Sunday, December 11, 2016

Unstampabelles Flickering light Challenge

Hello dear readers!  Today I am guest designing at Unstampabelles challenges and this month's challenge Flickering lights and remember the caveat is NO STAMPING.  I had to think for a minute but early on settled on using some flickering tea lights left over from my wedding.  Then I saw this youtube video. If you take the time to watch the video, you will notice I did it my own way...isn't that what being an artist is about?  She used rock salt but I used Epsom salts.  They are much cheaper.  She coated a votive and I up-cycled some jars.  

I coated my jars using a sponge paint brush then sprinkled Epsom salts over the jar letting the excess land in my platter.

This step strays from the video in that since she used votives, she did not have lids to decorate.  I did have votives but I thought the lids would be fun to decorate.  I run across a problem, acrylic paint doesn't stick to the jar lids.  I found another video similar in nature that suggested using old nail polish first after which the paint will adhere!  So I dug out the oldest polish I had (that probably should have been thrown out already) and swiped it on liberally.  I painted them silver to match the Ball jar I used that already had a silver lid.

I added die cut papers, felt snowflakes, wooden snowflakes and ribbon to the lid.  Actually I won a gift certificate to DL.ART and purchased this hand dyed seam binding called Mermaid's tale.  I picked all the embellishments to match it!  It is just gorgeous!

Here's the inside of the jar where the votive can be turned on and off.

A close up of the frost effect of the Epsom salts.

A better view of the lids.

glass jars
epsom salts
Modpodge (glue)
nail polish and silver acrylic paint
silver wood snowflakes
Stampin Up felt snowflakes (very old)
Spellbinders large scallop circle die
Our Daily Bread Designs pierced circle die
Basic Grey snowflake paper (also very old scraps)
silver paper
DL.Art dyed seam binding

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thank you so much for stopping by!



  1. These are wonderful Alicia, you did a wonderful job.


  2. Wow, what a great idea! Love how you frosted the jars and decorated the lids! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Diva's this month!

  3. Wow these are stunning! Just beautiful! Love the epson salt on the outside!! Thanks for entering this month!

  4. These are wonderful! I never saw Epsom salts used like this! So clever. Thank you for joining us at Connie Can Crop's monthly challenge, "Baby It's Cold Outside". Good luck!

  5. Oh these are beautiful and festive! I make 'trinkets' each year for family, clients and friends, I will definitely put these on my list! Loving the frosty goodness!

  6. I love these Alicia!!! Fantastic job! Thank you for joining us at Connie Can Crop for her monthly challenge!

  7. Wow nice work, these are great.

    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    [Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

  8. Gorgeous creation just love it thank you for joining into our challenge at

    Michelle DT

  9. Great to have as Guest Designer at Unstampabelles. What a great piece of Upcycling and using Epsom Salts is inspiring. Thank you for that. A great set of Flickering Lights . Hugs Wynn DT

  10. A wonderfully decorated set of jars. This is a fabulous and effective technique. The frosty look is perfect for this time of year.
    Thank you for joining in with the December challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media and good luck x

  11. I love the up-cycled votive holders. Great idea and beautifully done. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  12. Lovely project!
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Carla DT

  13. Wonderful candle holders. Such a great idea. TFS and for joining us at Connie Can Crop for this month challenge "Baby, it's cold outside". Good luck. Merry Christmas

  14. This is great! Such a clever idea. Thanks so much for joining us at Connie Can Crop!
    Marji DT

  15. Fabulous creation. I love the salt technique and the texture is brilliant.
    Thanks for playing along at Altered Eclectics.
    Altered Eclectics DT

  16. Love these. Thanks for the nail polish tip, must remember that one! Just bought my Epsom Salts so thank you for sharing at Altered Eclectics, now I know what to do with them.