I'm Back!!!

Friday, 18 July 2014

 Hello!  If there's anyone still there??!!

Wow, it's been so long since I have blogged, or even crafted until this week!  There are about 3 long stories about what has been going on, the incredibly short version is that my mum had a knee replacement so I spent 2 or 3 weeks helping out there and I had some treatment on my sore shoulders, which turned out to be a disaster and is still on-going.  So skip a few other chapters and I'm back and hopefully over the next week or 2 I should be properly up and running again (or at least at a leisurely stroll pace!).
I want to add a massive thank you to Mari, Shaz and Elaine for being so lovely and understanding and letting me have some time off from DT duties, it was great to not have to worry about anything.  I have also decided to step down as the leader of PunkYouGirl, but I'm still staying on the DT and the lovely Kay has graciously taken over the reigns and is doing such a fantastic job at breathing new life into the challenge blog, I wish I had've passed it over sooner!

I meant to do a post showing pics from when I was on the set of Game of Thrones - I wanted to do that after "our" scenes were broadcast, but of course that was aired just at the start of when everything kicked off here so I never got the post done - the series has even finished now!  But I'll still do up the post at some point cos it's too cool not to show off! :P

So anyway, I'm actually here today with something I have made!
It's the midway reminder today at PunkYouGirl and our dark (as always!) theme for this challenge is...

Skeletons and Secrets!

And our new boss Kay is sponsoring us with fab prizes for both 1st and 2nd places!!  Double reasons to get entering!

So I had a good rummage in my stash and found the bits and pieces I needed to decorate a box - to hide your secrets in, see?!

 The box itself was a plain white trinket box that I got in Tesco.  I started by thinking I'd like to use ink to colour it, but after trying and failing several times to open my old pot of ink, I used my pot of black Pebeo paint (which I thought I wasn't going to be able to open either cos all the power had gone out of my hands from trying to open the ink!).  I painted stripes up the sides of the box and lid - I purposely didn't line up the stripes, cos life's just too short!  And the underneath of the box and top of the lid were fully painted black.  I then used my wee old pot of gold ink, which I did manage to get open, and painted over the whole thing with it - it gives it a lovely grubby but shimmery effect.  I then took to attaching some feet to the base with glossy accents.

 The feet and the skeleton have come from a set of Halloween decorations that I bought years ago, I think you're supposed to scatter them over the table.  The foot and lower leg bits were the perfect size to stick to the corners and still leave room for the lid to go on!  They were a bugger to get to stay on though!  I also dirtied up the box sides with some Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Inks.

I pulled a page out of an old book (GASP!) that I bought in  a charity shop, (Charles Dickens, Bleak House) and tore it into strips and crumpled, aged, distressed (with inks) and stuck it to the box lid.  I then aged and distressed it a bit more with a sanding block and black and gold embossing powders.  I then attached the "body" with glossy accents.  I coated some round studs in the gold and black EPs and also attached them.

I printed the sentiment (or maybe its the inventory of what's inside the box??!) from the computer using the font Cardinal Alternative, cut out the words, dirtied them up and attached them to each other with some brass jump rings.

So there you go, the perfect box to keep anything you don't want people to find!

Make sure you check out what the rest of the DT have done, I can't wait to see what you do!

I'd like to enter my altered trinket box into the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations; Distressing
Just For Fun Challenge Blog; Anything goes
Crafty Girls Challenges; Anything goes
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog; Anything goes
Creative Moments; Anything goes
A Step In The Dark; Anything goes/Use metal - jump rings & studs
Altered Eclectics; Anything goes

Thanks for looking!


KristyLee said...

Ha ha very cool looking, love your box, very creative! And I love skulls! Great job!

Glennis said...

Very creepy - but fabulous!

Elizabeth Hart said...

At first I thought this was card then I saw the legs for the base of the box - very creative (and spooky too!) Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Creative fingers Challenge, elizabeth (DT)

ike said...

AWESOME !!! This is sooooo cool and way up my street :-D Fantastic piece.
I saw you over at A Step In The Dark :-D

IKE xxx

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Shaz Earl said...

Glad to hear you are back with us and things are improving, yes i would love to see photo's of game of thrones set, look forward to seeing you crafting again
Hugs Shaz x

shampylou30 said...

gorgeous box thanks for joining us at creative moments challenge xxxx

Avril Ann said...

Sheena what a fantastic project, just stunning, thank you for sharing with us at A Step in the Dark, this fortnight, best of luck xxx

Sandy How said...

Wow, this box is sure to scare away any younger siblings wanting to pry, lol. A fabulous creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Girls Challenges and we hope to see you again soon.
Sandy DT

chanya13 said...

wow, a little scary box ;) wonderful colour combo. Thanks for joining us at Wednesday's Creative Inspirations. I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka

Jacki Daniels said...

Hi Sheena
Wow it's all happening over here
sorry haven't been over much have been an absent blogger myself lately I'm glad PYG is still going strong and what a fantastic project love it
Well I hope everythings goes well with the shoulder and you get it sorted as it's been going on for a bit now hasn't it ouch!! oh by the way I have moved blogs and started again http://cookingupacard.blogspot.co.uk/
take care
Jacki x

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

This is fab - gorgeous thankyou for sharing with us over at Altered Eclectics this month.
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Chris / CS Designs said...

Sheena, Just happened upon your blog today and had a very pleasant afternoon looking through all your fantastic projects. Especially love your creepy little box and that cool little skeleton. I am now following your blog through both Google and Bloglovin' and look forward to visiting you again.
:) Chris / CS Designs ... Doodle Pieces