Thursday, 7 April 2016

My second spring project, what's inside the box?

Hello again and I am back today to share my 2nd spring DT piece with you for Country View Challenges. You can take a peek here. The theme this month is Spring and you can enter anything crafty. If you would like to join in with the fun you have until 30th April to enter and there is a amazing prize this month...all the colours of the new PaperArty infusions...I really wish I could enter!

Thank you  for all the kind comments you left for my first piece, my Spring accordion card. If you missed this post you can see it here

For this project I decided to alter a box as I needed a gift box for my daughter's recent spring birthday. I had just opened a new pot of face cream and it was the perfect size for my needs.
I covered it with Tim Holtz tissue wrap and added some blue paints.

I wanted a distressed/vintage feel so I left lots of jagged edges and corners.
 I wanted to add some golden hearts so I used my TH heart stencil and Wendy Vecchi gold embossing paste
I also added some floral stamping using Crafty Individuals stamps and also added some butterflies from my stash. I also gave all the egdes a wipe of Treasure gold.

So what was inside the box.....

Yes I finished my heart die necklace. If you missed the post where I shared how I made the pendant you can read it here
I sawed out the brass heart and soldered it onto the textured copper heart to made a 3D pendant for my girlie. It attached it to a bronze chain. I love all the different colour metals.

and here is my finished box with the necklace.

I would also like to link up my box with the following challenges;

Rubber Dance 2/5 stamp into spring 
A Vintage Journey spring is in the air
The artistic stamper 3/3  all things distress
Rhedd's creative spirit; April
Mixed media world vintage
Crafting Musketeers spring is in the air 
Anything but cute earth day I was inspired by the gorgeous blues and the daisy type flowers which I have stamped on the background and stuck on as embellies. 

So I have now shown you my 2 April design team pieces for Country View Challenges. It would be lovely if you can join in with the fun and you can find all the details and the link for it here. I really hope you have enjoyed my debut projects. I will be back with my May DT project for them on 1st May. In the meantime there will be plenty more inspirational pieces from my fellow teamies over on the bog during the rest of April.

Thanks so much everyone for stopping by and for all the comments you take the time to leave me. I would like to warmly welcome my newest followers. It's so good to see you joining me on my creative journey here at Jane's Journal.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Hello dear Jane,

    What a genius alteration for that box! So beautiful, unique and million times more beautiful than you find in any shop - so just perfect for that necklace! That is wonderful, love the unusual copper&bronze-color. I think M has quite a collection of your handmade pieces now, that lucky girl!

    Wishing you happy crafting days (and hopefully some sunshine, it is dark, gray&grim here today), talk to you soon again!


  2. The box is gorgeous, great mixed media creation, lovely colours and details. The pendant is just my type, I love copper and bronze rather than shiny gold or silver. Lucky daughter...

  3. Amazing project jane. The box is gorgeous and i love the necklace. So very special. I know your daughter will adore it. Big hugs rachel x

  4. A stunning box and even more stunning necklace, a beautiful keepsake for your Daughter, she is going to love it.

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  5. Oh WOW! LOVE the box, ADORE that pendant! Jane, you are one clever lady xx

  6. Jane, what a lovely gift to receive! This is like two gifts in one, and she will treasure them forever! Thank you for joining our Earth Day challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  7. WOOOOOOOOOOW!!! This is stunning!!! Love how you upcycled the little box and the way you decorated is simply marvelous!!!
    Thank you so much for joining our Earth Day challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  8. Wow, gorgeous Jane, such a beautiful necklace certainly deserves a very beautiful box.
    I'm sure M was thrilled with both....the lucky girl!
    You certainly have embraced your design posts, it's like you were born to do it!
    Happy Thursday my dear,
    V x

  9. I love the finish on your beautiful box Jane and the topping is gorgeous! How lovely to receive beautiful jewellery made by you and to have a box made with love too! Wonderful! X

  10. Love the box and LOVE the necklace! What a nice mom you are! I'm sure your daughter loved the gift. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. Lovely transformation, Jane! A beautiful spring box for your beautiful hand-made necklace!

  12. Brilliant up cycled box Jane and so very pretty. Love how it compliments your stunning handmade necklace so well. Your daughter must have been thrilled with her keepsake gift.
    Hugs, Julie

  13. I love your recycled box and then I find you have made the necklace too!1 It is beautiful. hugs Mrs A.

  14. Very Earthy Spring box you created that holds a totally wonderful surprise! She's going to enjoy this so much! Awesome sauce use of the colors and those pops of yellow are beautiful! The gold hearts perfectly showcase your love for your daughter. Fantabulous!

    Thanks for joining our "Earth Day" challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz. ~Niki DT

  15. These are really beautiful Jane, your daughter is going to love them xx

  16. Oh wow Jane - the box is a gift within its self!
    Boy are you talented - I will go read more about that necklace - really pretty. I am saving your post cause I want to do one of these boxes!!!!
    sandy xx

  17. Ohhh my gosh, so pretty!! Best gift and what a treasure for her. The gift AND box!!! The transformation was so much fun to watch. :)
    Big hugs,
    Lisa x

  18. What a fabulous little treasure box you've created from such humble beginnings - great recycling.
    Alison x

  19. Loving your gorgeous decorated box !! Super design !

  20. This is gorgeous Jane - love the box and love the necklace! Awesome artistry Karen x

  21. Now THAT'S what I call altered art. You really have transformed an ordinary box into something spectacular. xxx

  22. What a nice necklace and the box is awesome. I also have a question, where is your bloghead photo taken? Nice

  23. Such a gorgeous box and saved from the trash! Plus, my favorite shades of blue! Fab pendant, too! Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! Nanette, DT

  24. So lovely Jane, both the box and especially the necklace. Thanks so much for joining our travels here at A Vintage Journey.

  25. What an adorable necklace! Love how you made the box, turned out really beautiful. Thank you for joining our April challenge once more at Rubber Dance ♥

  26. Love your altered box. The gold and blue are glorious. Thanks for joining the Rubber Dance challenge. Hugz

  27. Love the recycling and great colors. Thanks for entering Rubber Dance challenge and good luck!

  28. Sorry to be rather late visiting. A really lovely makeover for your box. Love the necklace! Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Julia x


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