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eTeam Picks Challenge–Altered Box!

2013 January 20

Yay, I finally finished my project for eclectic Paperie’s first eTeam Picks Challenge with  Margi Kemper as your hostess.  Margi’s pick for this challenge theme is Altered Boxes.   The challenge went live this past Thursday and after several failed attempts – and not to mention ruined (for now) boxes, I gave up and went with plain ‘ole Clean and Simple.

My friend Rhonda gave me a gorgeous COACH phone bag and it came in this awesome box.


And because I could not get my previous attempts to come out the way I wanted to, I took the minimalistic approach.   Since I just received an eP goodies box from Kim, I was thrilled to see that the colors from my new Kaisercraft’s Secret Admirer 6×6 paper pack matched the color hue of the red box. 

With my previous altered box mishaps, I decided to just alter the top of the lid box to hide the Coach logo.  Before adhering the paper, I took the Silver Paint Dabber and using a ruler ran a thin edging along the paper edges to mirror the silver edges of the lid box.

Altered Box view 3

Altered Box view 4

I then checked my tray of homemade flowers and especially my rolled zipper flowers. Did I mention that I found a whole big bag full of metal zippers at a flea market last summer?  Anyway, I was determined to incorporate those.

I keep any extra homemade flowers in a large glass jar and found an extra large one.  The flower was a left over from a wedding frame and was a silver/gray color.  I spritzed the flower with Dylusions Ink Sprays which actually gave the paper flower a sort of purple hue.  Not what I was going for.  Claudine Hellmuth  acrylic paints to the rescue.  I used my finger to swipe Modern Red all over the pedals.  That worked.  And the little bit of pinkish purple still showing on some of the petals worked to my advantage because it kinda ties the pink zipper flower in.

Altered Box view 4

The little red strands are from the flower aisle at the craft store.  No clue what they are called, I’ve had them for a while.  Either way, they worked great as a “filler”.Altered Box view 5

The leaves are….are you ready for this…… aluminum foil covered with tissue paper.  Because the green tissue paper was way too bright, I smeared some Sable Brown paint followed byAdirondack’s Lettuce paint.

Altered Box view 2

The die cut tag is also from Kaisercraft’s Secret Admirer pack.  Stamp is from Unity Stamp Co..  Added some seam binding and twine to the tag and a few other embellishments and finally my altered box was done. 

Altered Box

I left the inside unaltered.  Figured I better stop before I ruin a perfectly good altered box.  Besides, I have lots of colored tissue paper which will work perfectly.

And then I did a happy dance because I did it. I did not let the previous four failed altered boxes get the best of me, lo. Ok, so I’m a couple of days late BUT if you signed up for eclectic Paperie’s newsletter, you’re already in the know and have seen Margi’s awesome altered box on the eP blog. Head over there to get all the details of this awesome challenge and get inspired.

You know you’ve got some boxes that are just screaming to be altered!

I checked out the challenge blogs and think this altered gift box will fit in with the following challenges:

That does it for me tonight.

Until next time…..

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18 Responses
  1. January 20, 2013

    What a beautiful box! I'm glad you kept at it – it was worth the effort! I love your zipper flowers and how you incorporated the silver stripe around the box in to your design. Thanks for sharing with us at Frosted Designs!

  2. January 20, 2013

    Excellent and I love the zipper flowers!

  3. January 21, 2013

    Good idea colouring the foil leaves with tissue, works for firming the tissue to hold a shape too. I love your huge flower, the spritzing and painting looks great on it.

  4. Wendy L permalink
    January 21, 2013

    Lovely creation, thanks for joining us at Allsorts. xx

  5. January 21, 2013

    Such a pretty altered box – that flower is absolutely stunning!
    Alison x

  6. nise who is NOT SPAM, but understands the ignorance of technology permalink
    January 21, 2013

    GORGEOUS!  I'm so glad you screwed up x 4, because this is awesome.  Wonderful colors and rolled zipper flowers and purple pearls and those leaves – cool!  Well done!  Hope you're off to a great week.

  7. January 21, 2013

    Love this, Micki!  Those zipper flower centers rock!!  Great work girlfriend! XXOO

  8. January 21, 2013

    love this altered box. beautiful. love the zipper flowers!!! thanks for sharing with us at Frosted Designs.

  9. January 22, 2013

    Hi Micki
    Fabulous and wonderful altered box thank you for joining us this week at CraftyCatz
    Hugs Dianne xx

  10. January 23, 2013

    Doing a happy dance with you Micki..woohooo gorrrrgeous and love the use if the zipper!!!HugsTracyxox

  11. January 23, 2013

    Beautiful box  – I love those zipper flowers! – it's was certainly worth the effort!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Stampin' for the Weekend for our Something Girlie challenge!  

  12. January 24, 2013

    Beautiful box!! I am in love with the zipper flowers!! Thank you for joining us at Frosted designs. Channa

  13. January 24, 2013

    amazing project!  Thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts this week and good luck in the challenge.

  14. January 24, 2013

    This is awesome! Amazing decoration. I adore altered art and must do more of it! I never know where to start…and once I have begun I don't know where to stop ! Love from Laura xxxxxx

  15. Cathy permalink
    January 25, 2013

    Such a beautiful altered box, it is gorgeous.
    Thank you for joining in the Basic Grey challenge this time.  Could you please let us know what Basic Grey product you have used.
    Cathy xx

  16. January 30, 2013

    Holy Cow!!! This is cray cray….GORGEOUS!!!!! Wowzers!!

  17. February 1, 2013

    very nice prodject nice colours,thank you for joining us at corrosive challenge blog  good luck and hope to see you again soon.
    AJ dtm

  18. February 3, 2013

    Oh, I love that big shabby flower and those fun, funky zipper flowers.  Just fab!

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