Friday, 3 January 2014

Then as an angel face and wings…

Not only is it release day for the gorgeous Steampunk Gals images at Simply B Stamps, drawn by the uber talented Betty herself, but we’ve also got a new challenge at Simply Steampunk Challenges to use wings or grunge it up.  For my project I got to play with the image of my awesome teamie, Lisa H.

I decided to use both challenge options and grunge up my “secret box” as well as adding some beautiful wings in Steampunk style with lots of metal as well as cogs and clocks and pocket watches galore.

The box is rather special, perfect for keeping some suitably Steampunk jewellery inside.

I first saw this box on a challenge blog and I had to go look at the creator’s blog, Cindy, of Cins Creations, is an amazingly talented crafter.  She is also generous with her crafting and kindly offered the Silhouette file for the box to readers so after becoming a follower I sent off a request and quick as a flash I had the files and a link to another crafter’s blog post, Norma of From My Craft Room, with instructions for making up the box.  Having the cut files certainly made making the box so much easier and both she and Norma made exquisite secret boxes – go check out their amazing work.

To decorate my box I distressed all my designer paper, which, helpfully for a grunge themed project, was already grungy in style.  On reflection I think I should have done the base in a Tim Holtz Distress brown cardstock but I am still pleased with how the box turned out.  I distressed up some of my embellies too, not having enough variety in aged gold.  For the wings on the top I aged my copper metal sheet with Vintaj Patinas that matched the colours of my designer paper.  The sentiment comes with Steampunk Lisa H; I just used Photoshop to give it a steamy kind of effect.

So hopefully you’re feeling inspired to get all Steampunky and grungy or to get out all those winged embellies in your stash and will come play along with our challenge.

As this is definitely not a card I’m entering it in the current All Crafts Challenge at Craft My Life.  I’m also entering it the current anything goes challenges at Crafting From the Heart and Scribble & Scrap.

Skin E50, E51, E53 (cheeks E01, E02, R02)
Eyes B93, B95, B97, 0
Lips RV34, RV63, RV66
Hair BV20, BV23, BV25, BV29, 100
Outfit BV20, BV23, BV25, BV29, RV91, RV93, RV95, RV99
Dies & SVGs etc
Spellbinders Nestabilities – Stately Circles
Eyelet Outlet Brads – Gears & Pocket Watch
Prima Junkyard Findings – Tiny Clock Parts
Watch Parts from stash
Inks & Paints etc
Rub’nBuff – Gold Leaf
StazOn – Black
Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Tea Dye & Walnut Stain
Vintaj Patinas – Jade, Moss & Verdigris
7 Dots Studio 9th Wave – Deep Water, Seam Foam & Stormy Sea
American Crafts Cardstock – Black
Artools Metal Sheet – Copper

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Emily your flair always amazes me I just love these xx

  2. Emily, you never fail to impress me with your artistic abilities. You have done a magnificent job with "me" and made a fantastic hidden treasure box, to boot. Love it!

  3. Emily, your project is gorgeous! love all of your awesome ideas and creations.

  4. Wow!!! This is beautiful and so creative!!!

  5. It is an awesome project, and thanks for all the tips and suggestions... When I get a machine capable of Cutting SVG files i will definitely give it a go :)

  6. Your box turned out fabulous! I love how you distressed everything! Your coloring is fabulous!!!

  7. Oh WOW Elizabeth, it's absolutely gorgeous!! I feel so honored that you've used my secret box as the example, this is stunning!!!

  8. Absolutely STUNNING work...
    Love all your details..

  9. this is such a beautiful box with your image! love the details you've added. :)

  10. Absolutely stunning project love all the grunge and gorgeous image and fabulous colouring-thanks for joining us at Crafting From the Heart
    Carol DT x

  11. WOW, what an utterly stunning creations, love the image, you have used, your colouring is amazing.. thank you for playing along with us at Scribble and Scraps this fortnight, best of luck xxx

  12. Wow such a beautiful project thankyou for sharing it with us at crafting from the heart challenge blog.
    Blog co-owner

  13. This is fabulous. Incredible colouring.

    Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

  14. So pretty Thank you for joining us at Crafting from the hearts third challenge good luck best wishes from Sharon DT member see you next time xxx

  15. Gorgeous work, I love it! Thank you so much for joining our All Crafts challenge-hope to see you join us again soon :-) Elaine-xxx-

  16. Great work and the jewelry box is really neat. Thank you for joining and sharing with us All Crafts Challenge.
    Deborah ACC DT


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