Sunday, 21 September 2014

A Box full of Hope...

Hello all and welcome.
As some of you know, I live in Scotland and this has been a very special week for us all here.
 It started full of hope and excitement, and for many of us ended with a feeling of sadness for lost opportunities. But life must go on and new opportunities will come in different ways, Scotland will rise from the ashes like a phoenix.....

It seemed pertinent at the beginning of this new week to show you a project made with one of the new stamps designed by Sheena Douglas. This time I made a box using the beautiful Phoenix stamp and one of the sentiments that come with the set.

Some of you may have seen her show and all the new stamps last Friday on Create and Craft. There are 6 different sets of stamps, I had three sets to play with and will show you some other projects still in the following days. You can purchase the stamps either from Create and Craft of from Crafters Companion.

I made the box from Kraft card, created a background with Distress inks, Twinkling H2O some sprays and using the salt technique.
I stamped the phoenix with Versamark and then embossed with copper embossing powder. I coloured the phoenix with twinkling H20s and  adhered it to the box with foam tape for some extra depth. I then embellished with some flowers and the sentiment stamped in copper as well. 

Happy Sunday and have a good week ahead!


Sophie said...

Very nice!!!Kisses!!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Astrid , what an amazing project again, I really love this box, great colours and beautiful design, I really love that artsy bird!! Super!!


maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Astrid , what an amazing project again, I really love this box, great colours and beautiful design, I really love that artsy bird!! Super!!


Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous box, the stamps are beautiful! Valerie

Denise said...

Your so talented! I love the box.The stamp is gorgeous.Hoping the best for You and Your beautiful Country.

Sammy said...

Just beautiful! I really love it.

And yes, it's been an emotional week... Even for those of us who are stuck down south and didn't get a vote :-( x

toni said...

Gorgeous box Astrid love your colour choice! I also love the way you say quite casually 'I made the box from Kraft card' quite a feat in itself ! Stay strong Toni xx

artwolf2009 said...

the Phönix seems to be the perfect fit right now. I only realized on Facebook that you were from Scottland. Last year we have been there, my daughter and I and we loved it. And there were no ashes :)

brenda said...

I can well understand your disappointment Astrid, not the result I was expecting either.

Your box is fabulous, the colours are some I love working with and the image so fitting.

B x

chrissies said...

Very beautiful box Astrid. I saw some of your work on the programme but all the things pass so quickly it was difficult to see details.

Strange how the vote went but I am sure it will make a difference to all of us North or South of the border.

Love Chrissie x

Dots Dabbles said...

A truly inspiring box...the phoenix rising brings hope. Politics is fickle and always changing so you never know what tomorrow brings.
Dot x

Fliss said...

An absolutely gorgeous box Astrid and the colours are stunning.
Sorry if you feel sad about the result but I have to say I was dreading the result as I wanted Scotland to stay!
Hugs, Fliss xx

Juliz Design Post said...

So annoying I forgot to press record for C and C, but I am sure there will be plenty opportunities to see your projects on C And C. Love your background on your box and the effect you got with the H20's and your flowers are beautiful.
Julie x

Rita said...

Oh my goodness Astrid, what a fabulous box. That Phoenix is stunning. I recorded the show, but have still to watch it. This is one awesome piece of work. Hugs Rita xxx

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Beautifully decorated box! love the embossed phoenix! the roses are so beautiful, as always. Lovely project, Asrid! Ingrid xx

pam said...

Stunning box Astrid, image is amazing, love the colours..
recorded yet to watch the show.

Dorthe said...

Your box is beautifully decorated with the gorgeous made background and fantastic stamp. So wonderful with the flowers and swirl and the sentiment !!
Beautiful colours, dear Astrid.
Dorthe xoxo

froebelsternchen Susi said...

About politics I don't know anything - sorry - but from design and crafts.. and this box is just AWESOME!

Maybe you can beat the Germans next WM if you stay united?! Just a small crumb of comfort - I know

xxx Susi

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Astrid, Scotland is a beautiful country that we enjoy visiting (My husband was born there). I hope goes well there. Your artwork is stunning, love it. Hugs, Shirleyx

Redanne said...

