Monday, 30 June 2014


My last challenge as a Guest Designer at HMFMC and I've had an absolute blast so a big thank you to the regular team of Designers and my fellow Guest Designers.

This week's challenge has been set by Lorraine and is Anything Goes. I've been wanting to design myself a pencil box for my precious Prismacolour Pencil collection and other essential bits and bobs. Here's what I did

I decoupaged the little mouse on the front and used some lovely Maya Road chipboard letters which I coloured with chalk inks

I used some pencils I got in a Christmas cracker (I think) as embellishments for the front

Here is the inside of the box

I made a smaller box to stand my paper stumps in while I'm colouring and made sure I left space to stand my bottle of blending solution next to it. It all tucks away neatly again when I've finished

The little pot of paper stumps is only decorated on three sides. The fourth side has a strip of sandpaper for cleaning my paper stumps (oh yes! the little grey cells were firing on all cylinders that day... ;oD)

My rubber and pencil sharpener are essential items so I attached them with velcro dots to keep them handy

I always keep some paper handy for leaning on so that you don't smudge your work and post it notes are always handy for this job as they don't move about. I also use them for masking so they were a no brainer for my box of colouring staples

My other must have items are cocktail sticks (great for really fine detail, dipped in a bit of blending solution) and cotton buds which are great for so many little jobs. I decided to make a separate little pocket for those mainly so I could squeeze in another gorgeous House Mouse image (love this one with the juggling mouse, which seemed perfect for the job!)

Et Voila! I'm really pleased with it and I know I can grab the box and I've everything I need to get colouring right there in one place.

I can hardly wait to see what everybody else comes up with. Why not scamper on over to House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge and join in the fun

I would also like to enter this into challenges at:

Anything But a Card
Come and Get It
The Pink Elephant - Anything Goes
Eclectic Elapu - Furry Friends



  1. What a glorious box of gorgeousness - love how it all fits away neatly when you're done too. Decoration is just fabbbbbbbbbb too - a gr8 way to use that cracker gift!

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  2. Lauren, this is amazing! You have everything you need in one neat small package and you've done it so beautifully. I love, love, love it!!!!! Sorry to see that this is your last time at Guest Designing. Enjoy your day and keep crafting fun things like this.

  3. Oh my Lauren, what a fabulous storage box for your fab pencils !! Great idea !!

    I've had a blast too working with you and hope we meet up again soon sweetie !!

    hugs Diane xx GDT

  4. Oh WOW !! I NEED one !! this is brilliant !! did you make the box or was that from a store ? ,,, I totally LOVE this Lauren,, very well done :-)

    Lols x x x

    1. Thanks Lorraine. The box was packaging for a garden trowel originally. I've just pimped it up a bit. It was a nice sturdy box and it seemed perfect for up-cycling so I kept it rather than chuck it away. Lx

  5. What a fantastic idea so colorful, organized and looks like fun to use, love it. Thanks for joining us at the Come and Get It challenge this week. Barb DT

  6. This is a fabulous project Lauren, I love the little House-Mouse sitting on top of the letters. You are so creative and this is another example of that wonderful creativity.
    I'm sorry I haven't visited for a while, I've been rather poorly.

  7. Having just lashed out for some Prismacolour pencils Lauren I too might be in need of a stylishly lovely box like yours. We appreciate you joining in with Anything But A Cards Challenge this week and would love it even more if you could link to our site. Julie

    1. You won't be disappointed with your investment Julie. Have fun with your new pencils. Lx

  8. A fabulous box - love those letters. Thanks for joining in at Anything But A Card this time - thanks for linking.

  9. Thanks for joining Stamping Sensations with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  10. So cute Lauren and so useful as well, great work.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations.

    B x

  11. what an incredible project and you really thought of everything! not only does it look amazing, but it is totally functional. I bet those prismas are being put to use colouring more mice ;-)

    1. They certainly are. I finished my telephone message pad today ;oD. Thanks for your lovely comment. Lx

  12. Such a beautiful creation - Thank you for sharing over at Eclectic Ellapu this month and hope to see you in future challenges

    Elaine aka Ellapu
    Handcrafted by Ellapu
    Owner of Altered Eclectics
    Owner at Eclectic Ellapu
    DT Crafty Ribbons

  13. Hi Lauren what a super clever box this is, love the larger lettering fab way to keep those precious pencils, lovely fun embellishments, many thanks for all your stunning GD HM creations you have shared with us May/June lovely to have you play along..

    smiles Christine x..

    ps your GD badge looks great in your side

  14. Hi Lauren, Thanks for your visit to my blog, and I zipped over to say hello and become your newest follower. Gosh, this is one very detailed pencil box and is simply adorable with all the goodies you have stashed away, and the wonderful embellies you've added to personalize it & make it uniquely your own. This is simply a wonderful tribute to House Mouse! TFS & Hugs


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