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Friday, 22 August 2014

Hens on the Block! Friday 22nd August 2014

Hello Friends!

Hope you are all having a good week...we are gearing up for a major volunteering event at work, so preparing for that,is all I seem to be doing at the moment..not a lot of time to craft..or blog... also been feeling a bit 'below par' so when I have had the occasional hour this week, my mojo has completely not wanted to come out of the cupboard!

I will get around all your blogs soon, just bear with me at the moment please :)

I did however make this little project: a little ATB within an ATB and the perfect little place to keep tiny photos of all our hens..ones we've had and sadly lost over the past 7 years, to the ones we have currently scratching about in the garden, Bella an Cara.

To make the ATB I used my Sissix Scoreboards XL die by Eileen Hull, Graphic 45 French Country papers and a hen and cockerel stamp by Crafty Individuals.

  I cut out one large and one small box using quite thick card from some packaging I'd saved and painted them  using 'Warm White' Cosmic Shimmer matt chalk paint.I then sanded all the edges to give it a distressed finish; photos can never really show to best effect, but the finished style it like white washed wood.

I cut sunflower paper from the pad and also individual sunflowers to layer and give some depth. I left the white edges because I didn't want it to look too neat and tidy as it's supposed to be quite rustic. I decorated two sides of the box in this way and the other two using labels, which I cut out from the pad. I then tied green ribbon around the large box and added a button, I decorated the smaller box in a similar way.

The stamp was chosen from my collection because it really complemented the papers. After stamping, I gave the chickens a colour wash with distress inks and cut them out, leaving about 2 cms at the base of each. I then slit a hole in the box and threaded them through, they make the 'handle' to lift the lid. To finish the lid I added some raffia just in front of them, as some 'straw bedding' and a ruched ribbon . I also covered the inside of the box and lid to finish off.

 For the smaller box, I again cut a slit and threaded ribbon through for a 'pull'..

Inside the box I have placed lots of little photos (which will be protected in a glassine envelope) of 'our girls'

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:

Art with a Heart, August- Anything Goes

Really Reason Ribbons Challenge #101 Pets & Ribbon

Love and Hugs,
Carole X 


  1. Carole- your project is lovely! I can't believe how well the papers match the theme!

  2. What pretty papers and hens! on your box and in your photos!

  3. A little project? ... in your spare time!! wowie! Carole : ) This is outstanding! I love the beautiful shades of browns and oranges! I especially love your chickens on top! Beautiful job friend.

    Have fun at your event and don't over work yourself! : )


  4. Carole, LOVE LOVE LOVE this and I just wish I could take it off the screen and show my dad...think I mentioned he had a yard full of chickies and rooster and adored each one....lovingly....I think I may just get these papers and make him one....similar as I have lots of photos as well....he has recovered, it's a miracle as he was dying last week...weird is life for nature and humans.... I hope I can get these papers locally....have fun with the volunteer work which is also good for the soul.xxxx ♥aNNie The Journey is the Start

  5. Carole what an awesome and super special idea. You have made it such a wonderfully personal project. Love the chicky pair on top.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  6. Hi Carole,
    my this is a work of art. Love your super boxes and your very superb design.
    You are a very clever lady.
    Now I hope you don't think me cheeky, but I have started to go round the edges of cut out items with a promarker or ink of the same colour that way you don't get your white edges showing.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

    1. LOl Jenny, the white edges were deliberate! I had painted the boxes with white chalk paint and then sanded to 'real life' it makes the boxes look kinda wooden, so no ink needed here..I do do that when necessary but it would have ruined the whole idea here :) xx

  7. Morning Carole.
    Love your little boxes, they are so pretty.

  8. Morning Carole...your little boxes are beautifully decorated.... ts awful when your mojo everything you try to do seems to end up in the bin, well mine does...Hope you feel better soon
    Have a good weekend


  9. Oh wow Carole, I love that you made an ATB and I love that you did this wonderful chicken theme, not only beautiful but very practical too! Love this..... Hugs, Anne xx

  10. Hi Carole, Mr Mojo maybe feeling a bit tired but he hasn't stopped you making this fab ATB.
    It is a triumph over Mr Mojo's lack of enthusiasm. Happy crafting, Angela x

  11. Good morning Carole this is a gorgeous box card I love the chickens. The small holding we stayed on in Devon had 43 chickens it was lovely to see them all running around and the eggs were good too. Happy Crafting. Hugs Jackie

  12. This is definitely another "oh wow!" creation! I love these papers and the hens look fantastic on the top. Such a beautiful creation to treasure your photos in. I visited a friend who lives on a farm the other day and spent some time with her hens - you are absolutely right about how full of personality they are!

  13. Chickens make me so happy! This is a really cute box within a box. Lovely fussy cutting, great dimension and lovely use of ribbon! THanks for joining us for the Pets and Ribbon Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

  14. OMG Carole this is gorgeous! Sorry I have been AWOL - working remotely nearly killed me and then I was busy partying in London. Relieved in some ways to be home :) Will catch-up with you via email later on tonight. Cx

  15. Great little decorative boxes! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

  16. This is so cute and you know i love all the cute little chickens on it! Thanks for joining us on Really Reasonable Ribbon for the challenge!!

  17. Hi there. I came via Claire's blog as I saw you keep chikkins! I just love your box you have made and what a great way to keep their photos. I have 7 Girls, 4 of which are rescues. I love them all, and the ones we have lost over the 3 1/2 years we have been blessed with keeping them.