Sunday, May 4, 2008

How Does Your Garden Grow???

I absolutely love this time of year when we can dig our hands in the dirt and watch the seeds turn to flowers. I think it's always fun to give the gift of flowers - even if they come in the form of a seed packet. It shows you care. I love receiving these things too because when I plant the seeds and watch them grow, my friend is never far from my thoughts!

So, I created this little number to put my seeds inside. It's a 4-1/4" by 9" strip of pink paper that has been scored 3-1/2" lengthwise. Your finished packed will measure the same size as a regular card - 4-1/4" by 5-1/2". I added a scalloped border and some black and white sheer polka dot ribbon.

Decking out the pocket was the fun part! I just got some new Flourishes stamps in the mail and thought they would be perfect for this project! That Siberian Iris is to die for! Click HERE to see the whole set! I even used the Damask Flourish backgrounder to create a kind of sparkly watermark effect. I stamped my Siberian Iris, masked it and then stamped the Damask background over it with Versamark ink so that it wouldn't cover the flower only be peeking out behind it as the backdrop. I then brushed on some Luminarte Iridescent Red Polished Pigments. This medium sticks to the Versamark and after you rub or burnish it with a soft cloth, you really don't need to seal it! It creates this beautiful shimmer.

I also got to play with another new toy on this project!! I recently got a Monogram Stamp by JustRite Stampers. I saw Sharon Johnson create this really cool stationary set and that's what did it for me! Click HERE to see her project! Who new you could mix and match all their fonts and borders? I didn't until I started to surf around. Very cool! I decided to spell the word "grow" because I thought, obviously, it would be perfect for this project.

Here's a close up of the Damask background with the Polished Pigments shimmer. I even used the Damask background on my monogram circle. I liked giving it a little something extra!
Hope you are having a fabulous weekend! I am going outside to play--- it's a gorgeous day here!
Take care,

You must be the change you wish to see in the world ~Mahatma Gandhi
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