Friday, November 19, 2010

A treasure box for my treasured angel.

Ok I have been busy, really busy in fact making paper boxes for Christmas gifts and Yeah! I even got some orders for them as well so I have been more of a crafty girl of late than a blogger girl (please forgive me).  It is all good though as my paper boxes I really enjoy putting together and I love the fun I have embellishing them! I have three to show you today!

I am also again a little disappointed that I live in Australia as we don’t do Thanksgiving here, and at the moment we are about to roll into a heat wave of a summer and not a cool breezy fall like all the folks over in the US :( But... giving thanks has certainly been on my mind this week, especially what I am thankful for.
I am thankful for my sister Aunty Ree.  She is my sanity saver, my angel; my best friend and I love her from here to the beyond.  With hubby away majority of the time (we actually joke he about his temporary tenancy here when I move things or paint a wall, I always say I left a memo on the fridge ... Didn’t you see it?) and at most times as he is not instantly contactable she is often my lifeline when I am having ‘one of those bad days’.  I know I could not just turn up on anyone else’s doorstep but hers and just dump my kids on them, say ‘I’ve had enough’, turn and just walk out and take an hour for myself while I put all the pieces of my mind back together.   (Not that this happens often) but on the occasion(s) yes, I could be very tempted to leave my children on the side of the road with a “free” sign hanging round their neck ~ Specially at the moment as we go through the terrible twos!

She is truly a beautiful woman, she does so much for me and deserves to be spoilt, thanked and loved and that is why when I saw the disappointment in her face when she said she liked one of the boxes (she calls them my treasure boxes) I had made but told her it was for an order, that I knew I had to do something special for her.

So I have spent my week making boxes, lots and lots of boxes and one very special treasure box.  Here they are ~ You will need to scroll down for each box specifics (3 boxes in total) as I have listed them with the corresponding challenges I am entering them in.  (There are a few challenges for the 1st one, being as Christmas is almost on everyone’s challenge site at the moment).

This first one is a Christmas box for a colleague and she is leaving at Christmas and moving onto bigger things.  It is a shame to see her go and she will be missed by many.  The paper layers on the box all have heat embossed edges as well as the card.  The flower on the box is a prima flower base that I then added white glitter flower die-cuts on top of and finished with a red jewel centre.  The two flowers on the card I made using the white glitter cardstock die-cuts and have red jewelled centres as well.  On the card I have used red stickles above the pearls on the scalloped edged sentiment and I have used lace and again the red jewels as highlights, this time on the lace.  The image is a stamped image that I have embellished with pearls on both the card and box.  The ‘Believe’ tag has also been silver heat embossed and has 2 red pearls adding highlight and embellishment.  I love how this set came up!

Card and box.

Box top.

Box side.

Box base - Lace edge with red jewel highlight and the silver emboss on the card edges.

Box top and open bottom.

Rubber stamo fern swirl embossed with pearls.

Matching Card

Sentiment and stamp image (the stamp image is raised with foam tape to match the top raise of the gift box).

Flower on card (Top right)

The set together.

Challenges for the Christmas box and matching card : *
* Critter Sketch ~ #40 Texture – I have heat emboss, and stickles. (Mondays)Lexi's Creations ~ Traditional Christmas Colors – Red and white  (Mondays)Pollycraft ~ #70 Glittery Christmas – I have glitter (Mondays)Simon Says Stamp And Show  ~ Whatever makes you happy – I love making boxes and cards (Mondays)Stamp With Fun ~ #85 Square – The box is 15cm square (Mondays)Stamps R Us ~ Sparkles and scallops – I have sparkles in the glitter and the white flower paper and the pearls and the jewels.  And the sentiment has a scallop bottom edge. (Mondays)Flourishes Timeless Tuesdays ~ Just do it – I have been busy making boxes for Christmas gifts. (Tuesdays)Scrap Creations ~ Song Inspired – I was singing ‘Here comes Santa Clause’ while crafting away with this. (Tuesdays)Creative Belli ~ CBC #104 Old, new, borrowed or blue – The lace is old, the pearls are new, the rubber fern stamp is borrowed. (Wednesdays)
Digistamps 4 Joy ~ Inspired by Christmas / Holiday season – this is a Christmas project (Wednesdays)Freshly Brewed ~ Show off your style – While I love to make cards I have a passion for alternate crafts such as treasure boxes. (Wednesdays)
Melijen's Designs ~ Christmas – It is for Christmas (Wednesdays)* Simon Says Stamp ~ Sparkle – It sparkles with glitters, jewels, pearls and silver heat emboss. (Wednesdays)
Creative Cottage Challenge Blog ~Someone special at Christmas – This is for someone special – 2nd entry  (Wednesdays)Crafty Purple Frog ~ Flowers – I have a flower on the box centre and two on the card (Thursdays)
I did it Creations~ #29 Traditional Christmas Colors - Red and white are Christmas colors (Fridays)
Paper Cutz ~ Project for Christmas – This is a Christmas gift (Fridays)
Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge ~ Anything but a card – I have a box and a card (Fridays)
Stamp and Create ~ #7 Tis the season - This is a Christmas project (Fridays)
Crazy 4 Challenges ~ C4C #63 Christmas - This is a Christmas project
2 Sisters ~ Christmas - This is a Christmas project (Saturdays)
Saturday Challenge ~ #109 Sparkle & Shine (Saturdays)
Totally Gorjuss ~ Christmas Colors - Red and white are Christmas colors (Saturdays)
Bee Crafty ~ #42 Christmas 2 - This is a Christmas project (Saturdays)
One Stitch At A Time ~ Christmas Sparkle - This is a Christmas project with sparkles (Sundays)
The Crafty Pad ~ #97 Christmas Sparkle - This is a Christmas project with sparkles (Sundays)
Stamping Vacation ~ Embellish it – Use a corner adornment - I have the flower in the top right hand corner of the card.

