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Crazy for Blooms-Botanical Blooms

 

Blooms on the flowers are in full force here in Florida.  My allergies can tell you for sure.

I think this could be the worst year I’ve had for allergies living here.  The pollen is outrageous, but the blooms are beautiful.

I’m excited you are visiting today as the Artisans are sharing flowers galore.  They are pollen free and pretty to look at and for this I’m grateful.

Botanical Blooms

From the beginning that I laid eyes on Botanical Blooms I had a feeling I would struggle with this suite.  It’s interesting how this entire suite has grown on me and I can honestly say I love the framelits that coordinate with the Botanical Blooms stamp set.

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Same Set-Different Colors

I’ve created to cards to share today both using the Botanical Blooms but both using different color schemes.  I love how they both turned out.

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My inspiration for the colors on this first card started with the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper.  I started the first layer with stamping the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set on the Shimmer White cardstock and then started to build the card from there.

 

 

 

Quick Tips to Create 

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  • Having a Sponge Dauber on hand was perfect to darken the color of the cardstock using the coordinating ink.
  • I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets large splatter image over the Mint Macaron flower for added texture.
  • The It’s My Party Enamel Dots make for a perfect flower center.
  • I used the Grateful Bunch stamp set for the greeting.

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Bright Blooms Color Change 

I couldn’t help but try using the Botanical Blooms using brighter colors.

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The little tiny flower image just made me giggle with joy.  I love when a stamp does that for me.  It’s so tiny and CUTE.  I love how it looks in the different colors coming down the cardstock.

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Quick Tips to Create

  • I used the Oh So Lovely stamp set for the greeting.
  • Once the tiny flowers were stamped, I started building up my flower bouquet using Mini Glue dots to keep in place.
  • I added a thread from the White Jute ribbon under the flowers.

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Botanical Blooms can be used so many different ways.  I love when you can look at a stamp set and see more than just a flower.

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I hope you are inspired to create using the Botanical Blooms Bundle.  It’s definitely a keeper and will be carrying over to the new catalog.  That’s AWESOME news.

 

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Happiest Place on Earth- Survival

Happiest Place on Earth- Survival

I survived.  Being at the happiest place on earth, also known as Disney World… I survived.

 

 

First, I didn’t mean to take a 4 day break from work but then again it served me well.  I had every intention on working during my down time while we were in Orlando and even brought the computer.  The truth is, there is no downtime when you are at the happiest place on earth.  You are constantly on the go go go, just ask my legs that can barely move.

 

 

Although we were in Orlando for Alexis’ gymnastics meet it would have been shameful not to pay Mickey a visit.  Alexis had a great meet and even taught her mama a very valuable lesson this weekend.  Her scores were not her best but we knew going into this meet that her scores would be lower as this was the first meet competing at a Level 7 gymnast.  This was a huge jump for her because now her routines are “her own” instead of compulsory (made up for her).  It’s a little more fun for her as she can choose her music for her floor routine.  Overall she did pretty darn good on all events.  Her bar routine was a MESS and the score she received definitely proved it.  BUT… it’s something her coach will be fixing as there was a missing element that Alexis had no idea about.

 

 

Directly after her bar routine she went to beam.  Already a little spooked over the bar scores she went to beam with a smile on her face.  Her beam routine was not her finest, but it’s what she did that made my heart swell with pride and truly a lesson for all of us.

 

Her mount onto the beam didn’t start off well and she ended up back on the ground.  Then a turn on the beam went south as well.  She fell.  It was at this moment I thought for sure she was going to say, forget it.  I could see from afar that the tears were coming. She back away from the beam and puts her hands on her head, takes a deep breath and without blinking an eye she is back on that skinny stick they call a beam.  I couldn’t believe it.  She then does her back handspring but fell again.  I noticed however at this point she was moving like normal, very graceful.  She ends with her two back walkovers and dismounts and smiles.

 

 

Friends, she fell off 3 times.  THREE.  At the end she was smiling.  She came running over to me afterwards (kinda a no no) to tell me she was so excited that she did her back handspring.  Even though her coach was there to spot her she said she didn’t need her.  Yes, she fell but she did it.

 

 

She never mentions the other falls….

 

It was determination to not give up.  To look defeat in the face and move forward.  What I learned? Remember that moment that I said she stepped away from the beam and took a deep breath? That’s the moment.  Stepping away and taking a deep breath.  Regrouping-  gathering your thoughts knowing that what she was doing was not working but getting back up there and trying again.

 

 

So many times I have thrown a hissy fit instead of “regrouping!”  It’s never helped. It’s defeat.  I learned to step back and regroup.  In the end she shined and the best part was the score.  Although it wasn’t amazing, it wasn’t bad either considering the 3 falls.

