Sunday, 11 June 2017

International Art and Soul - For Men

This challenge is all about the men so join us at International Art and Soul and show us what you can come up with for our theme of 'For Men'.

I'm showing an altered Craftbox that I receive full of craft items on a regular basis. I emptied the craft items into my usual storage spots and started on decorating the box for my friend who lives a couple of doors away.

The box is really sturdy and has a magnetic fastener so I thought, when he emptied it of his birthday goodies, he could use it for bits and pieces of his hobbies. I used Craftbox papers as the base. They are of old seed packets and I tore the edges and then used Distress Inks on them. I then started to add items that I knew would have some meaning to him - the little Snipart garden gate and watering can, the wooden flowers, bird and sun from Create and Craft - he's a very keen gardener. I added a little Hobbycraft wooden frame and then centred in it a little guitar charm. He's also a keen guitarist. Cogs made me think of cars - not sure whether they are relevant to cars - but he likes driving so I reckoned they would tie in. A gnarled branch from Craftbox was placed almost mid centre and then I added Hobbycraft wooden letters making up his name. I'd used bronze acrylic paint on the letters and then added a little arrow pointing to the name. Final additions were a brown gem and brown checked button, both from Mei Flower. He now has the box which had inside a half bottle of whisky, snazzy jar of chutney, sweets, etc. and he loved it.

I'm entering my box into the following challenges:
A Inky Mess - Anything Goes Mixed Media
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes Mixed Media
Connie Can Crop - It's a Guy Thing
Cards Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Craft Rocket - For the Men/Boys
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Shopping our Stash - Dude
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes


  1. Super creatin for a man, thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket, xxx

  2. Great project Hazel. This will be a better gift than what goes inside it! Christine xx

  3. What a fabulous card Hazel. Hope you are well xx Jan

  4. What a great idea for a storage box and a lovely gift for your neighbour!
    Thanks for joining the SHOPPING OUR STASH this week for our DUDE challenge!

  5. It's great that you can recycle your boxes and turn them in to something so lovely..This is just perfect for the "man"..Thank you for playing along in our challenge this month at Altered Eclectics.

  6. Love your altered box. So many details but yet so manly. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Annemi {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  7. I'm sure your friend will love this box, it's fab. Thank you for sharing it with us at Altered Eclectics.

  8. So great to see something different. Great work. Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge 'Anything Goes' June 2017.
    Nicola, CGE DT (Amethyst Lily Designs )

  9. what a cool & clever masculine card! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR STASH with us this week! <3

  10. What a thoughtful giftbox! Thank you for sharing at Shopping Our Stash!

  11. Glad to see something else. Love all the wooden embellishments you have used!

    Thanks for playing along with our present challenge at Craft Rocket and good luck! Hope you will join us next month again.

    *DT* Craft Rocket Challenges {#38 – For a boy / man}
    *DT + Admin* Do-Al(l) Kreatives {#6 – Early summer}
    Alex' Kreative Seite

  12. Very cool craft box! Thank you for joining us at Connie Can Crop's monthly challenge, "It's a Guy Thing". Good luck!

  13. I've just nipped over to check this one out again, I just love all those bits and pieces that you've used, definitely a stroke-able creation!!! Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  14. This is a different and a lovely project..complete masculine.. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Rocket challenges

  15. Brilliant recycling and great personalising very thoughtful gift love all the little embellishments that are actually meaningful-----Thank you for joining us at A Inky Mess
    Carol DT x

  16. Great card! Thanks for joining us at Connie Can Crop!