Next up is an adorable little box in a turquoise/blue/green and white card with orange embellishment highlights.  I made this box for a donation to my son’s school to add to their Christmas fundraising raffles.  The image is digital stamp (found it on my computer and have no idea when I acquired it or who it is from) and it has been embellished with turquoise jewels on the flower stamina and hot pink jewels on the flower stem swirls.  The butterfly on the top I made from hand with acetate, glitter, jewels and some Styrofoam.  The butterfly border on the base of the box has been punched and I have additionally added the orange butterflies that have been glittered and are positioned 3d style on the base. The orange ribbon around the top edge of the box and the flower the butterfly is sitting on is from my stash.  Again all edges of the card stock have been heat embossed with silver.

Open box.

Box side view.

Top view of box.

Digital stamp image - embellished with jewels.

Acetate handmade glitter butterfly.
No challenges for this box :(

Lastly and my favourite is the treasure box for Aunty Maree – This is a special box, I have over embellished it compared to the other boxes but this woman deserves it and I was not scrimping on her so she got the best of the best :) This is my way of thanking her for always being there and being the greatest best friend anyone could wish or want for.  I added a double sided tag to the box; one side is simply a ‘Thank you and I love you’ and the other side is a personal reminder of us all (It is a Winnie the Pooh quote and my terrible two is BFF with Winnie the Pooh! He sleeps, eats, showers and travels with her so I thought it was a rather cute gesture to add).  The butterfly on the top is a Christmas decoration I picked up from the $2 shop.  There is gold ric rac ribbon on the top of the box and a silver embossed butterfly border on the base.  The butterfly border also has 3d glitter purple butterflies (these look adorable).  I have also added a light purple jewelled border around the base of the box and around the topside of the top of the box.  There is also 3d glitter butterflies on the tag.  I love this box and I love all these purples colors melding into each other.

Open box.

Box top.

Digial stamp - embellished with jewels and showing jewels around top box edge.

Winnie the Pooh tag sentiment.

Love you and Thank you sentiment -on reverse on the tag
Silver embossed butterfly punch with 3d purple butterflies and the jewels around the box base edgeing.

Challenges for the purple thank you treasure box for Aunty Maree:* Paper Playtime #25 P.S. I love you – This is for someone I love (Mondays)* Stamp With Fun ~ #85 Square – The box is 15cm square (Mondays) 3rd entry 
The Crazy Challenge ~CCH #41 Thank you - It is a gift to say Thank you, and thank you is writing on the tag ( (Mondays) *EDIT* Made TOP 3
Creative Card Crew ~ Give Thanks - It is a gift to say Thank you as I am blessed to have a sister as beautiful as mine, and thank you is writing on the tag (Tuesdays)Digital Tuesday ~ #85 Anything with wings plus a digi – The swirls are a digital stamp image and I have a butterfly on the top and lots on the base of the box. (Tuesdays)* Tuesday Taggers ~ Peace, joy, love – I have LOVE on the tag and it is a gift for someone I love (Tuesdays)Crafts and Me Challenges ~ #17 Glitter  I have the gorgeous glitter butterfly on the top along with the smaller 3d glitter butterflies on the base (Wednesdays) 1st and only 1 entry allowed.Flutterby Wednesday ~#131 anything goes – I have butterflies – one on the top and lots on the base (Wednesdays) 2nd entry* Aud Sentiments ~ Thanks - It is a gift to say Thank you as I am blessed to have a sister as beautiful as mine, and thank you is writing on the tag (Thursdays)
Sassy  Studio ~ Thank you - It is a gift to say Thank you as I am blessed to have a sister as beautiful as mine, and thank you is writing on the tag (Thursday)Shelly's Images ~ What you are thankful for - It is a gift to say Thank you as I am blessed to have a sister as beautiful as mine, and thank you is writing on the tag (Thursdays)Southern Girls ~ #6 Your favourite Color – My favourite color is PURPLE (Thursdays)
Bah Humbug ~ #45 Lovely in Lilac  - It is purple and has all shades of purple (Fridays)
Fun At Fairy Knoll ~ Thankful - It is a gift to say Thank you as I am blessed to have a sister as beautiful as mine, and thank you is writing on the tag (Fridays)* Lots to Do  ~ Friends / Friendship – This is for my best friend and the tag (Winnie the pooh quote sentiment is friend related (Fridays)
Ellephantasitc Challenge ~ Christmas themed and or a butterfly - I have butterflies (Saturdays) 1st and only 1 entry alowed.