Yes, my heart was GINORMOUS. I hate to see my kids have to deal with things like this but I know how much they grow when they do.  We do too. It’s never easy.

 

 

Sunday was our free day and we chose to spend it at the Animal Kingdom Park.  I hate to admit this but I’m not a huge Disney Park fan.  I love the magic of the place. I love the rides.  I love everything there except the crazy crowds.  The poor children look overwhelmed and by 3pm they are a crying mess.  The parents faces by this time are crinkled up and angry looking.  Seriously, after 3pm it’s all downhill for these people.   Meanwhile, mom of the year here didn’t get Fast Passes because of our spur of the moment decision to go to the Animal Kingdom and we were left watching the human safari of people walking around.  Entertaining to say the least.

 

 

Overall it was a fantastic time and I loved being with Alexis the entire time.  What a fun age this is for her.

 

 

We traveled home yesterday in some pretty nasty weather.  I drove my dads car to Orlando since Russ had a fender bender with my car last week. My car needs a little surgery.

Our ride home was pretty uneventful until 2 miles from home. There were tornadoes in the area that we kept hearing about but everything seemed fine.  Then all of a sudden the rain was coming down side ways and the car was rocking back and forth.  I was at a complete stop and debris was flying everywhere.  I heard a loud thud and just knew something had hit my dad’s car.  All of a sudden this 45 year old felt 16 again.  What was my dad going to say??

 

 

I believe we came into some straight line winds and it felt like a tornado.  Scared doesn’t even touch how I was feeling.  While there is no damage to my dads car (thank you Jesus!) I am pretty sure I wet my pants during the moment.

We made it home safely and our weekend is complete.  4 days of fun, and entertaining all the way home.

Now, I do have something pretty to share as well.  And a HUGE thank you to all of you for the kindest comments EVER.  I love you guys. Seriously, I am so grateful for all of you.

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Botanical Blooms as you know has been a hard set for me to use but guess what? The more I play with it the more I’m loving it.  I’m becoming a “flower” girl.  WHOA!

 

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My favorite part of this card is the vellum overlay.  I used the Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack and it’s SO pretty.  So delicate and SO free with every $50 order.  LOVE THAT!

 

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I love the look of the layered   Lots of Labels Framelits.  Simple but elegant.

The leaves that I die cut remind me of feathers.  You know how much I love feathers? They are so delicate looking.

 

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Create it Monday- Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Happy Monday, Happy February!

 

It’s time for another Create it Monday using Botanical Gardens Suite.

 

I’m a bit excited about what I created as the Botanical Gardens Suite has been a struggle for me.

Let’s jump in.  Shall we?

 

 

Create It!  

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I have 2 versions of this card to share.

 

I started with two basic colors-  Soft Sky and Island Indigo with Old Olive for the leaves.

 

I will admit that I was over zealous when creating these cards.  So over zealous after die cutting that I didn’t stamp a single flower.

That’s what happens when you are in the “moment”.

 

 

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You can download the instructions for this project at the end of this post.

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Quick Tips & Tricks with Botanical Gardens Suite

  • Notice on the card above how the Gold Metallic Thread is “thicker?”  I doubled my thread twice before I started wrapping it in circles.  I love how this made the thread stand out more.
  • The Botanical Blooms Designer Vellum (FREE Sale-a-Bration product) was layered on top of Whisper White cardstock.  I simply ran my Snail Adhesive onto the Whisper White cardstock where I knew my Flower and stems would be attached. This way no adhesive would show through the vellum.
  • To keep the fine stems in place I used a Mini Glue Dots. I clustered the stems together tightly, layering each of them slightly. Layering them too much would cause the card to become more bulky.
  • Botanical Blooms does not have a greeting in the set, so I pulled an oldie but a goodie out: Endless Birthday Wishes.

Remember Simple & Budget Friendly Embellishments

 

Embellishing cards can be simple and easy on the budget when choosing the right products.

Here are 5 of my GO-TO favorites that I love to use.

  • Sequins
  • Ribbon, Lace Trim and Metallic Thread
  • Tea Lace Doilies
  • Rhinestones
  • Pearls

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I used a couple of my favorite embellishments on this card to give it just a little extra pizzaz.  Sequins and Rhinestones.  Both simple and budget friendly and easy on the eyes.

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As with any struggle we deal with in life, sometimes you have to face it and move forward.  That’s exactly what I did with the Botanical Gardens Suite.  Faced it and went after it.

Is there a set you are struggling to use? I’d love to hear which one, but even more so I would love to see you tackle it.  Start your week by facing a fear!

Make sure to download the project sheet so you can recreate this card.  It’s  quick and easy card and one that you can duplicate many of in no time.

 

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