Thursday 12 June 2014

Anniversary Box with a Twist!!!

Hello Crafters...
It's been a lovely vacation and we as a family had some lovely time and it's been difficult to get back my creative spirits after this break!!!
 Well, I had to do this post without much delay bcos as the title suggests, its for our wedding anniversary falling on the 16th this month and we start our 20th year together!
   Inspired by the fauna and flora and the colorful landscape of Ooty, I have chosen bright, cheerful colors and made a suitcase shaped altered canvas since the travel hangover is still on me! The entire placement has been done keeping the sketch from Lulupu challenge in mind, and it really helped!
The twist part shall be revealed at the end.
Mixed media is what I have done and choosing complimenting colors from the photo, I have created textures using paper pieces from an old novel, some stencil textures with modelling paste and crackle effect using inks and some ink dripping and misting too. The base has been colored with acrylic paints.

This photo was taken just last week, and keeping that as the focal point, have worked things around it. I have tried to create an outdoor garden look using CLD lampost die and flowers are all handmade using CLD sunflower and daisy die. The ornate corners in yellow and black too is from CLD!

 I have stamped some butterflies and I just loved the little birdhouse charm and got it hanging from the post!

Tando Creative Challenge had this lovely quote to be incorporated , and it was just perfect for the occasion.
The 2 little birds perched on the banner completes the outdoor look and they just seem to be happy in their own world!

A white lace and some heart die cuts tucked in gives the LO a fuller look!
I actually enjoyed covering up the sides of the has 3 layers! Firstly, a music sheet PP, then a pastel floral PP from DCWV French collection and then some corrugated cardboard! Somehow my hands love to tear and distress the edges!

For the handle, I cut my old belt which was tearing apart and fixed some white brads to it ...just love the suitcase bag look! Do you????
 I also gave the canvas a wooden feet so that it can be placed anywhere in the room or sometimes hung on the wall too.
I have had a generous coating of gesso and distress inks in this project and these bright colors just pop up when placed anywhere.
I appreciate you stopping by and leaving your feedback on this creation.
Am linking this to...

And now, for the twist..are you wondering what???
Here it is...a small secret about my canvas!!!!

You bet, this is as sturdy as any original canvas and I have loads of carton in queue now!!!Hope this inspires you to try too.

Until then, Happy Crafting and re cycling.


  1. Rupa, The idea of stuffing newspapers into cereal boxes was very good.. Your LO is very pretty and so r u in the pic :)

  2. Is there anything not to love on this canvas Rupa ? I loved the altering of box into suitcase shaped canvas n you have even stuffed it like real one :D !! Fresh colors makes me happy n the beautiful garden scene makes it even more cheerful ! Wonderful use of belt ,very interesting and I liked the textured layers on sides too !

  3. This is a fantastic idea, I love it!!! Thanks for playing this week at CCCB :-)

  4. Wonderful Rupa..every element is lovely and use of carton boxes is great idea :)

  5. Absolutely gorgeous canvas. .love the garden scene with all the details. .some amazing recycling there..

  6. WOW what a masterpiece are sheer genius at these awesome 3 D projects!!!

  7. So well made. This is so beautiful. Thank you for taking part in the cheery lynn challenge.

  8. What a wonderful creation!! Thanks so much for paying along at CCCB!!

  9. Adorable canvas, Rupa.
    love how you have incorporated all elements in the given sketch. Thank you for joining us at Lulupu challenge # 32

  10. That is fabulous, thanks for sharing with us at CCCB!

  11. Oh wow! I love your idea to create the "canvas". Gorgeous project so full of beautiful details and textures. Love how you used the Lamp post die here.

    Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge this week at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  12. Lovely project Rupa! Love how you made the use of the banner for the sentiment. Thank you for participating at Lulupu Challenge#32. Good luck

  13. Awesome project! I don't have the Lamp Post Die but it is now on my wishlist! Thanks for joining in on the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  14. Totally blown away by the final reveal in your post :)) what a lovely idea. Many times I use the lid of boxes as canvas. Thank you for playing along with lulupu challenge 32. Best of luck

  15. Wow! What clever ideas - first to make a suitcase canvas and then how you made the actual canvas. Brilliant. A lovely memento to mark your special occasion. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing with us at Anything But A Card this time.

  16. Co cute. love the colors. and great way to recycle