Saturday, 17 January 2015

Fragile Papers - Inspired by Lucy!



Thank you so much for stopping by Magpieheaven in the depths of winter! Life has been busy here with lots of secret creating going on that I will reveal next month. In fact I thought I might not have time to play along with the wonderful new PaperArtsy Challenge here! If you haven't done so already, please do catch up with the amazing projects the design team have created using 'Fragile Papers'. They've all been incredibly inspiring from Lucy's delicate tissue flowers that got the theme off to a fabulous start to Alison's stunning altered book that literally radiated light from within! Last night Helen Chilton treated us to a great tutorial on using Portfolios with tissue too. I've been dreaming of fragile papers for the last two weeks, but I thought dreaming was all I was going to do until Corinne Rollet encouraged me to join in with a lovely French saying " Plus on est de fous plus on rit ! " The more the merriest!



I loved the flowers that Lucy created from PaperArtsy damask tissue and I think her idea to reinforce them with packaging material was an excellent one. My box was so tiny, though - only 4.5 centimeters! I decided to create a mini  vintage trinket box and here it is, photographed with a book and liqueur bottle to give some idea of scale...



I kept with the idea of paper flowers, but I created one big rose from drawing-book paper coloured with Frescos in Irish Cream, Chalk and a touch of Toffee!



I decided to add interest to my lid with a tiny damask butterfly, using Lucy's great tip to reinforce his wings. His antennae are little flower centres cut to size. I took the lid apart and stenciled it with some Chalk on Irish Cream and a Rebeccah Meier doily stencil. I just swirled some Florentine Treasure Gold around the edge with my finger.



To give a vintage look to the lower part of the box, I first took some masking tape and stuck this lightly around the lower part of this section before painting over with Concrete Fresco. When the tape was removed, I had a box that was half coloured and half natural card. I sponged Potting Soil Archival by Wendy Vecchi over the natural card and then took tiny torn fragments of Damask tissue and adhered them on the reverse side with Satin Glaze. On one I stamped this lovely Lin Brown sentiment 'There are always flowers for those who want to see them'. I made sure that this was heat-set before fixing it carefully to the box. To add to the 'shabby' effect, I stamped some text from a PaperArtsy mini without a block in Potting Soil Archival. Another swirl of Florentine around the rim finished off this this part of the box, but I was not going to throw away my masking tape!

I painted it with Toffee Fresco, stenciling with a Lin Brown stencil of tiny circles in Cinnamon and Chalk. I then stamped over the tape with a stamp from LPC004 - the first Lynne Perrella stamp plate I ever bought!



Thank you to Lucy for the inspiration and PaperArtsy for a fabulous theme to start the New Year! I had so much fun just spending an afternoon playing with papers and creating this little box! Thank You for taking a look. Have a lovely weekend - you might just have time to create something with fragile papers too and link it before 5.00pm tomorrow!


23 comments:

  1. Julie Ann, this is fabulous!! so glad you had time to join in.

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  2. Most people would show a ruler for a sense of scale... A bottle of Cointreau...that's both original and decadent, like it! On a serious note love your box however small! The flower is lovely and the masking tape is a nice touch.

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  3. What a beautiful little treasure Julie Ann. So lovingly assembled as usual. Recycled masking tape and lovely sentiment. It's gorgeous! X

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  4. It may be a little box but it's packed full of wonderful details and your flower is fab xx

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  5. Beautiful flower Julie Ann, lovely trinket box and love the scale. Smaller items are a lot more fun to decorate imho, gorgeous as always:-) xxx

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  6. This is so gorgeous, Julie Ann! I particularly love the words around the edge of the box. I can't believe it is so tiny as it seems to have so many details it seems to have grown a life of its own!

    Lucy x

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  7. Beautiful box. Julie Ann. Flower is gorgeous, I should try that :)

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  8. I have several of these boxes laying around, you have inspired me to decorate them, its lovely !!!

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  9. Fab Julie Ann. Glad you got time to join in. x

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  10. A beautiful little box! Love the flower on the top and the masking technique around the edges is lovely. Claire x

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  11. Love your little box so cute!

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  12. Just like the flower, I can only guess that the box bloomed before your eyes and started to grow in scale as it is incredible to imagine that this box is not larger with all you achieved on this small form. The colours are gorgeous and I so love the edging which appears as though there is subtle texture.
    A very elegant transformation.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  13. Oh! This is lovely flower box Julie Ann!! Fabulous textured around the box, what kind your favorites in there!! xxx

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  14. Julie ann this is so pretty!! really glad you got the time to join in! xxxx

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  15. How lovely Julie Ann! So glad you were able to play and create this sweet treasure.
    I hope you are well and starting a wonderful new year,my friend ") xo

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  16. Wow doesn't it loo great! Love the soft colour scheme too Julie Ann!

    PS I know what secret things YOU'VE been up to! *taps nose*

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  17. Simply lovely, Julie Ann... not just the beautiful flower, but the wonderful vintage script and gorgeous soft neutrals. A real delight and, yes, the more the merrier for sure!
    Alison xx

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  18. What a truly fabulous project! xx

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  19. Gorgeous as always Julie Ann, I am loving your stamping and that wonderful rose. xx

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  20. Beautiful! I love little boxes, used to get them as presents years ago-already decorated-this has me thinking about a few I have that have been bought to alter but still not got around to it! Your little box really is a delight! Chrisx

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  21. First chance I've had to visit your blog after seeing this on FB Julie Ann! It's really beautiful and especially as it's so tiny. I have a whole load of tiny boxes of different shapes that I got in a bumper 'pack' really cheap. Heaven knows when I'll use them all, lol! Anyway, back to your box ...... your stamping is perfect and I love how you used your masking tape....genius! This is a very special little box and just needs a special little gift to put in it.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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