Sunday, April 13, 2014

Our Desert Rose Dragon print will be in the Pinchflat Bike Poster Show in Columbus!

Our second print, "Desert Rose Dragon" will be at the 2014 Columbus Pinchflat show in May. Pinchflat now spans four months and will have posters on display at Paradise GarageRoll: BicyclesBaer Wheels, and Cafe Brioso in Columbus, Ohio. The opening party is at Wild Goose Creative on May 3, 2014.  Pinchflat is an original bike poster show in Columbus that chooses 30 artists who create 30 prints each that sell for $30 a pop. We're excited that we made it into the show again this year.

"Desert Rose Dragon" is a 12" x 24", 3-color silkscreen print on French paper. This year we had Shout Out Loud Prints silkscreen them for us. We're really happy with how much of the detail was retained on the printed piece. Thanks for the awesome print job Pat!!

The bicycle in the print was my first bike as a kid, a Huffy Desert Rose with a super cool and comfy banana seat. My sister and I got the same bike that year for Christmas. My parents had this weird notion that if we got the same exact toys that we wouldn't fight over who got the coolest doll, game, or bike. That plan ultimately backfired on them when one of the identical items would break & we fought over which one of us it belonged to :D To this day I still put my name on everything I own :)

I had to wait until Spring to ride my pretty pink Desert Rose bike, which felt like an excruciatingly long time since I was a kid. I had never ridden a bike before, so I thought my parents would give me more of a lessen than they did. They pretty much said "Get on and peddle." That seemed simple enough. I managed to spin the wheels once before I fell off into the ditch in front of our house. That wouldn't have been so bad except for the fact that we lived in the country where everyone had septic tanks and smelly ditches that were quickly dug by backhoes. So I had to crawl out of a 3 foot deep ditch, covered in black gunk. My parents found this surprisingly hilarious, so I stormed off and said I was never getting on my bike again. After soaking in our retro pink bathtub with my clothes on, I put on a clean pair of pants and went back out to give it another go. So "never again" lasted about 10 minutes! I hopped on and rode all the way down the street without falling off (my parents skimped on training wheels). I think I was determined to not have my parents snicker at me again. 

I recently recounted that story to my dad who not surprisingly didn't remember it at all. Maybe he would've remembered it if he fell into a ditch and had someone laugh at him?

So why the dragon? We thought it would be neat to have a dragon doing a BMX style bike trick. I didn't think about how long it would take to draw the scales on the dragon. It was exhausting. And 42 hours later, our second print was completed :)

Keep up to date on the show with our art blog:

"Desert Rose Dragon" silkscreen print 

Alison's initial sketch... I got tired of sketching the dragon's scales too!
Jason did a sketch too. I ended up combining elements from each sketch for the final print. I create the art digitally in Illustrator using a 10-year old mouse instead of a tablet ('cause I'm old skool and stoopid).

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lavender Cloth toppers and Paper Raffia Ribbons on Etsy

If you have an award winning jam or jelly, show it off in style with lavender purple gingham fancy cloth toppers. These toppers are great for baby shower favors and for dressing up your canned goods to share with friends and family! I just added some sets to Etsy! You can get 12 round 6" gingham fabric tops to put under or over the jar rings. 

I also have 2 colors of Paper Raffia Ribbon—Pink & Natural.  This ribbon is a perfect partner for the cloth toppers and is great for wedding favors, showers, or gifts. There are 12 precut pieces of ribbon measuring 21" long, the perfect size for tying bows around your mason jars. 

Lavender Gingham Canning Jar cloth covers

Natural and Pink Paper Raffia Ribbon for canning jar decorations.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Easter Canning Jar decorations

A perfect alternative to a traditional Easter basket! This listing now on Etsy makes it easy to create gorgeous Easter mason jar gifts for friends and family. You just need to gather the candy and supply your own jars and Easter grass.

