Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Before I tell you about my card today, I want to tell you a little story about patience. About six years ago my husband and I were at our favorite blueberry farm in Vancouver, Washington buying blueberries, and in the gift shop they were giving away coffee samples. We were talking to the owner about the coffee and he told us he grows the coffee right there in his house. He took us over to see his trees, which were in large pots sitting outside because it was summer time. He told us he had gotten the coffee beans when he was in Hawaii. In the winter he put the trees in a glassed-in porch. We were so fascinated with his trees he gave us a few coffee beans and told us we could grow a tree. We took our seeds home and planted them as instructed. It took months and months for one seed to finally pop up through the soil. We had this tree for about four years and it never grew higher than 12 inches. Well finally it took off and recently grew as tall as the ceiling in our dining room. Each branch was growing straight out (sideways) about three feet and was taking up way too much room. We really didn't think it would ever make coffee beans! We decided we had to get rid of it so I went to a florist and she didn't want it but told us how we could sell it. To make a long story short, we decided to keep this tree but cut it way back so it wouldn't take up so much room. To our surprise it really starting bushing out and within about a month we saw what we thought were blooms. Well this morning we found out they really are blooms. The above picture shows these pretty little flowers. The tree is full of buds and I think will be full of flowers before long. I think we really are going to have some coffee beans. We are very happy now that we didn't get rid of our coffee tree. Have you ever tried to grow a coffee tree?
Now to my card. I just received some new JustRite stamps from Joan's Gardens that I have have been wanting. This card is made using the "Vintage Floral Labels". This set has two beautiful vintage frames, three corners and five sentiments. This set is mounted on cling foam and you use them with any acrylic block. The image was stamped with black ink and clear embossed on ivory card stock. It was colored with Copic markers then sponged with Tim Holtz distress ink. The sentiment was stamped and embossed then cut out with a scallop Nestability. The yellow frame was cut out with the Spellbinder Beaded Ovals die.
The designer paper used in the background is from another new paper pack from Joan, called Webster's Pages "Ladies & Gents and Trendsetter" collection. The stamped image and yellow frame were each attached with dimensional tape. A blue bow and blue rhinestones were added to complete the card.
All products used on my card can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.