Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Gift from the garden is a work of Heart

The stamp set Gift from the Garden was one set I was drawn to since I am a gardener. I was given some beautiful Hostas from some friends of my In-laws and I made this card to show my appreciation for their lovely plants that fit so nicely into my Hosta garden. I couldn't believe the size of them, way bigger than any you'd get from a nursery or garden center. 

This stamp set was perfect and I love the sentiment, A gift from the garden is a work of heart. It's so true, people put so much work and heart into their gardens... I know I do. It's a lot of work, on a daily basis - but it's worth it when you sit back and can enjoy all your hard work and see your plants/flowers come to life and flourish. 

I decided that I wanted to use Calypso Coral - for my card base, and I had the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack already on my desk so I use it. I love adding black accents to my projects, and the paper with the poppies just called out to me - maybe it was because I was just photographing my own poppies?! It's stunning paper nonetheless. I stamped the garden gloves and fussy cut them out and situated them like they are holding the sentiment on the front of the card. 

And this is the inside. I've been prepping for my presentation at my upline's event this coming weekend and it's on this type of card, a "Pop up book card". They are super easy to make, I've made them in several different sizes and they all look  neat. Pop up's are nice since they aren't expected! I stamped the garden themed images in Calypso Coral ink for a tone-on-tone look. For the book pop up, I used a more subtle sheet from the Pretty Petals paper stack. I added some stamped and die cut images to dress it up a bit further. I haven't sent this card just yet, but the white space is there so I can write a message to them.

I included some photos of my garden with several of the new to me Hostas. I did have quite a number of Hostas of different varieties, but it was nice to be able to move some Perennials around to fill up some other gardens. 

This garden is primarily Hostas, but there is some Perennials in it also like Peonies, Goat's Beard, Astillbe, Iris, Cone flower, Turtle Head, Belleflower, Rogerstia .... just to name a few. I love the look of fullness the Hostas add to my garden. 

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