Monday, March 26

Inside the Box

We have a fun new challenge for you this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - INSIDE THE BOX. If you joined us last week, thanks so much for sharing and participating! Find some crafting time this week if you can and let's play inside the box!

It's been great having Bonnie (Nox) with us this month as our guest designer! Be sure to stop by and check out her wonderful creations. Wishing you the best Bonnie, and I am looking forward to seeing more of your creativity. 

With this week's challenge, I altered a simple cardboard gift box and made a brightly colored mini album to fit inside. I had fun playing with the colors and images and thinking Spring. (yep, still snow here)

I started altering the box by painting it inside and out, then went in with a contrasting color and a couple of stencils.

Once the bottom part of the box was dry, I added some washi tape to keep the box parts from sticking together.

Next step some doodling...

...then, some stamping and finally I added the butterflies with the Simon Says Stamp stencil from the April Card Kit.

I cut two strips of Ranger's heavy weight manila card stock, 3" x 9" and scored it every 3", then I overlapped one section from each and adhered them together. Time for the paint! I squirted on some blue, green and yellow in a somewhat thick layer, brushed it around, then pressed sections together to get this great texture.

Once the first layer was completely dry, I went in with some stencils from my stash, and dabbed in the designs with contrasting colors.

Next layer is stamped images. I used one of Birgit Koopsen's mixed media flowers, and Simon's Artsy Flower Parts set.

I stenciled butterflies into my spring garden, and added details with paint and ink pens.

A bit of sari ribbon to tie off the finished book.

Details of one side of the book with my hand lettered saying.
"Spring...that glorious time of rebirth"

Other side...
"I have no other wish than a close fusion with Nature." Claude Monet

Final touch - a bit of sari ribbon to tie the book closed.

Now, it's your turn to think inside the box! I hope you are inspired to join us this week. One participant will be chosen for a $50 voucher given each week by our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp!


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  1. What an amazing make! The bright and cheery designs and colours make me very happy, thanks for the smiles 😁. Happy Spring and wishing you a wonderful new week! J 😊

    1. Thanks so much Jo! Happy Spring to you! Maura

  2. Gorgeous box and little art book Maura! I love the vibrant spring colours and the stamping and stencilling, doodling, altogether everything is artsy and fabulous! Claude Monet would be proud :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. Oh my! This is such a happy project! I lone the vibranf and fresh colors with all the crazy patterns. We all miss Spting so much! Hugs, Marzena

  4. Wow! Great project, Maura! I love the bright colors and the funky patterns!! So fun!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  5. Wonderful Maura! I love the bright colors, and especially love the fun patterns in the mini album!

  6. Super cool project Maura! You're one of the most creative mind in our crafty world!!!! This box is outstanding, love the way you altered the box and mini album is fantastic! barbara

  7. i LOVE how colorful is this project, just as your beautful soul! I love the quote! So creative <3

  8. what an amazing upcycled project Maura and the detail on the mini album is so beautiful.Happy Easter my friend, hugs kath xxx

  9. Fabulous project Maura! This is just so bright and beautiful and makes me feel so happy when I look at's gorgeous! Happy Easter my friend... <3

  10. This is such a fantastic creation, Maura. The colors and patterns you created are so fun and beautiful! :)

  11. Maura!!! If ever you and I needed concrete evidence that we share a muse, this week proves it! We both did a folding book in a box! And your turned out SooOoOOo cool! What a great use of stamps and colors here. I love everything about this and it made me want to make a box with a book in it...oh, wait! Ha, ha! Check that off the list! Until next week, my crafty compadre.

  12. What a fabulous project, Maura! Love the fun and bright colors and the amazing patterns. Hugs, Sandra


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