Biscuits and butterflies

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So, still no sunshine in these parts and, even worse, a bit of rain šŸ™ And yes, I had left all the chairs out in the back garden so they got wet! Even more annoying is that as it has been distinctly cooler today I have no excuse for not catching up on a bit of housework.

Today I am sharing a project I have made for this week’sĀ challenge at City Crafter for which the theme is “dress it up.” For this, you have to take an ordinary item and transform it. So I decided to take this…


… and turn it into this…

P1050034Yep, this started life as a box for breakfast biscuits and after waving my fairy godmother wandI have transformed it into a lovely little gift bag/box. I chopped off the top and covered it with some of the lovely Tim Coffey designer paper from Kay & Company. I stuck white tissue to the inside, crumpling it up to give it some texture then, when it had dried, painted it with some metallic acrylic paint. The handle was made from two strips ofĀ paper glued together.



I popped a strip of ivory crochet lace around the top and then added my embellishments. The butterfly images, especially for Amy and Friends,Ā are from The Graphics Fairy. The large one is the original image, printed in two sizes and then layered up. For the smaller ones I used the original images and then used a punch to cut them out. I added a smidge of Vintage Photo distress ink to all of them.




There are some little paper rosebuds hanging fromĀ a creamy seam binding bow and I’ve added a strip of pearls to the large butterfly’s body and some extra pearls to the box, just for luck!



Now I just have to choose what to pop in my gift box. I’m thinking some butterfly shaped biscuits might be nice – except I’d probably eat them before they made it to their destination!!! If you left the handle off the box it would make a great container for stationery.




The City Crafter Design Team have producedĀ someĀ amazing “dress it up” projects so be sure to buzz over and take a look and if you haven’t done so already, check out my pinned post at the top of this page to find out why all my projects this month are featuring butterflies. Thanks for buzzing by.


Biscuits and butterflies — 11 Comments

  1. I love your butterflies among all your other incredible creations. Love how your make them look so real and dimensional. I’ve got to make some. I saw a project a blogger made with an embroidery hoop, a garland on hoop and butterflies hanging from the hoop as a mobile. Think I really need to make that. I’ll be thinking of your fantastic butterflies when I make mine. You have so inspired me so many times. Sure glad I found your blog so long ago. Hope you get some sunshine soon. The little box/bag is such a cute idea, will have to emulate that also. Bye for now

  2. I just love what you did with the box. I some pretty, romantic papers I’ve been wanting to use on something, so I think I’ll take them and your idea and instructions and make a basket like yours for my daughter and fill it with a mini album. Thank you for the idea.

    • Thank you and so glad you’re going to make one, I was amazed how easy it was when I did it and have a constant supply of those boxes! Filling it with an album is a brilliant idea – would love to see it when you’ve finished XX

  3. Wow!! Who would have thought that the cereal box would turn out so lovely!! I must start keeping mine … I have those biscuits too! You did a magnificent job here Lisette … Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!

  4. Oh wow Lisette, this is gorgeous!! Beautiful colours and embellishments. A totally fab project. It’s so romantic and love the vintage feel to it.
    Sorry to hear about the weather. We have hot temperatures here and they said there will be thunderstorms… (me not like!) Good luck with the housework šŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing your gorgeous project with us at CCCB. Hugs, Wendy

    • Thank you Wendy – I feel I’ve done enough housework for a bit, as long as I don’t stay in one place for too long!!!

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