Monday 9 February 2015

Valentine with a twist…….

of twine that is….. This started as a Valentines present for my hubby(although I could benefit too he! he!)then I saw the challenge at Frillie and Funky - Be My Valen-twine!
My plan is to give hubby a jar with some choices on how to spend time together!

Theses are some of the suggestions (a few of the others may have a bit too much information!!)
I had made master boards to cut up…..

….these were then rolled up and dropped into an old coffee jar with a few handmade flowers in blues and pinks(when it starts to get empty the flowers will fill the gaps!)
I then set to - with the help of some inspiration on some other blog challenges that I especially like - and came up with this
I wrapped lace and some coloured linen stamped with a flower stamp around the middle of the jar.
The little metal word plaque came from an old handbag that I bought on a trip to France years ago - I rubbed Fresco Snowflake over it to pick out "je t'adore" (you see what a problem I have with not parting with stuff)
The ribbon is the last of some lovely crinkly ribbon and I can't remember where to go for more!!!
This is the other side
The flower image I used for the linen was stamped on to one of these
Coasters found in the after Christmas sale at Sainsbury's. There are several layers and the top layer was stroked over with a distress tool and stormy sky to show the leaves.
I mounted it on a die bought in a sale (Spellbinders I think)
The flowers are some I've had for ages and I used a Creative Expressions metal leaf rubbed over with Snowflake!
I stamped the TH clear heart stamp twice and cut it out with different size borders then mounted pink(Spun Sugar) on blue(Stormy Sky)
The top of the jar was painted with PA Fresco Snowflake paint a flower diecut stuck on top to make leaves! The flowers were going to be paper ones but just before bedtime last night I saw Julie Lavalette's post showing how to make some fabulous flowers using all different sorts of materials - so this morning I made two flowers from some old blouses that I had rescued from the charity bag and have been waiting for me to do something with for…..ages! The heart centres are some nail art from Poundland! All the flowers - on the lid and on the jar had a dry brush over with Snowflake.
Finally, a bracelet from a pound set from a Primark sale(I used to use them with a gift tag on gift bags)around the lid and some tissue tape around the top of the jar.
"Let's spend some time together" were computer generated and stuck not twine to hang around the jar.

The only thing now is - we are going away and it's too big to hide (hanging my head - as I just leave out the things I need and hubby packs them)I may give it to hubby before we go away. I'll be taking a card in my handbag.

I'm entering in the following

Thanks for looking, Chrisx


Deb said...

What a wonderful Valentine's Day gift for you hubby, love it!

creative lady said...

Love your altered jar. I hope your husband loves it! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

Helen said...

Wow,you'll never be at home it you take all those trips out - how lovely!!! the jar looks fabulous,hope hubby likes it.

Redanne said...

You must definitely give it to hubby before you go! This is such a clever and inventive (and truly lovely) idea, I bet he will love it... Hope you have a great trip. Hugs, Anne xx

Anonymous said...

Morning Chris. What a gorgeous Jar and a perfect Valentine's pressie for your hubby :) Have a lovely time. xxxx

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh wow Chris, this is so very clever! The idea is brilliant, (I think I may have to steal it...) it's just the sort of thing my hubby would love too.... I also love how many things are re-purposed on this wonderful jar, - the flowers on the top are just stunning!! Love also how you used the Sainsburt coasters. The finished jar looks amazing!

Artyjen said...

How brill! :) Great are going to have many happy Valentine events. It always pays to keep those little trinkets! (My house should be called trinket heaven!)
xoxo Sioux

Glenda said...

What a beautiful jar. Love those pretty flowers! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Pamellia said...

Wow Chris, this is absolutely amazing! I just love the whole idea, what a romantic gift and I may be putting this idea to good use! You made some wonderful flowers using Julie's tutorial and I love that little banner you put together! Such a fabulous creation Chris!!

While I'm here I want to say thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for my 'Valen-Twine' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

Eliza said...

How sweet to do something like this, I am sure he will love it, can't you sneek it into your handbag or even a wrapped parcel and tell him to not look but it needs packing regardless. Let us know how you go.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda

Pammejo said...

Fabulous Valentine Gift, your husband will love it...Thanks for joining us on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.

Unknown said...

Such an original gift Chris, this is a wonderful idea!! The jar is beautiful, the flowers are just the perfect touch on top. Love the lace detail too xx

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful project Chris! Love all the little notes! The blossoms look amazing and the lace adds such a touch of elegance!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

That is one "twistedly" awesome jar. I was especially delighted to see fabric flowers. They are wonderful, and recycled, too!! Have fun on your next journey.

Sarah Anderson said...

stunning project Chris, and such a great idea :)

massofhair said...

Wonderful romantic Valentine gift Chris, bet your Husband loves it too. So much love and thought has gone into your jar it really is filled with love:-) xxx

Jenny Marples said...

Chris I ADORE this! What a romantic idea to fill the jar that way. And way to go you on giving those flowers a go - boy does it work here! LOVE it. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

Juliz Design Post said...

Wow Chris, absolutely stunning and such a romantic keepsake, what a fantastic idea. I love all the detail you have packed onto this and so glad you enjoyed my post on the Upcycled flowers. Yours look perfect on the lid of your jar and so pretty. Thanks for putting a link to my blog, much appreciated.
Julie x

Ruth said...

What a fabulous and gorgeous idea! Love, love, love this jar, the use of fabric and lace has been perfect. Can you tell I LOVE it!! Ruth xx

Lynne K said...

What a lovely idea, Chris! Your jar is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations.


Words and Pictures said...

What an absolutely lovely present, Chris - quite the most romantic thing I've seen on my travels in the run-up to V-Day. Beautiful idea to have the time-spending suggestions, and the whole thing looks so lovely. Big bravo!
Alison xx

Words and Pictures said...

Oops, got so carried away I forgot to say thank you so much for playing along at The Artistic Stamper.
Alison xx

Gloria Stengel said...

This is an awesome project! I love all the flowers! It reminds me...when my kids were small, I used to keep a jar like this with activities for us to do together. Special things, out of the daily grind! I miss those days. Maybe my hubbie and I need a jar...and thanks for the giggle about the items that you did not photograph as they were TMI. hee hee hee Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge!