Saturday, August 1, 2015

Rhedd's Creative Spirit-Guest Designer-Altered Box

Why hello y'all!

I am super duper excited to be a guest designer for August for Rhedd's Creative Spirit! This is a mixed media/altered art challenge blog and the challenges are always anything goes. Hope to see your creations! 

I decided to Upcycle a box ribbon dispenser into a cell phone charger storage station. This is a gift for a 13 year old and her Birthday is today! 
I started with a box that had holes in the front. I had to ask an employee at the craft store what the holes were for. Lol! Ribbon dispenser is what she told me. I took out the metal rivets so I could add my paint with no worries. 
The birthday girl is a girlie girl so I went with purples and whites (mostly). The modeling paste was applied through a damask stencil and left to dry. I totally forgot to take pictures of the process. Oops! 
The same modeling paste was used on the lid and applied through the CWS stencil Art Is. I then painted some DecoArt metallic paint over the entire bottom piece just to give it a shimmer. 

For the front of the box I used the mixed media die from Tim Holtz and added a large rose and the stamped sentiment from SU. 
The lid was decorated with cheesecloth and flowers that I sprayed with ColorBloom. The roses on the lid were hand made and edged with Stickles glitter. I used the black roses to add some grunge to this piece just because that is me. 
The plaque was made out of polymer clay and stamped with a script stamp, then it was sprayed with the ColorBloom and LSG sprays. The frame was painted with a dry brush of the DecoArt metallic paint. I added the alpha A to personalize the box for the Birthday girl since her name starts with an A. I attached the plaque with some thick cardboard folded in half behind the plaque. 
I do hope she enjoys this hidden phone charger! Her mother says the Birthday girl loves handmade items. Fingers crossed! 

Here is a picture of the box in action! Looks like a decoration and not a phone charging station when the lid is on! Isn't my girl Raj adorable? I wish she was here with me again. 

Thanks so very much for stopping by and having a gander! Hugz and Carpe Diem! ~Niki

I am going to share this make with the following amazing challenges: 

Stamps & Stencils-Happy Holidays/Summer Time-this holiday (Birthday) is always in the Summer time!

The Artistic Stamper-Anything Goes


  1. WOW!!! Amazing make and filled with so many gorgeous details!!! Love the texture, the black roses that add grunge :) and that fantastic plaque!
    Congratulations on your Guest Designer spot! How exciting that is!!!
    Hugs my dear!

    Paper Talk with Samra

  2. Wow Nikki...I love anything that is up cycled and the added bonus being its functional too! This gets full marks on all counts...A little girls delight definitely! Awesome sauce again, Nikki.

  3. Now that is a brilliant idea, love it Niki and the girly girl birthday girl is going to be over the moon! Well done you :O)

  4. Niki, what a wonderful gift you have made--the birthday girl is sure going to love it! Great idea to take an unassuming box and make it into a charger station! I love your stenciling especially the flourish on the sides--so pretty! Your flowers and home made plaque are just WOW! It is just so cool to see you using these colors--so far from your comfort zone, I'm sure! Hug to you, Punkin!

  5. A big congratulations on your guest designer spot Doc, they are lucky to have you on board, even for a quickie!! Your box is just gorgeous and I have to say that the hidden phone charging station is a brilliant plan, one that I might adopt for my own phone!! Love the purple, so elegant and feminine, especially when coupled with the lovely damask pattern. Gorgeous flower and I adore the little monogram frame!! A spectacular makeover project my friend!! hugs :)

  6. Really awesome Niki! I love the idea of a hiding spot for the devices, they are all over the place, so much nicer to look at a custom "house"!
    You rock!

  7. Big Congratulations on your well deserved GD spot, Niki! What a fabulous makeover project, my friend! So many amazing details, beautiful texture and gorgeous flowers! Your plaque is stunning! Love all the colours you used here! Brilliant make and a perfect gift for a 13 years old girl!
    Huge hugs! Branka xxx

  8. Niki this is gorgeous, love the creativity in you and what an awesome colour.xx
    {aNNie The Journey Is The Start My Personal Blog}

  9. Gorgeous alteration, Niki, love the that lavender...beautiful make. Thanks so much for joining us at Artistic stamper this month

  10. What a great idea and beautifully done! Love your paste stencilling and the gorgeous little frame on top . Thank you for joining our challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. Toni x

  11. Ahhh - yes Raj is adorable in that picture Niki. And what a PRECIOUS gift. Can't believe you found a box like that with the perfect holes!!! I bet she loved it. It is very girlie - the colors are so fun. And you gave it so much personality - it's perfect. j.

  12. Ahhh - yes Raj is adorable in that picture Niki. And what a PRECIOUS gift. Can't believe you found a box like that with the perfect holes!!! I bet she loved it. It is very girlie - the colors are so fun. And you gave it so much personality - it's perfect. j.

  13. Such a gorgeous project, and in my favourite colour too! Thank you for being our GDT at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! x

  14. Your roses are stunning as is the design of your box. Beautiful project.
    Julie x

  15. Love how you've used that lattice die to add interest - it's so pretty altogether.
    Alison xx