Thursday, January 12, 2012

Time in a Bottle

In my kit for the Scrapbook Queen's design team, I had a vial that completely stumped me. I can't use it on a scrapbook page because it's way too lumpy, and it won't fit in an envelope. Anyway, it's one of those things that I just left in my bin, and thought about occassionally. I had lunch with a friend yesterday and tossed a few ideas out. I was leaning towards a jar decorated for the tooth fairy, but last night, I was surfing the net (or is it interweb now?), and was inspired by the Jim Croce song, "Time in a Bottle."   The last verse of the song goes:

          But there never seems to be enough time
          To do the things you want to do once you find them
          I've looked around enough to know
          That you're the one I want to go through time with

Those last two lines really resonated with me  Ok... Got it!!

I put some time in a bottle. Well, the word "time" printed on kraft paper and curled so that the word showed on the outside. Mixed in some bronze Jewel Glitter Ritz to be sandy (but still sparkly). Tied it off with some string. I actually put some glue on the inside lip of the vial before corking it so that it wouldn't accidentally open and leave sparkle everywhere.

Once that was done, I got down to the business of cardmaking. I cut out a pretty heart swirl with my Cameo (the shape is "essence of love") and inked it up a bit. I was going for tone-on-tone, but didn't want the shape to disappear completely.

Then, I needed a piece of the Harmonie/Bella Bohemia paper. I didn't cut it right from the corner, because this is the type of paper I like to use as matting for an entire page. This way, I can leave a one inch border and still use a full 12x12 mat.

I used a doily to make a ruffle. The doily is round, so I cut an arc out, and stuck it down on a piece of Sookwang sticky tape. When I made it straight, the edges ruffle up. I did scrunch it up a bit and add a little bit of pink ink to it to add some extra dimension.

Then I worked on assembly. I had a heart left over from the negative of the "essence of love," so I added some stickles to that.  I coloured an ivory button with some Shell Pink alcohol ink, and tied it all together with some Twinery Twine.  The end result is a pretty Valentine's Day card with a masculine edge to it. And the beauty of a Valentine's Day card is that you hand deliver it, so a lumpy vial won't matter!!

By the way, if you head over to the Scrapbook Queens Forum, I have a challenge posted there. We have a pretty cool giveaway for one lucky participant. Any layout uploaded and posted before February 6th will be eligible to win. Also, all participants will earn "Diva Dollars" to be used towards future auctions.

Products used:  Bazzill Cardstock, Bella Bohemia Botanque paper, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Spun Sugar and Brushed Corduroy), The Twinery twine (Blossom), paper doily, Tim Holtz vial, Cotton Candy Stickles, Bronze Jewel Glitter Ritz, Shell Pink Alcohol Ink


  1. Awesome card, Rona! I have been stumped over what to o with the tiny bottle! I like your idea a lot. :)

  2. Beautiful work, Rona! Very creative, and I LOVE the "Time in a Bottle" reference. And congratulations on your new Designer status!

  3. WOW! That card is absolutely beautiful! I would have been stumped too but you did a great job. Congrats on the DT. Fellow Pea stopping by to say hello. :)

    1. Thanks Becky! Always nice to see a Pea on here!

  4. Hi Rona, your card turned out fantastic!

  5. Wow, what an absolutely beautiful card--I'm going to become a follower! I have a new blog, too! :)