Wednesday, 14 January 2015

You are invited!

Hello crafters..
A warm welcome to all of and a happy new year for those of you have joined me recently.
Am here to share with you an altered project that I have been challenging myself to do for the past 6 mns! Yes, the hidden element here is just something you cannot imagine can be re cycled! It was one of the first things that I bought when I set up my home after marriage..about 19yrs ago! It has seen many good days and lately has become defunct and I really dint want to throw it…blame it on the recycle bug...but it was a bit of a challenge to me itself as to how I could alter it. I am NOT going to reveal so early…you got to wait for that , dearies!
Here is how it looks after the alteration…I doubt you can guess it.
 
Let’s start with beautiful cottage, the lovely over hanging on the roof…looks like it needs some cutting! But I love it…the roses hanging from the lush creepers. The flowers are all made using TH tatterd florals.

The front arch door is made with faux weathered white wood panels! How cool is that! I dry brushed black and white acrylic colors on white CS and then ran it thru a wood grain embossing folder and then cut it into strips, inked the edges and then built the door. Phew! That was some work, but I knew I wanted only this door for the house! Just look at those textures…
I cut out the window using IO dies and have heat embossed the pane in with WOW white embossing powder. The hardware hinges are cut from canvas cloth (for flexibility) using TH die and is also heat embossed in white. The metal pull out has been painted white and distressed to give the worn metal look and held to gether with silver brads.

I wanted some warm and inviting quotes on the door and so again heat embossed the sentiments on black CS and mounted them on my faux wooden plank too!
You are now cordially invited to view the inside and all around the house!
Are you still keeping your eyes open for the hidden element??? Keep guessing…
A look at the house shaped accordion album which can be taken off the main décor…how cool is that. This helps for easy viewing. I have use Prima “something Blue” paper pack for the entire mini. It can hold upto 15 pics and I plan to put all family pics here. 
 The papers are too good, I dint want to touch them, I just stamped in a few ivy’s using my new Paper Artsy stamps and let the paper and pic do the rest of the talking.

Once the album latches on to the main deco piece, this is how it looks from the side. There is more garden space on the back yard and look that tiny back door with a wooden knob. I was so reminded of snow white and her dwarfy friends who would have easily fitted in there!

More creepers climbing with lots of flowers and a lovely little bird who dint mind having a house of hos own on the roof! 
The roof is a folded cardboard piece, which I have torn in places to reveal the corrugation and dry brushed using Gesso to give the weathered white washed look. I think the bird looks pretty sitting out there. I still miss a butterfly though!
Have you guessed yet…this pic should make it easy, here…
 
No, than this is it, the FINAL REVEAL…ready…here we go…
 
Yes, my good old iron! My friend for so many years…how will I let you go? I wanted to incorporate this little thing in my home décor and have been challenging myself with this thought for the past 6 months and a eureka moment happened!I had a tough time pulling the wire and knobs out , lol! That’s it I started work 2 days back..building this HOME plank by plank, page by page, leaf n by leaf and flower by flower!
This is how it looks without the album. the albu, sticks to the iron with velcro strips!
I am so so so satisfied as a re cycler and a crafter to have done this. My house is 10yrs old and am planning a painting and make over session starting next month and this little deco piece is just the start to it…it is going to find a prominent place and a constant reminder of “lasting friendship” Lol!
I am very eagerly waiting for your feedbacks on this…I just love to read each and every word of it. Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you had a pleasant stay in my house. Welcome again.

I would love to have my “cottage” enter the following challenges…

CraftHoarders Anonymous Challenge- recipe challenge, have used DI, acrylic paints, seam binding, jute twine for creeper, wet and dry embossing, die cuts , wooden knob and loads of flowers!
InspirationDestination – Anything Goes
SOS – hidden element ( I hope you liked mine! )
Alphabetchallenge blog – ‘X” for experiment…it was more than that working with the hidden element here!
Crafting byDesigns – Anything goes
Not JustCards Challenge – Anything Goes Re Cycle, Re purpose and Re invent- Anything goes but re cycle
613 Avenue Create- Anything Goes with techniques( wet, dry embossing, hand made flowers, altered item, stamping, distressing, faux wood panels, dry brushing, scoring and folding for accordion album, stamping on metal)
ArtistTrading Post- New beginnings ( new lease of life to an old iron, new stamps, brand new home
 décor piece for my house!)
Craft forthe Craic- favorite word ( I have fav phrases!)


