An Altered Box - Frilly and Funkie


We have a new challenge over at Frilly and Funkie, and is hosted this week by our lovely, talented Cec! Here is what she has chosen for us:


"It is time to transform something you have sitting around or can pick up for a song and make it one of your works of art. It could be a frame, a bottle, an old cigar box, a discarded CD - the list is endless. Just make sure your final transformation is vintage or shabby chic."

I have had this little oval box sitting around for ages not knowing what to do with it, but with Christmas around the corner I thought I make a little box for a little gift! Not sure what will go in it yet but even if it is one of those delicious smelling little soaps, it will housed a little nicer rather than just wrapping paper.

Aren't those little pinecones cute?! My goodness I couldn't stop staring at them, so glad I have two packs lol. Linda now has these at her hope and such a great price too.  I added some Tarnished Brass Distress Stain to them, of that slight gold speckle.

The flower is also a new addition at Linda's shop, these are burlap birds nest flowers by Petaloo. This was sprayed with Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet Distress Stain, and it took the colour really well. 

The box was covered with gesso and painted with Distress Paints. Once I had covered the base layers I embossed with UTEE using Tim Holtz stamps and then edged with Black Soot Distress Paint hitting the slightly raised areas of some of the embossing. 

The centre of the flower has three little pearls already but what is Christmas without a little sparkle... enter Distress Stickles! Just a touch, so when sitting under a tree waiting to be opened there will be a some glitter peeping through. 

This photo just shows better the stamp embossing on the side.

Hope you enjoyed today's post and do stop by at and check out my other teamies fabulous makes. I must say they have absolutely outdone themselves, they are just incredibly talented!



  1. This really is a stunning transformation! The embossing gives such a touch of class! Totally agree about adding Distress stickles - it's the law at Christmas isn't it? Hugs, Chrisx

  2. Stunning alteration Georgie, such gorgeous textures on the box (love the colours too). The decoration on top looks wonderful too, love that flower and I couldn't agree more on stickles for Christmas! (I even use the non distress kind lol....

  3. Oh this is such a beautiful upgrade Georgie!!! Love how that embossing reacts with the colours and work with the beautiful pine cones on top. Jenny x

  4. Gorgeous transformation Georgie!! Beautiful big shabby poinsettia, such a great topper for this stunning little Christmas treasure!! The embossing looks amazing on the rich background! hugs :)

  5. What a gorgeous altered box and smelly soaps would be a wonderful gift to put in it. I love the big flower but especially love the embossing on the sides.

  6. Gorgeous box Georgie. love those flowers. xx Jan

  7. Oh my goodness!! I love your sweet gift box!! There are so many layers of pretty paints and embossing. Whoever receives this gem will treasure it as much as the gift it holds!!

  8. This is a wonderful transformation and the flower on top is stunning. Who would not want to receive a little gift in this beautiful box.... Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Stunning! I love the transformation. I love it.

  10. Goodness...the box IS the gift! It's so delightfully shabby and the UTEE stamping is brilliant!

  11. Such a pretty box and that clear texture is mesmerizing. Cute little pearls and gorgeous shabby flower. Awesome sauce design dearie! Hugz to you muffin!

  12. Wow, Georgie! This took my breath away when I first laid eyes on it! That UTEE embossing is just the best and so inspiring, and your flower with pearls and glitter is just amazing! BEAUTIFUL! Hugs!

  13. Beautiful little box Georgie! The UTEE embossing adds a gorgeous texture. Sue C x

  14. Oh, Georgie, what a beautiful transformation! That shabby flower on top has just stolen my heart! Fabulous colours and awesome textures! Brilliant, my dear!
    Huge hugs to you! Branka xxx

  15. Love the glossy texture from the embossing, and the rich wine colours are so elegant.
    Alison xx