Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Petite Inspiration Box Swap

The pics you've been waiting for!  Here is my Petite Inspiration Box - with the bird's nest theme. I put together the contents (see below) and struggled with how to decorate the box itself.  because my theme was red and powder blue, i thought the box had to follow suit.  Once i decided to just go with the tried and true sepia vintage/copper/robins egg blue - it all came together.
I sanded, gesso'd then covered the matchbox with vintage book pages.  For the top i used precut scalloped ovals (from paper source) as a base for a paper bird with skeleton leaf wings.  A bit of vintage script from an old letter as a sort of banner and a touch of whimsy with the blue chip trading stamps and sparkly flower.
The copper mesh nest was the perfect place to hold my hand-made speckled eggs. I forgot all about the ends until i saw pics on-line of someone else's box  - so the button and ribbon was a last minute touch.
This is what the three recipients would see when they opened their jam packed box.
I wrapped assorted ribbons and trims around a vintage flash card and attached it with lady bug stick pins.  Some two tone MSL twine and some lace pieces complete the
fiber selection.
In the paper realm, i included a page from a gardening book, two foreign dictionary pages,a mini book or locket, some silly chicken stickers, a mini magnet, red foil sticker and a milk cap.  The yellow matchbook is actually flower seeds.
This shows more goodies - red and blue sticker labels, a vellum envie and note card, red photo corners (5 because you need 4 and you always lose one!), bird postage stamps, some word game cards, some bird images and a faux stock certificate.
 In the chunky doodad group you can really see the red and blue theme come alive.  A butterfly, some lady bugs, a wee bird, buttons, marbles, beads, leaf sequins, a vase shaped glass bead with a flower, and some hand painted earrings.
In the metal assortment were various charms butterflies and dragon flies, a winged horse, some copper scrap angel wings, a key tag a brass ring and teardrop finding and an opticians lens.  all the little things fit in the tin case.
I gave each person two little birds and three eggs wrapped in a napkin and wrapped with the stem of the blue paper flower.  I tried to stick within the "guidelines" and just send what would fit in the box itself.  But i had some over flow!
I really had fun putting these together.  But that was NOTHING compared to the joy of receiving the boxes in the mail, from my trading partners.  Just wait til i show you!


Redfish Artwork by Vickie Fisher said...

Your boxes turned out so beautiful. Someone is going to love receiving their box from you. Great job!

Zenetta said...

Wow what treasures they received! great job Diane. I liked the way everything flowed together and am totally amazed that it all could fit