24 June 2015

It's Summer! at Frilly and Funkie

Hello and welcome! Over at the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog I'm standing in as host for Nancy with her choice of theme, 'It's Summer!' Here's what Nancy has to say about the theme; "Let us know what you love about Summer. Do you enjoy travelling, growing a garden, or laying on the beach? Create a vintage or shabby chic project, card, or layout showcasing what you enjoy most about this wonderful season."

What can you win by entering? Our overall winner gets the opportunity to be a Guest Designer on a future challenge at Frilly and Funkie, there's a randomly picked winner of a $25 shopping coupon at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and now we are also awarding Top 3 badges!!!

I got thinking about what Summer means to me... 

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To be honest over the past few years it's meant doing jobs around the house, day trips out and (whoopee!) exam results for one or more of my sons. I figured that's not really where Nancy wanted me to go with this!!! So let's go WAY BACK to my childhood (I know, prehistoric times but they were good!) Long-standing followers will have heard me reminisce about summer holidays spent with my Nana on the North-East coast. The North Sea may be cold but there are some incredible beaches up there with beautiful shells and pieces of sea glass just waiting to be collected. Inspired by these memories I set to work on altering a bottle to capture some of that Summer feeling.


This plain bottle was coloured from the inside using slightly diluted 'Time Travel Teal' Magicals before adding plain gauze and stamped bubbles to the outside. The shells were glued on top along with alcohol ink altered pearl beads. Extra colour was added by applying a little white gesso to parts of the shells then spritzing various Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio and Starburst sprays. 



The top of the original bottle featured a plain aluminium and rubber stopper - doesn't it look better transformed with alcohol inks! Then I took twine, beads, chains, jump rings and some of the fabulous metal charms from The Funkie Junkie Boutique to dress up the neck. You might just spot that the charms were also altered with the alcohol inks and a little white gesso. If you are looking for something slightly different in the way of charms I can highly recommend Linda's range - there are lots of themed sets and the most gorgeous designs with glass cabochon settings just right for adding your own images or words.



Now all this bottle needs is a message! So what do you love about Summer? For more inspiration head on over to Frilly and Funkie see what my Funkie team mates have created and then it's over to you. Thank you for joining me today. Whatever you're up to for the rest of the week have a great one and take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


32 comments:

  1. a gorgeous summery creation! love the beautiful blue hues and all those shells are like lost treasures x

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  2. Love your project this week, the colours are wonderful and shells combined have made for a fab project. x

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  3. Brilliant!! The bottle itself has turned out so beautifully and the summer and sea additions make it just perfect, love it!! Perfect colour too!

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  4. Gorgeous alteration! The shells are beautiful. I really love the shimmery blue, it's so pretty and very summery indeed! Xx

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  5. Lovely way to remember those childhood memories so long ago ha ha ha sorry could not resist. I adore the colours from the magical sand those bubbles stamped on the bottle are perfect. Gorgeous piece. Tracy x

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  6. Wow Jenny! This is amazing! I totally love everything about this. Everything is so in tune with an Oceanside theme! The color of the bottle and then the foamy bubbles reminds me of the waves breaking on the shore. The layers of seashells reminds me of the shelling people, including myself are always drawn to do at the beach. This is just a wonderful piece!!!

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  7. This is a fantastic altered bottle that looks like it made its way through time and across the ocean to me. I love the way you coloured it from the inside and then added the bubbles to the outside (inquiring minds want to know how you got the ink to stick to the glass). The altered metal and the shells make a perfect bottle to wash up on shore.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  8. That stamp looks just like foam. What a great creation, takes me back to my childhood days too.

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  9. Beautiful altered bottle, Jenny! Love the embellishments and the seashell collection on bottom. Love the stamped bubbles! Hugs!

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  10. Fabulous, love your sea bottle, great bubbles and shells!!

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  11. Beautiful bottle Jenny! I can see this as a wonderful find washed up on the beach. Sue C x

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  12. What a fantastic altered bottle, Jenny! The stamped bubbles against the blue background really set the theme. I can almost hear and smell the sea! Your bottle totally shouts 'hello summer' to me! :) Big hugz lovely girl xxx

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  13. Oh wow Jenny, you had me at the teal and then you transported me to the sea... your altered bottle is just gorgeous, I love the bubble stamping and the beautiful shells. This is magical! Anne xx

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  14. a gorgeous bottle Jennie - and a lovely insight too - I adore the bubble stamp and the shells are beautiful - wonderful make! Big hugs rachel x

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  15. What an alteration! LOVE the beachy theme! Very very cool!

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  16. LOVE LOVE LOVE this Gorgeous altered bottle, Jenny! You took me to my own childhood when Summer camping trips were at the beach!! Just wonderful through and through! I love every single detail, but my favorite could be those stamped bubbles! Fabulous!! XOXO-Shari

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  17. Fabulous make Jenny, really does conjure up memories of the seaside. Collecting shells, poking around rock pools hoping to see a crab if you were lucky, and of course sunshine!
    Avril x

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  18. Holy moly, Jenny. This is just drop dead FANTASTIC! I am drooling over what you have done here. Love the color and the way you have stamped the IndigoBlu Bubbles around the base. Amazing work with the Lindy's sprays and wow, those metal charms have NEVER looked so good. Amazing altered piece that will be a cherished home dec piece!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  19. Here I am, late to the party again! Jenny I studied this bottle for quite some time yesterday. Your bottle is wonderful and I definitely want to make one or some. Your creativity made one outstanding altered bottle. I love it!!!!! Bravo kid!!!!
    Sandy xx

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  20. What can I say but Wow!! The colour of the bottle is simply awesome and those bubbles at the bottom look just fabulous!! I am gobsmacked .. this is stunning!! xx

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  21. LOLOL...you're hysterical Jenny. You cracked me up in the first sentence and then WOW'd me with your bottle. I find that magical, mystical and truly nautical. The transformation depicts summer perfectly. It could be for collecting seaside treasures or for sending a message. That was an inspiring post!
    Big hugs to you. Sorry I've been away for too too long. Happy to be back on your blog visiting.
    Lisa x

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  22. What an amazing altered bottle Jenny - this is just the best I've seen! I love under water and sea themes so that helps but every little detail is so spot on. Fabulous job my lovely!! xx

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  23. Ohh wow, Jenny! This is amazing! Love this altered bottle! It looks like it came from the sea for sure! Fabulous! Hugs, Sandra

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  24. Such a beautiful bottle Jenny, a gorgeous transformation, clever use of the bubble stamp...liking that! The colours, shells all evoke memories of the sea...which I love. Wonderful stuff! Ruth xx

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  25. Wow, Jenny! this is absolutely the prettiest altered bottle I've ever seen! I love that bubble stamping and the added gauze! How clever is that! This is just a perfect backdrop for those beautiful shells. (I'm a big shell collector, but the really good ones are few and far between on our beaches here; must go right after a storm.) And what are these Magicals you speak of? I need to go do some research, but for now will pin this amazing work of art! Wish I had seen this last week! Hugs!

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  26. Wow, that's a breathtaking creation. I love every detail.

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  27. What a fabulous altered bottle - absolutely beautiful colours, and all those shells look amazing.
    Alison xx

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  28. I'm speechless, your altered bottle hit my eyes and my heart! Fantastic piece! BArbarayaya

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  29. Wow Jenny! Your altered bottle looks amazing! Love all the seashells and stamped bubbles!

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  30. Stunning! I love how you created the bubbles, love the colors... its just beautiful. Good job!
    Ivette

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  31. Wow!Jenny! This is amazing! the colours are wonderful! Bravo!

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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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