If ya'll will recall, the inspiration piece from Julee, found HERE, was brought about by her recollection of her grandmother's house and the fun candy jars and tins she had in her entryway, just inviting Julee to partake of the candy goodness. (Possibly where she got her sweet tooth!?) My fondest recollection of my grandmother's house was that she lived in a high-rise building in Houston with my granddad and I loved to sit and spin in her sewing room chair until I was sick. I'm sure she gave me candy, too, but probably learned to wait until I was done spinning for very good reasons that we won't talk about here.
Anyway, I do know that she liked to cook and I also had a great aunt that made the best fig preserves in the whole United States of America and that's where I was reminded of these canning jars with the tin lids, and homemade goodness of all sorts.
Upon brainstorming for my project, a sweet blogging friend told me you could actually bake right in them after she had figured out that it was a great way to send baked goods overseas. So, like her, I made some blueberry muffins and "canned" them! I then added my crafty touch, drawing from the vintage feel of the inspiration piece.
I first made some soft background paper on cream cardstock using the Accent Notes set to mock the beige pattern of the tins in the picture. Then I added the heart shapes from Heart's Desire and the Heart Flutter Plain Jane and was sure to clear emboss over them to make the color more intense. The little tag sentiments were cut with my Basics 1 card and my Slice machine. I even made a little "lacy" ruffle around the band on the larger jar using a strip of tissue paper that I rumpled up A LOT, ran some gold ink over and taped it to the back. In fact, everything is accented in the sparkly Galaxy Gold ink from Tsukineko. I think these will make the perfect teacher gifts for my girls' Valentine's parties this week! Of course there was enough mix to make extra blueberry muffins (hello, breakfast!). Now if only I has some of Aunt Nellie's fig preserves....
So, now it's your turn! We'd love for you to play along with us and show us your Tags, Tins & Treats! Verve stamps are not required, but if you've got 'em, why not show 'em a little love? ;)
And, as with all of our project parades, we've got prizes!
To enter, just link up your NEW creation (posted Jan. 25 or later) to the Mr. Linky widget on THIS post before midnight MST on Monday, February 15. One lucky stamper will win a $25 gift certificate to the Verve Store.
SUSIE Q-TIP: In keeping with the vintage look to this project, I felt it only necessary to use this kite string for my buttons. This is actual vintage kite string, so it matches my project, can't you tell? I've had it since I was a kid. Get some and use it in your crafting. New string will work too, but it won't be vintage. It may not match, but no one will know (except me and the Antiques Roadshow people). You didn't know this was vintage string until I told you, did you? If that's the route you go, it will be our little secret.
Stamps: Heart's Desire, Accent Notes, Heart Flutter PJ (Verve)
Paper: Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist (PTI), Lil' Man (Cosmo Cricket)
Ink: Ruby Red (SU!), Antique Linen (Ranger), Vanilla Cream, Reflecting Pool (SUINK), Galaxy Gold, Versamark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Scallop Circle and Circle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Sewing Machine/White Thread, Slice/Basics 1, 3/4" Circle Punch, Clear EP, Heat Tool, Tissue Paper, Pearl Flatbacks, Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Vintage Cream Buttons, String, Hot Glue, Tacky Tape