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Sunday, March 5, 2017

A little mixed media & some news~

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Hello my friends!
I have been holding something in for awhile now and I'm so happy to finally be able to share it with you. I have been accepted as one of the newest designers on the More Mixed Media challenge blog! I am super excited about this and I thank Lozzy so much for choosing me to be on this amazing team! So with that being said, today starts a new challenge! The challenges are on the 5th of each month so mark your calendars!! So for this lovely month of March, the challenge is anything goes with the color green! So cool right? You can create what you want but just use some green somewhere on your project. :)

Want to see what I made? You will literally be shocked! Yep, shocked. I made a home decor piece. I found an unfinished wooden tissue box at a consignment shop about a week ago for  $2 and I knew I had to grab it! My only mistake was not taking a photo of it first before I started to work on it! But I did remember to snap photos as I started to work so here ya go!

This is the first picture I remembered to take. I was just starting to paint the box in white gesso. 

Here it is all covered in white gesso and drying. 

I took some shades of green gelatos (sorry don't know the names) and a couple of golden colors and started to color on the tissue box top. I used a baby wipe to blend the colors together. I continued adding color until I got the look I was going for. 

In this photo, I have already added the patterned paper to all four sides of the box. The paper that I used was very old and from my stash. I honestly do not know who made it but it is gorgeous and has a "hunter" green color going through it and it is very sparkly in some areas. Love it!  On the top of the box, there are some strips of paper that were from the same paper collection that I adhered down. To the sides of the paper on each side, I added some white gesso to give a "messy" look and I also added some rub N buff gold leaf. 

Here is a closer look at the "messy" of the gesso and gold leaf. And as you can see, I also added this beautiful lace trim all around the box. This lace was also in my stash. :)

This is the box all finished up now. This is the back side of the box and now you can get a better look at the patterned paper that I used. You can also see the gold leaf and gesso throughout the sides and now you will start to see how well this box turned out in the next couple of photos. 

Here is the front of the box. .... :) 
Notice the beautiful florals and that metal embellishment? You will see a better view in this next photo ....

Here is the top of the tissue box all finished!!! 
So if you look closely, you will see some "netting" right around the opening of the box, where the tissues come out. This was some netting tulle that I had and I decided to use it. I thought it would give a nice texture and it sure did! I also added the metal vintage bicycle and the metal vintage key (it is tucked in with the florals next to the bicycle) for a little more added interest. The florals are all from Wild Orchid Crafts and the metal pieces came from Live & Love Crafts. I added in a few pearl sprays as a personal preference and those are also from Wild Orchid Crafts. If you look closely, you will also see that I took some of that same patterned paper and added some to each side on the top of the box. I just love the flourishes and the natural sparkle in the paper! It is hard to see but trust me, it is very pretty and sparkly!

Here is a closer look at the metal vintage bicycle and that pretty netting tulle that I added around the opening of the box. You can even see the sparkle in that pretty green flourish in the patterned paper a little bit! I also added some green Viva pearl pen to the bicycle to bring in a little bit more of that green color.

Here is the floral cluster next to the bicycle. This is where I have that little metal vintage key tucked in. I added various sizes of flowers, making sure to incorporate some green ones for our challenge!

This is a photo of the floral cluster on the opposite side of the box on the top corner. It gives you a closer look and if you look carefully, you will see those green patterned paper swirls in the background and how they are glittery! I also used my Spectrum sparkle pen in clear, to add glitter to my flowers. Here you can see how they are so pretty and sparkly!

Well my friends that is my mixed media project for you for today! I truly hope that I have inspired you to take something unfinished and make it into something beautiful! It is definitely OK to make something 3D or for the home sometimes! I had to much fun creating this tissue box that it has made me already think of what I want to do next! It was quite a good feeling and a nice surprise to make something other than a card or tag. :)
 Here are few more photos!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Please make sure to stop by the More Mixed Media challenge blog and link up your project using the color green! You have 4 weeks to complete a project until the next challenge starts. Remember, a new challenge starts every  5th of the month. And Lozzy the owner, generously gives 3 winners a choice of 3 sets of her digital papers!! And her papers are awesome! And each month, there will be a top 5  favorites in addition to the main winners! So make sure you play along with us! I cannot wait to see what you make!!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Allsorts #405 Spring
Crafty Friends #52
Imagine That-AG
Scrappers Delights #64
SOSS #79
Altered Eclectics
Classic DT Challenge #12
Craftaholics-March Use Green
Crafts and Me Springtime Challenge
DL Art Thankful Thursday #199
Eclectic Ellapu-Spring
Marianne Design Divas #14
Pink & Main #19
House of Cards- Photo Inspiration

Until next time..
Enjoy life's blessings~


  1. Hi Jo, thanks for your 'sisterly' visit on my blog, nice to meet you. Love your tissue box, what an elegant piece it has become. I also run another challenge, Tag Tuesday, with a new tag challenge every 2 weeks.
    Enjoy your weekend, hugs, Valerie

  2. Wow, this project is amazing!!! Love all your little details! Thanks for joining our Link-Up challenge at the Creative Playground.


