Sunday, July 14, 2013

It isn't easy being Green

I had to say "It isn't easy being Green" as our challenge this week is all about green at Simon Says Stamp and Show.  I kept singing the Kermit the frog song about "It isn't easy being green" while I was working on my project.

You can interpret green in a variety of ways as being in the colors that you use on your project or as in being green and up-cycling something.

 My project has no shades of green on it but I did up-cycle a vase that was a previously failed project.  I tried a technique on it and wasn't successful.  This gave me an opportunity to up-cycle my failed project into something new.

I started with a colored glass vase.

And added a layer of tissue paper and doilies around the edges:

I then added a touch of grunge embossing paste through a stencil one one side and lace trims and flowers around the other areas.
I painted all the surfaces:

Including my embellishments:

And started adding embellishments:
Buttons, Flowers, and a stamped butterfly.
I added metal embellishments and other re-cycled bits and bobs.  I painted everything in white acrylic paint. I loved how it looked in white but wanted to see how it would look with color.

I pulled out the glimmer mists and misted areas in yellow and then added areas in pink.

The hardest part was getting photos to show of the softness of the misted surfaces.

The other side:

Another side view:

I finished it off with a spritz of perfect pearl mist. 

Products: Perfect Pearls - Pearl Mist,     Claudine Hellmuth Ranger Studio - Paint   PaperArtsy - Grunge Paste Medium Texture, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Timepieces, Keys, Studio Calico - Wood Butterfly Hero Arts Antique Engravings Butterfly, Buttons, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Lavish Trimmings, , Prima Flowers, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Yellow, Pink, BO Bunny Medium Doily, Idea-Ology Game Spinners, The Crafters Workshop Mini Zinnia Stencil

Come join in and show us your green for a chance to win a gift certificate from the ever generous  Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Suzz...very cool upcycled vase. Love all of the doilies, buttons, flowers and other "goodies" you've added on to this to create such a pretty piece. Your Glimmer Mist colors really are pretty and I can just imagine that shimmer that you've achieved on the surface by using them. <3 Candy

  2. A brilliant example of upcycling - this is so beautiful and love the subtle colouring and all the textures.

  3. My goodness, what amazing upcycling. This is an incredible project.

  4. What a gorgeous and unique result..great alteration Suzanne!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  5. Oh... this creation is totally cool, Suzz. Love all the beautiful elemenets you used and the colors are just gorgeous! :)

  6. Perfect vintage shabby chic decor. It'll be fun to add some flowers and enjoy!

  7. Very cool! Love the alteration and all the elements you used!

  8. what a wonderful fun project Sue. lovely soft colours and a great way to use up odds and ends too.

  9. This piece is absolutely STUNNING Suzz, an amazing transformation and wonderful piece of upcycling. This really is a wonderful piece. Love how you added all the elements and then sprayed with the Glimmer Mists. Love all the texture and layers. Fantastic. Tracy x x

  10. Gorgeous colours, this looks like it was great fun to decorate
    Rosie x

  11. Haha! I love that song by Kermit D. Frog :) This is a great vase & I love the way you colored it!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. Wow Suzanne! Your upcycled vase is GORGEOUS! I'm green with envy ;) Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Gorgeous, love the soft color and pretty textures!

  14. Wow - look at that - what amazing texture you've created with all those wonderful elements - love it, Suzz!
    Alison x

  15. stunning texture!!!

  16. This is supercool Sue! What a great idea. Your vase is beautiful. Love all the textures!

  17. What a stunning vase. And how great that you revisited an old project and made it so very pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  18. Oh wow Suzz, what a fabulous and gorgeous project!! Thank you for sharing also how you made it. I'm definitely going to give this a try.

    hugs, Wendy

  19. How adorable. It looks all soft and fuzzy! Great job!


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