Money isn't always for spending ...!

Edited to add (24th July): not sure what happened but my post disappeared! Have checked all the settings and everything appears okay ..... a little spooked and mightily confused. Thank you to the kind person who emailed me to let me know.

For this weeks inspiration post over at Love to Create, I have decided to make a money box to help save for Christmas but not Christmas Day per say but of course the Christmas sales ...

I began by painting the MDF money box with Maimeri yellow acrylic paint. Once dried I sanded the paint to dull the colour and then covered the sides in light gold metallic pan pastel.  Next I mixed white pearlescent pan pastel (dust) with Maimeri matt medium and dry brushed this on to all edges and corners. Again once dry, I lightly sanded to distress the colours further. Using the PAB Perfect Poinsettia stamps, I randomly stamped all over the money box using red stazon. All the images were coloured with permanent red pan pastel and then highlighted with magenta pan pastel.

I also stamped the poinsettia images on to red(ish) card and coloured as before, cutting each image out. Layering the stamped images randomly over the box helped create movement and texture .... and also fill in any huge gaps. (Photos below show the 3 sides sides).

On the front I have used a stampbord panel but have coloured the panel with light gold metallic pan pastel and then dry brushed a layer of the white fine pearlescent pan pastel mixed with matt gel. Again I randomly stamped the poinsettia image and coloured as per the money box. I used my stampbord tools to highlight all the veins and also on the sentiment.

The scrabble tiles have been cut and mounted with 3D foam to help them stand out further. 

To keep with the saving theme, I have added some 1p and 2p pieces. Some have been coloured with copper pan pastel and some glittered using GraphIt glitter shake pen. These were then added to the centre of all of the poinsettia flowers/leaves. Not sure if it's "legit" to use coins this way but surely it is just the same as saving in the money box  .... !Finally a few sequins were sprinkled over the money box.

Slow lazy day for me. Catch up on commenting, blog visiting, bit of crafting using a new kit (soon to be released) interspersed with household chores, (needs must on the latter).

Have a great day everyone,

 x x x

Products and links:

Crafty Calendar - Christmas in July
Hiding in my craft room - lots of layers
Fantasy Stampers - pretty petals
Sweet Stampin' - no DP
Winter Wonderland - traditional Christmas colours
Creative Craft Cottage - anything goes