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“Proud to be MADE IN the USA” Blog Hop!

If you are here for Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop, this is the right place to be as well! After checking out my project, use the badge below and click “hop forward” to head to the next blog in the Hop. 

Did you know that all Clearsnap Products are manufactured right here in the United Statesat their headquarters in Burlington, WAThey are! Every inkpad is made right here under Clearsnap's loving, careful guidance so that it will be the best quality possible when it reaches your craft table (and for years to come).

To celebrate Clearsnap's commitment to manufacturing products in the USA we have released a Limited Edition 3 Color Pigment Inkpad, MADE IN USA. Our Design Team has created stunning projects with this inkpad to share with you today, Labor Day! This inkpad has only been available to retailers purchasing inkpads and distinctive accessories direct from Clearsnap, as a “thank you” for their support of our company.

But on this blog hop, we're giving one of these inkpads away!!! Please visit all of the blogs listed below as part of today's blog hop and leave a comment on each blog. Each comment counts as an entry into the drawing. Comments must be posted by midnight 9-5-11 PST to be eligible for the drawing. A winner will be posted to the Clearsnap Blog on 9-6-11.

Charlotte Jenkins http://suepup.blogspot.com/
Mary Dawn Quirindongo http://mypinkmexico.blogspot.com
Jennifer Priest http://hydrangeahippo.blogspot.com YOU ARE HERE

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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!


Don't forget to leave a comment here for your chance to win your very own Limited Edition ColorBox MADE IN USA 3 Color Pigment Inkpad!! This is the only way you can get your hands on this inkpad :)

AND if you are here from Designer Crafts Connection, be sure to check out Julie McGuffee's blog for a special Scrapbook Soup related giveaway….you'll have to go there to get the details. Good luck!!

Now, I'm off to eat some ribs.

Happy Hopping! 

30 Days of Get Your Art On

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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23 thoughts on “Made In USA Blog Hop

  1. What a lovely project! Love those stamps with inking a lot! Great hop and thanks!

    Posted on September 5, 2011 at 11:12 am
  2. What a great idea for summer party!

    Posted on September 5, 2011 at 11:24 am
  3. Such a great set of projects to enhance any Labor Day BBQ……enjoy!

    Posted on September 5, 2011 at 11:42 am
  4. Cute project! I like the stamp stamp. Hehehe.

    Posted on September 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm
  5. love your projects, well done and such a great hop too. Thanks.
    Eva :0)
    I have 2 giveaway’s on my blog

    Posted on September 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm
  6. Sweet idea Jennifer.

    Posted on September 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm
  7. What a fun project!

    Posted on September 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm
  8. Fabulous! Your family will really appreciate having such a magical table setting to celebrate the day!

    Posted on September 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm
  9. Wow! I love this idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing, I am totally going to make mason jars a part of our next family outside event! LOVE the look! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted on September 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm
  10. Oh, I see some supplies I NEED! I didn’t know about that aging pad and LOVING that Navy spritz and how cool is that red/white and blue pad! You showed them of well in your cute project.

    Posted on September 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm
  11. Wonderful projects to make today special!

    Posted on September 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm
  12. Great Blog and amazing ideas love it xxx

    Posted on September 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm
  13. I love this!!!!

    Posted on September 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm
  14. Love your projects, great ideas and such fun.

    Posted on September 5, 2011 at 7:50 pm
  15. awesome project,love the ideal and love this ink,tfs

    Posted on September 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm
  16. Very pretty party setup.. thanks for sharing

    Posted on September 6, 2011 at 1:27 am
  17. I am flippin’ out over your lemonade mason jars – I often use vinatge mason jars in all shapes and sizes as drinkware for parties, but you have just inspired me to step up my game! GORGEOUS!

    Posted on September 6, 2011 at 2:29 am
  18. What a GREAT idea!! It makes me sad that summer is over! I am thinking Christmas gifts to make everyone wish for summer!!
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

    Posted on September 6, 2011 at 2:32 am
  19. Always wonderful! I love the fun fast treat bags! Who doesnt love a treat bag?!?!


    Posted on September 6, 2011 at 4:04 am
  20. Awesome project! I love the presentation! Great for any day in the sun!!
    [email protected]

    Posted on September 6, 2011 at 4:11 am
  21. LOve everything u made~sooo pretty! thanx~prhmangel at gmail dot comLOve everything u made~sooo pretty! thanx~prhmangel at gmail dot com

    Posted on September 6, 2011 at 4:14 am
  22. so festive and creeative~love made in America and Clearsnap products!!

    Posted on September 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm
  23. great ideas.. love them all.. really love that glitter! All of my mason jars are full of crafty things.. may need to get more. thanks for the awesome tips & cute ideas

    Posted on July 2, 2012 at 11:16 pm