Remember the PTI Egg Boxes? Perfect pairing for all the new stuff. Using one and making a Mother's Day gift set was my jumping off point.
First we've got a card to match. This is for my mother. She has four little chicks of her own (although we have long since flown the coop) and they were fun to stamp while thinking of her. Sentiments from On the Farm and Mother on the Double Ended Banner die. The very first Framed Out makes a nice frame for my "country fresh" seal. I swear I am so tempted to add cancellation stamps (from Postmarks) to everything to give it a stamp look. Always seems to work. The background is stamped with the rustic board border stamp from Background Basics: Farm & Barn stamped in Pure Poppy on Pure Poppy cardstock for a subtle look.
Here's a close up of the egg box. The chicken wire stamp is from Background Basics: Farm & Barn too. New Little Bitty Birdie Addition dies came in handy here as well. One Mama Hen and her chick keep the theme alive.
Now, the box is full of marigolds. Sometimes I enjoy some inside jokes just for myself, kwim? Doesn't Perdue feed their chickens marigolds to make the chicken skin a nice golden color? Just makes me chuckle. I didn't do it on purpose, marigolds were just one of the few flowers I could find at Lowe's that could fit in some special packaging....
...eggshells! I cracked the tops of a half dozen brown eggs, kept the yolks and eggs for veggie omelets, and stuffed the shells with the flowers. All apart of the theme. Mom can just crush the shells and plant the flowers. Excellent fertilizer.
Now, I got this idea rather late. I think it would be better to use seeds and let them grow in the egg shells for a few weeks. Just a little tip. I'm sure the marigolds will be fine, but I did have to get rid of a lot of soil. And you get more options if you start with seeds. All depends on how much forethought and time you have, I suppose.
I have a couple flags out of the Doubled Ended Banner die on lolli sticks. Just for some flair. And the new Shape Up Series: Barn die is in the background for interest. It's stamped with Background Basics: Farm & Barn as well. Framed Out #1 comes into play again as the top window of the barn. In my experience, those roosters are always showing off. Eye roll.
Next, a few cards. Just for ducks. I have a friend who has a little farmette and loves her ducks. She's also entering her third trimester of pregnancy this week. Could this be more perfect to pop in the mail for her? The question is, which one?
Should we go blue with the use of the new Striped Impression Plate and Little Birdie Addition dies? I cut some of the boards off to make shorter fence sections and cut the middle one out of Fine Linen Bitty Dot Patterned Paper to help create a focal point.
Or should we go grey and yellow, with the yellow duck sticking out from the flock? Who knows. It will be a game day call. Just couldn't help myself in creating both. The ducks are so so so cute and love the punny saying.
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Stamps: On the Farm, Framed Out #1, Mother, Little Bitty Birdie Additions, Background Basics: Farm & Barn, Postmarks
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Canyon Clay, Kraft, Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Canyon Clay, Kraft
Patterned Paper: Aqua Mist Simple Stripe and Summer Sunrise Bitty Dot
Dies: Little Bitty Birdie Additions, Framed Out #1, Ad Sense, Double Ended Banners, On the Farm, Shape Up Series: Barn Die
Blue Duckie Card
Stamps: On the Farm, Little Bitty Birdie Additions
Dies: On the Farm, Little Bitty Birdie Additions, On the Farm
Impression Plate: Simple Stripes
Cardstock: Fine Linen, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky
Patterned Paper: Fine Linen Bitty Dot
Ink: Dark Chocolate and Blueberry Sky
Grey Duckie Card
Stamps: On the Farm
Dies: On the Farm, Card Base-ics 2
Cardstock: Soft Stone, Harvest Gold, Stamper's Select White
Non PTI Supplies: American Crafts paper, EK Success Corner punch, dark grey paper, Memento London Fog ink