Serene Garden Blooms Sending Prayers

Yesterday was my birthday, marking the number of days I’ve been on this earth. It was also the first anniversary of my blog, Aromas and Art. I just looked, and I’ve published 299 posts. Whew, that’s a lot! I’m so thankful to you, my readers and followers, because it thrills me to be able to share with you. As long as you keep visiting, I’ll keep it up on my end.

Here I am (in a silly pose) saying “thank you!”

Today’s post is from the Serene Garden Bundle. I fell in love with this set when I first saw it in the new catalog, page 166. I’ve already used it for two Blog Hops that will be coming up in June, and todays project is for the Paper Players challenge. The challenge this week is for the project to be “clean & simple” with “blooms.” Clean & simple means lots of open space with minimal layers and embellishment. And, blooms means flowers, of course.

I couldn’t wait to use the graceful bloom from the Serene Garden Stamp Set.  The flower and stem are one stamp, which I stamped in Versamark, then stamped three times on Thick Whisper White cardstock. Then, I sprinkled White Embossing Powder over the images, and let the heat tool do its work.

By Su Mohr for PP394 and Inspired By; Click Read to go to my blog for details! Featuring: Serene Garden; embossing powder, Aqua Painter, Itty Bitty Greetings; #watercolor #serenegarden #sendingprayers #heatembossing #ittybittygreetings #blooms #cleanandsimple

Serene Garden Blossoms

The three ink colors I used for the flowers are Flirty Flamingo, Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight. The white embossed lines provided the guide for my Aqua Painter. TIP: Be careful with the amount of water on this Thick WW cardstock. Probably should use Shimmery White, which reacts better to water.

Here you can see the nice, shiny lines of the heat embossing. Keeping my card “clean and simple,” I chose a small sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings, and stamped it in Basic Black. I used the Stamparatus to ensure it stamped perfectly.

The Serene Garden Die Set has several dies for embossing. Stampin’ Up! also has new Big Shot Embossing Mats, which I wanted to try. It takes some experimenting to find the right combo, but I really like the results on this envelope flap.

I like to think there is a little prayer tucked inside each blossom, floating its way to you.

Thank you for celebrating with me!



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Wild Roses and Tennis News

While golfing this morning I came across a fence covered with beautiful, wild, white roses.

Do you see their yellow centers?

That’s what I had in mind when creating this project.

Su Mohr | Guest Designer for Tic Tac Toe Challenge

I haven’t had an opportunity to use my colored dimensionals with vellum  again, but I will!

Yesterday’s excitement at the tennis tournament was watching an up and coming tennis player, named Evan King. He is ranked around 200 in the world, and this was his first break through into a major tournament by winning this qualifying match. He was so much fun to watch, and my husband caught a signed tennis ball he hit into the stands. It has become a tradition for for winning player to hit three signed balls to the cheering crowd. Sometimes, you can even have a photo taken with the players.

Here I am with Evan King in his happy moment.

More news later, thanks for stopping by!




Life in the Slow Lane

Hi Friends,

I’m having a great time on vacation, even though I’m missing my craft room. This isn’t a card front, but it’s a great piece of art:

I thought you might also enjoy this video showing some preparation for the the BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament.

When I’m not at the tennis tournament, I spend some time on the Bermuda Dunes Golf Course. A little bit of golfing, and more picture taking. The turtles are so cute!


Thinking about turtles, I want to share a card I made last August.

Sea Turtle Birthday Greeting

Since moving to Oahu, my daughter and grandson have become volunteers to educate the public about sea turtles. And, if you read the previous blog, I did wait until a week ago to send his card.

Bye bye, see you in the next day or two!

It’s Vacation Time!

My favorite vacations are spending time in the desert in March. The weather is perfect, and more importantly, the BNP Paribas is going on at Indian Wells. This is a huge tennis tournament drawing the top professional players.

My husband and I were able to attend the final matches of a tournament preceding it, the Oracle Challenger.

Here we are:

We love playing tennis, and are big tennis fans, so sitting on the front row is very exciting.

Sara Errani from Italy was the winner of the women’s final.

Martin Klizan from Slovakia was the winner of the men’s final.

With all of this outdoor fun, you won’t be seeing my daily project posting, but I’ll be participating in three Blog Hops: the Kre8tors, the Pals, and the Remarkable InkBig.

In the meantime, I’ll be sharing some of my relaxation with you.

Have a wonderful day! 

Facebook Memories Shared Essential Oils Diffuser

Today, I applaud Facebook!

I really like how it shares past memories with you. This was the first thing on my feed this morning:


Two years ago today, I was sharing my favorite Christmas gift. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a remote controlled diffuser by Young Living. Diffusers come in all shapes and sizes, but this is my fanciest one. It plays music, and covers the largest square footage with its oily goodness. 

I simply add water, and several drops of essential oils, whatever I feel I need that day. With Purification (an oil blend) it eliminates cooking odors, or with Citrus Fresh it makes the room smell amazing. Peppermint is great for stimulating the brain, and in the morning or late afternoon, I definitely need that! Joy (another blend) fills me with just that. I keep it in the kitchen, where it is centrally located, and guests can enjoy the benefits.

I have a smaller diffuser beside my bed, where I diffuse “sleep” oils every night, usually Lavender and Cedarwood. Sleep was a problem for me in the past, so I also apply oils directly to my skin, Tranquil, StressAway, and Sara. Sometimes I change it up with other combinations, but getting a good night’s sleep can be life changing.

Two years later, my diffuser is still going strong. If you’d like a diffuser of your own, please comment, or private message me. I’d love to help you get one.

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