Friday, February 1, 2013

Romance box

Valentine's Mailbox-Treat Box Blog Hop 

Valentine's Day is just two weeks away and we wanted to see what kinds of mailboxes, boxes, and bags you make to give those special people in your lives. Join us for some amazing Valentine's inspiration in plenty of time for that special day and those special treats.

This hop has two hostesses today: Jearise from Lorby's World ( and Tee ( Make sure you visit their blogs because they have some special treats of their own to give away. They'll tell you more on their blogs.

Now on with the inspiration...

Greetings All!  Welcome to the Musings of a Madd Scrapper!  Thank you for stopping by my blog as you journey along this Blog Hop!  I hope you enjoy my project!  

I’ve dug into the stash and channeled a little bit of Romance, a little bit of
Grunge and a little bit of Shabby Chic to come up with my Love box.  This little gem started life as a very interesting looking cigar box.  Who knew cigars were rolled in Nicaragua?  I came upon it while on the SoCal Shop Hop in 2012 at Wooten’s Scrapbook Co. in Ontario, California.  The shape and interesting hinge spoke to me and I just listened to its siren call.  I can only imagine how good the cigars are because this box is actually well constructed and sturdy and the painted surface is smooth as glass!

I lined the inside of the box in red velvet paper from SEI I acquired on clearance recently at Michael’s.  I really should have bought more!  It feels soooooo yummy!!!

 For the sides of my box I selected My Minds Eye Red Damask Flocked and trust me I thought about it…it was just so lovely I didn’t want to use it.  I just wanted to gaze on it lovingly…  However I had to be strong and use it for this project because it just felt right.  Not that anyone of you know anything about coveting/hoarding paper  0_o  Let’s all be honest the paper was perfect wasn’t it? 


And what says Love better than…well….Love?  When choosing the paper for the lid of my box, the choice was simple I reached into the stash and located the Union Square “Home Sweet Home” Love Paper – from My Mind’s Eye/Lost & Found that I bought at the Scrapbook Expo in Ontario last year.  It’s just one of those things.  You buy the paper, set it aside, let it mature like wine and wait for it to tell you what it’s going to be.  You just have to be patient sometimes and wait for it to whisper….but don’t get too close…sometimes paper SHOUTS what it wants to be!  LOL

For the inside of the lid I used Union Square “Beautiful Day” Journey Paper from My Mind’s Eye/Lost & Found.  I love the color, the shabby chic feel and the medallion with Journey written it.  I’ve added an embellishment to emphasize that Love is a Journey, because, well it is! 

For the bottom I used a piece of the same sheet of paper.  I thought it worked well with the damask print. 

The finishing touches on my box was a red sequin braid around the outside of the lid that I have had stashed for at least 10 years.   On the front I added a metallic embellishment from Jolee’s and metal feet from Tim Holtz. How can you do anything shabby chic without Tim?!  Perish the thought!  I added pearl bling to the sides and paper roses to the lid.   I wanted that Vintage/Shabby Chic feel without going over board.  

Well folks, I hope you enjoyed your sojourn here at my shiny new blog.  Stop by anytime, I have all kinds of stuff to share….Oh and while you are stopping here I’m at the Scrapbook Expo at Anaheim, California this weekend!  I’ll have all kinds of tales to tell and stuff to share with you next week!  Woo hoo! 

Now onto Ashley!

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