A Card with a ‘twist’: Book Marking Vegetables!

I sat at my desk towards the end of last week wanting to make something different in the ‘handmade card’ category . . .  and I came up with  A Card for a Gardener – but one with a difference.   It’s slim and tall, and stands up all by itself, just like a card is supposed to do, but if you pull on the ribbon at the top, you find that there’s a bookmark hiding inside!

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pull on the ribbon and SURPRISE! something is hiding inside!

Trying to make a card suitable for a lady or gentleman, either of which gardens, seemed a challenge at first, (I instantly thought of flowers … and flowers on a card is something one normally associates with a ladies card),  but as I was gazing around my craftroom looking for inspiration, my eyes rested upon my collection of Graphic 45 and one of the Graphic 45 collections is a particular favourite of mine, it’s called Home Sweet Home.

Home Sweet Home by Graphic 45

photograph credit: Graphic 45

So … the choice was made!  The Card (base) is made out of craft card, which I measured, marked and cut to size, scored and folded, then glued all the parts which needed to be fixed together.

I then chose and fixed to the ‘base’ layer of paperthe papers behind all the adornments.  The deeper green paper on the front and back of the card (the holder of the bookmark) are from a selection of papers by Dovecraft, called Couture de Jour.  But the paper used on the bookmark itself is again from Dovecraft in their range called Floral Muse.

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Distressing and inking up took place, and made everything look like it had enjoyed a good ol’ time in the garden with it’s gardening friend. (I almost feel like the distressing looks like soil covered fingerprints!)

I cut out the images I wanted to use from the Graphic 45 papers, and placed them where I eventually wanted them to be, – then leaving them there, I turned my attention to making some vegetables out of Hearty Clay.

Hearty Soft Clay

If you haven’t already tried this clay then I can highly recommend it.  It’s easy to handle and will dry quickly – I always give it overnight, simply because I want to ensure that all the moisture has had chance to evaporate.  (You really don’t want to put wet clay on a card!).

It’s also very light in weight so it adds little to the weight of a card.

Once the clay vegetables were dry I painted them and put them on one side for the paint to dry.  While I was waiting, I fixed all the fussy cut items to the card.  Then I sprayed the dried vegetables in a quick dry glaze, and once dry I added them to the card, then turned my attention to the bookmark.

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showing the back of the card and the front of the bookmark.

Again, wanting to make sure that the card could be given to a lady or a man, I chose the stamps carefully.  All the stamped images you see are Graphic 45, and from the same Home Sweet Home range.  I stamped the images in black dye ink, then hand painted them using watercolours.

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showing the ‘stand’ for the back of the card.

Finally … I made a fold out stand for the back of the card so it could stand up by itself, or if preferred it could lean against a book or a shelf, wall,  etc.

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trying to show the glaze I gave the card.

But . . .  there was just one last thing I wanted to do … I glazed the front of the card so that it gave it an extra sort of ‘aged’ look to it, and especially so to the craft card (see above photo)  It made it look like I’d found it in Grandads shed, a left over from the 1940’s.  It was a bit difficult to photograph the glaze, but the photo above was the best out of the ones I took.

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And that’s all there was to it!  🙂  The bookmark can be separated from the card holder, and the card can stand there all by itself without the bookmark.  So your gardener friend or relative can use the bookmark in his/her  [gardening]  book and not lose the page they were reading , –  AND …  they will carry your inscription around with them tucked into the pages of their book!  Something which would make me smile over and over!

Actually …  perhaps we could make this card a give-away!  Yes … let’s do that.  If you’d like to enter your name into the mix for this card to be sent to you, simply add the word GIVEAWAY either to the start or end of a comment,  and we’ll give it till Thursday of this week – so the 4th of May – at 6pm (UK time), at which point I’ll get a number generator to pick a number and I’ll announce the winner on Thursday evening!  Oh … and those of you who’ve won a previous give-away, please enter if you’d like to win this card … you’re not excluded just because you were picked out before.  It’s all just down to the luck of the generator.

