Friday, May 1, 2015

Slide Mount Box from Recycled Cereal Box

Altered Photo Slide Mount Box: A couple of years ago I made some little boxes to store some of my creative elements such as my Altered Slide Mounts, Small Origami Papers and Mini Sentiments in. The boxes were made from recycled cereal, cake mix and cracker boxes.

Recycled handmade box with altered slide mounts
UN-adorned they looked quite hideous but I never found the time to do anything with them until now. Today I am sharing a much prettier version of the box I created to store my altered slide mounts in. Above is the top of the box. The mail focal point is one of my altered slide mounts and it uses my original Framed Geisha digital stamp design.  The Gold Embossed piece that serves as a backdrop for the top lid, is a piece of recycled greeting card.

Altered slide mounts
I created this alteration especially for this months challenge at Altered Eclectic.  Above is a view of the side of the box which shows the different papers used for the top and bottom as well as some of the slide mounts which have been covered with my digital backgrounds but still need to have more added to them to make them useable for upcoming projects.

Recycled cereal box and altered handmade slide mounts
Above is a photo of the lid sitting on top of the bottom of the box. Since this box was custom made for my slide mounts, they fit perfectly inside and it will serve as a prettier reminder to use them.

Recycled materials for altered slide mount box On the right is a photo of some of my boxes which haven't yet been decorated. The one on the top inside a lid is the one which contains my slide mounts. I hope you have enjoyed my little box. I am always so inspired by all the lovely things the rest of the team makes and hope you will go check them out to. While you are there, please be sure to join this months Altered Eclectics challenge.

Special Note: You will find a tutorial on how to altered recycled slide mounts, how to make your own from heavy card stock, as well as some projects I created with some of the ones I have made on my Art With No Boundaries blog.

 Take care all and hope you enjoy the rest of your creative day, :)

My Slide Mound box has been entered into the following challenges:
 Rhedd's Creative Spirit ... Altered Art

Altered Tussie Mussie Eclectic Ellapu

This is my very first Tussie Mussie

Altered Tissue Mussie with porcelain figurine
I created this piece especially for this months challenge on Eclectic Ellapu .  It is rather a different type project for me, and it was a bit of a challenge, but it was such great fun to make.  I can truly say this was a labor of love because almost everything I used is either recycled, I made myself or been kicking around my art room for the past 15 years.

Altered Mixed Media Tissue Mussie


My List of Supplies.

I found the lovely little porcelain bust as well as the green tassel attached to the bottom in a thrift store 2 years ago and this was the perfect project for them .


The lace, netting, pink ribbon and white leaves left over from projects I made about 15 years ago.

 I created the Once upon a time  digital sentiment for this because the little doll looks like she is surrounded by a surreal garden and belongs in a fairy tale.

The tiny heart under the bow is made with a punch and I used scraps too small for anything else. I painted the little heart with glitter finger nail polish.

The centers of the flowers are buttons and dollar store rhinestones. The Pearl element on the bottom was also a dollar store purchase.

Lastly my gold wire. I would be lost without this in my art room. I bought a huge roll when I was making wire flowers and still have lots left.

I hope you enjoyed my little Altered Tissue Mussie and will go on over to the Eclectic Ellapu and check out all the lovely things the rest of the team made. Who knew that there were so many different types of Tissue Mussies. :) I also hope you will come share your own art with us and I look forward to seeing your projects too.

:) Chris / CS Designs

Enjoy the Little Things Bicycle Card - The Craft Garden





Mixed Media Bicycle Card hand colored with Prismacolor Penciles: This is the first card I have made in almost 4 and half years. My big passion is Mixed Media, Altered & Recycled art and I never seem to get around to something this simplistic. It was rather a nice change and enjoy the over all theme as I also love Vintage.

The main focal point is a Victorian lady riding a bicycle and came from on old Victorian advertisement. She is one of the designs I will be adding to my new Collectibles and Ephemera digital stamp series. Since I like my printed images very clean this process seems to be taking a bit longer than I original though but I will get there and these will be available to the pubic soon. 

I created this little simple gem for this months challenge over at The Craft Garden. The them for this month is  a couple of inspiration photos with an over all theme of  the Tour de Yorkshire bike race.

The process of creating my  card:
I colored the main focal point with Prismacolor pencils and blended them with odorless turpentine to give them a smoother look. The sentiment on the bottom was digitally created. The green and white raised background was created by running some card-stock I received from my daughter though my Cuddle bug and then sanding the surface lightly with an emery board. The decorative hanging embellishment was made from a decorative clip, a gold button and an element that came from a second hand find piece of jewelry. 

I hope you have enjoyed a look at  a bit of bicycle riding from days gone by and hope you will go visit this months challenge at The Craft Garden and see what the rest of the team has created. I hope you will come share our own art with us as well.

Recycled Items:  Spiral Paper Clip, Antique Button & Part of a dangling Old Earring.