I started this altered globe a few weeks ago, using a damaged globe I got from Target for $6.24.  The whole project cost less than $17.  Really!!!

The first thing I did was punch a kajillion circles from Authentique Paper's Blissful Collection. I used about 4″ of paper towards the poles and almost an entire sheets for the patterns near the equator. 

I started at the bottom of the globe with the darkest paper and worked in layers, layering progressively paler circles as I moved from the south to the north. I even inked all the edges of the circles with ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink in Grey Whale, Blackbird, and Citrus Yellow.

Next I created two flowers from the phone book (free!) using Eileen Hull's Fresh Vintage Flowers, 3-D #2 Die by Sizzix. Why use a vintage book when you have thousands of pages of similar paper sitting somewhere in your house, collecting dust? I don't know why they make phone books anymore but now, I am watching to make sure I get mine!!

I sprayed Smooch Spritz in Gold Glow on a piece of wax paper so it would pool. Then I dragged the tips of the flower petals through the ink. This results in a really intense shine, as if the petals were dipped in gold. It's one of my all-time fave techniques!

I also dyed a piece of seam binding from Jen Jensen's class at Spark with Gold Glow Smooch Spritz and a tiny bit of Spun Sugar Smooch Spritz to “vintage” it up. Then I just started hot gluing all the bits and pieces to the globe. I love ting really messy bows and shredding the ends — I layered these under the flowers. I cut some butterflies from a sheet received in Jen Jensen's class at Spark and created antennae for them using the wire leftover from Cathe Holden's class at Spark. A couple buttons and flowers from my stash and my masterpiece is complete.

This little baby is going in my newly de-businessed master bedroom. I used to have my desk with my computer and files in my room, along with other business overflow, up until a few weeks ago. Xaver and I finally moved all of my “work” away from there. It is such a relaxing oasis now! We also moved two of our Expedit shelves into the room, where my desk used to be, and now I have all this display space I can't wait to fill up with art. I am going to really enjoy this process!

Wanna make one of these yourself? Here's what you'll need. By the way, I was at Marshall's today and they had globes on clearance…

  • Globe by Target = $6.24
  • Authentique Papers Blissful Collection, 5 sheets = $5
  • Smooch Spritz in Gold Glow = $4.50
  • Phone Book = FREE
  • Wire = FREE (probably about $3 if you bought it)
  • Butterflies = FREE (you can print similar ones for free from Graphics Fairy)
  • Seam Binding, yellow = FREE (from my class)
  • Seam Binding, 1/2 yard gray = $0.75 
TOTAL = $16.49

Tools (not figured into cost):
  • Sizzix Flowers, 3-D #2 Die — can hand cut the flowers if you do not have a die
  • Hot Glue
  • Wire Cutters and Jewlery Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Wax Paper
Hope you're inspired to create something today :) I am on my way to CKU San Diego –I know, haven't even posted my Spark pics and I am off to another event. I am tired and inspired! LOL Hope to bring back some awesomeness to share with you!! You can keep up with me on twitter and facebook too :)


Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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