Sunday, 27 January 2013

Vintage Recycling

Well its almost dark here in Scotland and I have thoroughly enjoyed my crafty afternoon. Thanks for dropping by........your visits and comments are always appreciated.  

Below is a piece that originally started out to be a box for my stamps. Having two cats I have lots of these boxes that fit my stamps perfectly and I love to recycle items where possible.


First of all I covered the box in some papers that I have had in my stash for a long time. 

Once the papers were adhered I blended the corners/edges with  Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and Stormy Sky Distress Inks.



I recently purchased several Stamps from The Stampsmith and I decided that as this month their challenge was to Recycle I would use the gorgeous Ophelia Stamp. 
I stamped the image in Ranger Archival Ink ( SEPIA) and then placed it inside one of Tim Holtz Embossing folders. 
I then took my Vintage Photo and Stormy Sky Distress inks and blended them all over, paying particular attention to the embossed edges. I took the paper distresser and distressed the edges before inking with Stormy Sky to give more definition. I took some Treasure Gold wax in Renaissance to add some gilding to the embossing. The stamped image and embossing was then matted on to some brown card. 


By the time I adhered the image I decided to add some Ideaology Foundations Feet to the box and use it to store letters as I so loved this vintage appearance. The Foundation Feet were purchased from the Funkie Junkie Boutique, where I shall enter this project in their  Frilly & Funkie  Sunday Share.  





To complete I printed the word 'Letters' on my pc and adhered it to Tim's gorgeous Ideaology Ornate plates as well as one of his word bands, which is attached with twine.

Some vintage lace, purchased from a charity shop was stained with tea and adhered around the top  and just inside of the box with Ranger Wonder Tape. 


I placed some letters inside and I am so thrilled with the outcome, which is just my style..............!!. 

Over at Simon Says Stamp and Show the challenge is What are you known for ? I am known for Vintage and Distressed and I love something that is a little bit different !! At Frilly and Funkie the challenge is 'Spruce it Up'.

At the  Anything But A Card the challenge is Tie it Up, which this project meets as I have used twine on the Ideaology word band.

Hope you are having crafty fun wherever you are. Catch up soon xx
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40 comments:

  1. Annie what can I say!
    Outstanding piece of recycling and they way you took something that many people would have tossed in the bin, in your hands becomes so beautiful it is worthy of display in a home. The addition of the feet, so perfect as it makes it look all the more like a home decor/study piece. The use of colour on the embossed areas is such a beautiful touch and oh the lace.
    Thank You for joining us at TSC this month with such an amazing piece of re-cycled art.
    Good Luck with the prize draw.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  2. Hello Annie, thank you for your lovely comment on my blog.
    Your Ophelia is just wonderful in this case.

    Hamburg is 150 km far from my home. It is not very cold hier in North-Germany, it is raining and 7 degrees plus.

    Hugs,
    Rosie

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  3. Beautiful box Annie, the embossing around the image is perfect and the image itself is gorgeous ! Sue C x

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  4. Now Annie...oh my gosh!! This is such a dramatic transformation! Seriously...your Letters box is fantastic! I love love love it! At first, I was not sure I liked the paper you selected as your base but seeing how you finished it out...oh my gosh! That paper is perfect! I love your Stampsmith stamp stamped in sepia. Perfect! Love your lace at the top. So shabby, feminine and beautiful there. Love the Tim Holtz metal feet. Brilliant. I also love the wrapped twine and the Ornate Plate perfectly placed on the front. Beautiful piece, Annie! Thanks for sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  5. Utterly adorable Annie!!! My favourite parts are the embossed stamped panel, the feet and the lace. Superb transformation. What a productive afternoon.
    Just a thought, you have entered four challenges with this. Have you considered putting it into the Spruce It Up challenge over at Frilly and Funkie? Hugs, Jenny x

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  6. Utterly adorable Annie!!! My favourite parts are the embossed stamped panel, the feet and the lace. Superb transformation. What a productive afternoon.
    Just a thought, you have entered four challenges with this. Have you considered putting it into the Spruce It Up challenge over at Frilly and Funkie? Hugs, Jenny x

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  7. Oh my gosh this is FABULOUS Annie! I can't believe the transformation. That Ophelia stamp is to die for and I love the way you have embossed the sides of her - what a perfect fit! The 'feet' and 'label' are really gorgeous and the lace at the top really is the icing on the cake. Brilliant creation. Have a lovely week. Nicola x

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  8. Wow wow wow Annie! This is so adorable...what an amazing alterarion of the catfood box.
    I pinned it right away...I think I'm in love with it :-))))
    Great compliment for your creativity...

    greetings, Alie:-)

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  9. Hi Annie, your letter box is fantastic, an amazing transformation, just love it. Also love the Ophelia stamp, the addition of the feet and the lace is just gorgeous....... Good luck with the challenges, although I don't think you need it! Hugs, Anne x

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  10. This is absolutely lovely, Annie! Fantastic upcycling and so well done!

    Awesome!!!

    Hugs,
    die amelie x

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  11. oh this is fabulous .. i always love a spot of recycling and this is useful and pretty
    Lisa x

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  12. Wow - it´s a lovely letterbox - a great upcycling.

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  13. A wonderful project - looks really fantastic.

