First order of business is to announce the winner of a personal gift from me to one of my readers for commenting their “word” for 2017. There were so many great ideas! But the winner is…
- Rosemary (firstname.lastname@example.org) CoNgRaTs Rosemary! Send me an email at email@example.com with your mailing address.
My blog readers are just the sweetest and evidently all I needed to do was ask for you to visit my Rambling Rose Studio FB page and click “like” if you liked the page. I have set a goal to reach 1000 in the month of January and many of you did visit. Thanks so much!
This post today is exciting because the idea formed in my mind over the Christmas holiday while in Florida. Ikea was on the “to do” list and some kind of flower pot was one of the items to be found.
Ikea is like a candy store…so many ideas are born and its a struggle to focus. But the pot in mind was found and here’s what happened to it…
A size reference would have been nice but I can tell you the top opening is 4″ and the height of the pot is 4-1/2″.
Here’s a couple of close up shots…
and another angle…
making this pot ‘o succulents gave me practice for a kit class later this month with the Vertical Garden Kit in the Occasions Catalog. Of course, everything in the kit is precut for you which is really nice!
The colors were the first consideration. Every color of green was pulled, then branching out with Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral and even Tip Top Taupe. There is one retired color here…can you find it?
It’s the little strip of circles sticking out here and there. That is Starfruit…how many of you remember that color? So many didn’t like it, but as green is a favorite, I loved it!
Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…
- Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Pear Pizazz, Sweet Sugar Plum, Calypso Coral (roses), Rich Razzleberry. Pool Party and Starfruit
- Ink: Craft White, Rich Razzleberry
- Stamps: Oh So Succulent and Gorgeous Grunge (splats)
- Tools ‘N Embellishments: Spiral Flower Die (rose), Succulent Thinlits Dies, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread, 4″ Styrofoam ball half (I found a green one), container and hot glue
- Glue the 4″ half Styrofoam ball in top of container.
- Pick your cardstock colors and start cutting. There are three large succulents different colors. For the large pieces use two of four different thinlit die sizes. There are four medium succulents. To make a medium piece, do not use the largest succulent die. There are three small succulents. For these I used the three smallest dies. Make three Calypso Coral roses and five of the circular strip pieces in Starfruit or any color you like in your stash. Maybe Daffodil Delight or Crushed Curry.
- White Craft Ink was used with the small stamp to add color to the tips of the layers on some and Rich Razzleberry on others. Gorgeous Grunge splat stamp was used on some in Rich Razzleberry.
- Use your bone folder to slightly curl each petal. If you accidently chop off a piece, not to worry. Plants are not perfect and besides you’ll never see it anyway. Layer with multipurpose glue trying to twist each layer so that the petals do not align. Build all your pieces then add them to the Styrofoam with hot glue. I added the largest first, medium and small last. Use the roses to fill spaces inbetween pieces. Add circular strips here and there.
- Cut a piece of Burlap ribbon to fit around container and hot glue. Make a Burlap bow by looping four times and tying in center with Linen Thread.
Seriously, this piece could be used for your own home decoration (I plan to make an accompanying piece) or as a gift especially for someone in the hospital or nursing home as they take no care.
Can’t wait for the kit class later this month…
We are getting snow today…first of the winter so it’s a little exciting because snow is rare here.
Here’s your “B-ism” for today…
Staying inky will make you HaPpY!