Friday, 26 August 2016

Journey of a sweet box!

Good morning!
Welcome to my page today!
I am back with an altered project share. The other day a friend dropped by home and handed me a sack full...yes A SACK FULL of abandoned and discarded stuff from her home!
What more do I need...I had no words to thank her and could only think of the possibilities of what could happen to all this trash...even as she was pulling them out of the sack to show me, my mind was already dancing and my fingers itchy!
From that day I have been dishing out one thing at a time and transformed hem and now it was time to alter this cheap plastic frame she had pulled out from a sweet box decoration! 
This had no backing and the frame that was left had cracks too...but I was not giving up!
It gives me immense joy to actually altered such stuff and give them a new life and purpose! A few hours and it became this....
I was deeply influenced and inspired by a few challenges this month and knew exactly what was going to happen this frame, the moment it hit my craft table. It was destined to get transformed from a sweet box decoration to this shabby chic decor piece!
I prepped the frame with a coat of gesso and then worked with some stencils and texture paste. The place was limited, so kept it simple and waited for it to dry.
I then gave the base coat of teal by mixing some blue and green acrylic paints (Folk ART Multi surface paints) and as that dried went to create cracks. 
I used different methods here ... the one step crackle from deco Art, then it was the white glue technique and then finally some dry brushing and sanding too! I rubbed some archival brown to age it too!

Yes, all these brought out the age and weathered look keeping the chic element intact, lol! I covered the top with white paint and the peeps of teal from all the above crackling techniques just about added so much texture to the already existing ornate frame work!
Since it had no backing, I made one from a chipped wooden plank that I had. Created cracks on the exposed part and aged it with burnt amber too.
I took the focal point from the lovely paper pack from Bob and Betty (floral logs). Loved the lavenders, teals and the greens and blooms amidst the cracked and chipped wooden log!
This mage create some hand made blooms(which I had not been making for some time now) using my fav TH tattered florals die.
I kept the colors to lavender and teal using DI peacock feathers and seedless preserves. Some die cut leaves and a cherub using air dry clay were all the embellishments to go on the frame.
I mounted the frame on to the wooden backing and went about placing the flowers.
I had it as a top arrangement on a bed of bandage gauze and some white lace.
I made a little banner with chipboard and gave it the faux wood treatment using dry brushing and stamped in tie quote “ Bloomin’ Lovely” with Archival black and had some color splats and some brads on it.
A little nest using coconut coir and some little blooms in this corner makes it cozy and warm too!
The frame was ready to stand on its own, anywhere now showing off its new life!
I enjoyed making this totally shabby chic style project and making those blooms after long time was just so therapeutic.

Here is an aerial view...
I want to take this to the following challenges which inspired me...
Frilly and Funkie- Floral Infatuation
Anything But Cute- Shabby mood board
Blog Quick Quotes- create flowers
Crafty Boots Ch- Anything But A card
MOO MANIA- Natures beauty
A Vintage Journey- Stencil it
Thank you so much for stopping by today.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.


  1. What a beauty...simply superb!!
    Dr Sonia

  2. Ah fantabulous.loved d texture.

  3. Ah fantabulous.loved d texture.

  4. A fantastic project! Thank you for sharing us at MOO-MANIA & MORE -CHALLENGE!
    oxo Susi

  5. No Browns !! Loved the fresh colors on this one a lot ..Super Shabby chic makeover !

  6. gorgeous creation!!! Love the flowers!!! Thanks for joining us at Quick Quotes!

  7. love the beautiful shabby chic look Rupa !!

  8. Simply gorgeous! The upcycling queen does it again! I love your crackled distressed frame and the florals are perfect both 2D and 3D. Sorry to have been missing in action for so long, but it's nice to have a few moments to catch up a bit.
    Alison x

  9. Wow, this is gorgeous, it is hard to imagine it any other way than this. Amazing altering of such a basic item.
    Yvonne xx

  10. An absolutely stunning transformation. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  11. A lovely project.

    Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

  12. absolutely gorgeous! thank you for sharing with us at Quick Quotes this month!


  13. Rupa, I always get a silly grin on my face when I visit your blog...I believe we could be twins separated at birth...we both get excited when we find a new life for a discarded object. And I'm excited about your haul! AND what you have done with this one frame! Shabby gorgeousness! While I'm here, I will say thank you for taking the time to include this in our Shabby Garden Mood Board challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  14. I have to agree with you and Sara about found objects or piles of rubish. One persons trash really is another's treasure. Gorgeous design and details with this upcycled frame. Fantabulous textures and the background is the perfect setting for the images. Wowzers and awesome sauce!

    Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute for our "Shabby Garden" mood board challenge. Hugz. ~Niki DT

  15. This is out of this world beautiful! I love the amazing frame and how you aged it. Every detail works together beautifully. We truly appreciate you sharing with us at Anything But Cute. Hugs, Autumn

  16. Gorgeous vintage piece of art!! What a transformation! Thank you so much for playing along with us over at Quick Quotes - and Congrats on Top 3!!!

  17. This really is bloomin' lovely! I love to see old things given a new life, and you really did a magnificent job of reviving this tired old frame. The texture you've achieved is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing with us at The Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge!