Late Summer Garden

Do you get as much peace from your garden as I do from mine?  Many of you have seen my roses, hibiscus, daisies, petunias, black-eyed susans, and hydrangeas.  Of course, I have Rick’s Landscaping to thank for most of this, but hubby and I (well, 99.9% hubby) have watered and trimmed.  I have eaten the yummy tomatoes, basil and chives from our back door garden.  But don’t we ALL love a peaceful garden?

Garden brown burlapThis is how I chose to create our late summer garden card.  I love the look and feel of  Chocolate Chip on the Baked Brown Sugar “back fence” which comes from the Hardwood background stamp ($13.95).  My method of stamping this image is a bit unique.  I don’t even mount it.  I simply lay it on a piece of scratch paper, ink it, place my Baked Brown Sugar cs on top, place a larger piece of scratch paper on top of everything, and rub.  This method works well for me.  The stamped and die cut flowers and foliage branch come from the retired Secret Garden stamp and framelits sets.  However, the single leaves were stamped and die cut from the Flower Patch Stamp Set ($25.95 for 19 stamps) and the Flower Fair Framelits ($24.95).  I like the detail found in the retired set. 

Garden white burlapThe focal point of these samples is a “big box” burlap flower.  I purchased these half-price earlier this summer.  There are 6 types you can choose from.  The “garden” is layered on the new Darling Doily Thinlit.  This die is much much easier to use than the Sizzlit die that was available last year.  There is still a bit of poking required with a toothpick to insure all the openings are cleared, but many of the pieces fall out on there own if you gently bang the thinlet against a hard surface (I use my desk).  The doily tames down the coarse burlap flower.  A few embellishments were added to the flower centers.  A bit of Calypso Coral Organdy Ribbon adds more texture to the burlap, doily, embellishments and appearance of the hardwood background.  I have stamped and die cut many of the flowers and leaves and plan to have many of the hardwood images pre-stamped for you.

One more project remains to be posted – the Holiday Box made with the new Gift Box Punch Board.  Now, I will admit I was awed by this new punch board.  You create a box that has its own closure – all done with one piece of paper.  I’ve fooled around with the smallest box (2 X 2 X 2) and the largest one (4 X 4 X 4).  How easy to make your own box, fill it with whatever, close it, tag it, and give it to a neighbor, family member, co-worker, etc.  This is a perfect Secret Santa solution!

Check back tomorrow for this last project for the September Stamp Camp – Thursday and Friday (Sept. 4th and 5th) from 2 – 9 PM, and Saturday (Sept. 6th) from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Come when it is convenient for you.  $12 is the cost for all the supplies and tools.  Give me a call if you need a different date or time.  I am very flexible. 

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

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