Monday, 21 March 2016

The Sweet Life...

Hello everyone and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where this week our theme is ~ Food & Drink! Whether you celebrate your love for food and drink or whether you choose to make something for Easter, whatever you decide, we can't wait to see what you create and hope you'll play along with our challenge!

For my project, I wanted to create some fun little Easter gifts ~ mini mason jars, filled with chocolate Easter eggs and decorated with the help of some of my crazy feathered friends, dressed as Easter Bunnies!
 I also made a matching Easter card, that can be given alongside the gift!

As my starting point I used some of Tim Holtz's Mini Mason jars, together with a larger jar. These tiny jars are perfect for gifts but because I was adding food products to the jars, I decided to keep them as they were and not use paints or inks. But of course, they did need decorating and I chose to create small tags in fresh spring colours and include the stars of the show...the dressed up crazy birds!
I began by cutting two small tag shapes from kraft card, each one approx 8 x 5cm. I then inked up the Dots stamp with clear embossing powder and stamped directly onto the tag. Sprinkle the ink with white embossing powder and heat emboss. At this stage, I also cut a panel of kraft card and using the Dot Stamp, I stamped and white embossed the card, which I will use later for my card and for my tag messages.

I inked around the edge of the tag with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then added a bow, made from crinkle ribbon dyed with Tumbled Glass for the first tag and Shaded Lilac for the second tag. Attach the bow using a second piece of ribbon attached around the rim of the lid.
For the little birdies on the tags, I used the Mini Bird Crazy set, which is the perfect size for these and stamped them onto watercolour card before watercoloring each bird with Distress Marker Pens and then die cutting with the corresponding dies. Of course, if you don't have the die, these are quite easy to cut out but using the die just makes things that little bit quicker! Layer all your bird pieces up and then using the bunny ears from the Crazy Things stamp set...stamp, colour and die cut before adding to each of the birds!

When creating the gorgeous little flowers, I used pinks, lilacs, blues and yellows from the Core'Dinations Paper Pad and die cut each of my flowers using the Tiny Tattered Florals die. I then assembled all 17 of my flowers and once the flowers are all made, I then laid them out on a craft sheet and spritzed them with various colours of Distress Stain ~ I used Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade. Carefully heat dry the flowers and once thoroughly dry, dip a paint brush into gesso and gently dab the tips of each flower. Heat dry once more and if you need more gesso, just add some more, gently building up the colour!
I stamped the "Happy Easter" message in Jet Black Archival Ink onto some more of the white embossed dot kraft card, cut the card into little banner shapes and attached these to my tags, together with a bird and a couple of the tiny florals. 
On the purple bow, I also added a small flower to the centre of the bow.
To complete the jars, I added a circle of paper from the Wallflower paper Stash, a wooden Kaisercraft embellishment which I altered with a co-ordinating colour of Distress Paints and a touch of Treasure Gold Gilding Wax and as a finishing touch, attached a Curio Knob.
Once I started these little gifts, there was no stopping me and I went on to create a larger jar, which features one of the bigger, regular crazy birds. I attached the die cut bird to the top of the lid, together with a crinkle ribbon dyed bow, floristry fibres, a flower and an enamelled tag with the words, "Sweet Life"...taken from the Words Remnant Rubs set.

...and what could be nicer than using one of the larger Bird Crazy stamps to create a matching card! For this, I used my favourite bird and added him onto the dotted background and some corrugated card matts. I attached more of the tiny tattered florals for a wonderful touch of Spring and added an Easter message and some twine to complete it!
I love the fact that Tim has created the smaller birds to be used on tags, etc and that they will compliment the larger birds which can be used on just creates such a wonderful set and gift, which I hope you love, as much as I loved creating it!
As always, if you need any further inspiration for this challenge, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Distress Paint: Picket Fence
Larger mason jar, burlap flower and floristry fibres all from my own stash


  1. Oh my goodness what a fabulous gift set! whoever receives these are very lucky! totally awesome! LOVE them! :-D

    Lols x x x

  2. Such a wonderful way of interpreting this weeks theme ,Emma . Your collection of mason jars are 'dressed to impress' with those gorgeous bird crazy tags , spring toned ribbon and fabulous curio knobs and your beautiful Crazy bird Easter card ( he's one of my faves too) is the perfect compliment. As always you have spoilt us with your creativity and inspiration . big hugs and happy Easter xx

  3. May I have one little jar, pleassssssse? It can be even empty :-) I just love them all and birds with bunnies ears absolutely rock! Great job as always! Hugs, Marzena

  4. Oh Emma, these are fabulous. I love them. x

  5. I LOVE them all!! These are so adorable, Emma! The bunny birds are the best, and it is awesome on the brown polka dots. They are all so cute, I can't decide which I like best..but whoever is getting your gifts is lucky, lucky, lucky!! Happy Easter!

  6. Sweet indeed! What a stunning set! I love the way you built up the flowers to really add dimension too! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. my goodness. you always come up with the goods. brilliant makes. i hope you have a great Easter. hugs xxxx

  8. Okay... you know it's no secret that I love your work ! This set is no exception ... absolutely love this. The color combo is stunning; those polka dots just add so much more personality to those "BunnyBirds " ( not that they needed any help ); AND those jar lids OMG ... I'm kiddy over here ...

  9. Emma - you have out done yourself once again. Seriously no words...just brilliant.

  10. Love those crazy birds! Even more so with their Easter additions. Wonderful projects, Emma.

  11. This is an amazing fun set! So creative!

  12. Stunning project!The unusual palette is amazing,I would have never thought that Brown and Purple work so good together! Great idea! barbara

  13. This is so fun, so festive and brilliant. You never cease to amaze! Love looking at all the fine details and the colors...fantastic! Cathie <3

  14. amazing projects the crazy birds with their cute bunnie ears...lucky lucky folks who receive your beautiful easter gifts...hugs kath xxx

  15. This is such a fun and fabulous project, Emma. Love those beautiful flower embellishments and the cute images. :)

  16. Can I please come to your house for Easter?? I thought that nothing would appeal to me more than chocolate eggs, but you have created something that's even more amazing than chocolate (and that's saying A LOT for me)! Love the variety and unity of these pieces and it was really enjoyable to see those totally clever variations of those bunny-birds!

  17. Brilliant projects them all

  18. What a gorgeous scene, Emma! Love the card and all the decorations! It's perfect! Hugs, Sandra

  19. You are beyond brilliant.
    I bow to you!!!


Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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