Thursday, 31 August 2017

On the Case

On the Case

Hallo There!

"Goodness me!"  She exclaimed, "It
is the last day of the month....already!"

Expect that rings a chord with a few 
of you - I wonder if we were more aware
of the date in the days prior to the IT takeover
of our lives?  Not sure I can remember that
far back........................!

Hazel Harler is here today to share a
book with us..............not just any book
I hasten to add but a very special book....

 "Hi everybody, I've a decorated book box 
to share with you today.

I used a paper mache book box.

 I glued some crumpled tissue paper to 
the spine and gave the box a coat of gesso 
inside and out.

I covered the box inside and out with
 some script rice paper.

I painted the spine with acrylic paint 
then I dry brushed some white gold
 Starlight metalic paint over it.

 Some of the embellishments I'm using. 

The frame on the photo was heat embossed
 with aged spice Frantage embossing enamel.

I made the stickpins by attaching some beads 
to a couple of headpins with glue.

The branch was painted green then painted
 with some crackle accents and then I dry brushed 
some white gold Starlight paint.

The finished box. 

I also added some roses and a word sticker
 - the photo is of me and my sister.

 I made some photo cards to go into my box. 
This card was covered with rice paper, 
I stapled some folded flowers to one edge 
and added a wooden butterfly.

The photos are me with my mum and dad, 
I won't tell you what year it was but we had
 all the mod cons - you can just about see 
the mangle behind my dad.

This card is covered with rice paper
and I just added some gems. 

The photos are of us with my grandparents. 

I chose the colours because I always remember 
my grandma in later years always wearing a white, 
purple and green cardigan.

 Card again covered with rice paper, 
I embellished the card with wooden birds 
that I'd painted with Starlight paints. 

This is a photo of my lovely Auntie Nellie.

The card is covered with rice paper,
 I also used another piece of rice paper to
 embellish the card and I added some 
seagull die cuts. 

The photo is me and my sister with dad 
on a caravan holiday.

The cards are in their box and because I didn't
 go mad with the embellishments 
I have room for more cards.

 I've enjoyed making the cards but I think
 words are missing so I'll sort that out later."


Impression Obsession seagull die.

wooden shapes, lace, beads, headpins,
 skelleton leaves, gems.

Thank you Hazel for showing us
some of your beautiful memories 
in your gorgeous memory book

Those rice papers really lend themselves
to this sort of project don't they?  So many
designs to choose from too - bound to be
something to suit every mood and/or taste

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx


  1. Brilliant! I so love these little boxes. Happy crafty week, Angela xXx

  2. This would make a lovely 'precious things' box for granddaughters with pictures of them. Now when I get a minute.......

  3. A beautiful box of precious memories Hazel! xxx


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