Thursday, June 5, 2008

A Garden Journal


Hello! Well, today was the last day of school for Anna. She's now officially a big First Grader! She was the last of my kids to finish. Each one finished on a different day -- two last week and two this week. Megan's 8th grade graduation was last night. I can't believe I'll have two in high school next year! Yikes! I guess we're in summer mode now -- no more waking up at 6:40 am! :)

Here's my project for the MFT Guest Designer Challenge. This month's challenge is to use black cardstock and a black embellishment on your project. In deciding what project to do, I spotted my SU! 5x5 chipboard journal in my stash of things to alter. I have been wanting to make myself a garden journal to keep track of new plants, vegetables that didn't do as well as I'd hoped, names of plants that have too many syllables for me to remember on my own, and other notes about my plantings. The logical choice for my stamp set was Can Ya Dig It?.

I had a lot of fun making this journal. I covered the front with Afternoon Tea paper. The images are colored with Copics. I paper pieced her gloves. To make it look like she is holding the flower, I cut the gloves apart, glued down her left glove, stamped the flower over it, then attached the right glove with a rolled up glue dot. I stamped "Love grows" on the Prima flower in black Stazon, then inserted a black brad through the middle. I made the scallops on the black cardstock with a 3/16" corner rounder (paper guide removed), and I punched 1/8" holes in each scallop. I stamped the sentiment in white craft ink and embossed it with white EP. Then I added ribbons and a tag -- I love how it turned out!

Cross your fingers for me -- I'd love to be the MFT Guest Designer!! Thanks for visiting today -- have a great day! The weekend is just around the corner! :)

Stamps: Can Ya Dig It? (MFT) Ink: Brilliance Graphite black (Tsukineko) White Craft (SU!) Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White (SU!) Paper: Afternoon Tea (SU!) Tools: corner rounder, spiral punch, circle punches, heat tool (SU!) Accessories: Copic Markers; Soft Sky stitched grosgrain ribbon, black gingham ribbon, black grosgrain ribbon, silver cord, Stampin' Dimensionals, white embossing powder (SU!); black dotted organdy (May Arts); flower (Prima)

12 comments:

Dawn Easton said...

Well, after seeing this project...I'd say you are a shoe in girl! It's FABULOUS!! WTG! Good luck to you!

Susan (rainy) said...

Oh my gosh, Christinia!! This is fabulous!!

Joan said...

This is wonderful. I love the colours, the little tag with the watering can and the scallops with the punched holes. Joan

Pat S. said...

Oh Christina...this is just gorgeous!

Linsey said...

yay, school's out for SUMMER! Cool, sleeping in--well, at least for the kids, lol! This is such a wonderful journal, Christina! Just fabulous in every itsy-bitsy way! You've got my vote, girl! best of luck! hugs!

Alyssa said...

Great journal! I was going to make one this year with Veggiebella...we'll see if I get around to that! Ha! Good luck (although I don't think you'll need it with this fabulous project!)! :o)

Anonymous said...

This is great! I was looking for a gift for 2 of my fellow "Master Gardeners" and I have this set. WOOHOO!
Margaret

Alexandra said...

This is a fabulous project Christina - no way are you not in - it's too awesome! Love this!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Tina said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I am certain you will be a contender for the prize. Good luck!

Christi said...

This is fantastic!!! I hope you win...you are SO deserving!

jen del muro said...

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!!

shel9999 said...

This is adorable, Christina! I love the ribbons and the little tag! Enjoy the sleeping in!! :)