Friday, 21 October 2016

"Spooky" guest post for A VINTAGE JOURNEY

Hello all!
Welcome to my page today!
So happy to share with you my guest DT project for AVJ where the theme is "SPOOKY"! Those who know me well and have seen my works, know I have not ventured in this style till date! Yes, this is my first make in this theme and I did have some sleepless nights when i had to so so.
However keeping my "recycling motto" intact, I decided to make a book box from a discarded packaging box. I used the lid of the box as the inside box for the book. I made the covers with chipboard and went about with my mixed media fun !
I covered the entire book and the box inside with black gesso and had fun with some sprays and stencils.

I got my new set of supplies from Deco Art and waiting to start work with them I have used the star stencil and sprayed in with some Deco art orange spray, dried it and then had a scrap piece of paper from the Lost and found pack. I scrunched it with water and then inked the edges with black soot DI and placed it in the center. There is some coconut coir beneath the paper for dimension, and the inks from the stencil found its place on the paper too!
 I wanted something spooky,(obviously) as the focal point. I got some alteration dies as a Secret Santa gift from AVJ and it was just perfect for this project. I cut the bat out from chipboard and gave a coat of orange acrylics.Then covered it with crackle paint from Deco art.

I added some black color to the crackle paint and as it dried, the cracks reveled the orange beneath.Fairly spooky...I was getting there, lol! I highlighted the edges with Burnished brass, metallic lustre from deco art.
 I slapped the remaining crackle paint here and there on the lid and sides of the box. I rubbed in metallic lustre green and brass on these too. Dry brushing these metallic lustres on black gesso background, gives an amazing natural texture.
 I just love that look.I think I have got the colors right here for the challenge. It was still not spooky enough! I altered a mini glass vial with crackle paint and hand wrote the magic word on it and then a spooky charm just added the final touch to the cover!
 The metallic green lustre gives a lovely effect to the cover all around. I have rubbed the edges with it.
 Once happy with the outside, I used jute twine for the closure and proceeded to make the inside. Are you ready????

I used some orange hand made paper and stenciled with black soot and some random stamping also. This became the inner cover for the lid. The box inside is bursting with some tags.

 I made 2 sets of tags. Got then as free printables on the net. I have mounted them on hand made paper, distressed the edges with the distressing tool and have inked them with DI rusty hinge.
 Here is the entire array of spooky tags! I just loved making this part...I could almost visualize the witch laughing here, lol!
 I bet she would have loved to hold them!
 And finally, just so to let you know how BIG my project was....

I had a great time working on this project, I admit was so relieved, when this was done! It is a great honor to be showcasing this project over at A Vintage Journey and I am glad the team gave me an opportunity to come out of my comfort zone and make this one. Will cherish project forever!
I would like to carry this box along to the following challenges...
Country View challenges- All things spooky
TIOT - Scary and Spooky

Сорок пятое задание "Gothic"- Gothic

Until my next creative journey,
Happy Crafting and recyling.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

DT Post for Crafters corner, Folk art blending gel

Hello crafters,
Welcome to my page today. I have a product highlight today...the BLENDING GEL from Folk Art which I want to share with you.

An old shoe box and a tshirt is all that I started out with and worked on it with this awesome product.

You ought see what visit the Crafters Corner blog where I have all the details and a pictorial to create textures with this gel.

Do visit and let me know.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

All cracked up!

Good morning!
It’s already October! Its festivities and vacation in Bangalore at this time and I am off on a short break for 2 weeks but would love to share my DT project before that!
At Rhedd’s Creative Spirit, The rules are simple...”anything goes”.. altered art or mixed media only. I have this time re cycled a packaging box to make a vintage keepsake/trinket box.
I first gessoed the lid and covered the base of the box with some fabric scrap and some cotton chord.
I then adhered a tissue to the lid and worked with some crackle texture paste all around it. 
Once that was dry, I spritzed some eucalyptus ink to highlight t the cracks and also some metallic lustre in green.
The floral tissue along with the cracks and the metallic highlights gave the box a real vintage weathered look.
Love how the textures and the ccracks show up.
I rubbed some metallic lustre here too and have placed a metal flower. The cherub on the metal flower is using air dry clay and silicon mold.
For the closure, I have used 2 metal brads and twine pull. The box has plastic bottle caps (painted) as feet.
The box opens up to reveal a photo slot on the inner lid and the inside of the box has been lined with pattern paper.
I hope you all take the time to visit the blog to see what the team has in store for you and do play along.
I will see you on the other side of the holidays.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and re cycling.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Ring of Friendship

