Saturday, 12 November 2011

Altered Dressing Table Set

This dressing table set started out life as a £2 wooden box from a sale, a 99p alarm clock from Ikea and a small hardback journal that was lying around the craft room...

"Altered Dressing Table Set"

Matching Tim Holtz papers were used to cover each piece before distressing the edges with ink and decorating with stamps, lace and charms.

"Altered box"

I was careful to match the papers on the edges of the box to the top, so that the design flowed around it. Similarly, stamps cover the joins where the box opens.

"Top of box"

The paper for the top of the box was positioned to show off the fabulous dream bird in the top right, and the stamp "In dreams we catch glimpses of life larger than our own" used just above the bird. I'm really pleased how that part turned out. The lower edge is stamped with various meadow grasses and all sorts of other stamps, mostly from Tim Holtz' sets, were used to create a scene. It was all stamped with Pumice Stone distress ink, which gives a lovely, soft effect on the pretty papers.

"Side of box"

The sides were decorated too...

"Back of box"

...and even the back :)


Well, a girl needs a nice journal by the bed to jot down all those crafty ideas! The lace makes a handy disguise for the join in the papers.

"Alarm clock"

Most people need an alarm clock - keep it on the dressing table and you have to get out of bed to turn it off! I couldn't resist this in Ikea at 99p - it started out as boring, plain, white plastic. Luckily, there is a circle in the new Sizzix framelits set that makes a hole exactly the right size for the clock face.

"Two minute gift tag"

Last, but not least, a quick matching gift tag made from a bit of left-over paper.

Entered for the following challenge:
Simon says stamp and show some upcycling / recycling
If the Shoe Fits Scrap It try something new
Crafty Ribbons anything but a card
Stampavie and more - anything goes


  1. This is gorgeous - love everything about it - the colour is beautiful too

  2. This is absolutely amazing, love it!!!

  3. wow how super is this ... well done ... just doing a bit of blog hopping happy crafting and love sandy xx

  4. This is amazing! What a lovely set. Beautifully made x
    Wendy x

  5. What a beautiful set, lovely with an air of romanticism (not sure if that's a word but I love it!!!) x x

  6. Oh my word!! Maddy this is really amazing. Its so beautiful. What a gorgeous set. The papers are stunning. Its really incredible. Lee xx

  7. Fantastic alterations, I think I might copy you and alter my boring alarm clock.
    Anne x

  8. beautiful set what a talented person you are welldone have become a follower hugs tracyx

  9. Your altered box, journal and clock are so pretty! I love the paper you used and the stamped images. What a terrific set you have made! Thank you sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. XO, Candy

  10. A beautiful set. really lovely xxx

  11. what a lovely set well done you Sandi x

  12. gorgous set,lovely work well done.sue xx

  13. every time I visit your blog I'm blown away by your incredible talent and creativity, this dressing table set is superb. also, what a lovely tribute to your grandad, Fi xx

  14. Wow, this is fantastic! :-) Elaine-xxx-

  15. What beautiful items you have created in such beautiful colours too.

    Sandra x

  16. Hi there your projects are really original and many of them! Thanks for participating on Crafty Ribbons Challenge number 6!

    La Vikinga

  17. Wow, such a wonderful set!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Stampavie and More.

  18. absolutely stunning, so much detail. thank you for sharing with us at the shoe fits

  19. Gorgeous creation. Love your details.
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons.

  20. WOw, this is amazing! Fab work! Thanks for playing with us at Crafty ribbons! Hugs!


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