Date Night Jar

I wanted to create something special for my sister for her bridal shower a couple weeks ago. I found the idea on Pinterest to create a Date Night Jar with pre-written date night ideas on popsicle sticks. However, most of the examples I came across were in mason jars covered in generic construction paper. I wanted to create something a little more elegant that also acted as a decoration piece.

I picked up a vinegar jar and popsicle sticks from the Dollar Store, wrapped the jar in patterned paper, cut out the letters with my Big Shot machine, and attached a bow. For the popsicle sticks, I painted 3 different colors: white for $0-$5 dates with almost no planning needed, yellow for $10-$50 dates with possibly a little planning needed, and green for $50+ dates that need to be planned ahead of time like going to a concert. After the paint dried, on each of the sticks I wrote a date idea that I thought the couple would enjoy together based on the color of the stick.

I lined the bottom of the jar with some pretty lace I’ve had for awhile to raise the popsicle sticks a little bit and to dress it up. I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I hope my sister and her husband-to-be enjoy it. 🙂

Date Night Jar

Date Night Jar Close-up

Watercolor Thank You Card

The Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors have been really trendy in the stamping world lately so I jumped on the bandwagon to give them a try. I embossed the adorable Wild Rose Bella Daisy Elephant stamp and started experimenting with the watercolors. I love their vibrance and how well they blend. This was actually my third version. It took awhile to learn (and I’m still learning) to control the water so the different sections of color didn’t blend into each other when they shouldn’t.

I enjoyed making this card because it opened up new possibilities of coloring my projects, and I was still able to utilize some of the massive stash of patterned papers I’ve accumulated over the years with this layout.

Watercolor Thank You Card