Saturday, December 11, 2010

Red and Green Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Cutters Creek Red and Green Blog Hop! Our wonderful design team members have all created some fun Christmas projects to inspire you! The only requirements for the projects were that they must contain Red and Green. The hop starts here at the Cutters Creek Design Team blog with a fabulous project by Chris! Each blog will have a link to the next blog in the chain until you make it back here. Each blog will have a great prize to giveaway, so make sure you comment on each blog to maximize your chance of winning!

On our Cutters Creek Design Team Blog today we are featuring an Altered Cigar Box by Chris. Here's how she made this GORGEOUS PIECE:


I get to start the hop off with my Altered Cigar Box. I’ve had this box for a couple of years now, but when I saw the Graphic 45 Christmas Past Collection, I knew just what I wanted to do. First things first, I wanted legs on the box and went to the hardware store and bought 4 unfinished drawer knobs, which I inked with Vintage Photo and Tea Dye Distress inks. I accented the knobs with a line of green acrylic paint. These were glued to the base with Glossy Accents. I left it sit for about a half an hour and they are quite secure.

I chose 2 papers from the Graphic 45 set and cut them to size—one for the top of the box and the other inside where I put one side on the bottom and reversed the sheet for the inside of the lid. I secured these with Scor-Tape and boy does it hold beautifully. Next I cut out the vintage Santa from one of the pages dusted it with my Embossing Magic powder pad to avoid stray particles and then edged the gold frame with my Inkessentials Embossing Pen. I then sprinkled it with Gold Superfine Embossing Powder and heated it with my heat gun. I repeated the same step with the pine needles only this time I sprinkled them with Peeled Paint Distress Powder. Don’t forget when this cools to rub off the large crystals. It gives great texture. Santa’s beard got a bit of texture too. Here I used Polar White Flower Soft. I just highlighted the whiter areas with the Flower Soft glue and sprinkled on the flower soft. I again used Scor-Tape to set the picture on the lid.


Using SCAL I made two poinsettias and a flourish. I sprayed my poinsettias with a mixture of fired brick re-inker and gold pigment powder. The leaves were sprayed with peeled paint and a yellow-green pigment powder. The flourish was embossed with the peeled paint distress powder, heated, then, rubbed with some Forest Moss Distress ink. To make the large flower I used my Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals. I cut it twice—once out of grunge paper and the second time out of upholstery fabric. I inked the grunge flower parts with Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany, and Barn Door. I ran the pieces through my Big Shot Express in Tim’s Regal Flourishes folder and then lightly rubbed some Peeled Paint over the raised parts. I rolled the tips of the grunge paper petals and on the two medium sized flowers I snipped between petals and overlapped them just like you do when making a grunge rose. I decided to alternate the fabric and grunge pieces laying down the largest fabric piece first. Again I used Glossy Accents to secure each piece and topped it off with a pearl from my stash. A final touch was a spritzing of Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist.

I used another page from the Christmas Past Collection and cut out the words “A Merry Christmas”, I outlined the first letter of each word with Glossy Accents to give it some shine and dimension. This I ran through my Xyron and then added a few drops of Glossy Accents to adhere to the front of the box. The last piece was the smallest part of the grunge Tattered Flower that I hadn’t used on the lid with a gemstone center.

Inside the lid I ripped two pieces of white paper, inked their edges with Tumbled Glass Distress ink. I used my Cricut Expression to cut three Christmas Trees from the Christmas Noel cart. I cut them from a green paper at 2.25, 3 and 4 inches. I then cut the star (using the shift key for the tree) at 4” from the American Crafts Gold glitter cardstock. I needed to cut this on a multi-cut of 4. The snow on the trees is more Polar White flower Soft and the pieces were glued with a spray adhesive.


When you've hopped all of the blogs, leave a comment, one per person on this post to let us know your favorite project! Comments left up until 11:59pm on Sunday December 12th will be eligible to win. All winners will be selected Monday and posted on each blog so make sure you check back to see if you have won! You will have 48 hours to respond before we choose another winner. Here on the Design Team blog we are giving away an Ecstasy Crafts Decoupage Book called Book #12. It's full of wonderful "Manly Man" images to create some awesome projects. One winner will be chosen on Monday using Random.org.

Hop on over to Mandie's Blog when she has a beautiful project to inspire you!

