Monday, March 14, 2011

Mini Challenge: Etsy Inspiration



This week's Counterfeit Kit Challenge is to be inspired by a project from Etsy. HERE is the project that I chose. I have always loved the look of printer's trays, but finished ones tend to be a bit pricey. I knew I could make my own for a fraction of the price. To save even more money, I found a small shadowbox at Goodwill to alter. The price was definitely right: 45 cents!


Here is a before photo:

Pretty outdated and dusty, huh?
Here's what it looks like now:
Here are the details:
Top left: I cut this butterfly from my lace paper, but the color just didn't "pop" like I wanted it too. So, I covered the butterfly with Versamark ink and heat embossed it twice with silver embossing powder. Two bling brads form the body.
Top right: I stamped the sewing machine on a piece of clear packaging (from the Bella Blvd. fabric flowers.) I then paper pieced just the body of the machine and added an epoxy brad and some stickle-y thread. For the "fabric", I cut a little slit in the transparency and threaded a scrap of rickrack through.
Middle left: Just a rub-on and gems on a Spellbinders die-cut.
Middle right: I cut a Spellbinders die-cut in half, then distressed the edge so it looks like a tiny notebook edge. Studio G stamp and butterfly punches, plus a little doily that I created with an EK Success border punch.
Bottom left: My favorite! I stamped the dressform on the same clear packaging from the flowers and paper pieced the dress. The text flowers are just two punched flowers, adhered together with a foam square and topped with a button and gems. The little metal flowers are my soda can flowers. :)
Bottom right: I trimmed a corner off the stamped doily from my kit, then topped it with a butterfly rub-on on white cardstock. I popped the butterfly up with foam squares. I love this punched flower, too. I layered three Martha Stewart flower punches, attached an epoxy brad, then "squished" the petals up to give it some dimension. The tiny stamp is from an old (uninked!) Studio G set.
Thanks so much for stopping in today! I hope you can join us for this challenge this week! Check out the details at the Counterfeit Challenge blog!

16 comments:

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Amazing! I am so impressed! I love that you recycled the packaging, it is one of my favorite things to do. I love the new life you gave the pretty shelf!

~amy~ said...

I **LOVE** it!!!!

Tricia said...

You have updated that old shadow box so beautifully! Styles change for everything. I love what you've done here.

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Omg this is amazing what a great project love it!!!

Geri said...

Totally love how you remade this! It looks fab!!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOVE how you remade the tray! It is super fabby! LOVE LOVE LOVE the papers and little stamps! Great job!

Lesa said...

Congrats on the Counterfeit DT!!! WTGG!!!

Tricia said...

Congratulations on making the DT for Counterfeit Kit Challenge!

nomorelittlemonkeys said...

Congratulations, Sherri! I'm so excited to be working with you! This project is just adorable!

Margie said...

Great thrifty find! I love what you did with it, and I look forward to being on the DT with you! Congrats!

A Creative Operation said...

Congratulations!!

Kim Strother said...

I love this and have been looking at my goodwill for a box with no luck. I will have to keep looking. So happy to be on the DT with you and look forward to more inspiration from you!

KateB said...

what a totally awesome score! I'm always on the lookout at my Goodwill's too! Love what you did to change it!

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Wohooo! Cant wait to get to know you! I am so excited to be on this DT!!

ms.schwiet said...

You deserve a standing ovation for this

Cathy A said...

Sherri, fabulous project, I just wanted to let you know I'm passing on the Liebster blog award to you. I hope you'll accept the award! You can see the post on my blog here: http://candronicoucardcraft.blogspot.com/