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Friday, December 23, 2016

An Altered Bottle for GIU, but you have to keep it a secret!!! shhhh.......

Coffee of the Day - Black Nutty Fudge

oh so sad...... today is my final Growing in Unity (GIU) day..... I have had a wonderful time both making and sharing my projects with all of you! I hope you have enjoyed stopping by for your daily coffee and inspiration! :)

I've saved the biggest of my projects for last, but you have to keep it a secret. you see, this is a present for my husband and he can't see it before Christmas! ;) I tell ya, keeping him from seeing it as I was making it was a doozy! all of the layers took a while to dry, so keeping this in different places he wouldn't come across it was quite the challenge!

I started with an empty bottle of his favorite Rye whiskey. after first painting with a layer of gesso, I added at least 8 different layers of various colors of acrylic paint. I then lightly sanded the bottle to reveal the assorted layers underneath, at times sanding all the way down to the bare glass.

I then stamped leaves from the Layers of Life "Love Never Leaves" set all over the bottle with Prima chalk ink. I used the SU! ink squirty tool to spray ink droplets.

one side of the bottle is stamped with the "What the Buck" stamp. the other side is stamped with trees and the deer from the "...A Joyous Season" sentiment set.

seed pods and moss, in addition to mulberry flowers, decorate the bottle.

I also made clay leaves by stamping the leaves from the same Layers of Life "Love Never Leaves" set right into clay and then baking. small holes for hanging were made prior to baking.

distress crackle paint was applied once all of the other elements were added. I just love the way this ages and distresses any project! it is great on these altered bottles! :)

Thank you again for all of your lovely, encouraging comments this week! you have brought such joy into my heart, that is for certain!

be sure to leave a comment on any of my GIU posts for a chance to win your very own Unity grab bag of stamps!

I hope for you and yours a most blessed Christmas and Happy New Year! I'll be seeing you in 2017! may your days overflow with peace and joy! :)

Crafty Gals Corner - anything goes
Sunny Day - anything goes
Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends - anything goes
We Love to Create - anything mixed media goes
Crafting with an Attitude - anything goes


Rebecca Yahrling said...

This is fabulous and your husband will just adore it, I'm sure.
You sound like me (probably all of us!) trying to hide what your making for the hubby. I always have to do that with my cards cuz he's always in here picking up my things. lol It does get challenging.
Thanks for all the beautiful inspiration this week. I'm really wanting to get my hands in mixed media more so I appreciate every project you've done as GIU. Merry Christmas!

Lisa said...

This is amazing!

Sandra van Blaricum said...

This is stunning!!! You give me so much inspiration!!
Never thought of altering an empty bottle!!
Your hubby will love it for sure!!
Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!!

Stef H said...

o.m.word! this is gorgeous! wow! you are sooooo creative and talented! he's gonna love it. if he doesn't... ship him off to me for a good scolding!

merry christmas.

hugs :)

Crystal O. Minkler said...

This is amazing!! I never would have thought to alter a bottle... I think I may use this idea for my hubby! Thanks for the inspiration! ~ Crystal

sharon g said...

WOW, you are so creative. I have never thought to do something like that. I'm going to go for a hike with a different eye...

Sue LD said...

Very cool present. I like the clay leaves.

Two Sisters Scrapbooking said...

wow you have such creativity.

Fiki said...

this is gorgeous!
Merry Christmas!

Denise Bryant said...

I love the scene with the deer and the trees! Very creative project, and I'm sure your hubby will love it!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Awesome project!!!! I am sure he will love it!

Terry Ladwig said...

Great project....looks time consuming but well worth it!

ionabunny said...

So pretty. What a fun idea. Hugz

Ruby said...

Fabulous project. Looks amazing. I am sure it will be appreciated. Thanks for all the inspiration this week.

Blue Daisy said...

Wow, this is amazing! Thank you for joining our challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends! Merry Christmas!

alyson esposito said...

I love it! You made a beautiful gift. Seeing stamps used in many applications is very inspiring

Cynthia said...

This is awesome, Jennifer. I'm sure your husband will love it.

Kenneth Simmons said...

This looks like so much fun. thanks for all the inspiration this week.

Scrappin Sue said...

Thanks for sharing at Sunny Day Crafting x

Helen Gullett said...

Wow! Your project is just wow!

Rhonda Miller said...

This is gorgeous! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.