If the weather holds off I hope to be outside planting my own spring displays in the garden, but for now I thought I would share my recent project which I have been working on. A while back I saw these cute little pepper pots in the local budget store and I could not believe what a close match they were to the Stampin' Up! colours. You can just see the shaped tops peeping out of the top of the display in the photo. I had a thought straight away that I could make flowers with the Spiral Flower Die and then attach them to garden wire to stand them through the holes in the pot lids.
Before I started my project though, I found a picture from Erica Cerwin on Pinterest with something very similiar. Great minds think alike! Erica had made a crate using the Hardwood stamp and put flowers in hers in bunches of yellow with long grass/leaves. So once I saw the crate idea I knew I could make a little flower trough of my own to sit my pots into.
I started with a basic rectangular open box which I added an extra layer of card to so that it had more stability. I then added my layer of grass which was using the Gumball Green from the In Colours 2012-2014. The grass was cut using the Fringe Scissors from the Spring/Summer catalogue. Finally I stamped the hardwood stamp onto Baked Brown Sugar and cut this into strips 1.5cm wide. I sponged colour round the edges of the strips and then wrapped them round the box in a wooden crate style.
My flowers were in the Crisp Cantaloupe, Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight colours. I also used the Flower Punch to add a layer of Gumball Green for a leave base to the flowers. Each of the flowers was made using one and a half of the Spiral Flower Die shapes. I cut two die pieces and then cut the second piece in two. I wrapped the complete piece and then added the second half piece into the flower before securing them together with a glue gun. I have yet to perfect my glue gun sticking so there was some extra glue strings which still need tidying a little - oops! A little photo touch-up needed!
I finished my project with the image from the Chalk Talk stamp set embossed in white on the basic black card. The label shape was cut with the co-ordinating dies. I was so excited about this project and I got so carried away until it was finished, crafting late into the evening. I was beaming with pride when I finished it and it is now sitting in pride of place in my craft room, bringing the Spring flowers inside.
Now the dies are great and the Spiral Flower is fantastic, but when you are finished cutting flowers with it there is a lovely decorative shaped piece of card left over which is just too lovely to throw away. When I was cutting flowers using the Coastal Cabana and designer paper stack I just could not bring myself to throw the pieces away and as they were overlapping on the craft table I thought of a card layout to use them instead.
I added a flower and some Little Leaves and some further flowers using the Boho Blossom punch and the label on there is made using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch cut down to match the dimensions of the sentiment. See the sentiment on the label there? That is stamped using the mini stamp set in the Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit. The kit is amazing value and the stamps can be re-used for other projects as I have done here.
Products I used for these projects were:
and extras for the card:
130136 Designer Paper Stack - In Colours 2014-2015
Stamps used for the card:
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