Wednesday, June 25, 2014

If I had a rose...

When I saw the challenge at Simon Says Stamp "I Ought to Use This More!",  I knew it was going to be fun!  So many choices, so little time!

My first thought was to use some designer paper I keep collecting but never use, and I came upon this Paper Purses  punch out card stock pack by K and Company on my shelf. The front of the pack says "Make a gift box that's a gift!"  I was reminded of my friend's 13 year old son telling me, "When you make us a card, it's more like a gift!".

 As is usually the case when I am in my closet, one thing led to another, and here you have it!


This is constructed of all products that I really ought to use more often, but I haven't used most of them in years!  To give an example, the purse card stock was purchased when my daughter was about 7 years old--she's almost 16 now!  I thought she would enjoy crafting them with me then...NOT!

 I have a weakness for seam binding and other vintage trim, and I must have it in every color. I have been collecting this for years and never use it (thanks to Tim Holtz' crinkled ribbon and Distress stains).  So I dragged it through some Picket Fence DS spritzed with water, rolled in a ball, let it dry, and made a bow out of that...I really should use my colored trims more often. (Psst!!  I like the TH crinkled ribbon SO much better!)





The flowers are leftover pieces from Mother's Day flowers my family made for the mother's in our Church's congregation 2 years ago! (We made over 200 corsages each with many layers of flowers using coffee filters (dyed with diluted acrylic paint and spritzed with Perfect Pearls Mist) and Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die.) Yes, I save EVERYTHING! I glued 6 or 7 of the smallest layers together and scrunched them up.  I centered them with Rangers Liquid Pearls.

 Speaking of pearls, I haven't used that roll of pearl trim in a long time--so I  used that, too!

 Those leaves?  They are stickers from an unopened package by Stickopotamus purchased when my kids were born!  No, they don't stick anymore, but with the help of a glue gun (something else I never use and really ought to use more often) they work fine. In fact, I used that glue gun to assemble the entire project.  

Now here's something new to me: the butterfly stamp is one I bought at a yard sale this weekend.  They are from Basic Grey.  I stamped it in Perfect Medium and dusted it with Perfect Pearls by Ranger (something else I rarely use) and cut it out. The pearl doesn't show up in the photo, but it's there! 

The buttons are from my stash, and started out clear.  I colored them with Tim Holltz Adirondack alcohol inks by Ranger. I need to use these clear buttons and the inks more often.  I attached them using a little bit of wire, so they dance around like flowers in a breeze.




The sentiment is one from a booklet of vellum sentiments I also got at a yard sale--this one, years ago, with the cover torn off, so I don't know who to credit.  I cut it up to fit the tiny box and taped it on with vellum tape.

I think I'll send this to my sister, who grows and sells flowers at her Hilltop Farms. She needs to know I think of her often.

It was so great to pull out some old stuff and to see how it all came together.

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20 comments:

  1. Oh Sara, this is wonderful! One of a kind and a treasure - thanks so very much for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

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    1. Lin, My apologies! I am still finding my around this blog thing. I meant to reply to you, but hit the comment button instead. Thank you for your kind words about my entry to SSS Wed. Challenge. It was SO much fun to make--I felt like a kid again! I can't wait to send it to my sister. Sara Emily

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  3. I have one like that as well Sara, I used to think how nice to craft together so as you say - NOT.

    This really is very pretty and such a lovely choice of colours.

    Thanks so much for joining us at Allsorts this week.

    B x

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    1. Brenda, Oops! I meant to reply, but hit the comment button! Thank you for your comment on the colors of my entry. I really was inspired by my own garden; everything is all hot pink now with purple coneflowers and phlox in bloom. I tried to tone down the green of the seam binding, but it was not too effective. I call that artistic license!

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  5. This is gorgeous Sara, I love all the detail and the sentiment is so beautiful. Thank you for joining us at Allsorts for our How Does Your Garden Grow challenge x

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    1. Sarah, Thank you for your lovely comment. I love this challenge, as I am a gardener, for income and pleasure. Sara Emily

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  6. What a treasure! Theres so many wonderful elements. Like those buttons! So cute! Thank you for sharing your work with us for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle

    Ps...I have paper that old too. :))

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    1. Thank you, Michelle, for your kind comment. I think the buttons are my favorite part of this project. It was a great challenge; tons of fun! Thanks, too, for letting me know I am not the only one holding onto old stuff. Sara Emily

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  7. Wow that's amazing project, beautiful flowers. Thank you for playing with us on Craft for the Craig. Henryka DT.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words about my project. It was so much fun to pull out those very under utilized items and put them to use! Sara Emily

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  8. Wow - beautiful and love the fact that you have re-used elements from different projects. All to often I hear how expensive crafting is, and I agree it can be but you've shown with a 'little' imagination - the sky is the limit!!!!!!
    Thank you for joining in Craft for the Craics challenge
    Pixie DT member

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    1. Pixie,
      Thank you for your very encouraging comment! I do tend to be frugal with my crafting and am known to save everything (hoard):). Sara Emily

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  9. Wonderful creation. Thank you so much for joining our Loves Rubberstamps challenge.

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    1. Shanna,
      Thank you for your kind words. I really enjoyed your inspiration piece--love those flowers! Sara Emily

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  10. Wow, so beautiful. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

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  11. Lovely project, gorgeous flowers. Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps.

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  12. A lovely project. Thank you for joining us over on CFTC.
    Marleen DT xx

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