Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Ooops! - Not a Square Card in Sight!

Hi and Good Morning :)
Well our new challenge this week over at Cheery Lynn Designs is 'Shaped Card - Anything But Square', however I got carried away in the moment and ended up making an entire Keepsake Gift Box! lol.  As always the lucky winner will receive a $20 voucher to spend online at the Cheery Lynn Store, so well worth playing along.
Now, one of the things I love about papercrafting and especially die-cutting the most is how you can start off with just a few sheets of flat card and paper, and end up with something totally 3 dimensional and created all by hand.  This box did take me quite a bit of time, but I enjoyed every minute of it. :)
I used 300gsm Ivory Pearl Centura card and 3 sheets of First Edition 12" x 12" papers to create this box, and all dies were cut with this too.
First of all I constructed a basic shape rectangle box, (approx 6 x 9 inches and 1" in depth) and covered the sides with paper and the Lace Light Deco Border.  I then sandwiched the box between 2 Horizon Coved Reflection Die cuts to decorate the box lid and base.  The reflection dies are so versatile you can adapt to almost any size - they are brilliant!
I then layered smaller coved rectangles, scalloped coved rectangles and the Chasing Rainbows Doily in alternate layers of card and paper, before decorating with flourishes, butterflies and flowers. I inked all the edges in walnut stain DI, added pearls, a pearl pin, wooden embellishments and ribbon, and finally sprinkled some glitter for a bit of sparkle. 
Details of the dies for different flowers are listed below.

All dies used on this project are:
DL128 - 2 of Hearts - layered with foam pads for dimension
B147 - Olive Branches - Green leaves tucked behind the flowers
B256 - Cutie Fringe II  - Larger Fringed Flower
B258 - Cutie Fringe IV - Smaller Fringed Flower
I hope you find time to join us this week, and I look foward to seeing your entries.  Dont forget there is also fresh inspiration daily over on our Cheery Lynn Designs Inspiration blog.
I would like to enter my gift box in the below competitions:
D2D4 - Flower Power
Divas By Design - Fancy Folds
My Mums Craft Shop - Love/Valentines
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Flowers & Pearls
Have a smashing week and thanks so much for visiting today.


ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful creation Alison.
Lovely details .
Gr Elly

Alyce said...

oh my gosh alison! this is incredible!!! wow i think i need more dies hehe! love the doily and that border... such a beautiful design and love the shabby look :)

Doreen said...

A gorgeous card,fabulous image and great

tilly's crafts said...

wow! how many die cuts are on there?! it looks fabulous Alison - stunning creation!
Kim x

Purplecat 64 said...

Hi Alison,
This is simply stunning,
Heather & Bronwyn x x

coops said...

oh wow this is amazing alison,stunning vintage image and colours and those beautiful details are just wonderful, really love this :D

xx coops xx

Anneke klerks said...

well done
liefs anneke

catherine said...

This is beautiful Alison and so lovely embellished
x catherine

Paula (PEP) said...

Paula (PEP)

Gitte said...

Wow wow wow it is soooo beautiful.

Olga said...

beautiful, love all the layers and details.

Marilyn said...

Wow Allison, you've created a real keepsake here and it is totally gorgeous! Love the vintage look and all those incredible dies and flowers.

Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!!!!! Totally stunning Alison. I love the vintage image and all the detailing you have added looks amazing. Definitely worth all your hard work and so inspiring.
Sue xx

Claire said...

WOW Alison, this is absolutely stunning and has a really vintage feel to it - you never cease to amaze me with your creativity and you must own every die that possibly exists LOL! Hugs, Claire x

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow Alison this is stunning.
what gorgous dies you have used and the flowers wowwwwwwwwwwwwww.
love this box it's so beautiful made my compliments.

greetings karin

Anonymous said...

It's not often I'm left speechless but I am now!! No words can describe how absolutely awe inspiring this is, Alison!! I envy the lucky recipient!

