Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Books and Blooms!

Hello crafty friends..
Welcome to my page today.
Well another altered project for you today! This time I decided to give my 15 yr old wooden tray and some ceramic coasters a makeover...yes 15yrs! I wish I had taken a before pic!
It all started when a few crafty friends visited me last week and I happened to serve them tea and which is when I realized my poor little tray needs a new look, ...it just went unnoticed, lol!
I had this lovely vintage paper stack by Eno Greeting in my stash and had been wanted to use it in such a way that I get to see it every day ,lol...am I greedy here????
I also swished out an old mills and boon book as I love to have some text pages with my vintage projects!
I covered all the coasters with text pages and when dry water washed them with gesso to lighten the text.
Meanwhile, I prepped my old tray and painted it with chalky finish paints from deco art.
First gave a coat of yellow(Delicate) and then dry brushed in green(New life) to give a distressed look, will I have it any other way?
This lovely pattern pattern with vintage blooms and oooo! The circles, just stole my heart. I was so happy I could use the entire 12X12 paper except an inch gone!
 I inked the edges and then did some more script stamping on the pattern paper before adhering it.
Once modge podged, I gave it 4 coats of ultra matte varnish...no way was I going to spoil this, lol!
Next I took some stencils and worked my way on the sides of the tray, both inside and outside. 
This time I used the lovely peach color (smitten)from deco art to compliment the flowers! More circles here! I was done with the tray and pretty happy with it.
Coming back to the coasters...There were some bloom cutouts in the paper pad and I had them modge podged on all the coasters. I inked the edges of the coasters with the chalky finish paints and then gave 4 coats of the ultra matte varnish. I was done and happy again!


 Anyone for some tea....WELCOME home!

I would like to link this entire set to the following challenges...
Creative carte Blanche- book pages and blossoms
Country view Challenges- Have fun with circles

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crating and recycling.
Deco Art products used
Chalky finish paints- Delicate, Smitten and New life
Deco art modge podge
Deco art media Ultra matte varnish


  1. Lovely creations and thank you for joining us at Things to Alter

  2. A stunning makeover, this is a lovely set of coasters and tray.
    Yvonne xx

  3. Pretty makeover of the tray, Rupa! I like the sunny colors you used.
    Thank you for participating in our challenge "circles" at Country View Challenges!
    xx Evelyn

  4. Wow! What a fun tray, but I am totally in LOVE with those pretty coasters! How easy you made it sound. Yet how wonderful they turned out. So happy you joined us at Creative Carte Blanche. Fantastic project!

  5. Rupa...this is such a wonderful project! I adore your altered tray and the new coasters. What a great home decor project! I also love your choice in papers and paint colors. Polka dots always make me smile and pink ones really make me giddy! Your book text as the background for your coasters looks great! I love your flower cutouts against the book text. They work perfectly with the beautiful flowered paper that is the base of your new tray. You did a fantastic job! Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Carte Blanche.

  6. This is just gorgeous Rupa !! Love the cheerful colors and design , as usual, pretty and functional !!

  7. This is a brilliant make over and spot on our theme. I love it! Such a lovely idea and the result is stunning! Thanks so much for joining us this week at CCCB!

  8. I would buy those coasters in a heartbeat!! Just fantastic, great interpretation of this adventure!! Thanks for sharing this on Creative Carte Blanche.

  9. What a wonderful job you did! They look so pretty! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!

  10. What a wonderful project! Amazing!!!

  11. Wow - what a transformation! They look amazing and I particularly love the coasters and hope you don't mind me pinning them for inspiration. Thanks for joining in at City Crafter.

  12. Hi Rupa! Your altered tray and coasters are so HAPPY!!! They make me smile just to look at them. A truly fabulous transformation!!

  13. Love your project! Thanks so much for joining us for our July Anything Goes at Catch the Bug! I hope you join us next week for our Sixth Annual Christmas in July weeklong event you will find lots of inspiration and some wonderful prizes!

  14. Such a super lovely set, it really stole my heart, and I am pretty sure your guests will marvel at it!

  15. I have made coasters before as well. These are lovely and a great way to re-purpose your old tray and coasters.so glad to have found you through City Crafter Challenge Blog.

  16. This is fabulous, what a brilliant makeover! I'm with you, we should keep the good stuff for ourselves lol. Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a great week. Sue xx

  17. Hi Rupa, I need to ask you something about Bangalore. How can I reach you private please? You can send me an email to yahoo instead of my gmail. It is luckyUNDERSCORErupaATyahooDOTcom Thanks in advance.

  18. So glad you waited to alter that lovely tray and coasters! Beautifully done and perfect for this art adventure! Thanks so much for joining us at Creative Carte Blanche!

  19. Hi Rupa, would you please reply to my request if you don't mind? I will be visiting BLR in Sept and want to know about the local arts and crafts supply stores. Thanks and hope to hear from you.

  20. Hi Rupa, would you please reply to my request if you don't mind? I will be visiting BLR in Sept and want to know about the local arts and crafts supply stores. Thanks and hope to hear from you.