Sunday, August 26, 2012

Country Red Rooster

For this fun swap, a Mason Jar must be decorated and filled with five of my favorite craft supplies and/or leftovers.

My swap partner is Kim Sminkey from Tiaras & Bowties. I decided on a Country Theme to decorate my Mason Jar. The jar could add a country farm feel to Kim's kitchen.

The Hosts are:

Jen @ Should be Cleaning
Dyanna @ Just Simply Live

  • Glass Mason Jar. I purchased a "Ball" Smooth Jar at ACMoore.
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Scrapbooking Paper
  • Paper Trimmer or Scissors
  • Twine
  • Tag
  • Country Clip Art (Roosters, Stars, etc.)

  1. Remove the jar's lid, set aside.
  2. Print and trim your images.
  3. Apply a thin layer of Modge Podge to one side of the Mason Jar.
  4. Carefully, apply your images. Smooth any wrinkles with your fingers.
  5. Repeat on other side. Let dry 10-20 minutes.
  6. Apply 1-2 more coats of Mod Podge all over the jar to seal the design surface. Let dry completely.
  7. Measure around the jar's band; about 11" long x 1/2" wide.
  8. Using these measurements, cut the band strip from the scrapbooking paper.
  9. Glue scrapbooking strip around the jar's band.
  10. Place the jar lid on back side of scrapbooking paper or choosen clip art and trace around lid. Cut out paper circle on traced line.
  11. Place jar lid on jar. Twist on jar band.
  12. Attach the gift tag to the jar using a piece of Twine.
  13. My crafing items included Acrylic Paints, Foam Brush, Washi-Tape, Embroidery Floss.
  14. The Mason Jar is now filled with all the crafting goodies.
I love this Blue rooster.

I hope Kim likes my country theme Mason Jar. I enjoyed this swap and looking forward to others in the near future.

Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Christmas Subway Canvas Art

I recently joined The Creative Exchange - Handmade Gift Swap; where a swap partner is assigned and
hand-made gifts are exchanged.

My swap partner is Brooke Arceneaux from Covered in Grace. Brooke and I exchanged our Blog and other Social Media information. To find what Brooke would like to receive, I visited her Pinterest boards.

I found my project's inspiration from Brooke's "Quotey Thingies" board. This board is filled with inspirational quotes and Subway Art. After browsing this board, I decided to create a Christmas Subway Art Canvas, to carry on the Christmas in July theme.

The Hosts are:

The Grant Life
Covered in Mod Podge
Covered in Grace

  • 12" x 12" canvas
  • Acrylic Paint. I used Social Art Working in Burnt Umber; a specially formulated acrylic paint for Canvas Art, purchased at Joann's Fabrics
  • 2 Foam Brushes
  • Mod Podge
  • 12" x 12" Scrapbook Paper
  • Paper trimmers or scissors

  1. Paint the Canvas including the sides and all around the edges. Let dry 20-30 minutes.
  2. Trim the scrapbook paper a bit smaller than the canvas; about 1/8" on all sides.
  3. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the back side of the scrapbook paper and onto the canvas.
  4. Apply scrapbook paper to the canvas. Smooth any bubbles with the brush or a credit card.
  5. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top and edges of the canvas. Let it dry 5-10 minutes.
  6. On a flat surface, place canvas facing down on a piece of wax paper and smooth any bubbles from the back side.
  7. Wait at least 25 minutes to dry before displaying your masterpiece.
My canvas is ready for mailing. I thought I send Brooke a sheet of Stickers and 2 magnets she can personalized to her liking.

And here is my wrapped handmade gift. I can't wait to find out how Brooke liked her gift. I enjoyed participating in this Swap and looking forward to others in the future.

Merry Christmas in July!!!

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