Monday, January 25, 2016

Altered Treat Jar with Butterfly

Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a decorated jar I upcycled to use as a treat jar for a girlfriend.  Oh, yum!!!

The star of the show today is a lovely Serendipity - Floral Butterfly that I die-cut from some orange Add a Little Dazzle - craft metal. (A few months ago, I bought a grab bag of odd-sized scratch and dent scraps when Monica was having a huge clearance sale in preparation for going out of business. I was hoping the grab bag would contain some different colors of the metal sheets that I didn't already have. Yay!! I got a bunch of new colors!! And best of all, they have decided to continue selling their craft metal, but with a more limited inventory.) This wonderful product is perfect for intricate die-cuts that might fall apart with a less substantial material....(like this did when I tried it with some vellum!!! EEEK!!) I am entering this in Mrs. A's "Butterfly + I is for Inks" Challenge.

Is there anyone else besides me who uses baby wipes, paper towels, or tissues for paint and ink clean-up....and then SAVES those colorful sheets for future projects???? Well that is what I used to cover this upcycled jar. I had some scraps of pretty orange ink-stained tissues that I Mod Podged on for a background and let dry overnight. This is for some of the "I is for Inks" part of the Butterfly Challenge.

Next, I dusted several colors of Perfect Pearls onto it...Sour Apple, Mandarin, and Biscotti....and misted it gently with water to set the powder. After the misting was dry, I took a fluffy brush and whisked the excess away and blended the rest of it together for a shimmery look. I love how the texture of the tissue shows with this fun technique.

I had some pretty floral wired ribbon from Terri at Terri's Making Cards. She sent this to me some time ago and I had not yet found just the right place for it. She also gave me the gorgeous dangling pearl trim. Both of these were just what I was needing for this project!!  (THANKS, Terri!!!)  

Can you see the pretty Memory Box - Gwyneth Flourish behind the butterfly? I cut it from watercolor paper that was dyed with my inky marker water refill experiment. :) This also counts for the I is for Inks.  

I prepared the lid by covering it with several coats of gesso and then rubbing with some Tangerine and Gold Gelatos and a bit of Mod Podge for sealing. I die cut some scraps with my Sizzix - Circles, Scallop and Paper Smooches - Gift Tags Dies and finished it with a bow made of crinkly ribbon.

Hope you like my altered jar.  I will fill it with candy as part of a little birthday gift for one of the gals.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely week!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Mrs. A's Butterfly Plus I for Ink Challenge.
3. Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #51 - T is for Technique (I tried out a new technique for me with Mod Podge and Perfect Pearls)


Mrs A. said...

Hi Janis pleased to say that no your not alone. I safe all my used baby wipes . Have even requested friends send me theirs!! Great finish on your jar. I loved reading how it all came together. Super colour. Thankyou for fluttering by my inky challenge. Hugs Mrs A.

Dee's Craft Room said...

Fab upcycled jar Janis. You have used some fascinating techniques to get the effects, I must try to remember how you did them. Thank you for joining in the fun with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


Lisette Baker said...

What a beautiful transformation. I love the colours and the pearl trimming. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

Jane Willis said...

Absolutely stunning, I love the use of the baby wipes and the metal butterfly is gorgeous. What a gorgeous gift for your friend

Stampsnob. said...

Gorgeous How pretty that would be o a shelf just out of reach......Lis

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Boy, did you ever put that stuff to perfect use!! Great job.

Bad Kitty said...

this is amazing!
Bad Kitty's Craftroom

Lindsey said...

This is a jar of gorgeous, technique-y delight! So very pretty. Thanks for joining the fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

wannabcre8tive said...

A very beautiful project. Your friend will love it.

Di said...

Fabulous!! What a result Janis. And I can vouch that Mrs A asks for friends to send her their used baby wipes - I keep forgetting though :(


Di xx

Sally Dodger said...

A fabulous idea to upcycle the jar. I love how you have used the Inky tissues as a background layer and the beautiful butterfly is so delicate. A really pretty colour scheme and great embellishments. Thanks for joining our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers. Sally.x.

Donna said...

Beautiful project, what a lovely and thoughtful gift for your friend! Thanks for joining the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for "T is for Technique"

Karenladd said...

Wow are the queen of mixed media!! You have such a talent for combining materials and making magic. That printed ribbon looks so luscious against the dyed and pearlized tissue paper and everything showcases your gorgeous metallic die cut butterfly. This upcycled jar would hold no less than fairy dust!

Violent Kittie said...

Beautiful up cycled jar! I don't save those things. I hoard enough crafty items and we move due to the husbands job every 2-3 years. I can just imagine him opening a box of paper towels or baby wipes! Thanks for playing along with the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for our "T" is for Technique challenge!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful jar. I adore that butterfly die and the colours are simply wonderful. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.


Rocky said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely altered jar with us at Altered Eclectics. The craft metal butterfly is gorgeous and a great idea for intricate dies.

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Gorgeous jar!

Maarit (GDT Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers)