Welcome to the Altered Basics Blog Hop! The Clearsnap Design Team is inking and altering our Basic Necessities, a variety of packaging materials and containers released at the CHA-W 2012 show in Anaheim, CA earlier this year. These “Basics” allow you to create custom inkpads, mix your own color combinations of Smooch Spritz and Glitter, as well as provide a blank canvas for cute altered gifts, like the adorable tins our My First ColorBox Stamps are packaged in. You might recognize packaging from some of your favorite Clearsnap products like the salt shaker style jars from the Donna Salazar Designs Fairy Dust Glitter, an uninked ColorBox inkpad, and the Clear Boxes our Smooch Spritz Assortment Packs are packaged in. We think these Basic Necessities will allow your creativity to soar!

We're also excited about giving away a set of select Basic Necessities items as prize for one hop commenter! Just click on the blogs each day, browse through the post and check out the “Altered Basic”, and then leave a comment about your favorite Basic Necessity to be entered to win.

For an extra entry, post the secret phrase “I love the Basics!” on our Facebook Page here: http://www.facebook.com/Clearsnap

We'll choose one winner from all of the comments on March 9, 2012!

March 7, 2012
Clearsnap Blog: Tami Sanders: http://clearsnap.blogspot.com
Mary Dawn Quirindongo: http://mypinkmexico.blogspot.com

March 8, 2012
Clearsnap Blog: Jean Okimoto: http://clearsnap.blogspot.com
Jennifer Priest: http://hydrangeahippo.blogspot.com <----YOU ARE HERE
Charlotte Jenkins: http://suepup.blogspot.com <----GO HERE NEXT

Don't forget to leave a comment about your favorite Basic Necessity on each blog in the Hop (click on the chart above to make it larger or view on Page 85 in our online catalog). 

I chose to alter the super cute tins that Clearsnap's My First ColorBox stamps are packaged in. I removed the lid and then set to decorating the base of the tin to create a small inspirational shadowbox to hang in my scrap room. The depth of the tin is just enough to allow for lots of layering but is shallow enough that the tin lays flat against the wall when hung.

I used Smooch Accent Ink and Smooch Spritz to alter the colors of the elements to match the patterned paper I chose. This ballerina started out mint green, like the ones in my etsy shop, but a little touch of Smooch Accent Ink, rubbed away with paper towel, and she looks like a turquoise dream! I then used Smooch Glitz to add a fine touch of glitter to some leaves I hand cut from fabric. I'll be sharing a video a little later showing how i created this shadowbox from start to finish!

  • Smooch Spritz in Ginger Ale and Green Olive
  • Smooch Accent Ink 
  • Smooch Glitz
  • Authentique Paper Free Bird Series Patterned Paper, Diction Stickers
  • Bazzill Cardstock
  • Prima Pearl
  • Trim, Felt, Leaves, Pins, and other items by hydrangeahippo.etsy.com
Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog in the hop–happy hopping!!!!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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14 thoughts on “Altered Basics Blog Hop – Metal Tin Shadowbox

  1. Awesome Job- love the idea of using it as a shadow box- the box is amazing. I love the ink pad with case.

    Posted on March 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm
  2. ok now this is cute…You did a beautiful job on this and some great creativity. I love smooch but I still have that design adhensive and the ink on the top of my favorites list. Thanks for sharing today with us.

    Posted on March 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm
  3. The ink pad is still my favourite, but those tins are a very close second! Thanks!

    Posted on March 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm
  4. very very cute. Love what you did.

    Posted on March 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm
  5. So cute, what a great way to use the tin! My favorite basis are the spritzes, the salt shaker, and the uninked pads.

    Posted on March 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm
  6. I do like the tin used as a shadowbox. Still liking the uninked ink pad the best, but I like the other ideas as well. Thanks for sharing! Now you need to hook me up with someone to buy these from!

    Posted on March 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm
  7. so beautiful! the tiny ballerina is the perfect touch!

    Posted on March 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm
  8. What a great way to use this tin. Love it.

    Posted on March 8, 2012 at 10:48 pm
  9. That would be a good craft to do with girl scouts. My favorite thing is the jar with lid

    Posted on March 9, 2012 at 2:25 am
  10. The glass shaker bottle is my favorite. It holds fine powders.

    Posted on March 9, 2012 at 2:36 am
  11. Your display is really cute! My favorite, though, is the jar with the shaker lid.

    Posted on March 9, 2012 at 2:48 am
  12. Shaker jars are my favorite. I like all jars,because you can see through them. They also make pretty displays.

    Posted on March 10, 2012 at 3:26 am
  13. Love what you did with the tin! Very cool touches! Tins are awesome!

    Posted on March 12, 2012 at 12:15 am
  14. Great idea of using a shadow box jenni. I appreciate your beautiful creativity with the shadow box. You make me thinking to go for some more creations for my sweet baby room.
    Metal Tin Boxes

    Posted on April 2, 2012 at 11:43 am