Thursday, 7 April 2016

Emerald Creek Dares - Anything Goes

It's time for another challenge from Emerald Creek Dares and this time it is Anything Goes!

This month I chose to upcycle some glass vases I found at the thrift store ($1 each!). These will be perfect to hold some cuttings from garden. My tulips, lilies & poppies are already starting to pop up so I hope the snow stays away!

On to my project....
So pretty and so simple to do!

First I gave the vases a quick clean up as they were quite dusty from being stored in the garage.
Next up I painted each vase then while the paint was still wet I sprinkled with a selection of pastel embossing powders from Emerald Creek.
Distress Paint Worn Lipstick & Emerald Creek Pastel Pink Embossing Powder

Left - Distress Paint Twisted Citron & Emerald Creek Pastel Green Embossing Powder
Right - Distress Paint Dusty Concord & Emerald Creek Pastel Lilac Embossing Powder

I left the vases to dry on their own before using my heat gun to heat set the embossing powders.
After the heat setting the embossing powders, I took an ink blending tool and applied Potting Soil Archival Ink all over the vases to highlight the beautiful details.

I dyed some crinkle ribbon for each vase using the coordinating Distress Stains and added some charms for a finishing touch.

& Tim Holtz Idea-ology Typed Token

I used Distress Crayons to add some colour to each charm. These work especially well 
on the Typed Tokens.

Charms - Prize Cameo Charm & Squirrel Charm (both from Emerald Creek) 

I painted the cameo charm with Wilted Violet Distress Paint and wiped away some the paint after it was dry. I used the Peeled Paint Distress Crayon on the squirrel.

Charm - Love Your Life Frame 

I found this charm in my stash and used Distress Crayon to highlight the words.

These were so much fun to make and I can't wait to fill them with some fresh flowers!
Products used for this project:

Distress Paints - Worn Lipstick, Twisted Citron, Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet.
Ranger Archival Ink - Potting Soil
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Typed Tokens - hope
Crinkle Ribbon
Vases - Thrift Store 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. 
Now it;s time to visit the rest of the Emerald Creek Design Team Blogs and get even more inspiration before you show off your Anything Goes project at the Emerald Creek Dares blog. I can't wait to see your amazing creations!

& Special Guest Blogger


  1. These are gorgeous and such an incredible idea!! Love the colours you used for the vases too...I bet they will look amazing filled with fresh cut flowers!

  2. Such a brilliant idea and your new vases look so beautiful!
    And you can never have too many of them, right? ;)

    Claudia xxx

  3. Fantastic Idea Julia! Love the bright colours you used and the texture is fantastic on them!

  4. This is so freakin' clever! I am totally going to try this. You need to come over and demo! But first we will hit the thrift shop.

  5. Lovely spring colors!!
    Jackie ")

  6. You have inspired me to take a second look at some old vases in my garage Julia, gorgeous colours and what a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing them! Deb xo


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