Set includes materials to decorate 12 mason jars:
12 - green plaid 6" cloth toppers
12 - 2.5" round Easter labels for front of jars
12- Easter gift hang tags
12 - pre-cut ribbons (3 color choices available)

Decorations shown on regular mouth pint jar

Decorations shown on regular mouth quart jar 

3 ribbon color choices available!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Pastel pink gingham cloth mason jar covers

I added a new cloth canning jar cover to the etsy shop... pastel pink! These cloth jar toppers are great for baby shower favors and for dressing up your canned goods to share with friends and family! Like all of my other cloth toppers, these are sold in sets of 12 precut to 6" circles with zig zag edges.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Cookie Mason Jar decorations with recipe hang tags

I finally finished my cookie mason jar decorations for my shop! It's been a long process to say the least! I started several months ago by researching cookie jar recipes. Then I began the design process by choosing which cloth toppers and ribbons would look the best on the finished jars.

I wanted to test the recipes out before I made the hang tags and instruction cards, so I proceeded to make four jars and bake 6 batches of cookies :) I'm not sure how everyone usually packs their cookie jars, but I discovered a great way to pack down the ingredients was to use a magnetic canning lid wand attached to a metallic spice jar lid. It fit perfectly in the jars, and I was easily able to press the ingredients down and smooth out all the layers.

Then came the photography! I wanted to make clear instruction cards with a visual for how to pack the jars. It took nearly a day to get the jars decorated, take the photos, and do all the editing.

I have 4 cookie recipes to choose from: Candy Chip, Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, and Oatmeal.

Each listing for purchase on etsy includes materials to decorate 12 quart mason jars:
1 - Cookie recipe card with instructions on how to layer ingredients in jar
12 - 6" cloth toppers
12 - 2.5" round cookie labels for front of jars
12- gift hang tags with baking directions
12 - pre-cut ribbons

I have mason cookie jar recipes in the popular vintage style with muslin toppers and choice of jute twine or black ribbon. The standard cookie jar design has red gingham cloth toppers and 7 different ribbon color choices. And for a limited time I will have a Christmas cookie jar set that uses the red snowflake cloth topper.

After I ran my survey several months ago, most respondents said they would love to have the cookie jar decorations, but many wanted to be able to use their own recipes. So I do offer customized listings for the vintage, standard, and Christmas sets so that your own cookie jar recipe can be printed on the hang tags.

Cookie jars make wonderful Christmas presents... I know I will be gifting the 4 jars I made for the photoshoot :) And I can definitely say the peanut butter cookie recipe is amazing! It has peanut butter chips, real peanut butter (I used my own homemade peanut butter), and chopped peanuts! YUM.

Cookie mason jar decorations

Comes with 2.5" labels, cloth toppers, hang tags, and ribbon to decorate 12 quart mason jars.
Also included is a recipe card for how to pack the jars!
4 cookie jar recipes are available
Vintage Style cookie mason jars
You can choose either black grosgrain ribbon or jute twine

Christmas snowflake mason cookie jar decorations with snowflake cloth toppers

Your choice of lime green, white, or red ribbon

Sunday, October 13, 2013

New Christmas Canning Jar labels on etsy

I added 4 new Christmas canning jar labels to my CanningCrafts etsy shop. Vintage Christmas looks great on old-fashioned jars and Kraft boxes. Vintage Ribbon is a retro design with plenty of room to write your canned good and year or to add names for your holiday gifts. Vintage Burst Christmas is available in the basic design or it can be customized with your name or personal message.

CanningCrafts now offers plenty of cloth mason jar covers and ribbons—perfect for decorating your jars for Christmas.

Vintage Christmas Canning Jar Label 

Vintage Burst Christmas Mason Canning Jar Label
Vintage Christmas labels look great with Baker's Twine & Muslin Covers
Custom Vintage Burst Christmas Canning Jar Label

Vintage Ribbon Christmas Canning Jar Label

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New vintage, Kraft paper, & Chevron Canning Jar Labels on Etsy!

I've been working on more basic & vintage style labels since I've had so many requests for both. New to the CanningCrafts Etsy shop: Chevron has 4 different colored labels on each sheet, (hot pink, lime green, teal, and orange). Vintage Burst has a background image of old paper & has a great vintage look. And Farm Fresh Rooster is printed on Kraft paper so it has a great, rustic look. It read "From Farm to Form" under the rooster.

Chevron Canning Jar Labels are perfect for jam and jelly jars! 

Vintage Burst Mason Canning Jar stickers would be
great for wedding favors
Looks great with the muslin cloth jar covers and black ribbon
available in the shop
Farm Fresh Kraft Paper Canning Jar Labels