Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Playing with some G45 { and Kelly's birthday gift}

 I  soooooooooooo love me some Graphic 45!  How can you not ? All those gorgeous papers  just begging to be fussy cut  into all those beautiful little pieces! and I love fussy cutting...tedious but yet somehow, relaxing.

So the other night, I dug out the gorgeous graphic45 Birdsong papers that KELLY brought me when she visited last September.  Another thing I love {and collect} is birdhouses. Well this seemed like a marriage made in heaven and I decided to tackle one {of the many} wooden birdhouses that I have sitting around my scrap room waiting to be decorated. This is what I came up with....

and a little close up...
 There is a double thick layer of dimension dots behind the birds and flowers for support.

 Back view... I left this pretty plain actually { Kelly told me not to add anymore lol}.


 So if this little birdhouse was for me, I bet you are wondering what I made for Kelly's birthday?
  I can share this now that she has received it... a tea box made with g45's LADIES' DIARY  pps. {Yes the same ones I used for my wall tray a while back... check it out HERE }. Kelly and I share a love of tea ...she has introduced me to some wonderful herbal teas and I have taught her how to enjoy the traditional Newfoundland cuppa... Tetley with Carnation milk! lol. Would you believe she didn't even know tin milk was for tea until I told her???? Fresh milk in tea? BLECH!

I've been sending Kelly selections of Newfoundland Teas made by DARK TICKLE COVE so I thought I'd create a little keepsake box to send this batch in.

                                                                             KELLY"S BIRTHDAY TEA BOX 

and the inside....

I sent a variety of teas this time...some Newfoundland teas, a yummy chocolate mint from President's Choice, two kinds from DAVID'S TEA and a Lipton ice tea {she loves that too!}. I hope she knows how much love went into this gift!

Would you like to see how I made this gift box?

I started with a plain wooden tea box that I picked up at Dollarama. I removed the hardware and then painted the box inside and out with black acrylic paint....

 Next I measured and cut out  the floral side pieces for the box. I cut the pieces  leaving about 1/4"
margin so that some of the black paint showed around the edges { I also inked all paper pieces with Distress Ink in 'Black Soot'}. I added sook-wang {aka Skor tape} to the paper pieces to adhere them to the box. I loooove sook-wang...awesome  and powerful adhesive!

Next I trimmed off the beautiful edges of two of the papers in this collection to decorate the top and sides of the box top..again leaving a small margin of the black paint showing and inking all edges with Distress Ink. You might also notice that I mitered the corners... personal preference... I just think it looks neater.

Then I added a row of beads around the edge of the glass with a liquid glue and made and added a TEA banner for the upper corner of the top. I loved the alpha sheet that came with these gorgeous and elegant!

 As you can see by the above photo, I lined each compartment inside the box with various papers from the collection...fiddly work no doubt, but I was pleased with the end result!
Here's how I made the floral clock embellie on the top.....

Pick out the piece you want to use and fussy cut....

I inked all edges with 'Black Soot 'except the clock face on which I used 'Vintage Photo'. After fussy cutting, I found the piece was too thin so I backed it on to a heavy black card stock and fussy cut again, leaving a tiny margin of black cs all around. I then covered the clock face with Crackle Accents. I rubbed a little more 'Vintage Photo' into the clock face when it was dried to accent the cracks. I added some pearls and dabbed a little Stickles in the center of the flowers for a little bling...a girl gotta have bling ya know! The piece was supported underneath with dimension dots.

 I also fussy cut, layered on black cardstock, and fussy cut again, a teapot and cups to decorate the front of the box. Re-attach all the hardware and fill with your fave teas. Viola!

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial today. Happy Birthday dear me a cuppa for when I come to visit again in September. Thanks for popping by today ! Toodles!


  1. Well you are definitely rocking the altered projects...stunning work! I think you should give the g45 DT call a go!!

  2. I should tell everyone that I received this BIG package in the mail yesterday and opened it on Skype with she saw me open her presents!! I can't tell you how beautiful this tea box more was in the box, which I will put on my blog :) Yes, Sandi is right! The G45 DT is calling you!!!!!

  3. Beautiful work Michelle. I love your birdhouse - it is simply elegant with just the right amount of embellishment. The tea box is a true labour of love. Your choice to leave the black edges was spot on. Wonderful work!

  4. Wow Michelle both your altered projects are absolutely gorgeous and what a great gift --a box of special Teas from a Newfie. Thanks for all the inspiration you share and yes you should definitely give G45 a call .

  5. This is just stunning, Michelle! Immediately caught my eye because I picked up one of those Dollarama tea boxes a couple of months ago and I have been waiting for an idea to use it! And along comes your lovely inspiration just in time!! I will make one for my Mom for her birthday!!

  6. YOu are so very talented. What an artist! Both of these projects are stunning!

  7. Michelle I've chosen you to accept the Leibster Award I hope you will accept it and pass it on . Love visiting your blog and admiring your creations.

  8. Now that is such a beautiful birthday gift for Kelly!! Your so talented Michelle!

  9. OMG this is soooooooooo beautiful!!!! Seriously! I had to google 'tin milk' - is that the same as evaporated milk? I'm going to try it in my tea!~!!!