In My Book You’re a Charming Gardener


Whew, I’m a night-owl by nature.  Life gets so busy running interference for my young adult children during the day that you can usually find me burning the midnight oil with my stamping projects.  That does not seem to be the case this month . . . I have so much I want to do but I can’t seem to stay awake to do it.   My baby girl is graduating from High School on Friday and I think this whole not being able to stay awake thing has something to do with immense relief from the stress of getting her through school this year *wink*.  It’s been a special week for us because we’ve been able to sashay here and there and have her out to lunch while the weather was magnificent!!!  Which leads me to my point – I’m digging in to the archive for something else to share with you – one of my very favorite Impression-Obsession stamps.  I shared this in the Fan Club back in January but I’m able to share it with the rest of you today.

This watercolored piece was mounted on a book with the intention that it will hang on the wall.  I adore books and unfortunately I have too many to keep so I continue to use them for recycled projects.  This book couldn’t leave my house because it has the gold gilded edges but that makes it perfect for this project. The image is colored with a combination of Tombow markers and Distress Ink Reinkers, while the sky was airbrushed in with the Copic Airbrush System using Marker B21.  The corners are crimped on using this tool and the corners can be found here.

To finish up I threaded wire edged ribbon through the spine of the book and tied a sturdy, permanent bow so that it be secure once I hang it.  I almost wished I could have found a thinner book but this one works out okay.  I hope it’s a idea you can put to use too if you have something too special to wrap up in a card but that you’d like to put on display!


Project Recipe:
Stamps:  Impression-Obsession
Paper:  140lb Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Ink:  Black Brilliance
Accessories:  Tombow Markers, Copic Airbrush System, Copic Marker B21, Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers, Aquapainter, Ribbon, Metal Corners

Blessings to you my friends!!  You are the most wonderful and as the sentiment says, you sure make my soul blossom!!

  • MarianMay 21, 2009 - 4:12 am

    That’s so lovely! I love gardening, so that is so special as well as beautiful

  • MarionMay 21, 2009 - 4:34 am

    What an unusual but lovely idea Becca, you are so innovative. The stamp is lovely also, great for any gardening fans.
    Marion UKReplyCancel

  • CynthiaMay 21, 2009 - 4:49 am

    Lovely idea. There is always a little spot in a house that is longing for one more beautiful thing. Your house must hold many charming Becka done things.
    Blessings for blogging when your busy.
    I said a prayer for your graduating daughters future.
    Good job on getting her through school.

  • jealeoMay 21, 2009 - 5:18 am

    How unique is that?! What a wonderful job, impressive as always :)ReplyCancel

  • DianeMay 21, 2009 - 5:25 am

    Stunning card.
    Blessings to your baby girl on her graduation.

    As always, have a wonderful day.

  • DonnaMay 21, 2009 - 5:42 am

    Oh, Becca…this is so beautiful. That quote is heartwarming, and is perfect with your watercolors. Congrats to your daughter (and her parents) on graduation, and best of luck!ReplyCancel

  • Beth NormanMay 21, 2009 - 6:19 am

    So pretty. I love seeing everything you come up with because your projects are always so unique. You have a talent gf.ReplyCancel

  • chrisdMay 21, 2009 - 6:26 am

    Take a deep breath and a quiet prayer… best wishe to the grad and her folks!
    This is so special Becca and would be a wonderful gift!
    Hugs from MichiganReplyCancel

  • DebbyMay 21, 2009 - 6:34 am

    What a great piece! I too have way too many books, although none with that gorgeous gilded edge, This would be a perfect and unique gift idea for my mom. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Miss GMay 21, 2009 - 7:02 am

    Good Morning Becca:

    Beautiful picket fence with the so much life(flowers) blooming. The bow with the gloves and the book gave it a whole new look just beautiful.
    Great quote.
    Please give your daughter Congrads from Texas, “the tassel is well worth the hassel”, (someone once said) smile!!

    And Congrads to you too Mom!!ReplyCancel

  • Bev J.May 21, 2009 - 7:17 am

    What a neat project. I also like books and gardening so found this unique idea special. tfs your beautiful work with so many.ReplyCancel

  • Penny WessenauerMay 21, 2009 - 7:46 am

    Becca, lots going on in your life.. many thanks for keeping this blog going.. you inspire us so much.
    I want to thank you for using those older stamps.. generally all we see on the blogs are the newer images, but really, don’t we all have some of the oldies but goodies in our stash? And many of us are desperate for inspirations on how to use them! So, you GO!
    Enjoy this time with your children.. it’s so special..and congratulations to your daughter on her graduation..
    xxooxx PennyReplyCancel

  • Michelle RMay 21, 2009 - 8:41 am

    Becca, what a beautiful project! Your watercoloring is simply AWESOME! I just love that stamp set and what you’ve done with it! And the gloves hanging in the corner…perfect!!!

    CONGRATS to your daughter on her graduation! One more hurdle soon to be behind you! :-)ReplyCancel

  • ToshMay 21, 2009 - 8:48 am

    So beautifully colored, and what a fabulous idea to mount it on a book and hang it Becca!! Stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • JanineMay 21, 2009 - 10:44 am

    What a great piece!! Love that image…That is what I will be doing all weekend.
    Have a great day Becca!!ReplyCancel

  • Billie AndersonMay 21, 2009 - 3:42 pm

    Another wonderful project. You are very talented and love your choice of colors and style. Like the book idea it’s so cute.
    Congratulations on your daughters graduation and all the best to her future.ReplyCancel

  • Angie Z ~ DuckwaddlequackMay 21, 2009 - 3:45 pm

    Oh this is stunning! Love the display of it!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl RowleyMay 21, 2009 - 4:44 pm

    Hi Becca! this book is gorgeous! Welcome to Diana’s design team! Your work is wonderful!
    Cheryl RowleyReplyCancel

  • Lisa D. Atha (inspired by purple)May 21, 2009 - 11:12 pm


    What an interesting and creative idea! I love your watercoloring, absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much again for the blog candy, I can’t wait to receive it! I am still giggling inside because I won!

    Oh, congrats and best wishes to your daughter!


    Lisa A.ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterMay 22, 2009 - 7:56 am

    Congrats to your daughter!!
    What a lovely project, great idea, love the image and your gloves in the corner, neat touch!ReplyCancel

  • Linda ShumakerMay 22, 2009 - 1:00 pm

    I am SO excited. I printed a picture of this project and took it with me to a used bookstore. They GAVE me a half a dozen books to try my hand and this really cool project!! SO here I go merrily on my way home on a LONG weekend too.ReplyCancel

  • Angella CrockettMay 22, 2009 - 6:17 pm

    wow, Becca, this is more beautiful than I remembered! Congrats to your baby girl on her graduation! Hope everything goes perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • Judy RozemaMay 23, 2009 - 8:12 am

    Congratulations to your *little* girl on her graduation! That is so special! Your book project is just delightful!ReplyCancel