Tuesday, 3 July 2012

UKS Blog Hop with Creative Craft World - an altered Recipe Box

Good Morning!

I hope you're keeping well today:)
I have to warn you....this is a long post!

It's the day of the UKS Blog Hop and I have made a project for Creative Craft World.
I'll keep it a surprise until you scroll on down..... :)

I've created a shopping list for the project at the bottom of this post
as a special offer today only,
Creative Craft World are offering a huge 20% discount off everthing in store when you use the code UKSBlogHop
if you place an order using the code, you have the chance to win one of CCW's fabulous kits.
MME Howdy Doody Collection is on special offer today too!
(you'll see why later...)

When you visit the Creative Craft World shop you'll find everything on the left hand sidebar and remember to enter the code at the checkout!

and now for my project...

First you need a box with a lid.
This one is from Lidl (I think these Formil tablets are the best washing tablets ever!)
It's a good strong and sturdy box and it has the added bonus of having little tabs to keep the box closed.

Lightly sand the outside of the box with fine sandpaper ~ just enough to take the shine off it and make it easier for the paint to stick to it. 

 Next add a coat of gesso primer and two coats of white acrylic paint.
You really only need to do the edges of the outside and all 4 sides inside but I got carried away and covered the whole lot...!

When the paint is dry, you can cover the box with the paper.

I used My Mind's Eye Howdy Doody collection to create a whitewashed wood effect.
I measured all the sides of the box and cut the pieces from Beautiful Whitewash paper. I then adhered them to the box with this Stix 2 tape along the edges and a spread of tacky glue in the middle.
I cut two rectangles to fit inside the lid and the bottom of the box with
Beautiful Roses paper using the reverse side. 

I picked the heart and decorative round buttons from the Lovely Pins & Buttons set for the front of the box.
Because the box stays closed with the tabs the buttons are mostly decorative but I wrap the twine around them just for added security.

To attach the buttons, I sewed them on with Like twine. I placed the buttons on the box and marked through the holes with a pencil.  Then I pierced the holes with a pricking tool and sewed the buttons on, tying off the turquoise one with small knots at the back.

I sewed the heart button on and left two long lengths of twine and tied a bow twice at the front so it won't open. I clipped one of the lengths shorter and used the other for wrapping around the two buttons.

This is the finished outside of the box and I'll show the lid in more detail further down the post.

For the front I added two 'Lovely Small Stickers' to the bottom left corner and then cut a rolling pin with the Cameo and adhered it over the top.  I added 'baked with love' using print and cut.

For the back and sides I cut the flowers from 'Happy Decorate' paper and dry embossed them on the back with a paper shaper tool.  I adhered them to the box with Pinflair glue gel.
I dotted Papermania purple pearls among the flowers to match the MME rhinestones on the top.

I really enjoyed making the top of the box!
To make the letters, I glued the gingham paper to white chipboard (I got it from The Papermill Shop a long long time ago) and cut the letters and tag out with Cuttlebug 'Red Tag Sale' dies.
I layered the letters onto another piece of white chipboard on top of the tag and threaded lengths of 'Like Twine' through the hole at the end. Then I glued it all to the top of the box.

I'm not really a cook but I love baking! So I thought this would make a perfect box for all my sweet recipes :)  I took two stickers from the 'Beautiful Layered Stickers' set and added them just above the letters.  Then I tucked 2 pins underneath the round sticker, cut the rhinestone flourish in half and adhered it as shown in the photo.

The flowers were cut from 'Beautiful Roses' paper, dry embossed and shaped and then adhered on the top with Pinflair glue gel.

Inside the lid I added the 'Happy Wood Die Cut'  which I sprayed with Mister Huey misting spray in Calico White.
When it was dry, I stamped 'from the kitchen of'' using a Stampendous clear stamp
and then stamped ‘Sarah’ with Doodlebug alphabet stamps.
For the inside I made little divider cards and decorated them with the Howdy Doody papers.
I added embellishments from the list and stamped little sayings from various 'cooking themed' stamp sets.

As there is so much detail on these cards it is difficult to explain everything but if there's anything you'd like to know just email me or leave a comment (my address is on the side bar).

I think this post is already reaching mammoth proportions!

I cut the kraft divider card with the Cameo and doodled faux stitching back and front with a micron pen. 
So I can quickly find the recipe I need, I printed a numbered recipe list on white card and taped it to the back of each card.

This is one of the recipe cards I made in Word, using WordArt and text boxes.
The font is Blessings through Raindrops.
This recipe is one of my husband's favourites!

Even though the embellishements make the box top heavy, it is still sturdy enough to stay upright when the lid is open.

for making it all the way to the bottom of this long post.

It took me nearly as long to write the instructions as it did to make it.....lol

This little box has been a pleasure to make and I hope it has given you some inspiration.
They make fab presents.

Please send me a link or a photo if you do make one.
I'd really love to see it :)

I'm going to need some recipes to fill the box so it would be fantastic if you could send me your favourites! 

SHOPPING LIST ~ these are a real bargain today! Just remember the code UKSBlogHop for an extra 20% off the price.
2 Beautiful Whitewash
2 Beautiful Roses
1 Happy Decorate
1 Like Ledger
1 Like Twine
1 Lovely Pins & Buttons
1 Beautiful Rhinestones
1 Happy Wood Die Cut
1 Lovely Small Stickers
1 Beautiful Layered Stickers
1 Baby large Stickers
Baby Journal Card
Beautiful Journal card
Kraft card

 To follow the blog hop, you'll find all the details on the Creative Craft World blog here.

