Getting back into the zone

1st week of full retirement passed in a flash.   Sunday in Doncaster for Craft Magic at the Dome, few technical problems my iPhone decided I was not connected to the internet.   Fortunately I still had my old Tom Tom reached the destination spent money and came home.  Monday Tuesday basically chilling at home feeling a little odd no plans or demands chasing my tail just a wonderful expanse of time there for me to fill.   Wednesday the mobile disconnected a couple of calls so off to the Apple shop in Leeds new phone, new iPad both with max memory and an Apple watch.   Still sorting all that tech out.   Thursday new windows fitted and feeling far more rested time to play in the craft room.

Well actually this was today, I've been working on another wooden box that is still a WIP to be shared another time.    

The colour pallet for this came from a Wednesday Challenge ColourQ I love the cool colours.

I don't have the actual listed shades so I've used as close as I can find in my ink pads and pens.

First off a 3.7" square box coloured all over with Weathered Wood distress ink and Inkylicious dusters.   A new to me TH mask used with Peacock Feathers DI and a song applicator.    Around the sides of the lid I used tissue tape (thinking of the soft suede) which was sealed.  

A piece of white card cut down to 3.5" square and stamped with a new Inkylicious stamp set, the bird and sentiment.  "Your wings already exist all you have to do is learn to fly."   They were stamped in Memento London Fog.   Promarkers used to colour the image using colours that approximate the challenge pallet.  The topper glued in place and covered with Dreamweaver dries clear crackle paste.   The stencilled sides of the box have been sealed with spray and shine.

Beside ColourQ I'm sharing this with.
Creative Carte Blanche - Winged things
Craft Stamper - Lets get Inky
A Vintage Journey - Texture or Embossing paste

I like this new freedom, the journey has begun so bring it on.


  1. Beautiful project for this week's colours. Thank you for sharing with us at the colourQ this week!

  2. Pleased you are already enjoying full retirement Zoe and making the most of it for sure.

    The box is very beautiful with wonderful colours.

    Enjoy your weekend which will be similar to every day from now on :)

    Love Chrissie xx

  3. This is so lovely! I love the idea of a gift box decorated not with ribbons, but with art. How very light and dreamy the effect is. Thank you for sharing this with us at Creative Carte Blanche!

  4. Your WIP box is beautiful! I love your color palette! Teal is by far my favorite color...any variation of it! I love the trellis stencil that you've used on the sides of your box and Tim's butterfly tissue tape on the edges. Very pretty and perfect for our winged things theme. Your fluttering bird on the top is beautiful. Congratulations on your retirement! Thanks for joining us at Creative Carte Blanche!

  5. First of all, congratulations on your retirement! I love this box! What a beautiful bird and great way to present a gift! Thanks so much for joining us at Creative Carte Blanche!

  6. What a beautiful box, Zoe, I love how you used the colors! So glad to see you at the colourQ this week, thanks for playing!

  7. Beautiful colours and textures on your box, thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey and congratulations on your retirement! Deb xo

  8. Such a stunning box! Love that subtle crackle and that beautiful bird image!Happy birthday! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at A Vintage Journey!

  9. Such a beauty! Thank you for entering our challenge over at TIMI:-)

  10. What a lovely box. Love the crackle texture over the top. You are surely enjoying your retirement. Keep it up!

  11. Beautiful box .... Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  12. Oh wow...the birdie on the box is beautiful!!! Love what you did...the crackle is fabulous!!Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Carte Blanche.


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