Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Welcome to my Crafting World!

As a self-confessed technophobe, I never thought the day would come when I put myself and my creations in cyberspace, but with a little help from my graphic designer husband and my friends on the UK Stampers forum, here I am! I've been crafting for years but the real addiction kicked in six years ago when I discovered scrapbooking, then stamping, then mixed media and now I'm never happier than when I'm chucking paint, ink and matte medium around with beautiful papers, stamps, beads and charms. 

I thought I'd start my journey with a Steampunk box I've recently finished. Most of the materials are from my local craft shop (and therapy centre!) - The Stamp Pad in Greenfield, Saddleworth. This project started out as a plain chipboard box which I painted inside and out with rust red acrylic then dry brushed with a tiny amount of black. The papers are Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante and most of the other elements are Ideaology - with the exception of the large key which is Life's Journey, the Ranger frame and the metal butterfly and beads which are from a jewellery making shop. The elements are stuck down with mosaic glue and matte medium and the frame is filled with Glossy Accents and had microbeads poured in while still wet. The paper butterflies and raven have also had this treatment. 

Now for the inside! I made two trays from very thick card, covered them with the Graphic 45 paper, made dividers from corrugated card and inked until they were thoroughly distressed! I added black velvet ribbon with mini fasteners to lift the trays out of the box.  I then filled them with Ideaology goodies such as fragments, charms, pins, D rings, foundations and lots of findings.

As an extra project I decorated the inside of the box lid with more Graphic 45 paper which I cut out and attached to look as though the man was flying (or falling depending on your outlook!) The hand is folded at the wrist and the man is attached with little mounds of black foam squares to create the 3D effect.

The outside has curtain hanging fabric roughly painted in coordinating acrylics and then more Ideaology items including fragment charms (which I have stuck on Graphic 45 paper with Glossy Accents) and attached to the ribbon with a memo pin and either black elastic or bead chain. It stands on Ideaology Foundations.

I hope you like it!

JulieD x


  1. Great project with a lot of care put into it. A worthy first post. Welcome to blogland!

    Julie :-)

  2. Hi Julie - Well done, get you blogger girl! Your box looks amazing, can't wait to see what you come up with next.
    Waiting for the weekend - Gwen

  3. Fantastic.... welcome to the world of blogging!

  4. Hi Julie

    Welldone you :) COngrats on your new blog and on your projects. Love your background image with the bird n cage.

    Best wishes


  5. Hi Julie,
    Very nice job on the blog and Love the Steampunk stuff!

  6. Thanks for all your positive comments. This blogging could get quite addictive ...


  7. Julie I love your box, it's fab !! Welcome to blogland !!

  8. Welcome to blogland! Such a lot of work in this project, it looks fabulous!

  9. Congratulations on getting your blog up and running! Fabby box, can't wait to see all your amazing projects.

  10. What a fantastic project, i love it :D