Monday, 3 February 2014

Love Letters...

Today, is the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and with this being February and Valentine's Day just around the corner, this week's challenge is called Love Letters and the team would love to see how you interpret this week's theme.

When I saw the title of this week's challenge, I immediately knew that I wanted to create a piece that was centred around the letters L.O.V.E and to create a small keepsake for that special person in our lives. So, I decided to create my own shadowbox using the Sizzix Postage Stamp Frame die by Tim Holtz and as always, I hope you love what I've made.
To begin with, I cut five pieces of chipboard to size to create the inside of my box, 4 for each side and a final piece to create the back section. Using Glossy Accents to attach each piece, I formed a square with the four side pieces with I then attached to  the final fifth piece to form the box. Once the Glossy Accents were dry and box was held together, I took another two pieces of chipboard and die cut the first of these using the Postage Stamp Frame, which I attached to the back of my box. With the second piece of chipboard, I placed the largest of the Rectangle Mover and Shapers die into the centre of the Postage Stamp Frame to create an aperture and once cut, I attached this piece to the front of my box to form the basic shape.
I then painted my completed shadowbox using various layers of Distress Paints to create a limed wood effect to the box. Once I was happy with the colour, I then started to work on the inside section and I inked up the Love Definition stamp from the Love Struck stamp set with Black Archival Ink and stamped onto a piece of cream card, which I had previously inked with Old Paper Distress Ink. I then distressed the edges of the card and inked them with Walnut Stain Distress Ink before attaching it to the back of my box. 
Next, I used more chipboard to die cut some various sizes of hearts using the large heart from the Love Struck Die and the smaller hearts from the Mini Movers and Shapers Hearts. I painted them with Festive Berries Distress Paint and before covering them in Distress Glitter and inking up the edges. I attached the largest of the hearts onto the back of my box and added a ChitChat Sticker and the smaller hearts onto the either side on the front of my box. 
To fill the inside, I used some Corked Vials, which can just about be seen and crackled the glass with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. I stamped the Happy Valentine's Ticket onto another piece of cream card and added a hint of colour and placed this into my box, together with the vials, some small wooden hearts and coils of rusty wire.

To decorate the outside of the box, I added a Idea-Ology Pen Nib and then I added some Distress Paint to Alpha Part letters and attached them to the box, together with Chitchat stickers to form the words ~ I Love You.
For the top of the box, I added a cotton spool from my stash, painted in the same colours as the box and then attached a wooden gear and a Idea-Ology Clock Key.
As the finishing touch, I tied a bow using crinkle ribbon and attached it to the box with one of the arrow Industrious Stickers and another wooden heart.
I'm really looking forward to seeing all your fabulous creations and hope you will join us in this week's challenge. You can visit the blog for more great ideas and inspiration from the fabulous Design Team and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.
Products used:
Distress Inks ~ Old Paper and Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Distress Glitters ~ Festive Berries

Thank you for stopping by today and I'm really looking forward to reading all your comments.
Love Emma xx

43 comments:

wizzo said...

Absolutely lovely Emma xxx

Lisapmac said...

Absolutely beautiful, such detail xx

Marci said...

Wow, such a keepsake! So pretty. You knew just when to stop embellishing.

Theresa said...

I LOVE this (pun intended!!). It is SOOOO gorgeous!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Emma, love the glittered hearts and Love text in the backdrop. The spool on top is a lovely touch. Great design too. Enjoy your week. Tracy x

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful shadow box. I love all the bits and pieces of valentine's built into a gorgeous piece of art! Lovely design!

Nancy Wethington said...

Love this project!

Meihsia Liu said...

What a gorgeous creation! Emma. Love how you combined all those beautiful elements. Great design! :)

Shirley Davis said...

Nothing left to chance + everything carefully chosen + huge bucket of talent and love thrown in = an Emma piece of note. Well done you xx

Anna-Karin said...

This is gorgeous Emma!! I also love to make shadow boxes, so much fun. Great idea to use the postage frame. Wonderful glittery hearts and embellishments.

daisy lou said...

