Saturday, 7 July 2012

A Curious Configuration

Normally at this time of year I get a bit of a guilt complex about lurking in my little room of stash, but, as they say, every cloud has a silver lining, so I had an enjoyable crafting day here in rain lashed Wiltshire yesterday. And it's the same today, so the Pimm's Party that I'm going to this afternoon (this actually is a fancy name for a group of us sitting round the telly and watching the Ladies Singles Final at Wimbledon) will not be a very summery affair, although doubt we will still enjoy the Pimm's.

Having been lucky enough to go to one of Tim Holtz's amazing workshops last year I have got a Configurations box that I made then, and, as you do, then bought three more boxes, which have stayed in their packaging until now.   Here's the box I made last year.

I had always intended to make a Christmas one, but just never got around to it. So a huge thank you to Linda at Studio L3 for giving me the push I needed to actually make one with Challenge Number 11 and 12, which, by the way, has a fantastic prize that has been donated by Mario.
I decided to use the medium size Configuration Box, and having found it at the back of a cupboard, turned to pages 33 and 34 of The Compendium of Curiosities Vol 2, where you will find some very clear instructions for this project.  Now having re-read them the instructions are very clear, but for some reason it took me several false starts before I got the paper measuring thing right, but eventually the penny dropped!
My box of Christmas stuff came out, and I put a little heap of things I thought I might want to use on my desk.  And I had made one of those lovely little paper rosette Christmas trees that Tim showed on his blog last year, so I thought this might have pride of place in my box, because it is just so cute.

The box is covered with papers from Tim's Seasonal Paper Stash, and I've used the Christmassy tissue tape for the edges.  Walnut Stain DI has been used to give a slightly used look to the box, and as you can see there are various bits of Ideology, plus some other little Christmas things, some of which are cake decorations. These are the perfect size for a Configuration Box and often seem to have that lovely slightly kitsch retro 50's look.  I also made some little pine cones using my Tattered Pinecones die, and the Ideology wreath at the top is coloured with Alcohol Inks.
Here's the finished box. I think it will look quite good in my front window when Christmas comes around.

Now it's off to the kitchen as I'm contributing some mini goats cheese, leek and red pepper quiches to this afternoons gathering, so I better get busy.


Redanne said...

Hi Sue, I love the first one you did but this one is absolutely gorgeous, how lovely it will be to bring it out and have it on show at Christmas! I love Christmas so much I would keep it out all year.......thanks for your visit. A x

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...stunning work Sue, this little box is gorgeous, I loVe Christmas and all it stands for and all your little elements are delightful, fun and full of Christams goodness...loVe it...Mel :)

Helen said...

I still haven't done mine, had it for ages - not sure I'll get it done in time for this challenge. BUT this looks absolutely fantastic! I love the rosette tree... all of it in fact.

Carol said...

Ooh you've been very lucky to go on Tim Holtz course, I'm jealous!
Your two boxes are great.

Artyjen said...

MMmmm......delish box and the quiche too Yum! :)
xoxo Sioux

CuddlyBunny said...

Both of your boxes are fantastic! I'm especially in love with your Christmas configurations!

What a lovely treat for me to be thinking of snow and ice and chilly cheer when it's 105 F at my house today!

Annette Green said...

Both boxes are great! I am so inspired by your Christmas box, I will definitely have to make one now!

Terry said...

Wow! You have been busy and both are just amazing and so detailed! Love them both!

Lisa H said...

that turned out great! I have a stash of little Christmas bits that I'm saving for a Christmas themed config. box too. We'll see if it gets done before Dec, ha ha

Jane said...

Fabulous job on your box. I love the theme, and am heading right back to my craft room to attempt that rosette tree.