Where Do Snowmen Come From?

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.

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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.

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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.

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What does the inside of a seed company look like – like lots of drawers of seeds!

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Right in their backyard is their beautiful test garden. Wow, how incredible is it to step out into this every morning?

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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?

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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.

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  1. Awesome post! I check out your blog regularly, but just had to post on this one! I love the story behind the seed company… wonderful field trip!

  2. What a beautiful story! And what an amazing idea for your uncle! He will surely put this oh so clever card on that wall of fame next to the catalogs!!

  3. Holy Moley- they will be floored when they get this adorable card! What a nice family story and your card is SPECTACULAR!

  4. What a darling way to honor your FIL. The designs are so sweet and I’ll bet his family will treasure them. Thanks for the lovely story behind the cards.

  5. As always…. CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!
    Laura (from Taylor)

  6. What the name of the Snowman Stamp you used? Is it called Mr. Twigest?

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  1. […] I made this card in October 2007 in honor of Uncle Bill Burrell’s 105 year old seed company. It uses one of my favorite stamp sets, Punch Pals. The snowman seeds in the shaker box are Stampin’ Up! microbeads.You can read more about it here: Where do Snowmen Come From. […]

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    […] I made this card in October 2007 in honor of Uncle Bill Burrell’s 105 year old seed company. It uses one of my favorite stamp sets, Punch Pals, and one of my favorite techniques, shaker boxes. The snowman seeds in the shaker box are Stampin’ Up! microbeads.You can read more about this card and how to make it here: Where do Snowmen Come From. […]

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