Thursday, May 11, 2017

Butterfly Challenge - Altered Treat Jar

Hi, Friends.....

I am here with an altered treat jar that I made for Mrs.A's Butterfly Challenge. The theme this fortnight is Butterfly/ies plus D is for Decoupage &/or the Color Gold. I hadn't made a mixed media monstrosity for quite awhile, but I couldn't resist when I saw the word "decoupage"!!

Out came all my supplies..............

I had this old crumpled-up metallic gold doily that I couldn't bear to throw away.  It was perfect for adding to my jar!!  I cut it into separate medallions and circlets.  I did the same thing with another jumbled-up ivory colored doily (not shown).  It didn't matter that the doilies were damaged....some parts were torn or missing and both of them were wrinkled.  The imperfections are not even noticeable and the decoupage medium smoothed out all the crumples.  Yay!   The green tissue is upcycled from a gift I received.  The text paper is from an old falling apart book of poetry quotations from the free box at my local thrift store. 

"Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness."
                   ---Oliver Wendell Holmes

I wish I could remember who gave me this lovely ribbon with the above quote on it. I have quite a bit of it and this is the first time I have used it. (If you want some, send me a note or tell me in the comments!) The quote fit perfectly around the circumference of this jar! 

The pretty scalloped ribbon that I layered over the lower edge of the quotation ribbon was from a sampler that May Arts sent me. It is self-adhesive and, oh, so very easy to apply!!! <3

The rose and butterfly die cuts were off the bargain rack at Joann's ages ago. The cardstock is kind of thin, so they worked very well with decoupage. I put a thin layer of gesso over the die cuts and then used my Faber-Castell Big Brush markers to outline the images.


I was surprised to get almost a steampunk look from these doily medallions. They unexpectedly look a bit like gears. I wasn't going for that look at all...and with all the flowers and ribbons, it isn't really noticeable in the finished project. It sure did look like it with just the gold medallions on, though!

Oooops......I applied a little too much gesso over my rose and butterfly images, so I rubbed bright pink gelatos over them and also went over the darker shaded portions with a dark maroon colored Faber-Castell Big Brush pen.

I used a huge variety of flowers from my stash: lots of Prima flowers and many from thrift stores and ones that crafty friends have sent me in stash pruning prizes. Love them all!!

Oh, I meant to mention that one of my favorite new-to-me products is one I found at Walmart.... Simply Acrylic - Gloss Medium. (Apparently out of stock online atm...but I got mine in the brick and mortar store.) It was very economical and fabulous for decoupaging the shiny metallic gold doily parts because it didn't dull the gleam. :)

I pieced together a ring of the trimmings from the ivory doily to put on the rim of the lid for a lacy look.

Hope you enjoyed my jar. Projects like these don't come together super-fast, but they are so much fun to make! And they are great stash-busters!!! :) Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you will join in the fun at the Butterfly Challenge!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this altered jar in the following challenges:
1. Mrs.A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly/ies plus D is for Decoupage &/or the color Gold

2. Crop Stop May Challenge Linky Party #28 - Anything Goes using a product or company CS carries 
 (I used a foam brush with my Plaid - Royal Coat decoupage medium and Prima flowers)
3. Dare2BArtzy - Girly Challenge
4. Cut it Up Challenge #121 - Wings (must use die cuts, store-bought okay)
5. Alphabet Challenge - D for Decoupage
6. CardzTV Mailbox Smiles Anything Goes Challenge #1


  1. Hi this is absolutely stunning. Thank you for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog challenge D for Decoupage. Hugs Jackie (DT)

  2. Oh wow! What a great way to use scraps/bits and pieces/an "duds" from other projects!! What a lovely jar you've created!
    Thanks for linking up to the Cropstop blog each month - and for the sweet comments you leave!
    BTW - Make sure you enter the Cropstop giveaway before May 24th!

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  3. Wow, cool project!!!! Thanks for entering the Dare 2B Artzy May Challenge! :) -Tasha

  4. Pure brilliance using the crumpled and torn doily. I love your altered jar design. Just perfect for my challenge. Thankyou for fluttering into the butterfly garden . Hugs Mrs A.

  5. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Cut It Up, good luck!!! Amy DT

  6. When I saw the Butterfly challenge, with decoupage as the technique, I thought immediately of you! You have such a knack (and such fun) playing with all your mixed media, so I knew you'd jump right in. What a great, creative way to use those crumpled, torn doilies. I personally find it nearly impossible to throw out pretty paper, no matter how tattered, so I get it completely. The butterflies and flowers make this a beautiful springtime project, and the recipient is going to love it. I can almost smell the fragrance of the blooms.

  7. So glad you had so much fun making your jar project. It turned out beautifully!

    Thanks for joining us for our Wings challenge at Cut it Up!



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