Friday, 13 September 2013

Cherry Box - Recycled - Storage

Hi, guys.  Remember a few weeks ago I bought a bumper box of cherries in a great, sturdy little crate I just knew would be useful?

well, the cherries were delicious and devoured ages ago... the empty crate has been sitting on a pile of stash waiting to have "something" done to it...

Then a couple of weeks ago, Darcy made a great storage piece for one of her Paperartsy guest designer posts.. and yesterday (delayed inspiration, I know!) I had an idea... it's nothing like Darcy's really, but the spark was there...

So out came the Fresco's - after I sanded the the sides of the box to try and remove some of the shine and intense Union Jack colourscheme!

 I started with two coats of Snowflake, and then one of Ice Blue...
 and stamps from the Eclectica ranges - some of Sara Naumann's and the flourish is one of Lin Brown's newest set, and the splatter is a Paperartsy Mini.

I used Archival inks by Wendy Vecchi - my new favourite colour EVER, Cornflower Blue, and the Watering Can and Red Geranium.
 all round the 4 sides of the box... and what did I put in my newly decorated box?   Well....










....Paperartsy Mini stamps (and a few of Tim's) and my Paperartsy dies...
and yes, they are in number order (for now) - apart from the original little minis that don't have the numbers on the mounts.






Not sure if I will leave it balanced on the stamp sets underneath, in case it damages the storage sheets,
but it does mean that I have freed up a little space in the Paperartsy box, so I can go shopping...!!!!

Thanks for the idea Darcy. It also means it's one less thing hanging around waiting to be used!

12 comments:

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Wow what a transformation Helen and what a wonderful collection of stamps. Great storage idea too. Enjoy your weekend . Tracy x

sam21ski said...

WOW fabulous box and you are turning me towards those new colours of archival inks every time you use them!!

Sam xxx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Super storage space, Helen! Lovely colours. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has a bit of a delay in responding to the inspiration or gets round to putting the inspiration into practice late in the day! Sometimes one can rush off and do something straight away; but sometimes the time just isn't right and you know you'll do it some day. I'm sure Darcy will be delighted that you remembered her great idea and created something so useful and attractive! Julie Ann xx

isisimaginings.com said...

An excellent idea & it looks fantastic.

craftimamma said...

Brilliant Helen! Fab storage idea and you had the fun of decorating it too! Great job!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Carmen said...

Freed up some space so you can go shopping! LOL! What are you like?

I love this though - it looks so professional - like bought storage! But better!

Netty said...

love the transformation and am in awe of all your wonderful stamps. Annette x

butterfly said...

Wow... it's completely brilliant, Helen - and such fantastic inspiration, as I've been plotting something along the same lines with an orange box!! Brilliant colours and stamping - I absolutely love it!
Alison xx

Linda Jones said...

Great idea. Now all I need is all those PaperArtsy stamps! Lol

Sarah Dunkley said...

Helen, this is proper cool my lovely! Love it! xxx

~Rasz~ said...

Great job and awesome colors! And nothing is better than more storage that you are able to see into!

505whimsygirl said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing this project with us!

Peace,
Kay