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More fun than a barrel of monkeys

Hi everyone, it's Robin here.  During the month of May join the Altered Pages Design Team as we cross promote Eileen Hull Designs Sizzix Artist Trading Block's.  The designers will be posting their ideas for ATBs every Tuesday and Thursday. Be sure to stop by for a month of inspiration.  And today, it’s my turn! 

Here it is...just waiting for inspiration!
And what did I make with my 3” box?  A game cube!  Sorry, Nintendo, but this one doesn’t need any wires.  Altered Pages has a collage sheet of vintage game boards and I have a fondness for travel games and game key chains…which means I have a lot of tiny game pieces!

The checkerboard & bingo board games were printed about 15% larger than their normal size and a couple of them were trimmed down a bit.  I started by using the primary colors of Tim Holtz distress paints around the edge of each square because they are the colors used in most children’s games.  The edges of each board was daubed with the same color as its square.  Then, it was time to embellish!

I used mini playing cards, tiny game pieces and some Scrabble tile stickers.  One of my favorite game key chains is the old Barrel of Monkeys.  I cut off the tab that held the keychain.  The barrel was a very bright neon lime green.  I felt it was just too bright to go with the old style game boards.  I wanted it to fit in more with the vintage feel so I aged it a little bit with grey paint.

Small dominos were used for the feet of the box.  These were distressed with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink and glued together in pairs in an L-shape.
Once all of the pieces were complete I adhered all of the game pieces to the completed box.  Putting it together was so easy!  Double-sided tape on the tabs is all it took!  I left the top flap open because the barrel and other toys need to stand on the shelf. 

To create the shelf inside the box I used a square of florist foam and another game board from the collage sheet. 

I hope you enjoyed my project.  Visit the Altered Pages and The Artists on the Block blogs often for more fun with these die-cut boxes.  And visit me on my own blog, Robin’s Birdhouse!

I didn't have an mini checkers so I used Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest.

 Want to make my day?  Leave a comment below and let the teams know what you think.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!


  1. I love the game theme you gave your box... FANTASTIC!!! I remember playing that game!!!

  2. This is AMAZING robin! So fun, Fun, FUN! I love every bit of this nostalgic ATB...I want to go have a game of funky monkeys right now! Fab-U-lous!!


  3. What fun!!! Such a cool block ~ I love all the real game pieces (and dew drops) that you paired with the game boards! Awesome job Robin!!

  4. This came out great what fun box very nice job

  5. This ATB is fabulous!! The game theme is terrific and I love the barrel of monkeys inside! Great fun!

  6. Thanks for sharing, I love it, will try one soon :)

  7. What a delight, Robin! SO whimsical and appealing!


  8. OMG this is adorable and so much fun! Great idea Robin- love it!

  9. ZOWIE - I adore what you did. So clean and neat with such a great idea behind it! Creative use of the Dew Drops. I collect monkeys so this was very dear to me!!

  10. Oh wow!!! Love the clever use of dew drops!!! Awesome job!!! <3

  11. I love this! Lots of fun and cool details!

  12. Robin you definitely rocked the the vintage game theme and all the fun bits and pieces. Those dominoes were perfect for your feet too! Beautifully done! xx

  13. So fun! I love the way you incorporated the "mini checkers" by using dew drops! Clever, clever. :-)

  14. Fabulous! What fun to have a game cube without wires! It really took me back to my childhood! I love the bright colours and the ingenious idea for the Checkers! Lovely piece, Robin! xxx

  15. lovely robin very creativre and fun looking!

  16. OMG! How do I love this box? Let me count the ways! Just delightful. Pure joy!


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