Thursday, December 13, 2012

Nicely Done Designs - Mystery Box #1

Mystery Box # 1:  Buttons, Twine, Corrugated Cardboard, Handmade Flowers

I finally had a chance to complete my project for The Nicely Done Designs Challenge.  So far, we have had only five entries, but each designer's project is awesome.  These ladies grasped my vision for the projects that will be entered into these challenges.  Anyway, here is my take on the Mystery Box Items


 I call this project "The Poor Man's Shadow Box."  I cut up an Amazon cardboard box and used it to  create the Shadow Box and the dividers that create the compartments.  The plastic Lid was made using the top half of a box that my Sukara Glaze Pens were shipped in.  It creates a very interesting design element as the embellishments on the front of the cover blend perfect with the visible interior components.  (Challenge elements on cover:  Handmade Flower, Two Buttons with Twine.)

The top of the tag is Duck Tape that has been embossed and painted.

 This is the back side of the lid!  I made two buttons from scrap design paper and layered them onto each other.  I love the optical illusion created here.  Most of these items are actually on the front side, but it is an awesome layered look.
Challenge Elements: Buttons and Twine: (R) I used handmade buttons to create a "Button Flower"  I then attached a small heart charm and added a small piece of twine. (L) I attached my initial to a handmade button
I covered the corrugated cardboard with Gesso and then used acrylic paint to mimic aged wood.  Hard to see in picture.  I decided to leave most of the cardboard exposed to satisfy the challenge criteria.

 Here is my second handmade flower.

I had great fun working on this project.  My hands got really messy and my studio was a wreck!  I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  I was inspired by a Shadow Box I saw on Flamerick's  YouTube Channel.   I could not find his tutorial, so I made one (four parts) showing my progression through the creation of this project.  The Tutorial is in four parts.  I hope you will all take a look!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see your creations in this or upcoming Nicely Done Design Challenges!


This project has been entered into the following Challenges:
Simply Create
Art Impressions  - Antiquing Techniques
DL.Art - Anything with Music
Creative Moments - Anything Goes/Anything But A Card
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
Delicious Doodles - Anything But A Card
Inspire Me Fridays - Always Anything Goes
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Crafty- Emblies - Toy Box/Toy/Box
Pile It On - Embellishments


  1. Chana, this is such a spectacular creation! OMGoodness! Love the way you created your shadow box and used your Mystery Box items! It is just so much fun to look at and discover all the components! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  2. This is Fantastic Chana and a wonderful project using the mystery box items..Loz

  3. Love it! All the little compartments are so sweet

  4. Love it! All the little compartments are so sweet

  5. How cool is this...I love al the little details! Fun trying to see each one! HUGS

  6. WOW!!!! such a beautiful design.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday anything with music challenge DIANA L.

  7. Love your shadowbox, Chana! You are so creative :)

  8. Wow..what a beautiful shadow box, and it sounds like it was so much fun to make.


  9. Hey Chana, this is really lovely. I like the neutral pallet you've used and all those little details are gorgeous.

    Thanks for sharing this project with our Anything but a card challenge.

    Kasey ~ in Oz
    Delicious Doodles DT

  10. This is fabulous . . . how very creative you are :) I am inspired!
    Please come visit. I am having my very first give-away.
    You meet the nicest people in blog-land . . .looking forward to getting to know you better through blogging and sharing ideas.
    Connie :)

  11. A-W-E-S-O-M-E shadow!!! Super cool and absolutely FAB! Thanks so much for joining us at Art Impression challenge! :)

  12. Hey Chana, love this box such a beautiful creation love all the elements. Thank you for joining us at Creattive Moments. Abbie (Co Owner) xx

  13. Wow Chana your creation is stunning x

  14. Love it thanks for joining us at craft emblies xxx

  15. Lovely box - so much to see, all the gorgeous bits and pieces. Thanks for joining in at Creative Moments Helen (DT) x

  16. I so love this,your attention to detail is fabulous.
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge at Crafty-Emblies.

    Sandie x

  17. This is lovely, what a wonderful idea!! Love all the elements you have used.
    Thanks for joining our altered art challenge at Crafty-Emblies Challenge Blog.


  18. This is fab, I love it great project. Lots of details and great mix of colours.

    Thank you so much for coming over and joining in with us on our 6th Challenge over at Crafty-Emblies.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx

  19. This is so lovely. Just Love all the details and lots of interest. FAB!
    Thank you for taking part in the Craft-Emblies Challenge with us.
    Angela - Crafty-Emblies DT

  20. Fabulous!
    Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
    Happy New Year!
    Helen x

  21. BEAUTIFUL Shadow Box!
    Thank You for joining us at PIO! Happy New Year! Have a GREAT day!


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