  3. Well that's cool. I love it; so pretty. Thanks for sharing at Craftaholics R Us!
    ~Owner/DT Janis

  4. Very beautiful. I need to get hold of some of those gorgeous bicycle charms! Thank you for sharing at SOSS

  5. Your tissue box is beautiful, Jo! Congrats on your new DT! Well deserved!

  6. WOW
    Fantastic job on the tissue box!
    Thanks for getting GREEN WITH ENVY with the sisterhood of snarky stampers!!

  7. First of all, huge congrats on your new DT!! How exciting!! And wow, Jo, this is amazing!! What a transformation of the box!! You decorated it so beautifully!! I love the WOC flowers and the bicycle charm!! The papers are fabulous!! The lace looks gorgeous!! All of the details are just perfect!! I bet this looks so beautiful in your home!! I love, love it!! Thanks so much for playing along at DL.ART!! Have a great day, my friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. wow!
    its gorgeous!
    I want this! :D

  9. Oh my gosh this looks absolutely amazing. Great work here. Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    [Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

  10. Congrats on your new Design Team gig! This tissue box is fantastic! No wonder they chose you!


  11. So beautiful job. Well done!
    Thank you for joining us at House of Cards challenge
    Maria Pilar DT

  12. Hello… Thanks for sharing your tissue box project with us at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog… your tissue box is lovely and fits perfectly with our ‘All that Glitters’ challenge theme… hope you can join us next time and good luck in the draw.
    [Diane Louise, Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  13. Congratulations on your new design team spot. That is great. What a wonderful project you made. That lace is so pretty.

  14. Hi Jo..many thanks for dropping by my blog and saying Hi..I am now following your blog and signed up via emails and I'm just about to check out your challenges...Hugs.
    Awesome alteration on your tissue box..love it

  15. Congrats on your new DT spot I love looking at all the work over there.
    Your project is beautiful!! I love it. Especially those green flowers!!
    Thank you for entering the DL.ART THANKFUL THURSDAY challenge #199- “GREEN” or Thank you” for this challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.


  16. Your altered tissue box is just lovely, many thanks for joining us at Allsorts challenge.

    B x

  17. Gorgeous tissue box!! So elegant!!

  18. Jo, this is just stunning my friend! What a great find and amazing transformation! I love the beautiful details and wonderful colors! The flowers are gorgeous and love the bicycle! So pretty my friend!
    Congrats on your new DT! I can't wait to see more of your fabulous creations!!
    have a wonderful week!
    Sherrie K

  19. This is just stunning, and congrats on your DT spot! Glad to see you joined us at HOC! Donna

  20. First of all... CONGRATS on making the DT! They are very lucky to have you!! Secondly... OMGOSH!!! This looks totally AHH-MAA-ZING!!! WOW Jo... It's so beautiful & Elegant and I can see the neat Shabby Chicness throughout the whole process! Lots of cool details.. just WOW! Awesome! :) Have a great day! :)
    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  21. Wow, this is so adorable!
    Congratulations on your new DT!
    Greetings, Valerija xx

  22. Congratulatons Jo and what an amazing tissue box project this is! Thanks for the step-by-step photos! I will have to give it a try. May you have a lovely rest of your day and week. Take care.

  23. Lovely work Jo. Welcome to the More Mixed Media design team.

  24. Stunning tissue box Jo and love your post with the tutorial plus a big thank you..Hugs Lozzy x

  25. Congrats, Jo!! Good for you! And this tissue box is absolutely gorgeous!! You are a mixed media genius! : )

  26. Hi Jo,
    Let me begin by saying Congrats to you my friend! Well deserved!Super excited for you!I absolutely LOVE it!! It's just STUNNING!! The flowers are gorgeous.I love the netting detail. Super cool!! I love the pretty bicycle!!Such a beautiful tissue box!!Amazing job!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  27. I really love this I would love this for my tissues Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Michelle DT for http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/...

  28. So happy to have you join us at MMM and with such a magnificent project. xx

  29. This is all sorts of crafty goodness! Thanks for joining us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for the Green with Envy challenge.

  30. Awesome! A gorgeous creation that would make anyone feel better who needs to grab a kleenex. :D Thanks for joining the fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

  31. Such a pretty tissue box! Full of niceness. Thanks for sharing with us at Eclectic Ellapu.

  32. Very, very pretty! This tissue box will definitely take the edge off any and all cold symptoms. Thanks for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics!
    Chana, DT

  33. Beautiful creation. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Classic Design Team Open Challenge and we hope to see you again in April.

    Helen x

  34. A tissue box like that would certainly be an up-side to having a cold! Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics this month. Sammy-x

  35. This is really wonderful work on this tissue box. Thanks for playing along with our challenge this month at the House of Cards
    Ma (✿*‿*) HOC DT

  36. Fantastic work! Thank You for joining in the Springtime challenge at Crafts and Me. Please check back soon for winners and enter our new Things with Wings challenge x


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