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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Gift from the Garden

I love flowers!  I hate to garden!

There, I've said it!  I am not a gardener, even though I love flowers.  The colors, the scents, the textures of each petal-ripple excites my senses.  But don't make me get my hands dirty.

Wait a minute!  Don't get my hands dirty?  Really?  You should see me after an afternoon of stampin'!  The only way to get my hands clean is to wash my hair (if you haven't tried that yet, do it--gets all the ink off your fingers, even under your nails).  So maybe it's not really the part about getting my hands dirty (I'm a nurse, after all - I've had some pretty dirty hands).  Maybe it's the worms...yeah that's probably it.  Somehow digging in the dirt and suddenly noticing half a worm on each side of your trowel really, really gets to me (maybe the nurse thing again).

But when I saw Gift from the Garden, I knew I had to own it.  I love the little pots of flowers, the garden gloves and the watering can.  And the boots are great!

So today, when trying to figure out what to make with my new Hearth and Home Thinlits Dies, I reached for my Gift from the Garden.  And lookie what I ended up with:

This little work of art uses a number of new items, along with a few oldies, but goodies.

I started with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder.  I've been trying to figure out how to get "mortar" between my bricks.  So today I patted some Craft White ink directly on the raised spaces between the bricks of my embossing folder, inserted my Cajun Craze card stock and ran it through my Big Shot.  And voila!  Mortar!  I love it!

I then cut a rectangle in the middle of the bricks, using the window frame from the framelit as a guide.

This allowed me to make a little window scene behind the window.  I used a piece of Hello Honey cardstock with two wedges of Tea Lace Paper Doilies to make curtains.

I cut my window using the Hearth and Home Thinlits and Early Espresso paper.  Then I cut a piece of Window Sheet and adhered it to the back for a window.  For the windowsill, I first stamped a section of the Hardwood background stamp with Early Espresso ink, and then used the framelit to cut it out.

Now for the fussy part:
Yes, I inked the flowerpots/flowers with Stampin' Write Markers, stamped them on Whisper White cardstock and then fussy-cut them out.  I know, I know--too much work.  But look how stinkin' cute they are sitting on my windowsill!

I stamped my sentiment from A Dozen Thoughts using Cajun Craze ink and cut either edge with the Stampin' Trimmer and the Small Scallop cutting blade.  All it needed was a little bow of Linen Thread (doubled) and I was done.

Can't wait to send this to someone who likes flowers as much as I do.

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  1. Now that's a wow card if ever there was one Miss Priscilla. Thank your sharing all the details. Thought I didn't need that stamp set fun as it is. Nope...I was wrong. You are a great enabler my friend.

  2. Thanks, Jean...I think I've been enabling you a lot lately - do you need an intervention? LOL!
    I appreciate the comments; thanks for taking the time.