Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Altered Cigar Box and other projects....

Altered Cigar Box
  It has been so hot here recently that I have been working on projects in my craftroom ( It has air conditioning.) that I have been putting off finishing up. Great time to do it... I have wanted to get started on the cigar box that I bought at "Absolutely Everything " a few  months ago.  I purchased a paper pad of Graphic 45 paper called "Secret Garden".  I knew this would be perfect for my cigar box.
  I am not sure what I am going to put into this box, but I just love the way it came out.
  I used Tim Holtz's legs and knob to make it practical and pretty. The sunflowers are a nice splash of color.
This is one of my favorite pages from Graphic 45.

   I love the top of the box with the little girl in a garden. I added some prima flowers and a little key and bow.
The back of the box

   I didn't add much to the back of the box because the fence with flowers seemed just perfect.
   I might add a pocket or two to the inside of  the box and maybe a few more embellishments, but for now I am happy with what I've done so far.
  I plan on buying another box 'cause they are only three dollars. These would make a great for someone who collects things.     
    I have been working on making birthday cards to have them ahead of time cause July and August are busy months in my family for birthdays.   
The inside                   

   I use Pinterest alot for inspiration and design ideas. The two birthday cards I made came from my boards on Pinterest.  Here are the links to the cards that I used .Pinterest Card  The second card is at this link: Second Card 
 from Pinterest    
   I loved using the new stamp I got on ebay called "Just Believe" from Stampin Up. It's a great stamp set. I've seen many cards using this set. I cased this card with just a few changes. I used a different color of green and I didn't use pearls on my flowers. I love the embossing folder 'cause it works well here. 
   The second card was fun to make, too. I made a few changes to this card, too. I distressed the background paper and used my scissors to make it look very worn
 and vintage looking. The stamp was from the same Stampin Up set "Just Believe". The sentiments on both cards was from Stampin Up's "Well Scripted" set.
Second birthday card

   I used pearls on the ribbon that I added. I wanted a little more color for this card. I used my punch to make the flower and added a pearl in the middle.
  When the weather was a little cooler we went to Gurnet which is the road to Harpswell at Cooks Corner. My sister and her husband found this great little place called Gurnet Trading Co. It has really good seafood. It also will cook lobsters for you. It was a really quaint place.
Good eats.
Out door seating area
  Russ and I had the fried shrimp dinner with fries. It was our splurge for the week and well worth it. I couldn't eat it all.  
Loved the shrimp
                                           I would recommend this place if you like seafood. It's just on the side of the road on the way to Gurnet. My mom had the crab meat roll that she said was good, too.               
         Well, I am working on another birthday card using the new doll stamp I got from Julie Nutting's collection. It is a really cool stamp.
I also plan on finishing my Disney mini album. If the hot weather holds on, I will get alot of projects done.
   Next time I will have pics from our trip to Brimfield, Mass. Great place for antiques and collectibles.
Russ is holding the mini lobsters that will light up to tell us our order is ready...Cute, huh?


  1. I love your Cigar box! It really came out nice! Graphic 45 paper is the best stuff! Love it! Nice pic of Russ holding the lobster lights! It was a great place to eat!

  2. Great job on your cigar box!! Love the graphic 45 paper and the fence in the front!! Can't wait to try Gurnet's!! Looks like a lot of fun!

  3. Love the cigar box. Is the tim holz knob glued or screwed in? If screwed, what did you cover the screw with on the inside of the box? Thanks.


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