I can either write the card out to whoever wins …  or I can leave the card blank, and the winner can give it to someone else as a gift for their birthday.  Winners choice.  😀

Happy Monday, and …. HAPPY MAY DAY!  In case you didn’t look at the calendar this morning, today is the 1st of May 2017.  This day won’t ever happen again.  It’s the only May Day of 2017, so beg you to enjoy this day like it should be enjoyed.

“The world’s favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.”
Edwin Way Teale

I feel the earth waking up truly now.  Everything seems brighter, lighter, more joyous.  People seem to be happier too.  Oh … and the little cottage along the road has some holiday makers in it already!  I saw the people there walking their dogs earlier.  (I wanted to run off with the dogs!  Two fabulous White Highland Terriers, all snuffly and smiley).

Oh anyhoo …. I’ve yapped enough.  I shall shut up and leave you to enjoy the last gulps of your coffee.

Thank you so much for coming and having a coffee with me.  I absolutely love seeing you.  It brightens my day and makes me so happy to share some time with you.  It’s like having an open house and all my friends popping in, sitting around the pine kitchen table to share a few smiles and giggles together.  What a great way to start the day!  ❤

Sending lots of May Day love and buckets of squidges, from me here in my corner, to you there in yours.  Be good to each other and … may your God go with you.

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Edit to add: —> GIVEAWAY now closed! <—

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41 thoughts on “A Card with a ‘twist’: Book Marking Vegetables!

  1. Your little gardeners card and bookmark is gorgeous Cobs, I haven’t used a spray on glaze, would you mind sharing which one you used. Speaking of May, I watched a fascinating documentary yesterday about the May Fly which lives underwater for two years before emerging as a fully fledged May Fly, leaving the water – they look like fairies. Of course the fish and ducks have a field day, and they only live for a day, just enough time to mate, lay the next batch of eggs and die. Your clay veggies are very cute too. Thank you for the chance to win this lovely project. Barbara GIVEAWAY.

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    • Ohh WOW! I never realised that Mayflies lived under the water for TWO YEARS before they surfaced…. and then only live for just one day, with the sole purpose of mating and continuing the chain. Aw that’s popped my eyes wide open this morning Barbara. Thank you for sharing that. Brilliant!

      The glaze on the card … you could do the same thing using a spray ACRYLIC varnish. But spray outdoors, or you’ll give yourself a chesty problem. And do very light sprays – moving the spray can continually. As with anything .. it’s better to do a few coats, rather than try to get away with just one heavy one.

      Thrilled you like the clay vegetables. I really do recommend Hearty clay for paper crafters.

      Your namewill be entered into the ‘pot’ for the Giveaway!

      Thank you so much for coming Barbara. Love seeing you.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  2. Oh cobs, this wonderful. You have so much creative talent. I love the clay veggies so perfectly formed. beautiful job creating that aged, loved look. I am a huge fan of all things graphic 45 sorecognizedthe home sweet home line immediately. (Mainly because I missed out on it!) I love how you were able to use those wonderful seed packets on your card. Beautiful work. I enjoyed it over my Sunday evening coffee! Happy May Day!

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    • Hello Morning Scrapper and a very happy May Day to you too! 😀

      Aww, I’m delighted that you enjoyed this post and liked the Clay Vegetables.

      A fellow fan of Graphic 45? Coo… we fans (or 45’ers) are a fabulous bunch of people …. we sniff paper. LOLOLOL.
      But seriously… there’s nothing on the market to match Graphic 45. The quality is amazing, and one would be hard pushed to make something awful with it.

      If you do a bit of searching round (perhaps via Mr.Google) you might find that you can still buy Home Sweet Home. It might be that you have to buy things from a couple of different places, but it might be worth trying. I think the Home Sweet Home is the best out of all of their papers. I just adore it.

      Thank you so much for coming Morning Scrapper. Love to see you here and share a coffee with you.
      Have a blessed day my friend.~ Cobs. x

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    • lol… ok…I’ll be honest here: I’m that used to reading my own gobbledegook that when anyone else does a typo, I totally miss it. My brain seems to work it out befoe I’ve spotted something was wrong. So if you hadn’t have told me, I wouldn’ have noticed! LOL 😀
      love ~ Cobs. x ❤

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  3. WOW how awesome is your latest creation, I’ve not seen anything like it before ~ you are going to make a gardener truly happy with all the thought and love gone into your card….and Happy May Day xx

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    • Hello Mrs. P!
      Aw I’m chuffed to pieces to see you here.
      Thrilled you like the Bookmark Card.

