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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Christmas Spirit at Chocolate Baroque

Hi there, Christmas has arrived in my little corner of the UK lol, Glenda has launched some amazing new Christmas stamps at Chocolate Baroque, so I've been busily getting into the Christmas spirit :-)
I love this stamp with the beautiful Christmas tree and the dog and cat silhouettes, isn't it fab? Its on the new 'Gift of Christmas' themeplate, which you can find here

I love to alter bottles and I thought this stamp would be perfect to create a little Christmas Spirit using an old Jim Beam bottle. Good job my son's mates all save me their bottles as I don't drink so I'd be stuck altering milk bottles lol. Anyway back to the details of my project. I painted the bottle with gesso (white where the snow is and around the neck and black gesso in between and left it to dry before giving it another coat. Next I brushed on some Multi medium matte over the white gesso and sprinkled with glamour dust for a little snowy sparkle.

To create the images I used pine needles distress ink and glimmer mists to colour some white card and then stamped the gorgeous silhouette and tree stamp four times and embossed with sparkly white embossing powder. Slight problem as I wanted the silhouettes to be black, fortunately my trusty promarkers came to the rescue and coloured the embossing beautifully. Next I cut the images out and added little dots of stickles for the fairy lights. I used multi medium to adhere the images on each side of the bottle. This pic shows the detail of the image a little better:

To finish off I added snow to the night sky using an Inksentials white pen and then added ribbon and lace around the top of the bottle. The lace was a bit tricky to position but a few blobs from my hot glue gun held it in place. The ribbon around the top has a border of holly leaves so I added a few little berries from my stash.

I'm entering my bottle in the following challenges:
Do you stack up: 4 legged friends
Gingerloft: Silhouette
Totally gorjuss: lacey, lacey
Winter Wonderland: Ribbon and Lace

Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx


  1. Wow! What a fabulous bottle it is now. Another one of your brilliant makes. I love it.
    Beryl xx

  2. WOW, that's fab. Love it. Brilliant project, x

  3. This is gorgeous, such a lovely design


  4. Claire this is gorgeous, such a fab idea, thanks for joining us at LMMS. Joey x

  5. I'm struck by how your attention to the detail of berries & stars makes this such an outstanding item overall - love the way you've made the tree twinkle & your use ProMarker use is a brilliant tip.
    Paula (PEP)

  6. Fabulous Claire.
    Hugs Brenda xox

  7. I wish I could alter a bottle and have it look as gorgeous as this! A x

  8. This is fantastic Claire

    Jackie x

  9. This is such a gorgeous project Claire, truly inspired. It's such a pretty item with the lace and berries. I love your step by step of how you made it, with some very clever tips in there. Hugs, Judith xx

  10. This is absolutely stunning!

    Thank you for joining us at MMCS this week! x

  11. How cool is this bottle what a fab idea !!!

    Thanks ffor joining us at Gingerloft

    Tracey DT


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