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Monday, 21 August 2017

August Destination Inspiration Arriving at Terminal 3

Hi everyone...Annie here with the 3rd stop on this month's journey DI post. I hope you are enjoying the fabulous inspiration provided by Nikki and Alison, which can be viewed by clicking HERE and HERE.
It never ceases to amaze me how we can take 4 of the same products and end up with a totally different outcome and I certainly enjoyed creating my home decor piece. Sorry for mentioning Christmas but I guess it will be here before we know it !!!!
The contents of our  August Travel bag are as follows:

Product - Texture Paste
Technique - Layers
Colour - Neutrals
Substrate - Glass

And here is my finished make, though I hope you forgive the pop of red from my lovely Robin X
I had intended to use a more Neutral napkin but when he popped through the letterbox I just had to add him to my bottle xx
 As you can see I started off with an empty bottle...having enjoyed the contents !!!
 Yesteryear Chalk Paint by Decoart was applied straight on to the clean glass ( no need to prime)
 Once dry I applied some grunge paste and you can see that where I was pressing with my fingers some of the paint came away...but thats okay as once dry it will be covered with another coat of Yesteryear Chalk Paint
 Second coat of paint applied as mentioned above x
 Lots of texture as you can see below
 I then applied Decoart Weathered Wood around the shoulders of the bottle and then randomly on the main bottle/sides.
 When almost fully dry I applied my second colour of Chalk Paint by Decoart called Whisper. A  lovely cream coloured paint.
 I so love the way the Weathered Word reacts and the amazing crackles.
 A closer up of the random cracks below.
 More crackles.
 I also applied some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age the textures/crackles then I applied Decoart Matte Varnish
 Some stardust sparkle was sprinkled on to the mate varnish for that added Christmas feel.
 I then adhered the napkin with gel medium applying the medium to the bottle before laying the napkin on top. Then some more gel medium was applied over the napkin, taking care not to tear it.
I applied the same gel medium to the neck of the bottle and then wound some string around. 
A little snowflake gem was attached to some silver thread.
 And here is the bottle sitting on my windowsill

I hope you have been inspired and if I have missed anything just ask xx
Our monthly challenge is being hosted by the lovely Amanda and her theme is Watercolour. The challenge is open until 31st August so why don't you join in with us. This month's sponsor is Craft Obsessions who are offering a prize to be spent at their online store. 
One of the Creative Guides will be back next Monday with the 4th leg of our journey so I hope to see you there....until then....Happy Crafting !

Huge hugs Annie xx





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  1. What a great piece of art, Annie! I love your beautiful bottle! Have a great week, my friend.

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  2. So so beautiful Annie!
    I love your beautiful altered bottle! It looks amazing!

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  3. What a wonderful piece of Christmas home decor , Annie. Such a fabulous transformation of the bottle with all those gorgeous neutral tones and the fabulous crackle . Your robin makes such a delightful focal feature and adds such a lovely pop of colour and nod to winter. Such an inspiring way to use the contents of the travel bag Annie. Love your project and really enjoyed reading your post and seeing the stages of creativity .
    have a lovely week
    x

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  4. Absolutely charming, Annie - of course we'll forgive the robin for his redbreast - he looks so adorable on your altered bottle. Delightful use of the travel bag contents!
    Alison x

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  5. Thank You for your lovely comment Alison xx

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  6. Wow Annie, what a stunning creation, the textures, crackle and charm look lovely in changing the appearance of this bottle, but your little showstopping Robin stole my heart as he sits so proudly, beautiful work.
    Julie x

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  7. A really amazing outcome and lovely work and detail indeed. Nice of you to share, greetings!

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  8. That is gorgeous Annie - a great design with this months DI contents! The bottle texture and crackle are wonderful and I love the robin and your little embellishment. TFS. Nikki xxx

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  9. Oh Annie! This is a marvelous upcycle and that precious bird is the best focal point for it! I love the snowflake charm and beautiful wrap at the top. The texture you achieved with these layers is beyond cool! Thanks so much for starting my Monday off with such amazing inspiration. Hugs, Autumn

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  10. Wow Anne what a fabulous project! The texture and crackle work so well together (I can't wait to give that one a go!) and the Robin is just a wonderful finishing touch. Fabulous use of the Travel Bag contents! Jennie x

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    1. Slip of the fingers should have said ANNIE !!

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous, Annie! A beautiful tutorial as well. Your bottle is simply gorgeous. Love the little robin and the wonderful crackling and texture! Brilliant!

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  12. Gorgeous Annie, adore the texture and crackle and the robin is just perfect. A beautiful transformation. Tracy x

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  13. What a gorgeous transformation Annie, I adore your wee robin and the crackle texture on your bottle is amazing, love it! Fabulous use of your travel bag contents, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

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  14. Such a fabulous transformation from green bottle glass to sumptuous texture and crackle resulting in the most perfect piece of Christmas decor. Love this Annie and such a great use of the travel bag contents xxx

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  15. Oh wow Annie, I LOVE your transformed bottle!! The texture and crackling are amazing and the robin looks delightful on the front. Fantastic use of the travel bag contents! Hugs, Anne xx

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  17. Oh My Annie! This is brilliant - such a clever idea too! Hugs, Chrisx

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  18. totally brilliant Annie - I adore this and a fabulous tutorial too - thankyou! Hugs rachel x

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  19. Thank You so much for your lovely comment Rachel xx

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  20. Wow, Annie! What a brilliant job on your altered bottle! I didn't know you could apply that paint to glass without prep, but then, I've never altered a bottle! I am certainly inspired to give it a go now! Fabulous texture on texture here, and the robin is the perfect focal point! Thank you for the great tutorial! Hugs! Sara Emily

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  21. How lovely. You have inspired me to have a go with napkins now.

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  22. Well I never Annie. What an outstanding piece of art. Love all the textures and then of course that little Robin Redbreast stole the show. Really outstanding piece from your travel bag. Sorry I'm late in commenting honey, how I missed this I'll never know. Hugs Mum xxxx

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  23. Oh my gosh Annie this is gorgeous!!! I never would have thought to use empty glass bottles and napkins to create an art piece! I will now LOL
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs,
    Jo
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

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  24. What a wonderful transformation on this jar Annie! Love the snowy crackle background and the wonderful winter bird - the snowflake charm is the perfect final touch! Julia xx

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