To Every Thing there is a Season…Spring/Day 1

In the King James version of the Bible, there is a passage from Ecclesiastes 3 ~

“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity
under the heavens…”

I used this verse as my inspiration to create an unique visual of what it means to me.  I chose my CountryScapes Apple Tree as the focal point of depicting the four seasons.  Today, I’m starting with Spring, but each day this week I’ll do a different season and on Friday I will show you  the finish project I’ve done with a lovely Give-Away.  If you post a comment on any of the following days, you will be entered.

LET’S GET STARTED

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Sneak Preview…

On Thursday, I leave for CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) annual trade show in Anaheim, California.  I have five new Garden Notes (including this Daffodil #1139), seven new CountryScapes, including a new category I’ve called Garden Edges and three new stamps from Seeds of Thought.  If you follow Susan’s Garden Club on FaceBook, you’ve seen some of the new dies.

I thought since it’s so chilly here (we’ve gone from 75-degrees at Christmas to 37-degrees today!), I’d give you something to look forward to–Spring.  When I get back, I promise you new projects with these flowers, as well as, combining them with some of my others to create beautiful bouquets.  Stay Warm, y’all!

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Thanksgiving

Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, lecturer, wrote this:

Give Thanks

for each new morning

with its light

for rest and shelter

of the night

for health and food

for friends and love

For Everything

thy goodness sends.

Thanksgiving began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest. Here, in the United States, it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, when in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday. However, most of us remember growing up learning the history of this day as being a celebration by the Pilgrims, after coming to the New World in 1621, the year after their first harvest. In other words, it’s a major holiday and together with Christmas is a part of the broader holiday season!

In honor of this day and keeping the tradition of my family values, I will not be posting this week so all of you can enjoy your family – the most important part of this holiday. I will resume next week and have the fourth giveaway up on Tuesday, December 1st.

In the meantime, enjoy some photos I took at my favorite nursery this past weekend, giving you inspiration for creating beautiful poinsettias. Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!

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3rd Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to the 3rd giveaway winner! MaryAnne H has won Graphic 45’s collection – ‘A Christmas Carol’, a sheet of Calendar Months (from Rosie’s Roadshow), a package of Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Soft Finish Cardstock (PSF102), my CountryScapes – Build a Snowman (1081) and CountryScapes – Clouds & Grass (1094) dies.

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Joy of Giving – 2nd Giveaway for November

Take Time…

Take time to do what makes your Soul happy.

My daughters and I loved doing ‘Spa Day’ – a day full of manicures, pedicures, facials, and neck massages. It was a special bonding time when we could talk about fashion and gossip, and most of all, laugh (especially when we had mud masks on!)

When Kelly was diagnosed with breast cancer, Spa Day became even more special. Her skin was showing the reactions to the powerful chemo drugs; both her sister and I longed to make her feel good about her appearance. After she passed, I learned of other friends diagnosed with this horrible diagnosis. In order to uphold my daughters’ and my tradition, I came up with “Spa in a Jar” to send them. I also sent the jars to my older daughter, sister, and a close friend; I wanted them to know I was thinking of them.

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Keeping with my gift giving theme this month (and knowing how stressful the holidays are), I’d like to send this ‘Spa Jar’ to you. It’s filled with hand and foot creams, facial masks, therapy soak, etc. – a Spa in a Jar! I added a special tag, adorned with a Chrysanthemum and stamped with my ‘Seeds of Thought’ stamps. Both the Chrysanthemum die (1087) and stamp (RS008) will be included with this week’s giveaway. Simply follow the entry instructions below and you could be the winner!

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Click here for a helpful video on Susan’s Garden Club – Garden Notes – Chrysanthemum

To enter the 2nd giveaway…

  1. Like my Facebook Page: Click here to go to my Facebook page, then ‘like’ the page.
  2. Share the Facebook post about this week’s giveaway: Click here to go to the post, and then share the post.

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Joy of Giving

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When I was growing up, one of the most profound things that I remember about my mother was her joy of giving. She did homemade gifts and baked goods for friends and family, but also gave her time unselfishly to help others. I’d like to think it’s in my genes too as I find great joy in giving as well.

November is my birthday month and I can’t think of anything I’d love better than giving presents to others. So, starting this week and the weeks to follow in my birthday month, I’ll be making projects that will be part of  giveaways, so stay tuned on my blog and Facebook page for more details on how to enter each week.

This week I’ve done a Poinsettia, from CountryScapes – Backyard 4 (1079), on a glass cabochon. It’s sealed with Ice Resin, which gives the paper flower a porcelain-like finish. The poinsettia cabochon will come in a gift box with my Garden Notes Poinsettia (1090) on a slip-off band. Aren’t presents fun?!

Click here for a helpful video on Garden Notes – Poinsettia

To enter this week’s giveaway…

For this week’s giveaway, I will be sending the lucky winner the Poinsettia cabochon from today’s post in a gift box that is decorated with my Garden Notes Poinsettia (1090) on a slip-off band. In addition, Elizabeth Craft Designs is also getting in on the ‘giving’ and you will receive a die to recreate a mini flower cabochon necklace of your own! You can choose from 1 of the 4 dies I’ve used to create the necklaces. In order to enter, comment on this post – ‘who you would give this gift to and why’. The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 7th.

Dies you could win (1 of the 4):

  1. Susan’s Garden Club – CountryScapes – Backyard 4 Snow Decor (1079)
  2. Susan’s Garden Club – Garden Patch – 7/8-inch & Mini Leaves (1004)
  3. Susan’s Garden Club – Garden Patch – 1-inch & Mini Daisy & Chrysanthemum (1003)
  4. Susan’s Garden Club – Garden Patch – 1 1/2-inch & Mini Roses (1001)

Let’s get started…

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New Video Tutorials

As you may have heard, I’ve been hard at work creating video tutorials, so that you can recreate my designs for your own projects. I’m so excited to announce that I can finally share all of my new videos with you on the Elizabeth Craft Designs YouTube channel. Visit the Susan’s Garden Club playlist to find 15 new videos. You’ll find videos on Susan’s Garden, Garden Notes, and Country Scapes – And don’t forget, you can always refer to my ‘Tools & Techniques’ video tutorial for extra help.

Check out the galleries at the bottom of my blog for inspiration!

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Welcome to my blog!

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I’m so excited to be sharing my love of gardening with you. For almost twenty years, I have been creating 3-dimensional flowers in paper; my passion lies in imitating nature as closely as possible. As a licensed artist with Elizabeth Craft Designs, I have been able to expand my lines to include low-relief realistic flowers for card making with Garden Notes, story-telling with CountryScapes, and a collection of quotes from my journal I call Seeds of Thought. You can find examples of my work in the galleries at the bottom of the blog. I hope these galleries provide a source of inspiration for your future projects.

Welcome3My blog will reflect my love of family, appreciation for nature, and holding dear the memories I have created. Here, I will share what influences and guides my creations. Every week, I will post a new card and show you how to create it. Have fun adding your own special touch to each project.

Don’t forget to sign up and follow for email notifications when a new post is made! Enjoy!