Friday, 6 June 2014

Everything's coming up Roses

I've been wanting to do this project for ages, but wanted to do it right, and use it to enter a couple of challenges too, then I saw that this fortnight's challenge on A Compendium of Challenges was the wonderful Tim Holtz Tea Rose - Page 65 of Compendium of Curiosities Volume III - great I thought - flowers - just what this needs!!  Then I realised I needed a specific die to create the roses; a die I didn't have and that was out of stock in just about every online craft shop I tried.  But, guess what, one of my besties (Sarah :o) ) had the die and agreed to lend it to me.  It took me a few practices but I got the hang of it in the end and I think I may just have to go out and buy the die myself!!

There are two other blogs which also have a flower related theme this month; Craft All Day, where I buy an awful lot of my supplies, including the 'box' that is the main focus of this piece; and also Vintage Stamping Challenges, which I like to enter when I can as I am still new to stamping and like to push myself a little.

 So this is the box before I began - I saw it as a mini-greenhouse draped in flowers - well that was my plan - I think maybe a little ambitious, but I'm really pleased with the result.

First of all I painted it white and then when dry I stamped with grass and flower stamps, adding in a few little creatures too - a cute hedgehog, snail and blackbird ooh and a bench!

By then I had realised that it would be a great size to store my seeds in, so I stamped 3 x labels, for Herbs, Flowers and Veggies and a central label too.

 The last step was to create my climbing roses :o)  So I used the die as per Tim's instructions and made some roses and leaves, I had already stamped along 2 sides of the lid with some small climbing branches too which I think gives a bit of depth.  I stuck 2 half terracotta pots to the lid and added the roses.

And there it is - just by the skin of my teeth too - I think I'm down to the final hours to link to the CC3C!!

The challenges I'm entering this into are:

Compendium of Challenges3, Challenge 3 - Tea Roses - here:

Craft All Day - Flowers, flowers, flowers - here :


Vintage Stamping Challenges - Summer Blooms - here :

Thanks for reading
Stefanie x


  1. So glad you made it in time! This is one fabulous alteration! Love the rose bushes and pots, and the box is excellent! Thanks so much for joining our rosy challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

  2. Fab project, love it! Thanks for joining us at Flonzcraft Vintage Stamping Challenges this time
    Claire xx

    1. Thanks for your visit Claire :o)

  3. A super creation Steffi, thanks so much for sharing with us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    B x

    1. Hi Brenda - thanks for your visit - I do enjoy the FVS challenges!!

  4. how beautiful! I'd never actually thought of using stamps this way

    1. Hi Wendy - thanks for your visit and your comment :o) I probably do use stamps in a different way as I'm quite new to it & never follow conventions!!

  5. Wow Stefanie!!!!! its great to see what you have done with one of the products you had from us. I love it!!!!!!!!

    Thank you for joining us at CAD for our flowers challenge

    Sarah xx