Fruit Fusion....
May Papertrey...

Garden Variety...

Welcome to the second group post for the May Papertrey Ink countdown!  Tonight the team is showcasing a set concepted by Melissa Phillips and designed by Nichole!  Let me tell you, this set is gorgeous and I can't wait to play with it more! 

The set is called Garden Variety and it has a seed packet frame and coordinating die, along with lots of fun stamps to decorated your seed packet.  There's even a coordinating seed packet envelope die!  There are also lots of nice sentiments in the set.  It will be available for purchase from the Papertrey Ink website on the 15th of this month (only one more day to wait!!!).

I created a small gift ensemble using this set.  I created a fun felt flower pin and a coordinating gift card.  I fastned the pin to a tiny clay pot to make a fun gift presentation.  I think the recipient will be thrilled when she finds out it's actually a pin she can wear!  I'll show you step-by-step how I made the flower in case you want to try it yourself!  I saw a pillow at a quilt shop while I was in Utah for the Paper Crafts magazine editorial board meeting last week that totally inspired this pin!


I just LOVE this envelope die and can see myself using it a ton!  A little tidbit of information about the seed packet die...the Button Card die is a perfect match and will cut out a perfectly sized backing to go behind the card and fill the window.  I'm lacking in coloring skills, so I backed the window with a pretty floral patterned paper. 

I created a small enclosure card to tuck inside the envelope.  I stamped the rose image from Year of Flowers Collection onto patterned paper using Ripe Avocado ink.  I just love the smaller scale of the flowers in this set!  They're great on their own or to use with the larger images in the individual Year of Flower sets.

Now let me show you step by step how to recreate the flower if you'd like to give it a whirl!

First diecut some small scalloped circles from felt using the circle from the Love Lives Here die collection and cut them in half.  My flower uses 13 circles cut in half = 26 petals. 


Now stitch them to a length of matching twill, overlapping the points of the half circles just a bit.


For the base of the flower, I diecut a circle using the plain circle from Limitless Layers 2 1/2" Circle Collection.  Now is where you should do as I say, not as I do....if I do this again I will choose a matching cardstock color instead of the cream.  I might even think about just using a circle of felt, but I liked the idea of having a more sturdy base, hence the cardstock.


Now sew the twill to the cardstock circle, starting at the outer edge and stitching around in a spiral until you end up in the center and the whole circle is covered.  I stopped stitching here just to take a quick photo.


I continued stitching until I was in the center.  I then trimmed off the excess twill and put a dab of hot glue in the center to secure the end.  I then topped it off with a pearl button (forgot to photo that step....sorry!!!)


The back of my cardstock looks like this...


I then diecut another circle from felt to cover the back and topped it off with a pin back.


To make a fun gift presentation, I secured the pin to a small clay pot.  Just cut a small piece of floral foam and use hot glue to secure it to the bottom of the pot.


Then plop the flower on top and secure it with a few trinket pins by sticking them through the flower and into the foam.


That's all there is to it...not too hard!

Thanks for stopping by...I hope you enjoyed this month's countdown festivities!  Only one more day until you can shop til your heart's content!  :-)

Be sure to hop around to the other design team members to see what they've created using the new Garden Variety set!

Danielle Flanders
Jess Witty
Erin Lincoln
Maile Belles
Nichole Heady
Lisa Johnson
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillilps
Michelle Wooderson
Stamps:  Garden Variety, Year of Flowers Collection
Ink:  Ripe Avocado, Raspberry Fizz
Cardstock:  Vintage Cream, Sweet Blush
Dies:  Seed Packet, Seed Packet Frame, Love Lives Here, Tiny TagsLimitless Layers 2 1/2" Circle collection
Other:  Raspberry Fizz and Simply Chartreuse felt, Simply Chartreuse grosgrain, New Leaf baker's twine, Maya Road leaf pins, pearl button, clay pot, patterned paper by The Girls' Paperie