Mason Jar Luminary Paper House Cloche Kit

CH_IB_Mason_Luminary_House_Cloche_KitI taught three separate workshops in July and August here at Inspired Barn where we crafted adorable illuminated displays utilizing mason jars, papercrafting, collage, and assemblage. CH_IB_Mason_Luminary_House_StudentsSince most of you are not in my area and are unable to attend such a workshop, I went to work creating a digital kit for you so you can craft this project wherever you are!CH_IB_Mason_Luminary_House_StepsYou can find this kit for sale right now in my Etsy shop, along with two other paper house projects. This kit includes step-by-step photo instructions, and a template (to print to cardstock) for crafting a house and pedestal sized perfectly to fit a Kerr brand wide-mouth mason jar (available at Michaels) and one battery-operated LED tealight per luminary. I’ve included a full materials list along with a load of tips and ideas for embellishing and customizing your cloche display. IMG_4384Below are some of Inspired Barn attendee’s finished projects utilizing supplies provided in class and a few they brought with them. Pull out your embellishments, order the kit, and be inspired to craft your very own (everyday or holiday) version for yourself, as gifts, or special event centerpiece such as wedding or bridal shower decor.CH_IB_Mason_Luminary_House_Student_WorkHappy crafting!


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Attaching Shelf Jars and FREE Dennison-Style Labels

While cleaning the garage over the weekend I happened on a collection of jars I’d tucked away for future use. (Hey…It’s the future!) And I can always use more crafty storage in the studio. Jars work so perfectly to show off the stored contents. I find when I can see my supplies I’m much more apt to use them as I tend to forget some of the supplies and materials I have stored in drawers and boxes. I decided to attach into the dead space found on the underside of existing studio shelves. I simply drilled pilot holes into the lids, double-stick taped the lids into place under the shelves, then using short screws, attached them to the shelves. For larger lids & jars, I needed two screws and washers to keep the lids from turning when removing and replacing the jars. IMG_4773The jars were filled within minutes of installment.

Dennison-Style-Labels-WL-CHAlso last weekend I designed a fun set of Dennison-Style little labels that are available to you as downloads for FREE courtesy of on their blog HERE.Cathe-Holden-Dennison-Style-LabelsDownload the PDF files, print to full sheet label stock from, trim out the individual labels (a good project in front of the TV), and use in a multiple of ways! I used the printer cuts set to decorate another set of shelf jars.WL-Cathe-Holden-Little-Labels-03Here are even more ideas. Have fun!WL-Cathe-Holden-Little-Labels-07 WL-Cathe-Holden-Little-Labels-05 WL-Cathe-Holden-Little-Labels-04 WL-Cathe-Holden-Little-Labels-02


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Vintage Album Bird Images

How do you keep your creative juices flowing?Cathe-Holden-Bird-Album-pages

Sometimes when I’m longing for new ideas I search for old inspiration, and visit my local antiques stores. Yesterday’s trip proved quite successful as I happened upon four separate pages taken from a vintage photo album. Each page rich in colorful, detailed bird illustrations.Bird-Album-Page-CUI scanned the pages and used Photoshop to touch up stains and blemishes, and fill the inner photo areas. You can help yourself to each image below by clicking to enlarge and save. Use for collage, scrapbooking, cardmaking, digital work, even your own album pages. (But, please don’t sell or share as digital images alone.)  Cathe-Holden-Bird-Album-04 Cathe-Holden-Bird-Album-03 Cathe-Holden-Bird-Album-02 Cathe-Holden-Bird-Album-01I reduced one page, added text,  printed out and attached tiny plastic eggs to the nest, then placed into an old pen nib container to create a sweet little shadow box.Cathe-Holden-Bird-Box

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