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.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

What we Love!

Good morning!
Welcome to my page today! My project share for today is something really small but yes an altered one!
Normally albums are made and then the box or cover is designed to fit the album,but in this case, I had small box with me(looks like a book box) which I altered to fit in an accordion album!
The box measures 4 inches by 3 inches and opens up with a pearl and elastic closure and a pretty sturdy one and I was no way chucking this one in the dustbin. I decided to make a tiny memory box for my daughter to capture her solo moments in every stage of life.
You know how little girls are and their love for pinks! So I kept that in mind and worked with these gorgeous papers from Papericious, Love in Italy paper stack.
Again I was careful to choose the pinky ones and yes of course some neutral ones too! They had lovely prints of the Eiffel tower, birds and flowers ( all of which are my daughter’s favorites) and so it was just easy on that part.
The box was so tiny I had to actually make a custom made accordion to fit in but the depth being more, I knew I could fit in more pics. So I went ahead and made something like a gatefold accordion! 
Well suit your needs...It had accordion opening from both the sides and there are pockets and small journaling tags too.
It can easily hold upto 20-25 pictures! 
Isn’t that awesome for a mini, mini album!
I wanted to make the lid something really different yet catchy for a 7 year old! I wanted it to reflect my taste and yet make her want to have it! Now is that asking for too much!
I decoupaged a lovely little angel on to the box after a coat of gesso and then fit in a negative die cut on top to make a frame. Then I layered some crushed tissue , found objects, an Eiffel tower made from air dry clay, lace, corrugated cardboard, some twine, a broken butterfly charm...yup all of this on one side of that tiny lid!
Then I covered the entire box with black gesso and start to dry brush some paints from Deco Art. I was careful to use more green and less pink here ( the way I wanted!) and once dry, I also dry brushed some gesso(white) on it.
I love the antique kind of look that comes with dry brushing. 
And for the middle part of the box, I rubbed some silver metallic lustre from Deco Art . The black with silver gave an aged metallic look which went pretty well with the pinks on top!
I heat embossed a little quote in white near the closure and also added some pink bling (to satisfy her soul now, lol) on the base of the box.
As part of the final embellishment that would catch her fancy, I made handmade flower using TH tattered florals die and used DI(worn lipstick) to color it and along with some store bought peace lilies and die cut leaves, the box had a bright new life!
I covered the entire box with Ultra matt varnish too from Deco art and yes, my box was sealed and protected to hold a life time of memories of my little girl. I hope to fill this up in the years to come and hand it over when I think she can actually treasure it!
So my like + plus her like = to happy mom and daughter!
Thanks for stopping by today and let me know how liked this altered box.
I would like to take this to the following challenges...
Frilly and Funkie- It’s a small small world
Alphabet Ch Blog- M for mythical
Brown Sugar Ch blog-Lace and bling
All sorts Ch blog- fabulous florals

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Graphic 45 and Folk art paints...a fusion!

Hello Crafty friends,
I am here with my post for Crafters corner and this time too I have saved another box from hitting the trash can, lol!
here is how it looked when i laid my hands on.
and here's a seek peek on what it turned out to be and there is little SURPRISE inside too!

Well head over to Crafters Corner blog to see a detailed write up and loads of pictures of the transformation and well don't forget to let me know what you think of it.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and re cycling

Monday, 8 August 2016

HOPE...a new beginning.

Hello crafty friends..
Welcome to my page today. Today’s altered project is miniatures! I had this set of identical trash with me and thought they had scope to become a decor piece!
Once they hit my craft table and a few hours later, they became THIS.....
I have tried Deco Art chalky paints for glass on these bottles! I love the matt finish and the rest of it was easy.
The lovely floral patterns that I have used in the tissue reminded me of my summer garden in bloom! All fresh and colorful just after a mild shower.
The caps have been altered using air dry clay and to give the feeling of “mushrooms”, have painted them with co coordinating acrylic colors and also polka dots!
The weathered look finally is by dabbing burnt umber and adds that woody look to this project.
Keeping in mind the saying...WHERE THERE ARE FLOWERS, THERE IS HOPE...I die cut these alphabets in chipboard, inked them and had them stand on the lid!
A new day, a new beginning and waking up to “hope” every day! Now that’s quite motivating and a sight to begin the day with!
Hope you liked the new life of these bottles, do let me know.
I would like to take them to the following challenges...
OLLCB- ribbons and bows
Berry71bleu- Summer hideaway
Scrapki-wyzwaniowo- meadow flowers
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.