Sunday, February 27, 2011

It's time!!!!! Dream Valley Challenge #1!!!!!

It's time for the very first Dream Valley Challenge, and you really can't get any easier than...


That's right...card, layout, altered anything...enter it this week for a chance to win the following:

1st prize: £10 voucher to Lili of the Valley 2nd prize: Fashionista and Dude Simply Sassy set

3rd prize: Windswept Simply Sassy

Yeah, you want to participate in this week's challenge! Here's what I created for this, an altered jelly jar candle holder. I sell these on Etsy, but this one's for a dear friend who has a January birthday like me :) I promised I'd send one her way, so watch your mail, Natalie, this baby is on it's way!

It's pretty easy to make one of these yourself. Clean up an old jelly jar, making sure to get any remaining glue scraped off, as it is quite noticeable through the tissue paper if you don't! I used this adorable snowflake tissue paper I found before Christmas at Target. You can also find cute patterned tissue paper at the dollar store. I recommend tissue paper, as the candle light comes right through, and with this candle, it lights those snowflakes right up! Adhere the tissue paper to the jar using the decoupage glue of your choice (I use Mod Podge.) After it is dry, you can start decorating it!

I used my Stretch Your Imagination cartridge for the snowflake and sentiment, inking the snowflake as it didn't stand out enough on the blue tissue paper. Isn't the snowman sitting at the end of "Winter" adorable? After you get everything in place, coat it with about 3 layers of Mod Podge, assuring it is all sealed good and tight. This way, nothing will peel off while it is being stored with all of the winter decorations in our damp basement! I finished it off by adhering a ribbon around the rim and adding a bow. Simple and oh-so cute!

This picture doesn't really do it justice, it looks even better lit up in person! I love how the shapes stand out even more when the candle is lit :)
Head over to the Dream Valley Challenge blog to check out what our DT has done with this challenge (there's a pretty cool altered artist's palette), and enter your own creation into our challenge! You have until midnight March 5, hope to see you there (and send your friends!)


Kendra said...

Yeah, we've finally started!! Love the jar Khristen

SusieLou said...

This is gorgeous, Khristen and even prettier when lit up! Susie x

Carole of Brum said...

This really looks great and nice to see non-card projects in challenges. I could see myself making one of these (when I find out what modge podge is! lol). CoB

Mags said...

This looks fabulous! What a clever idea! Thank you!

luv, Mags x

melsanford said...

Oh, this is just beautiful! Gorgeous tissue paper and I love the cute little snowman :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

Lin said...

Oh my how gorgeous is this!

Is a jelly jar what we Brits call Jam?? Fab recycling whatever the original product was.

Lin xx

Carrie's Corner said...

Great recycle project that looks fantastic day or night! Great job!


Woman of Many Thoughts said...

I love it when people take something that's potentially garbage and turn it into something so super cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

Denise said...

Fabulous jar girl. It's no wonder your girlfriend wants one. I love that you reused an old jelly jar.

Jennie said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I am definitely going to have a go at making one of these!! xxx

Melly said...

OMG its stunning!
How amazing does it look lite up!!
I so gotta try this and all the modge podge stuff!!
Hee exciting all this!!
Hugs Melly xxx

Fiona said...

wow this is really pretty..I am rubbish at this kind of well done!!


Lynne in NI said...

I was just thinking looking at your pics that I'll bet it looks fab lit up ... and then you obliged with a photo! Not surprised your friend fancied one, its lovely!