Wednesday, August 4, 2010

What a Difference a Label Makes!

I need to start this posting out giving "props" to Kathy from Creative Home Expressions.  She was featured on the Graphics Fairy Brag Monday showing some beautiful bottles that she decorated with graphics, ribbon, and charms.  I absolutely fell in love with what she did and knew that I wanted to do something similar.  Here is a picture of her bottles... aren't they gorgeous???!!!

I left a comment on her blog to which she replied.  I then sent a message back to her and said, "You'll never guess where I am... Going around to our GW stores. What am I looking for??? Well bottles of course!!!"  LOL!!"

Well, I didn't find the type of bottles that she used, but I did find two matching bottles that I thought would work nicely.  Sooooooo, today I wanted to come up with some lables to go on these...

It was a little difficult to design a label because of the odd shape of the bottles.  After some trial and error I decided that the best route to go was with round labels.  Next I needed to decide on the graphics to use.  I don't know about you, but The Graphic Fairy has so many fantastic graphics that the hardest part of creating a project is deciding WHICH of her fabulous graphics to use!!!  These were the ones I decided on.  The first one was perfect except for the color.  I went into my graphics program and swapped out some colors, then it was just a mater of making it the right size.

This is the original....
This is after is changed the colors...

The next one was a little more difficult.  I really liked this label, but I had to do a bit of work to be able to use it as a round label. 

After I messed with it a bit I decided it needed a little something more, so I added this lovely crown.

This is what the final label looked like.

I printed the pictures directly onto label paper, so it was just a matter of cutting them out and placing them on the bottles.  I had actually designed several different versions, but decided these worked best for my decor.

In keeping with the lovely bottles that Kathy made, the next step was to find some ribbon and charms to use on the neck of the bottles.  This is how they turned out...

I decided they needed just one more thing, and that was something IN the bottles.  I went to my "craft stash" and found some mini shells to put in one bottle, and some beans to put in the other.  PERFECT'O!!

Here's some final picts.

The Graphics FairyCreative Home Expressions. So, a big thank you to Kathy for her great idea, and thanks to Karen for the wonderful graphics.  I'm so excited - I now have a sweeeeeet new decoration.  Since I'm in the process of redoing my entire downstairs, I'm sure I'll find the perfect place to display these!!!!  Thanks ladies!!!


  1. These turned out great, Debbie! I am impressed that you can do things with the graphics to change colors and all that. It takes me hours to play with these things and I never have a good outcome! Love your embellishments, too. That key is gorgeous! Great idea to use labels, too. I'll have to try that.

  2. Hi Debbie...

    Oooh...I love, love, LOVE how your decorative bottles turned out! What a creative and talented lady you are!!! I love the old "frenchy" look of the labels! Ohhh...and I love the beautiful brown ribbon and embellishments!!! They just make the bottles, I think! I really do like all of the pretty graphics that Karen over at Graphics Fairy always shares!

    Well...I have several of these decanter bottles! Of course, they are stuck away in the closet right now! I would love to try this! Thank you so much for sharing your project with us...such an inspiration!!! So now I'm curious...where are you displaying these pretty bottles? Hehe!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  3. What a great idea! I love labels and the bottles! They turned out great! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and becoming a new follower :)! I can't wait to see what changes you have instore for your home.

  4. Your bottles turned out beautiful and I love the labels.TFS.Have a great day.

  5. The bottles look like a million with these labels. You did a fantastic job.

  6. Your bottles are fabulous! I really love how you embellished them. They look like they came from an expensive boutique! Saw you over at the Graphics Fairy :)

  7. Genius!! I love how you changed them up and came up with your own design! And the bottles you chose are gorgeous! Great job Debbie. Thanks so much for linking this up to Brag Monday.

    P.S. Did you notice? I'm following you now!

  8. Hi Again Debbie,
    Thanks for your nice comments, and a belated thanks for following! I am still loving your beautiful bottles, I just may have to borrow your idea! :) Have a great day!

  9. What graphics program do you use to modify things like these labels?

  10. I use Corel Draw for my graphics program. I know a lot of people use Adobe, but I've been using Corel almost from the beginning, so I have just grown with it. You know the old saying... can't teach an old dog new tricks!!!! ;-)

  11. I have used the graphics fairy labels...they are fantastic. Your bottles look great. Coming over from Vanessa's

  12. Oh my goodness! Those look just gorgeous! Thank you so much for coming to visit and joining the party this week! And, for becoming a new "friend" too! I'm doing likewise and look forward to getting to know you better here in Blogland!
    P.S. Your blog is fabulous! :-)

  13. Wow! What a beautiful transformation!

  14. I have one bottle like this that I was going to use for mouthwash in our master bath. How great it would look with a label on it!!! Thanks for sharing!!


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