Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Painted Harvest Teacher Gifts

Welcome to my blog today.  I made this card for Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights for August.  The theme for this month is TEACHER GIFTS and I'm super excited to be taking part again.  The best bit about this Highlight is that you can vote for your favourite five projects.   The top ten winners will get the chance to be part of an international blog hop in the future so I would really appreciate it if you would VOTE for my project. 


I feel lucky to work in our local primary school - my children have many happy memories from their time there.  They all moved on to Secondary a few years ago, but I stayed!  I feel privileged to help in the Year 4 classroom with children aged 8 and 9.  They are very creative and their art books are a real treasure.  

My project today is influenced by something we usually do at the end of the Autumn Term, which is to make a picture for a calendar to go on.  Often, the children choose to draw a tree or a scene throughout the seasons.  I have chosen to make a picture using the Painted Harvest stamps to reflect each season. 
We are currently on our long Summer holidays, and when we return to school in September, we will be in a differnt room.  So eventually, the picture will go into a box frame, to hopefully be hung up in our new classroom.  (The glass in the frame made it too difficult to photograph!)


I had fun choosing the colours for each season and ended up with an array of samples to choose from.  For Spring, I have used Soft Sea Foam for the first, more solid layer followed by Mint Macaron and Soft Suede (stamped off onto scrap paper first) for the centre.  There are a few Artisan Pearls and silver sequins to give the illusion of blossom.


I have used colours for a classic sunflower to represent Summer.  They are Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry.  The centre is again Soft Suede, and I used that each time to give some harmony between the images.  Individual sequins from the gold sequin trim provide some lustre.


This reminds me of some gorgeous, velvety sunflowers that I once grew.  If I remember correctly, they were called Autumn Beauty and they had fabulously rich russet petals.  The colours I have used for the petals are Crushed Curry and Merry Merlot.  There are more gold sequins and also a Linen Thread bow.  


It had to be a Christmas style wreath for the winter.  So, there are red berries as well as some clear sequins for decoration.  The combination for the foliage is Granny Apple Green with Tranquil Tide.

Each individual picture is stamped onto a square, Stitched Shape framelit that I placed on my Stamperatus - I only had to line the stamps up once - the rest was easy.  The four squares are arranged onto a piece of the  6" x 6" Woodgrain paper.  The leaves were curled gently and then attached using glue dots.  The coloured ones are Tranquil Tide ink onto Granny Apple Green card and they are cut out with the coordinating punch.  The vellum leaves are punched out and then embossed with the Subtle folder.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I do hope you have enjoyed this project.  I'd be really happy if you visited the gallery and voted for my project!  
As always, happy crafting,

If you would like to order any supplies, and you live in the UK, I would love to be your demonstrator.  Use the hostess code XTTJXKMA to get some free product (it will follow in the post after the end of the month).  If your order is over £150 do not use the code as you become a hostess and get rewards.To place an order, please visit my online shop: HERE

If you would like to join my team, you can choose your starter kit HERE and if you have any questions, please contact me at furrycatdesigns@gmail.com

Alternatively, you can click on one of the images below showing the supplies used:

Before I go, I just want to remind you about the fabulous promotions that are available during August!  Not one, but two!


During this promotion, every £45 you spend before 31 August (before shipping and handling) earns a £4.50 Bonus Days coupon code that can be used on purchases between 1-30 September.

The other promotion to tempt you this month is the Colour Your Season products.


There are stamps and dies, which you can buy individually, or as a bundle to save 10% on the individual prices.  These are only available until 31st August (or until stocks run out).  In addition, there is a new selection of Watercolour pencils. 


  1. This is so pretty Karen! What a beautiful gift. Thanks for being part of my international highlights this month! All the best with the voting.

    1. Ooh, thanks Kylie. Love taking part in your highlights and fingers are crossed for the voting 🙂