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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Altered Eclectics - March Challenge - Cigar Box Upcycle

Hello, Crafters!
Welcome to another crafty month at Altered Eclectics!  
As always the theme is anything goes but has to be altered/upcycled/recycled/mixed media.  Cards and ATC's are not accepted on this blog but may fit in with our challenges over at Eclectic Ellapu (sister blog)

For this month's challenge, I wanted to repurpose/upcycle a beautiful black lacquered wood cigar box.  I have had this for almost four years and really wanted to leave the wood alone.  Repurposing this into a stationery box seemed the simplest and easiest path to take.  Every item used in this project came from my stash!  Another successful stash reduction!
I have fallen completely in love with these little snap latches.  They are wonderful elevating elements on a CAS repurposing project! 

Inside Before
Inside After
I used Tattered Angels Plain Jane Baseboard "Bittersweet" and "Clay" Glimmer Mist to stain the wood.  The original wood color was too light for my paper palette so mixing two mist produced just the right tone for this project!  This finish has a deep rich luster and complements the black lacquered wood and burgundy and gold paint on the lip trim!

I used leftover papers from my Graphic 45® French Country Collection to decorate both the interior and exterior of my box.  The lip trim was painted using Earth Safe Finishes® Razzleberry Tart Chalk Paint!  The gold trim is Rub N' Buff "Gold Leaf" Metallic wax!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Blast From The Past - 7 Gypsies American Vintage Collection

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
My quest to use papers from my stash goes on!   A couple of years back, 7 Gypsies® came out with their American Vintage Collection™. The Company sent sample packages to Crew members and I have used the papers sparingly,  mostly to enhance other "Postale" projects. 
Recently, I saw a project that would allow me to use practically the entire collection in one small design.  
This project is based on a design by Alexandra M.  Credit where credit is due!  The link to her tutorial is at the end of this post!
On The Road Again - Mini Stamp Album
I used papers from the 7 Gypsies® Postale Collection to cover the exterior of my project!  The exterior of the mini stamp album and the interior of the box are covered with "map" paper.
The exterior of the mini stamp album and the interior of the box are covered with "map" paper from the Collection. The "Ring Pull" on the front makes it easier to remove the album from its box!  I added a simple brad to make the hardware more interesting. 
I had fun creating different stamp layouts for each page.
The "Stamps Page" in the American Vintage Collection has a nice selection of stamps so each page can be unique.  I followed the tutorial and created 7 pages but you can create fewer if you desire.
I created pockets on some of my backing pages to hold additional ephemera.  I used gold paper clips to add interest.  I used Ephemera from the 7 Gypsies® Mini Ephemera, GYPSY Ephemera.
One of my many new "crafting loves" is using hardware embellishments on my constructed/engineered projects.  I am always amazed at how these simple additions can elevate design.  I was ecstatic to find the little snap closers for the front of my box. The handle on the top is by Prima® "Frank Garcia™Memory Hardware Collection.
I was also fortunate to find these really inexpensive small hinges.  I had larger ones that really detracted from the project aesthetics. Hardware gives the project a clean, professional look, IMHO.

Here is a link to the Tutorial by Alexandra M!
The tutorial is for creating the Mini Album!

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