Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Christmas Gardening

Want a quick little gift that will warm the heart of any gardener? Yesterday I was out shopping and spied a display of amaryllis kits. I know you've seen them--the bulb, a pot, and growing medium all in a box? It gave me a fantastic idea for a gift for my next door neighbor. She LOVES them, so I grabbed one up and headed home to decorate a gift bag for it with this sweet My Favorite Things set, Cultivate a Heart Of Joy. (Shhhh, don't tell anyone I told you, but this set may find it's way to the Bubble Bin by Monday, so be on the lookout.) I stamped the image on a Perfect Paper Panel, colored it with Copic markers and paper pieced the handle before cutting it out. I covered the bag front with paper from Basic Grey's Figgy collection and decided to paper piece the trowel handle with more from the collection, but used the smaller scale from the 6 x 6 pad for that. I curved the sentiment image a bit on the block before I stamped it. This sentiment is very appropriate for this time of the year and is perfect for a gift for a gardener.

I could *not* get a good picture. It was too tall to fit in my light box, so picture this: I put it in front of a white door and propped it up on a stool. So, I'm sitting on the floor trying to get a picture, in insufficient lighting, twisting this way and that to get the best shot! So, I apologize for the poor quality picture, but I think you get...well, the picture ;-) I love how it turned out and I think my neighbor will too. No, she doesn't read my blog, so my secret is safe :)

Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow's another Color Throwdown Challenge and *I* picked the colors. Be sure to come back to see what they are!

Stamps: Cultivate a Heart Of Joy (MFT)
Figgy and Figgy 6 x 6 pad (Basic Grey); Perfect Paper Panel (MFT)

Memento Rich Cocoa

ribbon (craft store); buttons (stash); twine (PTI); red line tape; Copic markers


  1. siehr edel aus in Blau und Bordorot!

    LG Ursula

  2. What a clever idea . I love that like shovel. Sure your neighor will love it .

  3. What a wonderful creation. Wow, the
    shovel looks so real. Would love to
    know what Copic colors you used!!

  4. Heehee, I am with you on the constant quest for the right light, right angle, etc. for my pix! I can picture you doing that!
    This is lovely, I hoard this paper because I love it so much! Very nice gift idea!

  5. Bar this is so pretty, wonderful job.

  6. What a fabulous gift idea! Beautiful bag, too... that's some of my favorite of the Wassail paper!


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