just needed an idea! The idea formulated on a visit to Bury Market where I found some bling on a string on one of the haberdashery stalls!

I used a brocade embossing folder on the duct tape, the centre is a Spellbinders die cut form marquasite glitter card, the flower lace was white and I painted it black, the box has been painted with some pewter paint. I found a chipboard letter and painted that with pewter paint and then blinged it up! The black gems are from Docraft.

I used the bling on a string to finish all around the box as well as the lid, the handle is made from some beads.


I then lined it with some lovely pewter handmade paper and that was my first box!

Second box is slightly different.

On this one I have used my friends initials, I covered some chipboard letters with marquasite glitter then sprayed with clear vanish to set. I used a different lace that I painted black again and I also used some different bling through the centre of the top. Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and are foundation flowers that have just been streaked with some black paint.

The inside has been finished with some stitched black paper and the edges are finished with the same bling that looks rather like rivets.

Well thats my boxes - I have made a couple of different ones that I will post sometime.

The teams have really put on some stunning projects that have so much Wow factor you really have to go see them!

I hope you will find time over the Christmas period to pay us a visit and hopefully join in - I look forward to seeing you over at Eclectic Ellapu!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by I do really appreciate it!

I would like to enter these into the following challenges:


  1. Laurian these boxes are beautiful. Loving the silver and black.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life - my personal blog} {Doing Life 400 Follower Give Away}

  2. Laurian your boxes are beautiful. They are real works of art and I am sure your friends will be overjoyed. Have a great weekend, hugs Ursula

  3. Both the boxes are beautiful, love the details on the top of them.
    Thank you for joining us at SCH this week.

  4. Wow! Wow! and Wow! These boxes are absolutely stunning. The duct tape technique gives amazing results. The black lace and bling on a string add lovely detail. So creative. Lucky friend!

  5. I've commented on these boxes before but so worth saying something again. Beautiful work!

  6. These are stunning boxes, what lucky people to receive them, I really must have a go sometime. I hadn't realised you lived so close to me until you mentioned Bury Market - I am not a million miles away in Sale :).
    Suzie xx

  7. Very cool boxes Laurian! Love the metallic effect, so clever - bling on a string sounds fabulous too :)

  8. Fabulous boxes, thanks for sharing the link to the technique. I can see with different embellishments how wonderful this would be for that special guy.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Sugar Creek Hollow this week.

    Patti SCH/DT

  9. Your work on these boxes just goes to prove you are capable of

  10. One word, beautiful xx its fairy here need to sort something on my blog


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