Amazing!! Love it!-haha.
It's certainly for That Extra Special person who will cherish it xx

isisimaginings.com said...

A gorgeous shadowbox, really stunning.

Jo Rice said...

Fantastic Emma....I do love your attention to detail....I real keepsake to love and treasure....Jo. X

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous project Emma! Love all the shimmery hearts! Thanks for the inspiration!

Sandra said...

Your shadowbox is so pretty, Emma! Love the bug hearts and the stamp die you made the shadowbox with! What a beauty! Hugs, Sandra

MichelleZ said...

This is really inspiring. I LOVE how you constructed that box. So clever! And pretty too! I'm a sucker for red glitter. LOVE it! Beautiful project, Emma.

Stephanie Leykauf said...

Amazing project! I love the dimensional effects!!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I really like the 3D effect and how each layer is so carefully thought-out, yet the whole thing looks wonderfully whimsical. It's hard to pick a favorite part of this project, but I really love how you arranged the ticket as if it just floated from the sky and landed there! So clever!

Claudine Criner said...

This is beautiful, I love all the details and work here!

Sharon Y said...

I adore this little box! That postage frame dies is one of my favs. You have inspired me with this. Already thinking how I can use the layered butterfly, dragonfly, bee dies when they come out as well as the sand and sea dies. Thanks!

She King said...

Hi Emma, I felt sure I left a comment here......sorry I blame old age!!!! I know I saw it on FB and loved it. It is stunning. xxx

butterfly said...

An absolute delight of a shadow box - the postage stamp works so well as a frame.
Alison x

barbarayaya62 said...

What a wonderful shadowbox!I Love each details in your work especially the layers you've created and the top of your creation! BArbarayaya

Mrs. Miles said...

Hullo Emma,

Very cool Shadowbox, I have not made one myself before, so you'all are inspiring me to possibly step out of my comfort zone one day soon.

Thanks for showing!

blessings,
Barb

little amanda 7609 said...

This is nothing short of exquisite

Nancy said...

All I can say is WOWERS!!! This is really amazing...aren't shadow boxes so fun to play with? Your's turned out amazing...I love how the red pops to...thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments...

Hugs
Nancy T.

Margik said...

What a beautiful work! I love all the details.

Mary Elizabeth said...

Hi Emma -- Catching on my blog visits. I saw this last week at SSS Monday Challenge and was blown away. Gorgeous! Love the chipboard shadow box design! And the clock key at the top is genius. Fabulous make Emma!! -- Mary Elizabeth

soapHOUSEmama said...

gorgeous project! Love the dimension!

Buttons said...

Massive congrats on your well deserved Blogworthy link for this! Love it so much. Jenny x

butterfly said...

Fantastic to see this honoured as Blogworthy - congratulations, Emma!
Alison xx

Dorothy said...

Fantastic!!!

Ana K. said...

I am sure that I did admire this fantastic piece before…awesome make with all details…just gorgeous and really Blogworthy…Congratulation to be in spotlight at TH blog! Greetings from Slovenia

Cathy Parlitsis said...

So gorgeous! I love all the little details! Every time I look at the "box," I see something different! Congratulations on your Blogworthy Link!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is beautiful, love the limed oak effect, Emma,

Lucy x

Paper Profusion said...

Stunning make - congrats on your win. Nicola x

Normajean said...

LOVE the 3-D. Your project rocks!
Normajean Brevik

Joy Joyslife said...

What a truly beautiful project! Found you through Tim Holtz February Blogworthy links. Congrats!

Debbie Speijers said...

Wow, this is pretty darn amazing! Love absolutely everything you have done, what a creative piece of art!

Karen Garrard said...

Congratulations on being chosen for Tim's Blog Worthy List. Well Done. Karen.x

Lisa said...

Wow, this is so gorgeous!! I love the design!! It's so creative and fabulous!! Congrats on being a Blogworthy Link!!

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Greta said...

Wow--I'm in awe of your wonderful project!

Tricia Ann said...

appealing and delightful

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