      Wishing a Happy May Day to you as well.
      Hope life is becoming more daily and easier, instead of the exhausting time table which is keeping you on your toes!
      Be good to yourself P. You deserve it.
      Sending hugs ~ Cobs. x

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  4. Dear Cobs,
    GIVEAWAY – There now that business is taken care of I would like to regale the craftswomanship of this agriculturally grand card art. How magnificent this card is – like a snap pea, crisp and sweet on the outside with a tender tasty bit on the inside! The veggie sculptures make this a gift within a gift within a gift!
    I suggest that this is card should be given to strangers or enemies as the receiving of it will surely turn them into your best friends!

    This glorious May Day is my oldest daughter’s birthday! Happy Birthday Aimee! (just in case she ever reads your blog post and sees my comment – it could happen). Since I’m sure you are curious about what I gave her for her birthday (isn’t the entire world wondering about that?) I crocheted 2 lovely throw pillows for her and she was delighted!

    Spring finally seems to have sprung in my little nook of the Earth too. I honestly believe that the grass grew several inches overnight! I’m absolutely daffy about my daffodils which seem to have sprung up like little yellow ‘jack-in-the-boxes’ in the past day or two!
    I’m throwing sunshine and brightest blessings in your direction – those can be caught easily using a butterfly net!
    ~ Tami

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    • Firstly …

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY AIMEE.

      But … she won’t see your greeting or mine, for she wouldn’t be seen dead reading the same blog as her mum reads, because that would make her totally un-cool and she’d lose all her street cred!

      (Hey … if my daughters can’t be seen to be reading my blog, then I hardly think your daughter will. LOL

      Are you going to blog the crocheted pillows? I think you should. After all, you owe it to the world to share your magnificence!

      Thrilled you like the card and that you want to be included in the Giveaway so that if you win, you can give the card to your enemy, or, failing that, to a stranger.

      Not convinced on your idea of the outcome of your generosity. I personally think they’ll call you crazy and avoid you like the plague in future, but hey … one can try! 😀

      I’m now rushing off to the garage where Little Cobs net on a bamboo pole is stored, so that I can catch all those blessings and sunshine in it, which you’re throwing at me right now!
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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      • I work under the assumption that she has ‘google alerts’ for whenever her name is mentioned anywhere on the internet! I will not risk the wrath of the oldest daughter scorned!! I did a few posts last week about my ‘race to finish’ the pillows. I was sewing the crocheted top onto the round pillow literally an hour before she popped by to get her gifts.
        I hope I do win the card so that I will indeed give it to an enemy and then promptly take it away from them – if they are my enemy it is likely because they have done something so egregious that even a spell in the ‘consider it’ chair could not redeem them. 😀

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  5. Giveaway! Yes this is a pure sign of Spring. . How cute . You did it again my friend.
    Ps. Today is my grandmothers birthday. She is gone of course but is is also my parents 73rd. anniversary. And after a stormy weekend here in Mississippi May Day is beautiful.

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    • Hello MIss Bev!
      how lovely it is to see you on this fine and groovy May Day!

      Aw thrilled you like the card/bookmark. I’ll pop your name into the mix.

      Happy Birthday to Grandma – sending greetings Heaven bound.

      Your parents have been married for 73 years? See …. this is how marriages used to work. People got married and stayed that way for life. A couple worked together to get over or around their problems, and it’s that which bound them closer and closer to each other.

      Todays folk … they get married with the thought “well if it doesn’t work we’ll just get divorced!” What a rotten way to start a marriage!
      grrr. pfft.

      I’m glad your storms buzzed off in time for a truly beautiful May Day.
      We had tons of rain over-night and all this morning, but now the sun is shining and the feeling in the air is warm and snuggly. I can actually *feel* nature reaching out her fingers, trying to point out all the beauty which is happening before our very eyes.
      Amazing stuff.