Wow ! Sorry it is such a long one! I should blog more often!
Fair winds and following seas.
The Navy Wife

60 Treasured comments:

Cleota said...

WOW! These boxes are fabulous! Thanks for joining Pattie's Creations Design Challenges this week.

DT Member, Team 2

Sandra DeFalco said...

Nice to see you at our challenges again! All of the boxes are GORGEOUS! Great photo staging of your creations too.
Thanks for playing in our challenge!
☺ Sandi
DT Lead Team 1 for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
and Pattie's shop
Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

Irene said...

Oh Wow such gorgeous and beautiful Christmas projects with each one a work of art in itself.
Each box is a fabulous combination of colours that blend so well together. Your embellishments are the perfect added touch to such beautiful boxes. I am sure the recipents will be stunned when they receive their box.

Thank you so much for joining in our latest challange at Bah!Humbug!

Pattie G said...

I just love these creations! Thanks for joining us at Pattie's Creations this week.

hugs ♥

Pat said...

Such gorgeous creations, love the red and white it is beautiful. Thanks for sharing at The Crafty Pad this weeek. Also thanks for joining in the latest challene at Bah Humbug.

Pat xx

Unknown said...

OMG this set is STUNING, the butterflys wow and the whole thing is WOW, sorry just love it and can't put it into words. Thanks playing wit TT this week

Mary J said...

W-O-W!! These are amazing and I adore them!

Thx for joining us at Totally Gorjuss and I hope you can share more of your inspiration at our next challenge!

Shelley said...

Wow these all look amazing, thanks for joining in this weeks Fairy Knoll Challenge.
Hugs Shelley xx

Sara said...

WOW!!! Those are amazing, thank you for sharing, and thanks for playing along with SSD!

Saskia said...

Wow! You're soooo creative!!

Lovely to see your work at Freshly Brewed Challenges! Your style is great!!

Greetings, Saskia :)

Josephine said...

These boxes are fabulous! I love both of them.

Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a time, although you've missed the Christmas Sparkle theme - the theme this week is favourite colours which may still apply - you've certainly chosen fabulous colours!

Danni said...

Such beautiful creations!! Thank you for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

Kat said...

These are all absolutely stunning. I love them all. Your sister will be delighted with hers. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work with us at TG this week.

Kat x

mfc.melissamade2 said...

GORGEOUS!!! Love these - thanks for playing at Paper Cutz too!

Tammy Miller said...

Wow! These are gorgeous!! Beautiful projects great colors and lovely details! Thanks for joining us this week Critter Sketch Challenge Blog for our Embossing Challenge! We Hope to see you again for our next challenge! Thanks Again, Tammy

Patti J said...

What a special relationship you and your sister have. Blessings to you both! Your boxes are wonderful! Oh my goodness, what gorgeous details on each one. Thank you for joining our challenge at Flutter By Wednesday! Hope that you return next week for a new challenge!

Jeri said...

Wow, beautiful boxes. So glad you could share them with us at Paper Cutz.

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, what beautiful creations. I just love these boxes. Thanks for joining us at Pattie's Creations.

Nilla said...

Gorgeous creations! Thanks for joining us at SWF! Hugs Nilla

Teri said...

Really pretty hun - love all the matching boxes!
Thank you for playing at The Crafty Purple Frog this time, and good luck!

Jeanette said...

What a great idea. These are beautiful. The box is going to be treasured as much as the gift inside. Thanks for joining us at I Did It Creations.

Claire said...

Gorgeous boxes, really special and I'm sure they'll be treasured! Thanks for joining us at Fairy Knoll this week
Claire xx

Lynne Forsythe said...

Wowzeerooo....those boxes are BEAUTIFUL!! I'm sure Auntie Ree will be beside herself when she gets her box!!!

thanks for playing along with this weeks challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show!!!

deesdesigns said...

