Monday, October 14, 2013

Down The Rabbit Hole

Good morning to everyone! I recently purchased the "Mad Tea Party" papers (by Marion Smith) from the Flying Unicorn and while looking them over I was immediately inspired to make this altered box.  I bought this box at a yard sale about a year ago and it originally had a volleyball on the top and was a light wooden color.  So I finally gessoed it then covered it in black crackle paint.  It has been sitting around my craft room for about 4 months and I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with it.  So, I get these gorgeous papers and I get this little idea....
This is the outside of the box.
This is my Alice in Wonderland story before she falls down the rabbit hole. I have added a cut out from the paper with a lace frame, some flowers and a clock key that is also used to open the box.  This is the top:
Next is the front where I fussy cut the roses and the bottle that says "drink me" and also the cute little sign.  The keyhole is metal and reminds me of when she shrinks down and goes through the keyhole.

Here are some pics of the sides of the box:

This is a quote from the book and the hare obviously represents the rabbit. Next is the back:
Now the inside of the box is supposed to represent Alice's experience in wonderland, both crazy and magical. I was especially trying to represent the Mad Hatter's world.
Some close ups:

These are little wooden spools where I added a "birdbath" on one, a compass and a little table and teapot. 

I actually made the outside of the box with one sheet of paper (cut very carefully) and the a few cut outs and the inside of the paper was one sheet as well. So I have many more creations to be made with my remaining papers. I just LOVE them! I also just heard that Marion Smith is coming out with "junque and gems" I believe they are called and I just cannot wait to get my hands on them! Thanks for checking out my latest creation, it was so fun to make, my own little whimsical word in a box! Here it is again...Thank you for looking!!!

I am going to enter this into the following challenges:
Eclectic Paperie for altering a box
Flying Unicorn for fussy cutting
SWAT for fussy cutting


  1. Wonderful altered box! Love the fun details you fussy cut and included in your project! Thanks for playing along w/the SWAT fussy cutting challenge!

  2. You box is just AMAZING! LOVE all of the thoughts and details that went into every side (and even the inside!) of this FAB box! The roses everywhere are stunning and I LOVE the birdbath and table and sentiments! THX for playing with our altered challlenge at eclectic Paperie!

  3. I absolutely love all of the details!!! Thanks so much for joining us at SWAT!! Watch our Facebook page for a fan feature!!

  4. What a fun altered box! :) Thanks for joining us over at SWAT! :)

  5. You nailed it Sara!!! Great job & I love the tea pot inside the box.

  6. Oh wow, I truly thought it was an old hardside suitcase. LOVE how it turned out, especially the inside. Absolutely gorgeous and fun (inside). Thanks so much for playing along with the eTeam in our Get Altered Challenge this month.

  7. oh gosh that is lovely, all those little details add up to a beautiful creation

  8. Love. This is so incredibly beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us at SWAT!.

  9. I had to come here to see the entire project!!

  10. AWesome project! Love the papers used and pretty fussy cut elements. Thanks for playing along at SWAT.

  11. Wow your box is truly amazing Sarah..the papers are gorgeous and oh my the it!!
    Thank you so much for joining us over at eclectic Paperie and goodluck!
    Tracy xxx

  12. Oh my gosh this ROCKS!!! I just had to pop over here and see it!! WOW!

  13. Gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with SWAT!

  14. Gorgeous box, love it! Thank you for becoming a follower :) I too am following!! Hugs ~Barbara