Wednesday, 28 October 2015

We're going to have a party!

Oh, yes...and what a party it will be.
A Bangers & Balls Engagement Party - celebrating the love of Simon the Swede and Jessica the Brit. Well, my sister is really Canadian with British ancestry......and Poutine & Balls just didn't sound right.
I offered up my crafty services and *ping* I got a message on Pinterest. From my sister.
This link in fact...Union Jack Mason Jar...asking me if could make centerpieces.
I checked out Linda's blog - It All Started With Paint and decided I was up for the challenge.
Linda did say in her blogpost that it wasn't easy and  and she was brutally honest in how long it took but in my enthusiasm I went full steam ahead. 

The Swedish flag was a piece of cake compared to the Union Jack and it was probably a good thing I didn't start with the Union Jack as I probably would have had a meltdown and not finished at all.

To paint 24 jars ~ 12 of each flag ~ it took me about 3 weeks. 
Three weeks and about 8000 metres of painters tape. And patience. 
Plenty of patience. 
Once the jars were done the fun part really began - my sister and her hubby-to-be sent me photos of themselves from babyhood to very recent. I paired photos together of them around the same age and printed them out on cream linen cardstock.
I then used the Big Ticket Die and Vintage Cabinet Card Die from Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations 
to frame each photo.
It was a fabulously inky time! I made a front and a back layer with a small dowel glued in between.
I used the following Stampers Anonymous sets from the Tim Holtz Collection to add interest on the frames ~ Here & There, CityScapes, Paris to London, London Sights & Correspondence.
I felt the jars needed a little something so off I went to make flowers with my Tattered Pinecone Die & Jumbo Pinecone Die from Sizzix/Tim Holtz. 

The Correspondence Paper Stash from Tim Holtz Ideology made lovely flowers for each jar.

So there you have it - 4 weeks of work and 24 completed jars all ready for the big party!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!

~~stay crafty~~


  1. Absolutely amazing Julia!! Your sister is very lucky to have you create all this!

    1. Thanks Cathy! She is very lucky....I tell her that all the time! ;)

  2. Wow! What hard work you put in, it really paid off! These are so adorable and personal! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Heather! I'm still not done....I'm working on a vintage British post box at the moment - all constructed out of chipboard. The party is a week from tomorrow so it's crunch time!


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