Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Grungy Suitcase

Hello crafty friends..
Welcome to my page today. I am sooo relieved and done with my house painting! It started at the beginning of the year and ended on valentine’s eh??? Great timing and so decided to make something for Mr. Hubby! A kind of “thank you” no not valentines!
As always I love masculine projects, I love recycling, I love grunge, I love browns and tan, I love metal, I love leather, and I love denim too and wait...I love wood too!
With all my “loves” in mind, here is what I recycled...
And here is what I made of it...
Lets jump start to the procedure...
Step1- I went about making some alterations to the box to suit my needs, like the opening and the closure. I wanted the leather and denim fav when it comes to men, lol! (wink, wink)...
So, for the lid, I covered it with tissue and modge and when dry did the “faux leather” using DP rusty hinge, vintage photo and walnut stain and when dry, applied archival black on the raised areas( creases from the tissue) and inked the edges  with archival potting soil.
Step2- I used a few metal embellies for the corner. Stamped images of these grungy macho men on Kraft CS and heat embossed in black and gave it the leathery feel too! 
Just so to soften their looks, I have used a metal charm that says ”hand made with love” hanging from the pocket and for the other gentle men, have use heart buttons for his vest! LOVE it.... A faux leather label with a TH sentiment and faux stitching finds itself in another corner!
Step3- For the base of the box...I just ripped an old jean to my hearts content and covered the base and for the rim, I dint spare the waist band too! And what a co incidence my waist size was a perfect fit to cover the box all around! Now is that a compliment...keep guessing my waist size now...wink, wink!
I also attached metal brads as legs for the box and used metal clasp closures and a little handle so that it can be carried around too!
Time to open up the box!!! Remember, I said, I love wood....

Step 4- Voila, the box opens up....and you see a mini suit case inside!
 I have lined the inside base with wood grains paper from our very own Indian brand, Papericious. I love the earthy macho looks it adds to the interior of the box!
For the top lid, I spent a whole day working on it! I wanted a typical functioning suitcase? Keepsake box and so continuing the faux leather created an accordion panel to stack up papers and important documents!
I also created the ribs for holding the pen/pencil and yes...a little “message” scrolled inside the bottle too!
A few motivating quotes from TH and my little suitcase is ready to travel where ever hubby dear wants to take it!
Well that’s brings to the end and I had a great time working on this project with all the “loves” of my life, lol! With so much love wrapped around, this is one sturdy box now!
I would like to enter the following challenges ...
Things to alter- AG not cute
Emerald Creek dares- Bloggers scramble
The ABC Challenge- B for box
Creative Artist- AG with mixed media
Loves 2 create- AG mixed media
Thank you so much for stopping by today.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.


  1. WOW Rupa !! falling short of words !!

  2. Ummmm where have you been hiding!! This is FANTASTIC! Thank you for entering our challenge. Seriously amazing.

  3. Wow, what can I say it is FANTASTIC.
    Yvonne xx

  4. Absolutely wonderful work! I love your recycle project! Brilliant! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara

  5. Your creation is gorgeous, love the denim used.
    thanks for joining our challenge at
    Debbie DT

  6. Best use of old blue jeans, EVER!!! What a great idea Rupa, and the finished work is incredible! I love how your mind works! hugs :)

  7. So much detailing and you really excel at masculine projects!

  8. wow amazing makeover! Awesome awesome awesome. Really love how you upcycled the jeans, wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing at Things to Alter!~kim

  9. Gorgeous Project !
    Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Monthly chalkenges, and good luck !

  10. Hi
    Lovely card
    thanks for joining us at ABC challenge
    hugs Lisbeth
    DT-ABC challenge

  11. I LOVE this briefcase! the whole alteration is brilliant! WOW!! I am sure your hubby loves it too!he is a lucky guy! :-)

    Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and congratulations! you have been chose to be in the Designer Spotlight! :-)

    Lols x x x

  12. This is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Congratulations on being selected as our Designer Spotlight!
    Awesome creation! Hugs Zoey

  13. Gorgeous piece of work you have created I love it...
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog, we hope to see you join in again...

    Hugs Rhonda DT & Owner

  14. Great project. Love everything about it. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  15. Great idea! :-)
    Thank You for joining our challenge at Scrapki-wyzwaniowo :-)

  16. You are amazing! love Your altered art! thank You for playing along with Scrapki-wyzwaniowo!

  17. wow just love this, what a transformation, love the inside pockets, thank you so much for joining in with our first challenge at Things to Alter.

    Jac x

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