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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

upcyle for earth day for Frilly and Funkie DT

well it is the Funkie dt teams turn over at Frilly and Funkie to share their inspiration for the new theme chosen by the lovely and talented Linda.
Make sure you pop across and see the other fab DT make s...you could be the next chosen winner or randomly selected for $25 to spend at Linda lovely online store ...The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

So the Theme is upcycle for earth day..so here is my make from an upcycled box:

 and inside...
So here is how my upcycled project started life..

I started by crackling the box using paint and crackle medium and then onto the fun part.. I sued various stamps from the Artistic Outpost set Generation Redux , a real favourite and I love that there are small stamps great for creating background elements. I used antique linen distress paint and Frayed burlap and vintage photo distress ink to create lots of stamped layers. I then did some stamping with the yummy new antique bronze distress paint too.

I also used the music script from Artistic Outpost ephemera backgrounds. I tried to create layers of soft stamping that add to the overall background but don't all leap out..

The flowers are made using the same method as I used for my Saturday stepXstep ..details here. ( using ranger foil, embossing folders, alcohol ink, idea-ology washers and long fastners). I then added these to the box and added idea-ology leaves and some twirls of rusty wire

 I used an idea-ology piece for the centre (I changed the colour using treasure gold) and added a chit chat sticker.
Inside I shredded some old book pages, ok, I am behind the times I cut them into strips with my scissors!! I then made a mini canvas using some rusty wire, chit chat sticker and one of the beautiful rusty hearts that Linda has in her boutique...I love these , so this would be for a special friend!

Hope that you will find time to hop here and  play along , there are so lovely makes already and you never know you may be a winner!

have a fun and inky day!
trace x


  1. I was so looking forward to seeing more of this project and you have exceeded my expectations! Love the expert application of that crackle background and then the subtle overstamping with the paints. And of course those flowers! Always a triumph and they work so well against this background. Then even more delight as you open your box to reveal your heart. A wholeheartedly wonderful project here Trace. Hugs, Jenny xxx

  2. A wonderful make-love everything you have done to the box

    Chrissie x

  3. Very special indeed Trace. Love the muted background and all those stamped layers and the flowers are a stunning addition.
    Hugs Brenda xox

  4. Youre flowers are such beauties! Love the stamps on the box this way! And the canvas is 100% you... Hugs, Gerrina

  5. What a stunning box Tracy, love the subtly stamped background and the beautiful crackle effect you achieved. The inside looks fantastic too!

  6. Hi Trace, what a stunning piece and then to open it up and find that super little canvas, fab
    Amanda x

  7. What a stunning box and gift - if I were able to achieve something like this I would be over the moon xx which ever of your special friends recieves this will know that they are very special xx I don't think I would be able to part with it no matter how special my friend was!!! xx GailT xx

  8. oh my GOAH! AMAZING Trace! this adorable metallic flowers--
    at all a TREASURE!!!

  9. beautifulwork Trace - love the metallic lustre of those flowers - its almost glass like - wonderful - beautiful pieces xx

  10. A gorgeous box and matching book for inside Trace. The crackling looks amazing, as does the wonderful stamping. Your flowers are stunning and I love the treatment you gave the ornate plate too. Hugs, Anne x

  11. This is beautiful Trace. I love the crackle and multiple stamping on the box and the mini canvas is adorable. Fab stuff!

    Lesley Xx

  12. What a great shabby chic reincarnation. Love the crackled backgound and your flowers are to die for (:o)

  13. Beautiful work! Rich depth and classy.

  14. This is beautiful, Trace! Love that crackle finish with the stamping and those flowers are so eye catching! So inspiring!

  15. Wow that's a breathtaking project.

  16. Lovely upcycling Trace, I really love the muted colours and the crackle is gorgeous as is the rusty heart. Beautiful flowers. Tracy x

  17. Your box is amazing Trace and I so love that little heart canvas inside - stunning. The soft background stamping is really wonderful - I love to see this on projects and yours is perfect.
    Sorry I've been missing but our internet finally seems to be working properly so I'm back!!
    Hope you are all OK.
    Hugs, Juliaxxx

  18. A great box...how gorgeous is this alteration Trace! Amazing details...wow!!!
    Compliments again.

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  19. Gorgeous project Trace ! Love the crackled background and the stamping and the flowers are stunning ! Sue C x

  20. Gorgeous box Trace... Love the crackle effect & Fabulous flowers... The contents are Brilliant I LOVE that heart on the mini canvas... Love it all... Hugs May x x x

  21. Wow, amazing project. Love all the gorgeous details.

  22. Glorious... the crackly stamped background is simply stunning, and the heart is a gorgeous hidden surprise. The flowers are simply fabulous - what a brilliant make!
    Alison xx

  23. Amazing what you have done with this box! I love the flowers - well the whole thing really, just lovely.

  24. As a bit of a metal and foil girl myself this is right up my street! What a fab' make! The composition is great and what stunning flowers, such a good idea too. Beautiful Trace, beautiful. Chris xxx

  25. Ooooh, I love this Trace. My fave neutral colours and your crackle and flowers are brill.

  26. I am in love...even though it isn't purple!!!
    I love the way it turned out. I so wish I could make something like that.
    You are just a very remarkable artist!!

    Happy Crafting,

  27. Well if this is up cycling then you have excelled yourself, totally amazing, everything about it.


  28. Hi Trace....this is a fab recycled/repurposed piece. Your flowers are absolutely amazing. Love the background and metal embellies too.

    Sorry I have not been around much but will be catching up with your posts over the weekend.

    hope your hand/wrist is continuing to improve.

    Crafty Hugs

    Annie x

  29. wow Trace, awesome and gorgeous project!! The flowers are amazing, love them. Hugs, Wendy

  30. wOOw Trace, your box looks amazing! And the flowers are mindblowingly gorgeous! Oh and did I mention - WOOOOW??? :) xxx

  31. I love this!! So much texture - a feast for the eyes. And once again I must thank you for your helping us learn your fantastic techniques. With two cats, two goats, one puppy and 16 chickens - (did I mention one husband) I am afraid I will always be behind but I will get here! Your artwork is wonderful!


Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and leave me a comment..it means a lot..hope you like what you see. Trace x