Where to snowmen come from? Well, from seeds, of course, everyone knows that! And, more importantly, they come exclusively from D.V. Burrell Seed Grower’s Co. of Rocky Ford, Colorado.
Okay, back tracking just a little . . . We traveled back to Rocky Ford, Colorado, this summer to take my father-in-law to his resting place, nestled in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains, and just over the hill from his parent’s old homestead. He was home, resting peacefully with his wife. While we were in sleepy Manzanola and Rocky Ford for a sad occasion, we were very happy to have the chance to spend time in my father-in-law’s childhood home and visit with his sister and her family.
Bill and Shirley Burrell have been the long-time proprietors of the 105 year old D.V. Burrell Seed Company, owned by their family for four generations. Bill Burrell just turned 80 this month, but, as you can see, he’s still very much involved in his company.
Touring the store is just like a family scrapbook, with so much family history is every corner. Here’s Uncle Bill showing my husband their wall of 105 annual catalogs.
What does the inside of a seed company look like – like lots of drawers of seeds!
Right in their backyard is their beautiful test garden. Wow, how incredible is it to step out into this every morning?
Okay, back to our card. (Thanks for indulging me this little family visit.)
When I came across these seed-packet templates from Katheryn over at Katydid Creations, I knew I had to try it. I changed her template to customize it for my Uncle and his family, and just resized it a little. I can’t wait to try some of her other templates. She has incredible instructions that make these cards easy to make.
I thought it would be such a treat to turn these into shaker boxes, too, so that there really are snowman seeds in the card. So, check it out . . . my very first shaker card. Can you see the seeds better in this picture?
For the rest of the recipe: I used the Punch Pals stamp set, Sky Blue designer series paper and textured paper, basic black card stock and black Stazon ink. I watercolored the snowman with sky blue, old olive, purely pomegranate, pretty in pink, and pumpkin ink using the aqua painters, and added a little hologram highlight snowflakes. The snowman seeds are Stampin’ Up! microbeads. The bow is from a company that’s no longer with us, called Shoebox trims, but, basically, it’s just torn fabric. I used my Cricuit with the George font to make a 3" rectangle the Silhouette feature to get the frame of the shaker box. Beate Johns (may she live forever) created a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers, here, for making the Shaker cards.
I wanted to card to be as jovial as my uncle, but reminiscent of the rustic 105 seed company. It was a blast to make.