Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Smeared and Smudged Member Blog Hop- June

Hi everyone! Welcome to another addition of our Smeared and Smudged Forum Member Blog Hop! If you're fairly new to following my blog and haven't seen one of these before, I'll explain how it works. Basically, all of the members over on the Smeared and Smudged Forum are invited to participate in a member hop. Any member who wants to can post a project on their blog, and it's just one of the ways that we support each other in our artistic journey. We all hop around like mad rabbits, check out all the cool projects, and leave comments! It's a blast seeing the varying techniques and unique perspectives, plus there are no rules! Members can make anything they want as long as they follow the S&S rule that it is stamped somewhere.

If you have no idea what the Smeared and Smudged Forum is, I'd like to invite you to check it out. Although we tend to lean toward the wilder, darker side of stamping, absolutely everyone with any style or experience is welcome!! We embrace all types of stamped art. The forum is full of very cool and friendly people, and tons of inspiration. You are welcome to join and jump right in to conversations, challenges, and groups; or lurk in the background and take from it what you will. We have all kinds of members, from the very active to the almost unseen, and we appreciate each and every one of them and what they have to offer.

So, enough with my shpeal and onto the art! For my project today I decided, of course, that I had to alter something. And that something ended up being an empty Jack Daniels bottle. (No, not mine...)

I used my Smeared Ink "Faes" stamp set to build what I am calling a Fairy Wish Bottle. Pretty much it's a bottle that you open up and whisper all your wishes into, then seal it up tight so they don't get lost! The fairies keep them safe and work their hardest to grant them.

It was a long process to alter, and you can see from the pics that there is a whole lotta stuff going on! Lots of bling, and lots of girly fru-fru...I don't know why, but I felt very pink and whymsical when I did it. The main feature is the double images- one on the front of the bottle, and one peeking from the inside back of the bottle that you can see through the glass (which is why he's a little blurry).

I won't go into lots of details on supplies cause it would take forever, if you have a question feel free to comment and I'll answer, but I will point out some of the cool features under each pic. Feel free to click on pics to make them bigger.

Okay, so here's the front of the bottle. You can see LOTS of stuff, including my little Fae right in the front. The white stuff that is frosting the bottle is Gesso. There are clear rocks (which you'll see better later) and crystals framing the front. You can also see the background Fae and some butterflies that are dangling on the inside of the bottle. There is also a word embossed on clear plastic on the top right that says "Whimsy", which is from our Faes set.

Here's a closeup of the front Fae- isn't he CUTE!!!!!! I colored with watercolor crayons, and his wings are glittered. There are also crystals in the middle of the flowers.

Here you can see my background Fae peeking through the glass, and one of the hanging butterflies. The background picture is made from a collage of magazine flowers, and this Fae is also watercolored and glittered.

Not a great pic, but here you can see some of the dangly butterflies and dragonflies; there are five of them in the bottle.

This is a close-up of the top of the bottle. I used several types of ribbon and strings to tie around the bottle neck, and added a really pretty metal embellishment that I added a tiny crystal to. The metal chainy-looking thing with beads was a bracelet in a past life, and I added the lock charm. The actual lid is covered with silver glittery paper ribbon, which was also used around the bottom of the bottle.

Here's a shot of the first side, where a key dangles from clear string. You use this to "open" the lock, of course! The sides and back are covered with those clear rocks that I talked about earlier.

Close-up of the key. You can see my clear plastic tag that goes along with it that features the word "Believe" from our Faes set.

The back of the bottle is covered with paper (the background image you see through the front) that I painted with pink metallic nail polish. Then I covered with those clear rocks, and in-between if you look really closely you can see crystals. You also catch a glimpse of that silver ribbon that's wrapped around the whole bottle, and you can see the dangling chains from the cap.

Here's a shot of the second side of the bottle, which is also covered in rocks and crystals.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my project. I'd love to hear what you think of it. I know it's alot to take in, but I was feeling the fairy love! I adore it, and so do my kids, so this one is definitely a keeper... although I'm not quite sure where it will go yet.

So, now's the time to go and see all the other fabulous projects that the members of Smeared and Smudged have to show you. Use the list below to hop around, leave some love on their blogs, and come on over to join us on the forum if you haven't already! Happy Hopping!



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  1. WOW WOW and WOWWWWWWWWW!! Terra you have most DEFINITELY outdone yourself!!!

    This is STUNNING!!!! I'm just sitting here staring at it. Unbelievable work. The entire piece is a work of art. Gorgeous.

    Crafty Hugs ;)

  2. Wowsers! So much work went into this and it looks fab! I am loving the clear gems (me thinks I must get some)and the dangling butterflies/dragonflies. I also love how you used the clearness of the bottle to make a scene incorporating the front, inside and back views. Awesome work, as always!

  3. Holy cow! That is insane!!!! There is so much to see, and it is all fabulous!!! I love all of the crystals! The top of the bottle...the fae peeking from Just wow! It's awesome!!!

  4. OMG, this is beyond FABULOUS!!!! What a project, bet it took you days, but the results are sooo totally worth it! I love altered items, especially when you can get lost in the glorious details! AMAZING! xxD

  5. rock. I want it.

  6. I'm totally blown away! Your Fairy Wish Bottle is gorgeous, such attention to detail. Now I'm going to have to search for cool bottles to alter :)

  7. Wow, Terra! Fabulous altered bottle... and I LOVE the purpose of it, so charming!

  8. DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!! When we talked about this I never NEVER pictured this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    and Like Tori Says

    I want it so start drinking..... just sayin

  9. Fantastic! Fabulous! I love it. All the details are amazing.

    My birthday is in September. :D

  10. That is great Terra I just love it,You always have the greatest art! Hugs Sarah

  11. I love it. I'm sitting here going back and forward looking at the piccies just gazing lol

  12. Not only is this BEAUTIFUL!!, but it is so unique! what a fabulously whimsical idea!! WOW!

  13. Wow, wow, wow! Love it and what a TON of work! So very creative and you are right, a KEEPER for sure! the glass baubbles are the BEST!

  14. Fru-fru and gems at there best Terra.... i adore the uniqueness of this... FAE art at its best... wonderful art... I love it.

  15. great job!!! love all the details wonderful job!!!

  16. So fabulous Terra!!! Sorry it took me so long to comment, my MIL was back again and I didnt get much done :) Love this though! Its so detailed and awesome!