Busy Beetle – Altered Bottle

Blogging at the weekend… where will it end!

Hi everyone, hope you are all well and enjoying the weekend.  With all my jobs  finished this morning, I treated myself to a bit of crafting this afternoon.

I went for something a bit different than I usually do.  Some times it’s nice just to craft for the fun of it and see what you end up with.  Well that’s my excuse anyway.

Here is my little altered gin bottle.

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Now you can see why I called it busy beetle.   Definately not minimilistic….blimey, I had to just check how to spell that! I used this beetle stamp here a few weeks ago.  The photo below shows the detail a little bit better.

First of all I stamped the little beetles, plus an extra image for decoupage purposes,  onto some thick, silvery blue, metalic looking cardstock, embossed the images and then painted the bettles with twinkling H2O’s.   I covered the larger bettle’s  back with tiny little seed beads using diamond glaze.  From the spare images I had stamped, I cut the wings and heads off (I know, how cruel!!lol!) and attached them with some glue and silicon. I stamped just the little clock on some white glossy card, cut it out and glued it on.

For the main bottle.  I covered the bottle with PVA and then with purple mulberry paper, pushing all of the air bubbles out with a small paint brush.  When it was dry, I used a fancy patterned corner mask and some purple DIs to make a pattern on the mulberry paper.  I then sprayed the whole bottle with a fixative to seal the ink.

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For the front of the bottle.  I tore a piece of pretty paper and glued it, using spray glue,  to the mulberry paper.   I added some sprocket die cuts.   I then put the bottle into a wire net which came off a wine bottle.  I cut out some flowers and leaf flourishes, using dies, attached a couple of brads and glued those on to the bottle with hot glue.

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I then attached the beetles using hot glue.  I wrapped some gold cord around the stem of the bottle, traping the ends of the wire netting.  I then threaded some beads onto the ends of wire.  Stamps used Chocolate Baroque.

Thanks for looking.  Happy crafting.

Best Wishes Florence x

56 Comments

  1. belocchio

    THAT’S IT! I am taking up drinking gin. If I drink enough I might think my bottle could look like yours – but I don’t think that will EVER happy. Good golly Miss Molly this is nothing short of outrageous fabulous. Virginia

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  2. kalfury

    Just had to pop in and have a look at this as I am Marie’s younger (sober) sister, she mentioned that her drinking problem had been outed here…. I have to tell you all that your fears are well founded, she was here in April and after she left we found a stash of Bombay Sapphire Gin bottles under the bed….and they weren’t full!!! We’ve tried to arrange some counselling for her but she just won’t go…
    On a more serious note,this bottle is absolutely amazing! If I had this talent it would drive me to drink just so that I could have these around my house. Mind you I wouldn’t need to drink the contents if Marie was nearby. The other point to note is that she’s a Jack Daniels addict too, she even got my husband started on it……
    Off to look at your other work now X

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    1. Florence

      Hi Karen, Really great to meet you. I have heard a lot about you from Marie. Obviously during her sober moments…. I know they are few and far between these days!! lol! Thank you so much for calling in to say hello and for your lovely comments. Happy knitting.
      Regards Florence xx

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      1. kalfury

        Thank Florence,
        She’s not a bad old bird, just don’t tell anyone but, she’s a terrible gambler too, she’s given the game away with her latest post….

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  3. Lisa

    Florence,
    I ended the summer with more local travels but have been seeing your wonderful posts. You accomplish so much and display and share it so nicely! Your art is so inviting and lovely! Have a wonderful fall !

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    1. Florence

      Hello Lisa, Wonderful to hear from you. Hope you have enjoyed the summer. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely coment. Always great to hear from you. Take care.
      Regards Florence x

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    1. Florence

      Hi Vivian. Hope all is well. Well, I know you are because of your new fabulous and exciting news!! Congrats again. I had so much fun with this. It was just nice to create something for the fun of it and have no boundaries if you know what I mean. Can’t wait to see your altered project. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence x

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  4. wlbillings

    Hey miss Florence. Oh my. Where do you get all your great ideas. This, like always is lovely. Do you like the twinkling h2os? are they like perfect pearls? I just saw them in the store the other day. Hope you are well. ((hugs)) Wendy and Jazz

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    1. Florence

      Hi Wendy and Jazz, Hope you both are in fine fettle. I have never used perfect pearls. Twinkling H2Os are little pots of paint in a hard sort of cake form and you spritz them with water to activate. I have had my paints for about 10 years!!! I only use them for fairies and butterfly wings. If I had my time again I wouldn’t buy them because I, personally, dont use them enough. I would probably go for mica powder because you can add water to this and also add it to craft paints and fabric paints for shimmer effect. The H2Os are great applied to bold style stamps and used for stamping. I found, when using them to paint stamped images, that if the paint was to thick it covered the stamping lines but if it was to thin it looked naff. So, I colour with felt tips and then go over this with a thinner coat of the H2Os. The colours do mix well together so I would advise (only my opinion) buying individual pots rather than the sets. It works out expensive buying the sets and you end up with very similar colours. For example There is a really lovely deep wine colour that mixes with a forest green to make a nice brown so why buy the brown! I bet you wished you hadn’t asked!!! LOL! 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Nice chatting with you both.
      Regards Florence x

