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Mon 19

Sweet Bunnies and Painted Flower Stems in Simple Garden Pots
by Anne Thompson

For a while now I've been wanting those beautiful oriental papers that Jean Okimoto uses in her posts here on Outside the Box.  And now we can all have them!  Birch Press Design is carrying a lovely selection of these gorgeous papers--25 patterns!-- on their website under the paper section with the heading "Handmade" !!!  Mine arrived recently and the cards for today feature Green Folia, Lavender Folia, and Pebble Gold papers.  AND I have a NEW die set,too--SIMPLE GARDEN POTS 99999.  There are two pots, one large and one small.  The neat thing about them is that the die cuts a slit in the rim of the pots so it's incredibly easy to tuck things into them!  

Here's the first card.


Here I tucked bunnies into the larger of the garden pots!  

  • I started with a purple notecard similar in color to the purple in the Green Folia paper.  I mounted the printed paper onto white cardstock using wide Scor-Tape.  Because this paper is similar in texture to mulberry paper, a tape runner just pulled off a thin off layer of the paper.  
  • I ran a strip of gold washi tape down the left side of the notecard.  I then added the panel to the front of the top-folded notecard.
  • I cut all of the Garden Pots from the Pebble Gold paper.  
  • I cut out three of the SWEET BUNNY 99905 images from white cardstock, taping a snippet of white cardstock with brown marker dots for eyes and pink for the nose behind each of the heads.  
  • As I tucked the bunnies into their pots, the one on the left is taped flat to the Green Folia paper, the one on the right has one layer of foam tape behind it, and the one in the center of the three has a double layer of foam adhesive.


  • I stacked up three of the small pots, tipping each one a bit, and taped them to the card front.
  • For the final large pot, I used a snippet of grass cut from a light green cardstock using the GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99924.  Looks like something sprouting!


For the second card, I started with the Lavender Folia paper and some silver sticky-backed glitter paper  for pots filled with silver PAINTED FLOWER STEMS 99942.


  • This side-fold card has the Lavender Folia paper on white cardstock on a light purple notecard and garden pots cut from a scrap of the same purple color notecard.
  • I cut the silver flowers apart and tucked the stems into the flower pots.  As I glued down the pots to the card front, I lined up the glittery stems on top of the purple stems in the printed paper.  The two largest flowers each got a large pot and the smallest flower is in the smaller pot.  I added purple gems to the flower centers.


I'm so happy with the way these cards turned out!  I know I'm going to enjoy growing lots of different flowers in these pots!!!

Happy Crafting!

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I just bought the sweet bunny die, and I LOVE seeing more inspiring ways to use it. Love the idea of bunnies in pots. Super duper cute!

Thanks, Heidi. I love that the Sweet Bunny fits so perfectly into the large Garden Pot. Now I'm going through my other dies to see where else I can put him. In the Watering Can? the Gift Basket Oval? the Woven Basket? Who knows where he'll pop up next! Anne

Bellezas me gusto mucho los conejos en macetas quedaron increíbles las tarjetas gracias por compartir. Anne.

Bunnies in a pot, now that makes me smile!

Wow what fab cards , those pots are so cute with the bunnies and perfect with the plants and I.m in love with the pebble paper,thanks for sharing.

Gracias! Anne

Cynthia, Aren't they just the cutest?!!! I've got bunnies popping out of pots on lots of my spring cards. It's one of the cards we're making today at the local senior center. I think it will make them smile, too! Anne

Hi, Julye. Thanks for the comment. I do love those Garden Pots! And the pebble paper is just fantastic for them. I'm thinking of more ways to use that paper and need to re-order already! Have you seen all of the beautiful handmade papers at Birch Press Design? They are gorgeous!!! Anne

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