Monday, November 1, 2010

jolly jumpstart blog hop

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Family & friends will remember that my daughter Jess got married this past September. She & her husband rocked an end of summer backyard BBQ theme for their reception. Good food, good beer, good times. She thought it would be a blast to drink out of pint-sized mason jars, and it was. So many guests remarked on how fun they were. For me, I was glad to drink out of a glass vessel rather than plastic or paper. On each of the guest tables a larger mason jar was filled with sunflowers, Russian sage and pinwheels. It was a playful, joyful, happy time for all. So, what does an end of summer wedding have to do with Christmas? Well, we had about 125 guests plus "helpers," and something like 17 guest tables. That adds up to a couple dozen larger mason jars and lots & lots of pint-sized mason jars to re-use. :) And even more relevant, lids & bands to be creative with. Sure, we shared with family and friends but there is still a lot of materials to work with. I thought I would fill some of the smaller jars with cookies, spiced nuts, and candies for Christmas gifts, use some for candles, and use the lids & bands to create these...ornaments. What I love about these is that I used up scraps, no 12x12 paper was harmed in the making of these. lol I pulled out scraps of papers, old stickers, greenery snippets, and jazzed them up a little with Stickles, ribbon, die cuts, etc. Stickles will jazz up anything, right? :) They took very little time to make, you could sit down in front of your favorite Christmas movie with your baskets & bags of scraps, glue (I used Beacon's 3 in 1), some die cuts, stickers, etc and crank out a whole bunch of these. Enough, here are two that I made:
The fronts. I punched a scalloped circle for the peace ornament, and embossed it with platinum embossing powder using a snowflake stamp. I used a sticker that I'd picked up from the $1 bins at Michael's sometime in the past few years. I ruffled ribbon around the edge, adhering to the back of the lid. I punched holes with my Crop-a-dile. The joy ornament was again, a scalloped punched scrap with an ornament sticker that I added Stickles too, across the center. I glued on a sprig of greenery, pulling off the pinecone and berries to arrange them where they could be seen. I stuck on joy, a metal word from my pile of old stuff that needs to be put to use or put out to pasture. I think they look great.
Peace ornament. I kept going on back. I put a larger red cardstock circle, layered on a blue scalloped circle and a snowflake die cut from silvery-gray, shiny cardstock. I put a sparkly white chipboard snowflake on top. The back looks as pretty as the front. I finished off the joy ornament with a simple scalloped circle of patterned cardstock, I didn't think it was photo-worthy.

Imagine making a bunch and using them as gift tags for bags or boxes. String a bunch together to create a garland or banner. I plan on making a garland this week with some of these. You could do 3-D ornaments as well, gluing all sorts of Christmas trinkets inside. You could do a bunch as a countdown to Christmas, magnetizing them and attaching them to the fridge or a decorated cookie sheet. Kids could make these for family. I am going to have the STARs at church make these as a craft one night. They are versatile, let your creativity loose.

So what are the prizes?!?

10 Holiday Card Kit from Hydrangea Hippo

Vintage Christmas Embellishment Assortment from Hydrangea Hippo

A Handmade Journal by Donna Salazar

A Musical Memories from Donna Salazar's paper collection

An assortment of Glittered Chipboard Embellishments and Alphabets from Desert Scrappers Retreats

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I'll post the winner on November 8th. And don't forget to hop around and check out all the other amazing projects.

Happy Hopping!


Scrappy Nan said...

great project! so cute!

Anonymous said...

I am so a bling your bling rocking projects.

Jennifer Priest said...

Such cute ornaments!! Love it!

Lisa Mala6 said...

Love your ornaments. You have given me an idea for the family this year. THanks

Anne said...

Great ideas! This is a great idea for the family and friends cookie day and ornament-making party! Thanks!
Anne, yourmainestamper

Jen said...

What cute ornaments!! Great idea on the recycle, too!

Leslie said...

Very creative ornaments!!

Anonymous said...

great ornaments. love the snowflakes!


Leslie Kiley said...

Just love the snow flakes! I would love to make some of these!

Sandi M said...

Very pretty ornaments for the tree. They'd be perfect for my teen and her friends to make also :)

connie said...

what a great way to use those lids!

connie said...

I became a follower of your blog.

Anonymous said...

I also love bling - 99% of my projects end up "blingy" and I own every color of Stickles! Glad to meet another bling girl! Thanks for sharing these great ornaments. I don't have the jar lids, but you have inspired me! I'll find some way to do it!

jordanbev5 said...

Everything looks yummy!! Love the gold dollie, lace and great ideas!

Angie Smith said...

I love your Christmas tree decorations! I follow your blog....and love it! I am on your mailing list for updates and follow you on FB.


Elaine said...

love all the glitz! tfs

silvia said...

Adorable ornaments!!

A Scrap Above said...

Love these!
TFS and a chance to win
Bonnie C
ascrapabove at aol dot com

Crafty_Judy said...

Great project and what a way to use up scraps that we always seem to have laying around! Thanks for sharing.

cjsimplyscraps said...

just a thought. u could make 1 that said 1st christmas with the original jar contents. i think you could find or dry the sunflower.i know i would love that memory of my wedding on my tree every year. most of my ornaments have some kind of memory for me and i treasure them,as do my children...carol