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Friday, April 19, 2013

PPC113 Playing in Paradise Challenge

Well... GOOD MORNING!... everyone.  It's supposed to get up to 9 degrees today, no snow, no rain (for today).... LIFE IS GOOD!

PPC 113

And to put an even bigger smile on your face, Dawn is hosting a new challenge today at Playing in Paradise! She wants us to use something that has been recycled.  Now this was crazy fun!  I have had a spice jar of my grandma's sitting around for a long time.  There was nothing fancy about it, just a plain glass jar, but she kept her cinnamon in it and it had sentimental meaning to me as Grandma spoiled us with many wonderful baked goodies when we still had her with us.

I forgot to take a picture of the jar before I altered it, but it was very similar to this one.  Just a small pickle type jar.

To start with, I painted the whole jar with gesso.  Once that dried, I took a sea sponge and dabbed Liquitex Light Modeling Paste all over, making sure to give it a rough texture.  Then it was time to play with some mists.  I mixed two of my favorite brands together.  For the first coat, I sprayed Lindy's "Ethereal Emerald" Moonshadow Spray over everything.  When that was dry, I took TA "Decadence" Chalkboard Mist and sprayed it a little heavier, but only in certain areas, so that it dripped.  When I'm misting I always mop up the extra mist with a piece of ribbon, so that I'll have something that coordinates if I need it.

To make the little embellishment below, I recycled a broach that I haven't worn in years.  I embossed an oval piece of chipboard with Stampendous "Aged Ivory" embossing powder, glued it to a Bo Bunny flower that I had pulled apart to make it flatter, and then glued my broach to that.  When I'm gluing stuff like this, I always use Beacon's 3in1 adhesive.  It holds everything really well.

To attach the lace, I used my OTHER favorite adhesive Scor-Pal.  It's perfect for turning the ends under neatly.

Then I added a few flowers from old arrangements, tucked in some vines from Prima's Engraver line (love these), and finished off with my misted ribbon.  

Total recycled items used:  old jar, broach, silk flowers!

So now that you've seen how fun it can be,  drop by Playing in Paradise this week and show us what you've decided to recycle!   The rules can be found here, and they are very simple.  

After you're done checking out the rules, be sure and visit the rest of the design team's blogs (just "click" on their names) as they've been working their magic again.

The prize to be won this week is:  The Sweetest Thing paper, stickers, brads, and die cuts.  This awesome package is worth $25 and you get a chance to win it just by linking your project to the challenge!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today ... I hope you'll give the challenge a try. 
 Have a great weekend everyone!


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  1. OMG, Linda, this is incredible!! Such a fabulous & sentimental project. I love the ribbon tip too - I will have to remember that!

  2. This is too sweet. Love that you chose glass to recycle. We no longer have a glass bin at our local recycle. So, I am always looking for new ideas to save tossing them out. LOVE THIS!!
    Keep smiling and creating

  3. You transformed that jar beautifully!!

  4. This is stunning Linda, what a beautiful project and that little bear is so cute.

  5. Wow!! Another stunning, brilliant project! Such a spectacular transformation and a gorgeous keepsake. Thanks for the tip, and now I think I will have to track down some modelling paste and give this a try. Have a great weekend.

    Hugs, Dawn