Saturday, 12 December 2015

A year end gift!

Hello crafty friends..
Welcome to my page today. I have another re cycling project today but before that, I would like to share some good news with you.
Yesterday was a dream come true moment to see myselffeatured in our city edition newspaper as a “CREATIVE RE CYCLER”. 

How true it is that if each one of us did our bit on re cycling, we can definitely contribute to the climatic changes in the environment. I wish this breed of crafters grow and people start to buy and make more handmade stuff.
Now, onto what I have recycled today! Here it is...
With these ingredients, I decided to make something as a yearend gift for my husband. He has a habit of keeping his things where ever his hands reach out to, lol! I hope you get the picture and every day there is a hide and seek and searching session!
With year coming to an end, I thought he should be done with this habit and I have decided to make a caddy style box for him to keep his little still have time to guess what it is!
Here is my gift to him...
I have altered the liquor carton by working on it horizontally and creating an opening and a flap for closure!
I have used the lovely Tim Holtz “Lost and Found” paper pack which was the perfect one for this project, you will see why.
Once the outer box was lined with the paper, I have given some texture to the lid by adding a layer of tissue and then worked on it with Prima Clocks stencil and some home made texture paste. Have you still guessed what the box is???
The coloring of the lid was a happy accident. I started coloring with acrylics without giving a coat of gesso and realized the colors were very translucent and I could still see the print on the carton! That’s when I ran some gesso on the wet color and voila! I just loved the streaky shaded colors of green, yellow and white. I loved it to bits and recreated the same mistake on the inside of the lid too! Of course the box had to be inked with walnut stain for that old look and some crushed olive for some brightness in the base!
For the caddy style, I attached a wooden handle but not before altering it too! It was shiny brown and I sponged in thick gesso first and then gave coats of rusty hinge and vintage photo DP. I have stamped some script on it too and have stained the edges with Walnut stain.
A few tags on TIME adorn the handle...just a reminder to him on the value of time! 
On the flap I have used die cut buttons as embellishments. Any guesses on what it is before I open the box...
Here we go...
Yes! It’s a WATCH BOX! Now we will save time everyday looking for the right one! It’s all going to stay in place here! 
They sit snuggly inside on a long pillow that I hand stitched using an old pair of jeans and some sponge that are remains from my carpentry stash!
And before you ask me ...along with the box, one of the watches is  NEW too! Now that’s a pretty good one for a year end gifting right??? This should ensure my free flow of crafting goodies in the coming here, lol!
Thank you so much for stopping by and do leave your comments on the watch box. If it can house a bottle of liquor wit care, so can it hold these tiny treasures with all the warmth and care, what say???
Oh can carry it around too!
I would like to enter the following challenges with it...

Alphabet challenge- V for Vintage
Fun Friday Challenge- Ag
Until my next creative journey,
Happy Crafting and re cycling,


  1. COngrats for your published are no wonder so good at recycling Rupa!! Also, I loved your current project..the watches found an amazing home! :)
    Suchi xx

  2. Rupa once again a big congrats on being featured in print and what a beauty you have churned up...Especially love the handle
    Dr Sonia

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  4. U are so creative Rupa. ..truly amazingly blessed with creativity. .love all ur works..keep it congratulations on being featured in print..way to go

  5. Congratulations on being featured Rupa !! The watch box is amazing, love how you made it like a caddy , what did you use for the closure Rupa ??

  6. A big congratulations to you Rupa!! Your watch box is incredible, what a creative recycle project! hugs :)

  7. Congrats Once again Rupa ! Fantastic box o hold the watches !

  8. Congratulations Rupa. The watch box is a fantastic gift idea and it looks great.
    Yvonne xx

  9. Unbelievably wonderful. That color on the lid is too good indeed. Each detail is so very creative Rupa :*

  10. What a gorgeous box to give this gift in! Love how beautifully you decorated this and the colors are fantastic! Thank you for playing in our Funday Friday challenge!
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  11. Congratulations on your publication in the local paper. A great recycle with your hubby box. He is going to love it. What a great idea. TFS and joining us this week at Jo's for Funday Friday

  12. Congratulations!!
    This caddy style box is amazing!! & a perfect gift!

  13. Great gift, Rupa! Love how this turned out! Thanks for sharing it with us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  14. What a clever make Rupa! And also saThanks for playing our challenge at Simply Papercraft

    DT Member

    ving the environment!

  15. Congrats on your publication, I hope your framing this for the wall ! Love your watch box a wonderful inventive idea.
    Hugs Julie x

  16. How cool to be recognised for your innovative recycling - I know I always love seeing your astounding upcycling/makeovers/refurbishings... and this watch case is another great example.
    Alison xx

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