Here is a list of all the blogs in the hop in case you get lost along the way:
Cutters Creek Design Team Blog
Mandie's Blog
Laura's Blog
Melissa's Blog
Sandi's Blog
Kim's Blog
Vicki's Blog
Lori's Blog

79 comments:

  1. Really cute altered item. Loving the old world Santa. You did a great job.

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  2. It's gorgeous, Chris! I love it!
    gail

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  3. OMG...I love it Chris!!! Great job!!!

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  4. Really like your box and the old world Santa. Great project!

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  5. I loved everyone's projects but I'd have to say your altered cigar box is my favorite!

    iamvictorias at gmail dot com

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  6. Chris, your past cigar box is so darling and all the colors and work you put into it. Of course, Old World Santa is the epitome of it all. Very nice.

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  7. Beautiful job...old world christmas charm!

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  8. Totally enjoyed the Blog Hop there is a lot of talent in this team. Thank you all for your inspiration. I think my favorite was the Cigar Box. Just beautiful.

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  9. What a great blog hop! I truly cannot pick a favorite, I loved them all and found inspiration from them all!

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  10. Love this idea. I never would have thought about putting some 'legs' on one of those boxes. Love it!

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  11. Really a neat looking Vintage Christmas Keepsake box..I like the feet idea. It will be fun to put a few memories inside..

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  12. Chris your project is hands down the best. Wow! It is breath taking!

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  13. Chris I love your cigar box...course I like vintage so that is right up my alley. Great job!!!!!!!

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  14. Your box is beautiful. The flowers are gorgeous. I like that you used knobs for feet. Very special.

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  15. OMG, I just found a wonderful old wooden cigar box and was wondering just what to do with it! Love what you did, and the legs are a great idea! Thanks for the great idea.

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  16. Lots of great ideas rolled into one project! Well done!
    BobbisTreasure@aol.com

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  17. Love it... my favorite of all of the blogs designs that gave me inspiration to share with my kids at church is the christmas tree.
    I will also try my hand at the folder for christmas cards

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  18. Simply Gorgeous! Lots of work, but a wonderful piece of art
    Huggles
    Sandy
    sandypumphrey@comcast.net

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  19. christ your box is beautiul! great job!!!

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  20. I simply adore your box! I so love when we finally find the Perfect project to do with a piece we've been hanging on to for a while! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  21. Beautiful piece of art... I love it.

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  22. Well all the projects are wonderful, but have to say this one is the best for me. Love it.

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  23. Awesome project! You inspire me!

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  24. Great box...love how the theme is on the inside too.

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  25. That is so cute! I think the work that went into it was totally worth it. Lovin' the little feet on the bottom, too...so clever!! Way to go!!

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  26. Love all the projects, but this is sooo beautiful and I have to say it's my fav. What a great blog hop. TFS everyone and have a fabulous holiday!!

    Missy
    kalittadog@yahoo.com

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  27. Chris, your box is beautiful. It looks like you spent a lot of hours on that. I love that Santa.

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  28. This is lovely I cant believe you can take a box and make it look like that
    Where do you get these boxes

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  29. What a great project and the Graphic 45 papers are awesome!!!

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  30. Can you believe it I made it all the way around without getting lost this was fun Thank you

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  31. Great box. I loved all the projects. So much talent. My fave is Mandie's banner.

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  32. Chris, your box is a true work of art!! I LOVE the vintage feel and Graphic 45 is #1 in my opinion. Great job!

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  34. What a neat idea! It's beautiful! :)

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  35. Such a beautiful old world project for an old world object. Isn't it funny that now the only way we can find cigar boxes is to purchase them in a craft store?

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  36. That is gorgeous! I think I'd leave it oiut all year!
    Clara

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  37. What a wonderful idea, now if I can get a couple of those boxes from my hubby.

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  38. Very Nice!!!! so much inspiration... thank you
    --Robin

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  39. WOW!! That was an AWESOME HOP!! SO MUCH Inspiration! Thanks to all the DT for sharing!! I am now a follower of all the blogs!! THANKS BUNCHES for the chance to win! Have a GREAT DAY,
    Me-Ma Kim

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  40. Okay- now that I actually made it all around the blog hop, I'll comment! All the projects were wonderful and I got ideas and inspiration from them all... but if I have to choose I'll have to say it's a tie between your GORGEOUS vintage Christmas box- love the flowers and the colors and the Santa image!!-- and Sandi's Christmas tree. I thought the tree was really cute and creative and I loved the idea of using all those images from the carts as little ornaments- too cute!

