Saturday, 2 April 2011

Mini Catalogue Blog Hop!

Hello,

If you've just joined me from Vals page, Hello!! You'll be following the Blog Hop, and I hope you've enjoyed yourself so far.

Don't you love the mini? (tardy with the linkage, I know) but I'm sure you've been tempted to look through it by some of the gorgeous projects you've already seen. I have to say I was delighted as soon as I spotted the Botanical Gazette Papers and the Nature Walk stamp set (being a back to front reader, I got to them before the Bigshot, at which point I squeaked a lot, much to Dear Fella's amusement).

If you don't already know, I used to work in several museums and art galleries which I'd known since I was a small child and have many memories of peering into trays full of eggs, butterfly and insect specimens gathered from all four corders of the globe, and so together these inspired my project - My own little wall mountable Specimen Box.


The various componants were gathered from my garden and the local parks, which just put on their years blossom show and in the case of the eggs, pinched from an old easter decoration! The blossoms were squished between several heavy books (protected by a couple of layers of Kitchen paper) and dried.

The box was very simple to make - simply a flat gift box made from chipboard and covered with the beautiful Botanical Gazette Papers. There was so much variety in the pack it was hard to choose! The middle was cut out so that a Window Sheet could be put in and the whole outside was distressed a little more with Crumb Cake and the inks and sanding blocks from the Distressing Kit, just to knock a bit of the shine off. 

It doesn't show so well, but the small egg were stamped onto CS (Very Vanilla) that had been dampened and scrunched, before being distressed with inks from the Distressing Kit, and generally being treated rather roughly. The flowers and the darling little bees were stamped in Soft Suede straight onto the the backing paper, which again was from the Botanical Gazette Set.


To finish, i used some of the beautiful new Seam Binding Ribbon, which is so light and silky, and creases well to give that 'old' look. I used some of the ribbon braiding and wrapped the ends around the box and tied them in a bow. To finish, I used a couple of buttons (from The IB&C, but only because silly me forgot to include the gorgeous new ones in her order - Do'h!) and popped on a pearl, for they have to be included on everything now.





Thank you so much for popping by and off you go now to see what Jacqui has in store for you - bon voyage!


32 comments:

  1. This is AMAZING! I love it!!!

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  2. Thank you so much! I'm rather proud x

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  3. This is absolutely gorgeous Helen, I love the whole idea, it's an amazing project. x

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  4. Beautiful! How did you do the 'braiding' on the ribbon?

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous, love the attention to detail

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  6. Oh this is simply beautiful - the ribbon detail is very original and is stored away in my ' Mmm, must try that' brain compartment !!! - B.

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  7. What a lovely idea and so gorgeous. So much attention to detail.

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  8. Wow Helen, what a fab project. TFS. Zoë x

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  9. Amazing! what a great project.Linda x

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  10. I love what you have done with the ribbon, it's so beautiful.

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  11. I'm going to show folks how do do it at the Peterborough training and I hope they will pass it on. Its hard to explain in writing so i need to set up a camera and film it for the blog - not my area of expertise!

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  12. OMG I am in awe of your specimen box it is absoloutley stunning!!!!!

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  13. What an amazing project - so beautiful!!

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  14. WOW! This is amazing. What a fantastic hop project. Thank you so much for sharing. Such a lovely idea ;0) xxx

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  15. Cait and I are just looking at your lovely work and Cait now wants to make one as well!!!!

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  16. This is gorgeous and in my favourite style. Thanks for your hard work.

    Karen xx

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  17. Great project and it's just given me an idea for a frame problem I have! Thanks.

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  18. Oh my gosh Nell, this is absolutely stunning! Love it!

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  19. what a unique idea- its great

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  20. Wow that is just beautiful!
    Clare x

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  21. Oooh this is jaw-droppingly beautiful! What a perfect project for these papers and stamps.. thanks so much for sharing!

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  22. Wow, this is gorgeous!! We went to Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery in Glasgow last week. My two year old took great delight in peering into all those drawers full of butterflies and insects and my 5 year old was fascinated by the teeny tiny hummingbird eggs and the huge ostrich eggs.

    I love how you did the ribbon on the front of the box. Any chance you could share a tutorial on how to do it? Or email some instructions? Pretty please?!!

    Thanks!

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  23. This is such a stunning project, and the ribbon is so beautiful!
    TFS, Michelle xx

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  24. Fabulous project! Love it

    Ali x

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  25. Hey Helen, This is wonderful and so intricate. Just beautiful, perfect for a blog hop!

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  26. Love the ribbon treatment Helen! Your box could almost be a museum piece it's brilliant :)

    Carol xxx

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  27. This is fabulous!! Love it!

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  28. Oh my goodnes this creations is the best peice by far on the whole of the ilws blog hop, never seen such beauty, i do hope you will put it in the stampin connections gallery!

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