Thursday, January 4, 2018

Dreamer Of Dreams Nested Boxes For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by, happy New Year to one and all!  The start of the new year and the new month means it is time for another challenge over at A Vintage Journey and this month our theme is 'Think Inside Or Outside The Box'.  I am the host this month and here is the challenge brief:

For our first challenge of 2018 we'd like you to create with a box.  Any box of any size will do.  It can be one you made yourself or one that you are recycling or even one that you have drawn.  We'd like you to make your project either inside the box itself or do something imaginative on the outside or both if that's where your muse takes you.  As always we like to see your projects in our preferred styles: vintage, shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk.  So put on your thinking caps and re-imagine those boxes both inside and out!

Our sponsor this month is The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

and Linda is offering a generous $25.00 gift certificate to our lucky randomly chosen winner, thank you Linda!

For this challenge I decided to recycle a couple of small gift boxes from my craft stash, nesting them one inside the other.

And there is a lovely sweet surprise hiding inside the nested box, one of Tim Holtz's wee Salvaged Dolls ready to grant your wishes!

I've some step out photos on how I created my nested boxes, read on for the how to.

I started out with a couple of small gift boxes from my craft stash.

And then gathered up bits and bobs of Tim Holtz's Idea-ology embellishments and ephemera.

Both boxes got a quick coat of gesso and then the outer box was inked with Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink.  Some of Tim's plain Tissue Wrap was stamped with a fine script stamp and both the lid and bottom of the outer box were covered with it, using Tim's Distress Matte Collage medium.  The edges of the box and lid were then covered with a various designs of Tissue Tape or Design Tape (sorry I can't say which ones I used as I have them so mixed up now I don't know which collection they came from!).  A Memo Pin was inked with Gold Mixative alcohol ink and inserted into the top of the box before covering the back panel with some patterned scrapbook paper.

The smaller nesting box was inked with Broken China Distress Oxide ink and then covered with Terminology Tissue Wrap.  The edges of the box and lid were covered with more Design Tape and the back panel of the box covered with a piece of Tim's ephemera.  An Heirloom Rose was inked with Mushroom alcohol ink and added to the front of the lid to act as a pull.

One of the little girls from Tim's Paper Dolls was inked with Distress Markers and a water brush, just adding hints of colour here and there after the image was lightly sanded.

A Baroque Frame was inked with alcohol inks in Mushroom and Gold Mixative and then the Paper Doll was centered underneath the frame on the lid of the outer box.

To cover the inside of the outer box lid, a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock was inked with Vintage Photo and a touch of Walnut Stain Distress Oxide inks and then a sentiment and a bird and butterfly from a discontinue Crafty Secrets stamp set were stamped onto the inked panel and clear embossed.

The outside of the lid was further embellished with some Mirrored Hearts that were coloured with Gold Mixative alcohol ink.

One of Tim's Salvaged Dolls was painted with Walnut Stain Distress Paint and then the paint was removed just before it dried completely to leave it in the recessed areas of the doll.  Stonewashed alcohol ink was painted onto her dress and some Latte was painted onto her hair with an Alcohol Ink Blending pen.

The 'make a wish' Quote Chip was inked with Old Paper Distress ink and edged with a bit of Vintage Photo DI.

I wanted a spot for the recipient of this little nested box to be able to write down their wishes that they made, so I accordion folded a piece of printed copy paper to tuck into the lid of the nested box.  I stamped a crowned bird onto the front and used a piece of Tim's Linen Ribbon and a velcro dot to keep the accordion folded paper in place when the lid was closed.

The smaller nested box was adhered inside the outer box, with the Salvaged Doll inside the nested box.  The crown and wand from Tim's Treasures Adornments were coloured with Gold Mixative and adhered to the Salvaged Doll.  The accordion folded paper and ribbon were then adhered inside the lid of the nested box.

The Quote Chip was popped up on several layers of black fun foam and adhered above the nested box.  I coloured several Bouquet Findings paper flowers with some Broken China and Picket Fence Distress Stain and added them at the feet of the Salvaged Doll.

A little sign was made to place into the Memo Pin that had been inserted into the top of the outer box.  A piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock was inked with Old Paper Distress ink and the 'dreamer of dreams' sentiment from Tim's Quotations Metallic Stickers was added to it.  A couple of wee stars were die cut from some gold foiled Toner Sheet and added to the sign along with an edging of Platinum Stickles Glitter glue.

And finally a couple of Mini Foundations Findings box feet were added to the back corners at the bottom of the outer box so it would stand up straight for display when the lid was on.

Here are a few more close ups of the finished Dreamer Of Dreams nested boxes.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my project came together, I had a lot of fun making this one!

I also hope that you will be inspired to enter our Think Inside Or Outside The Box challenge over at A Vintage Journey and be sure to pay a visit to see what the other Creative Guides have made to inspire you, they never disappoint!  Can't wait to see what you link up for the challenge and thanks again for visiting today, happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. What a clever idea to nest the boxes. I love all the ideas that came together as one. Happy New Year Deb. Great challenge by the way! Hugs, S@ndy

  2. So many lovely little secrets inside your boxes Deb - I just LOVE the way you colored the salvaged doll and the sweet little folded note inside the cover - what a treasure to be opened! Wonderful challenge for us this month! Julia xx

  3. Wow!!! This is just so fabulous Deb xx You have certainly been thinking out of the box with this amazing creation x
    I love all the wonderful details and then there's even more to view.....Stunning xxxxx

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  4. You are so creative. You think inside and outside the box very well

  5. Deb, what a lot of time and patience and LOVE went into this clever nested box set! I adore everything about it, your details are exquisite! But my favorite bit has to be that doll! You have made her into something really special here! An AMAZING project and my absolute favorite from your talented hands! Hugs! PS Thank you for a great challenge!

  6. Deb, I love the theme you chose and your creation is a real beauty, I loved seeing how you brought it all together, the little girl looks fabulous with her crown and wand and the image in the frame is just adorable. A really beautiful project! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Terrific project! Very creative and well done! Thank you for the inspiration!

  8. That's absolutely fantastic, Deb - I already thought the first box was charming enough and then it opens up and there's an even more adorable tiny one inside! Brilliant and beautiful!
    Alison x

  9. A Fabulous project and so 'on point' for the Challenge theme creating both inside and outside the box. Such a clever idea to nestle a smaller box inside a larger one. Makes for a double delight of charming creativity .
    Hugs x

  10. Wow - this is superb Deb! What a wonderful idea and so brilliantly created. The salvaged doll looks amazing and adore her wand! True genius xxx

  11. A great theme Deb and your nested boxes look fantastic!! Lov the salvaged doll hidden inside ready to grant wishes, such a cool idea!! Wonderful make!!

  12. Deb, I truly enjoyed this challenge, and I see that you have too! What amazing details you have fit into such a tiny footprint. I love the altered doll and little pull-out booklet. Stunning design work! The layers work together beautifully. A winning design! Hugs, Autumn


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