Fanatical. About Botanical. About Hydrangea.

* Edited on Sunday, 08/07/2011 to add the photos of the bag and the glass *
Happy Saturday! On Monday, my MIL will turn 70. She stubbornly refuses to receive any presents. Ha. But receiving something handmade isn't really a present, isn't it? It's just something I made, because I enjoyed making it. I made her a set that consists of a card, a bookmark and a notepad so far. Maybe I'll add an embossed pencil and a decorated glass with some coupons (for things like brunch, trips to the botanical garden etc. - if my BIL will finally call me back to finish this, but that's another story...). But now to the projects. I love botanical. My MIL does. And we love hydrangea, although they are not willing to bloom well in our garden! I decided to use the gorgeous, beloved hydrangea stamp from Hero Arts for this. First the card:

The background text is from the Hero Arts digi kit "Old Letter Writing". I own the stamp, too, but I needed a different size for this. You'll find a link to the digi stamp in that box on my sidebar. Really useful! The edges of the panel are inked with Walnut Stain distress ink. The hydrangea is stamped and then heat-embossed using black embossing powder. Don't you love the vibrant color of the hydrangea? I used glimmer mist spray and a brush to color it and it is so so easy! Because the embossing resists the color, you just can't do anything wrong! For the leaves I just spritzed some Peeled Paint distress ink with water and colored them with a brush.
Here is the note-pad:

And here is the bookmark:

And this is a closer look at the hydrangea:

And here is the whole set. Mmh, I may need to make a gift bag...

I will enter this to the Fanatical about Botanical challenge over at Moxie Fab World. I so love this challenge, my head is spinning with botanical ideas! You have until Monday to make something for that challenge, so start creating!

So, off to think about a gift bag! Thank you for visiting and have a beautiful day!

Hugs and Love,

Hydrangea Stamp, Digi Stamp: Hero Arts
Cardstock, Ribbon, Button, Note-pad: PTI
Ink: Ranger Industries
Dies: Spellbinders
Glimmer Mist: Tattered Angels
Other: Black Embossing Powder, Twine

So, today (Sunday) I was able to finish the whole set. I added a glass filled with coupons:

And a gift bag where I cut out the image and stamped a distressed background with the Old Letter Writing Stamp:

Here is another photo of the whole set now that it's finished:

Thanks again for visiting! Happy Weekend!

Vanessa x


Lin said...

I see we were on the same wavelength today, Vanessa! Love your blue hydrangea projects, and I know she will too!

Barb said...

Stunning colors, Vanessa! Gorgeous projects!

CinnamonSally said...

Hi Vanessa
I have been away for a couple of weeks and am trying desperatly to catch up on all my favourite blogs. This set is gorgeous and I am sure your MIL will love it. The Hydrangea stamp is one of my all time favourites and you have used it beautifully.

Debby said...

absolutely beautiful - a winner for sure!

Lindsay said...

Gorgeous Vanessa! What a thoughtful gift, love it!

Kate Lewis said...

What a stunning gift set Vanessa, so beautiful - she'll adore them! x

zehra said...

Gorgeous, so lovely

Aimes said...

Beautiful and stunning, Vanessa! These projects are seriously fabby and I'll bet your MIL loves them!

Dawn T said...

Fabulous Vanessa. The blue colouring is so vibrant. Love the look it produced.

donna mikasa said...

Such a gorgeous set, Vanessa! Love the embossing and rich colors!

Anonymous said...

Ein Traum-Set, Vanessa! :)

Ganz liebe Grüße, Tina

farmhouse-story said...

beautiful set, vanessa:)

Virginia L. said...

BEAUTIFUL projects, Vanessa!! Your MIL will treasure these!

Moccavanila by Vera Rhuhay said...

Ohmy..Gorgeous set,Vanessa!

Anonymous said...

Wow this is such a beautiful set Vanessa. Your MIL will absolutely love these :)

Alice said...

you are amazing, girl! what a gorgeous gift set. I bet your MIL will adore this. love love love it! =)

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Editor said...

Hey Vanessa! Thanks for linking this up to the Fanatical About Botanical challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Unknown said...

wow! moxie fabulous! those hydrangeas are so bold and beautiful!

Tigriswillreign said...

Gorgeous set and fabulous idea for sneaking a gift to the MIL!! ;)
I was wondering if you'd be willing to add the Follow by Email gadget to your sidebar... I'd love to receive your posts by email!

Anonymous said...

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Vanessa, Du hast gewonnen! Moxie fab, hihi!!!

Liebe Grüße, Tina