Happy Thursday!  I’ve been to the gym, got a haircut, had the car washed and then an oil change . . . AND . . .  finished my project for the challenge over at the Everything Wendy Vecchi Yahoo Group.

It’s been a long time since I’ve had the time to participate in a challenge over there, and they are already up to No. 40.  This challenge is to use the Cracked Glass technique and at lease one Studio 490 stamp.

Now this project has been a work in progress for some time.  It took the challenge to make me finish it up and get going.

The entire project started with an old bottle of Noni Juice.  I still have a couple of them around (mainly to fill up my wine rack) and thought that one of them would make a great cracked bottle.  I dumped the contents down the drain . . . instead of drinking it . . . and rinsed the bottle well, removing all the labels, etc.

Crackle Bottle

The bottle was first covered with Ranger Glue n’ Seal (matte finish) and left to dry for a day or so.  After that, I literally poured Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint along the top of the bottle, letting it drip down the sides.  I did brush some of it around to make sure all parts of the bottle were covered.

Crackle Bottle CloseUpCracks

The one Studio 490 stamp I used is the word “Believe” from It’s Face Art.    It was stamped in Archival Jet Black Ink on Neenah paper.  I added some Glossy Accents to the back of the bookplate, and stuck it down to the paper around Believe.  The Neenah paper was trimmed and then the center of the bookplate was filled with Cracked Accents.  I love the larger cracks that were made!

Crackle Bottle CloseUPBelieve

When you walk around CHA, you are always picking up little things here and there.  I don’t remember which one, but at some booth I picked up a little lavender bag and inside the bag was a crystal angel on fishing line.  I added a jump ring at the bottom of the bookplate and tied the angel to the jump ring.

Crackle Bottle Angel

To finish the bottle off, I wanted to add something to the top.  My first plan a few weeks ago was to make some flowers and use the bottle as a vase.  However, I didn’t have the right stuff in my stash to do what I wanted . . . SO . . . to the rescue was a clearance drawer pull from Hobby Lobby.

Crackle Bottle Top

To make it work with the bottle, I sanded down one end of small wooden spool (so it would fit inside the neck of the bottle), painted it black and inserted the screw for the drawer pull into the center hole of the spool.  A little E-6000 adhesive was added to the spool to hold it in place long the top.

I know the minute my sister sees this . . . because I used the word Believe . . . she’s going to be yelling dibs!  We do that . . . yell dibs if there is something we want that someone else in the family (our mom mainly) has and we eventually want for ourselves.

I suppose that’s all I have for now.  It’s time to get my clothes ready for graduation and start packing!

Thanks for stopping by and remember  . . . life is short, enjoy the adventures that come your way today!


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Good morning!  Today is the first E-Team Hop of 2012 and I’m so excited to be taking part in it.  Recently Wendy Vecchi posted about today’s technique, Faux Crazed Porcelain, and Daisy challenged The E-Team to give it a try ourselves.

Wendy covered a metal plaque with Ranger’s Glue ‘n Seal and then Rock Candy Crackle Paint (which you can see at the link above), but I didn’t have any metal pieces that were appropriate for what I was working on.  So . . .

I had to come up with something else that was metal to try the technique on.

I stamped the work “Art” on a white tag, put Scor-Tape on the back of the book plate, and stuck the plate to the tag.  Once I had trimmed away the paper, the book plate was covered with a layer of glossy Glue ‘n Seal.  After the Glue ‘n Seal had dried I poured (right from the bottle) Rock Candy Crackle Paint into the book plate, letting the extra run out over the sides.

One word of warning here . . . I thought the Crackle Paint had dried and stuck my finger into the middle of the plate . . . WRONG, it had not dried all the way.  You can probably see my fingerprint right on top of the “A”.  When the top was dry, I painted across the top with Frayed Burlap Distress Stain and wiped away the excess.

I probably should go back and show you what I originally started the project with.

I’ve had this Grolsch beer bottle for probably 20 years.  I had had surgery and a friend sent me some orchids that were put in the beer bottle as the vase.   In the picture above, I’ve already removed the hinged top.

Using the same technique that I used on my Spellbinders Moroccan Lantern (which video will be posted in a day or so), the bottle was covered with matte Glue ‘n Seal which was allowed to dry, and then a very thick coat of Rock Candy Crackle Paint.

Here you can see where I brushed it on the neck of the bottle.

Then around the bottom, I began to pour the paint directly from the bottle to let it drip down the sides of the beer bottle.

You can see (in the above photo) the different layers the Crackle Paint created by pouring it on the bottle instead of brushing.

The finished bottle . . .

The book plate is hung from the neck of the bottle with silver chain attached to the ends of the plate.  That skeleton key is one that belonged to my grandfather that I had in a display case in my dining room.  I thought it needed a new home!  I had the beads from old $ charm bracelets and the crystal is from Maya Road.

This is a project that I’ve been wanting to do for some time and I’m very happy with the results . . . I’ll be saving those wine and other libation bottles now instead of recycling them.  Wouldn’t this look fabulous with a Makers or Jack bottle?

Now let’s get to the hop details.  The designers participating are:


Please stop by and see them . . .  I’m amazed at everyone’s take on this technique!  Oh and Daisy will be participating on the eP Blog!

Of course, there are also prizes to be won!  Three very lucky random winners will each win a $25 eP Gift Voucher.  All you have to do is leave a comment on each E-Team members’ blog between Friday through Sunday.  Three random winners will be drawn and announced January 23rd on the eP Blog.

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the hop!


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