Monday, 21 July 2014

A cozy nest

Hello Crafters…
Am back again with another re cycled altered project ( do I know anything else???)…..This one took me about 8hrs to complete cos a lot of thought process went into it! I have also tried some new technique, which you will see.
Here again I have recycled a cereal carton and another small medicine box to make a shadow box and went about altering it. You may wonder why I take the trouble to creating a shadow box when loads of them are easily available in the market. 
Well, the joy of creating one to your size requirement and that too using materials otherwise ending up as trash is so so satisfying than a ready made one! Well, end of day, I enjoy what I do and converting cartons to canvases has not only made it easier on availability of supplies but we have ended up eating more cereals now, LOL!!!!
About this project…what do you give someone who is an artist, a nature lover, a sewing enthusiast, talks a looooot ! and most of all, a beautiful person and a good friend of your’s???? Well, I could think of only this…..
I made a welcome board for her, which could be hung outside her home or her studio…

The details…
I have used the paper line from prima, “Something Blue”. Torn pieces of 2 co originating papers and stuck them randomly. The PP has music notes and images of birds and nests.
I then took some home made texture paste and applied it randomly with a popsicle stick…a vary thin layer and them stamped on it using the urban clings, scrip rubber stamp. After allowing it to dry, I applied some acrylic colors and inked with peacock feathers and finally rubbed on some gold gilding pate with my fingers. Look at this magic…loved the weathered and distressed scripted look!  A technique that I saw in Paper Artsy channel in you-Tube.
The color theme for this is pink, blue, brown and gold! Once I was satisfied with look of the bos, I started working on the inner box. Have lined it with Pp from French stack, DCWV and then arranged some dry twig from my garden and hung a TH birdcage using some vintage gold chain. The cage too id heat embossed in gold and gessoed in places to give the weathered look. It is 3 side cage and fits snuggly into the shadow box. Decorated it with a few creepers and a little stamped and colored butterfly and a few flat back pearls.
I have used an old measuring tape,( from my mothers sewing kit)to form the border of the lining of the small box! Love the numbers peeping in the sides!!! A few coconut shell buttons completes the border.
Just near the nest, a lot of activity is buzzing with a few birds chirping, sitting on a twig and another pair chatting on a thread spool which has been stamped and inked too! The birds are busy in their own world, and so are the gold glittery butterflies that you can see hovering.
 An altered car key with a CLD daisy in blue, and a bobbin with a  mini bouquet of 2 mini roses has a reel with the quote “Home Sweet Home” coming out of it!!!
The top part of the box has a small garden there again with some twigs and loads of handmade flowers using TH tattered floral, joy crafts and CLD dies. The flowers sit on a bed of feathers using CLD (B369) and some olive branches(B147)

The bird is a local buy and am sure is enjoying his stay there!!!
Have punched golden eyelets on the sides with a paper rope handle for hanging this.
Do you  think this little nest is warm and inviting??? You are welcome to this cozy nest any time!!! Waiting to hear from you… I think this box summarizes the person that my friend is…hope she likes it!
To me, working on a re cycling project is like helping someone in distress! Just do it to experience it, could get addictive!

Am linking to…
Until then,
Happy Crafting and recycling.



  1. wow!! so lovely i love the details and colors Rupa :)

  2. Fantastic project !! I loved the textured n gold paint ...looks Awesome and all the nature embellishments around it are very beautiful !

  3. Hi Rupa its Neha. Love your project. It looks beautiful!!! Love the colors, texture and floral arrangement.

  4. Oh my goodness! You are SO inventive! Lovely work!

  5. Wow Rupa, this is such a treat for the eyes. So many beautiful colours and lovely flowers which have been arranged to perfection. I'm sure you friend will love it. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs this week and good luck.
    Julie x

  6. This is fabulous and I love that you recycled your cereal box! Thanks for joining us at Tando this month.

  7. Your welcome plaque is absolutely gorgeous. So much detail so lovingly added - I'm sure your friend will truly treasure this gift! And well done for up cycling materials that would otherwise end up in the bin - I'm a fanatic recycler, too! :)

  8. wow ...great idea...beautiful,,,,

  9. Oh Rupa, this is REALLY REALLY LOVELY... I love it in all ways... one would never ever think it was a cereal box... amazingly wonderful for all the reasons of art... but also because you have recycled this box... just perfectly GREAT... Love it all.. Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  10. This is such a creative recycled project! I love the birdcage in gold, surrounded by all those lovely flowers, and all the extra details here!
    Thanks for playing along in this week's Cheery Lynn Designs challenge! Good luck to you!

  11. Gobsmackingly gorgeous....wonderful gift....LOOOVE that recycled blue measuring tape & the distressed technique works wonderfully!!! Thanks as always for bringing your talent to share with us at LESSology!!!

  12. Fantastic project and great technique, Rupa!. I love all amazing embellishments, specially the beautiful flowers.

  13. Rupa, this is fabulous! Love all of the little embellishments, especially the sewing items. Your friend is one lucky person! I am sure she will love it!

  14. Just beautiful with the flowers and all the details. Nice gold bird cage too. Thanks for joining the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge. Good Luck to you

  15. Such a fabulous creation! Love all the beautiful details you created. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  16. Stunning project...I love your skills of recycling :)

  17. Lovely project Rupa !!!
    You are getting better and better at altering almost anything !
    Thanks for playing with us at Bgc this fortnight

  18. Wow, that's amazing! You totaly changed the box into stunning creation! Thank you for playing along with us at BGC.

  19. Oh wow. this is gorgeous! Amazing upcycling! And I just love the fabulous details here. Thanks for joining us at LESSology!

  20. Hello, Rupa, this is a stunning project! all the details are perfect! I love also the colours you used! Turquoise and pink mix so well... Excellent, excellent!


  21. Absolutely AMAZING!!!! Thanks so much for playing along with LESSology!

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  23. Ohh.there r lots of ppl who r talking abt ur colours and its co ordination.Hats offRupa