August 10, 2011

Configurations


 Tim Holtz Configurations Box
I have wanted to make one of these for quite a while.  I knew I didn't want to cover the whole box with the Tim Holtz tape as I've seen many do.  That just seemed way too much work.  When I decided to give his Distress Stains a try on one of these, I knew I'd discovered a way for me to really enjoy this.

I sanded the Configurations Box just a bit and then applied Vintage Photo Distress Stain on all the areas that would show, inside and out.  It dried very quickly.  I was able to stamp my checkerboard Stampin'Up background stamp all the way around the outside of the box.
I checked around my odds and ends drawer looking for all the game pieces and game-related items I could find.  I was surprised to see how much I had that would fit right into my Game Piece Configurations Box.

 

I really enjoyed this project.   Of course, I think it helped that I started with one of the smallest Configurations Boxes.  The large ones would really overwhelm me.  I'd probably try this again with another theme, maybe a holiday one.

17 comments:

Shelly Hickox said...

I love how this turned out! The stain looks just like wood and gives it a vintage look that I love. I have one of these sitting on a shelf...guess I need to do something with it!

Sarah said...

You are a shining star with this piece. Using the stain instead of the tape is the secret to success with these boxes. I love this!! Fantastic work, Louise!

Robin said...

This is a wonderful display Louise! I love all the details you have added and just adore that cat pin!

Hugs,
Robin

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Wow this is excellent. I think mine will be a winter project!

Helen said...

Fantastic!! I still haven't decorated a configurations box - think I porbably made the mistake you avoided of getting a big one.... There is so much to look at here, it is wonderful.

Tiffany said...

It looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing your process. I'd be overwhelmed by a big box as well, so I think I'll start small like you did :). Thanks for the inspiration!

ScrappyPam said...

This is really cute! I love how you used the stains on it rather than the tape!

Lori said...

This is wonderful Louise! I LOVE the checkerboard design on the side! Very vintage looking!

Fran. said...

Now that is really cool!! Amazing and I love the Game theme!! XO Fran.

Evelyn S. said...

What a great project, Louise! You have covered so much territory with your choice of items in those little cubbyholes. ;-)

debbiek said...

Very cute, Louise. Those stains are wonderful, no doubt about it. Love the little cat pin you added:)

Lynn Stevens said...

Way cool Louise, I love how you finished off the box and all the wonderful goodies!!! that cat pin is awesome!!!

Marva said...

Oh this is awesome!!! I've wanted to do one of these forever too! Love how yours looks like wood from the front - and all of your game pieces are fabulous!

Nancy Maxwell James said...

this is fabulous Louise! Amazing project and perfection!

Rein said...

This is wonderful Louise!

Jann said...

What a fun project this must have been, and it's just fantastic to be able to see it--thank you for sharing your wonderful art!

Helen said...

What a great box. I really must try using mine.... lol!