Saturday, June 1, 2013

June Stampsmith Challenge: Alter It!

Hi Dreamers!
I am happily cool today!  The new air conditioner is all installed and humming along nicely!  Hooray!
And, today is my 28th wedding Anniversary!  Going to go out for dinner tonight to celebrate.

As it is the first of the month, it is time for a new Stampsmith Challenge.   This month we are challenging you to Alter a box, bag, or book using at least one Stampsmith Stamp.   The prize is a $21 gift certificate!

Here is my Design Team Altered project:

I altered a 4 1/2" Paper Mache box (photo below).  I like the way the paper mache takes the ink.   I did try to stamp directly onto the lid---which did not work well at all.  LOL. I was able to "fix" that by covering the lid with Kraft CS after I did all the stamping.


Cardstock: glossy white, Kraft, dark green
Ink: Red Pepper and Butterscotch Adirondack; Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo Distress, Black Dye
Fabri-Tac Glue
Die Cuts: Fence from My Favorite Things, Grass from AMuse Studios


  • Stamp the Sunflower on Glossy white CS by applying Butterscotch ink on the center of the stamp and then Red Pepper over the rest of the stamp.  
  • Heat set ink
  • Cut out Sunflower and Distress lightly with Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo ink
  • Stamp "Botanica" sentiment and bees with Black dye ink
  • Cut a circle from Kraft CS the same size as the lid.  (Use the lid to draw the circle on the CS.)  
  • Apply Red Pepper and Butterscotch ink to the Kraft CS circle.
  • Glue the cut out Sunflower onto the Kraft CS circle

  • Apply Red Pepper and Mustard Seed inks to the box--cover completely with inks.  I used a Ranger applicator tool and it worked great.  
  • Glue the Sunflower and Kraft CS piece to the top of the lid
  • Glue assorted brown and cream buttons to the lid.  I used Fabri-Tac glue.
  • Tie a bow and glue to top of lid

  • Glue a piece of ribbon to the lip of the lid
  • Tie another bow and glue to lip of lid
  • Die Cut fence from Kraft CS and make faux wood by distressing  with Red Pepper and Vintage Photo inks
  • Glue to side of box

  • Die cut grass from dark green CS and glue to box over the fence
There!  Wasn't that fun??!!  Now, I can fill my little box with all kinds of things.  If I need a quick gift, I can fill it with chocolates.  Or, I could use my box to store buttons, or paper clips, or trinkets.  A very useful thing, my little box.  I hope you will give altering a try and link up your project on the Stampsmith Challenge blog.  And, check out our Guest Designer Paula Tidman's altered book.  

******I would like to enter my Botanica box in the Fashionable Stampers Alter It Challenge.
Simon Says Stamp and Show: wood--my fence is made of wood
Rogue Redhead Designs: flowers***********

Well, I guess that is all for now.  I have some fun things planned for Sunday and may not have time to post.  So, for sure I will be back on Monday with a few fun ways to use ribbon!!  Doesn't that sound fun?!! 
I hope you have a great weekend!!  Love ya.


  1. Hi Karen, such a beautifully make over, gorgeous sunny colours and love the addition of buttons and ribbon. xx

  2. Gosh Karen this is so beautiful x

  3. Gosh Karen this is so beautiful x

  4. Gorgeous project! Thanks for playing the May Flowers Rebel Challenge!

  5. Stunning box! Beautifully altered! Love the picket fence around it! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  6. Lovely altered box! Thanks for joining the Rogue Redhead Rebel Challenge.

  7. Karen..your altered paper mache hat box is so cute! I love the colors you've used. The little buttons around the edge are darling. The picket fence around the bottom is such a cute die cut! Love the sunflower on the top and the cute polka dot ribbon you've used as an embellishment! Thanks so much for sharing this adorable box with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  8. What a scrumptious altered box!
    Alison x

  9. Happy Anniversary!!!! love your altered box !!!


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