Friday, July 15, 2011

Butterflies Fly Free (LOTS of picts & text!!)

Hi all!
Becky here today to share another Out-of-the-Box idea with a Peek-a-View Box "Lantern" & the fabulous new Butterfly Assortment from Creative Cuts & More!!
When I first saw the Butterfly Assortment, I knew that I wanted to play with it! How could you not? With 3 different sized butterflies cut in all sorts of fun materials!!
Hanging Butterfly Lantern
I love working with the Peek-a-View Box for things other than its intent! It's such an easy product to think of different ways to doctor it up!! So, I got this crazy idea to cut a hole in the bottom & fit one of those battery-operated tea lights inside! Because it's meant to be hung, I had to tape the "peek-a-view" (acetate) portion to the cardstock part so that the bottom wouldn't fall out. Because of that, I needed the light to poke out a little from the bottom so that I can turn it on/off & change the battery when needed.
View from the bottom
(But, I did glue the tea light to a piece of floral foam inside so that it was more anchored in the hole in the bottom.)
Tea light inside
After I figured out the logistics of the light in the box, the rest was just plain fun! I added alcohol ink to one side of the acetate from the box to look like stained glass, and did the same to 4 vellum butterflies from the Assortment. 
Alcohol Ink on the acetate of the box
While that was all drying, I pulled out the Glimmer Mist in 2 shades of blue & added that to 3 of the "dictionary" butterflies & one aqua cardstock butterfly. When those were all dry, I used some Red Tacky Tape to attach one vellum butterfly to one dictionary butterfly for the bottom hanging ones; and the larger vellum butterfly to the cardstock one for the top. Using fishing line, I strung a length between the layers to hang from the bottom.
Bottom butterflies
In order to hang all the butterflies, the dominoes & suspend the entire thing from more fishing line, I used my crop-o-dile to put holes & eyelets in the top (4) & bottom (3). The top butterfly is attached with a dab of Aileen's Tacky Glue just on the bottom of the wings (That stuff is like cement!!).
Top of lantern butterfly
For the box itself, I inked it all over with walnut ink & added some Antique Brass Distress paint to shabby it up. I found some great images on Etsy for the dominoes (I drilled a hole in them & inserted an eye hook with my Dremel) that fit right in with my theme!
Top Domino - "Land of Enchantment" shop
Inside Domino - "Magicpug" shop
That's pretty much it! Hope you enjoyed my little treasure!
Here's just a few other things I've done with this great box...
For holding sea shells

For holding scary candy corn!
Or just a crazy circus box!
Don't forget to hop on over to Creative Cuts & More to order your own Butterflies & Peek-a-View Boxes to play with!!
See what kind of crazy creations you can do with them too!!

Designer: Becky Voth

1 comment:

Nora Anne said...

This butterfly hanging is AMAZING!!!!!! Such a beautiful and creative idea! I love the way you thought "outside of the box" with this one! REALLY SUPER COOL! and just so beautiful! Love it :)