The detail on your boxes is amazing - I can see why you have orders for them. The box is a gift in itself.

Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments

Beeceecreativity said...

the boxes are amazing.. so beautiful.. congrats...thanks for playing along with Pattie's Creations and hope to see you again next week too.

Marilyn said...

Great project. Love the purple & the sentiment & that magnificent butterfly!
Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew.

Annie said...

A fabulous collection of items.
I do hope you'll have chance to join us next week in our last challenge of the year . Oh so sad to be finishing but the break will leave us totally refreshed and ready for a new start in January.
Ann xxx
Bah! Humbug! DT

Maggie's Crafts said...

Beautiful creations! Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Pad @



Nancy said...

Such beautiful, amazing, stunning creations!! So sorry that you have to miss Thanksgiving! Thanks for fluttering with us this week at Flutter By Wednesday!

Margreet said...

what a beautiful creations......thanks for joining OSAAT
xxx Margreet

Tracey said...

These are absolutely stunning - well done!


Tkat said...

these boxes are absolutely wonderful!!! i love the purple on best -- gotta love winnie the pooh!! :)

sue said...

Your boxes are just beautiful!! Thanks for entering your fav colour purple box into our Southern Girls Challenge :)

Basement Stamper said...

What a beautiful collection of boxes-they are all gorgeous with stunning detail. Thanks for joining us at Going Grey with Scrap-creations.

Unknown said...

OMG these are all so beautiful. I don't know which one of them I like best. Thank you for joining us at OSAAT and good luck xx

Gibmiss said...

just found your lovely blog and boxes Fantastic


Just gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at IDIC.

Peggy said...

All of these are so pretty. Thanks for playing with us at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations.

Becky said...

What a lovely set of Cards!
Thanks so much for joining us at The Creative Cottage and good luck!
Becky xx

Xiomara said...

Wow, your gifts are so beautiful!
You're a blessing to all who will receive those beautiful gifts!
Thank you for playing with us this week!

Laura said...

Very creative and gorgeous!I love all the details.

sammi said...

Absolutely stunning! Each and every one of them! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creations with with us at Shelly's Images.

Tanya said...


Thanks for playing with us at Critter Sketch this week!

carol said...

Your boxs are gorgeous! great colors and lovely details,just Beautiful.Thanks do much for joining us at southern girls

Unknown said...

These are all stunning! I love your attention to detail and Believe is my favourite Christmas word! Thanks for joining my challenge at Tuesday Taggers x Janet

LindaS said...

Amazing and beautiful work. Thanks for joining Pattie's Creations Design Challenge.

Ivolina said...

Wow this projects are so amazing and beautiful.Thank you for playing with as at the Crazy Challenge.

Max said...

Stunning boxes - especially the purple treasure box for your sister. She is going to be blown away so I would have a box of tissues handy if I was you LOL!
Thank you for sharing with us at Bah! Humbug!

Max's Craft Creations
Bah! Humbug! Challenges DT

debby4000 said...

Oh what a amazing collection of beautiful creations.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

Audrey said...

Wow! Those boxes and cards are stunning!
Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments and don't forget to enter in our November monthly drawing going on right now.

Julie said...

Oh my goodness,what spectacular works of art,stunning! Thankyou for joining us for challenge 6 at Southern Girls! Happy crafting,Julie.x

crafty amy said...

Wow wow wow! They are all gorgeous!! There are going to be some very lucky people getting thm and it sounds like they deserve them :D
Thank you for joining us at Crafts and Me and good luck.


Amy xx

Heather D. ~ Fresh Brewed Designs said...

These are all so elegant!!!
Thanks for sharing your STYLE at Freshly Brewed Challenges!

Debbie Harris said...

Your boxes are stunning, thank you for joining us at the Digistamps 4 Joy challenge!

LindaS said...

Amazing boxex - I especially love the swirls with pearls on. Thanks for joining pattie's Creations Design Challenge.

Unknown said...

Oh wow! These boxes are just gorgeous! I love your colour choice! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Southern Girls this fortnight.
Alicia xx

Vanja said...

These are beautiful! I love the butterflies.

Thank you for joining us at Ellephantastic challenges. :)

hugs, Vanja

Helen Laurence said...

Wow what stunning projects just awesome!!
Thank you for joining us at Ellephantastic.
Hugs from the Elle DT x

angelwhispers said...

Just gorgeous!! They are all so individual what lucky people to receive such a beautiful gift!!!! Thanks for joining us over at the CPFC and I'm so sorry for such a late comment but I've been under the weather!!! lol Love Chanelle xxx

Michelle Singer said...

Beautiful cards. I love the butterflies you have chosen. Thank you so much for entering it in the Southern girls favorite color challenge. I hope to see your creations at our next challenge.
Hugz, xxx

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