Thursday, November 3, 2011

Altered Cigar Boxes - Shabby Chic

This year I started participating in a monthly Altered Cigar box Swap, and I would like to share with you a few of the boxes that I have created in the Shabby Chic Style. All of these boxes started out as “naked” boxes. They are unfinished 8x8 wooden boxes that can be found in the wood section at your craft department stores. They are usually less than $5.

Dressing Room
For this box I used Prima's Annalee paper to cover the box and the dress form. I distressed the edges to make it look more Shabby. The sides of the box are painted a very soft blue, with White Crackle around the corners. I added gold rub and buff to the edges and on top of the crackle to make the box appear dirty and weathered.

Timeless Bliss
Again this box uses the Webster's Pages Hollywood Vogue paper. I made a spray of Prima Roses and used some of the Tim Holtz film strip as filler in the spray. This box is so elegant; it was really hard to part with it.

1920's Fashion Couture
I wanted this box to be sexy and rich. I used Webster's Pages Hollywood Vogue paper collection, since the 20's were about Glamour, Hollywood, and sex appeal.

Pretty in Pink
This box was designed around Pink Paislee's Sweetness collection. I replaced the glass of an ornate frame with a wedding dress applique then nested a hand painted cameo in the center. Add a spray of Prima Roses and trimmed the box in lace, velvet ribbon, and half back pearls.

These boxes are gorgeous keepsakes. They are perfect for storing mini albums, or fill them with goodies for a friend’s birthday or Christmas present. Christmas will be here before you know it. Start planning now to alter one of these cute boxes for a special someone this holiday season.

Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs


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