For the Girls
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
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
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
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
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
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
The bow could be untided and then
it could hang from a branch on a
Thinking about it several would look
Art-C Mini House Box Kit
Brown Parcel Wrapping Paper
and some seeds!
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?......