CHA 2017 Configurations Box

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If you've never completed a Configurations box, may I say it is a thoroughly engaging and rewarding experience with endless possibilities and a great way to show off vintage treasures.

Here's a link to Tim's video where he explains how they work and provides some clever tips and tricks on how to complete one.

Since my piece was created as a show sample, I used mostly Idea-ology trinkets: Silverware, Key, Keyhole, Watch Cameo, Foundry Frame, Salvaged Dolls, Heirloom Rose, Decorative Dome, Apothecary Vials, and Foundations (feet).

It features several new products--the Metal Stars, a Finial, and a Quote Chip along with the new Design Tapes which were used to finish the box edges, his fabulous paper stash called Memoranda, a Clipping Sticker and the butterfly is from Botanical Layers.

I chose to remove some of the compartment boxes and flipped two over using the backs instead. I varied the depth of some boxes by adding foam core inside then covering with paper.

That's mirrored paper behind the butterfly, the antennae were made from paint brush hairs and I used a crystal Curio Knob with a dyed Crinkle Ribbon for the topper.

The pen nib is the real deal (from a bank), there's vintage glitter in the Apothecary Vial and the Decorative Dome contains a vintage costume diamond button and some Baubles.

The Heirloom Rose rests inside a rusty bottle cap that I brought to life by painting just the edges.

I don't want to get too bogged down in all the details, I hope the pictures give you some idea of the techniques I used but if you have any questions do feel free to ask and I'd be more than happy to help.

If you'd like to know how I finished the Salvaged Dolls, I've described the technique I used in this post.

In closing, I'll point out two mini-tributes to Tim and Paula Cheney (his Creative Coordinator) as a way of expressing my gratitude for being asked to participate this year. The word on the label tied to the key was my shout-out to Paula and there's a Remnant Rub on the spoon with Tim's initial.


  1. Incredible attention to detail , masterful crafting and 'on point' design and creativity Beulah Bee.
    A richly deserved honour indeed x

  2. Cathie, I am so in love with this project and those dolls...well no one does the dolls quite like you. Your attention to detail is what makes everything you create a mini masterpieces. Thank you for everything. paula xx

  3. Just amazing! Love all the details and the way you flipped those boxes to get different perspectives! Each area is it's own story!

  4. Very nice. How wonderfully artistic and I love the tribute details that you added. Very fun.

  5. I can only imagine what this looks like in real life, your attention to detail is superb, I particularly love that you used paint brush hairs for the butterfly antennae and I also love the beautiful crackled dolls holding the key. A wonderful creation!!

  6. Très beau travail, une mine d'inspiration pour les autres. Merci pour ce partage.

  7. This is so fabulous! thank you for showing us the details! =)