Saturday, April 16, 2011

Little Treasure Box

Okay, so maybe I'm a little jealous of my sister getting awesome new stamps.  I had put some stamps in my favourites on Etsy for a while but never had any money to buy them.  Along came my custom fairy order and, voila, new stamps for me!

A Day for Daisies on Etsy has an excellent flow in all of her images.  Maybe it's just me, but the way they are illustrated reminds me of the Beatrix Potter books and other old-fashioned story books.  I am mesmerised by the one I have used here, "Skirt of Flowers".  It is incredibly elegant.

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So, I decided it would make a perfect pair with my new die cuts that I got at Scrapfest!  I got a matchbox die and I've been meaning to make one of these boxes for a couple of years.  I kept telling myself that I could make the matchbox - that I didn't need a die - but it is truly faster to crank something through the die cutting machine when you are making multiples rather than make them from scratch.  So, I caved.  And, boy, am I glad!

I've seen these boxes around a lot in stamping forums.  Since I finally got around to trying an easel card, and discovered how stinkin' easy they are, I knew it was time to tackle this box.  The box is made of 4 large matchboxes.  I used a brad and a button to make something to pull the drawers out.  Each side has a drawer.  The top of the box is made from an easel card.

(Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of a drawer pulled out!)  The top and bottom are 6 by 6 inches squared.  It's a decent size really.  This one reads: Beauty is in the little things".  I meant it to hold small jewelery like rings and earrings.  However, this kind of treasure box could hold paperclips, buttons, thumb tacks, brads, rhinestones, lots of little things!

I coloured the stamp with Copic markers, except for the red flowers.  Those are done with a Sharpie pen because I find the red Copic is not forgiving if I can't stay within the lines.  The petals were too small to risk it.  (I didn't have the right skin-tone for blending.  I had to use a pinkish tone so she does look a little sunburned!  Oh well!)  The background stamp is from Stampin' Up!  (I love that stamp!)  Then I just rubbed ink all over it.

I'd like to make more of this kind of box, but I'll have to figure out what to do with them first!


  1. Lisa this is stunning! My daughter said "Oh can you make one of those for me?" Its a very cute project idea and you did a beautiful job coloring the image! Loves! Tammy

  2. This is so creative and beautiful. Amazing what you can do with paper and ink.

  3. Wow that's so cute! I love the colors.

  4. I like it. very very nice :)

  5. Awesome treasure box!! We should do a collaboration - you can use my art to make boxes and then just give me a commission or send me one for every so many sold.

  6. So nice! That must have been a great show to attend! I would have spent a fortune...and would not known how to use half of the stuff! Good to know about the stamp vendor at "Etsy" as well!

  7. I love fairies, this is so elegant and beautifully done.


  8. Very this treasure box!


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