Our Friendship Grows

Grow old along with me
Two branches of one tree
Face the setting sun
When the day is done
~ John Lennon

Sunflower Canning Jar Card

You know I’m a trend setter, right? No, not really. I’m a trend follower. Well, I’m not even that. My wardrobe is still inspired by the 60’s. Or maybe it’s the 70’s. Gee, I don’t even know. Maybe that’s why I love it when old trends come back around again, like canning jars and hoop art. Just search on canning jars and hoop art in Etsy,  Pinterest and CraftGawker and you’ll see what I’m mean. They’re hot, man! Proving once again that I’m vintage, but not antique.


Paper Sunflower

Vintage canning jars remind me of Mom’s homemade grape and apple jelly and how fun it was to lick the paraffin when we opened a new jar. Long before Mr. Catered Crop and I got married his Mom helped me create my first of many embroidery hoop projects back in the early 80’s. She got me started in cross stitching, and embroidery hoops were just an inexpensive and easy way to show off our creations.

Sunflower Hoop Art and Card

The idea of combining Lawn Fawn’s Summertime Charm and Our Friendship Grows stamp sets came from the incredibly talented Nichol Magourik and her card here. Thank you Nichol. It’s perfect for our Canning Jar Recipe Swap and a wonderful excuse to play with my toys from I{heart}paper.


Tips & Techniques

I have a ton of tips for this little gift set. So, grab a drink of choice (no judgment), and settle in

I had the most fun making my canning jar.

Summertime Charm Jar

  • I stamped the jar image from the Summertime Charm stamp set onto translucent vellum using Steel Blue ink and Chari Moss’ technique here:Lawn Clippings Video {3.13.13} mason jar tag.
  • Then, and this is so beastly clevah . . . I painted the jar with clear Crackle Paint. I love how this turned out.
  • The lid of the jar is just stamped onto Neenah Solar White paper, colored with a Copic Marker, fussy cut and pieced onto the jar.
  • I cut a slit into the jar lid with a craft knife to slip in a Sunflower leaf.

The sunflowers were fun, too.

Sunflower Blossoms

  • I stamped and die cut the sunflowers, hearts and leaves from Brown Bag paper, using the Our Friendship Grows Lawn Cuts.
  • Then I stamped them all again and paper pieced the flowers, leaves and hearts with paper from the FarmHouse paper pad (link below).  I cut them out right on the stamped line. I layered these on top of the die cut sunflowers using foam adhesive. That gave each element of the Sunflower a little kraft-colored border.
  • I stamped the flowers again on black cardstock and cut out the flower centers. I painted on some clear, three-dimensional gloss medium and then sprinkled on this luscious black art glitter. After that dried I glued the centers onto the sunflowers.
  • I added just a little glitter to the tips of the largest sunflower with Distress Stickles.
  • I stamped the stems of the flowers with Steel Blue ink before I glued down the jar, so the stems could be seen through the jar.


Playing with the embroidery hoop brought back memories.

Sunflower Hoop Art

  • I did some hand stitching around the right edge of the hoop as a tribute to the original purpose of embroidery hoops. I used the grids in a round plastic canvas to guide where I poked holes with a piercing needle. Then I used the holes to guide my sewing with two strands of six-stranded DMC Embroidery floss. You can read more about how to do this here: Read All About It.
  • Adding my stamped, glittered, sewn, colored, fussy cut, paper pieced, and twine embellished masterpiece to the wooden embroidery hoop was super easy. I created a full tutorial for you at CutCardStock.com, here.


Here are the links to all the ingredients. Shew . . . thanks for sticking with me to the end. How’s that drink?

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Sweet Comments

  1. What a gorgeous set this is … Loving that jar!
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  2. This is gorgeous and very inspiring, Linda! LOVE all the detail work you put into the sunflowers! And THANK YOU for the mention of Craftgawker! Pinterest is blocked where I work, but now I have a new alternative!!! (SOOOO stinkin’ excited!)
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  3. Truly wonderful in every way!!
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  4. All kinds of gorgeous!! I just love it.

  5. Just amazing!!!! I LOVE it when you do these big posts with the matchy card and gift! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! 😀
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  6. Linda I could sit and study these forever!! Wowzers they are out of this world!!

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