Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Adorable Mason Jars!

Hi everyone!  A month or so ago, my mom and I were shopping around Loveland, CO and came upon some mason jars that had simple chalkboard vinyl tags and said jars were filled with odds and ends such as a few buttons and ribbons.  My mom commented on how charming these jars were and how she would like some to fill with her own collections of vintage buttons and sewing notions. Well, these jars were okay but pretty plain and I knew I could decorate jars for my mom that she would love and cherish.  Lo and behold, I got to work and following is my version of simple button holding mason jars!

I started out with a few jars, mason and others, that I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I wanted all smooth jars as not to interfere with the labels I would be putting on.  I also needed chalkboard vinyl which I thought was plentiful at the craft stores but proved to be more difficult to find.  I did purchase this 'chalkboard vinyl surface' which looked like it would work the same as regular vinyl.  Turns out it is regular vinyl just packaged under a 'ready-made' surface name :)

I then cut out some different shaped labels using my die-cuts and my Cricut.  Just a note: the Cricut cut the vinyl labels with much cleaner edges.  I realize I went a bit crazy with the labels but I had a lot of vinyl and  wanted to give my mom choices on which ever label she preferred!

Then the fun part of decorating these babies and here you have the finished products!!

Aren't they cute?....... I have to tell you when I would complete a jar I would say over and over again just how cute it was and my little dog would come in and look up at me with this quizzical look wondering who I was talking to because I am always telling him how cute he is!  So funny!

Very quickly it became apparent that the chalkboard labels would not work on the round jars.  They were just too round and the labels would not adhere wrinkle free.  I decided that they were too cute to pass up so I just made tags for both that could have the contents labeled on them if so desired.

A close-up of the tag detail  and the top of the small jar.......

Love the banner on the medium jar! It's tag actually has a removable fishtail flag that can be written on.  Too cute!

The Ball jars have smooth squared sides and are perfect for the chalkboard labels!  I plan on sending all of the labels I cut to my mom and she can change them out to her hearts content or she can buy more jars! 

For this particular jar, I added some batting to the top and then covered it with some fabric that I know my  mom loves because she has a quilt made with it!  That gave me an area to stick two beautiful pins and a small tag.  I added some lace trim around the top of the lid, a Mod Melts frame that I painted gold and a sweet Prima flower.

The "red" jar as I like to call it, is stunning in person but for some odd reason did not photograph particularly well.  This is a close up of the top of the lid that has four sweet little rolled flowers, flourishes and ribbon on it!  So adorable! 

These jars were so much fun to decorate.  I hope I have inspired you to create some for yourself!  Now I am off to contemplate which jar I am keeping for myself.....

Thanks for checking out my blog!  Bee Happy!!

Small Jar: paper-Echo Park, flower- Prima, Ribbon and Button-American Crafts, Tag-My Favorite Things Die-namics Tag Stax, Papertrey Ink 'Tiny Tags' die, Pearls-Kaisercraft, Flower Gems- Recollections, Lace-Vintage

Medium Jar: Fabric- JoAnn's, paper-Basic Grey 'What's Up'/Stampin Up!/Heidi Swapp/Crate Paper, Twine-House of Three, Jeweled Button-Bazzil, Rosette Die- The Cat's Pajamas, Doily and Fishtail Flag dies-My Favorite Things Die-namics, Banner Dies-Papertrey Ink 'Banner Builder'/'Countdown Details', Bird Button-Charlenes Button Box Etsy.com, Clothespin-American Crafts, Gold Button-K&CO, Gems and Pearls-Kaisercraft

Purple Ball Jar: Chalkboard label-Cricut, Lace trim-My Mind's Eye 'Lost and Found', Small Tag-Papertrey Ink 'Tiny Tags' die and stamp, Stickpins-Prima/Jenni Bowlin Studios, Flower-Prima, Ribbon-Stampin Up!, Gold Frame-Mod Melts, Pearl-Kaisercraft, Gems-Crystal Stickers

Red Ball Jar: Chalkboard label-Cricut, Paper-Crate Paper, Red Ribbon and Turquoise button-Stampin Up!, Twine-Raisinboat, Rolled Flowers and Flourish die-My Favorite Things Die-namics, Gems-Kaisercraft, Lace-Vintage

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Rosie Posie Birthday Cards!

