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August 19, 2017 3 min read

Megan Hoeppner here today!
For as long as I’ve been old enough to drive to and from my favorite town in Colorado from my home in Utah, I’ve loved stopping at the roadside fruit stands. Some of the world’s best fruit happens to be on this trek—Green River watermelons, Palisade peaches, Olathe sweetcorn… it’s all so good! 
Now that I have kids, these, ahem, pitstops are all the sweeter. It’s such a treat watching them pick out and devour the fresh finds. Naturally, it meant a layout was in order. Especially when I saw this stinkin’ cute Fruit Stand Specialty Shaker Kit. 
For starters, I was super inspired by Amy Sheffer’s GORGEOUS card and the color work she did on her watermelon. 
I immediately knew I wanted to color me some fruit. lol So I set to cutting from watercolor paper. 
I then worked on my harvest. First, the watermelon. Inspired by Amy, I watercolor painted it. I didn’t make the rind a shaker, so I painted the paper beneath it as well. 
For the pear, I decided to dress up the foam shaker outline with the twine included in the kit. I ran out of twin just shy of completing the wrapping, so I finished off with some solid green. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, but I do. It’s whimsical, almost like it has some shading. 
We bought some delicious plums on this last trip, so I painted the apple die purple and grew myself a plum. I also assembled a shaker orange with a patterned paper outer edge and a watercolored base layer. 
Finally, in this fruit line-up is the strawberry. I made it in a basic fashion, using patterned paper. I did add a few epoxy dots to give some glisten. 
Some of my fruit are shakers, others are not, but all are 3D, and I adore the texture and depth they add across the center of my page! 
Something we all devoured on this latest trip were the apricots. (And the plumcots. Have you heard of these? They’re a plum/apricot hybrid, and they’re yum! But I digress.) The apricot has kind of a heart shape to it, so I worked it into my title, using the strawberry die and light orange watercolor paint, framed with some die-cut orange paper. 
A little stamping filled in the open space by my cute girls—they really are the perfect pair! <3
Finally, I rounded this paper fruit stand off with a bitt fruit border across the top and bottom of the page. Yeah, it took several micro dots of glue, but it was totally worth it (because I was too lazy to fetch my liquid glue). 
I’m so taken with these shaker toppings. Since making my two layouts, I’ve already made a card for my sweetheart and have a second card for a friend under way. I’ll put what I get done on my blog in case you want to take a peek. I guess my layout says it best—I {heart} fruit! 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Ink, Watercolor Paint, Water Brush: Close to My Heart; Pen: Sharpie; Sewing Machine: Brother; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Other: Vintage twine