Thursday 26 February 2015

When a box of mints became a box of pencils.........

I was delighted to have won the mixed media challenge over at Rhedd's Creative spirit in January. It was for my Maze Moment and if you would like to see that project this is the link to it.

My prize is to be their guest designer for March's challenge which goes live on Saturday. Please do pop on over to their great challenge blog here.  If this is your first visit to Jane's Journal I would like to give you a very warm welcome. Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and have a little browse around my blogland space.

I decided to try something new for me as their GD alter a box. I had kept this mint box from Christmas as I thought it might be useful.

 I needed a box to put my new Inktense pencils into. My Hb bought me a set for Christmas. They came just in a simple plastic wallet as they are a set put together by LOTV.

 My empty box of Bendicks mints was the perfect size. I did a bit of research on the internet and through trial and error my plan and box came to life.
I started by painting the box with a coat of gesso and then added strips of book pages to start to get some texture.
I also added some texture paste through some TH stencils
followed by some distress and acrylic paints using stencils and bottle tops. I wanted to a cream/linen coloured background.

I kept building up the layers of paint and I also covered the inside with tissue wrap
I added some stamping using tissue paper. I kept to a "writing" theme so used a typewriter, pen and ink bottle TH stamp.
This was quite a lengthy process with lots of drying time ....

and here is my finished box.
the inside of the lid
and a side view

I added just a few pops of green here and there.

I would like to enter my altered box into the following challenges;

Simon Say stamp work it Wednesday
Artist Trading Post alphabet soup
Simon Says Stamp Monday no rules
Country View Crafts drips and drops
Simon Says stamp Wednesdays anything goes
As you like it favourite project that's not a card and why? This is my favourite as not only do I like the end project but it feels fabulous, so much texture and it is providing a useful home for my pencils.

Thanks Sandie over at Rhedd's for inviting me to Guest for you today, it's been pleasure and I have tried something new for me and got a useful pencil box from the result.

Thanks for all your birthday wishes you left for my son's birthday on Tuesday, We had a fab evening and he loved his lemon birthday cake.
Here it is;

and even his dog Bear approved ;0)

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Firstly Jane congrats on winning the challenge although I'm really not surprised!
    What a transformation, the mint box looks great and a very useful place for your new pencils too! If you ever want to do anymore mint box transformations, I will happily eat the mints for you! ;)
    Glad M had a good birthday and just look at that gorgeous Bear!
    Have a fantastic weekend my friend,
    V x

  2. Congratulations on your win and your guest design spot Jane, very well deserved!! Your box is fantastic, what a makeover you gave it!! Love the stencil work and the fabulous drips and drops! A wonderful mixed media piece! hugs :)

  3. fabulous make Jane, congratulations! Gorgeous dog too
    Claire xx

  4. What a great way to re-use, recycle and re-purpose! I'm glad your son had a great birthday.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. Very creative, gorgeous box make over, love it. Thanks for sharing with us over on AYLI. Carol xx

  6. Great transformation Jane into such a great Pencil Box. Congrats being GD with Rhedds Creative Spirit. Your Lemon Cake looks very tasty.
    Julie x

  7. What a fabulous box! I loved seeing how you created it. Thanks for your postcard! It reminded me of the Shaw Festival in Ontario that we go to every fall. I finally got a blog post up about the postcard swap today! Many thanks!

  8. A fabulous alteration and the end result will be so useful. The textures and stencils look wonderful. Thank you for joining our challenge at the ATP Exchange this time.

  9. Such a wonderful altered box! Great colors and textures. Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog this week :)

  10. Love your wonderful box, you did such a great job Jane! It was so interesting to see how you altered it and the effects you created. So glad your boy had a great birthday...the cake does look yummy!
    Happy weekend!
    Helen xox

  11. Congratulations on winning the Rhedd's challenge, that must have made you smile! Love the transformation of the box, i do hope you managed to keep the wonderful chocolate mint aroma... :-) x

  12. Sooooo stunning box Jane,,,,,,I lolve the vintage look,,,and the color you used,,,,,,horayyy for Jane

  13. Dear Jane,

    Congratulations on winning! Great! And what a wonderful transformation, that box looks fantastic! Lovely to hear that M's birthday was good, that cake looks delicious.

    Have a wonderful weekend, and welcome March tomorrow!


  14. Fabulous makeover of a chocolate box and love all the texture you've incorporated! Thank you so much for sharing your project and for joining us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! :)

  15. What a transformation indeed!
    So beautiful and clever!
    I'm happy to hear you all had a good birthday celebration.
    Bear is such a good looking dog!


  16. Wonderful transformation - so love those mints too! Lots of lovely texture, stamping and colour layers. Thanks so much for joining us at ATP Exchange. Juliax

  17. A fabulous Alteration and practical too x great details and step by step"thank you for joining in with us for Ruth's Alphabet Soup challenge at ATP

    Best wishes Annie

  18. Your altered box is beautiful, Jane. Thanks for sharing it with us at As You Like It! Luv, WIlma

  19. Popping over from Rhedds! Fabulous way to store your pencils and you did a wonderful job giving this box an upgrade! Your tissue work is awesome, it all can together so well! I am also happy to see Bear, adorable! Hugz! ~Niki

  20. Such a lovely altered box! Thank you for joining us as GDT at Rhedd's this month! x

  21. I absolutely love what you've done with the box Jane!! Thanks so much for joining us a GDT at Rhedds Creative Spirit ~ Steffi :o) xx


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