Saturday, 30 July 2011

Saturday and more post....

Well, I don't want to say this too loudly, but it looks as though the weather might be a tad better today; I sure hope so. It's still grey, but NOT pouring and NOT freezing cold!

Yesterday the postman rang again, and brought me a little parcel from Petra. She had a giveaway of a beautiful lavender cushion on her blog a couple of weeks ago, and I was the lucky winner. She very kindly not only sent me my prize, but also a box full of little goodies which are going to be most useful as embellishments on my tags and mini books etc. Here are the pictures, showing the lavender cushion, a beautiful tag made by Petra, and all the goodies - different tissue papers, ribbons, bows, pearls and lots, lots more! Thank you, Petra!



This afternoon I finished off a piece that I started on yesterday, made from 4 matchboxes and 2 coasters. I embossed the coasters with a flourish folder, and then distressed them with brown corduroy ink, before painting over them with clear rock candy crackle. When it was dry, I rubbed Stazon brown into the cracks, and then added some Inca gold for a bit of metallic shine. The matchboxes have been painted with rock candy crackle in tarnished brass, and then distressed and lined with some paper scraps. I used some metal screw brads for knobs, and then sandwiched them between the two coasters to make a little *Four drawer unit*. I am going to fill it with brads and buttons etc and give it to a friend. I am entering this into the GC 112 challenge at Gingersnaps, which is about leather, brass and iron. And I am also linking to the challenges at *Simon says stamp and show* where *anything goes* this week, and to *Try it on Tuesdays*, who want to see something altered to make a gift.




And I made a tag using some fabric strips for *Just for fun*. I glued 2 strips of floral fabric to the tag, added a few bits and bobs and a vintage eagle image, and that was it!


So, here's wishing you all a good Saturday. Take care and thanks a lot for visiting!

36 comments:

  1. Wow, That box is amazing and the most creative idea for a box I have seen in along time. You are soo-oo talented! I love it! Have a great creative weekend! Hugs Marilou

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  2. Hi Val, lovely work again, and well done on all your goodies! Had a bad day yesteryear, 3 of the kids are ill, and the others are just loud and wild! Hugs, Sarah

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  3. Good Morning Valerie, Wonderful work, love the box, a brilliant idea for a gift:0) Well done on your win and a big thank you for info on the cropadile! It sounds fantastic, Have a wonderful weekend, hugs Gay xxx

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  4. Great gift Valerie and I'm loving your "softer" tags - very pretty.
    Have a good Saturday - the sun is shining here (fingers crossed it lasts!).
    Hugs xx

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  5. Good morning Valerie and congratulations on your win ! What a lovely surprise all of those gorgeous goodies. The box is amazing love all the texture and fabulous colour you have achieved . Once again another beauty of a tag and so so pretty. Hope the sun comes out for you, Have a great weekend.

    Marie

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  6. More wonderful treasures you are going to have a lot of fun creating with these. Great box love the colour and beautiful top. Fab fabric tag as well thank you for making and sharing with us at Just for Fun XOXO Zoe

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  7. A lovely extra spuprise for you Valerie :) and what a super box and delightful tag :)
    Thank you for sharing your creations with us at just for fun
    Have a great weekend
    Von x

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  8. Valerie....don't you just love Postal Goodies!! and your creation...well NOW they are GORGEOUS...the little box is just darling and your tag...BEAUTIFUL!!

    THANKS BUNCHES for playing along with the teamies of Simon Says Stamp and Show!!

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  9. NICE goodies in the mail. Some really interesting little bits .. love the small paper clamps. The box you made is gorgeous. I have seen those before, but not for a long time. I think they are useful little cuties and love what you did with the colour, texture and decoration. Tag is so pretty .. love all your german scrap pieces you use on your tags. Just gorgeous. Perhaps the sun will shine down upon your little balcony and you will enjoy some fresh air. hugs, Donna

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  10. hi Val, lovely goodies from Petra..isnt it so much fun to get a postal package ! I love your box, how creative and useful at the same time, that button/handle is GORGEOUS... and the colors and textures are perfect.
    and adore your tag with all the scrap pieces...lovely work xoxooxox

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  11. Such a beautiful gift, Thank you for joining us at TioT this week. You've got a wonderful texture on your box!

