Saturday, 14 October 2017

For the Girls

For the Girls

Hi There!

So here we are with the 
final project in this strand
and what a project it is....

Here's Jane Castle to
show you what she made:

The project I have made does take a little time
 to make but then if you are going to give 
someone a handmade present your 
time is the main part of the gift. 

So grab a cuppa and we will make a start.

One of my main hobbies is gardening 
and I like to save seeds for the next 
growing year. 

A very close friend and neighbour is 
a keen gardener also and we
 always give each other birthday and 
christmas presents, nothing expensive but 
always something with a special thought. 

So I decided to turn this wonderful 
mini house into a seed shed for her.

Using Art-C mini house box kit I gave
 the outsides of each part a coat of white gesso.

The inside of the base, back and 2 sides 
were then covered with some of 
Imagination Crafts Rice paper.

 This was attached using 
Ranger Distress Collage Medium.

The distress medium does make the background
 quite a bit darker as you can see 
in the photo above.

Next I made a start on the seed envalopes. 

For these I used some ordinary brown
 wrapping paper as this helps to keep the 
seeds dry. 

Cutting pieces 10cm x 10.5cm, I then made 
folds so that the finished size would be 6cm x 4cm. 

the corners were cut away so as to 
remove some of the bulk.

In the picture above you can see the various stages, 
the last one has the bottom sealed and 
the top open ready to be filled.

I stamped the labels onto white card using 
black ink and a stamp from JM15. These were then 
lightly coloured using Chalk Cloud blending 
ink before hand writting. 

The envelopes were stamped and heat embossed 
with white powder using various PaperArtsy stamps.

The tag was made from kraft card and also 
heat embossed.

The seed packets were then filled --

and immediately sealed. 
Poppy seeds can go a very long way !!!

At this point I decided to make a sign for 
my shed, so masking off a stencil I 
inked onto a strip of shrink plastic.

This took about an hour to dry and then
 I cut it to shape and punched the holes
 in the top before heating

Now onto decorating the outside,
 the roof had a coat of Granny Smith paint 
before adding Grunge Paste through a Tando mask.

 I added a little Slate paint to the paste 
before applying it to the roof. 

Once dry I lightly sanded and 
added some Treasure Pewter.

The sides and the back were painted in 
Blush paint and then sponged with the 
Chalk Cloud blending ink in Toasted Rose. 

Stamped flowers were added using
 Carabelle Studio 'Zinouk du Jardin'.

Using the same stamp set I made a 
little figure, she was stamped onto
 300gsm card and then cut out. 

Her dress was stamped onto an off cut 
of painted card and stuck on top. 

Colour was added to the figure with 
Distress Markers.

Self adhesive gems for the ear-rings and
 Liquid Pearls for her buttons. 

The spade was stamped from JM 43.

There are holes in the 2 roof pieces so I 
added a ribbon bow and attached the 
'Don't eat the Daisies' tag.

The 'Seed' sign was threaded with some 
silk thread and tied to the decorative edging 
which was painted in China paint.

Zinouk and her spade were stuck on 
with some glue and the seed packets
 popped inside.

As this is a fairly small house/shed
 it's hard to catch the detail of the 
inside on camera.

I have been very impressed with this kit, 
it all went together very nicely.

I might include a battery nightlight to go 
inside for when the seeds have 
been planted.

The bow could be untided and then
 it could hang from a branch on a
 summers evening.

Thinking about it several would look
 very cute!!"

Thank you Jane - I can
just see these little houses
dotted about the garden
holding those little battery 
operated night lights!

Another delightful present
don't you think?......

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx


  1. Yes delightful Jane! Labor of love too... You've obviously spent a lot of time thinking about the decoration as well as actually creating it! I hope your neighbour appreciates it as we crafters do...

  2. Fabulous! It's very cute indeed and makes a lovely gift.xx

  3. Thank you ladies, I have to say I had great fun making it as I know the recipient will love the seeds and the fact she still has an individual light to hang in her garden. Hope you have a crafty weekend xxx

  4. I so much LOVE this project, Jane!!!!
    Thank you so much, fabulous tute, I pin this to kkep into mind. xxx


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