Parisian Chic

Hello Everyone
To end this month of October I thought I would share an Oxford Impressions’ DT piece using the Giant Distressed Alphabet. The word giant is appropriate as each letter measures approx 2″ in height.  Although they could certainly be used for papercrafting, there are lots of possibilities for scrapbooks/memory books and imagine the possibilities for home decor items and wearable items.
When I received this stamp set I knew I could use them to alter boxes I  had laid aside, gift boxes received at Christmas (the type that have a high shine or holographic style pattern, do you know the ones I mean?)
Apologies in advance for the length of this post. I planned on having it as two separate posts but it looks better as one post, it will make sense soon enough. This box measures 13.5″x9″. I had to spend a lot of time preparing the box as that shiny surface was not paint friendly! After three coats of Gesso I painted with my all time favourite emulsion paint, Camisole Pink. I then distressed using the  dry brushing technique and a white patina paint.  You can see the patchy appearance in the photo.  Each letter was stamped, cut out and added to the lid.   I wanted an under-stated appearance, trying to mimic a chic Parisian style adding only black lace to accent the lid.  Edging the lid (sorry, no photo) I stamped one of the text stamps from Dressforms & Corsetry onto tissue paper.
The box could house vintage ephemera or documents etc but I had in mind a gift idea and nobody wants to receive an empty box. This is a large shoulder tote. I kept it simple, stamping directly onto the tote.As an accent I stitched a grey vintage button to the I .
Next month I will share some Christmas boxes using this stamp set. Talking of next month, on the 1st there will be the announcement of a new challenge theme at The Stampsmith Challenge so I will return then with my DT sample and another challenge theme to be announced is Crafty Individuals, so a busy start to the month.
Thank You for visiting particularly as this is such a long post today.

36 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. 2amscrapper
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 17:09:41



  2. Marilyn J. Rock
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 17:22:31

    So creative and classy! xxoo


  3. Ira
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 17:34:28

    Gosh, I’m impressed with these fine Parisian creations Lynne! Such French elegance!


  4. Silvia
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 17:45:15

    Fantastic idea, great use of the giant alphabet set.


  5. Sue
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 18:05:09

    I love these Lynne and the alphabet is fabulous. I always drool over giant alphabet stamps but am never quite sure how I would use them. Now I’ve got some inspiration.


  6. Fliss
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 18:37:48

    Really great idea Lynne and I especially love the bag with the finishing button touch – simplicity is stunning.
    Hugs, Fliss xx


  7. Valerie
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 18:43:04

    Wow stunning altered art Lynne I absolutely love the bag! The button is brilliant:)
    Val x


  8. Rita
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 18:46:10

    Hi Lynne, Both box & bag are stunning. I love the tote with the button idea too. Hugs Rita xx


  9. may
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 19:45:41

    Stunning work Lynne… Love that box & the bag they are both so elegant! Hugs May x x x


  10. Dorthe
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 20:10:56

    Wonderful creations with those giant letters, dear Lynne, and not at all too long!
    What a big work cutting the letters out after stamping, but looking so beautiful. And the tote also elegant and yes very chic, Love you added the black lace on top.
    I can imagine many beautiful uses for those letters,-like brooches maybe !
    Happy evening Lynne-
    Smiles and hugs,Dorthe


  11. Shelly Schmidt
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 20:35:49

    I have to admit I never would think of a project like this- but love the idea! Beautifully done- love the daint bows: )


  12. Meggymay
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 20:59:26

    Fantastic project, the large letters realy catch the eye.


  13. Susan Bain
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 21:01:33

    These are gorgeous Lynne, what a wonderful gift to receive. Love the font of those large letters, haven’t seen those before. xx


  14. Lucy Edmondson
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 21:30:49

    What a lovely box and bag! The box reminds me so much of the sort of things I see when I am in France. You have such a knack for getting that look right,

    Lucy x


  15. Terry
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 21:46:42

    Parisian chic for sure! These are both elegant and lovely! Great use of those giant letters! Have fun!


  16. MarieS.
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 22:02:36

    Tres chic,dear Lynne! Love them both.
    Have a wonderful week.


  17. Marianne
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 22:37:43

    Very chic, Lynne…I love the way the letters printed out. And the bows and button are perfect accent. Looking forward to seeing your Christmas boxes.

    May your week be creatively wonderful,
    Marianne xo


  18. butterfly
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 23:00:13

    Gosh, they look so stylish! I love your distressing on the letters – beautifully done… (I did at first misread it as each letter being two feet high rather than two inches, so was slightly befuddled – must be overtired!). Look forward to seeing more…
    Alison x


  19. Paper Profusion
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 23:35:53

    Exemplary specimens of Parisian Chic! I love them. Would make gorgeous Christmas pressies. Nicola x


  20. Buttons
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 10:26:17

    What a great way of using these letters. I love that back. Tres chic mon ami. Hugs, Buttons x


  21. Florence
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 10:35:02

    Ooo La La! Beautiful work Lynne. Love the little button above the I. Your attention to detail is always phenomenal. Happy Halloween.
    Regards Florence x


  22. Diane
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 14:35:44

    This is lovely, love how you work with cloth so well!


  23. Anni
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 18:09:20

    Lynne both your creations are fantastic, love the big letters they can be used for many things, the button is a beautiful and fits perfect.
    Hugs Anni


  24. baileyrosy
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 18:56:54

    Beautiful Lynne I too love the font and the simplicity of them, so stylish and elegant just like you



  25. trisha too
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 21:08:00

    Very chic, indeed, lynne! That alphabet was perfect for these projects.

    Ah, yes, shiny surfaces are NOT the alterers friend . . .



  26. Sharon
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 21:20:56

    These are great Lynne – love the bold & big alphabet letters – they look great as the feature!!


  27. Maria
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 22:40:54

    Hello Lynne, oh my, I absolutely love this gift set! How very stylish and very chic, I love the effect of the dry brushing on the box and the tote bag is soooo gorgeous! I want this alphabet set, lol.

    Maria xxxxx


  28. michele s
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 02:18:47

    classy and beautiful! xo


  29. Suzy
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 06:17:13

    How amazing Lynne! Stamping and cutting each letter out – what a gorgeous job!
    You have made such lovely gifts using these letters and I look forward to your
    Christmas boxes using them too.
    Now you just might want to go over and visit my blog as there is something you may like to read!
    Sending big hugs dear friend,


  30. stempelchaotin
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 06:46:05

    Wow really elegant Paris pieces.
    Fabulous design and work.
    Love them all Lynne.


  31. Bärbel
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 17:03:45

    So schön nostalgisch, Lynne, die Buchstaben lassen sich sehr vielseitig einsetzen.


  32. Pam
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 20:22:52

    Exquisite Lynn! Adore the beading, flower, fabrics….. Everything is divine!
    xo’s Pam


  33. CarolS
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 03:49:10

    These are lovely!


  34. Sophie
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 09:02:58

    Lynne, mein Schatz, die Tasche ist sowas von sensationell geworden….
    Ich finde deine Idee grandios und nachahmenswert.
    Vielen Dank für diese schöne Anregung.
    Ich freue mich, dass ich zurück bin und das ich nun wieder all deine schönen Arbeiten bewundern kann.

    Umarmung von Sophie


  35. Julia
    Nov 04, 2012 @ 15:56:46

    Sorry, I have been away and therefore, I’m catching up. I love the classic look of these items and the stamped letters are so effective. I love the colours together.


  36. nefertiti
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 22:25:22

    So chic and elegant!!!!!great work Lynne!!bisous


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