Preserving Flower Seeds in Fall

Preserving Flower Seeds in Fall

Sue’s Garden Tip…  

Preserve Flower Seeds in Fall for a Beautiful Garden Next Summer.

Fall is a great time to harvest flower seeds.

Now that the weather has started getting a little cooler, it’s a great time

to start thinking about harvesting your flower seeds for next year’s garden.

Preserving Flower Seeds in Fall

My dad enjoyed gardening…

and I think a little of his love may have rubbed off on me.

In the past, I’ve spent a lot of money at the garden shop purchasing flowers to fill

my flower beds.  As you know, it can be very costly.

In the Spring of 2020, not knowing if I would be able to visit my favorite garden shops,

I purchased seeds for planting and started them in early Spring.

I was pleased with the results.

And at the end of that Summer, I started collecting seeds for the following year.

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I even wrote a post called Creating a Mini Greenhouse for Starting Seeds.

Preserving Flower Seeds in Fall

When the cooler weather starts setting in…

and the summer blooms begin to fade,

I like to snip off the spent flowers to save for seeds.

It’s best to gather the seeds on a bright, dry, sunny day. 

If they’re not completely dry,

I put them in little glass jars until they finish drying.

I put a little paper bag in each jar with the color and type of flower inside.

Preserving Flower Seeds in Fall

Separate the seeds from the center of the flower and remove as much debris as possible.

I put the seeds in labeled bags until I can plant them next year.

(You can purchase mini bags on Amazon*.)

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Preserving Flower Seeds in Fall

Make sure to watch out for these little guys.  (Bees are bad in the fall.)

Preserving Flower Seeds in Fall

And while you are at it, don’t forget to put a few flowers in a vase to enjoy.

Preserving Flower Seeds in Fall

This is only one of my flower beds.

I have flowers in several locations around the house.

I get a lot of satisfaction from knowing that 90% of my flowers,

except for perennials and a few other summers favorites were all started by seed.

Fall Floral Stained Glass Card

Fall Floral Stained Glass Card

Fall Floral Stained Glass Card made with the Sizzix Skinny Mini Elements Thinlet Die by Eileen Hull.

I was lying in bed the other night when I got the idea for this card.

(That’s when I get some of my best ideas.)

It was perfect for the Eileen Hull Card Bonanza Month over on her blog.

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Xyron Creative Station

The Fall Floral Stained-Glass Card is a fairly simple card to make.

The one thing that made this card easy was using my Xyron Creative Station*

on the cardstock before die-cutting.

Fall Floral Stained Glass Card

Directions:

  • Cut a piece of gold cardstock slightly larger than the Skinny Mini Elements Die* to use as the base of the card.
  • Choose a dark gray cardstock for the outline and three pieces of fall-colored cardstock for the inside pieces.
  • Place the cardstock into the Xyron Creative Station* and crank the handle to run the paper through the machine. The Xyron Creative Station* adds a complete layer of adhesive to the cardstock making each little piece a sticker. That made assembling the card simple or “simple-ish.”
  • Place the die on the cardstock and die-cut the gray and the fall-colored paper using a Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine*.
  • Trim the gray paper to the size of the die.  Remove and discard all the tiny inside pieces using a craft pick*.  Remove the protective liner from the back of the cardstock and center it onto the gold cardstock layer.
  • Use a craft pick* to place the inside flower pieces from the colored cardstock.

Materials Used:

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Fall Floral Stained Glass Card

  • Finish creating your flower pattern and add several cardstock layers to a cream card.
  • Add a sheer cream bow.

Fall Floral Stained Glass Card

There’s so much more that you could add to the card, like a greeting or a small tag.

But I decided to keep it simple. (or as I mentioned before…”simple-ish”.)

Fall Floral Stained Glass Card

I thought I was finished with this card.

But then again, sometimes things just evolve.  

A stained-glass card needed rhinestones.

I added Clear Enamel Dots from Hero Arts* to the center of each flower.

