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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