Tuesday, June 07, 2011

City Crafter Altered Jars

Hello and Good Morning to you all ....

Today we have a brilliant new challenge over at the City Crafter Challenge blog ... set by Kirsty  and this is a first for me ... I confess I have never altered a bottle or jar and have been dying to try it ... so thanks Kirsty for a great challenge! 
I loved each and every entry to last weeks' challenge ... you are all so talented ... makes picking winners soooo hard ... and I know the other DT feel just the same as me ... "Thank You" to all of you.

I had all sorts of ideas when I first heard what was in store this week and just couldn't decide ... so I went with 3 different ones ... I'll show you them first and then do a little explaining ... Warning ... there are lots of pictures!


First up I wanted to do a more ornate one ... and the bottle I had was kind of triangular in shape so covering it took a bit of figuring out and a few snips here and there ...


Once the covering was sorted it was just such fun to add all the little embellishments 


Scraps come in very useful here ... I covered the wooden heart with a scrap of paper added a key and a gem stone ... a scrap of hessian and tulle ... a sprig from a flower decoration, ribbon, butterfly and a piece of beading together with a TH ticket ... all glued and tied with twine ...


I also glued some trim where the joins in my paper are and used a sticker backed with card across the front ... and just so you can see the reverse ...


More pretty lace from a Pixie Dust Paperie kit ... who incidentally are kindly sponsoring us again this week 
For my second creation ...  I used a screw top jar and made a container for my pins with a pin cushion lid ... This was 'sew' simple to do ...


The pins originally came in little plastic containers with sponge lids ... so I used this sponge for my lid .. covering it with materials and gluing it to the jar lid with a couple of circles of tulle between the lid and the sponge top ...


I added some pretty lace to the rim of the lid and voila! 


... And those adorable little pins on top were made especially for me by Steph ... 'Thanks Steph ... I LOVE them" 

And finally a quirky and so easy one ... 


... Ok so some of you may recognise what this was ... it was originally a handwash and I loved the 3D fish effect so  I kept the empty container ...
I peeled the manufacturers label from the front ... (Tip ... to remove any sticky labels be it from a jar to a pair of new shoes ... use either a hairdryer or a heat gun and swipe it back and forth over the label for a minute and the label will just peel away in one go) ... The 3D effect is done by a piece of acetate being either stamped or in this case with stickers/transfers on being placed in the centre of the bottle ... mine is secured there using some coloured stones and sand ... the type you use to stand candles in or in vases to hold flowers ...
The back of the bottle also has a 'sea' sticker on and I used some silver glitter paper (self adhesive) over this ... I added some water too ... really to show you the effect  but you could leave it as it is ... 'cos when you come to change the water you will need to make sure you don't tip the stones etc., down the sink!


As a final touch I added some twine and made a sea effect tag complete with charm and pearls 




I had so much fun doing these ... I hope you are going to try one too ... why not pop over to CCCB and see what the rest of the DT and our amazing Guest Designer Sasya have created? ... Oh and Do take a visit to Sasya's blog ... Oh my goodness ... you will NOT be disappointed ( there's even a free tutorial and pattern for the cutest crocheted deer ... Awww!) ... 

Thanks so much for stopping by ... keep safe

~ Ros ~















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