Friday, February 3, 2012

An 'ALTERING' Challenge . . .

Remember a week or so ago when I shared this 'gold treasure box' with you and told you that my friend Lana Edwards  (Blest with Stamps) and I had purchased them at the Good Will store ($2 each).  Well, the reason was to challenge each other to ALTER them in whatever design style we chose and keep it a secret until they were done and we could share the fun with all of you.  

Here's how I chose to alter mine using Graphic45 
Le' Romantique designer paper.

I actually created this with my Mom in mind.  Her 82nd birthday was January 27th and I filled it with a variety of greeting cards for her to use throughout the year.  She always chooses my cards that are created in the 'vintage' style so I was sure she'd like this idea.

My mom still enjoys dancing and singing ... hence, the focus image used on the top of the box.  All the images are from the same designer paper.  I have used images from both the 12 x 12 pack and the 8 x 8 pack. 

There are 2 paper doilies under the focus image.  Why two?  Because I inked what I thought was a single doily using SU groovy guave ink ... but when I glued it to the lid, the dampness made it curl showing me there were actually two doily's stuck together. So I 'off set' them and used them both. 
Gems and Prima flowers were added for dimension.

This was so much fun and I can't wait to pop over to Lana's Blog to see what she did with her "gold treasure box".  
She's VERY TALENTED so I'm expecting to be inspired!!
Gee ... I wonder what we'll challenge each other to alter next??  LOL!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I would LOVE TO HEAR what you think about this project and personal challenge idea!  I hope you'll take a moment and pop over to Lana's Blog and check out her creation.  She shared a sneak peek with me last evening ... want to see?? 

Now that you've seen how much fun we had with this project, why not give this challenge idea a try with one of your crafting friends?  
I will warn you ... it's ADDICTING!! 

Other qualifying challenges:
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes
Do You Stack Up - Anything Goes
Pixie Dust Studio - Girly Girl
Divas By Design - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Pearls or Bling
Whimsical Wednesday - Bringing out the Old
Anything Goes Challenge - To The One I Love (Mom)
 Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday - Altered Project
Creative Stamp Friends - Old Fashioned or Antique
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
My Craft Spot - Anything Goes
Scrapper's Delight - Anything Goes
Truly Madly Crafty - Anything Goes
Victorine Stamps - Anything Goes

Happy Crafting (Altering),


marsha said...

WOWZER!!! This is absolutely GORGEOUS! Let's birthiday is in March hee hee! I have never found anything this exciting and it looks like a vintage trunk the way you have decorated this - can you tell how much I love this?

Jane Wetzel said...

Hi Darlene :) this just popped off my reader this morn! lol Gorgeous!
Off to Lana's...

Evelyn S. said...

I do hope that you are sharing this with Graphic 45! This is absolutely fabulous!

Vee said...

I want this!!!! Its a perfect makeover and I adore it. Your mum is going to be thrilled with this chest. Hugs Vee xx

Lana said...

I had such a hard time with this one and I was trying so hard not to stay in my comfort zone with the antique look and do something for a young person but wish I had stayed with the antique look now after seeing yours!!! Just AWESOME!!!
So what are we doing next LOL??

GiGi said...

WOW! Your box turned out AMAZING! I love the vintage look and all the embellishments you added! Thanks for playing at Whimsical Wednesdays!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Your trunk alteration is absolutely fabulous...what a gorgeous creation and so beautifully done! Excellent!!

Patti P. said...

Darlene, this is stunning. I too love vintage and just couldn't stop looking at your beautiful creation. I am sure your Mom just loved this!! tfs.

Rene said...

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WencheP said...

Yeah! This is just fabulous! Love how you have decorated it! The vintage look is just perfect. Great project. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous, love it...Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
Wendy xx

Amanda said...

Wowzers Darlene, girl what did you do a fine job with this, really really gorgeous and a beautifull gift!

Amanda xx

Nan G said...

Fabulous altered box, Dar! Love these papers from G45. Your Mom will be thrilled with this! Popping over to see Lana's. What a fun challenge between friends!

Terry said...

Wow! What a gorgeous trunk! Love all the G-45 papers you used, along with pretty embellishments!

Anonymous said...

This is so elegant and just gorgeous,the detail and work is amazing. Happy Birthday to your Mom and what a treasured keepsake for her.

Hugs, Lori m

Joey said...

This is beautiful, I love how you have altered it, so pretty, thanks for joining us at inky impressions. Joey x

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous work!


Meggymay said...

Wonderful, love your altered chest, the images and details are beautiful. Thankyou for joining us at TioT's this week.

Lisa Somerville said...

Just beautiful! Love the way you altered the chest with the wonderful G45 papers, such a wonderful treasure for your moms birthday! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!

Manuela said...

wow, your treasure box is absolutely gorgeous! fantastic what you made of it!
thanks for playing with us at creative stampfriends!

April said...

Wow...fabulous project! Love the vintage look and the gems and of course the fact that it's full of cards!!! Thanks for joining Inky Impressions.

Sharon Basel said...

Wow Darlene - I'm just blown away by this gorgeous project. What a beautiful gift for your Mom. This is such a work of art and your cards inside for her are fabulous too. I'm sure she will go crazy for this and for the love and thoughtfulness you put into making it. I'm so glad you've shared this with us at Inky Impressions. Come back and play with us again!
Sharon, II-DT

Jayne said...

Wow,this is just gorgeous!
Thanks for joining us at My Craft Spot this week.
Jayne x

shelly said...

oh my how beautiful! i love love love this! great choice of papers. thanks so much for sharing with us at whimwednesdays :)

Cathy Lee said...

WOW...I love your altered chest. It's so vintage and pretty.
Cathy Lee

Dawn said...

Wow how amazing is this? Your mum will love it I am sure. Thanks for playing at Divas this week. Fab work!

Lori said...

Beautiful altered trunk! So glad you linked up at Craft us Crazy!

Clarky J said...

This is a stunning piece of art - you have made those Graphic 45 papers look even better! thanks for joining us at TIOT alter it week

Annette said...

Absolutely stunning! Great job!
Thanks for joining us at Anything Goes!
Hugs Annette

Mary Jo said...

Cool idea and wonderful execution of it! Your mom will love it! Thanks for joining us at DYSU.

Deb Neerman said...

What a gorgeous altered chest!! I love it ... and I'm sure your Mom will love too!

rockpapercricut said...

Amazing! Your mom is going to love her *treasure box* of cards. Great job! Thanks for entering your project in this weeks challenge at My Craft Spot. :)


Punkydoodle Papers said...

Wow! What an amazing project! It's gorgeous! Thank you for joining the Inky Impressions team for our Pearl/Bling challenge! Hope to see you again soon!

Scrappers Delights said...

Fantastic project!
Thanks for sharing at Scrapper's Delights
Love Janice

SnowflakeDreams1 said...

Love your project and the paper you used. Thank you for sharing.

Nicecrane Designs said...

OMG Darlene I really love this Treasure Box,,,,so vibrant, so colorful, One of your best works until now I am sure,,,,,,love it, loveit love it,,,,,and more love for this creation.