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Sunday, February 9, 2014

My LOVE for Greencrafting SHINES for Week 2 of Anything But a Card Challenges No. 32

Good Morning Everyone! Today begins week two of Challenge Number 32 at Anything But a Card Challenges. CLICK HERE to jump over to the challenge intro and where to LINK UP your creations. Today my work is featured with a few of the other designers... CLICK HERE to check out the other design team projects today for some amazing inspiration!

The Challenge... Anything But a Card Challenge #32 - Tic...Tac...LOVE!! Our fabulous team of creatives put our heads together to put a visual twist on a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge. The concept is the same... take your pick of three in a row!

Please choose your Tic-Tac-Toe row
 to use as your creative mojo!
{either straight across, down or diagonal}

Choose your direction and follow
the key below for square descriptions:

1.) Red
2.) Recycling
3.) Glitter {can be loose or liquid type like Stickles}
4.) Bling it ON! {beads, gems, buttons, sequins and baubles - the sparkly bits}
5.) Heart
6.) Sprays and Mists
7.) Ribbons, Fibers and Trims... oh MY!
8.) Black
9.) Lace

Please share any current project you have created and JUST REMEMBER... create anything EXCEPT a card for this challenge. Please mention and LINK BACK to this challenge. ALSO - Please new projects only {no-backlinking}. :)

**A REMINDER** This Challenge will go through midnight February 22nd giving you 2 weeks to play along and ENJOY the creative process!


I am all about greencrafting - so it's obvious that I would choose that option. I have an Altoid Tin sanded and ready to alter which would be a perfect place to stash those special little love notes! To start - I pounced on a variety of reds and black Ranger Alcohol inks to cover the printing on the box and giving a hammered metal texture to the box. I rubbed some metal hardware to match and attached as a closure and raised feet {feet are Ideology Hitch Fasteners}.

I taped my Heart Hands Mask from UmWowStudio down with blue painters tape to hold it down while fill in the stencil with PaperArtsy Grunge Paste. This stuff is fabulous!!! It gives me just the build up of relief with the stencil to transform my recycled box into something more sculptural.

When dry, I rubbed the raised Grunge Paste hands with Inka Gold Metallic Rub in Haematite {a beautiful steely-pewter grey}. I also went back with some black spray mist to fill in the crevices, buffed away and reapplied a second coat - giving a real metallic shine!

Then I needed some dimensional hearts! So I decided to experiment and play a little. I have this pot of Viva Decor Red Glitter-Paste which was the perfect shimmery color of red that will give contrast and "POP" on the box. I added some packing tape to the back of  the Heart Confetti Mask from UmWowStudio and burnished down with my bone folder. Then I dragged the glitter paste across the stencil using a recycled gift card {free tools are best}, and filled each heart with glittery goodness. The glitter-paste has little pearly beads in it so not only are the hearts red and shimmery, but they have a little dimension, too! I let this sit aside to dry all day while I was at work and that evening they were ready to pop out. Needless to say - I am still peeling the dried paste off of my stencil... though I have a million little glittery hearts for my crafting pleasure.


I have some pretty fiber wrapped chenille stems which I cut to wrap around the feet; then I twisted around some black fun fur for a finishing touch.

Using Diamond Glaze, I layered and adhered down my glittery hearts. Some are stacked two high, the center heart held in my metallic hands is four hearts stacked large to small.

A LOVE-ly Treasure Box...
Perfect to Hold Love Notes!

The finishing touch is a final coating of Amazing Clear Cast Resin {not pictured since it's hard to see and photograph} sealing this with a KISS and giving it a high gloss finish!

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Products used: Various Ranger Alcohol inks {including Cranberry, Currant, Red Pepper, and Pitch Black}; Ditto Glimmer Mist in Black; PaperArtsy Grunge Paste; Viva Decor Red Glitter-Paste; Heart Hands Mask from UmWowStudio, Heart Confetti Mask from UmWowStudio; Inka Gold Metallic Rub; Diamond Glaze Dimensional adhesive; misc brads from stash and Ideology Hitch Fasteners; black fun fur; fiber wrapped chenille stem; Amazing Clear Cast Resin and recycled Altoid Tin.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you find a little time to play along. I look forward to seeing what you create {CLICK HERE to LINK UP your projects}.  :) Sb


  1. This is absolutely gorgeous. I would love that Hearts Hands mask

  2. I love your project! You are always so creative!

  3. Genius altered tin! Such a clever way to make the feet - and the inks look beautiful!
    Alison x

  4. I love your technique with the paste. It looks awesome. Your "Treasure Box" is fabulous. Thank you for sharing it this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. It's a beautiful project. ~Michelle

  5. This is fabulous Diana..truly treasure from Trash!

  6. This tin is absolutely stunning! The hearts look so pretty and I love the hands! :) Very creative! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog!

  7. How awesome is this! I like the metallic finish and your alcohol ink application to get that metal finish. Very cool.


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