Good morning!
Welcome to my page!
I am in love, love, love...yes with my sewing machine and making vintage junk journal! Here is my second one in a week. To see my previous one with Graphic 45 papers, click here.
This one is made for a dear friend who loves coffee and butterflies and pretty much anything with wings and of course, VINTAGE!
I have kept all of her likes in mind, and managed to make this one of her. I couldn’t bring myself to end this project as I had so many ideas and I wanted all of it here!
So bear with me for a picture heavy post, I promise to keep the write up small, lol!
I have used a brown cover envelope as the base and have made a chipboard spine as I wanted to make a journal with twine binding. 
This way the pages can be removed and added to her convenience!

She loves oranges and browns and have sort of used those colors here. I created a faux leather spine cover Kraft paper, Deco art mists and crackle glaze,. The rusty ring that you see is an empty red tacky tape ring!
I did some mixed media on an old wedding invite. Have used stencils and modelling paste, crackle paste and mists from Deco Art. 
Once I was happy with the layering and textures, I fixed the rusty ring and in went some coconut coir and I stamped a lovely sentiment about friendship. I tore the edges and inked with walnut stain and placed it on the coir bed.
2 little bugs and an ornate butterfly seem happy out there. The butterfly is from text paper and I have stiffened it with UTEE.
Some linen chord for closure and the best part it I had a great time stitching this entire journal cover and the closure. It was so much fun!
Time to open the we go.
Page 1 is a flap over from the brown cover and have used it as a tuck spot and also you see an adult coloring page.
This journal has coffee stained papers, lots of pockets, tuck spots, journaling tags, check list pages and adult coloring pages too! I have also attached some text pages, which she can gesso and even make art journals here. This is one handy book which she can carry when she is travelling, keep bills, color pages, journal and what not!
All the pockets and tuck spots are made from text page, This time an old Nancy Drew book!
Here is a vintage lady peeking thru a zip lock cover!
I have some tiny yearly notes stitched into a mini accordion!
Some tuck spots using the picture pages.
An envelope from the novel!
A checklist on the move!
More adult coloring pages.
The last page, you can see the flap of the brown cover, a secret compartment to keep all that you treasure!
The back cover is equally vintage and has my friends initial! What a co incidence!
Here is look at all the journaling tags, post cards and tickets from the journal.
Lots of winged beauties here for her to admire.
I could just go on and I know a pictorial is no justice to the efforts that has gone into making this journal! But I am technically challenged to take videos lol!
That’s pretty much the story of this journal and I will be handing it over to my friend soon!
I forgot to ask...can you smell the COFFEE here!
I would love to take this journal along to the following challenges....
Stamps and Stencils- Colors of Autumn
Creative Artist Ch- AG mixed media
Frilly and Funkie- Things with wings
A Vintage Journey-create within a frame
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Thursday, 1 September 2016


