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Okanagan, BC, Canada
Welcome to my crafting blog. After retirement, my husband and I moved to a beautiful location in the Okanagan area of British Columbia. I love all paper crafts including mixed media, journaling and cards. I also dabble in papermaking, photography, fibre art, and altered books. I am an active member of several card and mixed media groups and on the design team of several challenge blog. I love the world of blogging, it has opened many doors for me. My favourite quote is by Maya Angelou. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” I hope you join me in my search for my creative side. Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Altered Tin Box

This is my finished project for this month's Altered Eclectics challenge.

This is the garage sale tin box I started with




I layered my tin with scrapbook paper, and cut out dies then I started adding all of my elements which included old lace, buttons, bottle caps, old and broken jewelry, bits and pieces from my sewing basket and anything else I could find that I thought would look interesting. 

Once I have my findings added to my box I coloured the entire box in black gesso.  I think I am going to try this process again with white gesso.  Once the gesso dried I sprayed the box with several colours of ink sprays then came back with some white gesso and lightened up some of the areas.  

I love how the box turned out.  It was a lot of fun to make and I think I will try a different variation of the same technique.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.    Hope you will join us this month at Altered Eclectics.  Pop over to our challenge blog to see the wonderful projects of the design team. 

I am entering this project in the following challenges:

All Crafts Challenge - Anything But a Card
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes or Twist of Odd
Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
The Mixed Media World Challenge - Mixed media Vintage
We Love 2 Create  - Anything Creative / Mixed Media Goes
Avenue 63 - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Anything But a Card - Anything Goes
Rhedd's  Creative Spirit- Anything Goes
SanDee and Amelie'a Steam Punk Challenges - Tic Tac Toe
(Several stenciled ares on the box, metal flowers, 3 wooded stars on the top of the box)


  1. Wow, wow, wow. This is spectacular! Love the transformation! xx

  2. Wow this is stunning. Great work.
    Thanks for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
    Good luck and hope we see you again.
    xxx Michelle (DT)

  3. This is absolutely fabulous! I love everything about it. I'm sure you'll fare well in all those challenges. I'm totally inspired now!

  4. such a fabulous transformation - beautiful hun x

  5. such a fabulous transformation - beautiful hun x

  6. OK I had to take a closer look and am enthralled with your brilliant creation! This takes talent and I love how you pieced it all together so beautifully. Blue is my favourite colour so I think this is so beautiful!!

  7. Wow this is great! Such detail I too spent a while taking in all the details you have put into this Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create. I hope you stop by our neighbourhood to play again next week. xx Stacey S DT xx

  8. Beautiful project! thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations. Louise DT x

  9. This is an amazing transformation.
    xxx Hazel.

  10. I was blown away when I saw this...what a fabulous alteration. How amzing that you found a tin that shape, I just love how you have transformed it,its gorgeous...x

  11. I can only repeat what I said in my previous comment...a stunning alteration Judy...
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

  12. This is beyond beautiful! And my favorite thing turning something that has seen better days into a work of art! Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! ~Nanette, DT~

  13. This is a fabulous transformation hun just bootiful xx
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

    Handcrafted by Ellapu
    Mother Hen for Altered Eclectics
    Mother Hen for Eclectic Ellapu
    DT Rhedd's Creative Spirit
    DT The Mirror Crack'd
    DT Anything but a Card

  14. Amazing Artwork, it is a dream in Blue. I like it so much. Fantastic what you made with this box,wow wow wow.

  15. Such a charming transformation! Wow!
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful treasure with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia x