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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Weathered Shell Box - Thursday 20th June

Hello Blog Friends!

I hope you all managed to enjoy some sun yesterday, because I don't think Mr Sunshine is coming out this morning (at least not here in the Southwest, where it's pouring down!). Yesterday was a non work day for me, so the hens enjoyed a wonderful day in the garden, whereas I spent most of it inside making up my packs for the ladies at our workshop tonight and finishing off this little box that I started last week!

My regular followers will know how much I have have been enjoying using this stamp from Crafty Individuals and tonight is the second workshop where we will be using it - my group of ladies (a different group to last time), will be making the twisted easel I posted here.

When I saw that this month's Crafty Individuals Challenge had a beach theme and having made quite a few beachy projects lately, some of them using this stamp, I knew I wanted to create something other than a card. This wooden box had been on my altered art stash shelf for a while and looking at it, the idea of a shell box came to me...

First of all I sanded the box and then gave it a coat of Claudine Helmuth Gesso, both inside and out.  I made masks of the stamps from post it notes and positioned them on the box where I wanted to stamp them, then using a dotty mask I stencilled through with embossing paste. Once dry, I  sanded slightly and gave the entire outside a coat of acrylic (parchment colour); then I stamped the beach huts, sentiment and bathing belle and gave a wash of colour with promarkers.

Next I coated the front and sides with crackle accents to give a protective finish and left to an attempt to make the box appear as if it had been around for years, I rubbed it inside and out with gold rub n' buff and the edges with Patina metallic gilding wax.

 To decorate I added shells, starfish, some little metal charms and hessian to the top and sides and knotted some craft ribbon rope before tying around the box. I also decided to use a piece of knotted rope for the 'handle'.

I rubbed some of the gold relief inside the box leaving areas of parchment paint showing to create and worn look.

I stamped the quote 'May you always have a shell in your pocket' from the same stamp set(love this!) on card, tore it, distressed it and fixed it to the inside of the box lid. Then I stamped the postcard from Crafty Individuals stamp CI-119, a few times and inked with distress inks to make them look old. I distressed the edges and crumpled them up before tying with vintage lace (which I coloured with Vintage Photo distress ink)

To add finishing touches, I used some bottle tops, added a starfish to one and little shells with the others and filled with UTEE heated in my melting pot; I also made a cast of a shell from heated UTEE and added some shells collected on my own travels.

Well I think that's about it!!! Thank you so much for stopping by!

I would like to enter this project in the Crafty Individuals June challenge: Sun, Sea & Beach

I would also like to enter this project in the Our Creative Corner June Challenge: Recipe and have used:  

List A: Fabric: Hessian, craft rope and lace

List B: Wooden box, metal embellishments

List C:  Inks, Acrylic paints and rub n' buff stain

Love and Hugs

Carole X


  1. Gorgeous altered box Carole. The stamps are great. Christine xx

  2. Ooh! This is lovely Carole. You'll have to bring it along to our workshop tonight to show our ladies. I'm looking forward to having a bit more of a play with this stamp as I've really enjoyed using it for our current project. Love all the bits & pieces you put inside the box too.
    See you later
    Amy x

  3. Love your beach huts, great box and what treasures inside. xx Flora

  4. Gorgeous shell box !!! You used very sweet colors, not the same as me, that's fantastic too! Coco x

  5. Oh! Wow! Carol, this is stunning I love what you have done.
    Loving your treasures inside as well
    Happy Crafting

    Patricia xxx


  6. Love what you have done to this little box it's stunning.

    Hazel xxx

  7. So wonderful box Carole! great work!!bizz

  8. Hi Carole,
    fab box with my fav stamp that you have used lately. Love all the hard work you have put into this.
    Have a wonderful crafty day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  9. Great treasure box for the sea challenge! Lots of crafty work here. Many thanks for joining in the CI Challenge. Jean x

  10. I love the altered box. Thank you for the card in tonight's class. I'm looking forward to the next class. Sharon.

  11. What a wonderful project Carole! So pretty, love the design. Good luck with the challenges!xx

  12. WOW sure love this Carole, and your workshop cards above are awesome...looked like yu had fun..xxxxc

  13. You certainly are making some gorgeous creations with these stamps Carole. I love this box - and the contents!! Methinks that this is a fun workshop.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  14. lovely tecture on you great project, so glad you joined us at Sugar Creek Hollow

  15. Gorgeous box a lovely way to keep all the beach things I collect when at the seaside lol


  16. What a super way to decorate the chest, love it.

  17. A really gorgeous altered box... looking fabulously weathered on the outside, and all those lovely treasures inside. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
    Alison x

  18. Wow, I love your beautiful alteres box

  19. Oh Carol this is an absolute gem. It looks beautiful from every angle. Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner. Hugs, Jenny x

  20. Carole your box is so lovely! I absolutely love the crackled outside and those stamps are one of my favourites which I should use again (they haven't seen the light of day for a long time!). What makes your gorgeous little box even more of a treasure are the wonderful little things inside it. I'm sure your ladies had a fab time!
    I'm not sure I've visited you before but I will now follow you and catch up with you again.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner for this challenge. Juliax