Thursday, January 17, 2013

EP Challenge - Thinking Outside the Box


Good Thursday morning! Today it's a challenge over at Eclectic Paperie. It's the eTeam Picks Challenge.  The eTeam Picks Challenge is held on the third Thursday of each month and each challenge is an opportunity for you to be inspired by one of our eTeam’s creations to share your work and to be entered into our challenge prize drawing. This week is the talented Marjie Kemper and her design challenge is Altered Boxes. So be sure to hop over there and check out hers and all the other creations.

I had several ideas swirling in my head over this one. I've got so many boxes of different kinds. I came across these leftover boxes from different Configurations boxes I've created, so I started thinking of what I could do with them.


I began by playing with different configurations on my table. I took several photos of all the different ways and then looked them over to decide which I liked best. I chose this one.



This is what it eventually became. A Valentine configurations display. You'll have to click on the image to get a better look. It was fun to make. I'll show you how.




With a Cranberry Paint Dabber, I painted the front edges and along the sides where paper would not be going. All the while, I keep my boxes in the configuration. I still have the photo, but this helps keep me organized.



For the insides of the open boxes I cut papers like this, inked the edges,...



...and glued them inside. Other boxes had papers glued to the front. Then using 3-in-1 glue, I glued all the boxes together into my configuration.



I don't think I have a picture that shows it, but I adhered longer strips of paper to the outer walls once the boxes were glued together. Here you see how I started to embellish. This is the really fun part! I just started digging through my stash for hearts, love and pink things.



I filled some Idea-ology corked vials with Stickles in reds and pinks, then labeled them with Tim Holtz's  Chit Chat stickers.




More Idea-ology fun.



Word key, miscellaneous buttons, an image behind a fragment and a felt flower.



More Idea-ology. You can see here how I darkened up the Cranberry edges a little with some brown. I used my Faber Castel Chocolate Gelato, spreading it with my finger here and there for a distressed look.



Idea-ology (armless doll? Can't remember what she's called) and the cute little flower pitcher I found at Hobby Lobby in the dollhouse section. Perfect!



Rolled paper flowers, Idea-ology pearls, and some misc. buttons.



Check out those little lips. There are a few in the back of the box too. Those are from Wendy Vecchi's Blossom Bucket line. So fun! I created a hanging pennant of frosted vellum and adhered the Alpha Parts letters, which I had painted red earlier. 



A cluster of various buttons and adhesive embellishments.



Some jewelry findings and a cut from the Lovely paper stack by Authentique.



The eTeam Picks Challenge is all about inspiration and having fun.  During each challenge one of the eTeam members will share a topic, word, technique, sketch, or product that will become the foundation for your creation.  This challenge is all about mixing it up and just enjoying the creative process of feel free to share a journal page, card, scrapbook project, mini album….Anything goes!  We want to see your work and hear about your inspiration. All of those who play along with our challenge will be entered into a prize drawing for a $15.00 gift certificate to the eclectic Paperie store.
So grab your supplies and play along.  Here are a few things to keep in mind for this challenge…

• You do not have to use products sold in the eP store…but we do love it when you do!
• Share a direct link to your creation, not just your blog, using the Linky Tools feature at the end of this post.  If, for any reason, the Linky Tools doesn’t cooperate, please add a link in the Comments section of the blog.
• When uploading to any online galleries, please use any of the following keywords; eP, eclectic Paperie or eTeam Pick Challenge.  Link your creations to the eP blog.
• If you’d like to be considered as one of our featured projects and be entered into our prize drawing, please be sure to add your link no later than 6pm EST on January 31st.

Thanks for stopping by. Now go find a box and have some fun!

24 comments:

  1. Awesome, fabulous, stunning! Love this Annette...it is precious! Now I want to run and get my configurations and get busy crafting! Great project!

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  2. A labor of love, but I know you had a blast putting this together! Love each little compartment! This is so fabulous!

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  3. Beautiful! I'd like to know which glue you used to hold the boxes together.

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  4. Thanks all. To answer Diane's question, it was 3-in-1 glue. It's a lot like hot glue only not hot. Holds everything!

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  5. Wow, this is beautiful! What a gorgeous display.

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  6. Annette, wow you always blow me away with your artwork...this is so adorable love everything...great details...love that paper too.
    hugs
    Peggy Lee

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  7. I am absolutely speechless! WOW! What creativity! I absolutely LOVE your creation! Wow! I just can't get over how awesome it is!

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  8. This is a beautiful make, love all the details in each space! Trace x

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  9. Her name,I believe, is Charlotte! Great display box Annette, very pretty!

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  10. You...are...too...creative!!!! Love it!

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  11. I have none of this stuff and now I want ALL of it. What an incredible display!! Your work is always inspiring, but this is literally making my fingers itch!!

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  12. Oooh lah lah!!! Love this gorgeous creation, Annette. I didn't realize the heart fits so beautifully on the bird cage... will be swiping that idea, pal! You altered boxes are amazingly cool.

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  13. Wow!!! You rocked this one :-)
    Super Duper Cooolll!!!

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  14. Absolutely stunning, Annette! What a fabulous piece of work, and absolutely deserving of its pinning by Sir Tim!
    Alison x

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  15. Fabulous boxes, I love the beautiful colours and romantic feel to this project. You must have spent days creating this Annette. Gorgeous!

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  16. Beautiful!!mlove that you used the backs of your boxes as part of the display! I love everything you did with this!

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  17. gorgeous!!!!!! Love all the "stuff", so much to see. Wonderful project.

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  18. Wow! This is gorgeous! It's like a printer's tray, but with more dimension and awesomeness!! I find myself stopping to really observe every little detail...amazing!

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  19. This is so adorably gorgeous! Love your altered boxes project very much! So many things to discover! Lovely!

    Greetings from Vienna,

    die amelie x

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  20. Gorgeous Valentine treasure! I love all the pieces in this! The bottles of glitter are perfect! Gorgeous!

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  21. Annette you are a girl after my own heart...this is AMAZING ...every little detail !!
    Beautiful heart felt keepsake .
    hugs
    xox

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  22. I LOVE this configuration! Everything about it is so sweet. Great tutorial, too. :)

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  23. How fun! Love the color palette and all the great little vignettes you created here.

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