January 19, 2016

Forever Young

Using the lid from a vintage cigar box this piece, made for Tim's Idea-ology booth at CHA this year, features:

a Curio KnobVignette Boxes, Letterpress, Big Chat, Thrift Shop Ephemera, Apothecary and Corked Vials, an Ornate Plate, Hex Fasteners, Alpha Dice, Box Corners and the new Dapper paper.

And it all started with an idea to cut-up a group photo and put people inside bottles.

I used an Occasions Found Relative for this one that featured children dressed-up in their Easter best. You can also see the Dapper cigar box strips that worked perfectly to cover the front edge of the Vignette Box.

I'd also like to point out the apothecary labels that come with the new brown vials--they make the bottles look so authentic.

To place the children inside, I removed the backing from the photo, cut-out the individuals then curled them slightly so they would fit through the neck of the bottle. To anchor them in place I used a bit of Glossy Accents and the end of a long toothpick as an applicator.

The Alpha Dice makes it easy to spell-out a variety of words as there are multiples of the most common letters in each set.

But for me, the single-most important element in this piece was the blue background paper from Dapper. I had experimented with a variety of papers before choosing this one and the moment I placed it in the background the assemblage was instantly transformed. It's really a terrific collection and I can't wait to see how others might use it.

If you're interested, here's a link to all the projects I made for this year's event.


  1. Little people in little jars - what a fabulous thought! Love love this super cool project! TFS!

  2. Very interesting indeed! I like that BG color too. Nice to see some TH colors other than browns, etc.

  3. This one is fabulous too - I love the photos inside the glass elements, and I can't wait to get my hands on that dapper paper.
    Alison x

  4. Fantastic! Love the photos in the bottles.

  5. A favorite of the show. That background was the catalyst for such a great piece. Your attention to detail is impeccable.

  6. Brilliant to put the photos in the bottles. I can only imagine the patience that must have taken! Beautiful composition.

  7. Love your idea to put the youth in bottles. Your creation is wonderful. J'adore !

  8. Your projects are amazing! Love the photos in the bottles!