Good morning!
Welcome to my page today!
It’s the first of September already and I am back with my project for Rhedd’sCreative Spirit. The theme is always “anything goes”, MIXED MEDIA or ALTERED ART only!
This time I am here to show you a cute little project I made for a 7yesr old client! heard me right...This princess wanted a treasure box...all PINK!
A very difficult color choice for me to work on but I had to please the client, lol!
The best part was I had the freedom to do my re cycling bit and play around in this project...and I must say, I had a blast!
I dished out an empty liquor carton from my stash and started working on the layout to make a horizontal opening and went about making it strong to be handled by a 7rs old and that too on a daily basis.
I covered the top of the lid with crushed tissue for texture. Once dry, painted with green acrylic paint and highlighted the texture with pink metallic paste.
I chose these lovely papers from Bob and Betty (Ornate Anne)...just roses! I could almost visualize the kids excitement...well not yet,lol!
Once this was stuck on the outside of the box, I fixed a handle which I had spray painted in silver. Some pink twine to add color to the handle too!
For the closure I have used velcro dots so that it can be opened and closed easily by a kid and pink buttons, lol!
Then for the top embellishments, I couldn’t think of anything but PINK flowers! Oh my...I am thinking pink...yes!
I made these lace flowers and then sprayed worn lipstick DI and had them in a cluster on the top. This I knew would catch her attention!
The inside of the box has been lined with pattern paper too and I have made 3 compartments so that the kid can organize her daily treasures.
A little quote for the girl on the inside lid and I was done.
I also spray painted some bottle caps in silver. These little feet gave the box some height and character!
Just yesterday I had this picked up by the little client and the joy on her face said it all. She had me write her name on top of the lid in PINK...PRICELESS!
Thank you so much for stopping by and do play along this month and take time to see the DT creations too.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Journey of a sweet box!

Good morning!
Welcome to my page today!
I am back with an altered project share. The other day a friend dropped by home and handed me a sack full...yes A SACK FULL of abandoned and discarded stuff from her home!
What more do I need...I had no words to thank her and could only think of the possibilities of what could happen to all this trash...even as she was pulling them out of the sack to show me, my mind was already dancing and my fingers itchy!
From that day I have been dishing out one thing at a time and transformed hem and now it was time to alter this cheap plastic frame she had pulled out from a sweet box decoration! 
This had no backing and the frame that was left had cracks too...but I was not giving up!
It gives me immense joy to actually altered such stuff and give them a new life and purpose! A few hours and it became this....
I was deeply influenced and inspired by a few challenges this month and knew exactly what was going to happen this frame, the moment it hit my craft table. It was destined to get transformed from a sweet box decoration to this shabby chic decor piece!
I prepped the frame with a coat of gesso and then worked with some stencils and texture paste. The place was limited, so kept it simple and waited for it to dry.
I then gave the base coat of teal by mixing some blue and green acrylic paints (Folk ART Multi surface paints) and as that dried went to create cracks. 
I used different methods here ... the one step crackle from deco Art, then it was the white glue technique and then finally some dry brushing and sanding too! I rubbed some archival brown to age it too!

Yes, all these brought out the age and weathered look keeping the chic element intact, lol! I covered the top with white paint and the peeps of teal from all the above crackling techniques just about added so much texture to the already existing ornate frame work!
Since it had no backing, I made one from a chipped wooden plank that I had. Created cracks on the exposed part and aged it with burnt amber too.
I took the focal point from the lovely paper pack from Bob and Betty (floral logs). Loved the lavenders, teals and the greens and blooms amidst the cracked and chipped wooden log!
This mage create some hand made blooms(which I had not been making for some time now) using my fav TH tattered florals die.
I kept the colors to lavender and teal using DI peacock feathers and seedless preserves. Some die cut leaves and a cherub using air dry clay were all the embellishments to go on the frame.
I mounted the frame on to the wooden backing and went about placing the flowers.
I had it as a top arrangement on a bed of bandage gauze and some white lace.
I made a little banner with chipboard and gave it the faux wood treatment using dry brushing and stamped in tie quote “ Bloomin’ Lovely” with Archival black and had some color splats and some brads on it.
A little nest using coconut coir and some little blooms in this corner makes it cozy and warm too!
The frame was ready to stand on its own, anywhere now showing off its new life!
I enjoyed making this totally shabby chic style project and making those blooms after long time was just so therapeutic.

Here is an aerial view...
I want to take this to the following challenges which inspired me...
Frilly and Funkie- Floral Infatuation
Anything But Cute- Shabby mood board
Blog Quick Quotes- create flowers
Crafty Boots Ch- Anything But A card
MOO MANIA- Natures beauty
A Vintage Journey- Stencil it
Thank you so much for stopping by today.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.