Fall Floral Stained Class Card

For another card idea using the Sizzix Skinny Mini Elements Die,

check out the Skinny Mini Christmas Poinsettia Card below.

Skinny Mini Elements Christmas Poinsettia Card.

Skinny Mini Elements Christmas Poinsettia Card

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How to make a Welcome Autumn Pillow using craft vinyl to make the Stencil

Welcome Autumn Pillow

Welcome Autumn Pillow  

I have been wanting to use vinyl to create a stencil for a while now.

It was really simple to do and I’m in love with the results.

If you have craft vinyl and an electronic die-cutting machine*,

then you can make a stencil too.

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How to make a Welcome Autumn Pillow using craft vinyl to make the Stencil

How to make a Welcome Autumn Pillow using a Craft Vinyl Stencil:

  • For my pillow, I used off-white fabric that I purchased at a garage sale several years ago. I cut two panels 15″ x 15″.
  • I created the stencil pattern using the “Welcome Autumn” SVG file and my Silhouette. I sized the image to fit onto my fabric panels.
  • I cut the image using StyleTechCraft Craft Vinyl*. (I originally tried using removable vinyl on my fabric, but it wasn’t quite tacky enough and a little hard to apply.)
  • To create the stencil, remove the letters and the leaves from the vinyl, leaving a reverse image.  
  • Use a low-tack transfer paper to transfer the vinyl onto the fabric.

How to make a Welcome Autumn Pillow using craft vinyl to make the Stencil

  • Make sure that the stencil is securely stuck to the fabric to eliminate paint seepage.
  • Place a piece of paper behind the fabric panel to protect your work surface.
  • Paint the leaves using a small paint brush and a variety of acrylic paint in Autumn colors.  
  • Paint the words “welcome Autumn using black acrylic paint.  

How to make a Welcome Autumn Pillow using craft vinyl to make the Stencil

  • After the paint has dried, carefully remove the stencil.  
  • I may have squealed a bit when I removed the stencil. It is perfectly imperfect, and I love how it turned out!
  • Iron over the fabric to set the design.  

How to make a Welcome Autumn Pillow using craft vinyl to make the Stencil

Welcome Autumn Door Hanger

Welcome Autumn Door Hanger

I liked how it turned out so much that I decided to make a Welcome Autumn Door Hanger.

You can find plain wood circles on Amazon* in a variety of sizes.

“I only have Pies for You” happy day tag

"I Only Have Pies for You" tag.

My sister-in-law loves to bake pies.

When it comes to Thanksgiving, there is almost a pie-per-person ratio.

It’s not just pumpkin, but peanut butter (my favorite),

cherry, and chocolate pies. (To name a few.)

So, when I saw the new “I only have pies for you” soap from Bath and Body,

I knew I needed to pick it up for her.

It’s not only perfect, but it smells wonderful too.

"I Only Have Pies for You" tag.

Since her birthday is right around the corner,

I thought I’d make her a special pie tag to go with it.

The Hey, Pumpkin Stamp & Die Set* from

The Maker’s Movement was just the die to make the tag.

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"I Only Have Pies for You" tag.

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"I Only Have Pies for You" tag.

Two of my favorite hardworking little machines.

  • Before I die-cut all the small pieces, I ran the cardstock through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini*.  It makes all the die-cuts into stickers and that makes assembling the card easy.
  • The Mini Maker Die Cutting Machine* makes quick work of die cutting.  And it doesn’t take up a lot of space.

"I Only Have Pies for You" tag.

A special tag for my favorite pie maker.

Fall Sunflower Get Well Card

Fall Sunflower Get Well Card

A Bright and Cheery Card to brighten someone’s day.

This simple Get-Well card uses dies and paper from The Maker’s Movement.

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Fall Sunflower Get Well Card

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Fall Sunflower Get Well Card

Directions:

  • Die-cut the pieces for the flower out of cardstock. You will need two flowers cut from the large flower die.
  • Ink the cardstock flower with yellow ink to give the petals a little color variation and depth.

