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Thursday, 16 February 2017

February's Artful Days' Goodie Box

Hi everyone! Hope you are all managing to stay warm and dry at the moment. Roll on Spring! I've had enough of this cold weather. But, at least it gives us plenty of excuses to stay in and craft! Luckily, February's Goodie Box: The Write Stuff, arrived a few days ago which really got my mojo in full swing! It never fails: containing a wealth of sublime goodies to craft with. Julie Bell, the owner of www.artfuldays.co.uk selects only the very best quality products for each month's contents! Tonight, I'm revealing my first project with this month's stash!
At risk of repeating myself with every blog post, it really feels like Christmas each time a Goodie Box arrives. If you haven't subscribed yet, I really urge you to do so! It's great value for money. You get so much stash in each box - much more than similar products available at the moment. Information about subscriptions is available here.
And this is what you're greeted with each month. Lots of beautiful packets of products that are so versatile: great for scrapbookers, card makers, and all Mixed Media artists! I do all three! There's plenty in each box to make several complete projects but it goes even further if, like I have above, you add a little of your own stash to it! This is what you will receive (I'm not sure if there are many of February's kits still available so you might have to be quick) when you unpack your box...

There's so much stash I couldn't fit it all in the first photo! Aren't those flowers gorgeous? Even the ribbon that is wrapped around each box, in complementary colours to each theme, is high quality ribbon. The 6" X 6" papers are by 7 Dots Studio. They are absolutely delicious! Zoom in and take a good look! Actually, Catherine Johnson has produced a YouTube video unwrapping the contents of this month's box. Have a look  here
As you can see from the photo and video,  there is the cutest mini clipboard included this month. Julie always provides an item that suggests a project. As soon as I saw this, I knew I wanted to create a mixed media, collage project. By adding a photo (from a Prima set of vintage photos) and a couple of other ephemera items, I was able to create a project which I feel does justice to the theme: 
The Write Stuff. 
I started by selecting, cutting and inking the edges of a few of the papers from this month's selection. I wanted to place one of the cute resin frames over the face of the woman in the vintage photo. However, these are pale pink, so I needed to apply some DecoArt paints to create a more antique 
look. I used black gesso on the frame first to allow the paints to adhere more easily. Warning: do not 
use your heat gun to speed up the process. There's a reaction between the paint and the resin plastic which just creates a very 'wet' consistency. How do I know that? Lol
Now it was just a matter of assembling the layers of papers and ephemera. I think the photos speak for themselves. 

So, just a little stamping (Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Papillon CMS 106 / Carabelle Studio SA60150) on the Kraft tag (added) and at the bottom of the clipboard, and it was complete. I love the burgundy ribbon on the clip! 
I really enjoyed making this so easy with the contents of this month's box, all based on the theme is 'writing' and 'script'. I do hope you like it too. I'm already planning another project and will post more photos here on my blog but also on: Here 
So, until next time, happy crafting everyone and Thankyou so much for dropping by. 
Hugs,  Chris xxx


  1. Absolutely gorgeous Chris I love it xx

  2. Love it Chris, fab idea with the pencil and ruler to add to the embellishments xx

  3. this month's goody box looks fab, love your project Chris!

    1. Thanks Helen. Each month I think 'this is the best yet'.

  4. I'm trying so hard to not be tempted by these goodie boxes Chris so will you please stop showing us FAB creations that can be made by them. I agree the use of the ruler & pencil is a fun & clever idea.. Super project Chris,Thank you for your inspiration xx

    1. Ha ha! Sorry Tracey. Can't help myself!! Thanks for your comment xxx