Thursday, 26 April 2012

Keep Calm and Carry On :)

First of all just wanted share that my term with Polka Doodles has now ended and I'd like to say a big thank you to Nikky and all the DT for this wonderful opportunity :). I loved sharing inspiration with this fabulous team!

Now onto my new fascination ;).

I've recently treated myself to some lovely Artistic Outpost stamps that I bought at Happy Daze shop. I am hoping to make a many more projects with them, especially with the 2012 Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee coming soon! But here's my first make ;).

"Keep calm and carry on" - I'm sure you've seen this famous quote and poster somewhere but do you actually know where it comes from? ;)

According to Wikipedia Keep Calm and Carry On was a propaganda poster produced by the British government at the beginning of the Second World War, intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of invasion. Interestingly enough, it was very little known at the time :).

I've got to say - this message really appeals to me and the word CALM is my motto at the moment :). 

The box was decoupaged with a Union Jack printed serviette. For the flowers I used Tim Holtz shabby chic papers.

To prime the box I first painted it with matt emulsion paint, which I also used for distressing the edges.

The tag was stamped and distressed with distress inks and the ribbon was coloured with Distress stains.

To give the box more of a vintage feel, I also lightly sprayed it with Gold cosmic shimmer mist and also treated the leaf edges for gold acrylic paint.

This box is now available in my Etsy shop so if you'd like to treat yourself to this little number, hop over to my listing here.

And guess what - it's almost the weekend! Yay! And if you haven't yet, make sure to enter my 2nd Blogaversary giveaway!

Big hugs

Challenges for this project:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Craft Room Challenge - Ink It
The Stamp Man Challenge - Shabby chic or distressed style
Die Cutting Divas #62 - Pearls, pins, punches
Top Tip Tuesday #75 - Anything but a card
Make it Monday #86 - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Your favourite word


Carol said...

This is really lovely Joanna! Lotsa luv, hugs xxxx

lainey said...

a stunning box Joanna, love it a gorgeous keep sake!! lainey x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A fabulous box.

Debi said...

this is very Britannia cool Asia :-) I love it, thanks for joining us at craft room challenge, Debi x ps I'm going to pin your creation on Pinterest :-)

Happy Days said...

Gorgeous box and I love those stamps - keep thinking of treating myself then resist the urge!!! Will miss you over on PD's.

Claire x

Meggymay said...

Wonderful box, love the shabby/vintage look.
Yvonne x

Brenda Brown said...

Love how you have put this box together Joanna, such a great technique with the napkin and perfect for 2012.
Hope your week is going well.
hugs {brenda} xox

May said...

A Gorgeous keepsake Joanna, just beautiful... Hugs May x x x

Joanna said...

Piękne :)
Cieszę się, że zakupy Ci się udały i ciekawa jestem czy udało Ci się nie przekroczyć wygranej kwoty? ;):)

Creative Diva said...

Beautiful job done. Love the tag on the keepsake. Thanks for joining us over at DCD.


Vintage Milly said...

oh wow this is really beautiful, love all the work that has gone into this box, hope you are keeping well, keep in touch hun, hugs, Em.x

Cazro said...

Fabulous box, I love the distressed, vintage look. Caz

CraftyCatDesigns said...

Loving your box, it's gorgeous! Such patience to create this box of beauty! I love everything about it!

Mandy :)

Linda R said...

I just love this my creative friend. And calm is such a good motto to have. HOpe you are enjoying your week.


Zoe Sanderson said...

Great box patriotic as well, that napkin is terrific. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room challenge good luck XOXO Zoe

Carol Q said...

love the shabby feel to the union jack paper Joanna. a beautifully decorated box!

Maria said...

Oh, I do love this Joanna, the napkin looks fabulous (me and napkins don't get along too well, lol, I should practice more!) and I love the flower. Calm is something I haven't seen for a few weeks!

Take care, Maria x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous decorated box Joanna, love your use of serviettes. Lovely flowers too. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

Gerda said...

Beautiful box, great project!
Thanks for joining us at DCD this week.

Merry said...

Such wonderful work and thanks for the info on the Keep Calm signs. Saw you on MIM

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

Totally gorgeous! Love this project and yes Calm would be a good motto to take on!

Your card caught my eye at MIM. I'm 138, 194 & 252 this week!

Kasey ~ in Oz

sue w. said...

Hi Joanna, love your box, fab work of art and wonderful keepsake. Love your blog.
New follower.
Hugs Sue W.

Georgiana said...

Nice box and a great motto! Thank you for sharing at Die Cuttin' Divas this week.

Carson's Creations

Candy C said...

Your Keep Calm and Carry On box is awesome. Great work and I love your word...CALM. Thanks for sharing your beautiful box with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

The Scrappy Tree said...

Love this! Great project :) liking the decoupaged napkin, very clever :)
Gayle x

Rene said...

Awesome project! Just gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining us at MIM! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance to win our second prize!
Rene :D

Ros said...

What a fabulous box ... I am seeing this saying everywhere lately ... one shop near us has lots of stuff with this on ...

Heather said...

I LOVE your box!! It turned out fabulous! Love how the matt paint turned out, gives it that vintage look! Beautiful flowers too!!
Visiting from Make it Monday :0)

Caroljenks said...

What a stunning little box - beautiful! I love the effect you achieved with the serviette and the distressing - perfect.

Thanks for joining us for our 'Anything but a Card' challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday. Don't forget if you share a Top Tip with us you could win our Top Tipper Prize ...such as any tips for serviette decoupage ;)
Thanks for playing :)

Carol x

Suzanne Brookfield said...

Love the shabby chicness feel to this box and as usual superb attention to detail Joanna! Thank you for joining us at the Craft Room challenge this fortnight. Good luck! Suzanne :)

Lisa M said...

Hi Asia!
Not only is your box so incredibly inspirational, your entire blog is. I've had a wonderful time perusing your creative mind. Love the sentiment for this project, seems to be my motto at the moment too. :)
Thank you so much for the kind comment you left me about my phone remake and for joining us at Make It Monday and Top Tip Tuesday with this gorgeous creation.
Lisa xx

I'll go check out your very generous candy now. Thank you for the invite on that too.

hazel said...

A fabulous creation, I love it. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
xxx Hazel.

TC said...

Wow, beautiful project. It's fabulous. Love it all, especially the pretty flowers. x

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Such a beautiful creation!! Love it! And I love that sentiment too!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!


LaJanette said...

WOW! What an awesome box! So much detail and work has gone into this beautiful creation! Love it!

Thank you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday! Hope to see you again!


Hilde Larsen aka. Tindaloo said...

Hi! I'm a new follower here, and I'm really enjoying your blog! Great box & cool details ~ and motto! I'm thinking Dr. Who immediately though... *lol*

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