Thursday, 31 August 2017

Plastic play with PLAID!

Hellooo...It's Thursday and am back with another tutorial today.

By now you all know my love for recycling and more so when I upcycle plastic, which are the real trouble makers to the land you agree???

It always gives me immense satisfaction if I can reduce atleast that little bit from land fill and why not if they can be given a beautiful second life...Here is what I am talking about. I have upcycled 4 fabric softener bottles this time!

Here is how they have become after some Plaid play!!

Let's get into the process..

I first removed the labels from the bottles, cleaned them and drilled holes on the bottom with a drilling gun. The holes enable proper water drainage as this is going to be a planter.

I then went about wrapping some cotton and jute chord on both sides of the bottles. I intend to use the horizontal space in the bottle.

I then decoupaged some tissue bits on the twine area with Mod podge. This is nice way to use up your tissue scraps too!

It was time to take out some chalk paints. I used vintage mustard for this bottle and used a sponge to color it.

 For another bottle, I mixed some chalk paint(patina) with Multi surface paint and worked on the decoupaged area.

For another set of bottles, I covered it with black chalk board paint from my stash.

I dry brushed some summer porch (chalk paint) on the black twine and it gave a beautiful effect!

Once all the bottles got painted, I covered them with OUTDOOR SEALER from Plaid. This will protect the planter from rain and shine! I also fixed some bottle caps as legs and they were good to go!

Once dry, I put in soil and potted some plants into it and watered it too! These now look amazing sitting pretty on my window sill!

Here is a look at each one of them...Do let me know your favorite! I love the one with the blue bird and the chalk board one with the writing (good day) in red!

The dry brushed one with money plant!

The caption says it all!

My current favorite is red and so this one definitely adds charm to my room!

The color blue is always soothing and if it has some delicate flowers and a guesses!!

Birds are always beautiful, what say???

Keep smiling!
Well, with that we come to the end of this post! I can't be happier than this to have transformed 4 plastic bottles today and more so because they lend some greenery inside my house!

This is to tell you that the chalk paints and multi surface paints adhere well to plastic bottles and I have used them directly onto the surface even without gesso.
So go ahead and experiment and lets see what is it that you can upcycle today.

I will see you soon with another plaid play.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Cafe Parisian Easy layout

Hello Friends, Good evening
I have been looking forward to playing with G45Cafe Parisian  since i first saw the sneak peeks and when I got these beautiful paper. Today i want to share very easy 8X10 layout.  

12X12 Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Paper pad. Click Here

Base i choose here white chipboard which i got from Crafters Corner, here is the link . 25 (size-12X12) piece in one pack

I cut it in to 8X10 size

Attaching G45 paper to chipboard 

Here is the fussy cut images of Cafe Parisian. 

Arranging or embellishing the image cuts should be opposite colors. So that will give more attractive. i haven't use much more other materials. Only G45 papers.

Thank for Stopping by today
I have more fun G45 projects in the works, so stay tuned! 

Friday, 25 August 2017


Hello everyone :-), 

It's been a small while since I posted something on CC blog. I have been busy with vacation trips, marriage in my home town Kerala. And Today i am back with another project for Graphic 45 inspiration series, If you haven't try with these beautiful papers, you should check G45 projects. You definitely love it.
For my project today, I decided to create a Tim Holtz configurations book box with Off To The Races Collection. Configurations boxes are great options when you want to use lots of mini decoration because there are so many spaces to work in!

Here's the cover. Lots going on here. burlap sheet, chipboard cuts, metal embellishments, ribbon and flowers.

Here's how i decorated book box
let's take a closer look at the details for my box cover.

These are the main brand materials....totally love it

This book boxes can arrange in different way. Check out the below image. 

I choose this configuration for my project. 

I happily got these beautiful burlap sheet from my home town. Its perfect match for this G45 collection. And I shared the video of all materials down of this blog post. Do check out. 

I used double side tape to stick the burlap on box cover.

I didn't fold the burlap sheet, i cut it on the edges.

Can you see that?

Next is 2nd layer covering, This one i did as like album covering. 

These boxes are already glued, but same time we can remove easily for our deisgn.  

For gluing this i used double side tape and glue gun for corner edges. 

G45 Off to the Roses collection is perfect match in black background. So i applied black gesso. 

Stick the light weight black card stock for box cover.

Start decorating each boxes with G45 paper and lots of metal charms, buttons, flower and G45 chipboard.

Once of the configuration box, i decorate with "Dusty attic" chip board frame. Coloring of that frame : Prima marketing acrylic paint with black gesso.  

For decorating front cover is always challenging to me :-), But G45 metal embellishment & Wycinanka cutouts help to get beauty of  my project. 

And here come the result

I hope you enjoyed my mini configurations book, with G45. Thanks so much for stopping by. I'd love to know what you think. Have you ever made a configurations book box before? What paper and theme did you use?

Project Details Video Clip

Supplies Used

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Faux metal and rust play with PLAID!

Hellooo and welcome to another Thursday!

My today's Plaid play is all about FAUX GALVANIZED METAL technique using chalk paints and then to give it a rusted finish using the Plaid texture paints in Dark rust and light rust.
I have upcycled a few items of this project and you can see it all in the video tutorial

Here is the entire family together!

It's so easy to do amazing faux techniques with the wide range of chalk paints available at Crafters Corner!
A closer look at the faux metal and rust look...

For the you tube link on the making of today's project, click here.

I hope you give this technique a try and do let me know your view on the same.
I will see you next week with another plaid play.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Products from Plaid

Liquid Leaf -silver
Chalk paint- sheep skin
Chalk paint- castle
Satin finish varnish
Dark rust - painted finishes
Light rust - painted finishes