Friday 5 October 2012

What's In Your Box?

Today as I was tucking into a nice pease pudding prepared by the house gnomes, there was a knock on the Guild Hall door. Sighing, I heaved myself from the oak dining table and went to see what unfortunate creature was disturbing my supper. I flung the door open, in a foul mood as my hunger mounted, and was surprised to see no one there. I poked my head out and looked about, but the Guild Hall grounds were deserted. I was about to close the door and head back to my meal when I noticed a small box on the door step. Curious I picked it up and examined it. Twas a small copper box engraved with leaves. Knowing better than to open strange boxes left anonymously on my stoop, I carefully took it to the crafting chambers and called for back up. While waiting, I decided to craft, my supper forgotten and growing cold.

I created this box as a going away present for one of my co-workers. She really likes my cards, and I thought this would be nice gift for her. This is what this box started looking like:
It was an old box I had saved from the facial cleanser I use.
I removed the white piece that holds the bar and just used the rest of the box. I started by painting the entire box copper. After that was done, I made the "panels" for the sides of the box. The leaves I cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge and stamped with the corresponding Close to My Heart stamp. The monogram "base" I also cut from Art Philosophy, but the letter "L" (which is the first letter of her name) I cut from the Storybook cartridge.
More leaves on the back of the box. All these leaves earned me +89 nature exp points, leveling up my nature damage spells.
So I didn't want to put leaf die cuts on all the sides of the box, so there would be "blank" sides to grasp when opening the box. I just jazzed up the paper on the remaining two sides using the Dylusion stencil "Luscious Leaves". Let's open her up shall we...
So for the inside I made some mini cards with mini envelopes. I cut them out using the Art Philosophy cartridge and stamping coordinating Close to My Heart Stamps.
There's six cards inside, two of each "style". They're all thank you cards, because who can't use little thank you note cards? I was inspired by Mary's (over at Cardz TV) note cards and thought they'd be perfect to go inside my little autumn box I made.

I will be entering my box into the following challenges:
Simply Create Too Challenge #23: Autumn/Fall
Emergency Crafters Challenge: Autumn Leaves
Tammy's Scrapin Corner Challenge #30: Fall Colors
Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge: Leaf-spiration
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #71: Go Green (Color or Recycle Something) - I recycled the Cyclic box

Once my other guildys arrived, we cast a spell of containment on the crafting chambers and carefully opened the mysterious box. As we slowly lifted the lid, a green light shone through the opening. To our surprise, the box contained a crop of the rare green-glow shrooms we'd been searching for! How fortuitous...a little too fortuitous...I have a feeling this gift may come at a price.

~ Guild Master Crystal ~


DianeMoneyGoolsby said...

Crystal: Your box & cards set are so beautiful. We're very glad you entered them in Simply Create Too's Challenge #23 - Autumn/Fall. Your co-worker is sure to love it too!

Simply Create Too Design Team Member

belldoubleyou said...

What a wonderful going-away present! Nothing's better than a box... except a box with stuff in it!

G8country life said...

Hi Crystal,
Awesome box and cards, what a great present.We're so glad you join us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner.
....I can't help but wonder :} who could've left the box outside?? ....Elisa

Leslie Hanna said...

Gorgeous re-purposing of that box. I love the note cards inside, too.

Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

CarlaKH said...

So cool! Great box with cute cards too! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Anna-Karin said...

Fabulous altered books and the thank you cards you put inside are awesome. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

Alica said...

very cool! great way to recycle a box! the little notecards inside are cute too!
Thank you for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!!

Hugs, Alica ;)

MyCraftWorld said...

Wow! Absolutely stunning creation! What a wonderful gift for someone! Although they are too nice to use!!
Thank you for joining us at Emergency Crafters. x

Karen Clark said...

I don't know which I love better - the box or the story!! AWESOME!!

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