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  12. Hi Valerie. Wonderful work as ever. Love your little box. Great idea to use coasters! Thanks for sharing. Beautiful tag. Have a lovely weekend.
    Regards Florence.

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  13. Gosh, that post took me back a bit. We used to make those sets of drawers but using old greetings cards instead of the coasters when I was in the Girl Guides. I am digressing!
    Lovely tag which also incorporates the corrugated from the other week.
    Thanks for joining us at JFF - Hugs, Neet x

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  14. Incredible coaster match box creation! Brillant idea! so wonderful.take care, gerri

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  15. Oh Valerie, I love that little matchbox gift, what a great idea, might have to get my hands on some matchboxes and give that one a go. Beautiful tag and a fabulous assortment of goodies. Have a great day. xx

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  16. Fabulous works af art again. I love your altered box, the colours are gorgeous, thankyou for sharing it with us at TioT's and good luck in the draw. Yvonne x

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  17. A lovely little matchbox gift - it's a great idea. Love the tag and all your goodies.
    xxx Hazel.

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  18. We all love surprises even those received from our blogger friends. It is fun to view and then later see what you do with the contents. I must get some Rock Candy. You have inspired me once again.

    Carolyn

    PS Here's hoping some sunshine will find its way to your abode.

    Hugs!

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  19. WOW! Love the box...so fun and creatively awesome! And the purple stash of goodies...yummy!

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  20. Love your goodies, and the lovely box you have made as a present! And the pretty ag! Have a nice weekend, Hugs, Barb

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  21. How fantastic is your Matchbox Art!!!! I love that! The SOAR tag is beautiful too. Love your postings each week. HAPPY PPF!!!

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  22. That is absolutely fantastic!! I love the matchbox/coaster box! Hope you are having a great weekend. Hugs, Kim

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  23. Goodness girl, you are just so talented. Love the box, so much texture! Nice mail surprise and I know you will put it all to great use! Enjoy your nice weather!

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  24. Ooooh lots of goodies in the mail, how fun. Enjoy them. I love the box you made. I've just recently started working with cigar boxes and now the altoid tin can. It's fun picking up ideas here and there. Your blog always has great ideas. Have a great rest of the weekend.

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  25. You have been busy, loved seeing what you're up too & also if the postman bought presents like you got rather than bills - wow much better LOL ;)

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  26. Hi,

    I found you from The Weekend Creation Blog Hop. I am an occasional crafter. I just got into scrapping in the past few years. I do decoupage, watercolor, and photography as well. My main passion is my writing. I write dark fiction. Your matchbox project was superb! I loved it! I am more interested in these projects than just scrapping photos, actually. I like making gifts.

    I'm following your blog now, hoping to see something good that will inspire me again.

    Hope to see you stop by my blog. Most of the photos on my blog are my own and I have blogged in the past about recycled books projects, etc. My blog is dedicated to all things writing and book related.

    -Nora
    http://norabpeevy.blogspot.com/

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  27. what sweet little treasures you received. Love the box with drawers and the tag!

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  28. Fantastic!! Love the matchbox.
    You are soooo darn creative, love it.
    Have a wonderful weekend :]

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  29. I LOVE your box it is superbly awesome x

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  30. Stunning box and such a perfect gift. Thank you for including it in the try it on Tuesday challenge. xx

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  31. Such beautiful projects!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  32. FABULOUS! Love that matchbox! Great details and design! Awesome! A keepsake for sure! Congrats on your win!

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  33. Your little storage box is amazing - thanks for playing the Gingersnaps challenge :)

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  34. Wonderful project! Congrats on the Ginger Gem!

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  35. That box is a-MAY-zing!!! Great work! Love its distressed finish.
    Rose

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