31 August 2012

A Pot of Butterflies

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
- William Morris

Hello out there!! Tons of things going on here at the mo' - hence the reason I need to catch up with visits today (hopefully?!) Still, spare time was grabbed whilst parked in front of the Paralympics coverage (WOWWEE it's amazing!) to finish the tool pot I mentioned on Wednesday.


I've resisted the temptation to add beads/buttons/bling as it looks very Art Noveau to me in this state (my favourite period) and it allows the flowers and butterflies to do all the talking.


Just to prove it is now in use.
I had two challenges in mind when creating this;
The Stamp Man challenge - Alter It (methinks a change of use for a baked bean tin counts?)


The idea was to use the same SB Rose Creations dies to make different flower styles. It works well if you use graduated cardstock colours (darkest in the middle seems to work best). They all had very light spritzes of Cosmic Shimmer mists in different colours to finish. The Lava Red one was definitely the strongest, the Silver added a lovely shine to the purple flowers and the Blue Ice was probably the most delicate on the blue flowers (this is not always the case with this colour, but the petals are quite tight so I suspect there wasn't as much surface area for the mist to land on).


Close up on the butterfly, background and lace border. The butterfly used a mock kraft resist techique with DI Dusty Concord/Fired Brick to colour the non-shiny areas. The background is the corrugated cardboard technique I described in my last post (for the ivy leaves) - this time I used DI Peeled Paint/Stormy Sky on top of the Picket Fence. Underneath the lace - from Trace - (was white! but DI Antique Linen/Walnut Stain changed all that) I have layered a SB Banner Basics 3 border.


That's the last photo - I promise! Think this project lives up to WM's quote and has inspired you to decorate the humblest of items. With that in mind I highly recommend you browse the projects posted recently by Cathryn at Pinxton Craft Club. If you haven't got plans to alter anything that isn't nailed down after seeing these I'd be amazed. Right, time to go visit and attempt to link to the FSC blog, as it isn't playing nice with me - hope it's nothing personal! Huge hugs to you all, and hope you have a great weekend, Buttons x

27 comments:

  1. Gorgeous shabby floral dustbin - useful AND beautiful! That's where all those flowers were going... lovely!
    Alison x

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  2. This is gorgeous. Love the shabby look and the muted colours

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  3. Yes, the colours are very art nouveau. Beautiful!

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  4. What fun Buttons!!! You did a great alteration and yes the flowers and butterflies speak for themselves now...gorgeous to have this on your workdesk...must be inspiring to yourself too!

    greetings, Alie :-)

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  5. Hi Buttons, that corrugated card technique looks amazing on this project and I love how you made each of the flowers look so different, they are all stunning. I have been using that die today with vellum, yours definitely look much better! Looking forward to your next make-over now. Crafty hugs, Anne x

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  6. Hi Buttons......super alterations to the tin. Love the colours and the flowers are amazing x great workspace below x

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  7. Off to follow that link shortly but not before I say how gorgeous is this beaked bean tin - amazing and much better use than just hurling it into the recycling box.

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  8. What a super combination of colours and textures love it :)
    Von ♥

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  9. Gorgeous! Well done on making the Top 5 in the STamp Man Blog challenge too, your tag was lovely!

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  10. A great idea and beautifully executed! Love the textures and colours! Trace x

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  11. An ingenious transformation of a baked beans tin! The handmade flowers are really lovely and the end result is stunning. Bet you keep looking at it, pleased as punch!

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  12. I love William Morris so your quote is right up my street!
    Your tin is beautiful: it has flowers to die for and the colours are divine. A hit with me for sure!! Thanks for your lovely last comment - I'm a bit out of sorts with my crafting at the moment but things go that way don't they?
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Juliaxx

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  13. Love make overs like this, turning an emptied tin into a very pretty and useful pen holder great idea. Thank you for joining us at The Stamp Man XOXO Zoe

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  14. Just wonderful! Lovely project, just love it! Kim

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  15. Oooh so have you!!!! how exciting - are you doing a happy dance around the house??? I am!! Love your tin too - I am in a flower making mood at the mood but am sewing or knitting mine - they are currently sitting in a bowl waiting for inspiration - might make a tin now that I have seen yours! Ooooh happy dance....

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  16. Ooooh I have emailed - have you??? wonder what we will get..... still dancing....

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  17. Hi Buttons, gee...what a great idea to alter a tin for keeping your tools in!!! Sure beats my system of just keeping them all over the place ~ lol... Your flowers look great, so many different ones and they have turned out to be an awesome embelly.
    Thank you for joining in our Flower challenge this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Dot x

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  18. Altered goodness here!!! Love the grungy feel and fabulous design! Congrats on your win today on the Tim blog!!!! Fabulous!

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  19. Have you been making your kids eat things again Buttons!!!!

    Great decor and just love those flowers, very grungy.

    Please, please, please carry on to resist the temptation to add anything else to it, it's looks perfect as it is.

    Sam xxxx

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  20. Hi Buttons
    What a beautiful and practical piece of art and such gorgeous flowers.
    Thank you for joining us at the FSC this fortnight with this stunning project.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  21. Congrats on your Stamp Man win!! So deserved!
    Juliaxx

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  22. Wonderful alteration, the flowers and butterflies are beauties. Thank you for sharing with us at FSC this time.
    Yvonne/Meggymay

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  23. So, so gorgeous!!! You did a spectacular job on this. I love the textures and your flowers are really beautiful.

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  24. Wow, that is just lovely. I think the graduated colours for the flowers look fantastic.

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  25. Can't find an email for you...but wanted to reply to your comment to me. Can you email me?

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  26. Terrific alteration it would beautifully into the Smudger challenge also. Annette x

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  27. Hi Buttons, just catching up!
    Love this altered tin, gorgeous texture and such beautiful flowers.
    Thanks for joining us at FSC
    Avril xx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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