Welcome to the Gifts from the Creation Station blog hop! I’m sure that you’re going to find lots of inspiration whether you garden, can, bake or just like to give gifts of food and flowers. Since my garden is nowhere near ready to start yielding produce, I decided on the next best thing, a trip to our local Farmers Market. I love going on a Saturday morning. It’s a nice walk around, everyone is relaxed and in a good mood, there’s lots of fresh local produce and baked goods as well as many craft items and a range of delightful things to eat for breakfast and lunch. We had a delicious, fresh zucchini quiche for lunch!
Anyway…I went for inspiration and to pick up something fresh from somebody’s garden.Who wouldn’t be inspired by the bright colors and fresh produce? And the berries…well here is how the berries helped.
Gifts from the Garden – Creation Station Blog Hop
I bought this yummy looking strawberry rhubarb pie because it looked yummy and I thought this is just the sort of thing that one might like to dress up to give to the host of the next dinner party you attend.
In fact, baked goods packaging was my entry into stamping years ago.
I took the pie out of the box it came in and placed it in a cellophane bag. I wanted the recipient to see right from the start just how great the pie looks.
Then, I created a belly band with two 1-1/2″ x 11″ strips of Garden Green cardstock. I gently shaped the top piece over both edges (you don’t want to break the crust!). The bottom piece was added so that where it overlapped the top piece it is on the inside. This gave it a little more finished look. I attached the two pieces to each other using Tear and Tape. This strong adhesive was necessary since there were no hard creases in the band the pieces of the belly band will pull against each other more and it will be handled.
Next, I wrapped the band with 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and tied a knot. Don’t forget to use your scissors on the loose ends and give them a little angel. It gives a little more finished look.
Adding some glue dots under the knot, I adhered a 7″ length of Thick Very Vanilla Baker’sTwine that had been folded in not quite half and a 4″ piece of Gold Sequin Trim.
But, my favorite part of the whole thing
are the strawberries I created using the Blossom Builder Punch.
I punched six of the largest petal from Whisper White cardstock. Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, I added glue where I wanted the strawberry seeds to appear to be. Once the glue is dry, it resists ink!
After letting the glue dry, I sponged on Real Red ink working from one side to the other. This was an easy way to create a darker tone on one side and leave the other lighter as if there were a highlight.
Using the punch again, I punched Garden Green with the five petal flower. I trimmed off the bottom two petals before adhering this piece to the top back of the strawberries.
Next, I used the Simply Scored Board and scored the strawberries down the middle. After folding the strawberries in half, I glued halves on two different strawberries together. Then, I added glue on the line where these halves meet and adhered one of the ends of the Thick Bakers Twine before adding the third strawberry to complete the 3D strawberry. Repeat for the second berry.
My next creation is for a different kind of food gift.
We make and can a couple of kinds of condiments every year or two. There’s a spicy tomato relish and a sweet and spicy mustard. Both are usually in high demand and are often used as hostess or other gifts. Everybody loves to receive them!
Dressed up like this, these canned condiments seem even more special
I started by cutting a Very Vanilla Tag using the second largest Lots of Labels framelit.
Then, using the Labeler Alphabet I stamped the tag with “Some Like It Hot” in Emerald Envy.
Next, I took the vine image from Fox and Friends and stamped it at the top and bottom of the tag in Emerald Envy.
For the hot pepper, I stamped the solid tail from Fox and Friends in Real Red on Very Vanilla and punched it with the Fox Builder. Then, at the larger end I cut off the bit beyond the curve in the tail. The top of the pepper is a piece of Emerald Envy cardstock punched with the five petal flower from the Blossom Builder and then cut down to three petals. The pepper was adhered to the tag using Dimensionals.
After punching a hole in the top of the tag, I wound the jar lid with Emerald Envy 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon and threaded it through the hole before looping it. At this point, I added 4-1/2″ of Gold Sequin Trim and 6-1/2″ of 1/4″ Gold Natural Trim before tying the bow.
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