Saturday, 20 December 2014

Time with my daughter and here's what she did!

Hello again,

A different post from me today as its the first time I am sharing one of my crafty makes with one of my children :D
I don't normally post family stuff, don't know why, I guess its coz I don't want to bore you lol but this was a project I had been meaning to do for a long time (probably 2 years! lol) and this past week we finally got time over a couple of days to do it.

So, my daughter Zoe (one of my 15yr old twins) and I sat down and started to put together our Christmas addition to our Christmas display...and its important to say that Zoe did most of the painting, made most of the small elements and final placements :D

So I present Zoe and Mummy's project:
(apologies first, this post is going to be picture heavy as I am so proud of her xxx)

Isn't it just fabulous for her (and mine) for project like this :D

Here's what we used:
Tim Holtz Configurations medium rectangular box - I picked this up from the NEC show about 2 yrs ago!
Christmas ornaments collected from our overflowing decorations box and a couple of bits I picked up from The Range
Miniature cotton reels, flowers, grey board keys, mini pegs, coloured glass drops, grey board circles, leaves, beads and charms are all available from That Craft Shop
White Gesso, bronze acrylic paint, black acrylic paint, matt medium, gold Buff It by Pinflair and hot glue gun; all available from That Craft Place

Here's how:
We first covered all the inside boxes and the external lid with white gesso to give it a key and then we glued on the texture to the outside box.  This is a random placement of old book pages (coated in pva/water mix so they could be scrunched), keys, circles, flowers and leaves.  We wanted the top to have leaves flowing over to that was how we placed them.
We then took a metal stencil and used matt medium through the stencil on the top to leave a raised presents design (in hind sight, this was not deep enough, but for our first go I think we did ok lol) and then we left it all to dry.
Once dry we painted over the whole think, including the inside of all the internal boxes with bronze acrylic paint (two coats) and left it to dry.
We then dry brushed the outside with black acrylic paint in random places to age the bronze and then using her finger, Zoe added flicks of gold Buff It to the raised places.  And that was the main part done :D
Zoe came up with the bottles on the shelves!  She used hot glue to create the pile of green glass drops and then up turned the small bottle and adhered it to the pile!  The drops left in the bottle still move!  So clever of her :D  The other bottles were filled with seed beads and clear glass fragments.  The small cotton reels were covered with 3 different thin ribbons and she added a needle for realism.  In the bottom right box she threaded 3 tiny Christmas bells to a ribbon and used mini pegs to make a garland.  Another cotton reel was used as a stand and then we used the wires from the flowers, pushed it through the reel, then added beads to the tops...voilà a Christmas tree!  The Christmas tree has an elephant charm as they are Zoe's favourite animal!
The final element was the hanging angel charm (which is actually cupid because it looked better lol).
I think that is it!  Due to the drying time, we did this over a couple of days :D

Here's the close ups:

It was hard to show the brushed and gold ageing as I couldn't get the lighting right!  But I hope you get the idea from the pictures :D

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to view Zoe's and my project, and I hope you leave her a comment before you go xx

Happy Crafting :D

Sandie (and Zoe) xxx

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  1. WOW! This is fabulous Sandie and I am so happy you shared this project. Well done to Zoe, a crafter in the making. Love it. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and I hope you all have a wonderful 2015.
    Linda xxx

  2. This is a stunning project no wonder you are proud of her Ginny x

  3. What a fabulous project Zoe and wasn't it nice that mummy helped! Well done to you both. X

  4. Hey Sandie at least you got it made after buying the box 2years ago and it was worth the wait. It is gorgeous and love all the little pieces you have put in the little boxes and the best bit I think is you got to spend some valuable crafting time with your daughter!! Absolutely gorgeous. Hugs Amanda xx

  5. Exquisite! What a gorgeous to treasure for years to come. Zoe will also treasure the memories that you made whilst making it. What a joy to behold! xx

  6. that is a beautiful project Sandie it looks great
    Gr Karin

  7. Hi Sandie you are right to be proud this is a wonderful project. It is so nice to work on something with your children it makes it even more special. Hugs Jackie

  8. Thats fantastic....but you did it without me!!!!!!!!!!!! How did you do the feet? xxxx

  9. A beautiful joint project Sandie and Zoe. So much thought and detail has gone into this wonderful keepsake and I'm sure it will become a family treasure x

  10. WOW, wonderful project!! Such great details! Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown challenge!
    TT DT

  11. Great project and the mini Christmas tree is awesome.

  12. WAUW what an awesome project here Sandie, and you are certainly right in being proud of Zoe, as it really is an awesome project, and it´s very very beautiful and well made, that´s for sure.
    Thanks so much for joining the challenge here at Card and Scrap with this beauty and best of luck here.

  13. Fabulous shadow box... Thank you so very much for joining in on our challenge at "A Crafty Mess." Good luck, and we hope to see you again soon...

    Rhonda DT

  14. WOW what a fabulous project you and daughter have created. Thanks for sharing it with Inspiration Destination and good luck. Wendy DT x

  15. Soo amazing!! Your daughter is extremely talented!! I absolutely love all of the details in this wonderful festive project!! Merry Christmas & Thanks for playing along with us at Tuesday Throwdown Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*-DT member

  16. Oh, my! This is just like wow! Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic project you've shared and created such wonderful memories with your daughter! Thanks for sharing and joining us at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    IDCB Owner

  17. wawwww så super flot ♥

    10000 tak for at du deltager på Card and scraps udfordring.

    knuzzzz ♥

  18. So glad you joined us for our CHNC extra challenge this month with this wonderful creation!!
    Hope to see you back for our next challenge :)

  19. lovely project thank you for joining us at A Crafty Mess Challenge Sue DT xx

  20. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges for our 4th Anniversary Anything Goes Challenge. Wishing you a Happy New Year.

    Hugs Helen P (DT) x

  21. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for my CHNC challenge extra for December - hope to see you again soon x

  22. A beautiful vintage project!
    Thanks for joining us at Dragonfly Dreams and I hope you will continue to play with us next year!
    I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Very Happy New Year!


    Dragonfly Dreams Owner

  23. Great Christmas Projekt love the Details.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons.
    Hugs Elfie

  24. What a fab Christmas project! I bet somebody loved it so much! Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons! Bianca XX

  25. Absolutely wonderful work, Zoe! I did a configurations, too. I linked it up to Crafting for All Seasons. I have 16 year old twins! Happy New Year and good luck in the challenges!

    1. PS My favorite is the upside down bottle! And the flowers and the bronze paint job! All of it! Mine entry is # 106.

  26. Absolutely stunning. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Sparkles this month. It must have taken a long time to make as it is soo detailed. Very impressive.
    Suzy Dt xx


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