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  14. Wow Wow Wow, your 'Letter Box' is a mind blowing creation, it certainly will fit in with your decor etc. Its finished off to perfection. I love it. Hugs Mum xxxx

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  15. Hi Annie, that's a fantastic transformation! You have blended the paper and the stamped embossed image brilliantly. The ideaology pieces you've used make this a very elegant piece, fabulous x

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  16. Exceptional! What a fabulous box...a keepsake to store only the finest treasures! Love the face, the color, the vintage feel, the texture! A pinner for sure! Yummy! Thank you for playing with us at Simon Says Stamp & Show this week!!!

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  17. I love that image and youhave used it beautifully on this great creation! A wonderful transformation! Trace. X

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  18. Looks awesome ! Lovely idea, hugs, Marion

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  19. Okaaaay ... saw the pussy-cat food box and didn't quite know what to expect so I scrolled down very slowly reading each and every word and just had to go WOW! when I got to the end!!!! I just love, love, LOVE what you have done there Annie! My crafting mojo has gone walkabout right now but seeing beautiful work like that makes me want to get out all my "stuff" and see if it has come back! Love Debbie xXx

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  20. Hello Annie. Me again. :) I had to have another look at this amazing "redo" you've made out of the cat box! :) Thanks for your sweet comments about my Marilyn piece this morning. They are much appreciated! <3 Candy

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  21. Wow! What a transformation! Absolutely stunning. Love everything about it.

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  22. Hi Annie, Fabulous project, gorgeous distressing and details, and the imaged framed with the embossing looks wonderful (just got this folder for Christmas). A beautiful transformation.
    Avril xx

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  23. What a beautiful piece of recycling, Annie - Ophelia looks just gorgeous, and the feet and bookplate really finish it off to perfection. What an inspiring container to keep your stamps in!
    Alison x

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  24. I need a cat and QUICK!!! Okay, maybe not the cat, but I need the cat's gourmet food STAT!! Annie, this is beyond amazing how you've transformed a plain ol' box into a useful and stunning showcase. I'm just bowled over at how the outcome would never make you think it was a recycled product. The hardware really adds so much to it and all your stamping and inking and eye for detail are impeccable!
    Kudos to you and virtual high five...I LOVE IT!
    hugs,
    Lisa x

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  25. Love the recycle box, so very vintage. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  26. Wauwwwwwwwwwwwwww Annie what a great way to recycle this box.
    Love it.
    Greetings Janny

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  27. Wow, this is stunning! X

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  28. Annie this is really gorgeous and a completely new idea for me as recycling cereal box crafter.
    I became new follower to your gorgeous blog!
    xxx
    FROEBELSTERNCHEN FROM AUSTRIA

    Challenges:
    ART-JOURNAL-JOURNEY
    MOO-MANIA-CHALLENGE

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  29. ooh this is absolutely stunning! I so love it! xx

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  30. I just love how you've transformed this box Annie! The Ophelia image is stunning and adding those feet has taken this wonderful recyled product to a whole new level! Love the twine too - one of my favourite things to use.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But A Card for this challenge.
    I'm going to pin this!
    Juliax

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  31. What a fabulous box you created! I'll never look at an empty food box the same way again! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Frilly and Funkie!

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  32. Your piece caught my eye right away. My late cat Emily loved Sheba and I would wrap it and put it in her stocking and she would sit on it each Christmas morning until I got up to feed her. Thanks for that happy memory.

    To make such a lovely piece out of the packgaging is amazing. Love the Vintage feel and all the trim etc. I just discovered Stampsmith at a convention and am falling in love with their images!

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  33. Wowww woww and yesss wow, what a transformation I just love what you did with the Kitty Box, wowwzresss fabulousssssly made Thank you for sharing with the DT from Frilly and Funkie. woww
    Hugs Terry xxxx

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  34. So glad to see this entered for this Frilly and Funkie challenge this time. A superb makeover Annie. Hugs, Jenny x

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  35. Annie this is an absolutely stunning make!! I totally love that Ophelia image, I've had it for years and just kind of re-discovered it. She looks fantastic stamped in sepia inside that fab embossing folder (also one of my favourites:o)). A stunning useful make, fabulous!!

    Oh and by the way, thanks for your comment over at Snazzys and as to your question, - in this case I did not do any masking. The stamp is a collage stamp so it comes like that.

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  36. GORGEOUS Annie! Fabulous recycling idea too! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp ans Show:)

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  37. Wow Annie! This is one stunning piece you made! Love it so very much! All the texture and the decorations! So pretty! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

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  38. I love that you showed some of the steps, it helps inspire for sure!!! :) :) Thanks for joining us at Anything But a Card!!! :) :) :)

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  39. Wow, and wow again! This is absolutely stunning. I love the sepia tones of it and and that Ophelia stamp is amazing - looks so beautiful with the embossing around the edges. This is a sensational piece to store your stamps in. Thanks so much for sharing with us for Sunday Share and for our Spruce it Up challenge!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  40. Hi Annie, thank you for your lovely comments you left on my little make-up bag, I agree it is a great honour to have work featured on the Stampsmith Challenge, it made my day when I found out.
    I think the Ophelia stamp is my all time favourite and I just adore how you have used it. Your work is just stunning and I have now become your newest follower. Julia xxxx

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Annie x