Configuration Box: Black and White

Now for something different…

Lots of options for creativity with the Tim Holtz configuration box.

Lots of options for creativity with the Tim Holtz configuration box.

This is the first Configuration Box I’ve created. I actually created it a few months ago and keep it on my desk for inspiration. I used my favorite color combination, black and white, plus some embellishments that have meaning to me: seahorses, butterflies, birdcages, cats, chandeliers. I also have a few Parisian references such as the Eiffel Tower (kind of hidden from the angle of the photo) and a fleur de lis, since I am planning a trip to France later this year.

The green frog prince is a gift from a friend. Since the top half of the frog lifts open to place a little suprise, I keep him unsecured so I can remove him as needed.

I also created a Christmas configuration box, which I will show later as it gets closer to the holidays. I plan to create more configuration boxes as gifts. I collected quite a few when Michael’s had them on clearance last year. They’re by the Tim Holtz line and can be rearranged and decorated pretty much any way you want. Lots of options for creativity!

Please let me know what you think!


Dylusions “Magic” Project

Recently I’ve really gotten into Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions line. Especially her playful people stamps and sentiments. I started out with the intention of making a card, but I like the sentiment so much that I’ve decided to keep it as a mini “canvas” instead.

My playful reminder to take a risk.

My playful reminder to take a risk.

The background stamp is from Impression Obsession. Once I stamped it in grey on light grey cardstock, it reminded me of rain. I used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Faded Jeans to make it look a little more stormy around the edges. One of my Dylusions stamp sets featured some fun umbrellas, so I thought this might be a good opportunity to play with both.

I like the sentiment in and of itself (also from Dylusions), and I think it reinforces the idea of standing in the rain with your umbrella closed so you don’t miss the “magic” of rainfall. I stamped it on white paper, fussy cut the pieces and edged them with a black Sharpie marker. It’s hard to see in the photo, but I also used my glitter pen to trace around the word, “magic.”

Funny, a friend had teased me that I truly must be a cat person since I hate getting caught in the rain (she js a dog person, of course!). Yes, I prefer cats, but I like dogs too. And I don’t mind getting wet if I don’t have somewhere to go!

I stamped my girl twice, once on green patterned paper for the jacket, and once on watercolor paper for the rest. I used my Inktense pencils with a water brush to color the rest of the body, plus her head, which I cut out separately. I adhered the jacket to the body for some paper piecing and then used 3-D dots to adhere the body and her face to the card. I stamped the umbrella on that same green patterned paper for the umbrella and adhered it to the card.

Since I want to keep it on display, I used my tape runner to adhere the whole thing to a piece of chipboard. I think I will keep it by my front door as a gentle reminder that sometimes it’s better to take a risk (and put away the umbrella) …