Sunday, 30 December 2012

Fashionable Surprises..

Hello all – I hope those of you that celebrate had a lovely Christmas, we did in our house but all too quickly it’s gone ! Over at fashionable stamping though we are still in a little bit of the festive spirit as our last challenge of 2012 is our own little secret Santa, brilliantly suggested by Joanne…we have each made a project which will be posted out to one of our team members, but we don’t know who we are getting it from till it arrives – yipee I love surprises ! So – the theme for all of you out there is ‘surprise us’. All you have to do is post a surprise on your blogs for us to visit. My project is a paper Mache book box -
I started with a layer of gesso and some texture paste through a harlequin stencil before adding acrylic paint, distress crackle paint and some stamping.
I cut the letter from grungeboard and applied crackle paint. It’s an E (for me!) currently, but I have stuck it temporarily so I can change it for the letter of the person I’m sending it too. I added flowers, chit chat stickers, die cut flourishes (Marianne creatable dies) dots of stickles and some gold rub n buff to highlight edges. 

and here is a little pic of the back

So – all you have to do is create whatever takes your fancy and post it so we can come and be surprised…remember there MUST be some stamping on your project, NO digi stamps please.

I'm sharing my altered book box here - 
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Live and Love Crafts - Anything but a card,
Divas by design - Anything Goes 
Paper crafting journey - Anything Goes
Stampin for weekend - Anything goes,

Thanks for stopping by – and I wish you all a very Happy New Year…Esther xx


  1. A flabby project indeed Esther! Glad you had. Great Christmas! Happy New Year!

  2. beautiful! a very lucky person indeed is going to love this :-) Debi x

  3. A beautifully tactile piece Esther and what a lovely idea with the Secret Santa.

    Wishing you a Happy New Year,

    B x

  4. Hi Esther...I think a D (?) will look fantastic on the front of this!!!! lol The colours look fantastic and the crackle really sets it all off! Great work Esther...Happy New Year
    Dot x

  5. A fabulous altered piece Esther full of wonderful techniques and gorgeous embellishments.
    Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year and may 2013 bring everything that you would want it to.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  6. This is great, Esther! Love all the texture. Funnily enough, I bought a papier mache book box to decorate yesterday too,

    Lucy (Spelt with an 'L' ......)

  7. Wow, Esther, it's a fantastic project with great details. Looks really wonderful.

  8. Hi Esther, your book box is stunning - really fresh and springlike with the gorgeous flowers. I love all the texture you've added too. Wishing you a very happy, healthy and crafty New Year
    Claire xx
    PS Great minds think alike, or as my grannie would say, fools never differ lol

  9. Fantastic project, the details and textures look beautiful.
    Very best wishes to you and your family for the coming Year.
    Yvonne x

  10. Oh la la! Love your altered book Esther! Fabulous touches with crackle paint and the flowers look very elegant. And what a clever thing with a temporary 'E'! Great project my friend and someone will be really happy to receive it!

    Best wishes for the happy and excitingly creative New Year to you and yours!
    Joanna xx

  11. Pretty gorgeous creation.


  12. Hi Esther, this is a beautiful project and such a gorgeous colour. The crackle gives a wonderful texture.
    Best wishes to you and yours for a Very Happy New Year.
    Avril xx

  13. Gorgeous book box Esther, so many fabulous techniques and textures and so pretty, love it :)
    Happy New Year & thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
    hugs Mandy xx

  14. Lovely project Esther!
    Happy New Year to you and your family!
    xx Ellie xxx

  15. Glorious texture on this beautiful altered book box, Esther - it's really special! Love the crackle effect, especially on the E, and the stamping is lovely!
    Alison x

  16. This is a great idea and I would love to receive a gift like that. I do like all your vintage images on the sidebars - they are fab. Thanks for stopping by to see me and leaving such a nice comment on my card.


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