Until my next creative journey,
Happy Crafting and Re cycling.

Big hugs.





















75 comments:

  1. Fantastic transformationtransformation rupa...until u revealed the altered item I was scratching my mind n guessing on every corner that wat is the recycled piece...but now m amazed that u transformed it very brilliantly... And I loved that door u created ...beautiful album and everything.... I must say that u can alter any thing with so ease in a beautiful piece of art..!!

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    1. Thank you so much Shalu...the first comment is always so special! Thanks for that and those lovely words..a big bow dear.

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  2. OMG !!! How do you come up with these recycling ideas ..Its simply amazing and totally mind boggling :) ..Loved your little cottage album and each of the details you have added here ...Fantastic idea and beautifully created :)

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    1. Thank you so much Hussena, so happy to have you stop by here and leaving your thoughts. hugs.

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  3. Oh wow! I feel so humble in the presence of an imagination such as yours. I love mixed media, but feed off other's visions. I have only just started after years of card making, and feel overwhelmed when I see projects such as this. It is a beautiful work of art, I would love it sitting on a shelf in my home. Thank you so much for sharing.xx

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    1. Hi daisy...that's so sweet of you. I am really touched by what you have to say! Glad you liked it all and thanks for being my new follower too. Thank you, Thank you.

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  4. I am blown away by your creativity! This is such a great recycling idea and a beauty as well! Thanks for being a part of the challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Thank you so much Glenda...an really really happy you liked it.

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  5. I just drool over the wooden texture you create!!
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  6. Holy cow Rupa! I may never throw anything away again after seeing this! What a miraculous makeover! Absolutely stunning! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! LOVE IT!! hugs until next time :)

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    1. Thanks pal. ..I have been hoarding a lot of trash and glad you share the same thoughts..lol! See you soon ...craft hugs, my friend.

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  7. Adorable. I would have never guessed that the iron is what you used. How very clever. Awesome work. Love it

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    1. Thank you do much Vicki. Glad you liked it.

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  8. OMG..an iron ! I was guessing from the house shape that it must be a door bell (old types ) but an iron no..! Not even in my rarest dream I could thing of iron like this ..you are super duper genius recycler RUPA !! Loved the mini cottage and its backyard and yes the wooden texture is FAB !

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    1. Thanks Pooja. ..ya,it was very challenging! But the moment I had the visuals right, there was no stopping. ...2 full days to build this house. so happy up liked it. Hugs.

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  9. Just fab Rupa! Love the textures & the backyard iron ;-)

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    1. Thank you so much Tanvi. ..yeah, the back is cozy and warm 😉

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  10. Now that's what I call recycling! Brilliant! Love the design, I'm worried you're gonna turn me into a bigger hoarder than I already am! Lol! Xx

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    1. ha ha, Ingrid! I would love to see more people hoarding...makes me feel good am not the only one! Thanks dear.

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  11. WOW!!!! An absoloutely gorgeous project in it's own right and I never in a million years would have guessed your hidden element was an iron!!! What a fab re-purpose to turn it into home decor!!!
    Thanks for sharing and joining the Shopping Our Stash crew for our "Hide and Seek " challenge!!
    ***~***~donna~***~***

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  12. What a stunning transformation, so creative and such detail, beautiful. Thanks so much for joining us at ATP exchange! Ruth x

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  13. Wow, what a transformation, I never guessed it started life as an iron. A stunning, detailed project, thank you for sharing it with us at ATP this time.
    Yvonne

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  14. Amazing Rupa! I really enjoyed reading your post but I couldn't wait to get to the end to see what you were altering! What a surprise. I would never have thought of altering an iron! Great work Rupa. Thank you for joining our challenge at the ATP Exchange . Toni x

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    1. Thanks Toni...i really wanted to build up the suspense!

