Thursday, February 11, 2016

amour du jour

So my middle son had a cute idea for his girlfriend for
Valentine's Day, which got me to thinking about how to fill this
beautifully altered mason jar that I created for 

Instead of candy, write down your favorite things about the 
recipient on strips of paper and throw in a couple of handmade coupons to boot!

Now onto embellishing the jar:
I started with a clear, standard 7” jar, a 4” paper doily and the "Amour" Collection.
 The doily was dressed  up with a layering of scallops cut from the 6X6 Paper Pad. 
 I used the 3.25” and 2.75” dies from the “Scallop Nesting Set” and then inked around
 the edges of the papers with a walnut ink.  The two scallops were stacked together
 with foam adhesive and then adhered to the center of the doily.  The doily was
 attached to the center of the jar with foam adhesive tape.

The inner part of the lid was traced onto the blue damask 6X6 paper, cut out and
 then glued to the top.  A piece of white tulle was tied around the jar and then
 embellished with a boutique style bow from black dot grosgrain ribbon.

The Eiffel Tower sticker was attached to the center of the top scallop with foam
 adhesive.  It was further embellished with sequins and pearls at the bottom and
 a cluster of velvet flowers and leaves.  Three paper tails were added to the bottom.
  For the black tails, I die cut the banner shape from the “Blowing Kisses Heart Label Set”and cut it in half.  The tails, along with a banner piece from the Ephemera Pack
were attached.

I also made a sweetly embellished glassine bag with the same collection:
The glassine bag measured 4”X8”.  I machine-stitched around the perimeter 
of the bag to add interest and a bit of depth.

From the “Cherish Forever” 12X12 paper, a banner strip was cut to measure 2.5”X7”. 
 To create the banner shape, I cut a 2” slit up from the bottom center.  From each
 bottom point, the paper was cut at an angle until it met with the middle cut…easy!
  Next, I attached the banner to the bag with a high-tack adhesive tape.

The banner was embellished with layers of pieces from the Ephemera pack, 
as well as one of the journal cards that was fussy-cut; use adhesive foam squares 
or tape to give lots of dimension between the shapes!  I die-cut the sweet little heart
 using the Heart Label Die Set  and then inked around the edges with walnut ink. 
 Buttons were threaded to give a stitched look and then added with glue dots.


Two holes were punched at the top of the bag using a standard hole punch. 
 A seam-binding style ribbon was tied through and looped into a luscious bow.

Grab all sorts and sizes of bags and set out to create your own unique versions…
your Valentines will be in awe!
See more Carta Bella projects on the blog...so much inspiration!

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