Garden Inspiration


I planted these guys last fall and they have endured the winter to bring smiles to my face every time I walk by their planters.  They are one of my favorite flowers, and the only thing that blooms outside in the cold months.  We get wonderful winter sunshine here in Albuquerque, so after a night of below freezing temperatures, the pansies feel the sun on their faces and brighten right up.  We had a great spring snowfall Saturday morning, and today is sunny with a high predicted of 65 degrees.  I love spring in the high desert.
Appreciating flowers as much as I do, I have been really excited to see so many flower ideas floating around. When Tina Sieben shared her pansy pins on Late Night Stampers, I thought I had to case them.  But instead of pins, I made these little boxes for my hostesses in Club Stamping Madly.
Their colors look pretty washed out compared to the real thing in the morning light, but they still got lots of oohs and aahs from the hostesses.  Do they make you want to be a hostess, too?
Here are instructions:
  • Punch 2 butterflies with Stampin’ Up!’s Butterfly Punch.  I used Whisper White card stock, but you could use a light color if you want.  Then I colored them with Stampin’ Write Markers.
  • Get them nice and wet by spraying with water or alcohol.  Alcohol dries faster, if you are in a hurry.  The ones I did in Brilliant Blue markers ran really nicely, but these colors didn’t run much.
  • Fold each butterfly in half, then scrunch and pleat them, unfold and set aside to dry.  
  • Glue the two butterflies together and add a yellow brad.
  • For the leaves, I used the wings punched from the Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch, from the Occasions Mini.  Get them wet, fold in half, pleat them, then open up and let dry.
Let me know what you think, and send me a photo if you try them.
I hope spring is bringing you some blooms and smiles in your lives.

P.S.  Tina posted her pansy pins to her blog HERE

Sage Kimble

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9 Responses to Garden Inspiration

  1. Lorraine Castellon-Rowe March 22, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    BEAUTIFUL SAGE!!!! LOVE how you colored them. They look so realistic! Thanks for your awesome ideas!Lorraine

  2. Tina Sieben, Stampin Up Demonstrator March 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    Thanks so much for posting yours! And thanks for the mention! I appreciate it!

  3. sharonstampsalot March 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    So pretty. I love pansys. I am making some post-it-note holders and will try your pansys for the outside. As soon as I get it done Ill send you a pic. Thanks so much for sharing!Im a Late Night StamperSharon Fritz

  4. Carey March 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    These are wonderful. Thanks for sharing them with me. Carey Rogersaka Roscoes mommy

  5. Pine Bird Knitter March 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    These are great…Pansies are such a great flower too. Also, thanks for giving your web site…. love your work!

  6. kreationzbyzabrina March 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    Sage,How beautiful!! Thanks so much for sharing

  7. Pine Bird Knitter March 25, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    Thank you SO much for showing how you color the pansy!! You are a WONDERFUL person.Sincerely.

  8. Corie March 26, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    These are so pretty — what a great idea!!

  9. Sandi MacIver March 28, 2010 at 10:46 am #

    wow, sage, these are just beautiful.

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