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  15. Impressive!!! Beautiful album, and up-cycling the iron is a stroke of ingeniousness.

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    1. Thanks you so much Cindy! You brought a smile to my face!

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  16. Wow, love your recycling project! Great job, love every detail. Thanks for sharing with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  17. Okay, Rupa, so you know I have to feature this on our FB page today! I would never, ever have thought of altering an iron. This is wonderfully executed! Your feature will be up later todau! Thanks for leaving this on our front porch and thanks for dropping by for our Block Party here at 613 Avenue Create.
    Hugz,
    Chana Malkah, Owner

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    1. You always have something good for me, don't you? Thank you sooooooooooo much Chana, it's a real pleasure to have you visit me and then when you say this, I am just flying! Hugs.

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  18. I'm Baaackkk! But this time to thank you for accepting the HIDDEN ELEMENT Challenge this week at Shopping Our Stash! Your design is fabulous! Thanks for playing!
    Hugz,
    Chana, DT

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    1. THANKS AGAIN...Chana. I am never tired of saying that! Big hugs, this time.

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  19. Just ... WOW! I thought the hidden element was the book at first, but an iron? Fabulous project! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

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    1. oh! That makes it 2 hidden elements! Thank you so much for finding the other one for me, Leslie. Hugs.

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  20. lovely projects! The details are amazing!
    Thanks for playing along in the 613 Avenue Create Challenge.
    Hugs,
    Natalie
    INKognito

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    1. Thanks Natalie...glad you liked it.

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  21. Ohh wow, you are brilliant with alteration, Rupa. I couldn't imagine, it was iron behind that beautiful door.
    It looks awesome. I am loving that texture on the door and your flowers are as wonderful as always!!

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    1. Shilpa, my friend! Thank you for that...glad you made it here. Hope to see you soon.

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  22. OMG...are you serious? Awesome idea, Rupa. You are blessed with this MIDAS touch...:) Hats off to your creativity!

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    1. Neha...I am flying, catch me if you can. THANK YOU, big hugs.

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  23. Awesomeness.. felt good looking at it in real today. Love the wooden texture on door. IRON BOX!! Seriously, I want a piece of your brain ;)
    Back door is adorable. So inspired

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    1. Hi sweetie...you are one of the few, who always joins me in my excitement of creating! Thank you for truly understanding the efforts behind this...glad to have met and big hugs for making it to my studio all the way!

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  24. I love this project and the recycle of a loving iron which probably gave you lots of pleasure...being a quilter I love my iron and what its helped me make.. I am so glad you joined us at Inspiration Destination. I hope to see you for our next ATG always challenge.

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    1. Thank you so much Billie...and yes it was so satisfying to give a new lease of life to my "dear friend"!!!lol

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  25. gorgeous idea of recycling!!! thank you for taking part in craft of the craic challenge

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  26. Wow - beautiful project. Thank you for joining us at Not Just Cards this week. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

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    1. Thanks and glad you liked it, Judy.

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  27. Wow! What an amazing recycled iron! I would never, ever have guessed. Beautiful project, it is recycling to a new level!! Love all the elements and details :) enjoy filling it with photos :) Thank you for taking part in Craft for the Craics challenge this month.
    Eithne
    www.cardroomdelights.blogspot.ie

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  28. Just WOW! I am blown away by every amazing detail. I can't believe this lovely arched album started out as an iron....I'm gobsmacked! I'm really impressed with your faux wood door....that is beautiful! It looks real. It's always a treat to visit your lovely blog, and take a peek inside your incredibly creative world.Thanks for sharing it with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Such sweet things to say, Kathy...I am just reeling! Thank you, Thank you, and big hugs to you from Bangalore!

