Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge – Week 8

It’s Thursday again, and I’m running late again! Its time for compendium of curiosities challenge hosted by the lovely Linda Ledbetter This weeks challenge is Repurposed Packaging found on page 62 of Tim Holt’s Compendium of Curiosities 2.

This post is both text and picture heavy, so grab a drink.. And maybe a cookie..

This challenge was perfect for me because I always save anything that I might be able to utilise in crafting. Anything that might be altered, upcycled, stashed like a serial hoarder.. Well, you can guarantee it’s somewhere in my craft room, no doubt in a place that could be a risk of avalanche should I try to free it. Still.. Yay! Using crap useful saved items and freeing up space for more.. Perfect!

I decided to make roses. Oh yeah, adventurous! Let me confess, here and now, I will NEVER make these again! I wish I had decided to make something easier.. Like a scale model of the Eiffel tower or something.. Still, the end result is quite fun I think.


I’ve always loved the quote ‘God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December’ and I’ve always wanted to use it within a piece of art so thought it’d be perfect for this challenge.

I started out by painting a plastic photo frame with Gold and Pitch Black Paint Dabbers and setting it aside to dry.



Next I made several roses, some using Tim’s packaging technique and some paper and grunge. They were all cut using the Tattered Floral die, and put together using Tim’s technique from one of the 12 tags of Christmas. I also cut several leaves.







I used hot glue to make the roses. This was a huge mistake for someone as clumsy as I. Both of my thumbs now sport blisters. I’m showing the pictures for sympathy to show the dangers of hot glue. Haha!



I made a back ground for the frame by cutting floral designs from Tim’s Lost & Found paper stash, cutting them into random shapes and gluing them onto a piece of chipboard. I added a little sparkly white embossing powder into the gaps, and heat set it with my heat tool.


I affixed the background into the frame, and hot glued the packaging roses and leaves directly onto the background.


I cut a piece of grunge using the Movers & Shapers Mini Labels, painted it with Snow Cap and Pitch Black Paint Dabbers and used Pitch Black Archival Ink to stamp the sentiment ‘Roses In December’. I then gave it three coats of UTEE and once cool, inked the edges with Gold Alcohol Ink. I hot glued this directly onto the frame.


I then took the handmade grunge and paper roses and hot glued them randomly into the frame. Adding a few Prima roses to fill any gaps and add interest.





Finally I squirted a little Diamond Stickles onto my Craft Sheet and used a paint brush to dab it onto the edges of the roses.


See you next week!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa H
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 15:14:32

    WOW! they may have been a pain to make, but they look wonderful! Think of the character you built by making these. =)


  2. Neesie
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 00:55:26

    Wow that looks a labour of love…a worthwhile but painful one.
    They look amazing. Thanks for visiting my space earlier…;D
    Enjoy your weekend ♥


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