Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Sunshine + rain equals...

Hello Crafty peeps…
Welcome to my page and today I share with you my DT project for Rhedd’s Creative Spirit where the challenge is always “Anything Goes” but mixed media or altered art only, NO cards please.
My project is another holiday inspired project. I told you I had a lot in mind after the holiday and this particular one I saw in one of the widow displays in a shop. I love window shopping and this caught my fancy in the streets of Austria!
Here is what I saw …
And here is what I made of it…..
Yes, an altered mini armoire for you today, all shabby, distressed and vintage…feels so cozy in my comfort zone! I do have a little surprise for you at the end.
I so fell in love with the maroon color and retained it in my project. I had this color CS and ran it thru my mew Darice embossing folder(quilt). I love the quilt patterns in it and then dry brushed some gesso over it to give it a distressed washed look.
 I could see everywhere that “distressed furniture” is the “in” thing right now and I am going about making miniatures at home just to convince my husband so that I could do the same to the big one’s at home too, lol! I have eyed a few pieces of furniture which I would love lay my hands on…very soon it shall be a reality!
I adhered the embossed CS for the doors and the panel on top.
Here is a closer look at the lovely embossed pattern and the white washed look.
The wooden knobs have been coated with gesso and then a layer of Black soot distress crackle paint. You can see the cracks here…
I cut out the stamp size images of the ‘found relatives” from Ideology “lost and found” paper stack and arranged them on the door pattern to give a vintage look.
For the sides I have used the colorful papers from the same stack. I love the brightness of this PP against the washed look of the embossed CS.
 The Sizzix flourishes are cut with black CG and layered to give a black metal look and I have it on the sides and on the top panel to lend an ornate look to the armoire. These have been washed with gesso too.
Coming to the embellishments on the top panel, I have flowers strewn all around in bright summer colors. I have taken the color prompt from the PP actually and made flowers using Joy crafts and TH tattered florals. They have all been inked and colored using DI.
The metal frame is an ugly enameled one that I have had for years now and was screaming for a makeover! I just gave it e coats of gesso and applied some metallic yellow paint and voila, the ugly duckling looked like a princess, lol!
The sentiment is from Inspired by Stamping and I thought it fit the project so well. Let me tell you why..
Distressed + bright PP = sunshine +rain!!!
I was never great with Math, so you can calculate to see if this is right, lol!
The little perfume bottle Is from my stash and I crackled and colored it with alcohol inks. Love the lime green freshness!
The wicker heart is a last minute add and I wanted hanging from the sides with a metal chain.The ideology feet adds the much needed vintage look which also has been dry brushed with gesso.
 That’s the overall all look of the exterior!
Do we proceed inside…what’s waiting???
I have continued with the same sunshine + rain formula inside too. I have a removal plank in case I decide to have the armoire to hang things later!
Right now, all my metallic paints and glitter powders sit cozy in there!

Are you ready for the little surprise? Do you want to know how this armoire started out to be…I actually dint have one and was not ready to buy a pricy one from the stores!

And so I made one with THIS….

Very soon I will get back to you with a LIFE size one that I am eyeing at home! Wish me luck.
I would love to have your valuable comments on this project. It always brings a smile and helps me grow. Now remember the formula always!

Do play along and have a peek at the lovely creations of the other DT’s here.

I would like have this mini armoire enter the following challenges…
CreativeMoments – AG with wet/dry embossing
Beyond Grey Challenges -Dimensional project
Die Cuttin Divas- AG
Crafty Sentiments - Summer
Moo -mania  - swirls
Our Creative Corner - mexico moods
Sistersofcraft - Ag
Frilly and Funkie - Something to say
Sparkles Forum Challenge Blog- Vintage/shabby chic
Until my next Creative journey,
Happy crafting and Re cycling.


  1. Lovely one Rupa !! You indeed are ready to tackle the big one now !! love the maroon color and the quilt pattern !!

  2. Beautiful work, you have created a treasure here. Thanks for joining us at Moo Mania and More, Valerie

  3. almorie takes us to a beautiful vintage world !! I love how you work on little details like feet n knob and give them a vintage look !

