Monday, 14 February 2011

Smeared and Smudged Valentine Blog Hop

The challenge went up in the forum Smeared and Smudged
"We are going to be doing Valentine’s Day Blog Hop Smeared and Smudged style! What exactly does that mean? It means we are challenging you this hop. The challenge is to create something Valentine’s Day / love themed, but there is a catch. Because we are Smeared and Smudged you can not use any of the following:
No hearts

No red or pink

Nothing ‘cute’ unless you make it uncute of course :)"

The gauntlet was thrown down.

Next poser then was "What to do?" Well the brain cell rattled about a bit for a few days and I very nearly didn't put my name down for this. Then Terra started up the mixed media classes again with steps to making "sculpture paper" out of kitchen roll. One of the pieces I made up was ideal for altering a box I had in mind. This also fits in with another of the challenges over at the forum set by our own fair Jane, "to make or alter a box and fill it".
Are you sitting comfy? This is a long post. Well a lot went into it.

So the project was started.

It's a valentine gift to ME. I used scraps left over from making my wedding dress. Our wedding anniversary was the 11th Feb. the 14th was fully booked up.

The paper before cutting to fit looked a bit like this - the light wasn't the best.

Painted with acrylics black with purple and a silver metalic rub on the ridges.

I made a flower from some of the dress fabric (yes, I got married in purple) adding a silver and black button in the middle and some smaller silver grey, purple and black chiffon roses sticking these to the box top after a final rub round the edges with the metalic rub-on.

Some more of the dress fabric round the edges and black velvet ribbon with some bobbles on to neaten.

The box base was coated with gesso and when dry, black acrylic paint stippled on to give a stone effect with some more purple paint in fine lines to (hopefully) make it look like marble.

Ok, so that's the outside of the box.

Some more of the dress fabric was used to make a cushion. This was to provide the resting place of my first home made piece of jewellery.

Various beads and the 6 discs have grumpies from Smeared Ink stamped onto shrink plastic. coloured slightly with amethyst promarker.

All 6 of the mini original grumpies have been used, these are just 2 of them.

I hope you're still with me because the rest of the girls I KNOW have some awesome projects lined up as well. Please go visit.
The list is
Lady B
Helen that's me
Black Dragon

I am entering this into the Smeared and Smudged forum feb challenge set by Jane
Other challenges
Little Claire's Designs - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything but a Card
One Stitch At A Time - One Year Birthday Bash - Make It Pretty


  1. Oh WOW hun! You have totally out-done yourself this time! I love it!!

  2. That is totally awesome!!! I LOVE the box and the grumpies are AWESOME!!!! LOVE IT

  3. Amazing project- I should say projectS. The box is wonderful with all that texture. The contents... PERFECT!

  4. This is brilliant! I LOVE that you used leftover fabric from your wedding dress! What a great idea! I think I have some leftover too... Your bracelet is fab! Love the teeny Grumpies.

  5. that rocks! very very pretty!!

  6. I love this it looks fantastic the colours are amazing as is the bracelet
    Luv Jane xxx

  7. Great project, thank you for joining us for Little Claire's very first challenge! :) x

  8. What an AWESOME project! This totally rocks! The project, the fabric and box - really gorgeous!

  9. just lovely! what a great gift for yourself

  10. WOW! This is fabulous...I love the gorgeous royal purple fabric and the fabric flower is brilliant too! Your handmade jewelry is so sparkly and gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

  11. this is great! and your papers are fab!

  12. Helen, both of your projects are gorgeous and I love how they were presents for yourself! It's awesome that your wedding dress was purple - how cool is that! The grumpies are adorable & perfect in that bracelet. Wow! p.s. thanks for what you wrote, it's nice to know a kindred spirit.

  13. i love how you got married in purple! i love the box, it is perfect for the braclet! awesome!

  14. Absolutely amazing! Love the jewerly and the box! Great job!

  15. This is beautiful!

    Thanks for joining the Pretty Challenge at the Birthday Bash at One Stitch at a Time.

  16. Hi, Ah this is so pretty and just right for our birthday week celebrations on OSAAT. Thanks for playing, I am one of the DT with Candy so feel free to drop by my blog and join in, Love Hazelxox

  17. Love it, especially as it is purple!!Thanks for sharing your fantastic creation with us at the One stitch at a Time birthday party! Love Jacky x

  18. Holy Crow Helen!! That is soooo beautiful!! You are an awesome box maker, and your jewelry piece is amazing!! You could sell these. Gorgeous!!