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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Two Plants & an Ant!

     I wanted to create a decorative gift wrap for a few perennials as part of a gift for my sister-in-law. I really liked what Jessica Witty did here with some new Papertrey Ink products. I'm waiting for my 'picket fence' die, but I knew that I wanted try to duplicate this look. Here's my version:

      I started with 2 potted plants, placed on a heavy cardboard base and
then  wrapped together with a strip of Kraft card stock. PTI's Wood grain Impression plate was used  on the card stock before I sponged it with some CTMH Brown Bag ink. An additional strip of paper was used to make a handle. The edges of the paper were punched with a dotted scallop border punch.

The 'picket fence' was made with strips of Rustic Cream card stock and then stamped with Background Basics:Woodgrain in CTMH Bamboo ink. I'm sure the new picket fence die will make future projects much faster and simpler!!
The little dots were added with Chocolate ink to imitate nail heads.

     Several butterflies were die cut and stamped with PTI Butterfly Dreams stamp set.  The little tag is from Tiny Tags - first diecut and then stamped. Orange and cream Baker's Twine from the Twinery was used to accent the tag.

     Hopeful Ant from High Hopes Stamps was perfect for this card. Water colouring pencils were used on the image and then it was mounted onto a cranberry background. The patterned paper from My Mind's Eye was edged on the top and bottom with a scalloped border punch and then added to another cranberry mat. A cranberry ribbon and bow accent the image. The sentiment, (Playful Expressions from TPC Studios) was stamped in CTMH Cranberry ink.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.


Lorraine said...

What a beautiful & special gift, Karen! Love your creation and I am sure your SIL will just love it. And I love your adorable vintage-y ant card, too!

Linda said...

Beautiful gift! You did a great job with this. I especially like the fence you made!

Chris said...

What a fabulous gift! I love your handcrafted fence!

Anne B said...

What a gorgeous ensemble, Karen. Fab gift and I love that ant! Well done too on creating your own fence - the perfect touch :)

Michelle said...

That's an awesome presentation, Karen - really really great. And your little ant card is so cut! Love the coloring you did on the image..looks like colored pencil or something and has this great whimsy look.

Kelly said...

What a perfect way to give a gift like plants! Great job!