Saturday, April 12, 2008

Green Thumb Meets "the Plant Assassin"

Yep, that's what my hubby has called me for years...not all the time, just when I want to plant anything. And, unfortunately, he's got very good reason. Apparently I either water my 'victims' too much or too little, don't feed them the right kind or amount of fertilizer, don't have the right kind of soil, trim them back too far or not far enough, don't have the right amount or type of sunlight, don't talk to them enough (or they've heard me sing -lol), don't have the right color gardening clogs, blah, blah, blah, the list goes on. And one year we even thought my mother-in-law had poisoned our flower beds, but that's a whole 'nother story. lol I was saying...I've been killing our flowers for years and I can't figure it out. For some reason (and for whatever it is, I'm thankful), the only flowers I've ever been able to keep alive for more than a couple weeks are geraniums. And I do like them; they just don't smell very nice...kinda like marigolds (you know what I mean, right? -- they're pretty but they don't emit a very sweet-smelling fragrance). But whenever I see other people's colorful, prolific gardens, it sparks in me that hope that one day I'll be able to grow my own beautiful flowers (and ones that smell good!). And with the long winter we've had, and as the grass slowly returns to green, I'm really looking forward to seeing some flowers around here soon...maybe even some geraniums. lol Until that happens, I'll just be glad there's not a law against killing plants and enjoy my stamped and paper flowers. It's hard for me to go wrong there. ;)

Anyway...I made this card using the Green Thumb set by
Papertrey Ink (the pot and the sentiment). I wanted to add a bit of texture to the pot, so after stamping it in Cocoa ink, I took the edge of a piece of scrap cardstock and ran it across the image (before stamping) in a zig-zag motion. I'm sure there are a hundred other fun things I could've done, but that's what came to mind at the time (I was in a hurry -- when aren't I? lol). I cut it out and used pop dots to adhere it to the card. I stamped the stem and leaves using an image from the Friendship Word Puzzle set by CTMH and added a Just Blooms paper flower to it, using Fruit Punch Stickles as the flower's center and mounting the piece on some Bubblegum cardstock. I played around with adding several other flowers to the 'tree' but ended up with just this one. Kind of a sad-looking topiary of sorts, but strangely familiar (but better looking), being very typical of my horticultural skills. lol

I ran a piece of Sweet Leaf cardstock through the Cuttlebug with the
Swiss Dots embossing folder as the backdrop for the focal image, off-setting it a bit. I used some Springtime DP by Around the Block (the same paper I used on one of my Easter cards last month) -- I love the colors! The ribbon is some (retired) Bubblegum gingham, and the 'ground' is a hand-drawn line with some 'dirt' stippled on (makes it look like one of the neighborhood cat's have been digging in there, don't you think?).

The sentiment was punched with the small oval punch, and then layered on top of three large, strategically placed oval punches, and pop-dotted onto the card. The flower there is just another Just Blooms folded in half with a dab of Stickles.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Sweet Leaf, Bubblegum (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Springtime (Around the Block); Stamps: Green Thumb (Papertrey Ink), Friendship Word Puzzle (CTMH); Inks: Cocoa, Sweet Leaf, Bubblegum (CTMH); Other: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), ribbon, Just Blooms, My Legacy Writer pen, stipple brush (CTMH), small and large oval punches (SU!), pop dots


Jeanne said...

Oh, I hear you on the horticulture skills. And let me give you fair warning...don't try to plant anything outside until around Mother's Day. I'm serious! We can still get snow, and more importantly, freezing temps at night. So, if you are itching to start, do seedlings in the house, first. Or PREP the area. Okay? Okay!

The card is LOVELY!!! It's simple and striking!!!

I'm looking forward to this week's weather after days of snow and cloudiness!

Barb W said...

I just linked over to your blog from Jeanne's. WOW. I am so glad I did! Your designs are beautiful! I love this one. With all of the SU! blogs out there, it's nice to find a blog that features CTMH products. I am going to go browse around and get some inspiration!