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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Altered Recipe Box

Happy Sunday, my dear friends! I hope everyone is having a beautiful weekend. :o)

Yesterday I decided to ignore my throbbing, achy finger to try and make a project that's been on my cupcakey heart. By the time I was done designing and coloring, it hurt like mad to even take pictures! Oops. No crafting the rest of the holiday weekend for me...

This was such a fun project. One of the challenges I love participating in required the use of my favorite Elisabeth Bell stamp that I own, so I had no choice but to color my beloved Cinnamon Sugar again! Woohoo! Although my ten-year-old recipe box from the store was pretty, I wanted to alter it into a crafty creation. :o)
I turned it into a house! Here's a slightly better look at the front, despite cutting off the cute chimney with the heart stick-pin:
Side view:
The roof and chimney structures were made with 300gsm heavyweight cardstock. I used Elegant Edges to create scallop borders for my chocolate-shingled roof. The white portion directly beneath is a confectionery delight, with pom pom ribbon serving as dollops of freshly whipped cream and two sizes of pearls as white nonpareils. Beneath the recipe box opening, I created a pretty summery scene, starring our sweet Cinnamon Sugar. :o) The patterned papers are from the My Mind's Eye Blush collection. (Naturally the doorknob is a chocolate heart.) The fence is from Wall Decor and More, which I lightly inked with Walnut Stain so it would stand out a bit. I adhered Wild Orchid Crafts roses to the fence, trimmed in Star Dust.

Our lovely baker is colored up in rosy pinks and aquas, with matching rhinestones on her apron and garnet rhinestones as the cherries atop her cupcakes. The heart puffing out of the chimney reflects that she bakes with love, but there is also another indicator. As you walk up to the door, there's a tower of love offering up a sweet cupcake, secured with a pink satin ribbon. :o) The hearts are a coordinating light pink filigree design, also from Blush. I cut the grass with scissors for some fringey texture.

The side has a circular window from Sweet Tooth Boxes, which I backed with SEI heart paper... perfectly appropriate since every recipe within is used to shower my friends and family with sappy love. Instead of roses, I used cheery yellow Wild Orchid Crafts sweetheart blossoms as bursts of sunshine. I hadn't altered an item in a very long time, so it was a wonderful change of pace and such fun. I hope you like it, too! :o)

Challenges entered:
 * A Gem of a Challenge~ Photo Inspiration
 * Cooking With Cricut~ Pink and Satin
 * D.L. Art~ Anything Goes
 * Docerela Creations~ Scrap What You Love (baking!)
 * Elphine House Australia~ Alter It (with your favorite Elisabeth Bell stamp)

Thank you for dancing on by! I wish you all a sparkly day of hugs and blessings. :o)


  1. Oh wow this is just so lovely:)x

  2. Oh Karen, I hope your finger is feeling better. Despite your pain, your project is just absolutely amazing!! I love the little house you have created for Cinnamon Sugar!! The roses poking through her fence are gorgeous!! I love everything, from the chocolate shingle roof to the pom pom whipped cream!! Just fabulous my friend!!

    Rest that finger and I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day my sweet friend!! Sending lots of healing hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. ohhhhhhhhhh my goodness, this is absolutely darling! You've inspired me, I think I need to make something like this... My recipe cards are so disorganized, and wouldn't they find a perfect home in something as cute as this? I LOVE the papers you used, and your roof is fantastic. Cinnamon Sugar is still on my wish list. What a doll, and colored beautifully.

    I'm so glad you could join us for Elphine House Australia's "Alter It" Challenge.

  4. First of all, I am so sorry to read that you've hurt your finger! I'll be praying for a quick recovery so that you can resume crafting in no time at all.
    Next, I am so sorry that I have not been by to comment lately. Life has been so busy and I've had limited free time. That said, I am so blessed to receive your email updates and do see your projects and am always so impressed with your kind and generous spirit.
    And now for your project - WOW!!! What a thrill to find this when I came to your blog. (I haven't had the email for it yet.) Your house is amazing and each detail just a delight to behold!! You must be thrilled with the way it turned out. I'm especially taken with the wonderful fence and flowers. Fabulous, fabulous work!!

