Shell Collectors Box

Happy Sunday everyone.

It gets very complicated when you have two blogs. There was a good reason for it but hey ho! If you didn’t see my post yesterday over on the card blog I will fill you in on a bit of crafty news.

I have been busy crafting lately.  Not just my own craft projects….getting ready for Christmas!!! but also creating some projects for Crafty Individuals and the Hochanda shows. If you missed the CI shows this weekend you can watch them on the Hochanda website on rewind.

Today I would like to share just one of the projects, a shell collectors box.


This is the front cover of the little box. The box itself is basically a wooden tray with a card jacket on.

To decorate the box I used Crafty Individual stamps Salty Toes and Sandy Kisses CI 459 for the text words and Seaside Friends CI 283 for the main focal image.

inside the box

and the side view

It was really fun to make. I painted the tray with Decoarts Americana paints. I created a jacket out of some really strong card. I painted it with Gesso and at the same time attaching a piece of tissue to add texture. The Gesso acts like a glue for the tissue. I then painted it with the acrylics using a sponge.

I glued the tray onto the jacket and then I glued the shells and the fabric in the tray and added the topper. If, I was doing another…which I definitely will do, I would just glue the bottom of the tray to the one side of the jacket and leave the spine. It does open but it would look better, I think, that way.

To finish off I glued the shells and fabric into the trays and attached the toppers and the text pieces.

Before I leave you today I would like to share a multi project image of some other projects I made for Crafty Individuals. Its a bit of a mix of projects with mixed media canvases, 7 day journal and a couple of wooden decorations. These will be appearing on the blog individually over the next few weeks but just in case anyone wanted to have a look.



I have also added a multi image over on my card blog of the cards I made if anyone would like to see those.

That’s all from me.

Stay cool.

Flo x


  1. Kate

    Hi there Florence, beautiful little project, the images are so lovely and you’ve painted the whole thing in gorgeous colours. Watched the shows, fab samples from the DT, great inspiration too. I absolutely love the Paris canvas, beautifully created. Hope by now you are well and truly settled in your new home. Bet your not missing the heat in Spain…. it would kill me, late 20s here bad enough, take care, Kate x

  2. Jannet

    A fabulous book Florence ! I love your seaside theme, perfect seaside colours and fun
    textures.the real shells are a beautiful addition. All of your creations look brilliant and I look forward to seeing them on the blog. Xx

  3. scrAPpamondo

    WOW!! How stunning shell collectors box!!! It’s just wonderful! And such clever idea using a wooden try plus a cardstock for the jacket!! The rustic tissue is just perfect to add interest and texture to the box! Thanks for the tip of gesso as glue šŸ™‚ it’s very useful! Love the colour and obviously the fabulous image! It’s a lovely masterpiece, perfect to storage the shells!
    Amazing pics of the other samples for Hochanda, too! Love them all and especially that romantic Parisian work!

  4. corinne Rollet

    Oh Florence, what a lovely box!!!
    And I can glanze wonderful creations on your multi project image!!!!!
    So great to read and see you again working on some fabulous DT projects as always. Looking forward to see them in details in the coming days and weeks.
    I’m off to your cards blog too of course, thanks for telling it as I haven’t received any notification for this indeed.
    Have a lovely Sunday.
    Coco xx

  5. Marianne

    Good to see you back, Flo! What a pretty box, and perfect for the summer, or winter for remembering summer fun at the shore. I used to work with tissue and glue and it really does make a wonderful texture. And I agree with Kate, the burlap makes a wonderful addition to texture and the whole feel of the project. Looking forward to you next share.

    Marianne xo

  6. sylvie collet

    I could admire it during the show and now I discover the interior.
    This is gorgeous Flo!!!!
    And I love the pics of other samples for Hochanda! great work!!!!

  7. Barbara Lindsey

    Hi Florence, I love your little box project. I have some pretty shells that sit in a container, perhaps I shall make something for them too, so that I can show them off to more advantage.


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