Monday 13 May 2013

A Grumpy Box

Haha, the box has Grumpies on it, the box might be grumpy - I didn't take time out to ask it.
"Alter a box" is the challenge over at Smudgy Antics this fortnight. This is the second week of the challenge run, you therefore have just under a week to get those altered boxes finished and linked into the challenge so that we can ooooooo and aahhhhhhhh over it.
I had this small collection of old cigar boxes and it's one of these that got the feel of paper and paint this week.
The surface was covered with card that had been well crumpled then given a coat of blue paint. When dry, was dry brushed with orange which gives the box the older and well handled appearance.
Some orange and blue ribbon came next.
Then there are Grumpies stamped onto circles of shrink plastic stuck to the front with two of the sentiments that come with the set. The Grumpies are from a rubber set previously available from Smeared Ink. The digi format is available here.
The rubber set comes with two different sizes of our cute little friends and it is the smaller version of the set that was used on the handle. Stamped ans coloured up with distress ink before adhering to a TH facet with glossy accents. When dry, a small length of chain and a screw in eyelet attaches it to the lid of the box.
Round the sides, here we have the full sized version of the image. Again stamped, die cut and coloured with distress inks. The eyes have been given a comic treatment in to form of some large "googly eyes".
For the top - more die cuts. This time, some "label holders". These were heat embossed with frantage embossing powder before sticking over the labels.
The sentiments are the same as those used on the shrink plastic discs. Some screw effect brads had their feet cut off and glued down as well.
The inside of the box did not get over-looked.
This was covered with one of a set of papers from a shop that is, unfortunately, not still operational. Crafty Chaos' "Creature Feature". Printed out and stuck inside.
There we have it folks. A simple box that I know one large person is itching to get their hands on.

Get those boxes linked in as I suggested to the challenge. That prize could be used towards any of the sets available as a member of the Rubber Club - tell them Croms sent you - or towards any of the many digis in the Smeared Ink Shop.

I'd like to enter my box into the challenge over at
Craft My Life - Non Card Projects
Fashionable Stamping - Anything Goes
Quirky Crafts - Myth and Magic - must use paint. (I know the Grumpies are magical, they can make most people smile)
That Craft Place - Makes for Men


  1. awesome! I really love the colours on this box and of course how can anyone not love the grumpies! I just love the googly eyes they are so funny! xxx

  2. Fantastic project. Thank you for sharing it with us at FSC this time.

  3. I love this box..of course I love the Grumpies but I really love the purple and yellow..awesome art Helen.
    susan s

  4. I love your Grumpy box, gumpies rocki

  5. Hi Crom...I looove the Grumpies (I have a couple of digi ones) this box is tooo much fun to be called Grumpy Box the bright colours and the techniques are fantastic.
    Thankyou for joining in the fun at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight.
    Dot x

  6. Helen,
    I really adore your Grumpie box, great texture on the sides w/ the crumbled up card. Love the big eyes on your Grumpie! I think this turned out great!

  7. Okay, I have to try that outside box treatment. I love that distressed look. Those grumpies have nothing to be grumpy about on that box.

  8. Love your box! And that Owl is just too super cute!
    Thank you for joining Quirky Crafts!!
    ((Lyn))) DT

  9. This is just fantastic, I love it! Thank you so much for joining my All Crafts Challenge this time, hope youll join us for the relaunch and blog hop next month with some fab sponsors! Elaine-xxx-