Thanks for taking part in the Catty Cruise! We are highlighting products in the 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog and the port before me was the fabulous Kriss Huels who featured the Eggscellent Eggs Kit – it will give you spring fever for sure with all those soft and pretty colors! If you missed her port, just click on the icon above and you can check out her great projects.

I picked Garden from the Heart to work with and every project I created with it has a purpose or solves a problem! Read on and see what I’ve been up to.

The first project I created is a card box holder. I needed a special place to keep my class and workshop cards. I can’t tell you how many times a customer will come up and say . . . “You know that card we made last month, I think I want to get the stamp set and the designer paper.” Of course, I’m drawing a complete blank! Those cards have been mixed in with all my other cards in boxes here and there and I haven’t the faintest idea which card she is talking about!! So, I decided to solve the problem with a box of yogurt!! lol – actually the yogurt is long gone, but I used the empty box and it is the perfect size to store my class and workshop cards in so that I can refer to it as I need to. I just cut it down, covered it with paper from the Pawsitively Prints Build A Bear collection and decorated it with a stamped image from Garden from the Heart. I also added some Brocade Blue 3/5″ Grosgrain ribbon and the half-back pearls from my Pretties Kit are adhered with mini glue dots.

This is a close up of the image I used on my card box. I used the Big Shot Machine and cut a Scallop Circle Die from Brocade Blue paper. The inside circle was created with the Circle Scissors Plus using our watercolor paper. I stamped the image with StazOn Black and used my Blender pens with ink from the lid of the ink pads to color my images. The sentiment is created using my Chocolate Chip marker and coloring directly on the rubber just the part that I wanted to use and then stamped onto the paper with the aid of a Stamp-a-ma-jig.

After this project, I’m pretty sure I won’t be doing any re-upholstering work! haha! I was completely befuddled as to how to make my edges look neat. I decided to use ribbon stuck on with sticky strip on both the inside and outside edges. Not a very professional job . . . but it was my first time! (maybe my last! lol!) Anyway . . . my customers will be looking at the cards . . . not so much the ribbon. (I hope!)

My next project as you can see above is a new checkbook cover. I like to switch out my checkbook covers once in a while . . . just for some variety. The paper that you see as the base is Bermuda Bay designer prints. Notice how I paper pieced it into the hat? That is so much fun and really adds a lot to the image. I used a lot of layers, too. I really like the layer of Garden Green. I didn’t know whether or not it would “work” with the Bermuda Bay color, but it does! yeah! There are also layers of Crushed Curry cut with the new Scallop Trim Border punch that you can claim as a gift when you make a $50 purchase.
The hat is stamped with StazOn ink and watercolored with an Aqua Painter using ink from the lids of my ink pads. (It’s my FAVORITE way to color!) I painted the hat with More Mustard ink since the Crushed Curry seemed a bit too yellow/bright for it. The words are stamped into the box with the use of a Stamp-a-ma-jig. I used the stamp set Fundamental Phrases for my words.

Above you can see my place-holder. This is what I use to mark my spot in my check register. I folded it over the outside flap in order to get a good picture, but otherwise, it stays on the inside of the checkbook.
And finally, my last project . . . a journal! Last fall we set aside an area in our yard to create a Kitchen Herb Garden. I’ve already purchased the seeds and I’d like to keep track of what I’m planting and when and what is working and what isn’t so I will have a reference for future years. I loved stamping the herbs separately into each box and then then watercoloring them in with my Aqua-Painter and ink from the lids of my ink pad.

The letters were cut with my Big Shot Machine and the Decorative Strip Die called Naturally Serif. The strip of paper off to the side is from the Tea Party Designer Series Paper pack and the gorgeous yellow paper is from a new set of designer series paper featured in our Occasions mini called Sweet Pea. I used our Spiral Punch to get the designer paper perfectly punched to match up to the notebook spirals. Below is a close up of the Basic Gray Satin Ribbon Bow accented with a large half-back pearl from our Pretties Kit.

Thanks so much for stopping in and being a part of our Catty Cruise Blog Tour. You will be well on your way to your next stop as soon as you click on the next port of call below. That click will take you to Lynn Weiss’ Blog where you can see some awesome projects designed with the Occasions Mini Stamp set Vintage Vogue. You don’t want to miss it! Bon Voyage!