Secret Garden Treasure Box and Mini Album
Hello, friends! I am very excited to share today’s project with you. A few weeks ago, Bethney, from May Arts Ribbon issued a Spring Release Craft Challenge. The theme was Spring, and we had to choose 4 ribbons from the new releases and share a project idea with Bethney. If we were chosen, she would send us 2 yards of each of the ribbons we had selected and use them in the project. I had never done this before, but the ribbons were sooooooo pretty, I just had to give it a try. And, wonder of wonders! My idea was selected! Happy Dance. These were the ribbons in the new release. I chose to work with the teal string, the salmon faux lightweight canvas, the natural burlap ribbon, and the green leaves. Aren’t these ribbons just pure eye candy?
From Cigar Box to Secret Garden Treasure Box
This challenge sent me searching in the Closet of Shame for a good box to use as my base. I found another wonderful cigar box, and went to work on it, transforming it with a layer of Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso, Distress Crackle Paint in Frayed Burlap, and acrylic paints from my stash. I added gorgeous papers from Graphic 45’s “A Secret Garden” collection, ribbon roses, burlap ribbon, teal twine and green leaves. Here’s the finished box:
Inside the Secret Garden Treasure Box
I used the inside of the box to build a little dimensional scene by fussy cutting images from the Graphic 45 papers. The cut images were dry brushed with white acrylic paint to add more dimension and texture. I didn’t want to pop the images up on foam tape because I wanted the box to be used for storing sweet treasures…and a little something extra. Wait for it!
A Hand-Bound Mini Album
The Inner Pages of the Mini Album
The tags were made from Graphic 45 Staples packaging that I’d saved. They are so lovely and sturdy, I couldn’t bear to toss them. I just covered them with gesso and inks, then decorated them. Super sturdy! I love the way some of the original packaging peeks through the gesso and ink.
I’d like to thank Bethney of May Arts Ribbon for giving me the opportunity to work with this beautiful ribbon. It was a joy to create with. If you love ribbon, you really should check out the May Arts Ribbon Blog. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be one of the winners in this challenge so that I can get my crafty little fingers on more of their beautiful ribbons! Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog. I love hearing from you….it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers. Until next time,