I had a little box, just strong cardboard, that I've been keeping my vintage brooch collection in. I can't resist costume jewellery and buy it whenever I can! I painted the box with Concrete Fresco paint and then with Little Black Dress. I made a flower from the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die, painted with a blend of Elephant, Egg Plant, London Night and just a touch of Butternut, edging with a little Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and finished off with some seam binding coloured with distress inks in Peacock Feathers and Broken China. I used the same colour combo on the card, which I die cut with a Tim Holtz Pocket Watch die and then stamped with the Lynne Perrella image in Coffee Archival, Please just click on the images, if you would like to see in more detail.
I accented the image with tiny green pearls, a butterfly cut from Graphic 45 paper and edged with Green Amber Treasure Gold. I also tied around a narrow, ivory coloured ribbon. I used my new Posca pen I bought in a little craft shop I discovered on a walk to highlight the eyes.
Here is the lid Crackle-glazed and painted with Concrete and then dry brushed with Inky Pool and Baltic Blue. The second pocket watch is die cut in Shrink Plastic, coloured with Treasure Gold and decorated with a pearl and a larger Graphic 45 butterfly.
Here are the sides, decorated with some script from a Hot Picks plate and some flourishes from the same set, stamped without a block to give an aged, irregular look.
I lined the box with some distressed Bo Bunny paper stamped with a sentiment from an Ink and the Dog plate and some narrow ribbon. Some of the brooches have already found a home inside!
And they look much better than they did on the plain cardboard! Thanks to Paper Artsy and Sue Carrington for a really inspiring collection of projects for the Paper Artsy birthday month! If you would like to see some really fabulous projects take a look at what Sue has been doing and the great works she's inspired plus lots and lots more, including projects by Gillian pop over to the Paper Artsy blog.