Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Over the top

Hi everyone and lovely to have you visiting. Many of you will have heard and seen the wonderful ATBs (artist trading blocks) designed by Eileen Hull. I have made several ones already which you can see here and here
This time I played with the 3" block die and came up with this:

To be honest, I think I went completely over the top with this one literally as well as figuratively speaking, but I have enjoyed seeing some of the box cards here and there in blog land and wanted to see whether I could do something similar with an ATB. The box was cut from mount board and before putting it together I lined it with papers from the madame Perauds collection:
I then made 2 inserts as you would do with a box card and then had great fun embellishing.

I left the lid open and added a Tim Holtz pedestal die to it. I had cut it from Kraft card, then added some Clear Rockcandy crackle paint and darkened it with Walnut Stain Distress stain. I then decorated with various other bits and pieces, mostly bits that were flying around on my desk anyway, a good way to use up left overs.
Here are a few detailed views:
A Prima, wooden clock, a butterfly stuck onto a cocktail stick, a rosette made from some more of the same paper collection and a piece of Cored'inations card with a Spellbinders die, plus some flowers etc.
Here from  the other side:

The front and sides and also the back were all covered with more of the same papers and then embellished in a similar way.
The front with some embossing and stamping around the sides.

The right side with half a rosette and some stenciling.
The other side with part of the Trellis Frameworks die, the other half of the rosette and a bumble bee cut from one of the papers.
Well, that's it, an over the top box. No idea what I will do with it, but I had good fun making it lol.


Hope you are having a good week and thank you so much for visiting!

48 comments:

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Just stunning dear Astrid with what you came up with just this single AB die...
unbelievable!
Looks GORGEOUS.. all those wonderful artwork in this box-block!
WOW!!!

barbarayaya62 said...

How can I define this wonder that you've created? Card? Box? Atb? In any case, it is a wonderful piece and it makes me want to try a three-dimensional project! gorgeous! BArbarayaya

Gitte said...

Wow it looks beautiful.

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

Wow, this is breathtaking, Astrid. So wonderful artwork on and in this ATB

steffi said...

This is fab Astrid!! Love everything about it :o)

steffi said...

This is fab Astrid!! Love everything about it :o)

Dagmar said...

It's such a fantastic artwork! So man beautiful Details! I love it.

chrissies said...

Stunning ! I can imagine having this on show and everyone wanting to look at all that is on it and in it.

Love Chrissie x

rachel said...

so much to look at Astrid - fabulous box - all the details are amazing - hope work is not too bad! Hugs Rachel xx

Ruth said...

Definitely fab, love it and wow rock candy crackle on the pediment, have to try that.

Claire said...

Wow Astrid, what a beautiful project, your ATB has taken on a wonderful life of its own with all those gorgeous embellies
Claire xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Fabulous box Astrid and love all you wonderful detailing

Anne

Brenda Brown said...

Oh my gosh, fantastic work Astrid, you really have gone to town on this one adding amazing elements which all fit together beautifully. Lots of eye candy here, got to go back and have another look xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous just fabulous Astrid! So many wonderful embellishments and techniques - I love the crackle on the pediment die cut! I have been trying to do something similar with one of my boxes (i.e. like the gift cards) but this is just amazing! Will be back for another look I am sure. Thanks for so much inspiration x

Netty said...

fabulous box Astrid, such a brilliant table decoration. Annette x

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annekescardart said...

Astrid this looks amazing. IT looks like it's very old. Love the look of it. Thanks for your explanation Anneke.

Chris Warner said...

Original and so creative. This is such a clever and attractive project Astrid - gorgeous! Chris xxx

Ros Crawford said...

I absolutely adore your take on the box card ... So very beautiful and unique ... right down to that life like bumble bee ... Definitely not over the top as far as I'm concerned!

May said...

WOW....Amazing...Love it all.. The detail & embellishments are so beautiful... Hugs May x x

Maryann Laursen said...

Fabulous work here again Astrid, so beautiful as ever.