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  29. Never in a million years would I ever have guess that you'd altered your old iron!!!! How you even thought of it boggles the mind. Obviously your creativity knows no bounds, as I've browsed your blog and now am your newest follower. The amazing care and fabulous details on each of your projects is testament to your artistic flair. Each is obviously a labor of love. Truly inspirational! xxD

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  30. That such a great start to the day, Donna. Thank you so much for taking the time to be here and leave such a sweet comment, I so so appreciate that and welcome to my crafty world. Glad you joined. Hugs.

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  31. Totally magnificent, Rupa - I'm completely blown away by your beautiful springtime creation - wonderful, wonderful work! So many fabulous details and such clever creativity. Big WOW!
    Alison xx

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    1. a Big THANK YOU..Alison. Always a pleasure to have you drop by.

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  32. I don't even know what to say! This is the most creative thing I have ever seen. Who would even think of this??? Amazing! I love all the vines and flowers hanging over the "door." And that birdie on the roof! Perfect! Thanks for playing in our challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Thank you so much Gloria..feels good to read what you have to say! Have a great week hugs.

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  33. OH ME!!!! OH MY!!! This is one of the most creative pieces I have seen in a bit...can't even begin to tell you what I love the most about it but it is AMAZING!!! Thanks for playing in our challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Thanks a lot Pammejo . l am glad my hidden element has been accepted by all. Love to read your expressive comments. .so satisfying for the creative soul.

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  34. Wow you shared so many cute projects... Love your style and especially love that door mini book!! It's a fav :) Thank you for sharing it all with us on the Craft Hoarders Challenge this month too!

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    1. Thank you so Teresa...its always a pleasure to be a part of your challenges and to have you all visit me!

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  35. I'm speechless!! So many techniques I have to try! Beautiful, amazing end result. As a bonus, I found out what an iron is for! . Thankyou for joining us this month at Craft for the Craic

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    1. Thanks Ger...that's so sweet of you.

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  36. Very creative, and so beautiful!

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  37. such a creative project!!!! Thanks for joining our challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  38. HELLO, Rupa! Boy, did I have a wonderful time visiting this fabulous post of yours! First off, I wanted to congratulate you on your well deserved Top Pick at Artist Trading Post--I'm sure there willbe and are many other challenges you have won with this beauty! I just don't get out much! Secondly, I love a good guessing game, and Clue is my favorite board game for that reason--I even have Master Detective when I want a real challenge! But I have to say it took me 'til the 7th photo to figure this out! Last, but not least, but I've got to get to work--I could go on all day about this masterpiece! I truly LOVE this adorable cottage, and am so inspired to get cracking on something more springlike! Because there are SO MANY wonderful things about this, I will tell you my favorite are those lovely wooden planks on the front. I am so stealing, er, borrowing this creative idea! Lots of craft hugs, my friend!

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  39. HELLO, Rupa! Boy, did I have a wonderful time visiting this fabulous post of yours! First off, I wanted to congratulate you on your well deserved Top Pick at Artist Trading Post--I'm sure there willbe and are many other challenges you have won with this beauty! I just don't get out much! Secondly, I love a good guessing game, and Clue is my favorite board game for that reason--I even have Master Detective when I want a real challenge! But I have to say it took me 'til the 7th photo to figure this out! Last, but not least, but I've got to get to work--I could go on all day about this masterpiece! I truly LOVE this adorable cottage, and am so inspired to get cracking on something more springlike! Because there are SO MANY wonderful things about this, I will tell you my favorite are those lovely wooden planks on the front. I am so stealing, er, borrowing this creative idea! Lots of craft hugs, my friend!

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    1. Sarah my friend. ..Thanks dear for all the time to be here and leave me soooo much LOVE. I am so touched. Please my friend would love to see your take on this. What are crafty finds for???? Big bear hugs to you.

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  40. its beautiful . love the flowers , vines everything.

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  41. WOW this is awesome, fabulous idea and loving what you have created.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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