Thursday, 16 February 2017

My Spice Garden!

Hello Crafty folks!

Welcome to my page to happy to share with you my Guest Design post for STAMPS and STENCILS blog. Indeed a great honor for me to be featured there and their challenge for this month is Texture, Crackle and paint! Isn't it yummy!
I just love all of them and in addition to these added my bit of re cycling too.
Here is what I made for myself! Maybe you can guess what it is ...if not wait till the end!

Here is what I started off with...

The front label which says "Spice Garden"...any guesses what this box is all about???

Here is the lid with the hand made flower, paper tassel and a distressed heart die cut with a message so apt!

For more details on the making and to know what lies inside the box...hop over to Stamps and Stencils blog.
Thanks for stopping by and do stop a moment over to tell me how you liked this project.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Vintage Valentine!

Good morning!
Welcome to my page today! It’s Valentines tomorrow! Its all about love and roses and there are quite a few challenges that pushed me to play along!
I have created a wallet mini using a piece of 12x12 card stock and few extra pieces for the flap.
The mats were done with 2 sheets of 12x12 pattern paper from Bob and Betty, Ornate Annie paper pack.
 Such a romantic feel to the pack with lovely vintage prints and roses too!
I also made a few pockets and some tags with messages that are heat embossed in gold.
The embellishment on the front flap is what I spent a long time on.
The red roses are hand made using tattered florals and a pile of mini vintage postcards from the focal point.
A metal charm seals the love letters.

I have also kept some mini envelopes made with coffee stained papers as journaling tags. 
There is scope to keep over a dozen pictures inside!
The post card is an Itsy Bitsy die and I have stamped it on coffee dyed card stock and have further aged it with DI walnut stain and also some color splats on it.
I think this mini would make a lovely gift for that “special someone”…what say???
I would to link up to the following challenges…
Emerald Creek Dares- Rock the red
Crafty Gals Corner- Shades of Red
Creative moments- Love is in the air
Little red wagon- Use red/ pink and black

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Say it with Flowers!

Hello crafty folks,
Welcome to my page! I am so excited to share with you some hand made flowers that I made with the lovely paper collection and groove tools from DRESS MY CRAFT.
 I am a DT with Crafters Corner and I happened to make these flowers with my favorite Tim Holtz Tattered florals die. I can never get tired of this die.
This is how I started with the die cuts and used Distress inks in different colors and tones to color the petals and have used these tools to shape the flowers, leaves and butterflies too! 

The butterflied too were stamped on this special paper and one on book page and then colored.
 I worked with the tool to shape the wings and they were all set to fly!
For a detailed post on how to use these tools please click the link HERE.
here is look at the flowers that got done.
 Once the flowers were ready, I decided o use them in a project and I thought the prima Bloom girl was the perfect choice to show case these hand made beauties.
And so here I went about altering this packing box.....
I used a book page to stamp the image and have used Inketense blocks to color her. I loved how she looked and she was all set to adorned with these flowers.
I worked on creating some textures on the lid with stencils and texture paste and have tried the water color effect  so there I still have some negative space!
 I bit of random stamping for more textures and I had these stamped and inked butterflies hovering around this wonderful quote for the day!
This is how the bloom girl looks, all done up. 
Some color splats on the flowers give it little more mixed media feel and I like the entire shabby chic, CAS kind of look, lol!
I have not done too many whites at all!
I had a great time making these flowers and then using them up as embellishments ...hope to hear your comments on these too.
I would like to take this along to the following challenges...
The Crafters Cafe Ch blog - re cycle(box and book page)
Craft Stamper- Stamping
Creative Artiste Ch blog- Ag mixed media
A Vintage Journey- Words that are special
Rubber Dance Blog- Use pink, grey , green

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

"DISCOVER"- Mixed media

Good morning!
Welcome to my page today! It’s the 2nd month of the year and a brand new challenge at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. It’s always anything goes, altered art or mixed media and full freedom to play your style.
Well, I decided to come out of my comfort zone and try mixed media and colors that I normally don’t do! However recycling is something that I do without, and this time around I have used an empty liquor carton.
I played around a bit with it to make it a horizontal caddy and then covered it with some tissue for the first layer of texture. Then used the TCW stencil and home made texture paste on the corners.
Next came the layering of die cuts, found objects and unused embellishments from my stash.
Once I was happy with the arrangement, I gave the entire box a coat of white gesso.
Then came the magic of sprays. I have used some color arte and Lindy’s magical to create the color burst here but in subtle tomes. I wanted a washed coral kind of look. So have played with pinks, oranges and browns and some black highlights.
I am so sorry, I got carried away in the process and could not click the pictures of the making.
Here is how it looked after all the spraying and some dry brushing.
 I then had a die cut label with sizzix thinlits which I thought would inspire me everytime I look at this caddy. I really want to discover more here.
I have my little collection of sprays from various brands sitting in this caddy. This way I have them all in one go and don’t have to go searching! You have to see my craft space to see how organized I am, lol!
As they say “embrace imperfection” I say embrace the creative mess too” that comes with it!
I hope this inspires you to play along and I hope to see you playing this month and do drop by to see what the team has in store for you.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

A snowy wish!

