Altered Box

Hello My Friends and Welcome Visitors,

Last year, I made an altered box for someone.  When my sister Cathy saw it on facebook she told me she wanted me to make her one. I live in Maryland and she lives in Tennessee. So um...I started making it...I have been working on this box on and off for over a year.  The good news is that Cathy's birthday is August 25th, so I actually have time to get it in the mail before her birthday!  I like making little gifts for my family but I am terrible at mailing them!  Anyone else have this problem?

So here is the box for my sissy.  Warning picture heavy, you might want to grab your coffee or tea.

The box is decorated on the outside with Graphic45 Time to Flourish paper.  Of course I used the August paper.

The inside of the box is decorated with a speciality paper that I ordered (can you see that it says Tennessee?) I also used a laser cut of the word Tennessee.  On a sad note I had purchased a laser cut of a bear in a tree and I lost it!  I have searched my craft room high and low, it is just gone!  

This sentiment means a lot to me.  In some of my darkest days this past year, my sister was there for me and kept reminding me that there are brighter days ahead, that everyone encounters set backs and hard times and that you just need to put feet on the floor in the morning and keep on going!

Recipe for this box:

Darice Wooden Box
Graphic45 - Time To Flourish (August)
Speciality Paper - I can not remember where I ordered it...sorry
Sentiment - Graphic45
Feet & Corners & Lock - Tim Holtz
Flowers & Key from stash

I am entering this box into the following challenges:

Decorate To Celebrate - Challenge #15
DL.Art July Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Favorite Designer (Grapic45)
As You Like It Challenge - Your Favorite Papers & Why (Graphic45 - Quality heavy paper that holds up whatever project you may be working on; lovely designs.)
Aud Sentiments Challenge #160 Anything Goes + Sentiment
C.R.A.F.T - Challenge #374 Summer
The Crafty Addicts - Challenge 20 Anything Goes/Friends
Retarte -Challenge #82 Anything Goes


  1. Very pretty Chriss, and I'm sure your sister will treasure her box that you made for her..... She can keep all her cute treasures and fun items in there. Great job...

  2. Beautiful treasure box Chriss!
    Sherrie K

  3. This is a beautiful box, so much love and thought has gone in to it's design for your sister that I'm sure she will be thrilled when she receives it. Thanks for joining us at AYLI this week.
    Lorraine DT

  4. This wonderful altered box will be surely a happy gift for your sister Cathy!! So bright and colourful, it's full of life!! The sentiment is just great... We all have to remember this!!! Fabulous treasure with a sweet tought!!

  5. That sentiment almost brought tears to my eyes. So true and beautiful.
    Your box is gorgeous and is going too mean so much to your sister Chriss.

  6. Your box is fabulous! I bet your sister is going to love it with all her heart. Beautiful sentiment and now you have me looking at a new paper company. Thank you so very much for sharing your super cute adorable inspiration with us at 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge.

    Tamie DT

  7. This is so gorgeous, Chriss!! I love the papers you used!! The sentiment truly is beautiful!! Your sister will adore this!! Thank you so much for playing along at DL.ART!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. This is Beautiful!! I love all of the lovely details!Gorgeous papers! She will love this!! I do!
    Have a wonderful day my friend,
    Crafting with Creative M

  9. Wow, it's gorgeous, Chriss! I have never attempted anything like this so I am in awe! Your sister is going to love it!

  10. What a wonderful gift for your sister, Chriss! Thanks for joining in at CRAFT Challenge.

    love Mags B DT x

  11. Thanks for sharing this it is beautiful. Love the paper and the details. Nice gift. Graphic 45 sure does have some nice stuff. Thanks again for sharing with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

    Leanne DT/4CC

  12. Beautiful project.
    Thanks for joining with us at Retarte.
    Yaiza(Stampartpapel DT)

  13. Wonderful keepsake box. Thank you for sharing with us at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge. - Myrna DT


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