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

14 comments:

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Julie -- this project is just to die for -- I love it!!! Your seed packet is such a great idea -- how wonderful this would be for little table favors this time of year -- what a great idea!!! Also love your use of the Iris -- very, very cool project!!! TFS!!!

Janine said...

This is such a fabulous idea!! I got my monogrammer a few weeks ago and I just love it!! So much fun to play with.
Have a great evening. Beautiful here all day too.. A little chilly but sunny!

NancyK said...

WOW


WOW

Stunning! Everything about it is gorgeous. The iris, the subtle background shimmer. The monogrammer. And doing a seed packet is the perfect gift for a gardner!

Jennifer Buck said...

I'm working on some of these myself! I love giving flower seeds to my friends. This is absolutely adorable! Who knew I could just come here and case yours! ;) Seriously, it's just adorable! Hope you are having a great weekend! :)

mochamama said...

well girl, my garden isn't growing!!! first time ever! could be because my sweet little four legged friend is peeing in my garden and digging up my plants and I even found......poopys in it, yup, right there smack in the middle of what should be my beautiful Pam Mum. When I looked at her and said "Ollie, did you poop in mommys garden?" She put her head down and walked away!! Agh, well she certainly didn't offer to clean it up so I had to!
This is a sweet seed packet girl, awesome job!

Viv (VivLyn) said...

Great project and I love the background!

Laura Davis said...

I love this the pocket is darling!!
Laura

Diane said...

Your are so brilliant girl!!! This is such a neat idea!! I love it and it's beautiful!

denise g said...

More pretty and pink. Yippee!! I love the shimmery background flourishes and the pocket idea and the whole thing. Most of my roses are looking pretty good, as are the lilacs. Tulips and daffodils are bloomin, but the frost hasn't been kind to them. Weeds are having a field day. All in all, thinkin' maybe these paper irises are the way to go...

Nimue said...

Julie, another 'WOW'!. Absolutely lovely, gorgeous, elegant, delightful, and on and on. - Nimmy

Dee Jackson aka stampincuzILuv2 said...

I love the seed packet Julie!! This is so beautiful.
Dee Jackson

SmilynStef said...

What a fabulous gift for a friend ... may have to borrow this idea ... just wonderful.

JustRite Stampers said...

Julie, thanks for a wonderful testimonial and sharing the "JustRite" news with your blogging friends. Thanks for letting us post this project in our Design Gallery!

Lovely gd Cee said...

i totally love this card.