  4. WOW Rupa so much to look at in all your projects...I keep thinking oh the knobs are my favorite, then the cute feet catch my eye and so it goes...rocking!!
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  5. I think I might actually get on a plane and come to your place so I can steal this project! OH YEAH, that's the plan! This is simply spectacular Rupa! I am just swooning! I love how you did the patchwork on the doors, so creative! Your rich colours combined with your bright and cheery flowers are just sucking me right in! A truly stunning recycle piece my friend, you are an amazing artist! hugs :)

  6. Gorgeous work Rupa!!! Fabulous this transformation !!! You have got a very beautiful blog ! Big hugs.

  7. Rupa, am out of words today. Loved what youve made and knowing how much you love your paints, surely is a special project. My fav is the quote ..... i feel sunshine on a clpidy day whenever i visit you. Hugs

  8. Rupaaaaaa........this is outta the world fabulous! Trust you to find an armoire in a paper shredder dabba. As usual, I'm blown away!

  9. Another outstanding project Rupa, love how you used all the photos and your design is brilliant and full of inspiration.
    Hugs Julie xx

  10. Awesome project Rupa.... Loved every detail of it.... I seriously thought you have altered a real armoire...Couldn't believe its made by recycling a packaging box.... superb creativity Rupa....

  11. Simply GORGEOUS ..what an amazing project! Thank you for linking it to Moo Mania & More Rupa!

  12. RUPA!!! This is incredible!!! What a totally cool and inventively imaginative piece!! You really rocked the re-cycle theme!! Bravo dear friend! hugs

  13. Rupa, your projects are always so lovely,well detailed too...This Armoire is just stunning...I love it...xx

  14. It's utterly gorgeous Rupa! Such a lovely colour. And I can see why you were inspired by that display... It's gorgeous. x

  15. OMG this is gorgeous.

    Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

  16. Rupa this is gorgeous and what a fab idea using a box for your project. Brlliant hun xx

  17. How fabulous, Rupa - love how you've used the Photobooth photos, and the wonderful crackled knobs. Brilliant altered art.
    Alison xx

  18. Oh my goodness, Rupa! You've done it again!! Your altered mini armoire is jaw-dropping gorgeous!! Your attention to detail is apparent throughout, from the florals to the crackling on the knobs. It truly does bring sunshine to the day to look t it. I'm so happy you've decided to join us at the Frilly and Funkie!!

  19. Definately a surprise at the end! What an astounding upcycle and so clever! Love the alteration and seeing your process. I hated math but your algorithm looks good to me. Lol. Wonderful design and colors and embellies. That little wicker heart is the perfect finishing touch. Awesome sauce Rupa! Hugz. ~Niki

  20. Fantastic project Rupa! It's amazing to think how this fabulous armoire stated out brilliant work toni x

  21. This is Fabulous.. love every bit and the final surprise.. what a transformation.. awesome..good luck for the LIFE size one..:)

  22. As always you rock many details...Loved it..

  23. You are a star Rupa. What a lovely piece of art. I just adore the cuteness. The quilt texture is just amazing. Metal - looking flourishes are too good. Again worth every minute reading your blog . Hugs

  24. Wow! This is beautiful!

    Thank you for joining Die Cuttin Diva's

  25. Wow! That's amazing, Rupa! It's a stunner!
    thank you for playing with us at BGC #70!

  26. Wow! What a gorgeous project! Thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenge.

  27. Amazing that your armoire came from that box! I love how you've interpreted the Austrian one and how you intend to inspire your husband to purchase the larger version. if it works let me know - that may be a way forward for all of us! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  28. Fantastic project, thanks for linking up at the Sisters of Craft challenge blog. Good luck Gill DT

  29. Wow what a fabulous crafty creation - the colours are stunning and so well put together!! Thanks for playing along at Frilly and Funkie xx

  30. Fantastic creation, well done !