Today my family is coming over for a barbecue and I wanted to make it special. Too often we're so busy, rushing around, cleaning the house, doing all kinds of things that we think are so important that we don't take time to enjoy the time we have with others. I am really guilty of this!
I decided to make our impromptu family BBQ a bit more special by decorating several Mason jars filled with lemonade, wrapping our napkins and forks with patriotic paper and twine, and making little goodie bags for chips, pretzels, and snacks for the kids.
I used the ColorBox Limited Edition MADE IN USA pigment inkpad to stamp a patriotic postage stamp image onto kraft cardstock, using a heat gun to set the ink. I then cut out the postage stamps with a postage stamp edged decorative scissors.
I used the Decades Antiquing Inkpad by ColorBox & Graphic 45 (exclusively available from Hampton Art) along with the Stylus and Tips Set to ink the edges of the postage stamps, giving them an aged look.
Then I dragged the edges of the postage stamps across the pad to further darken and age the postage stamps.
To decorate the jars, I sprayed several doilies with Smooch Spritz in Gold Glow. This made the doilies curl. I then laid the doilies onto the side of a Mason Jar. I cut a 12″ x 1″ piece of patriotic patterned paper, inked the edges with a ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Cat's Eye Inkpad in Chestnut Roan, and wrapped it around the jar, adhering to the top of the doily. I added the postage stamp image to the side of the doily using a 3d foam dot. I wrapped baker's twine around the paper strip and tied it into a bow. The final touch was a star punched from patterned paper and inked with a ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Cat's Eye Inkpad in Chestnut Roan.
Next I folded a napkin in half and wrapped it around the handles of a fork, knife, and spoon. I wrapped a 1″ x 6″ strip of patterned paper around the napkin to hold it in place and then tied two lengths of baker's twine in a bow around the strip. A punched patterned paper star on a 3d foam dot completes the look.
Finally, I created goodie bags for the kids. I sprayed hardware store style small kraft paper bags with Smooch Spritz in Navy Twinkle. To make the opening of the bag cute, I cut about 1/2″ off the end with pinking shears. Then I added the stamped postage stamp and two punched patterned paper stars.
To make the smaller star “sparkle”, I applied Glue Gloss to the star and sprinkled on Clearsnap's Fairy Dust Glitter by Donna Salazar in Pralines & Cream.
The Glue Gloss' lip gloss style applicator allows complete control of the glue — I was able to apply the glue and glitter to the stars while they were adhered to the bag with NO glitter or glue being applied to the bag. Pretty sweet!
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Now, I'm off to eat some ribs.