Sunday, December 12, 2010

MY BUSY BOX

I know that many of you are familiar, or friends, with Elizabeth of Bluebird Papercrafts (formerly Creative Breathing). She makes such wonderful and cute little crafts and projects! And "E" is so generous with sharing her pictures and ideas, too. I recently used one of her creations as inspiration for one of my own.

This is Elizabeth's Shadow Box ~
Stunning, isn't it?

And this is my version ~


I call it my "busy box" because it has so many cubbies that it keeps your eyes busy! I used a box that held some Melissa & Doug craft items (the beads that I spelled Merry Christmas with). These boxes are awesome! Whenever I see them at thrift shops and yard sales, I scoop them up!
I painted it white with red trim, and then started to find little things in my craft stash to use. With so many squares, it took quite some time to match papers and trinkets to my satisfaction. But, I'm quite pleased with it! Of course, I put a random cherry paper in near the bottom right - not Christmasy, but I don't care!

This was so much fun - thanks for the inspiration, Elizabeth!

Now I'm working on a decoupaged jewelry box for my niece's present. Another "borrowed" idea from Magpie Ethel! I'll show it to you in a few days when I'm finished with it. (Yes, I know, I still haven't finished my December tag-along - maybe this afternoon . . . )

16 comments:

Denise said...

I have to make one for myself right after christmas.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Love those "busy boxes"...what a wonderful idea to put all those little bit & bob's! Wanna make one for me!!! I think that will be an after Christmas project!
Deb :)

Kit said...

Wow! Great job, such a colorful and entertaining box. I love it! Kit

~~Carol~~ said...

Reeeeeally cute, Sue, and every bit as stunning as Elizabeth's! As soon as I saw hers, I knew I wanted to make one too. I started it several weeks ago, but unfortunately I've had to put it aside and I don't think I'll get to finish it until next year!

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Very cute

Cherry Chick said...

Oh Sue! They are both just as cute as they could possibly be. Each unique and both perfect for you and Elizabeth. Just charming.

Kelly said...

I've got a wooden house shaped 'box' that I've been wanting to do something like this with. I've been thinking about putting in family pictures and special trinkets. Thanks for sharing.

Pieceful Bits said...

Sweet!!! I have a few of these and had full intentions of making one ..of course they are still in my closet waiting for the project to begin.
Happy Holidays
(~~)
Julie

Linda @ A La Carte said...

That is just adorable!!

CAS said...

So cute! Thank you for sharing a very cute and clever idea.
CAS

Creative Breathing said...

Oh Sue! Forgive me for not recognizing you by Susan! This busy box is absolutely wonderful! It makes me want to make another! So clever to look for sorting boxes. I will definitely keep my eyes open. Thank you for all that you inspire, all your red. and just every wonderful thing you share with us! Merry Christmas! Elizabeth

PS I should let my readers know, Bluebird Papercrafts is when I Paper craft, Creative Breathing everything else! LOL, I confuse myself! E

Sandy said...

Sue,
This is fantastic!!!! I have to find a shadow box at a garage sale or such! I would love one of these for next year....no time this year from here on out! Your blog is always a fun place to come, but especially at Christmas with all of your side images! Just love it all!!!! Thanks for sharing, it gives more options! :) Sandy

Carey said...

I love your busy box. What a great idea. Love your blog holiday look. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.
Hugs,
Carey

Ann said...

You are so creative. I saw one friend who made this.

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Your busy box is awesome. Great job.

NanE said...

LOVE your busy box! You have inspired me to make one too!