Your box is beautiful and that phoenix is absolutely stunning - sadly, I missed the shows but will watch out for them now you are on the DT! Anne x

Maryann Laursen said...

Everything on this box is absolutely stunning Astrid, so beautiful made in every little detail here, and such gorgeous colors too. I love how the phoenix is rising from the cover here. Very powerful.

Mary Elizabeth said...

Oh Astrid ... art is so dear to me because it allows us to express what our heart feels in vivid color and often without words. I felt it with this piece. So incredibly stunning!! That phoenix stamp is incredible. I love the colors that you used. Your box background is the perfect foil for it. Beautiful! -- Mary Elizabeth

Ros Crawford said...

This is so beautiful!!

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Beautiful project.

Annie said...

Stunning box Astrid and like you I was very disappointed by the Referendum result, so your Phoenix is quite apt because the dream lives on as AS stated on Friday.

Have a great week and I look forward to viewing more of these stunning creations.

Huge hugs Annie x

Sue said...

Hello Astrid.
Even though I have made my home in NZ,I am still Welsh in my Heart and so I can relate to how the Scots who wanted independence from England feel. The vote was too close to not have another go in the future and I am confident that this will happen.
The word united in this case is a misnomer, many people are frightened of change.
Anyway, your Box...It is gorgeous, the design and palette is very attractive to the eye.

rachel said...

this is just wonderful Astrid - I love this box so very much - that phoenix is fabulous! Thanks for your continued support! Big hugs to you! Rachel xx

Meggymay said...

A beautiful box, love that stamp and have just had to go order it..

Terry said...

I am sorry that the vote did not take you where you wanted to go, but with such a positive attitude, the opportunities will rise for you! Your box is absolutely beautiful in every detail. Love the texture and thank you for reminding me to pull out those little twinklers! Happy Sunday!

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Astrid, SQUAWKKKK this is MAGNIFICENT!!!!, the color blending is superb. Defiantly signify s Scotland is still a mighty country ,I think its one of the most beautiful places in the world, I adore your box, thanks for sharing, hope you have a lovely week, ((( BIG HUGS)))

mamablitger said...

Astrid as usual your art work is awesome, fabulous, stunning !! This pretty box too. Really love your colors, the embellishment, your stamps. Gosh you are clever and very talented !!!
Thanks for sharing your lovely work.
Hugs from Monica... Spain

JackieP Neal said...

My best wishes for you and you country dear Astrid- and as your Phoenix is rising- hope shall again too!
I love the box and the way you created it! That salting technique is very cool looks wonderful under you bird!! xoxo

Margaret Mifsud said...

Your box is stunning Astrid!! I love the design and the colours ... simply stunning work!!! Sorry if the vote didn't go the way you had wished but, it was so close, surely they will try again in the not too distant future. As you say, Scotland will rise from the ashes and go on to bigger and better things! ox

Lys Scrap said...

A wonderful box, Astrid! I love this phoenix. Maybe Scotland's future is not in a polling box, but sure in its such talented people you represent...

Anonymous said...

It all seems so flat after the lively debate, anticipation and excitement. I sneaked downstairs in the early hours of the morning (spurred on by the call of nature which woke me from my slumber LOL) because I knew I had to discover if a declaration had been made at that time - which it had.
This is stunning, exquisite colours. You never cease to take my breath away with the way you so expertly handle colours and it is as though they glow when in your hands.

Mrs.B said...

This is a stunning box, love the colour and the central panels looks fabulous with the Phoenix.
Avril x

Anonymous said...

I commented on your box but I wanted to return to say that your words touched my heart.
Maybe in our lifetime we will have the opportunity once more to decide on the future of our nation.

Marjie Kemper said...

This is exquisite. Love the symbolism. I'm so sorry the vote wasn't in your favor.

Brenda Brown said...

A beautiful design that comes from the heart, love it xxx

Sandy said...

Gorgeous box Astrid! We could all use a beautiful box full of hope.
Sandy xx

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