Maryanne said...

This is amazing, Astrid! I love it! I just got my die and I can't wait to play with it!

Redanne said...

The 3" box is such a great size to work with isn't it.... I love what you have done Astrid, it is quite stunning. I love how you added the pediment, such a clever and original idea. I think these would make a lovely alternative to store your 52 card Pickup ATCs... Hugs, Anne xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow gorgeous work, love the design and all the wonderful detail. Have a great day, Shirleyx

Meggymay said...

Stunning Box, with so many gorgeous details. I hope you have it sitting somewhere for you to enjoy looking at it.
Yvonne

Dorthe said...

Just simply gorgous, dear Astrid.
I love it ,and all you did with it, -not over the top seen from here :-)
Hugs, Dorthe

Annie said...

absolutely stunning Astrid and I am so lucky to have seen this gorgeous creation in real life. Have a great week and don't work too hard
HUgs Annie x

Marisa Job said...

This is a fabulous project!! Very creative!!! Hugs!

Terry said...

Over the top incredible, Astrid! Honestly I am not sure where to start and the outside and inside of the ATB are both filled with so much creativity. How am I not going to be tempted to add this die to my ever growing collection! Love it!

artwolf2009 said...

fab storage idea. I think I have to borrow it :)

PetraB said...

Stunning artwork, love your going over the top.

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

A stunning make with awesome details Astrid!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, that's wonderful! It's so beautiful & not over the top at all.

Stempeln und mehr - Evelyns bunte Welt said...

Oh, wow, what a wonderful piece of art, dear Astrid!
I only had time to pop in here and saw, how many beautiful and stunning projects you did, but I had no time to comment (Well, you even inspired me to spend some money for this great Trellis Framework die - it was a "must have", when I saw how you did use it ;), but I didn´t use it yet)
xxx Evelyn

Heather Jacob said...

wow wow wow so much Beauty in one little box ... you inspire me everyday xoxo

Karen Garrard said...

Absolutely stunning Astrid! Love the rosette on side, and those beautiful papers you have used. Thankyou so much for visiting me and leaving a comment. Have a great day! Karen.x

Adriana B said...

very beautiful box of treasure, love it

butterfly said...

Jaw-droppingly fabulous, Astrid! What a brilliantly conceived and realised design, and all with your incomparable vintage touch - it's just a delight. Love how you've created the layers with enough space that each gets its moment in the sun, and the outside of the box is gorgeous too.
Alison xx

Anonymous said...

pretty nice blog, following :)

Anita Houston said...

This ATB is filled to the brim with gorgeousness!

Fliss said...

An absolutely stunning creation Astrid.
Just popped by to thank you for your lovely recent comment and hoping that you're well and had a lovely Easter.
Apologies my my non visiting too which is because for some time now I hardly have any spare time.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Never seen such a box before. You've created a WONDERFUL piece of art.

MichelleZ said...

Beautiful! Your embellishments are amazing!

Ana K. said...

Outstanding Astrid...so much to see...gorgeous details!

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

WOW Wonderful work Astrid. I keep looking on it. Fantastic all the details.

Dianne said...

BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT,BRAVO to you Miss Astrid this box isn't over the top but out of this world, you have decorated it sooooooo beautifully, thanks for sharing all this inspiration...

Margaret Mifsud said...

Oh my giddy Aunt!!! This is sooooo gorgeous Astrid!! Just Brilliant!!! I love this so much and it is not at all over the top ... it is over the top stunning!!!! I love what you did with this block and you just know that I for one will certainly do a copy!! This is so beautifully done ... you do come up with the most amazing ideas!! Love it!! ox

Buttons said...

Can't quite believe you made something so stunning by using leftovers! Love the way you've brought this alive with those varied textures. Jenny x

Jools Robertson said...

Brilliant! This has to be the best one I've seen
Love the structure, the trellis and pediment look amazing colours and textures
Love the large rosette and the half version with the trellis and bee is Devine

Truly inspiring

Jools x

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