It's March now, so I'm going to officially declare it Spring time! I know so many of you are still stuck under snow drifts and icicles...but here where I live it's allergy-flowers-grass-bunnies-blooms time already! I have been taking the Claritin for a month! (But I totally digressed right there). It is Spring, and to me, now it's time for lovely soft pastels in my crafting, and time for renewal and hope and happiness. I have a really special Spring Garden project to share with you today! I don't really even know where to start with this one...There are loads of pictures!
Do you have those projects that you pour your entire heart and soul into? Where you just escape into it and spend hours and hours making something? Like you became one with the project?? Well, that is the case with today's project for me. I'm calling it my Spring Garden Configuration Box! I made this one for the Ideaology booth at CHA, and used just about every single Tim Holtz product there is! LOL. (This one didn't make it into the final booth). I used dies, and adornments, and washi tape, and vellum, and ribbon, and glass jars, and dolls, and birdcages...and glitter, and pocket watches and pearls, and distress ink....and well, you get the point! I'm so happy to share it and I hope you find something inspiring! I used the 6x8 sized configuration box. Happy Spring!
One thing about starting a Configuration Box, is you have to have a theme... I chose Spring, since I love flowers and birds and plants. So, with that, I chose the GARDEN letters from the Letterpress set and painted them in some pretty colors with Distress Paints. The next thing (in my opinion) to making a Configuration Box, is to choose a color palette. I chose pink, green, blue and yellow for mine (again to fit my theme). I kept repeating these colors throughout the project.
All the boxes were first lined with patterned paper and then taped around the edges. I chose this pretty music paper for this box! Here you can see I cut out some vellum butterflies and put them into my cloche jars along with some moss and metal pieces. Yeah, this project required lots of glue...and tweezers!!
This box in the upper left corner was filled with buttons and a pretty pen nib.
You've seen me make roses from the Tattered Pinecone Die before! It's a favorite technique for sure! I made this one from pink core-dinations paper and then drenched it in rock candy glitter! Oh, then I added a pearl to the center! The pearls are colored with alcohol inks throughout the piece. LOVE those new shield charms!!
Around the outside, I covered the box with vellum and then edged with tape. The top has a knob attached to a compass...
I hand dyed my own ribbon with distress inks and then tied it around the knob.
More Spring related items....
The bottom left square has a pocket watch that I filled with a bird picture, some pearls and a little crown...
This birdcage filled with pearls is hanging from the main compartment with an eye hook so it swings back and forth. I also added some twine at the top and a flower/pearl to the outside.
The Distress paints work so well with the metal pieces. Here I colored my metal butterfly with honey and china distress inks and then added china glitter!
Thank you so very much for letting me share this joyful project with you! This kind of project is why I am a crafter...It was an escape and a true artistic endeavor! It took me many many happy hours to make it...a labor of love. I hope that you will try to make one of these at least once! It seems really hard, but just take it one square at a time and fill each one...before you know it, you'll be finished. I have more items already picked out for my next one - a bigger one!
Have a very happy Spring day today everyone!!! XOXO