Sunday, 17 June 2012

Simon Says Stamp and Show... Anything Goes! Challenge.
Fathers Day, June 17th, 2012.

Today is Fathers Day, so before I start talking about my latest project I would like to wish all the amazing dads in the world a good day and I hope they've spend it with their families and enjoyed the time together.

I've spend some time wondering what I could give my husband for this special day to let him know I appreciate everything he does for us.
Then, at some random moment I was sitting behind my computer, looked ad his desk and saw the usual mess on the shelf next to his screen and all of a sudden inspiration struck!
I have been checking out a lot of altered trinket boxes (for example the ones from Graphic 45) and figured I could make something to go on the shelf so he can put away his supplies in something pretty, something with a steampunk-vibe.
So, about a week ago I started looking in the stores for something that would fit (size) and that I could alter and I ended up with.. nothing!
Then I figured, if I can't find it then maybe I can make it.. I bought 3 small wooden crates to alter.

I forgot to make picture's before I started but as soon as I started painting I remembered!
On the picture the 3 crates are already glued together I started painting the inside of the first one.
I didn't like to use the light colour for this specific colour so I gave them a dark brown colour.

I used some Bo Bunny - Timepiece paper (6x6 paperpad).
It is the first time I used Bo Bunny paper and I fell in love with it. My absolute favourite is the doorway. I could just put it in a frame and hang it on the wall and it would look stunning!
Other then that, this collection is wonderfull to use with the steampunk style I love so much without using a lot of embellishments to give it the right "look".

With the crates I also bought a small wooden trunk which I altered to match the theme.
I didn't have to change the colour so I just put some more Bo Bunny paper on it and some gears we collected from some old clocks my husband dismantled.

Like I said before, the Bo Bunny paper really doesn't need a lot of embellishments to give it the look I envisioned. It is an absolute perfect match with the gears on it!

I used some K&Company cut-outs, clock-parts, Tim Holtz gears and a Kaiser Craft wooden key to embellish the cabinet, jars and the trays. 

Some close-ups from the clock-parts, the Tim Holtz gears and the tags;

Some close-ups from the 3 shelves/crates :

The first shelf.
The second shelf.
On the left : Denial is my happy place
On the right : You're amazing

The third shelf.
On the left : You're my inspiration
On the right : Life, it happens

 And finally some close-ups from the finished project :

The other items on the picture are some memorabilia he really wants to keep.
For example, the liquor and the flask were a present for his 30th birthday this february.
The little sign is a present I gave him when we just met.
It says :

Sing as if nobody can hear you, 
Dance as if nobody can see you, 
Love as if nobody has ever hurt you. 


  1. That's a fabulous project and full of wonderful details and thought - a really great gift and keepsake indeed! Thanks so much for joining in with Simon says Stamp & Show! Sarah.

  2. Wow! What an amazing gift for your hubby. I can't believe all the details in each part of it. I am sitting here wishing I had one in my room! I have never tried to alter anything really..Did you gesso the wood before painting? I am thinking I want to start on a small piece sometime, and work my way up to larger pieces like that. He will treasure it always and I love that he kept the piece you made him when who first got together..LOVE that..