Saturday, September 8, 2012

Late summer musings

I can hear the dry leaves tumbling down the street as I work in my craft room today.  I cannot mean that summer is over!!  Can it?  I am just getting down to the good picking in my garden.  We really only picked our first beans last weekend, and our first tomatoes.  We have cucumbers coming out of our ears, but that's another story. 
I talked a few weeks ago about the projects that I made with the Perfectly Preserved stamp set and framelits, and the Orchard Harvest DSP.  Kay Kalthoff, my SU upline, asked me if I could design a few things with these products while she was off at convention.  I gave them to Kay for her use, and although I had photos, they were no longer mine, as far as I was concerned.  Following our recent workshop that Dawn Olchefske put on, I got inquires from people about some of the projects that I made for Kay.  I talked to Kay about posting them on her blog, and she gave me the go-ahead to post them on mine, since they were my designs to begin with.  Kay took some of the things I made, and remade them to suit her, and she made some great improvements, if I do say so myself.  Here is one of the first things I made when I got my hands on the stamps and framelits.  The 3d corn! 
 I loved the beautiful ornament on the cover of the Holiday book, and decided to try my hand at a 3d corn, and it turned out so cute.  I just had to find a way to showcase them, and I did it with an autumn banner.  (I had to take a photo of this at Kay's house the other day, since none of my photos were worthy.  She changed the letters on the jar, because I did not have the big shot alphabet, and used letters from my Cricut to make them for the sample. I also did not have the banner diecut for the big shot, which would have made this simpler to do.)  My favorite part was making the 3d fruits and corn to hang from them.  It's really cute hanging loose so they dangle.  I made another one for our Holiday open house. 
Another project that was a favorite of mine was the corn on the cob box I made.  (Photo is not great, but I did not think I'd ever publish it.)  I used the  Candy Wrapper die and for the long box I extended it by folding the paper in the middle before cutting.  The outer wrapper covers the folds.  I love the corn husk paper form the Orchard Harvest paper, which I see most people using as woodgrain.  I took a stamp from the Bring on the Cake stamp set that has a hand and says "wish big", and I cut loose the fingers so I could slip a piece of corn in the hand.  I also used the "bring on the cake" and covered the word cake with a piece of corn.  I took some hemp twine and untwisted it and tied to either end to resemble the silk on the corn.    I would fill these up with some candy corn, but my daughter had a great idea.  She said that she would make some herb butter, and remold it into a stick, wrap it, and present it to the hostess at a barbeque or corn-feed.  Anyhow, I thought they were cute.  I think I will enter them in the challenge over at SU Only Challenges to make bags or boxes.  Hope they like them.
Mary AliceCome back again tomorrow, and I have something really corny to show you.                 

6 comments:

  1. This is just adorable! Those little corns are too too cute!! Great ideas, I think I may just have to make a little one like this myself!

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  2. So creative! Love the little boxes, and especially the corn held in the hand!! And, even though the banner isn't part of our challenge - that's adorable too!! Thanks for sharing your creations with the SUO challenge.

    PS - I also live in Minnesota, and our garden green beans were really late in producing also!

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  3. This is just so darned clever! Thanks so much for sharing it with the SUO Challenge Design Team!

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  4. Wow, without even LOOKING at the rest of the stuff, this gets my #1 vote hands down!!!! this is BEYOND awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. GORGEOUS...love that banner! Oh my!!! Love the hanging elements...too cool! Thanks for playing along with us on SUO Challenges!

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