Hello crafty folks,
Welcome to my page. its already December! ! Yes…its December…month of festivities, holidays and the countdown to welcoming the New Year.
Today, I would like to show you a step by step to making a Christmas décor project using Folk art paints and texture paints from PLAID.
My recycle elements for this project are these humble, ordinary looking pill bottles( these are approx 4 inches in height!).
Here is how I made it..
Step1- Once the bottles were cleaned and the labels removed, I gave a coat of white gesso to all the bottles and painted them with home chalk paints.I colored the 3 bottles in 3 different colors.

Step2- For the lids, I took some air dry clay and wrapped the lid with it to form tiny hats and let them dry overnight. I had some little Christmas print outs in my stash and adhered them to the bottle using modge podge. These were just 2 inches in height, just perfect fit on the bottle. I inked them with archival brown ink before sticking.

Step3- I applied one step crackle paint to the bottles and let them take its own course to dry. Once the cracks appeared, I applied some burnt umber acrylics and then rubbed it with a wet wipe. This way the cracks got filled up with brown paint and voila! The bottles had vintage look. I gave them a coat of Folk art home décor Varnish and they were good to go.

By now, the caps had dried and I painted them in different colors. For one I had snow dripping on it using the Folk art texture paint (snow white). I for one, love this texture finish and have had it as a feature in all my Christmas projects. It’s probably the easiest way to give snow effects, just so REAL! I had a little bit of it on the snowy image on the bottle too.
Step4- I wanted each bottle to have a different element and so for the other, I had some moss dripping on the lids. Here again the Folk art painted finishes came to my rescue. It’s just so dimensional you can actually feel the mossy texture. I also had the same poured onto a wooden disc that I intend using as a deco platter later in the project. You can actually see that I have used just a stirrer to pour out the texture paint on to the disc as I wait for it to dry, you can see the dimension later.
Step5- I started to add some embellishments to the lids from my stash again. I stamped some music notes onto plain paper and distressed it with vintage photo DI and then stuck it to an empty cereal box and cut out the alphabets “JOY”. I have layered 3 cartons to get a chipboard feel to the alphabets and inked that too with brown archival int. I then heat embossed some gold on to edges of the alphabets and stuck them to the lids with hot glue gun. All of them have snow dripping on them too!
Here is a look at all the caps. I tucked in some coconut coir and some red pollens for the “J” cap.
 For the “O” I liked the overload of snow on the caps on the rims!
 The “Y” cap had some moss and green foliage

Step5- The bottles were ready to hit the final spot for decoration! I dressed up a wooden disc with glass crystals and placed all the bottles on it. The rimes of the disc are covered with moss and snow. I also kept some pine cones and foliage dipped is snow as additional embellishments. Here is the final look captured in different moods and locations.
I like how this project turned out..a vintage white Christmas! Do let me know your feedback on the same.
I would like to link this to the following challenges...

Stamps and Stencils- Christmas wishes
Blog Christmas decoration
Craft Stamper - Snow and ice
A Vintage Journey-Winter magic
Country view Challenges- Christmas
Frilly and Funkie- Home for the holidays
Simon says Monday Challenge- Christmas gifts

 Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

My Vintage buddy !

Good morning!
Welcome to my page. It’s been a while since I blogged...I hope to be more punctual next year! Yes…we are in December…the year is coming to an end!
I am sharing my DT post for Rhedd’s Creative Spirit, where every month it’s “anything goes”, altered art or mixed media.
Last few months have been months of festivities in India and it’s been raining sweets here, lol! One such thing is the chocolate box, which I was happy when it got empty than when it was full!
I have been wanting to play with metal and this chocolate tin was just right to experiment what I had in mind. My latest toy in my studio is the sewing machine and I wanted a company to it to guard all my threads and needles…and hence the birth of this project, a sewing box!
An easy project that I managed to do in a couple of hours but had this idea in my mind, a box so vintage like a grand moms hand me down! I wanted an old looking box to hold my sewing treasures and so decided on a vintage theme! Do I need to say so!
The box was given a liberal coat of gesso and once dry, I decided to work on the focal point of the lid.
I decoupaged a floral tissue to old book page .
 I am so in love with peek of text thru the tissue…this is my current favorite and I think I will be using this is in a few more projects to come. It’s an instant vintage look!  I then had that decoupaged on the lid. Once dry, I played with Deco Art acrylics yellow ochre, raw umber and green.
I merged these 3 colors to give a distressed look to the lid.
For the base, I gave 2 costs of raw umber acrylics and then played with the doily stencil from Deco Art. I have used yellow ochre acrylics to sponge in thru the stencil.
I liked the vintage look of these 2 color combinations. I also dry brushed some yellow ochre randomly.
Once all of it was dry, I gave a coat of varnish and my box was ready.
It proudly its next to its BIG friend and promises to help me in my future projects! Here , have a look…..
I look forward to hearing your comments on this and hope you would drop by to see what the team has in store for you. Do play along beforeyou get busy with your holidays.
I will see you on the other side of the break, hmmm maybe next year!
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Decoupage glue 
Acrylics- yellow ochre, raw umber, green
Ultra matte varnish
Doily stencil

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Its snowing!

Hello crafty folks!
Welcome to my page today.
I have been playing with snow this past few days...I know you will not believe this.
Have a look...

Its super fun playing with PLAID texture paint and making some decor items!
Do drop by at crafters corner blog to see all the details....
WARNING! Its really cold out there, you could!
Here is a sneak peek...

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.