Some of the best news is that Stampin' Up! will publish 2 new kits every month in 2024 for the Online Kits Collection! I'm here to review the Happy Houseplants Kit. It's one of the February 2023 new kits. It is a home decor kit making 4 beautiful plant frames. #163873, $25.
When you open the kit, you'll find 2 smaller packages, the frames and the paper supplies needed.
Here is a picture of the back of the frame.
The 'glass' is plastic. There is a coating covering to be removed. If you use the dimensionals on the pieces as shown, the glass will not lie flat. I did not use it.
The frames are a little different color than the other parts. I like it because of that. There is a tiny stripe to all the sides when you look closely.
These are the parts. The frames are OK for the price of the kit, but are plastic. The mats could be a little thicker in my opinion. I would also like to see the 4 background sheets for each plant to be a little more substantial. There are two sheets with punch outs.
This shows the backgrounds and the punch outs sheets.
The directions are good. This is a very simple kit that will not take a lot of time. Each plant has two plant pieces to add and the plant container. All are added with dimensionals that are included. I did add more dimensionals that shown on the directions, but there are plenty of them.
The directions show using a pen or pencil to curl the parts of the plant. I used my Bone Folder. This kit is truly all inclusive! Use the directions to help with placement of the parts. I like how part of the picture is on the background piece. That adds to the look of dimension.
Here is the completed snake plant. It's very hard to see the subtle stripes. When I expanded the picture, I was able to see it a little. When curling the punch outs, look at where they will be. I curled some so that they would curl under and some so that they would curl up. I thought this would add more interest.
This shows the hanging basket with one of the sets of leaves already added. Again, look carefully at the directions for placement.
I felt like this plant gave me a little more challenge on where to place each part. The stems shown with the first part end up being mostly covered. It made me wonder why they were there. I'm sure it was to be helpful. In this picture, you see some Linen Thread across the basket. I added that on my own as an extra.
I added a bow to the frame. I chose to add this to some of the other frames. I'll show you at the end.
This shows the last variegated plant. The pot is placed on the line.
Here is the finished plant. I wanted to add more to the frames. There is a video showing how you can add words. Here is one example here. I chose not to make a video.
Here is a picture of my finished frames. I added Linen Thread to three of the pictures. I also used the Brushed Brass Butterflies and the Adhesive Backed Dragonflies & Birds.
I'm sure that something could be done to the mats. As an experiment I tried covering one of them.
I apoligize that this paper is retired. It's from the holiday mini catalog that just retired. I do think there is some perfect paper in the upcoming Online Exclusives called Flowering Zinnias that would be perfect for this. I just have other plans for that paper.
To cover the mat, I cut my paper to 7 x 7. Cut from the center. On my Paper Trimmer, place the paper so that it is on the 5. Now cut from 2 to 5. Turn and repeat on each side. Place the frame in the middle of the paper and miter each corner. Fold each side down against the edge. Once the outside is complete, cut from each corner on the inside to the corner of the mat. Fold each side up against the edge. I found the inside to be more difficult. The outside would be hidden a little by the frame. I tried to do this without securing the paper so I could take it all off if unsuccessful. It was hard to do it that way. That's why I suggested doing the outside edges first.
This kit is great for someone who feels they aren't crafty. There's no stamping. The frames should be completed in about 30 minutes I would say. They are very pretty and would dress up a wall or bookshelf nicely. I think one would be perfect as a gift for someone in a nursing home since it can stand. There is hardware to hang as well.
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