Hi everyone!  Today's post is all about one of my new favorite stamp sets, the Rosie Posie two step stamps from Papertrey Ink.  These sets have not been off of my crafting space for any long length of time and they probably won't be for a while.

I have created two birthday cards each featuring a different flower from the set.  The first card I made for my son's girlfriend in happy shades of red and pink and I used the small and large posie flower stamps and coordinating dies.  I also added in a wrought iron background and a big, bright flourish.  The finishing touches are some cheery red ribbon and a Martha Stewart doily border punch.

The inside of the card and a sweet birthday sentiment for a beautiful girl.

The second card, made for my dear mother-in-law, showcases the gorgeous rose from the stamp set.  More big flourishes, scalloped borders and some bold butterflies add to the beauty.  There are also some small liquid pearls and twine in gold.

I kept the inside of this card clean and simple with a small rose and bold sentiment.

Hope you enjoyed the Rosie Posie show!  All of the additional stamps I used are listed below.

Thanks for checking out my blog!  Bee Happy!!

The supplies used:

Friday, July 19, 2013

More Wedding!

Hi everyone!  This should be the end of the wedding card posts for a bit.  We're done with weddings for the summer and don't have another one until late Fall.  These last two, though, are some of my favorites and I love the colors!

The first card is simple yet beautiful in it's simplicity.  I chose the classic colors of  black, cream and pink- very fitting for a summer wedding.  I embossed cream and black card stock using a swirly Cuttlebug folder and then pieced together sections of each.  I covered the connection with some Stampin Up! striped ribbon topped of with a soft pink strand.  The sweet little church is from the Papertrey Ink  'Love and Marriage' stamp set and I simply glittered the gables and colored in the tiny heart on the door.  A few scattered gems completed the front of the card.

A peek at the inside with another simple yet perfect sentiment and a gorgeous border.....

This more contemporary wedding card in red and black is stunning thanks again to the 'Love and Marriage' stamp set.  It's easy to create beautiful things with stamps like these!  I repeatedly stamped the heart and then embossed them in glossy black for the background and scattered around tiny red pearls.  The cream strip is also stamped a few times with the famous couple names in vivid red and layered with the beautiful wedding couple silhouette die cuts from the Papertrey Ink 'Man and Wife' dies.  I kept with the color scheme and gave her a cream gown and him red bow tie, vest and handkerchief.  

A close-up of the beautiful couple. I love her red and white bouquet!

The inside of the card with the same heart image in red and a sweet sentiment.

Thanks for checking out my blog!  Bee Happy!!  

Supplies used:

Monday, July 15, 2013

Final post for PWP!

Hi everyone!  Today is my last post as a designer for Paper Wings Productions.  It is always bittersweet saying goodbye to a team and this one was definitely a great one!  This card is also featured as the Mixed Media Monday post over at the Paper Wings Productions blog, The Aviary.

For my last post, I have a mixed media thank you card that I created to say thanks to all of the beautiful ladies on this design team.  I have incorporated lots of goodies on this card so it had to be a big one; 6 inches square to be exact!  I started with a bright, cheery yellow background and added a strip of distressed Core'dinations card stock and a small strip of washi tape that just barely peeks out.  I then layered a couple of tags, stamped with the damask background, over a sweet doily.  I used one of my favorite Paper Wings Productions stamps on the doily, the vining flower from the Flower Power set, and then added lots of bling in the form of black pearls and dark grey crystals.  Two fancy gold butterflies and a delightful sentiment complete the front of this card.

The inside of the card features the same cheery card stock and a few more pearls.  The sentiment is simple and definitely doesn't express the gratitude and joy I had in being part of this wonderfully organized team.  

Thanks for checking out my blog!  Bee Happy!! 

The Paper Wings Productions supplies used: 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Soothing Sympathy

Hi everyone!  This is the dreaded card we all know we need to make but put off because we don't really want to think about it. Sadly, I did need to make this card on short notice but I vow to get a few sympathy cards in my stash.

I used one of my favorite Papertrey Ink stamp and die sets: Rosie Posie 1 and 2 along with some very subtle yet beautiful background stamps.  I created this card in soft shades of lavender and added in little touches of gold.  The soothing beauty of this card is in the layering of the background stamps and the die cuts and I hope it brought a bit of peace to the recipient.

A close up detail of the gorgeous Rosie Posie stamps...

Thanks for checking out my blog!  Bee Happy!!

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