Fall Sunflower Get Well Card

  • Use the side of a pencil to gently round the edges of the petals.

Fall Sunflower Get Well Card

  • Glue the center of the flowers together using Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue*.
  • Instead of a brown center for the sunflower, I cut a circle using polka dot paper from the Autumn Breeze Paper Pad.

Fall Sunflower Get Well Card

  • Die-cut the words “get better” using StyleTechCraft Gold Chrome Adhesive Vinyl*and the Get Better Die Set.
  • The card uses simple layers using the Autumn Breeze Paper Pad.
  • Finished Card Size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

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Super Mario Bros. Inspired Bedroom

Super Mario Bros. Inspired Bedroom

A bedroom makeover for a couple of boys obsessed with all things Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. Inspired Bedroom

Bedroom Makeover-Before

My daughter-in-law has been hard at work transitioning her oldest son into his new tween room

and the younger boys into a new bedroom together.

Since the boys are obsessed with all things Super Mario Bros.,

she decided to create a Super Mario Bros. Inspired Bedroom.

She had everything planned out but only needed help with one thing.

She wanted super large letters for the wall.  (She figured I was the person to ask.)

Super Mario Bros. Inspired Bedroom

To make the Super Mario Bros. inspired letters…

Super Mario Bros. Inspired Bedroom

Products used to make the letters:

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Super Mario Bros. Inspired Bedroom

  • Place the cut vinyl letters onto the slightly larger black letters using the Vinyl Transfer Tape*.

Super Mario Bros. Inspired Bedroom

  • The room was painted “Big Sky Country” with Dutch Boy’s Duraclean Paint, in eggshell.
  • Use a strip of removable blue painter’s tape* as a guide to place the letters.
  • Leave the paper backing on the back of the black letters.  Cut around the letters and place them on the wall with the blue painter’s tape*.

Super Mario Bros. Inspired Bedroom

  • Gently rub over the letters with the vinyl scraper tool to ensure the letters have stuck to the vinyl transfer tape.
  • Carefully peel up the transfer tape, keeping the transfer tape in place, and remove the paper backing from the letter.
  • Rub over the letter to help it stick to the wall.

Super Mario Bros. Inspired Bedroom

For even more Super Mario Bros. Fun…

  • My daughter-in-law used decals and Super Mario Bros. characters hand cut from the wallpaper to create the decorations around the room.
  • She trimmed the white outline off the decals and cut out by hand the characters from the wallpaper.

Super Mario Bros. Inspired Bedroom

Super Mario Bros. Bedroom-After

Super Mario Bros. Bedroom

  • The room wouldn’t be complete without Super Mario Bros. Comforters*, Pillows, and of course their favorite “stuffies”.  (Unbelievably, I know quite a few of their names.)

Super Mario Bros. Bedroom

I was there when the boys saw the finished room for the first time.

One of them exclaimed “it’s like a whole level of Super Mario World”.

They were a little excited!  (Good Job, Mom!)

Click on pictures below for the products used to create the Super Mario Bros. Inspired Bedroom.

 

   

Yoshi Pillow Buddy

Three Projects with Eileen Hull’s New Chapter 3 Release

Projects using Eileen Hull's New Chapter 3 Dies from Sizzix

Eileen Hull’s New Chapter 3 Dies from Sizzix.

I am excited to share three projects I created using Eileen Hull’s New Chapter 3 Sizzix

die collection!

They are a fun group of dies.

Each piece in the set stands alone but also coordinates with the others

to make a truly versatile and valuable addition to your collection.

Back to School Gift Box

Back to School Teacher Gift Box

If you’re looking for to “butter up” the new teacher, this BTS gift box is a fun project to make.

The Back-to-School Teacher Gift Box uses Eileen’s New XL Card Box Die*.

I LOVE this Die* and I can’t wait to share all the ideas I have for this die for the Holidays.