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    1. Florence

      Hi Susan. Hope all is well with you and yours. Great to hear from you. I was really pleased with the M. paper. There didn’t seem to be a problem with air bubbles or too many wrinkles. I will definately use this again on a similar project. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence x

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  5. Shirley D

    Hello Florence ! Oh my gosh ! Your altered bottle is gorgeous ! Love the colour combination, your fabulous beetle and beautiful flowers. Great work by a talented lady ! Happy Sunday, Shirleyx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Shirley. Lovely to hear from you. Hope you enjoyed the weekend. I love that little beetle stamp. Thank you for calling in and for your kind words. Shirley, I have been trying, this morning, to leave a comment on your fabulous journal page. I will visit again later so pop the kettle on! 🙂
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi T, Hope you are both well. I am sure the gin went down nicely! Great to hear from you. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Take care,
      Florence x

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    1. Florence

      Hi Von. Hope all is well. Pleased you like it. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence x

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    1. Florence

      Helloooo! Hi how are you. Hope all is well. I love those sort of cabinets. Filled with oddities and treasures. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence x

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    1. Florence

      Hi Netty. Always great to hear from you. Hope you are enjoying the weekend. I dont think I will ever look at a gin bottle in the same way after the comments on this post! he he 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Hugs, Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Amanda. Hope all is well. Lovely to hear from you. The Flower die is Spellbinders (Donna-Salazar) Cut-emboss-stencil “Rose Creations”. The leaf flourish is a Marianne Designs Creatables – Branch forest. Thank you for calling in and for your kind words.
      Hugs, Florence x

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      1. heavenlyimaginings

        Hi Florence

        I was pretty sure the Flower die was Donna Salazar’s you should enter this on her Ning site Girlie Grunge as it fits in perfectly with this months challenge of creating a gift :).

        Hugs

        Amanda

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    1. Florence

      LOL! Hope all is well Alison. You are lucky. I have got to go back to altering jam jars!! I will have to go and sit by the bottle bank 😉 Great to hear from you. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comment.
      Regards Florence x

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  6. Meggymay

    This is awesome, loads of fabulous additions makes it look very special. Its definitely a talking point for a Saturday evening, shame its empty.
    Yvonne x

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    1. Florence

      Hi Yvonne, Great to hear from you. Hope all is well. We will have to go to Greece and see Marie. She has plenty of full ones stashed away! lol! Thank you for calling in and for such a lovely comment.
      Regards Florence x

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  7. papercraftnut

    This is really gorgeous, Florence. So many beautiful layers and lovely things to look at. What a fun way to spend an afternoon. Funny how everyone wants to know what happened to the gin! lol.

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    1. Florence

      Hi Tracy. Hope all is well. It’s that Marie. Don’t tell anyone but she is a bad influence on me! I led a sheltered life until I met her 😉 Great to hear from you. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  8. lynne

    Trust Marie to lower the tone!!!!
    Stunning but definitely not minimal but oh so pretty and great colours.
    Those beetles are such fun.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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      1. Florence

        You can’t take her anywhere Lynne 🙂 It would be dull and boring without her though. Marie knows we love her really. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Take care,
        Florence x

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  9. Valerie-Jael

    Hmm, I want to know who drank the gin and the wine?? The bottle is gorgeous, love how you have made it look so summers, and the beetle looks great! Glad you had a fun afternoon! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Florence

      Hi Valerie, Hope you have had a good day. Unlike Marie I don’t acutally drink. Well, I might have a whisky at Christmas. Freddie is the wine slurper. I’m a cuppa tea kinda gal! Great to hear from you. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Sending hugs,
      Florence xx

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  10. baileyrosy

    I just have one question , wheres the gin!!!!!. Fabulous Florence, amazing details, love the beatle and all of those gorgeous flowers. Beats housework any day !

    Marie

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    1. Florence

      Hey Marie, You are not going to believe this but I did think about you when I made this. I nearly put a comment about your Gin drinking in the post but thought it may offend!!! lol! Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comment.
      Cheers!
      Florence x

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        1. Florence

          Absolutely! I did here on the grapevine that you carry a bucket of ice with a bottle of gin in it instead of a handbag when you go anywhere!! LOL! I won’t tell you who told me… yes I will it was Lynne! 🙂
          Florence x

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  11. butterfly

    WOWOW! Oh my… well I certainly didn’t expect that when I came here, but it’s sensational! The mulberry paper base by itself is quite something, but your flowers and bees… and those wonderful turquoise “bubbles” round the neck – outstanding piece of altered art! I’m open-mouthed in awe… (no exaggeration!)
    Alison x

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    1. Florence

      Alison, you have made my day! Seriously, thank you for such a lovely comment. It really is appreciated. Enjoy the weekend. Take care.
      Regards Florence x

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