Thanks for for taking the time to visit today
and I'll be back soon :)
Take care
Sarah xx

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Make it Monday #96 ~ anything goes
CBN Mon #1 ~ anything goes
Stampalot ~ what's your passion? ~ (mine is definitely altering things!)
Tuesday Alchemy #21 ~ anything goes


Anonymous said...

Wow, what a totally amazing project, I love everything about it! So clever and so creative. I think I need a trip to Lidl, LOL!
Helen x

Sue said...

WOW!!!! This is totally stunning Sarah. I love the design with all the wonderful attention to detail.
Thank you for such clear and easy to understand instructions, I think I may even attempt to make one myself!!

Hugs Sue

Ruth said...

Goodness, Sarah, you've put a lot of detail into this.It's absolutely gorgeous and well worth the effort.I'm sure you're really happy with the results. Ruth x

Doreen said...

Wow Sarah this is amazing...a fabulous recipe box....stunning.xxx

Victoria said...

I don't there's any comment I could write that sums up how bowled over I am by this AMAZING project!

Unknown said...

Morning Sarah super altered box...... love the recipe box, love the design Jo xx

ger76 said...

WOW what a fantastic creation!!! this is stunning :D
Thanx for joining the challenge over at Crafty Bloggers Network :D

Ger xxx

PinksyDoodles said...

A brilliant transformation Sarah. Thank you for sharing your crafty passion with us at Sir Stampalot this month.
Clare x

Betta said...

Sei stata formidabile a trasformare questa scatola!!!!!
Complimenti per la tua creatività!!!

Jenny said...

I often look at these boxes and think there must be another use for them but the colours are so bright to cover!! now I can see how to do it and a recipe box is a brilliant use for the finished project :0)
Jenny x

Lynne K said...

Brilliant! Great piece of recycling! I love all the dividers, so pretty. Thanks for sharing your Crafty Passion with us at Stampalot Challenge this month, and good luck.

Lynne x

Unknown said...

Brilliant is right, how cool is this idea!!! What a way to upcycle something that most folks throw away. I love your choice of papers and embellies. :) This altered project makes me happy!

I saw this amazing creation at MIM and I'm thrilled I took a closer look.

Christine L said...

Wowzer.... Your box creation is so fabulous... I love all the details!

Christine x

Renee B. said...

Wow Sarah, this is a wonderful project....lots of work involved here...& it turned out beautiful! Love it!
Hugs, Renee

Vicky Hayes said...

You are amazing Sarah and I might put in a request for some of that strawberry cheesecake when I next see you! Vicky x

Unknown said...

This is just gorgeous! I was just thinking today I need to make something to put all my recipes in and this is beautiful!! Saw this on MIM and had to come for a closer look!!
Nat -x-

Joy said...

Wowie!!! What a great idea. Think I'm off to lidll too!!! What a stunning box. And as you say great for gifts too!! Love, love , love it!

Shelly Schmidt said...

What an awesome project- love your beautiful box! Found you on MIM

pinky said...

What an amazing and useful project. Thanks for joining us at Stampalot this month.

Loves Happy Hour said...

Great Job Sarah!! Thanks for the tutorial!! Thanks for joining us this week at Tuesday Alchemy!!
Hope to see you again!!


brenda said...

A wonderful piece of altered art Sarah.

Thanks so much for sharing your 'Crafty Passion' with us at Stampalot challenge this month.

B x

BlackLissi said...

So smart! I love your recipe box! What a great idea to keep the recipes! Beautifully done with lots of great details! Amazing!
Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Alchemy!

Unknown said...

Oh how fun , Looove your box it turned out fab and your recipe cards are amazing!!!

Katya- Ангел в кедах said...

This is just amazing!!! I'm really into recycling so I love the idea and I actually had the same box of formil tabs and wanted to recycle it but the smell put me off. Were you able to get rid of it?

Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Alchemy.

Marlena M. said...

Sarah, this is such an impressive and beautiful project! Thank you for sharing your photos and tutorial.

Shirley-Anne said...

Hello Sarah .AMAZING project!
Love all the embellishing .Your tutorial was so easy to follow/read .

Jo Austin said...

Totally amazing!!!! Thank you so much for playing along at the CBN network challenge this week.. Hope to see you again soon!


Francesca said...

Wonderful creation
Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot challenge this Month
and good luck!


Dr Sonia S V said...

Saw your link on MIM and what an amazing and useful project you have shared!

Kimberley said...

I might have a go at this (and your cheesecake recipe) - it's a project and a half. Absolutely stunning. Saw your project on MIM.

Unknown said...

Wow Sarah this is amazing what a beautiful box after all that work well done its fabulous Hugs Elaine

Corrinne said...

Absolutely fantastic!

What a wonderful tutorial & project - Splendid way to recycle, too :)

I am oh, so joyed that you shared this with us at Tuesday Alchemy!

Julia said...

Absolutely in love with your project! Thanks for sharing!
I saw this on Make it Monday!
These are my entries: # 129, #158, #160, #162, # 250 and #252 (Candy Alert) would love it if you could visit.

Debra Pate said...

Great way to recycle and lovely box to store your recipes. I saw this on Make it Monday.

Debra Pate
Fabulously Creative

Michelle said...

Hi Sarah

Wow, what an amazing way to repurpose this box. Absolutely gorgeous!!

Thank you for all the fabulous photos too, I loved being able to see it in all its amazing detail.

I have shared your recipe box on my Pink Paper Paradise facebook page.


Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

Michelle :o)