Sunday, 12 July 2015

"WITH LOVE" from grandma

Hello Crafty peeps…
Welcome to my page and today I share with you my DT post for Anything But A card where the theme this month is Anything Goes and that’s undoubtedly the favorite for many. So get your crafty stuff out and hope to see you all play along.
As always, I have an upcyled, altered project in my favorite vintage theme.
Before I start to show you what it is , I want to know what is that one thing you can’t do without when you are travelling? For me, I need that little trinket/vanity box that can house all my accessories! I love to take a few complimenting sets of neck piece, earrings, bracelet and my watch! I love playing the mix n match game with these!
I decided to make one that is compact and durable to carry these. Here’s a biscotti box that underwent a cosmetic change
to become THIS…

I wanted to replicate one of those antique, old, vintage hand me down treasures from grandma type of a box! This box was originally a glossy grey one which of course, I was going to change but I liked was the inside. It had these cute little compartments which was perfect for this project.
Step 1 – I was clear I wanted the paper from Ideology “lost and found” paper pack and also took complimenting fresco colors from paper Artsy.
After a coat of gesso, I went about sponging the colors in layers till I liked what I saw. I had a lovely, grungy wooden like box and I was already beginning to love the texture the sponge had created. I have used Chutney and Tikka from paper artsy to get this lovely color!
Step 2- Once the colors dried, I took damask stencil from TCW and some Wendy Vecchi embossing paste and covered the top of the lid. I wish I had used gold embossing paste, but never the less, once it dried I placed the stencil again and rubbed Inka Gold. I wanted a subtle highlight of gold and so used old gold here. I like the way it blends with the woody colors. Next I took out some metallic black acrylic colors and created random polka dots all over the box. This gave the feminine look to the box.
Step 3- I have used the 4 X 4 paper from the pack and was happy it just fit the base. Before adhering the pages, I stuck some black lace in random spots and then created tears in the PP…the antique, worn out look you see! Some ore Inka gold in the crevices and then I inked all the edges with Archival black ink and Potting soil to really age the box and the paper.
Step 4- For the embellishments I made a layered TH tattered florals flower with black CS and heat embossed the edges with gold . The Sizzix flousih die cut too is from black CG and has some gold highlights. 
I created the same wood like strip on black CS and heat embossed TH Artistry sentiment in black. I have distressed the edges and ripped it too. The ornate metal pull out too has been aged with old gold highlights.
 A few coconut shell buttons with gold run ons adorns the front the box.
Ready to open my grandma’s treasure???
Here it is…
Step5- I have kept the same colors scheme here too but have stenciled the damask here with archival black. You can see the gold highlights here too.
 I decided to keep some grandmas memoralia here…and so this pic from the photo booth crumpled to get the aged look. Along with that I have pinned some tickets and a small post card stamped with Itsy Bitsy stamp on coffee stained paper. The black border is a memory box die. Family ties it is…as I told you, I wanted this to look like one of grandma’s treasured box!
Step 6- I sponged the same colors on the compartments and rubbed in Inka gold. The little boxes are covered with some marbled wrapping paper . I liked what I saw finally and here it is with all little thinks I cant do without when I am travelling.
This is going to my travel companion in future and I will always treasure this antique piece from Grandma. Lol!
Do let me know your views and thank you stopping by today. I hope this inspires you to play along.
 I would like enter my grandma’s box in the following challenges…
A VintageJourney – Destinations
Make ART challenge blog- use polka dots
Un rulypaper arts- family ties
Stamps and stencils -happy holidays
art by miran Ch blog -Ag
Craft Stamper magazine- Ag use a stamp
Polkadoodles ch blog- add some embossing
Crafting by Designs - re use/Re cycle
STAMPlorations Ch blog- Mixed media but no card
Until my next Creative journey,
Happy Crafting and Re cycling,


  1. Stunning Rupa, love the embellishments and texture.
    Linda xxx

  2. A true treasure . Love it. Antique look is just stealing me away

  3. A true treasure . Love it. Antique look is just stealing me away

  4. A true treasure . Love it. Antique look is just stealing me away

  5. Love this beautiful box, so many details, love the vintage pic and the postcard Rupa !!

  6. A stunning altered box, love the antique, vintage look, a super place to store special items.
    Yvonne xx

    1. Back to thank you for joining us at Stamps and Stencils.

  7. Rupa... this is just gorgeous.... I love the addition of the little polka dots... It's amazing what one little thing like that will do for a project.... What a beautiful piece. And I love the ideas of putting the stencil back on and then applying the Inka Gold.... I will try this !

