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We’re “cooking” up another challenge!

Hi all,

Paper Garden Projects is sponsoring the “Catered Crop” challenge for the rest of this month.  How exciting!

Linda posts a simply delightful challenge every 2 weeks.  She creates a “recipe” from the entry of the winner of the previous week’s challenge.   You can use all or just part of the recipe – so it is very easy to find a bit of inspiration.

 Its so worth checking out the entries – so many just beautiful ones.  Linda and her design team are amazing too!

And for this challenge – the winner receives a $20 gift certificate to the Paper Garden Projects store – to buy any old thing your little heart desires!

Here is my sample:

I used the new Spring Blooms 2 digital stamp set (tulip and sentiment)  and the fabulous Tapasty 1 background stamp.  The paper is from the Basic Grey Koshi paper pad.

The Catered Crop recipe calls for:

  • Pattern Paper – Stripes and mini print
  • Colors – Blue, Green and Brown
  • Stamps – Children, Kittens
  • Color Mediums – Prismacolors
  • Embellishments – pearls, buttons, ribbon, flowers
  • Tools – Border punches, die cuts
  • Techniques – sewing, paper piecing, paper piercing, tissue box (or other paper boxes), coloring sky with Prismacolors, crochet flower
  • Theme – Spring, Childhood
  • Shapes – Circles, ovals, scallops
  • Miscellaneous – Tissues

I decided to include color (green), a mini flower print, the spring theme, diecuts and ovals.

So be sure to hop on over to the Catered Crop site and cook something up to enter the challenge!

I know I haven’t been posting much – but I’ve been very busy on something I’m so, so, so excited about!  Hee Hee!

I’ve also been working in the yard a lot whenever I can.  I’m trying to get the vegetable garden prepped (its big).  Yesterday, DH and I planted 3 apple trees, one pear tree, 3 blueberry bushes and 25 strawberry plants!  Wish me luck that the local wild life will let me have at least some of the harvest.  Actually – it will be be 4-5 years before we can hope to see much from the fruit trees.  But that’s OK – something to look forward to!

Hope everyone is wonderful!  Happy crafting!

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Can we have a cup of coffee and a chat?

Well…. it has to be virtual coffee….

So here is my cup of  Joe, using the IO Latte Cup cling stamp and Basic Grey Koshi papers.  I love this stamp.  It was the one that introduced me to Leigh Hannan’s designs over at IO – and now I’m addicted (to the stamps and to coffee I think…)

And that chat….

If you are one of my 4 regular blog visitors (Hi Mom!!), you might have noticed a distinct lack of posting recently.

There are a mix of reasons.  I hurt my back and couldn’t sit for long – so blogging was tough (all better now though).  We have had a bunch of summer activities (like everyone I bet).  The garden has been keeping me busy (I’ve already canned beets, pickles and froze green beans).

But the main reason is it finally hit me how fast my kids are growing up.  J will be in 5th grade this year.   She is a great kid, but the tween attitude is creeping in.   I figure I better spend some time with her now before she wants nothing to do with me!   Ohhh…. those teen years are looming.

So I’m making a conscience effort to set aside other things to do activities with the kids this summer.  Its hard for me not to craft, blog, post tutorials, etc.  But I think its the right thing to do right now.

Oh, I’m sure I’ll still sneak in a project here and there. And I’m still adding new goodies to the store.  But I’ve given the DT the month of July off to have some summer fun too.  We’ll all be back in August with some nifty Fall and Back to School projects, challenges and contests.

(I made a digi scrap page! Another little project I’m working on this summer.  I’m taking web classes at the Jessica Sprague site.  Love her classes.  Totally not affiliated in any way.  I’m sure she has no idea who I am.  But really she does an excellent job teaching how to use photoshop for digi scrapping.)

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Fourth Friday Fun Challenge for June

Hi all,

Its another 4th Friday – so time for another challenge!
(Sorry to be late – no internet connection all day!)

Its getting mighty hot in these here parts…. (OK – I’m here in Philadelphia, guess I better lose the western accent). But honestly, it is pretty hot, like 98 degrees.  And us without any air conditioning – we just might have to go to the mall!

So for this month, we want to see projects that make us feel cooler.   Whether that is cool colors (like blue and green), or cool images (like swimming, ice cream or even snowmen).  Anything you think is cool goes.

Just add a link to your card using the cute froggy face at the bottom of this post.  One random winner will be chosen to recieve this new, very cool Kraftin Kimmie stamp – Tubing Miles.  You have until midnight (EST) on Friday July 2 to link up your creation!

For my “cool” card, I chose a day at the beach.  This sassy girl is Florence from Kraftin Kimmie.  She makes me smile.  I paired her with Basic Grey Green At Heart paper and Prism cardstock.  She is colored with copics.

The sentiment is from my stash (River City I think).  The inside says “and most of it was your fault”.  Hee heee…  I used some paper scraps to pretty it up a bit…

Be sure to check out all the clever projects by the Design Team!

