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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Money isn't always for spending ...!

Edited to add (24th July): not sure what happened but my post disappeared! Have checked all the settings and everything appears okay ..... a little spooked and mightily confused. Thank you to the kind person who emailed me to let me know.

For this weeks inspiration post over at Love to Create, I have decided to make a money box to help save for Christmas but not Christmas Day per say but of course the Christmas sales ...

I began by painting the MDF money box with Maimeri yellow acrylic paint. Once dried I sanded the paint to dull the colour and then covered the sides in light gold metallic pan pastel.  Next I mixed white pearlescent pan pastel (dust) with Maimeri matt medium and dry brushed this on to all edges and corners. Again once dry, I lightly sanded to distress the colours further. Using the PAB Perfect Poinsettia stamps, I randomly stamped all over the money box using red stazon. All the images were coloured with permanent red pan pastel and then highlighted with magenta pan pastel.

I also stamped the poinsettia images on to red(ish) card and coloured as before, cutting each image out. Layering the stamped images randomly over the box helped create movement and texture .... and also fill in any huge gaps. (Photos below show the 3 sides sides).

On the front I have used a stampbord panel but have coloured the panel with light gold metallic pan pastel and then dry brushed a layer of the white fine pearlescent pan pastel mixed with matt gel. Again I randomly stamped the poinsettia image and coloured as per the money box. I used my stampbord tools to highlight all the veins and also on the sentiment.

The scrabble tiles have been cut and mounted with 3D foam to help them stand out further. 

To keep with the saving theme, I have added some 1p and 2p pieces. Some have been coloured with copper pan pastel and some glittered using GraphIt glitter shake pen. These were then added to the centre of all of the poinsettia flowers/leaves. Not sure if it's "legit" to use coins this way but surely it is just the same as saving in the money box  .... !Finally a few sequins were sprinkled over the money box.

Slow lazy day for me. Catch up on commenting, blog visiting, bit of crafting using a new kit (soon to be released) interspersed with household chores, (needs must on the latter).

Have a great day everyone,

 x x x

Products and links:

Crafty Calendar - Christmas in July
Hiding in my craft room - lots of layers
Fantasy Stampers - pretty petals
Sweet Stampin' - no DP
Winter Wonderland - traditional Christmas colours
Creative Craft Cottage - anything goes


misteejay said...

What a fabulous moneybox. I love the softness of the colouring that the Pan pastels gives.
Toni xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

Lou this is so beautiful
Gr Karin

Claire Boelema said...

Another beaut of a project. I take my hat off to you that you sand layers.... I hate sanding with a passion!! xxx

Debbie said...

Great card thank you for joining in this week at Sweet Stampin'. Debbiex

Anet van Zyl said...

Gorgeous project Lou. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Creative Craft Cottage. We would love to see you again … Anet DTx

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

What a cool and fun idea! Perfect design for our challenge this week. Thanks so much for joining in the fun with the Sweet Stampin' crew. We love what you did for this challenge and hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Wends x Sweet Stampin' DT

Wendy L said...

This is a fab creation, love the way you have added pennies. thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage, xxx

Julie B said...

What a fab project, love how you used coins for the poinsettias' centers.
So pleased you joined us at Fantasy Stampers. :)

Jenscrapstoo said...

Amazing, love this box and it is a Fantastic use of lots of layers
Thanks for joining us at Hiding in my Craft Room
Cheers Jennie DTM

Helen said...

Great project - thanks for joining us at the Crafty Calendar Challenge.

Helen x

Jo said...

Brilliant! A great idea & lovely colours. Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Calendar this month & good luck!
hugs Jo x

I have a birthday candy on my blog if you'd like to join in.....
You can find my candy here
You can find my atc swap here

JayBe said...

This is a fab project, Lou - love how you used actual coins for your flower centres. Thanx for sharing with us at Fantasy Stampers.
Hugz, Jan (DT) xx