Altered Suitcase

Hello Creative Friends!

Design Team member, Keri Sallee, here and today I have a unique project to share with you.

If you follow me here, on social media or know me in the “real world” you know my heart for an organization named Saving Grace that offers hope to girls who have aged out of foster care or are homeless.

The founder, Becky Shaffer, always comes up with these AMAZING and unique ways to help others. This year, for her birthday, she asked people…in leu of presents for herself…to buy a suitcase and a super fluffy blanket for a child in foster care. So many children who are placed in foster care after being removed from parental homes have nothing and what little they do have is usually placed in a trash bag. This was an opportunity to give these kids a little dignity during a very traumatic time in their lives.

And of course…being me…I couldn’t just give a “plain” suitcase. I had to AMP it up and I also wanted to brings words of encouragement to whomever received it.

Here is what I came up with:

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For this project I used:


To achieve this look, I used Puffy Paint from I LOVE TO CREATE dabbed through my stencils with makeup wedges.


The creases and bumps on the suitcase surface made it a little difficult to keep the stencil flat, but the makeup sponge allows you to still get a crisp image.

You can also see in a few places, I flipped my stencil over and used the residual paint as a “stamp” just to add some lighter clouds.IMG_1123

I layered a dark and a light blue Puffy Paint on top of my clouds, again with a makeup wedge.

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I continued this process with my “Word Association” stencil and black Puffy Paint for my words.


Later, I went back and added purple Puffy Paint accents and a little gesso on my black letters and clouds to add a little more POP. (you can see these accents in the first pictures.)

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and it inspires you to thing outside the box…or even outside the suitcase.


Keri Sallee

Design Team Member and Certified TCW Educator

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