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Secret Garden Altered 8 x 8 Match Book Box - Graphic 45 

Happy Saturday everyone
Not the sunniest of days for May here in the UK but its not raining... yet!!!  Anyway as it's been a while since I shared a Graphic 45 project with you all I thought I'd take some pics of one of my demo pieces I made for the Create and Craft shows last weekend.  I went lilac using papers from the Secret Garden collection that matched perfectly with PaperArtsy's Pansy Fresco Finish chalk paint.  

First I altered the box by cutting along one of the lower edges of the outer cover, and then sticking the inner box down to the base.  I angled the two right hand edges and added a magnet (hidden under the papers) to keep the box closed.  then I painted it all over with Pansy paint and when dry used one of Ali Reeves Brick Wall masks and Brushed Corduroy distress ink to highlight the uncovered sides and inside cover of the box. 

The inside was covered with one piece of cream 12 x12 paper and the front decoration includes one of the new pockets and tags, hinges, stamped buttons, brads, staples ribbon, chipboard pieces, cut a parts and violet sprays cut out from the 12 x 12 paper.   
Here are a few close up shots. 

Have a great weekend :-) C


  1. Morning Clare, WOW, stunning project, lilac is my favourite colour, so this is 'right up my street'.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

    1. Hi Patricia, happy weekend to you. thanks for stopping by. I don't usually work with pastel colours but really enjoyed making this altered box. Hope alls well with you. Bw Clare

  2. Hi there, this is a very lovely project. Love the colours.

  3. Hi Clare,
    What a beautiful stunningly project, love the colours as well.

  4. Hi Clare,this is stunning,but so are all your other projects.Enjoyed your creat & craft shows last week.
    And its raining like mad up here in North Yorkshire

  5. Hi Clare, love your project and it looked stunning on C&C, your shows were fab and I Need all those papers and stamps!!!!!
    Have a good weekend....hugs Jo. X

  6. I love what you've done with the altered box. I prefer the opening this way rather than the sliding matchbox style, it's more practical for storage. Also, thanks for the link to the magnet site. I had a link to an EU site from Sari Hanninen's YouTube channel, but had not found them in the UK until now. Thank you. Kim.

  7. Opps, can you change my last post or don't approve it. I got the link to the Magnets in the EU from Anne Rostad (xannero1), not Sari.

  8. grrat altered box, its just waiting for an album to popped inside