Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Altered Tea Can with Butterflies

Hi Dreamers!
Today's project is an altered item.   This item is one of those cans that hold fancy and delicious tea blends.  Here is what the can looked like before altering and after removing the manufacturer's label.  It has a black top which you will see in other photos.

And, here is what the can looks like after being altered.  

I put this whole project together with my favorite adhesive: Pioneer Extra Strong Glue Stick.  I use this glue for all my projects.  I  use it for my cards too.  I threw away those annoying tape runners once I started using this glue.  Okay, enough.  I just really like this product.  

Materials List
A Can of some kind to alter
Pioneer Extra Strong Glue Stick
Painted Butterflies
Verses- Full Sheet
Japanese Musicians
Rhubarb Stalk-Memento
Vintage Photo and Tattered Rose Distress Ink - Ranger
Crafter's Workshop Template - Mini Swirls
Spray inks
White and Pink CS

I started this project with a piece of CS  that was made using the Mini Swirls template and Spray inks.  (See my tutorial here).  Cut the CS to fit round the can.  Next step is to stamp the Sentiments with Rhubarb Stalk ink on pale pink CS.  Distress with Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo.

Wrap around the bottom of the can.  Stamp the border from the Japanese Musicians with same ink on pale pink CS.  Distress with Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo.

Wrap the border around the top of the can.  Wrap ribbon around the top and bottom of the can.  Stamp six butterflies with all three inks and cut them out.  Glue the Butterflies to the can going around and leaving the wings free.  See the photos.  Place the butterflies so that there are butterflies all around the can.  Here views from all sides.

Now, this isn't just a pretty can.  It is also utilitarian.  I use it to hold my paint brushes.  

And, how about a few Challenges for my Altered Tea Can with Butterflies:
Simon Says stamp and Show: What do you say?
Fashionable stamping: anything goes
It's all about the vintage: Anything goes
Incy Wincy: anything but a card
Take a Word: butterflies
Twisted Tuesday: anything goes

That's all for today.  Check back tomorrow for the new Stampsmith Challenge--we have selected a nice easy theme for the month of August.  Can you guess what it is???  See you then.  Love ya.


  1. WOW what a fab makeover!! Love it!

    I have blog candy on my blog
    if you want to enter!

    Leanne xx

  2. Gorgeous project Karen, really beautiful colours and the butterflies are stunning. Thanks for joining us at FSC
    Claire xx

  3. Great project, so pretty from every angle, wouldn't mind giving your recommended glue stick a try...if I can find it in UK. Hugs lin

  4. A fantastic idea, great altered tin. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  5. Wow! Absolutely beautiful!! Love it! Thanks for playing along with us over at Twisted Tuesdays! :)

  6. Hi Karen, another great project.
    Love the colours.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avril xx

  7. A brilliant transformation, beautiful and useful. It will look good on your desk. Elizabeth

  8. Such a great idea - I love how it turned out and how it can be put right to good use! Thank you for joining us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

  9. What a stunning project! Love the colors and words! Thank you so much for joining us over at It's All About The Vintage & Beauty Challenge! Good Luck! Hugs and sunshine

  10. Practical and beautiful too. I love your butterfly flavoured alatered tea can. Gorgeous work.

  11. Very peppy and pretty! Thanks for taking part in our challenge at It's all about the vintage and beauty!

  12. Beautiful work......much more attactive now.


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