Thursday, 23 March 2017

Play with MODGE MELTS

Good morning!
It’s THURSDAY and as promised I am here with a PLAID inspiration. Before that, I want to share a good news with you… I am now the EXCLUSIVE DESIGNER for PLAID at CRAFTERS CORNER and I will be here every Thursday with a different product highlight, tutorial and projects using PLAID products. Isn’t that exciting and if that is not enough I have something more to add to the excitement…which I will reveal at the END OF THE POST.
So let’s start with the Product for today…It’s the MODGE MELTER and MELT STICKS.
This new melter from Plaid has a unique design and body. It has a built in stand and a silicon body for easy grip and also has a trigger on the top which enables easy flow of the melted wax on pressing!
The unique design enables you to hold the melter nozzle down and at the same time press the trigger on top. Its as easy as that.
I have used the MILK GLASS WHITE melt sticks for this project. The stick needs to be inserted while the melter is ON and after 5mins you can see the was oozing out and you are ready to start. I took out all the silicon molds that I had and started filling them.
Here I have inserted a few brads immediately after the wax is squeezed, this way the brad gets a hold into the wax and is securely fixed! 
Isn’t that a great way to make your own CUSTOM BRADS!
As always there are sticky issues when you handle waxes and you can see a lot of drippage on the mat. But look closely and I have used the SILICON MAT too from Modge Podge and removing these sticky residues is childs play. Just pull it off!
Here are all the molds filled up with milky white melts…
 
After 5mins of cooling down, it is an easy pull from the mold and here is how all of them look together. 
I am loving pure white look…given a choice, I would love to leave them like this but I thought I will experiment in the coloring too…not restricting myself only to acrylics.
Here I have used ALCHOHOL INKS to color…I just poured a few drops directly on top and just gave a swirl and let it dry naturally. 
I like the natural shading of light and dark tones of the alcohol inks!
Here I have used FOLK ART acrylic paints and have also done some 2 tomes and shading. These are bright and colorful.
Here too I have used the acrylics but as wash and given a distressed look. You know by now how much I love this effect.
BUT my personal favorite is using the CHALK PAINTS to give and antique and vintage look.
 Have a look at these aged, by gone findings…I mean, they look priceless!
So let me know which style of coloring is your fancy? There are still a lot more which I have not colored and would like to use them just as is or I don’t know…lets see( wink, wink).
Here are the finished projects with these colored ones….
I made a few fridge magnets and also a little one with a paper clip to hold tiny paper scraps.
 I am always looking for paper bits to write drown my grocery list, lol! This is sure going to help me.
I also made a pair of VINTAGE PAPER CLIPS for my Journals. I love making those.
And here I made a neck piece for my little princess…she is growing up and I thought I will make something other than the girlie pink, lol!
 And finally the brads…ready to hit any of my projects. So handy these are!
These magnets do add color to my fridge…how I wish I had a white one!
So lovelies, that brings us to the end of this product highlight. Do let me know if you have any queries relating to this product and I will get back to you asap.

As promised here is the other excitement I want to share with you.

I urge you all to try this product and share your makes and inspiration using THE PRODUCT OF THE WEEK, the modge melts. You can then share all your makes with #playwithplaid until next Thursday.

Next week I will see you with another product highlight .

Until my next crative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling,
Cheers,

Rupa










































Sunday, 19 March 2017

I have a GOOD NEWS!

Hello all!
I have a good news to share with you all. As you are all aware that I have been a DT with Crafters Corner( A leading craft store in India) for the past 8months now and I have been working with their amazing products.

Crafters Corner is the sole DISTRIBUTOR of PLAID products in India and I am now the chosen one to be the EXCLUSIVE DESIGNER for PLAID Products with Crafters Corner.
I am so excited and thrilled with this honor as I have always loved playing with paints and altering stuff. There is is a lot more here than just paints and I hope to keep you updated with their products and give tutorials about them too.

So join me every Thursday for some PLAID fun.

Here is a link to the Crafters Corner blog too.

Thank you so  much for stopping by and I look forward to your continued support.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.
Cheers
Rupa

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Mixed media box

Good morning!
Welcome to my page! It’s a new month and I am here to share my DT project for Rhedd’s Creative Spirit where the challenge every month is “anything goes, altered art or mixed media”.
I have combined the 2 for this project and this time I have recycled a champagne glass packaging box and used up some paper scraps and bits of pattern papers.
Here is what I started with….
I gessoed the top of the box and then randomly marked the center portion for the focal point where I applied gesso again with a palette knife to give some texture.
Once that dried, I adhered this floral napkin with modge podge in the center.
I cut the paper scraps into 1inch squares and also ended up making a few with gelli printed paper. I loved the bright colors that complimented the flowers.
The paper mosaics were inked around the edges and then stuck to the box.
I then gave a coat of matte medium and some white color splats to finish up the top!
For the closure, I did some blending of colors in contrasting acrylics and then aged up this floral mold that I made with air dry clay.
I applied gesso, dried it and then dry brushed a bit of yellow and orange to compliment the flowers in the vase!
Yes, the boring box got a colorful life
The inside has compartments and can now be used as a keepsake/trinket box.
Do visit the blog to see what the team has in store for you, and hope to see you play along.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.
Cheers,
Rupa














Sunday, 26 February 2017

A round up with PLAID.

Hello crafty folks...
I have had the opportunity to play with PLAID products being in the design team of the leading craft store in India, Crafters Corner.
I have a round up of all my works there...Do take the time to peep in there to see all of them!
Look forward to hearing from you there....
Here are some ...





Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.
Cheers
Rupa


Thursday, 16 February 2017

My Spice Garden!

Hello Crafty folks!

Welcome to my page to day...so 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.
Cheers.
Rupa

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.
Cheers,

Rupa














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.
Cheers.
Rupa