Wednesday, 4 February 2015

A Shabby LOVE !

Hello crafters..
Welcome to my page today…I have something totally different from my usual Vintage style! If you have been following me, you will agree as to how difficult it is fro me to keep away from the BROWNS!  This project is brown free…totally..That was a real challenge for me, but I did it. Let me know if you see any brown!
I have discovered a new love for books…not reading, who has the time??lol…
I have altered one more Mills and Boon this time, perfect setting for the LOVE month!

A shabby love story of a beautiful couple…here it is!
I so love this picture from the net, and wanted a proper  frame to get this couple in! So, I went about  making a shadow box from an old mills and boon! Leaving a few pages in the front and back, I carved out a box in the center to hold some…SURPRISE!
I was going to keep the base color white! Yes, even I was surprised at my decision…but I was going to do it!
After sealing the box with gel medium, I gave 2 coats of gesso and then started my texture work.  I randomly applied some pearlescent paints in soft shabby pastel colors in spots in the front and at the back and sides. Then, went about stamping some textures and script with Bo Bunny stamps. Then came the time for texture paste and basket weave stencil from Prima and when that dried, I rubbed in pearl silver on the texture.
 By now the front page had a soft shimmery shine in silver and the whites and the soft colors made me happy…yes, no browns till now! Lol..
The heart widow on the front page is a hand cut out and I backed it with a cardboard at the back so it would be a sturdy closure. Some bling outlines the heart…after all it is supposed to be romantic, you see.

I used my new Heart felt creations, Ariana Blooms (my prize win) to make some flowers and have inked the edges alone so as to keep it shabby too. The florish leaf is a resin mold which I gessoed and then applied some distress crackle and then pearl blue in the crack. Its just so pretty!
 The ornate metal book corners are also given an aged shabby look with just rubbing a bit of gesso…no browns here again!
I have dyed the seam binding in pastel colors with worn lipstick and peacock feathers DI.

And then the book opens….
This is what you  see!

A shabby heart key chain, a love message scroll and lovely ruby heart…does this remind you of Titanic!I know that was in blue, but this was the closest I could get! I just loved this ruby heart…it’s a broken hair clip, lol! It just was waiting to fit in this love project..
The shabby key chain..is a stamped image using Paper Artsy stamp on one side and Itsy Bitsy on the other side. I stamped on canvas and colored with DI and then sealed it with varnish. The heart has crackle paint too and I have done some shabby machine stitching too..

The romantic message scroll too have been inked in complimenting colors and tied with twine and lay in a bed of shabby cheese cloth…no browns here too!
Have a closer look at this ruby heart! The front cover of the book is backed using paper from Prima Sunrise sunset paper pack…lovely lace pattern paper, so I dint alter it one bit.

The shadow box too has some stamping, inking , water wash and bling! Not to forget the back…

The entire book is edged with prima chalk egder , Tin can.
So, I have successfully completed a project without using brown paint or ink!! Did you see any???
I would love to hear your feed back on this shabby Love story. And it is now a proud display in my living room, cos the photo can be changed! I had to document my achievement of not using browns you see, Lol! Thanks for putting up with my chitter chatter!
Am now wondering "what next with a mills and boon" ???
I am entering my altered book in the following challenges..
CraftyCatz- Stitching
PolkaDoodle – flower power
SimplyCreate too- use hearts
Brown SugarChallenge – 3 diff embellishments
OCC- Metal, ribbon, paints
Try It On Tuesday - Add a photo
Thank you so much for stopping by today.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy Crafting and Re cycling.
Hugs.





















66 comments:

  1. This is so romantic Rupa.........love love love the heart key chain!

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    1. Thanks Tanvi...we all have a hidden romantic streak in us, don't we???

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  2. Absolutely love this Rupa !!! the colors, the textures and that adorable heart !! I love that image too, can u send me the link pl !!

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    1. Thanks Suman...will try to get the link. I just saved the image in my computer, not getting the link. Will send when I get it!

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  3. What beautiful book! Love the romantic image, all the embellishments and the fabulous heart key-chain.
    Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday.
    Mar

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    1. Thank you so much, Margik. That key chain was made after a lot of thought as to what will fit in that shallow box! Am glad it came out well.

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  4. This is pretty gorgeous n romantic too. I love this.

    Sudha
    sudha-kalra.blogspot.in
    crazycrafter-craftsuppliesshop.blogspot.in

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  5. Really beautiful. I love the little scroll

    Thank you for sharing with TIOT

    Chrissie x

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    1. Glad you like it, Chrissie. Thanks.

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  6. Love love love it!!!!
    You have such a way with putting things together that they look absolutely drop dead gorgeous!
    Beautifully done.
    ♡♡

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    1. Amelia, sweetie thani you so much for stpooing by here to leave a comment! Where did you see the brown, BTB.

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  7. Oh How could you Rupa......A Mills and Boon...cut out..I unashamedly admit I still read them...they are always so uncomplicated and predictable.Hey I will give you some big fat medical textbooks to destroy if you want but please save the M& Bs for me!
    And now that I have got that off my chest...your project is so beautiful !

