Bee- Thank You Card SSC #196

Nature Walk-Botanical Gazette 'SSC #196

I have been participating in the weekly challenges at Stamping 411 each week because it helps jump-start me creatively.  Since it posts late Friday or Saturday, it gives me the best opportunity to work on it Saturday night with a little bit of peace and quiet after everyone has gone to bed.  I have really been enjoying this “me” time, and with a goal in mind I actually finish a project.  This week I used the Botanical Gazette Bee paper from SU.  The background is one side of the paper, which looks like a honeycomb and is distressed and the other side is printed with bees.  I paired the bees with Night of Navy SU paper and Very Vanilla.  I tried to work in some So Saffron paper but it did not look quite right.  I did use 1/2 seam binding ribbon for the bow, and everyone is right this is great ribbon, so lightweight and elegant.  I used Lee Conrey’s bow maker,  ( a 411 operator)I am not sure how I made bows before the bow maker.  Instead of using the so saffron cardstock, I smudged Night of Navy ink around the edge of the cardstock with a sponge.  My center piece is larger than the examples, I just could not cut those cute bees.

I am on Spring break this week with the kids.  I worked crazy hours before the break, and I brought work home but it will be nice to be home with the kids for a week, even if I have to make a quick trip to the office later in the week.  Our break started Friday with a trip to the beach, which in my house means no bloodshed or major arguments.  It was perfect almost 80 degrees, light breeze, and 25% humidity.  I wish our weather could be like that all year long.  The kids had a great trip.  On the way to the beach we stopped at a shoe store called Tootsies, in Ponte Vedra, Florida so my older daughter to get a pair of Toms.  The sandals in the store are fabulous, and for those close by it is worth the trip.  What made our shopping trip was the sales clerk gave each of my 7-year-old twins a cute acrylic ring.  They sell rings but they were too large, and these apparently were smaller than most and behind the counter.  So as soon as I have some alone time, I will be going back to Tootsies for a cute pair of sandals.

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL