Thursday, May 19, 2011

Butterfly Kisses/Altered Jar

This week at Creative Inspirations Paint our inspiration is butterflies.  I love butterflies and many of the plants in my garden were chosen to draw them to our yard.

One of my favorite songs is "Butterfly Kisses" and I used that as my inspiration for this project.   I love making small decor items that I can tuck into little corners here and there.  Recently, I have fallen in love with altered bottles.  This one is an antique jar that has a metal wire to hold the lid on securely.

I used lots of lace, seam binding, an old necklace, a flower I made from some ivory and pink flower petals I had left over from a wedding project.

The butterflies are a Spellbinders die; love those butterflies!  I very lightly distressed them with distress inks and then spritzed them with some glimmer mist I made with my Creative Inspirations Paint 'Fairy Dust', one of my favs.  I use (approx.) 20% water, 80% alcohol, and a few drops of paint.  I  LOVE using these paints as glimmer mist; so super sparkly!  You can see the sparkle on the flower.  Awesome!

I printed the lyrics for the song, cut them out with some decorative scissors, inked them, and placed them in the jar, along with some lace, seam binding, and the word 'love' in several different languages.

Here is a better pic of my handmade flower. Love how it turned out.

And, I just couldn't resist; I had to add a picture with my granddaughter!   This is one of my fav baby pictures.  Can't believe she has now graduated from high school!  Where did the time go?

Thanks so much for visiting and have a blessed day!

Challenges I would like to enter
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge:  make your own blooms
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge:  anything goes
The Pixie Cottage:  sketch and/or Pink and Girly
Crafts and Me Challenge:  anything goes
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge:  anything but square
You Had Me At Craft:  anything handmade
Bunny Zoe's Crafts:  lace
I Did It Creations Challenge:  lace and ribbon
One Stitch At A Time:  anything goes
Crafty Creations Challenge:  ribbon, flower, patterned paper ( paper band around bottom of jar)
Flutter By Wednesday:  open/sketch
Dutch Dare Card Challenge:  altered project


  1. What a beautiful altered project Sarah! I love the flower on the top. I have some of those petals and need something to do with them. Maybe I'll give this a shot. Your grand daughter's a cutie. Bet she's beautiful now. My how fast they grow! Can't wait to get the paint I won at CIP and play with it. Hugs!

  2. Wooow!!! What a gorgeous altered project. Love all the details you put into it. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafts and Me. Hugs...Mona

  3. oooh this is beautiful, such gorgeous colours and i love the lace:)

    thank you for joining us at MMCS


  4. Wow, that's beautiful.

  5. Wow! This is just gorgeous! I have an old jar I've been just waiting to alter, but I've been too afraid of it! Thanks for the inspiration! Thanks for joining us at Penny's!

  6. Wow,what a gorgeous creation,and that flower on top is amazing!!
    Thanks for joining fab'n'funky this week

  7. This is absolutely amazing, Sarah! Janna

  8. Beautiful, stunning jar, I love it. Thanks for playing along at Crafty Creations

  9. Gorgeous altered jar. I have a friend that is going to do this very same thing. I'm directing over to see your beautiful jar. Thanks for joining us this week at I Did It Creations.

  10. gorgeous, thanks for joining us at FnF :)

  11. This is gorgeous altered jar. Absolutely amazing. I'm stunning. Laces, roses, buterflies, frame... are fantastic.
    Thanks for joining us at DDCC this week.
    Hugs and much love.

  12. your jar is fantastic totally gorgeous, thanks so much for joining us at IDIC this week

  13. Such a gorgeous project
    Cheers from Bangalore ,India
    Dr Sonia S V
    ENT Surgeon and Avid Crafter

  14. Wow, that is beautiful Sarah! I am visiting from the Made it Myself Mondays challenge and your thumbnail caught my eye right away. I love anything vintage and this altered bottle is gorgeous! I love how you made those flowers, do you have a tutorial on that?

  15. Oh this is a cutie! Thanks for playing at MMCS this week. x

  16. Oh my, so pretty! Thanks for playing along with us at DDCC!