Saturday, 1 November 2014

For a Friend !

Hello Crafters,
Today I am sharing my Guest Design project for Rhedd’s Creative Spirit with you! Yes! I have been a regular there and was just so thrilled and happy when Sandie asked me to be a guest on her blog for Nov…and what more, it  coincided with my friends’ birthday! So I could make anything to my “hearts content” and share it with you!
It’s always a “anything goes” here at Rhedd’s and only altered art ,which I LOVE! So  play along and hope this inspires you to do so. With that said, I have up cycled an empty liquor carton here into a mini display cabinet and storage space too! I have a surprise when the door opens..wait and see.

I made this for my “Bestie” who introduced me to this wonderful world of crafting and blogging, it is her birthday tomorrow! She loves colors and hardly ever does anything Vintage, so I just decided to make something “special” for her which is NOT her style! Fair enough right???
And so starts my shabby vintage journey…
Firstly I covered this whole box with scraps of paper and modge podge so that it is sturdy and easy to take layers on. Then I cut PP to size from DCWV French garden paper pack. I stamped random butterflies and script using Archival green and brown inks. Then swished out the home made texture paste and using TCW damask stencil, created texture all around except the front panel, for which I had something else in mind!
Once this was done, I inked the edges with crushed olives DI and walnut stain and adhered it to the back and sides of the box.

The front panel – I made a faux frame door for the panel! I took a  piece of chipboard to size and stuck sheets from an old text and stuck this vintage picture of “friends” to one side. Then cut out the alphabets with chipboard and PP using spellbinders die and I inked it and stuck it to the panel. The background has some foliage and butterflies stamped randomly. I then kept an acetate sheet as protection and made the outer frame using another chipboard. On this, I used a stencil from my local craft store to create a border for the frame and I sprayed some walnut stain and worn lipstick inks mildly and when dry rubbed Inka gold all over. Stuck some pearls and added ornate book end corners. A shabby wooden knob helps to open up this frame!

Lastly some shabby chic fabric flowers using lace and TH tattered floral die decorate one end of the frame. You can see the friends dancing in joy! Isn’t it fun ??

Top panel – I took the maximum time to decorate this part. My friend is a passionate “sewer” too, so I took out this stamp set from TH Visual Artistry and stamped the dress form on text paper and heat embossed in brown. I then layered it on chipboard and fussy cut it. Some clear rock candy crackle paint on it and when that dried, I rubbed in the Inka gold here. I then outlined it with gold liner. Look at the yummy textures!



 That was not enough!!! I took some net fabric in pale pink and created a frilly skirt, added some glitter on the hemline and a cute pink bow with pearl fastens it to the mannequin! She definitely found her spot on top of the display cabinet!

Next, I cut the scalloped oval to form a frame using some gold printed PP and set it with glossy accents for dimension. I inserted a vintage quote inside and made it stand on the top along with the body form! Some metal charms hang casually from the frame.

More flowers using lace and Georgette fabric here on a bed of cheese cloth for some extra dimension. The flowers are inked with walnut stain and have applied some gesso too for the shabby look.
And my box has cute little white flat back pebbles as feet!
Are you ready for the box to open?? And when it does, there is a surprise for her!
 A cute suitcase mini in shabby vintage style too! The mini has a lot of space for journaling and photos, All the details on the making of this can be found here.
There is enough space inside for her keep some craft goodies and I hope this will find a place on her craft table too!
 So, please join  me in wishing Shilpa of Neon Diary a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY.


That’s  pretty much it…Hope to hear from you on this. Thank you so much for stopping by.

I would like to enter my Shabby wishes in the following challenges…
Crafty Catz Challenge - Anything Goes
A Creative Romance - Use Pink
Frosted Designs -Get messy with Mixed media 
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - Anything Goes
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Use stamps
Simon Says- anything goes

 Until my next crafty creation,

Happy Crafting and re cycling,

Hugs.

37 comments:

  1. Gorgeous altered carton. Fun surprise inside! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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    1. Thanks Dona, happy to be an early there!

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  2. This is absolutely stunning Rupa! Such attention to detail and beautiful colours too. I'm sure your friend will love it! I remember the tiny suitcase mini album you made a while back. Sooooo very clever!
    Thanks for joining us as GDT this month! x

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    1. Thank you so much, Sammy. It is a pleasure being part of this talented team. Happy to know you remember my mini, it fits in perfectly here! Have a great weekend. Hugs.

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  3. Congratulations on your guest design spot Rupa! What a fantastical project you came up with! There are just so many details that I love and the colours and feminine yet vintage feel is just incredible! I love every bit of it! hugs :)

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    1. Thank you so much Pamellia, you are so encouraging! feels good...have a great weekened. Big crafty hugs.

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  4. Wow a stunning piece of altered art, really beautiful, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac x

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  5. The mini suitcase within is so adorable!!
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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    1. ah! I love it too...thanks Sonia.

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  6. Oh..So many details !! Loved the gorgeous vintage details ,pretty lacey blooms and the mini suitcase is wonderful !
    I donno how you manage to decorate scrap boxes this beautifully everytime Rupa ! I attempted one and didn't even finish it ;(

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    1. I am into discovering spaces within boxes and it's making me crazy! Thanks Pooja.

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  7. This is beautiful & sure I will join u in wishing Shilpa ;-)!!!!

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    1. Oh yes, there is more to this celebration! Thanks Tanvi.

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous Rupa - I bet your bestie will be delighted with it and treasure it forever

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    1. I will know that tomorrow, when I give it to her. Thank you so much.

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  9. This is stunning Rupa. You have crammed so much detail, texture and gorgeousness into this project. A wonderful altered piece and a treasured birthday present for your friend. Thanks for joining us at Altered Eclectics.

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    1. Thank you so much Sue for taking time to appreciate all the details.Have a great week end.

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  10. Awesome altered project. Your attention to detail is incredible - love all the embellishments! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!

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    1. Thank you so Lynn. Glad you noticed all the details.

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  11. Rupa, congratulations on your Guest Design spot!
    And your altered box is so beautiful and I like all details on this project ;)))
    With love, Jana

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    1. Thank you so much Jana. Glad to be following you too, Have a crafty week ahead. Big hugs.

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  12. Seriously an amazing gift for such a talented crafter - Shilpa who intriduced many of us to the world of mixed media and art journals... I think she will be very happy to receive your gift... I loved the small suitcase, the dress at the top and the oval shaped frame...

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    1. Thanks Ramya...she just loved it. Hugs.

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  13. I am sorry to see this post so late, Rupa. It is very thoughtful and gorgeous gift. It is more beautiful in real. I know how much hardwork you have put into this ....thank you my dear friend. It is a treasure to keep :)

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    1. "Thank you" for everything Shilpa. Love always...

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  14. Wow wow wow!! Gorgeous!! Thanks for playing along with Frosted Designs!!!

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  15. Absolutely Gorgeous!!!! Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes #11, Dawn DT Member x

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  16. This is gorgeous! I'm sure your friend loved it!! Thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp!

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  17. really pretty! and youre right... those textures are YUMMY! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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    1. Thanks Rachel, that's so sweet of you.

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  18. This is truly beautiful! Thanks for joining is at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog

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