      I wish you a really lovely, blessed day Beverly.
      Love ~ Cobs. x

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  6. What an absolutely brilliant idea. I love your little clay vegetables. Of course when you have finished reading your book you can pop your book mark back into it’s little holder ready to be found for the next read. Love it. GIVEAWAY. Hugs ValeryAnne.

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    • Hello Valery Anne. Lovely to see you!
      Aw I’m just delighted that you like the little clay vegetables.

      Yes … you hit the nail on the head! When you’ve finished reading a book, the bookmark will have a home until you need the bookmark again!
      Thrilled you’d like to be included in the Giveaway. I’ll pop your name into the hat.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  7. This is really nice, Cobs! Well done. And I love those little clay vegetables. You have fired my imagination to get modelling, I can tell you. Clay modelling that is, not the posing kind. I’m not sure if I can do it, but your little sidebar quote ‘She believed she could,
    and so she did.’ has further spurred me on – well, it’s worth giving it a go, isn’t it?
    Hope you’ve had a great May Day, and Happy May to you! 😀

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    • Hello Tom.
      Great to see you. 🙂
      aw, I’m thrilled to bits that you like the Card/Book Mark with the little vegetables.

      Yes, please do have a go at modelling/scupting. It’s so lovely to see something come to ‘be’ via your finger tips. There’s a sense of wonder and achievement when you sit back and admire your finished piece. And … once you’ve made one thing, you’ll want to make another and another and …. well, it goes on. lol.

      ‘She believed she could and so she did’ … is very much true.
      Change the she to ‘he’ and it will then become yours.
      (although mind I’m making a huge presumption there. I used to go to school with an incredibly beautiful girl named Thomasina, but we all called her Tom. Who knows… you could be my old school friend!) lol 🙂

      Wishing you a blessed rest of your day, and a fabulous week.
      Thank you so much for coming Tom. ~ Cobs. x

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  8. As a non-crafts person who admires those who are, I enjoyed this sentence: “And that’s all there was to it!” Easy for you to say! I also enjoy reading about your processes and seeing how a project develops. As a gardner, I especially like this project. Therefore: GIVEAWAY

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  9. That is so stinking cute!!! You, my friend, are an amazingly talented woman!
    I was feeling like I was a “day late and a dollar short” (translation: waaaaay behind) on my blog reading. And then I saw this post and I felt so much better just seeing what you had made! I love it and yes I would like to be in your GIVEAWAY!!!!

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    • Aw Chicken .. you too kind. I’m not in the least bit amazing, and as for talented .. well I often say that I’m waiting for my delivery of that so that I can say my talent might begin! lol.

      So glad that you want to be included and have thrown your name into the hat. Thursday evening will be the draw … after 6pm British time.
      Meantime … sending oodles of love and squidges, as always ~ Cobs. x

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  10. GIVEAWAY – Love this little piece of magic, especially those wonderful veggies. I have never dabbled with clay and maybe one day I will, as yours look amazing. As Mr Kim is currently at the allotment digging those precious veggies ready for tea, he would be the lucky recipient if I was lucky enough to be drawn, and just made it before the end too! Wonderfully talented lady you are 🙂 x

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    • Aw bless you, and thank you Kim.
      Well… if your nam is drawn by the number thing, I’ll know to send you the card/bookmark as it is and unwritten so that you can dedicate it yoursel. ❤

      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  11. How did I miss this thing of beauty? What a lovely, lovely project. And it will have that gorgeous Graphic 45 smell too! The pea pod is so cute. Pea pod burgundy, anyone? (I know you will get that reference).

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    • Y’know … I actually did wonder if you’d seen it, simply because you’re a ‘reader’, … but wouldn’t draw your attention to it in case you had seen it and didn’t like it, so hadn’t posted anything so being tactful by not saying anything.

      Aw never mind Puff…. maybe another time.

      Pea Pod Burgundy 😱 !!!
      … ah I remember it well. “burns the back of my eyes”. 😆 😍
      LOL.
      Squidges (lay off that pea pod stuff, it will clog up your brain and stop your bottom from working.) ~ Cobs. x 😆

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