  5. Oh gosh! Where do I begin!!!!! First so sorry to hear about your finger. I too will pray that you will be on the mend in no time at all! Your recipe box makeover is stunning! So creative! The details are amazing! Gosh, I just sat and looked at your photos trying to take it all in and knowing that the pictures never do projects like this justice. I bet in person it is even more amazing. What a nice treat for your home kitchen decor! Thank you so much for playing along with us at


  6. This is stunning Karen.Beautiful recipe house!Hope your finger is better real soon and that you have a wonderful weekend.
    Jayne x

  7. This is srunning Karen ;o)
    Thank you for playing with us in the Elphine House Australia Challenge ..

  8. Another beauty!!! Wow, so pretty Karen with your fabulous details. I love the look of your chocolate shingled roof and your pom pom dollops serving as whipped cream-couldn't be cuter!! Your baker is absolutely adorable-so fabulous Karen!!!
    I hope your finger heals up quickly so you can get back to doing what you love:) Take care my friend!!
    Sherrie K

  9. This is gorgeous!! Very nice details!!

  10. This is gorgeous. A true little masterpiece with so many great elements. Thanks so much for joining us at Cookin with Cricut and can not wait to have you back. Olivia-DT

    Ps will be following you now!

  11. WOW, i am always so impressed when i stop by.. this just couldn't be any more perfect than it is.. you have such an amazing gift in creating and in decribing how it all came together... i love to stop by and read your blog. What a blessing and inspiration you are to sooooo many people.
    i hope your finger heals quickly my friend.
    hugs from ukiah

  12. Awesome! Your altered box came out wonderful! Love how nice the roof looks along with all the great details! Nicely done! Hope your finger heals! Thank you for joining us at Docerela Creations. DT member Carri

  13. So so cute. Love the papers and the roof is adorable. Thanks for joining us at CWC this week.

  14. Your house is so beautiful, in spite of the finger you came up with an awesome project I love the image and your coloring is super. I'm really liking the the dingle balls and all the flowers and bows. Thanks for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday challenge.
    DIANA L.

  15. *hides cause I think I just got caught trying to sneak a taste of the chocolatey roof on your beyond gorgeous house* TEE HEE HEE! Do you love me still sis?! *giggles and wipes chocolate evidence from my cheeks* TEE HEE!

    I SOOOOOOOOOOOO LOVE THIS HOUSE!!!!!!! *hugglers it all up* OMJ! I simply cannot get over how stunning it is, Sunshine! Your colouring and detailing is just out-of-this-world incredible!!! How do you do it?! And look at the gorgeous flowers and pom pom trim!!! AHHHHHH!!! PERFECTION!!!

    *tucks a note inside the door that says just how much I love it and you*

    I soooooooo want a real house that looks just like this one, sis! Isn't it soooooooooooooooooooooo precious?!

    *twirls you in happy recipe box spins* Let's bake something together now, ok?! I can't wait to use your new box!!!

    I LOVE YOU SIS!!!!!!!!!

    *forever happy cuppiecake squishies for my sweetest Sunshine*
    ~~~Christina :)

  16. Karen, such a beautiful box. I love this idea. Very beautiful and delicate.

    Thank you so much for joining our challenge! Love to have you play along.

    Your friend Catarina

  17. Wow, Karen, looks like a Fairy-Tale Box! Maybe a Fairy little house... =)


    Thanks for joining us on the Docerela Creations Challenge "Scrap something you love".

    Blessing wishes,
    Tatiana - Docerela Creations DT member

  18. This is just so cute and so much you!! It is adorable Karen:)) You just do such a great job on everything you do my sweet friend. I assume you get to keep this one for your recipes. That's good, you deserve to have a beautiful creation from my friend Karen, she's amazing!!!

    Hugs, Pam

  19. Your recipe box is GORGEOUS! Love the stamping/coloring and all the beautiful details! Thank you so much for joining us at Docerela Creations!

  20. So sorry your amazing project was so painful for you. It's a delight for those of us who get to see the result. What an amazing project. Thanks for sharing at Cooking with Cricut.

  21. This is marvelous Karen and so glad to see that you won at Elphine House Blog---Yippeee!!!!

  22. that a super gorgeous new award I see today? TEE HEE HEE!!! It's gorgeoussssss!!!

    Congratulations my sweetest Sunshine!!! *squishers you sooooooooooooooooooooooo super tight and tosses rainbow sparklie confetti all over you* SQUEEEEEEEEE!!! Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sparklie proud of my sis!!!

    *sends you all the love in my heart tonight*

    God bless you Sunshine!!!

    *forever happy sparklie celebration hugglers*
    ~~~Christina :)

  23. Oh my sweetness! This is so pretty! the papers and elements are so fabulous! I'm in love with the picket fence and that sweet, sweet little girl!
    Have a GREAT night!

  24. Wow...fabulous! Thanks so much for playing at AGOAC...good luck! xx Jenny xx

  25. This is so pretty...Love all the details. Thank you for joining us at A Gem Of A Challenge.
    Debbie x


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