Well today is the big day that all of the projects for the May Arts Spring Challenge are being featured over on the blog! I would love for you to stop by to see the fabulous things made by those chosen, including me! :) I'm not sure if comments count for votes, but it would sure make the designers feel happy to see happy thoughts and wishes left for them if you have a moment.
I have to take just a second to say a huge thank you to the very kind people over at May Arts who believed in me and my idea for a project! it means so much that you allowed me to take part in this contest! :)
please be prepared for LOTS of photos here.....
I also need to add that while May Arts DID provide 2 yards each of 4 styles of ribbons, I was allowed to add any extras of their products that I wanted to complete my projects. these were purchased on my own and were not provided by May Arts.
everyone was given this beautiful photo for our inspiration. you will see how I used various elements in my 2 projects.
My first project is an altered vintage milk bottle.
Please forgive my photographs. my tremors keep my from taking very nice nice pictures of my projects, which is why I scan as much as I possibly can. it's really hard to scan something like this though, so we will press on! ;)
The bird was cut with a Tim Holtz die from a popcorn box of all things! I cut 2 pieces to give extra strength, as well as a piece of white cs to cover the back. I then cut a bird and wings from Butterfly Garden digital papers, adhered to chipboard with ModPodge, covered in fine glitter for body and SU! glitter glass for the wing, and added a vintage button for the eye.
Ribbon roses were made with the pink satin ribbon, teal organza ribbon (used on next project), and the pale blue silk ribbon combined with the blue satin ribbon for a 2 tone flower. I also have to add here that my SU! silicone craft sheet is an invaluable tool when it comes to making ribbon roses, or flowers of any kind. this includes those made with the dies that are so popular now. this thing is fabulous!
I took a length of the natural wired burlap that was long enough to go around the bottle and cut it in half. I pulled several strands away to fray the edge. I then took the teal cord and wove it through the top edge. this will later be used to tie a bow and hold a metal edge tag of vintage music paper.
Fuchsia ruched ruffle trim and white eyelet trim were glued along the burlap.
Pale celery green leaf trim was added.....
and then the other final embellies added before adhering to the bottle. the bird rests on several small twigs accented with Webster's Pages bead pins. I used a hot glue gun to add the decorative burlap piece.
White eyelet trim was glued around the lip of the bottle with several vintage buttons adhered as accents. The bottle was then filled with twigs.
May Arts products used:
My next project is a card featuring a beautiful image from Tammy at A Day for Daisies. I chose 'Bird's Nest' because it reminded me of the birds that are currently flying around my front porch, so busy building their new family nests.
Papers are Basic Grey Hello Luscious, chipboard bird is Maya Road inked with summer starfruit and then covered in scattered straw distress stickles. I used a piece of the burlap string that was removed from fraying to tie the vintage button on the bird.
white eyelet trim was dyed with soft suede ink and a few drops of water. this was then braided with teal organza ribbon around a twig. the same teal organza ribbon was made into a ribbon rose (see above project photos) and then added to metal tag. the galvanized metal tag was sanded to distress. a few leaves cut from the ribbon accent the rose. vintage buttons complete the card.
I hope you can see how I used the inspiration photo in my 2 projects. the metal containers played into both pieces, as did the bird, twigs, and beautiful soft colors. I had a wonderful time working on this contest entry! I tried to come up with something a bit different as far as using the ribbons, so I do hope you take away a few new ideas for your own crafting projects!
May Arts products used:white eyelet trim - dyed
thank you so much for stopping by! :)
p.s. I will post my blog candy on Wed.
Party Time Tuesdays - anything but a card (bottle)
Catered Crop - just add glitter
Eclectic Ellapu - put a tag on it
Great Impressions - pastel colors and/or polka dots
Joanna Sheen - spring into spring
Scrappy Frogs - think spring
One Stop Craft - pastels
A Day for Daisies - fave technique (distressing, watercolor) card
Crafts 4 Eternity - wings
Hot Shot Craft - anything but a card (bottle)
Totally Papercrafts - get krafty (card)
Crafting by Design - spring flowers
Creative Moments - things with wings
Divas by Design - flowers (bottle)
Paper Pretties - buttons
Paper Shelter - spring delights
Simon Says Stamp - april showers and/or spring flowers
Anything Goes - heavy metal (metal tags on both projects)
Creative Craft - alter it (bottle)
TTCRD - anything goes
Shabby Tea Room - photo inspiration and recycled item (bottle)
Incy Wincy - fur or feathers