Thursday, January 4, 2018

Think Outside of the Box

 Hi friends,

Today begins a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and we were asked us to Think Inside or Outside of the box.  I decided to think Outside the box and made my design on the outside of an unused Configuration Box.  This is such a fun challenge because there are so many possibilities.

To begin my project I covered the box with gesso and then used some Aladine Texture Paste and one of their great stencils to add a doily design.

One more coat of gesso -

I gave the box a spray of Dye Izink, dabbed off some color and then gave it a dry brushing of gesso.
I used a frame from my stash, covered it with gesso.  Next I gave the frame a coat of green using Dye Izink spray.  I glued the frame onto the box and added a few embellishments and the word "Bliss".

Next I added a couple flowers that I sprayed with the same color as the box but watered it down a bit.

I added this beautiful butterfly from Graphic 45 and then added the flowers using brads that were attached through the holes shown above.

The word was painted with gesso and then I put a few highlights of the blue on top. I then added some white gesso splats.

The entire thing was finished off  with some Nuvo Drops.

Have a creative weekend,


  1. My goodness Sandy - that background stencil is gorgeous in and of itself! you'll have to make a project just using that sometime! but your frame and butterfly are beautiful layered here - love the light colors and then the darker butterfly as well as the BIG sentiment! True Bliss! Julia xx

  2. Wonderful details on you configuration box Sandy xx Love the texture created with the doilly stencil and the colour of the background, coupled with the lime green frame.....Love it xx

    Huge hugs Annie xx

  3. Sandy, this is so gorgeous, and so fun to see how it came together! Your stenciled background is stunning, and I agree with Julia on seeing that again as the forefront. But your embellishments really make this shine--that butterfly and frame are really beautiful and the perfect focal point! You did an amazing job with this box! Hugs!

  4. Your altered configurations box is beautiful S@ndy, I love the background colour, the doily stencil is gorgeous and that butterfly is quite stunning! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Love the stencilled texture and the optimistic colour palette. The configurations box makes a fantastic substrate - what a great idea.
    Alison x

  6. Wonderful! Sandy . Those fresh tones of blue and green make me think of spring - much welcome thoughts with the cold weather here! Your stenciled background is gorgeous and so precise and love the depth of the whole piece .
    Hugs x

  7. Great design Sandy. The blue / green mix is a winner for me and what a great background for the neutral butterfly - so much dimension and texture! xx

  8. Wonderful box Sandy, beautifully designed! That butterfly looks just stunning!

  9. This really is fabulous!Love the colour combination with that gorgeous butterfly!

  10. I just love the stencil you used, what a great backdrop for this beautiful little butterfly assemblage. Stunning layering and color pops! Hugs, Autumn

  11. Bliss indeed Sandy, what a gorgeous box! Love the layers of stenciling and embellishments topped off with that beautiful butterfly, thank you so much for sharing it with us! Deb xo


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