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    1. I knew someone would say this at the rate I was working on altering M&B's...never thought it would be you, doc. Sorry to have hurt you, the medical books seem like a better option. Keep them for me!

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  8. Just gorgeous project. The cover is very beautiful and romantic. Thank you for sharing it with us at Tiot.

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  9. A stunning project, the details are so romantic and the inside looks awesome as well. Thank you for joining us at TioT's this time.
    Yvonne

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    1. Thanks a lot Yvonne for liking it inside out!

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  10. Fabulous project Rupa! I just love the soft colours and shabby feel mixed with the harsh textures, well done! Great photo, amazing flowers...two thumbs up my friend!! Thank you so much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday for our 'Add a Photo' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

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    1. Pamellia. ..Thanks a bunch dear for looking into all the details. Glad to take part in your challenges.

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  11. What a lovely idea. you hav mills n boon lined up to alter I guess. I hav always liked reading them but never thought someone could alter that too !!
    I am in love with that key chain n the heart ruby. Now I hav started storing all kinds of things At home that is not of use. Absolutely do not throw away anything at all.

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    1. I am on a clearing spree and what ever has been hiding is getting a makeover and M&B happens to be one! More to come..Thank dear for taking the time to be here. Hugs.

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  12. Beautiful book.Love the textures.Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin'
    Cass xx

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  13. Superb as usual Rupa.... My favourites are the shabby heart key chain. and the scrolled romantic messages.. The blooms are very nice...

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    1. Thanks a lot Ramya for appreciating the details!

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  14. Gorgeous creation. Thanks for joining us at CraftyCatz.
    Kim (CraftyCatz DT) x

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  15. Absolutely stunning - so much to see - you are so talented thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you so much..its my pleasure to share and I am glad you liked it!

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  16. Stunning work once again hun! Love the colours in this, so many gorgeous touches! Love love xx

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    1. Thanks dear..haven't see you in a while. What a pleasant surprise! Hugs.

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  17. One word-STUNNING! Thank you for sharing with us at Simply Create Too - Myrna DT

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  18. I am so in love with this Valentine design. So beautiful.
    Julie x

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  19. Oh WOW! It's gorgeous and SO romantic... Awesome work. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week :)

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  20. What a lovely project Rupa! The design is so creative with the cut out inside to hold the precious items inside! love the heart framed wedding photo and your beautiful flowers!

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    1. Thanks Julia..really appreciate those words from you!

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  21. What a lovely vintage romantic feel - I love the pearly texture against the white, and such pretty spring colours for those flowers. Charming!
    Alison xx

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    1. I am glad you liked it, Alison. Thank you so much.

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  22. This is so very beautiful Rupa, I love the 'no brown' theme you went for, the photo frame is gorgeous with the lovely couple surrounded by gems. The inside just stole my heart though, that magnificent heart and the beautiful key ring are such wonderful additions. Very romantic and very beautiful!! Anne xx

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    1. Thanks Anne..an happy too with my "no brown" achievement! Thanks for looking into all the details and liking it!

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  23. I love, love, love this beautiful and VERY romantic altered book art piece! I'm also impressed that you were able to give it such a vintage feel without the use of browns. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you so much, your kind words are much appreciated. Have a great weekend.

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  24. What a super card love your design. Thanks for joining us this time at Polkadoodles
    Jenny x (Starcyl)
    Polkadoodles DT

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  25. Oh my shabby fabulousness ! I love this gorgeous photo frame! Absolutely beautiful project.So glad you were able to join in on the fun over at Polka Doodles ! -Ashley

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  26. Oooohhh...Rupa, this love story in your book is so lovely. Beautiful project and I love your design.
    Hugs, Jana

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    1. Thanks dear...so sweet of you. Hugs.

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  27. Great take on the challenge and love all the texture and image. Thanks for playing with us at TIOT.
    Hugz, Z

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  28. Beautiful Work ! thanks for joining us at Flower Power challenge http://www.polkadoodle.blogspot.co.uk/
    Happy crafting Susan ( senior DT )

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  29. Rupa, this is a fantastic creation!! Love all the textures you used! A real treasure!!
    Thank you for joining us at Simply Create Too with this stunning work.
    Rosi x

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  30. A beautiful piece Rupa! I love, love, love your background and the image is so perfect. Wonderful colour palette. Thanks so much for joining in my challenge at Our Creative Corner this month. Juliax

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    1. Thank you so much Julia. ..so so happy you liked it.

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  31. Stunning creation thanks for joining the fun over at Polkadoodles and good luck.
    Anita (DT)
    http://www.polkadoodle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  32. O gosh, this is stunning, outside and inside...Perfect colour combination and awesome texture! love the key chain, too!
    Thank you for playing with us at Our Creative Corner!
    Hugs from Slovenia

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    1. Thanks Slovenia. . Am so so happy you liked this! Big hugs from here.

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