Friday, July 1, 2011

July's Designer Connection Challenge - Beads In A Bottle

What fun it was to challenge myself with a product that I have never used.  I anxiously await "hopping" through the blogs in this group to discover amazingly creative ideas.

My projects combined some of my other favorites: Sizzix dies, felt, buttons, fabric and altered art ideas.

Never having used this product before I know that it would take some practice. After some practice runs to get the "right feel" for forming the beads I created a few very simple items.
After die cutting two shades of aqua blue felt into flower shapes, I used only one color of the Beads in a Bottle to outline the pieces.  Once the beads were dry, the flowers were created and completed with a button center and felt leaves.  The flowers were glued to a narrow strip of felt.  This is then attached to a stretchy headband. This strip had a small Velcro closure attached, to make the flower accessory changeable.

Another similar hair accessory was made again by using felt, die-cut flower shapes.  Just by using only two colors of the Beads in a Bottle, another look was created.  The flowers were then glued onto a ribbon covered headband.

To coordinate with the "red,white and blue" headband, just perfect for celebrating the 4th of July, I used a very simple design on a T-shirt for my granddaughter to wear for the holiday.  Used Sizzix star die-cuts as a template and laid down masking tape for the red lines.  Finished off the look with star buttons and "stars and stripe" ribbon bow and fabric glued letters.

Finished off with a cigar box purse, collaged with papers on three sides and a canvas square on the front.  The shape of the butterfly is made with another Sizzix die.  Free form  scrolls designs with black "beads in a bottle".  I used Tulip fabric paints for coloring the butterfly and watered down inks for a light background.  Misted the entire canvas with gold Tulip glitter spray paint.

I like the look of a single color and simple lines but I would like to attempt a more intricate design with multiple colored "beads".

I did "love to create" with this fun product!


  1. Wow! So many great projects. Really fantastic.

  2. Love ALL that you did with the Beads in a Bottle!

    Carol Heppner

  3. Fantastic projects! You really went all out testing different surfaces!

  4. Very cute ideas! I especially like the purse.

  5. Madeline-so many great projects! And I only did one.....

  6. Madeline, Great projects, you are so creative!