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New digi stamps plus a new digi freebie

Happy Friday everyone!

Oh my what a long post – I’m apologizing in advance 🙂

A few months ago, I began offering free digital stamps in the Paper Garden Projects store.  I like to draw and thought maybe I’d offer a few of the drawings as digi’s in case they might be useful to someone.  Since then I learned that offering the digis is costing the store a bit and if I want to keep offering freebies I will have to upgrade my server space in order to improve the download process.  So….. I decided to try a mix of free and “for sale” digis to try to offset the cost. 

This peony image is part of my first “for sale” set.  Peonies are my favorite flowers.  I just love them – all kinds.  I decided to try my hand at drawing both a herbaceous and a woody tree peony (from my yard).  In the end I came up with this set of images:


For my sample card, I printed the full peony on Neenah Classic Crest cardstock using my HP printer.  I colored the image with Copics.   (with this cardstock, I’ve also been successful Copic coloring with Epson and Brother printers using the cheapo generic ink).   The original flower was white – but I decided I wanted a pink peony.  Here are the colors I used.


My card layout is this week’s sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  For the pink background, I stamped the Quilt Cover-a-card background stamp in Cloud White. ( I used the new Mega Mount stamp block– I LOVE that thing).  The kraft layer is Cuttlebugged in Herringbone.

You can get the Peony digital set here.   The digital downloads contain the images in transparent background PNG files and as high resolution JPG files.  I’ve also included a colored sample or two for each set.   

If you would like a little more information on downloading and using the digi stamps, you can download a PDF here.  There are quite a few freebies in the store to try out.  If you have any trouble downloading – just let us know and we’ll make sure you get your images (we’re working on it!!).

Speaking of freebies, I did add another freebie.   😉

 It is a group of tulips that I took a picture of at Longwood Gardens.  Here is the picture: 

The Tulip stamp set has one image and a sentiment.  Here is a sample of the image colored.  I changed them to purple 🙂

The tulip image is printed and colored with Copics.  Here are the colors I used:

The background paper is from the Basic Grey Koshi paper pad.  The sentiment is from the Peony digital set.  I used the card sketch from The Pink Elephant challenge blog – or at least I tried to.  By the time I got done moving everything around, it came out a bit different than the sketch!

So that is the latest from Paper Garden Projects digi land.  Hopefully someone can use some of the drawings.  

I have an exciting Friday night planned – 24 Brownie girl scouts for a Pajama Jam (a sleep over without the sleeping over part).   I can just imagine the noise level!  LOL! 

 I’ll leave you with a few peony pictures from my garden.  I’m not the world’s best photographer – but honestly whats not to love?


  (Tree Peony – that is why it is yellow)

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Flower Fairy picks….

I admit – I’m a total pushover for flowers.  I buy them everywhere, even the fruit market (they have great deals!).  And of course I love to get them as gifts.


I got these two potted begonias at the fruit market and thought I might give them as a little gift to friends for Mother’s day.  I added a few little flower fairies to make them a little more personal.

To make the faries, I chose 3 images from the Flower Fairies cling set, stamped them in Memento ink and colored them with Copic markers.  (Here are the marker colors I used in case inquiring minds want to know).


To hold my little fairies in place, I used floral picks.  You can get them anywhere they have flower arranging stuff – they are green wooden picks with a wire attached at the top.  I wanted my fairies to be able to move and bounce around – so I converted the wire at the top into little “springs”.  You simply wrap the wire tightly around something pretty thin to create a coil.  I used the thick end of my stylus – but you could also use the end of another of the picks.  Make sure you leave some straight wire at the end to adhere the fairy to.  When you are done coiling, just slide the wire off.


I cut out my fairies and then created a matte for them out of dark green cardstock.  The easiest way I’ve found to do this is just temporarily adhere the image to the cardstock and then freehand cut around it.  Here are all my fairy parts.


To assemble the fairies, just adhere the wire to the front of the cardstock matte and adhere the fairy image over the top.  Easy!  Here are close-ups of my fairy friends…




I also wanted a card to go with my gift – so I used a different fairy from the same Flower Fairies cling set.  I also used the mushroom from the Fairy Fauna cling set  (the sentiment is computer generated).  These images are also colored with copics. 


I cut out my sentiment and image with a Spellbinders oval die.  The image is matted on the new Spellbinders Labels 11(I think I’m going to use this one a lot!).  The patterned paper is Basic Grey Green at Heart. I created the sky and grass background using this technique (only I didn’t bother masking…shhh, don’t tell…).

It still needed something – so I decided to add flowers.  I don’t have flowers in a lot of colors.  I usually just buy white flowers and color them to match my project with ink, paint, or in this case Copics.  I tried to color each a little differently, and left it a little streaky (on purpose – honest).


If you have flowers – you might need some leaves.  So I colored one flower green and cut it up to make leaves.


So that was today’s project.  Great new stuff coming into the store – I REALLY want to play more.  But my garden is calling me too!


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