Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Petite Inspiration Swap, Paris Edition, Partie Deux

Many thanks to Heather at Speckled Egg for hosting this magnifique swap! Here's a mini tutorial on how I created my box, for those interested in making one, or those considering joining in on a matchbox swap. In this swap we used the large boxes. They're pretty easy to find in grocery stores, especially this time of year, and they're very inexpensive.
I decided to collage torn page pieces from a vintage 1903 French poetry book to the exterior (sleeve) of the box. The pages were already old and yellowed (perfect!) and I used an antique decoupage finish. I then painted the box with a coordinating acrylic paint.

Next, I simply adhered a piece of heavy vintage lace around the entire sleeve.

I then took this gorgeous ivory parchment flower, sprayed it lightly with adhesive, sprinkled it lightly with glitter and adhered that to the sleeve as well.

Next I cut a piece of French stamped ribbon woven through a piece of fine lace and adhered that. I purchased both the ribboned lace and parchment roses from Homestead Treasures.

Time now to rummage through the vintage jewelry stash, where I selected a section of a very pretty off-white pearl necklace. I knotted off the ends of the string and adhered each end with glue dots under the ribbon.

Using vintage pattern pieces, I lined the interior of the box.

Now comes the fun part-stuffing it with goodies!

Time to ship them off to my wonderful partners (I made two), Marsha and Cari. I hope they love them!!!!

Troisième partie.....sharing my swap returns....coming very soon.


Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

I LOVE mine!!! The box is so exquisite and I love all my tresors!!

LOL, I order from Mary at Homestead Treasures too!!

Thank you for making this swap fun! I'm ready for the next one!

Merci mon ami!


The Polka Dot Closet said...

That box is absolutely darling to look at. i have got to keep my eyes open for old books and French would be a really good day!


Lynn Stevens said...

Awesome little boxes and looked at all you cramed into it, Someone will be VERY happy!

Your followers list is growing with leaps and bounds! :0)
Hugz Lynn

Terry said...

Now I have to start looking for more items! Love your little boxes!!

Netty said...

These are beautiful, love them. Annette

Piney Rose said...

this box is just gorgeous! I love how it turned out.