Sunday, July 3, 2016

Creation Station: Gifts from the Garden

#creationstation   #stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Wow! How did it get to be summer already?! I blinked and spring was gone! I have to admit: I'm not a fan of summer. I prefer cooler weather, but so far, in central Maryland, anyway, it hasn't gotten too, too hot yet.

Our theme for July's Creation Station blog hop is "gifts from the garden." I know our design team will show you some amazing projects. My project is a little off the rails, I think. I had some design ideas in my head, but I made a huge left turn and my final result is nothing like what I was designing.
You see, I wanted to do a small plant in a decorated paper bag--like this one that I found on Pinterest.

 Need a small gift for someone? Try wrapping a simple garden flower in a brown bag tied off with raffia. Frugal and sweet!:

I wanted to use Stampin' Up supplies and all I had on hand was the Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags. (The Petite Cafe Gift Bags #135826 would have been perfect!) No problem, I know how to make a gusseted bag--I showed you that in a previous edition of the Creation Station. Only these Tag a Bags are small, so I had to find a small plant that would fit. 

I headed to my local garden store and my only criteria was "small." I had a lavender plant in my hand, but it's the kind that needs to be planted--the roots were hanging out of the plastic pot. I thought about replanting it in a terra cotta pot, but I couldn't find one that was small enough for my project. And then I spied it--a tiny cactus in a tiny pot! It was the perfect size!! So instead of making a sweet, country chic floral arrangement in a paper bag, I went all in with the Festive Birthday suite!

I cut down a Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bag so that it was just below the rim of the pot. I turned the bag into a gusseted bag and slipped the cactus inside.  

Next, I cut the rectangular banners from a piece of Whisper White Thick Card Stock using one of the Fiesta Time framelits. Then I stamped banners in Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, and Crushed Curry. I added the designs in Tempting Turquoise and Pumpkin Pie. These photopolymer stamps make placing the designs on the pre-cut banner so easy!

I tightly tied a length of Whisper White Thick Baker's Twine just under the lip of the pot, so that I could gather the bag tightly. I adhered the stamped banner to the bag with some Snail Adhesive. I untied the baker's twine and then re-tied it on top of the banners.

I thought the cactus looked a little bit lonely, so I added a friend! I stamped the llama from the "Birthday Fiesta" set in Soft Suede ink onto a Crumb Cake scrap. I cut him out with the matching Fiesta Time Framelit. I also cut a piece of Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper using the rectangular banner framelit and added that to the llama. Then, I just poked the llama into the sand. Isn't he just the cutest?!

Since our theme is gifts from the garden desert, I needed a card to go with it. Keeping with the smaller is better theme, I made a 3"x3" gift card and matching envelope.

I cut a 3"x6" piece of Pumpkin Pie Card Stock for the base of the card, added a slightly smaller square of Tempting Turquoise Card Stock as a mat, and embellished an even smaller square of Whisper White Card Stock for the focal piece. I cut a strip of Festive Birthday DSP and adhered it to the bottom of the Whisper White piece. I stamped a sentiment from the "Birthday Fiesta" set in Tempting Turquoise just above that. Next, I stamped the cactus from the same set in Emerald Envy onto a Whisper White scrap and cut it out with the matching framelit. I adhered the cactus to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. As a finishing touch, I added some sequins from the Brights Sequin Assortment, adhering them to the card with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

Then I pulled out my Envelope Punch Board and made a coordinating envelope from the Festive Birthday DSP.

And just for fun, I added another cactus to the closed envelope and tied it shut with another piece of Thick Whisper White Baker's Twine.

I'm really pleased with how this turned out, but this was certainly not the dusty, desert road I started down!! It's fun to let the elements create their own project!

Please use the "next" and "back" buttons to keep hopping around the Creation Station blog hop. I know you'll find all kinds of inspiration here! See you next month!

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  1. This is so much fun! Thanks for sharing your thought process too.

  2. so cute! thanks for the inspiration.

  3. This is absolutely adorable! What a great idea!!! Best blog hop ever! Tina from OK

  4. I love your take on this months theme, Kathy! So clever. D x

  5. Very clever projects! That llama is adorable!

  6. Very cute ensemble! Love that Llama and cacti!

  7. Oh my word, what a super fun project set you've created here. Love it x