I’ve been at it again.
Last week I mentioned the Cameo by Silhouette, the clever addition to my crafting tools. It’s so sophisticated, that I can hardly imagine topping it. I won’t say that too loudly, as my limited imagination didn’t foresee carrying an entire computer in my purse a mere decade ago either. For now, I’m thrilled with the state-of-the-art possibilities.
That said, I’ll always enjoy combining the old with the new.
My good friend Donna has a booth at Antiques Colony in San Jose called Green House Supply. Donna is an avid gardener, crafter and purveyor of all things vintage. She sells a variety of gently aged paper goods, including these alphabet flash cards (below), bingo cards, maps and pages from beautiful old books. Her shop is great fun. I never leave empty-handed. This time I was on a mission. I wanted to make her a thank you note to show my appreciation for the generous bag of gardening books she left on my doorstep. I’ve been plowing my way through them and will also be offering them in our Little Free Library when we finally get that off the ground.
Here’s what I made.
Using a page from a child’s picture dictionary, I created the box card (with the Silhouette). I bought a vintage flash card with a D on it, turned it on its side, and added three-dimensional flowers. I wrote the note on the back.
Box Card and Insert
Completed Box Card
I used scraps of paper for the face of the card and the band, inking the edges for an aged look. I added a small strand of leaf-shaped ribbon and another flower for a finishing touch
Note tucked inside
Closed card, sealed with band
Threaded ‘leaf’ ribbon, the finishing touch
The card is resting on a polka-dot plant and a dusty hydrangea, patio favorites each summer.
Box card design by Samantha Walker.
Lavender Bath Salts
What a fun day! I discovered a great new blog and at the same time squeaked in on her pay-it-forward 2013 offer.
What is ‘pay-it-forward’ you ask? I took part in something similar several years ago on Facebook. Here is how it works:
The first five people to comment on this post will receive something I’ve handmade. You’ll receive your handmade gift via snail mail sometime during 2013. Who doesn’t like ‘real’ mail?
I can’t say what exactly it will be but it will follow a gardening theme. It might be a set of cards, a decorative piece, who knows. Surprises are part of the fun.
In return, please pay it forward by offering the same deal to five other people, via your blog, Facebook or Google +.
If you want to play, please comment below. Remember, the first five to comment receive a Gardening Nirvana craft-it-forward creation.
Kitty-cat chipboard album
Purse-shaped tag board album
Fold-out greeting card
Here’s a peak at a few of the crafts I put together back in 2009’s pay-it-forward.
In the meantime, check out Gjeometry. Sewing, an adorable cat and her sidekick pooch figure prominently in her blog. Catja says:
“I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and learning from the blogs and websites of other sewers, DIY enthusiasts, crafters, designers and fashion entrepreneurs around the globe and wanted to set up shop in a little corner of that community. Let’s be friends.”
The clever folks at Creative Memories came up with the signature event, Croptoberfest, hosted annually by CM consultants. We “crop” in October, a term used by scrapbook enthusiasts to describe the process of creating personal photo albums and scrapbooks.
Not to be confused with Oktoberfest, the 16-day festival celebrating beer in Munich, Croptoberfest brings hobbyists together to pursue their craft. Much like gardeners sharing collective wisdom, scrappers are a generous bunch. We fill a small conference room at a local hotel, where we share ideas as well as tools. Seeds of friendship are sown; nurtured relationships grow. The rhythm of a new season flows into the next.
Created with Creative Memories Storybook Creator Digital Software
Throughout October, I’ve featured a pumpkin a day on my blog as part of my Halloween countdown. Today’s signature pumpkin is brought to you by the creative spirit in the room. Thanks to everyone who willingly and graciously joined in the fun. The pumpkin will soon return back to the earth, but for now it illustrates our joy and camaraderie.
Special thanks to our hosts for the day: Inger Murdock, Karen Phillips, Pam Peters, and Mary Elizabeth Tait and for creating a relaxing and memorable event.
Signature Pumpkin (Part I)
Signature Pumpkin (Part II)
Cosmos going to seed
The idea came to me in late July. I started collecting Cosmo seeds to give as gifts for the holidays. This prolific annual grew in abundance throughout the summer. It was such a pleasure watching the plant bloom and bloom. I want to share that with others.
Cosmos are easy to grow and spectacular to behold.They grow in planters or directly in the ground, and thrive with little fuss. It’s a cheerful gift for the middle of winter: the promise of spring blooms.
I’ve been mulling over design ideas, and finally hit on the perfect one. I created a five-panel accordion card using Creative Memories software. Starting with a basic design, I added photos to the front panels, leaving a placeholder on the last panel for the packet of seeds. I included planting instructions and additional photos on the reverse side of the panels.
Cosmos Seed Card – Front Panel
Cosmos Seed Card – Back Panel
I bought a packet of 50, 3.5 inch square glassine envelopes for the seeds. The back panel is 4 inches square. They are the perfect.size.
I can’t wait to order the sample card to be sure all the details came together. In the meantime I’m making envelopes for the cards using last year’s garden calendar. I’m having so much fun.
Are you giving gifts from the garden this year?
My Beloved Cosmos:
Storybook Creator Garden Page
Twice a year I attend a weekend retreat not far from Apple headquarters, where I pursue my love of scrap-booking. Tucked into a cozy conference room with 16 like-minded, creative, and uniquely wonderful women, I pursue my craft. Pam and Staci, the Creative Memories consultants who put together this retreat, take care of all our basic needs: meals, snacks and caffeinated beverages. This is the first year I’ve left my clever tools and colorful papers at home so I could dedicate my energies to learning Storybook Creator 4.0, the latest in digital scrap-booking from CM.
I wish I could say it was all smooth sailing, but like most endeavors involving a computer, I did my share of hand wringing along the way. Of course the weekend isn’t just about crafting. Like a modern-day quilting bee, the women in Meeting Room “A” laugh and share stories of love and courage, strength and loss and the inevitable changes of life. I’ve learned Pixels2Pages and the spirit of camaraderie, the intricacies of 4.0 and the importance of a softly closed door. I marvel at the stereotype of the “weaker sex” as I’ve shared meals and space with this powerhouse group of “croppers,” a sharing, caring group of women who’ve got my back.
What does all this have to do with gardening? Just this: on the darkest of days, my life blooms with sisterhood. With gratitude to the female posse that helps me grow.