    I had a lot of fun on the blog hop- thank you ALL for all the wonderful projects!! :-)

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  41. Wow what a great cigar box! Makes me want to go out and get one and decorate it! My absolute favorite I think though was Vicki's card. Simple and elegant I think. Thanks for a fabulous hop! My second and I think I'm addicted!

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  42. Thanks for all the amazing Christmas ideas...loved everyone's ideas. It is such fun to see how each person takes a different approach to how they decorate, love it!!

    I think my favorite is the altered Cigar Box, I have 5 of them sitting right here by my computer waiting for inspiration...yay, I just got it!!

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  43. I'm just starting and already in love - the cigar box is stunning! I have several sitting in a cupboard - I will definitely "try". I love the poinsettias and the Graphic 45 paper, but especially the deep color of the box. Very, very beautiful.

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  44. I think the box is my favorite...
    love the paper!!

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  45. Beautiful box and thanks for sharing.

    Mandy

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  46. Great projects!
    ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  47. Wonderful Blog Hop! This is actually the second one I've done and both have been full of inspiration, full of tips.

    Thanks to Cutters Creek for Hosting this hop and thanks to the Design Team for some wonderful art! While the cigar box has to be my favorite, each one of them were beautifully done.

    kerrypeasland60@hotmail.com

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  49. Ohhhh a man present! I finally found a man present. Seems the females are easy to get gifts for but the men are not. An altered cigar box is a wonderful (and functional) gift for them. Thanks so much.
    Oh sorry, I was so excited I forgot to say I love your box. I know you put a lot of work into it and it does show. It is fantastic as were all the projects on all the blogs but the one I really like best is your altered box.

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  50. Great blog hop, hope there are many more in the future.

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  51. love the cigar box.
    Ann W
    weedmana@embarqmail.com

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  52. This is an amazing piece!!!! BEAUTIFUL job!!!!!

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  53. I love the box, it looks so beautiful. Amazing Job!!!!!! You have alot of talent.

    Cindy

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  54. I absolutely love the cigar box! My kind of art!

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  55. Gorgeous work!! The knobs and the Old World Santa are beautiful.

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  56. what a great idea! beautiful end result!

    Theresa Neubaum

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  57. Great work I love the flowers. but i also hord flowers :) Very pretty

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  58. Well...I've hopped through all the projects and have to say they are all good, but my fave is the cigar box. I'm a sucker for an old world santa image.

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  59. Wow! Very nice, very nice! Great job! Really like this one :)

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  60. Beautiful project!! Love the colors and flowers :-)

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  61. I love this I have a small cigar box left from my mother's possessions that I could alter for my granddaughter linking the 4 generations!

    thank you for inspiration

    owldesignsunltd@gmail.com

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  62. Thanks for a great hop! My favotire is this box, love the papers you used. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  63. Chris, your cigar box is out of this world. A beautiful project to cherish for years to come.

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  64. Oh geez I have to pick just one! I would have to say the bbx would be my fav this time!

    Susan
    lavenderangel@centurytel.net

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  66. All of the projects are fantastic! My favorite though is Sandi's Christmas tree!

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  67. everyone did such a great job on their projects. I have some new ideas that I want to try

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  68. Love your box, looks beautiful. Everyone did such a wonderful job on their projects but I have to say that my favorite one was Mandie's banner, just love it!!!

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  69. What a pretty reuse of an old container. Great job.

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  70. That Cigar Box is beautiful! I may have to do one of these for my Best Friend, she loves altered stuff and especially cigar boxes :-)

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  71. Love the altered cigar box!! The flower is gorgeous!

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  72. I love your cigar box! I love everything about it...the paper you used, the vintage santa, the flowers....it's beautiful. If I have to pick a favorite this is it! Everyone did a great job and I'm looking forward to all of you doing another one!!
    Thanks everyone!!
    Deanna Amundson

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  73. What a fun Blog Hop! The Design Team has done an amazing job on all the projects! It was hard to pick just ONE favorite...I have a tie! It's between the cigar box Santa and the card holder! Loved everything! Thanks Design Team!

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