A project 10 years in the making…

Toad & MagicAbout 10 years, Stampers Sampler had an article about making shrines/armoires out of mini cereal boxes.  My good friend, Tammy, saved a number for me and I never had a chance to do anything with them.  I ended up throwing them out because I moved across 2 provinces, but I never forgot the idea!  Recently, Prince Charming bought  set of mini cereals and I snaffled on to them quickly! lol

I took the box apart and painted the inside with gold inka gold and the outside with black gesso.  I edged burgundy paper from the fab Christmas collection from DoCrafts with inka gold and layered it up with some pretty sepia paper from the same collection.  I added some wood laser cuts from TCP to the doors to act as handles.  The feet are flat backed pearls.


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My dad loves Santa Claus.  Like, LURVES Santa Claus.  He often helps Santa out in the busy run-up to Christmas and stands in for the big guy in the village I grew up.  I could tell you tons of Santa stories involving my dad, but my favourite one goes like this.

My first Christmas, my dad dressed up in his Santa suit, visited my grandparents house where I was and a picture of Santa holding me ended up in the family photo album.  A couple of years later, I was looking at the album, tapped the picture and said ‘Daddy.’  It broke my dad’s heart.  That year, the local NYE dance sold out.  A man wanted to buy my parent’s tickets for mad money, but my dad worked out a deal where the man came over, dressed up in our Santa suit, and gave me a present on Christmas Eve.  Let me tell you it was amazing!  A few a years ago, my mum and I talked about this fab memory and I asked about the bag the presents were in…I swear it was leather.  My mum is pretty sure it was a orange bin liner!  This story is relavent…After I put the decopage Santa from Docrafts in the box…it looked empty and too far back.  I decided that I needed Santa’s sack, but what could I make it out so looked like leather?  Wax paper and alcohol ink to the rescue! lol

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19 thoughts on “A project 10 years in the making…

  1. wonderful creation, looks fab thanks for playing along with BEARLY-MINE challenges, Merry Christmas x carol

  2. Such a lovely idea and it looks so gorgeous, Erin!

    Thank you for sharing your brilliant Santa-cupboard-ATC-creation with us at Our Creative Corner!

    Claudia xxx

  3. Beautiful work. Great idea for Christmas. Thank you for joining us at Recycle, Re-Purpose and Re-invent. Hope to see you back here again in 2015. Judy DT.

  4. wow i am totally inspired to try this, i love your results! i saw the photo at the doodle artifacts blog site and had to have a closer look. awesome. xo

  5. Absolutely adorable – what a great bit of recycled art (need to get some mini cereal packets!). What a charming festive ornament this makes. Thanks so much for playing along at Our Creative Corner and at Country View Challenges.
    Alison x

  6. Gorgeous – so creative and beautifully put together.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra.

    Helen x

  7. Thank you for entering my CHNC challenge extra for December and my Patterned Paper December challenge with your lovely crafting – hope to see you again soon x

  8. A. Project that definitely needed to see the light of day and was well worth the wait. I love the memories it brought back for you too. The project is adorable thanks for sharing this with us eclectic girlies 🙂

  9. Fabulous project; glad you finally got to create it! Thank you for sharing with us at Eclectic Ellapu monthly challenge.

  10. This is fabulous. What a great way to use an old mini cereal box. I must have gotten through enough of those in my youth to make an actual shrine!

    Thanks also for the great story you shared. I don’t know about you,but Christmas evokes so many warm memories for me.

    Thanks for sharing this beauty with us

    The Mirror Crack’d

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