Monday, July 06, 2009

Crafty Secrets challenge time!

Smiley from millan.net
The Crafty Secrets DT girls are doing another challenge, we're all doing a tutorial for you! I decided to do a tutorial on the lace flower embellishments I've been using a lot lately. I put this one on top of an altered recipe box, it's on the handle of the box.






Here are the supplies I used: lace (this is from a flea market), white cotton string, ribbon, needle & thread, vintage button, E6000 (or other strong adhesive), silver spoon (another flea market find). Here is a before picture of the vintage file box, it's bigger than a regular recipe box, it holds the big index cards. My mom had this and I snatched it up!
For the lace flower, cut your lace 5 - 6", wide lace needs to be longer for the flower to gather nicely. Do a running stitch along the edge of the lace gathering it up as you go.
When you get to the end pull the thread and gather the lace, pulling as hard as you can with out breaking the thread. I use quilting thread, it's strong.Line up the 2 ends and stitch together, knot it and cut the thread.
Tie a bow in your ribbon and glue it on top of the lace flower. Thread the string through the button and tie it in a bow on the back of the button, glue that on top of the ribbon. I let this dry over night.I bent the spoon to form more of a handle and glued my lace flower embellishment on the spoon.
Here is a closeup of the button, I love the cut-outs in it!


I glued the spoon handle on top of the recipe box.
I covered the box with paper from the CS Radiant Paper Pad, I used Mod Podge to glue the paper on. I used the Crafty Secrets Creative Scraps (Garden, Domestic Goddess & Girlfriends), Tim Holtz style, using his Fragments. I glued a Fragment on the part of a Creative Scrap I wanted to use with Glossy Accents, let that dry, cut around the Fragment and glued it on the box lid. I put a Tim Holtz Keyhole in the center of the lid.

I used more Creative Scraps on the box, I mounted them on black card stock before I glued them on.
I threaded the buttons with the cotton thread and glued them on the box.I love the look of the Creative Scraps used this way!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Make sure you check out the other DT blogs below, they have some great tutorials to show you and Heidi has a give-away going on too!!
Smiley from millan.net

20 comments:

Linda B said...

I LOVE your project! Such a cool use of Crafty Secrets. And thanks for the tutorial. You finally give me the courage to make my own ruffled flower:D

chelemom said...

What an incredible recipe box! I love the flower, but I also love how you used those clear fragments! AWESOME!!

Debbie Kaste said...

So cute, Pam. Thanks for the tutorial. What a nice gift that would make for a bride-to-be!

Vicki C said...

AMAZING!!! You just rocked this one girl!! Super cool project and great tutorial!

Heather McNally said...

HOLY MOLY! Girl - you are incredible! LOVE how you used the spoon to make a handle! BRILLIANT!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

OH my word! This is the coolest thing I have ever seen!
I love the spoon handle idea!

rose said...

oh my,this is just amazing, I love it and very very me beautiful work

Viv (VivLyn) said...

I love the recipe box! It is just adorable!! Great tutorial, too!

mindy said...

How cute is that! My daughter and I have been making everything "yo-yo" lately and the lace flowers are just like the yo-yo's. Thanks for the inspiration!

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

This is amazing... not only a great altered project, but wonderful details you've added too!!

Carol (HB) said...

WOWZERS! Totally rockin project Pam!!!!

Marisa said...

Lovely tutorial for the recipe box. Great way of using all those images.

LindaDuke said...

OK - I'm ready to take my post down after drooling over this project my dear. AWESOME!!

MichelleY said...

OMW Piris....you are simply AMAZING! I can't stop looking at all the vintage details on this box. The spoon and lace flower are incredible!

Mary said...

I really love your decorated box. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us.

broni (waterchild12) said...

This is absolutely fantabulous, Pam! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! What beautiful details!!

Leslie Miller said...

Ooooooh, look at all that luscious, fun stuff! Crafting at it's finest! What a wonderful project!

ArtisticInkspirations said...

Pam...what a cute box!! I have one of these old boxes also... a large one and a smaller one.. Now I know I'll have to cover it and make it more "stamped up to date"!! Thanks for sharing!..Connie in NM

Debbie said...

Oh My WORD! Are ya KIDDING ME? This is flat out FABULOUS! Woah! You are one talented chick!

LeAnne said...

Oooh, I love this CS stuff!! Very cute vintagy project!

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