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So Suzy Stamps~ Altered Box

Good Morning my crafty friends,I'm here, with some inspiration for

With our "Happiness Is..." Challenge going on, I thought I'd do an altered box using the Happiness Is... stamp & the Open Road corresponding sentiment. I matched them with the Vintage Balloon stamp. Love this "Happiness Is..." series...there's something for everyone and for every occasion! 

I started with a small box I had and used Gesso all over, this is so that the paints and other mediums I used would have  something to grab on to -Gesso gives your projects "Some tooth". 
I then used various stencils with homemade texture paste (1 part glue, 2 parts white acrylic Paint and 2 parts Plaster of Paris or talc- Mix it up really well and voila!). This gave my box dimension and of course different textures. Allow to completely dry before next steps.

 Then I added different spray mists (Lindy's Stamp Gang, Distress Stain in Antique Bronze, Hedi Swapp Color Shine). Dry completely with your heat tool in between so they don't get "Muddy". I then stamped the Vintage Balloon onto tissue paper in Versamark Sepia (Important to use Archival Inks as then it won't smear/run). I adhered the images to the box with Gel Medium (Modge Podge can also be used). 
I embossed the  Vintage Balloon onto chipboard and fussy cut it out and added some bling for extra dimension.
I then created a tag using the
Happiness Is... and decorated it with Enamel Chips in Turquoise, Frantage and sprays. I finished with Brass Buttons and Gears from Memory Box- Mini Gears which were Gesso'd, sprayed and embossed. I also added some Bling to tie them in with the
Vintage Balloon. I finished with the
Open Road sentiment in Black Archival Ink, so it would stand out. 

I've been having a lot of fun getting into Mixed Media! If I don't like something, I can cover it up with Gesso, Paper or decoupage and start again! lol!

 I hope I've inspired you to give it a go!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget about our  "Happiness is..." challenge. If you don't have a blog - you can still enter over at our Facebook group

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics September Challenge 

Crafts Galore Challenge- Anything Goes 

Crafty Time Challenges- Anything But a Card 

Digistamps4Joy Challenge #116- Anything Goes 

Rhedd's Creative Spirit Septemeber Challenge 

World Wide Open Monthly Challenge- September 

Creative Moments Challenge #76- Anything Goes with a Sentiment

613 Avenue Create Challenge #139- Anything Goes 

That Craft Place Challenge- Aug 30- Mixed Media Anything Goes 

Mixed Media World Challenge #6- Gorgeous Textures

We Love To Create Challenge #18- Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes 

PDE Linky Party- Aug 28- Anything Goes 

Happy Craftin'!


Lea Brawn said…
Amazing box. Fabulous details x
fabulous box I like the design, Thanks for playing along with us at the World wide DT Challenge, Good Luck
Kevin xx

Thank you for entering the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #03 and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT Leader
Heather Carney said…
Thanks for joining us at the WWODTC
Heather DT
So very stunning. I totally love the steampunk tag and the embellishments on the balloon. Drop by the Your Scrapbook Place Challenge this month, it's anything goes and we'd love you to share your project. Cheers, Holley
Andrea Beecroft said…
What a neat card I do love all the texture very nicely done. Thank you for sharing it with us over at World Wide Open DT Challenge Blog, good luck. Hugs Andrea DT
Janis Lewis said…
What a beautiful box!
~DT Janis, PDE Linky Party
Jackie Trinder said…
Hi this is a fantastic box I love how you have decorated it. Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge 21 Anything Goes. Hugs Jackie DT
Toni said…
Oh I love all the beautiful textures... what a joy this box will be to have treasures in. Thank you for creating with us at Rhedds Creative Spirit
Love this love the mixed media Thank you for joining us at the WWODTC
Michelle DT
KarinsArtScrap said…
Amy beautiful project
Thanks for join us at
{Digistamps4Joy DT Member}


Thank you so much for playing in our neighbourhood 613 Avenue Create this week. Hope you stop by to play again next week.
Keep Smilin',
Stacey xxx
613 Avenue Create DT
Lasata's Crafty Hideout {My Blog}
Tina Goodwin said…
Beautiful altered box. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog Looking forward to see you again soon.
Toadally Love To Craft {My Blog}
Vicki Hutley said…
Beautiful box! Love all the detail. Thank you for entering the WWODT challenge. Good luck with your entry.
Vicki, DT Member
Cindy said…
Cute project. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Time this month
Beautiful altered box. Love the mixed media design. Fabulous! I'm so happy to have your creation entered in our challenge at Digistamps4Joy this month. Come join us again next month Amy. Have nice moments always :)
Qinaahana Arts and Crafts {My Blog}
Desire Fourie said…
Amy this is another beautiful project with wonderful attention to detail and perfect for our THIRD challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
{World Wide Open Design Team Challenge DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}
Jackie C said…
Wow, great work, well done and good luck!
Hugs, Jackie
Erin Stewart said…
Great textures and colours! Thanks for joining us over at That Craft Place. Crafty hugs, Erin xx
Judy McKay said…
Beautiful altered box. Lovely colours and design. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. Hope to see you back here again son. Judy DT
Rupa S said…
Your first picture made me think this was a canvas! Great alteration. Thanks for sharing this with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month. Good Luck. Rupa (DT).
Linette said…
I love this! I really do. It´s so beautiful! And the colors are perfect
Thanks for joining the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.
Good luck.

Greetz Linette
Jackie C said…
Amy! This is superb! Thank you for entering at ds4j. Jackie DT member.

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