Saturday, 9 April 2016

Girls wanna have fun!

Hello crafty friends..
Welcome to my page today. Its getting warmer by the day here but I had great joy in doing this project as always... its a trash to treasure one, (do I know anything else at all!!!).
Off late I have been doing a lot of masculine project and so this time decided to pamper myself! Its vacation time here and I plan to travel soon and isn’t that a time to flaunt too...and so I made myself a little suitcase to carry all those “strictly womanly stuff” will see in the end, lol!
This time I looked around my store room and spotted this DIY craft packaging box, quite sturdy and ready to take on what I had in mind and so it reached my craft table along with an old Mills and Boon!
And after some time became this.....
Here is how it went...
Step1- It was a vertical closure box and I had to play around a bit and make if a horizontal one with the flap opening like a suitcase. Once that was done, I gave a generous quote of gesso and planed my next course of action. 
I had this lovely vintage wrapping paper in soft pastel shades which I thought would be perfect. I wanted something subtle and not too flashy! I inked the paper with tea dye and painted the box with chalky finish
Step 2- I cut out the wrapping paper with the images of the bird, lovely blooms and the vintage gramophone and a perfume bottle...It felt like a dream already!
Once that was decoupaged, I worked with my new stencil from Deco art and my homemade texture paste. The stenciled flowers start from where the decoupage ends and I carried it to the sides of the box too. Once that dried, I spritzed some walnut stain DS and dried it with a heat gun. It found the crevices easily and added a lovely vintage look to the box.
Step 3- I fixed the metal closures for the box and worked on the handle. I ran a thick CS thru an embossing folder and then gessoed and painted and it and then gave a few coats of varnish to make it sturdy like leather and then rubbed it with de co art metallic lustre in fushia and gold! Fixed it with a brad and lo!  Some metal charms..a pair of heels, a comb and wings...and I was ready to fly with this!
Step 4- As part of embellishments, I made the corner strips for the box using CS and did the faux leather technique in dull grey colors and attached it to the box with some faux stitching too! The top of the box is an altered key using TH alterations die and I aged it up with crackle paste and DS, fixed a metal flower and then a shabby resin rose and some 2 toned paper twine along with a pearl, phew! The label says it all and that gave me the mojo to work on the inside!
So let’s open the Pandora’s box!
Here we go....
Step5- The inside lid is lined with pages from an old Mills and boon and I altered a little my new credit card, lol...more shopping! I covered the envelope with the same wrapping paper and covered the flap with a doily and attached it to the box. 
This can hold my secret bills! A lace flower sprit zed with milled lavender and a velcro closure seals it. One more label for the lady and  a few tiny wooden pegs on the lid to hold some paper slips and girlie pics...just made me smile actually!
Step6- The inside of the box was lined with wrapping paper too and inked it with tea dye DI. The crochet lace on the rim just added to the womanly factor and I placed a text doily in the center and sealed the base with an sheet so that it doesn’t get soiled inside. The edges of the entire box were rubbed with metallic lustre gold and some fuchsia here and there.
That’s the pretty suitcase all set to be loaded...let’s see the “strictly womanly stuff” ,lol!
There you more time...
There is room for all of this and more!
Ta ta...My new companion for the vacation! I will see you soon.
I wish to enter this suitcase in the following challenges...

Stamps and Stencils- Trash to Treasure (you bet, my new buddy now!)
A Vintage Journey- Spring is in the air ( with all the pastel shaded and the flowers all around! )
Things to alter – Ag,Add a bird ( can you hear it sing near the gramaphone,l ol)
Craft Stampers magazine – Spring flowers ( loads of them)
Lessology- snail mail revolution( gosh, if not for that credit card! )

Thank you so much for stopping by and
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling,
Deco Art products used-
Deco art decoupage glue
Chalky finish paint- Vintage
Deco art matte varnish
Deco Art metallic lustre- Radiant red and fab Fuchsia

Deco art stencil- re usable stick on stencil, Arabian tile


  1. Its Superb !!Loved teh altered girly frilly envelope ad the beautiful textures on the suitcase !

  2. Lovely suitcase! A pretty companion to carry anywhere :) The textures on the cover page and the soft pastel shades looks fabulous!

  3. Gorgeous Rupa! Amazing idea for a recycling project. Love the vintage feel of this one! hugs :)

  4. What a beautiful suitcase, Rupa! Love your dreamy colours and a vintage feel to it! Amazing stencil work!
    Thank you for joining in our challenge at Stamps and Stencils this month! Branka DT x

  5. Wow, you have some awesome ideas to recycle things. This case now looks gorgeous.
    Yvonne xx

  6. Absolutely Amazing !! Very girly & gorgeous !!

  7. Aha! Rupa you're the queen of recycling. Fantastic transformation wonderful vintage style to your suitcase. Thank you for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Toni x

  8. Wow! It's stunning, Rupa! You put so much time to alter it and it was worth of it!
    Warm greetings!

  9. Very lovely Rupa, I really like the vintage feel and the colors and detail is wonderful. You are right, girls do want to have fun. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

  10. Now this is a suitcase I would carry with pride and delight! Awesome sauce upcycle and details. The use of the paper is genius and that gramophone is fantabulous! Wonderful design! ~Niki

  11. Wow! This is a work of art.. just gorgeous! Love all of the elements and that envelope is beautiful! So glad you joined us at Lessology this month!

  12. Wow. This turned out fabulous! LOVE the attention to little details....what a fabulous little companion for your trip!

    Thanks for joining us at LESSology!

  13. Wow this is fabulous and love all that detail that has gone in to this. Thank you for joining us at Things to Alter

  14. What a fabulous project and a great piece of recycling. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  15. That is just so pretty, love the step by step, thanks for joining us at things to alter
    Jac x

  16. OMG, this is utterly, utterly gorgeous, so much work, but WOW, what a result. Thank you for sharing with us at Things to Alter, best of luck, hugs Avril DT.

  17. Stunning transformation and I just love how you've used the stencil layer over the decoupage. It ties everything together so beautifully. Very creative! Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Julia x

  18. How lovely, Rupa - gorgeous transformation! Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  19. This is such a brilliant project! I cannot believe what treasure you've created from this trash! Lovely details, especially the stenciling along the sides. What fun! Thanks a bunch for sharing with us at Stamps & Stencils! Hugs, Autumn

  20. Always enjoy seeing your step photos....what an absolute smasher of a project. Totally transformed to something both useful AND pretty! Thanks for sharing with us at LESSology:):)

  21. Your upcycled/recycled projects are always fabulous. You put so much detail and charm into them, they are a visual treat! TFS.

  22. Jaw well and truly dropped... this looks like something you'd pay big bucks for in one of those chichi design boutiques - wow!
    Alison x

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