Monday, 31 July 2017

Sweet Treats...

Hello friends...

Hope you've all had a good weekend and you're ready for the brand new week and a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is all about "FOOD AND/OR DRINK" which I think is probably self explanatory...we want you to create projects all about this subject and we can't wait to see what you create!

For my project this week I was inspired by visits to my grandparents when I was younger! After a long car journey from our house to theirs, my Nana would always have some treats waiting for me in the kitchen pantry...whether that was one of her speciality Victoria sponge cakes or whether it was cookies and sweets, she had always stocked up for our visit! So, with this in mind, I decided to recreate my own little tribute to Nana's kitchen pantry, with a trio of treat jars and created this project using Tim Holtz's Mini Mason Jars, which would be wonderful as decoration in a kitchen or create the perfect gift for someone.


To begin with, I took all three jars that come in the packaging and gave them a good wash because I'll be using them for food products. I removed the original lids from each bottle and these will be replaced with the lids from the Photo Clip Kit. Then, using Distress Paints in Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass and Victorian Velvet, I painted the lids and added three coats to mine which gave it a really good coverage. I then used the Sanding Tool to remove some of the paint around the edges to create a more worn look.

For two of the jars, I added two of the knobs from the Mini Hardware Findings set and for the third lid, I added the Photo Clips Kit pieces ~ all of these are so easy to attach to your jars, Tim really has done all the hard work for us!
With my jars ready to decorate, I started my creating the artwork for the main one, which has the photo clip piece attached to the lid.
To begin with, I cut a piece of canvas paper from my own stash to approx, 7 x 9cm. I applied some Antique Linen Distress Paint directly to the surface and blended small amounts of Pumice Stone and gesso over the top. I then just thought of this as a mini canvas or an ATC and applied small amounts of torn Tissue Tape and stamped randomly using the Newsprint Stamp.

I then added some Ephemera pieces attaching them with Collage Medium before machine stitching around the outside and mounting it onto some Black Soot kraft core card.

For the teacups, I used the Mini TeaTime dies (you will need the Base Tray for these dies) and cut three cups from Memoranda Paper Stash which I adhered to thin pieces of chipboard. I inked the edges and then stacked the tea cups inside one another before attaching them over a bed of sisal fibres using foam pads.

I added a Clippings Sticker to my arrangement, a tiny butterfly from the Snippets pack and a couple of sequins before attaching the mini artwork to my jar using the hinge clip which I 'vintaged up' with a little paint.
To complete my jar, I made a little worn tag. I cut the tag shape myself and then inked the surface with Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain before spritzing with water and heat drying. I then stamped the tea pot from the Tiny Things 2017 stamp set and added the wording 'tea' using the Hero Arts Typewriter stamps.

To attach my tag, I dyed some crinkle ribbon using Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains and tied the ribbon around the neck of my jar, adding a spoon from the Silverware Adornments, the tag and a little heart from the Treasures Adornments and key.
For the remaining two jars, I created small tags for each of them and tied them onto the knobs with twine.
I then tied a piece of ribbon around the neck of the jar and added a Typed Token to this jar....
...and an Enameled Tag complete with Remnant Rub to the third and final jar!
I hope you've loved my little trip down memory lane and enjoyed the creative process behind this project, it was such a fun project to create and now, all that's left is to eat, drink and enjoy the memories that this project has bought back!

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then 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 stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx


  1. Oh Emma...How I love these beautiful and full of good memories...Perfect!!! ❤

  2. Oh what fun memories of your Nana's Pantry ( no one does it like loving grandmothers). Love your jars and the colors you used just so pretty and captured the memories so well with those soft tumbles glass, Victorian velvet and bundles sage. They just say grandmas' love to me. And the mini art work just gorgeous, love the tea cups and squeal... butterfly !! Again your use of Tim Holtz goodness just blows me away <3. I'm smiling BIG and ready for Monday !!

  3. This is so lovely, both the card and the jars and what's inside, of course. I love the card and its shabby and elegant look, very classy! Hugs, Macarena

  4. Gorgeous card Emma and I love the jars too! the patterned tea cups are fabulous and I love all of the the shabby chic details, AWESOME!! :-)

    Lols x x x

  5. awesome... from the card to the jars! What a grand idea Emma! xx

  6. Wow, Emma, everything is beautiful I love the soft colors and your creations are always a feast for the eyes. So many elements on this. It's just gorgeous!

    Cathie ♥

  7. What a beautiful project! Love your memories from your grandmother's home as well! Question please: what do you need the base tray for with the dies? Thanks!

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Deborah, I really do appreciate your visit to my blog! :)

      The base tray is used in conjunction with any of Tim's Movers & Shapers Magnetic Dies which includes these Mini Tea Time dies. It's basically a magnetic adapter tray that holds the die in place for when you cut them but also allows you to arrange and move the Magnetic Dies into as many different positions as, if you wanted to cut a tea cup aperture in the middle of a tag, this tray will hold the magnetic die in place, allowing you to cut a perfectly placed aperture! Hope that all makes sense and has helped but if you need anything else, please don't hesitate to ask... x

  8. Emma, thanks for sharing this visit to Nana's kitchen pantry with us! What a beautiful memory to have and recreate with your project. It just looks so delicious, I can smell the goodies and the tea brewing! hugs, Maura

  9. I really love these! pretty much perfect =)

  10. This is such a brilliant and beautiful project, Emma. Love all the fabulous embellishments and details. Great inspiration! :)

  11. Love this pretty card and treat jars to coordinate! The lids are perfectly colored for a fancy candy shoppe and I love how you crumpled the labels a bit to antique them. :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. Everyone should have a Grandma like that. I love the jars and the card, so pretty!

  13. Beautiful project. What a nice tribute to your Grandma. Just love what you did.

  14. Wow!!!! What a tribute to your Nana!!! You can see the love in this project!!!

  15. Emma you are able to amaze me every week! love the jars , love the card, all is absolutely beautiful and classy in this work! As always a fantastic piece of art! Barbara

  16. beautiful project the soft pastel colours evoking memories of beautiful vintage china and times past...hugs kath xxx

  17. What a fabulous project, Emma! The jars with the treats and tea inside are wonderful and so does the card! The tea cups are so cute! Hugs, Sandra

  18. This project is amazing Emma and you used such a special memory as your inspiration. Love the cards, patterns on the die cut cups, distressed tags and all the colors.

  19. Beautiful and I love the inspiration behind it

  20. Such a wonderful way to bring a very special memory to life, Emma and just perfect for the theme. The jars and card have such a lovely vintage touch, with each dressed to delight .
    A really charming project .
    big hugs x


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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