Mason jars (or Ball jars) are SO hot right now, and it's easy to see the appeal. These humble glass canning jars are so versatile and trendy, but they also remind of us simpler times and the innate beauty of useful things.
I have quite a collection of differently-sized jars that I use for showers and events, as well as around my home, so I was super excited to get my first glimpse of the new 2016-17 Idea Book & Catalog and there were Mason jar stamps right on the cover!! First thing I flipped to was page 75 to see the Jar of Love stamp set. It has coordinating Framelits for the Big Shot, too, but for these cards I just played with the set itself to see if I really HAD to have the bundled Framelits or not. I think it stands alone quite nicely!
Suggested Color Combination:
I started with Pool Party since I knew I wanted the jars to be pale blue (Soft Sky would have worked as well). I love the new In Color Sweet Sugarplum, so I added that, with Pear Pizzazz for light green stems, and then a patterned paper from the new 12x12 pack Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper that had Pool Party and Island Indigo in it. I looooove Stampin' Up's color coordination--their most basic and best feature--all the inks match their cardstock and ribbons and markers exactly. That pleases my little color-lovin' heart to no end! I am a matchy-matchy girl all the way. I don't ALWAYS change my purse to match my outfit before I leave the house, but if it clashes with my outfit, I sure do. : )
Each of the four cards I made during this crafty session used the new Floral Affection duet mini embossing folders (2 pack, item #141713). I love how embossing folders can easily add some interest in a subtle, tone-on-tone way. Mini folders allow you to position the design right where you want it to be, too!
I also used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Sweet Sugarplum ruched ribbon, Linen Thread, and lots and lots of Basic Pearls. I have been on SUCH a pearl kick lately. I just ordered four more packs! Now watch, I won't use any for months now. : )
There you have it--four bits of pretty that are headed out into the world this week to work their simple magic, letting people know that friends think of them fondly and often. There are many ways to show someone you care, but one of the best is surely the good old greeting card, humble as a kitchen canning jar, but beautiful on so many levels.