  8. Rupa... this is just gorgeous.... I love the addition of the little polka dots... It's amazing what one little thing like that will do for a project.... What a beautiful piece. And I love the ideas of putting the stencil back on and then applying the Inka Gold.... I will try this !

  9. This is amazing! Thanks for the step by step!

  10. This is amazing! Thanks for the step by step!

  11. This is amazing! Thanks for the step by step!

  12. Super lovely project. Thank you so much for joining us at Polkadoodles.
    Naz XX

  13. Wonderful transformation of a grey box into a beautiful vintage trinket box :)

  14. Happy you're with us in the TIMI challenge from the Craft Stamper. Gorgeous project!
    xxx Ellie Knol xxx

  15. Really a wonderful grandma treasure box !!! Congrats Rupa !!! It is fabulous, I love these fantastique colours, the flower, and all details!! sublime ! Big hugs from Spain, Caty.

  16. Absolutely amazing Rupa!! I actually thought it was a trinket box from an antique shop! Silly me, I should know better than that, this is Rupa we are talking about here!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the transformation! The flower, the damask design, the metal bits...stunning from tip to tip! hugs :)

  17. Wow! A fantastic piece of altering Rupa! . You have turned an ordinary box into a beautiful and useful piece of art! Thank you for sharing this with us over at Stamps and Stencils toni x

  18. Oh wow what a transformation. Stunning detail. Thanks for sharing with us at Polkadoodles Use Some Embossing challenge this week.
    Aunty Sue
    Polkadoodles DT

  19. Thank you for taking part in our Art by Miran challenge, your project is so delightful and delicate,
    and is a joy to look at .. good luck hugs tracy

  20. What a fabulous transformation. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge .... good luck! Linda xx

  21. What a lovely vintagey and posh transformation, Rupa!! With all of its gilded opulence, it's hard to believe its simple beginnings!! Definitely a treasure from Grandma to be cherished :) :) Thank you so much for bringing this to Jenny's Destinations challenge this month at A Vintage Journey!! It's always good to see you!! XOXO-Shari

  22. love the box that you created - thanks for sharing your beautiful project at the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge

  23. So pretty much to look at and you write all the little details to and one feels one is actually creating along with you. You are tempting me to get the inka gold..was resisting so far!

  24. Beautiful box Rupa ! Love how you've created such a gorgeous aged look. Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Sue C x

  25. Hello Rupa, your altering are always amazing! Thank you for joining us at the TIMI CraftStamper challenge :-)

  26. What a transformation - the golden rusty colour is fabulous (must investigate Tikka and Chutney!)... fab recycling.
    Alison xx

  27. Your design is beautiful thank you for joining us on our challenge at Art By Miran
    We hope to see you again soon

  28. Such a great project and perfect for our challenge of Use some Embossing over at PolkadoodlesThis time.
    Jenny x

  29. What an alteration!!! LOVE every detail, and all the goodies in it!

  30. Ohhhh wow - this is totally BEAUTIFUL Rupa - and out of a box too. Just WONDERFUL. Love the colors especially. Oh and the picture/postcard inside is perfect too. Just really FABULOUS. j.

  31. You transformed this plain box into a lovely place to house your jewelry when you travel Rupa! What great techniques you used on it - thanks for joining us in the AVJ challenge! Julia xx

  32. Wow Rupa....this is such a fabulous altered piece. Wonderful details and so practical too. Its great to have you join in with us at A Vintage Journey this month.
    Best wishes

  33. You made a great transformation Rupa! Yes, I love the compartments to hold your special items and I like the way you designed the box into vintage style. Thank you for sharing step by step how-to. So to answer your question, I must bring a craft magazine and a small bag of some pp, scissor and glue to make folded flowers and the like; hate to loiter the time, lol. Thank you for entering STAMPlorations July Mixed Media Challenge. I hope to see you again next month. Have a nice day :)
    STAMPlorations Mixed Media DT
    Qinaahana Arts and Crafts {My Blog}

  34. An amazing change! Love the whole look of this Rupa. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

  35. Rupa you always manage to make the ordinary - extraordinary! What an amazing transformation and a fabulous useful item for your holidays too. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our Destinations challenge. Jennie x

  36. Beautiful box and very good attention to detail. Stunning... Thank you for joining us at Stamps and Stencils..
    Sharon x

  37. What an absolute beauty your box is! So many gorgeous details and I adore that wonderful layered bloom! Apologies for my late visit but thanks for joining us at Stamps & Stencils. Julia x

  38. Lucky me to receive this box ..:) its even more beautiful in real.. :)