Saturday, August 27, 2011

Go For Your Dreams box :)

Hi Everyone,

I love garage sales - especially when I see something that I can repurpose in some way :) I saw these two wooden boxes (cedar) that were for sale and I immediately wanted to refurbish them in some way. I was a little hesitant to paint the wood - because it is so beautiful - but I thought I would try it on one and see how it turned out. This box is a present that I gave to my niece who turned 16 and I wanted to make a special box that she can put her keepsakes in and also that inspires her everytime she looks at it.

I love all the new Verve stamps that were just released and I love every single stamp set and sentiment - they all inspire and are so fabulous! I couldn't wait to use them in creating this "Go For Your Dreams" box :)
I started out by painting the box a bright red and after it dried, I gave it another coat. On the sides of the box, I adhered some strips of paper with some edger punching and then used the same paper to cut out some of the paisley designs which I adhered in a semi-circle to the top of the box. To the sides of the box I did some distressing with some Memento Rich Cocoa ink and then added some brown liquid pearls to the side.

I love every single sentiment in the Words of Wisdom stamp set and especially love this sentiment: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams." It is so inspiring and lovely! I stamped the sentiment and then cut it out with my circle nesties and then layered the diamond drop designs around the sentiment. I added some liquid pearls and red bling to the center of each one and then applied two coats of mod podge after to keep the rhinestones and liquid pearls in place. 

I painted the inside of the box as well and added a sheet of red cardstock to the bottom of the top lid and the bottom lid. Since the top is recessed, I created a little collage using the Notebook Paper Plain Jane  and with the Words of Wisdom stamp set. I love these sentiments - and stamped them onto the notebook paper which I distressed and then popped them up with some dimensionals. 

I added some punched butterflies around the sentiments and added a border of liquid pearls around the edge of the top lid. Here is another peek at the inside of the box - Aren't these sentiments just the awesomest? I love the one: "Speak the truth even if your voice shakes" - that one is so true - and so to the heart inspiring. 

Inside the box, I wrapped up some presents for her (a little necklace, a set of colorful nailpolishes and some money :) The best part of making this box was seeing her opening it - she had big smile on her face and I love that she loved it :) Here is another picture showing the sidewise view of the box:

It was so much fun to make this box - I love making gifts for my friends and family and using these inspiring sentiments from the Words of Wisdom stamp set made everything so from the heart. I hope that she smiles every time she opens the box :) I can't wait to create something with the second box :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Sankari :)


Isha Gupta said...

Stunning creation Sankari. Love it. TFS
Just are too, when is your B'day???

Maureen said...

oh, this is just AMAZING!! What a precious gift! I agree, this set is incredible! Every sentiment is so inspiring :) LOVE garage sales too ;) hugs, sweet Diva!

Anonymous said...

My first comment in your blog!
The colour box are very beautiful, refined details... in other words, WONDERFUL!!
I'm following you for several months: your masterpieces light my sad days!
xoxoxo Eulalia

Patricia Chalas said...

this box is adorable!!

Crafty Loops said...

Wow, wow, wow.....this is so beautiful. You are incredibly talented. Lee xx

AJ said...

oh my WORD Sankari- This IS amazing! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

You do ABC projects just amazing! I just got 20 cigar boxes from a friend -- I'm thinking you have inspired me!! TFS

June said...

Absolutely gorgeous and inspiring!!!