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Puppy Love Skinny Mini Album-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 4902

Puppy Love Skinny Mini Album

Eileen’s Skinny Mini Book Box Die* makes the perfect sized album for pictures

of my pup Dexter.

The die also comes with the side parts to make it into a box.  (genius!)

Puppy Love Skinny Mini Album

I created accordion pages for the inside of the album by scoring and attaching 6″ x 12″ cardstock.

Skinny Mini Elements Christmas Poinsettia Card.

Skinny Mini Elements Christmas Poinsettia Card

While the Skinny Mini Elements Die* is not a Christmas Die,

it sure makes one cute Christmas card.

It coordinates perfectly with the Skinny Mini Book Box Die*.

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This card comes with a little back story.

After I made this card, I sent Eileen a picture of the finished project.

She messaged me back that I was brilliant for making the poinsettias using the cut-outs

from the die.  I agreed that “would have” been brilliant, but (darn it) I had used premade

paper poinsettias for the card.

Up for the challenge, I remade the red poinsettia using the cut-outs from the die.

I left the white poinsettias for comparison.  (and laziness)

I cut the points off the side and arranged the petals on foam mounting squares.

Voila, a poinsettia!

Eileen Hull Chapter 3 Release Party

Check out the Eileen Hull’s Blog below for even more ideas. 

Here’s the list of Chapter #3 Blog Hop Stops:

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Sending Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Sending Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Everyone can use a little Sunshine on a cloudy day.

This simple card is made with stamps and dies from The Maker’s Movement*.

The card uses a little subtle play with different patterns.

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Sending Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

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Sending Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

  • I die-cut pieces using the Stacking Flowers Die out of yellow patterned paper from the Cloudy Day paper pad.
  • The flower was assembled using 3D Thin Foam Squares*.

Sending Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

  • I used the “Hello Sunshine Stamp & Die Set” for the sunshine layers on the bottom of the card.
  • I also used the “Hello Sunshine Stamp & Die Set for the small banner with the stamped words “sending you”.
  • My favorite tip for die-cutting small or thin pieces is to add a layer of adhesive using a Xyron Creative Station®* before die-cutting.

Sending Sunshine on a Cloudy Day.

This card was fast and easy to assemble and is sure to brighten up anyone’s day.

Rainbow Keychain with StyleTechCraft Sun Changing Vinyl

DIY Rainbow Keychain with StyleTechCraft Sun Changing Vinyl

My 11-year-old grandson has been after me for quite a while to make more “How To” videos.

The other night, we sat up the camera and I had him create the Rainbow Acrylic Keychain

that I made for the Namta Show in Orlando.

The keychain uses StyleTechCraft Sun Changing Vinyl*.  (which is a very fun vinyl to use)

He not only created the project in the video, but he edited the whole video himself.

I think he did a great job.

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Here’s the link to the video:

To make the Rainbow Keychain we used:

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Ready for the Beach with Sun Changing Vinyl

For another fun project using Sun Changing Vinyl click here.

Sunflower Thank You Card

Sunflower Thank You Card

There’s something special about receiving a handmade card.

In a world where kindness is “perceived” to be in short supply,

the power of a well-meaning Thank You note goes a long way.

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Do you still send greeting cards?

I’ll be honest I don’t send cards like I used to.

I make them; I don’t always send them.  (Sound familiar?)

It’s too easy to wish someone a special greeting on social media or in a text.

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Sunflower Thank You Card

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Sunflower Thank You Card

How to…

Sunflower Thank You Card

  • Stamp the small sunflower stamp onto white cardstock using a black permanent ink pad. Color in the image using Tombow ART Markers*.  Die-cut the image using the small square die and the Crossover II Die-Cutting System*.
  • Stamp the word “Thank You” using the midnight blue ink* and die-cut the words using the coordinating die.
  • Add background layers onto a white card base and embellish with a yellow ribbon and adhesive enamel dots.

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