Chrissy said...

Just STUNNING Alison..every detail is beautiful..the flowers and hearts and the fabulous vintage image....beautiful.


Paper Profusion said...

I'm lost for superlatives Alison! What a fabulous paper confection! I truly love what you have created. Sometimes when lots and lots of lacey elements are added it can seem too over the top, but this works fantastically. An absolute triumph! Nicola x

Sue said...

Oh Wow! this is SO gorgeous Alison!! what a masterpiece you have created here…love the vintage image and wow those die cuts look awesome… and the flowers and butterflies… so many wonderful details…it's exquisite hun!! I love it to bits!! :-)))
Hope you are having a good week!
Big hugs
Sue xx

Lorraine said...

This is stunning Alison. The image looks fab and your dies and the way you've used them is amazing. No one does dies like you! Gorgeous!
Lorraine x

Inkypinkydelights said...

Oh Alison words do not describe this! It is absolutely stunningly beautiful! Love it! Judy X

Lexie said...

Wow! This is just breathtaking Alison! Truly stunning.

pam said...

absolutltey gorgeous Alison, all the die cutting make a fabulous box, it would make such a lovely keepsake,. stunning...pam

Dawn said...

Absolutely stunning! This took my breath away and has left me speechless.


May said...

Breathtaking beauty...Absolutely Stunning work.. papers, die-cuts image, flowers, design. I could go on & on...I Love it all... Hugs May x x x

Pauline said...

Wow Alison, this is breathtaking! This must have taken days to create with all those little hand made flowers. Stunning creation!

debby4000 said...

WOW Alison this is amazing.

Sonia said...

Wowwww Wooowwwww Wwwoooowwww^_^
Fabulous creation Alison,love the wonderful dies you have^_^
Big hug,

downrightcrafty said...

totally gorgeous vintage and beautiful florals so pretty
Hugs Kate xx

Pop's Cards said...

Simply gorgeous hun....:o)

biggest of hugs Pops xx

Louise said...

Oh my word Alison! This is absolutely stunning!! Can't imagine how much work this must have taken but it's absolutely beautiful. My wish list of dies grows ever longer - you are a bad influence hon and I must stop looking at your blog. LOL. Have a great day x

Eileen said...

I am going to have to start getting my thesaurus out to find words to describe your cards Alison. So I will keep this one simple, spectacular, sublime, sensational, stupendous,
I could go on for pages. LOVE IT !!!
Eileen x

Maureen said...

This is gorgeous, looks like a lot of work but very worthwhile. Well done.

Kathya said...

This is such an amazing project, Alison! You put a lot of effort and time and it looks so wonderful. Great job!!!
Hugs, Kathya

Steph said...

Oh wow, this is utterly stunning! So intricate and such a lot of gorgeous detail. Beautiful! THanks so much for joining us at MMCS Monthly Challenge x

Heidi said...

Wow this is absolutely stunning Alison!
I love all the beautiful details:)
Beautiful image and pretty colours.
Have a wonderful weekend, hugs:)

SusanLotus said...

Your box is stunningly beautiful!
My hubby said "Wow, that box is gorgeous!" when he saw it.

Have a great weekend!


having a {me} day said...

Oh WOW! What a stunning box! And all those dies you used ... just awesome. keeleyxx

Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie this is a fabulous creation, thank you for joining us at Dies to die for challenge this time, huggles Pops x x x

Rina said...

Alison!!! This is BRILLIANT and soooo ornate!!! OMGoodness I am so in love with this...I am off to do some shopping for these dies!!!

Big Hugz... miss you at MM!

DesignerDiva said...

WOW Alison you certainly rocked this!! Utterly gorgeous in every way
Thank you for sharing it at Diva's this week and good luck
Hugs Laurie xx

Gail said...

I have never seen something as beautiful as this projects. I wish there are better words than beautiful, gorgeous, outstanding, magnificent.... Hugs, Gail


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