Friday 18 July 2014

Chocolate Box Tribute

     I have made frames with chocolate boxes before but this time I wanted to try the aluminium tape method which lends itself to a masculine style so well.
     It was a struggle to eat the chocolates just to get the box (NOT) but I managed it. I cut the lid to make the recess as before, see here, and used Spellbinder dies Cogs to cut thin chipboard shapes that are glued to the frame.
     At this stage I took it with me to visit my parents, Dad was very ill so it gave me something to do while sitting with him. We have always been a crafting family so he was not atall bothered by this. He would now be very pleased to see the finished item but sadly he is no longer with us. The cat was called Sprocket and he is happily toasting his bottom on the warm radiator of Dad's pride and joy, a series one long wheel base Landrover. So this is a tribute to a wonderful Father, a great hunting cat and an amazing piece of machinery, sadly only the Landrover is still running but living elsewhere now.
     The aluminium tape is cut into smallish strips and added to the frame, being small pieces makes it easier to manage. Joins in the tape have some small dents in them made with a ball tool to look like rivets, the ball tool is also used to work the tape gently around the chipboard shapes. The last stage is to cover the frame with black acrylic paint and then rub some off again so the frame is not so shiny.
     These frames are easy to make and as they are recycled boxes you don't feel quite so bad about emptying them in the first place!!
     I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all my Design Teamies for helping me through this last month, things will slowly return to normal now. Crafting is a great way to unwind and a lovely community to be involved with.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:

Altered Eclectics - Any Altered Art Project
Animal Friends - Dog or Cat
Vintage Challenge - No stamping.


  1. Wow, wie cool! Eine fabelhafte Idee!
    Danke daß du bei den Animal Friends mitmachst.
    LG Dreja

  2. You never fail to amaze me with your beautiful creativity. This is a gorgeous picture frame and I need to try to get out to get some aluminium tape and a box of chocolates!
    It is a lovely tribute huni, sending you huge gentle hugs. I hope some sunshine makes it through to you soon Karen xx

  3. I love your picture frame idea. So sorry to hear about your father. Keep the good memories of him. Hugs to you.

  4. Fabulous altered creation, I adore the design of the box, Love the cogs & beautiful photo...Lovely memories for you... Thank you so much for joining us at Altered Eclectics... Hugs May x x

  5. Eine wundervolle Gestaltung und Umsetzung. Mir gefällt Dein Werk sehr gut
    Hab lieben Dank fürs mitmachen bei Animal Friends
    Grüße Vanessa

  6. This is a great idea and a fabulous project.

    Thank for coming over and joining in with us at Rhedds Creative Spirt.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx (DT member)

  7. Wonderful and a sweet cat.
    Thanks for joining us at the Animal Friends challenge.

  8. This is fab - gorgeous thankyou for sharing with us over at Altered Eclectics this month.
    Eclectic Ellapu - Owner
    Altered Eclectics - Owner
    Handcrafted by Ellapu
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