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Jun 17, 2023

Blooms, Bees or Butterflies

It's Saturday already and time for a new theme at Allsorts challenge. It's my turn to host this week and I selected the optional theme of Blooms, Bees and/or Butterflies. Hope you'll join in with us, I would love to see you follow the optional theme but all entries are welcome whether they follow the theme or not! 

For my card I decided to dig through my box of rejects that I usually save "just in case" and I'm so lucky I did too, as my lost Hero Arts "tiny footprints in the sand" stamp from a beach themed stamp set fell right onto my lap when I pulled one of the pieces out. I surely didn't expect to ever find that stamp as it's truly tiny. So if you have a lost stamp never give up hope as it might show up in the most unexpected moment.

The yellow inked piece is from that box of extras. It's a textured piece of Neenah card stock which had been inked with some yellow Distress ink and stencils were used as well. The bee and scalloped circle were also previously die cut from my other box of die cut extras. The bee is a stamp from an older Hero Arts stamp kit. I kept the card in a CAS style by simply assembling it onto an embossed background. 

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The sentiment is an oldie from Penny Black but new-ish to me, just purchased within the last couple of months. This is my first time using it. 

Another view below..

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Last Saturday my 16 year old had her end of year dance recital. This year they performed a storyline based on the Don Quixote ballet and she was so excited when she was cast as Kitri, the female lead. At one point in mid April we weren't sure if she was able to dance as she had to have one of her big toenails removed and we weren't sure how long she would be out. But she was back on her feet and in pointe shoes after just 2 weeks. 

Proud mom moment :-) so I wanted to share 2 photos I took from rehearsal. Sorry they turned out a bit blurry, my camera isn't the best when action is involved... or maybe it's just user error! As you can imagine, it was an absolute joy to watch!

By the way, those of you close to London, UK:  The Royal Ballet will perform Don Quixote later this year!!! And it looks like one of my daughter's favorite professional ballet dancers is performing as Kitri, Marianela Nunez. If you love ballet but haven't seen Don Quixote yet, I recommend it!! How I wish I could take her to see it!!!

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Lisa said...

Great bee card and super coloring. Congratulations to your daughter. Wow after 2 weeks she was back to dancing, that is amazing. I wish I could heal that quickly. Alas I think age has a lot to do with it. LOL!

brenda said...

A really stylish card for a great theme Ellie. Lovely photos and right to be proud, takes me back many years to when my eldest Daughter did Ballet.

B x

brenda said...

Popped back as I read WLS on your list then forgot to thank you for joining in.

B x

Linby said...

A lovely bright CAS card and so glad you found your missing stamp. Your daughter looks amazing in her rehearsal, thank goodness she didn't miss this fantastic opportunity.

Melanie Hungerford said...

Love your clean and bright design, and the bee is colored so perfectly! Thanks for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge.

HilaryJane said...

That was a lucky find, but i do find that missing stash has a habit of turning p when you least expect it. lovely card, the embossed background sets it off perfectly. Your daughter looks very talented xx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Ellie, I love how you put together the stencilled and coloured background it’s the bee, and beautiful PB sentiment (I have that stamp and really should use my wooden PB stamps more!!) beautiful ballet photos .. no wonder you are proud!
Pauline xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow!! Your daughter is SO talented and you have really to be very proud!! And she is so lucky to could dance after only 2 weeks from the toenail removing!
Adorable card and you are lucky too for founding your loved little stamp!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Forgot to say thank you for joining us at We Love Stamping! :D

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A lovely CAS card design and such beautiful pictures of your daughter, you are right to feel so proud.

kiwimeskreations said...

What a gorgeous card Ellie - love it!! And how proud you must be of your daughter!!!

Sarn said...

What a lovely post. First - your very pretty bee card, then you found a tiny stamp you thought lost forever. More good news about your daughter- she looks and sounds amazing. Enjoy being a proud mum! Have a great day xxx

Aimeslee Winans said...

Congrats to your daughter and brava to her performance. My daughter did lyrical ballet and dance so I know the welling up of pride in her accomplishment. XOX

Melanie Hungerford said...

Also for playing along with us at Double Trouble!

Alyson Mayo said...

Love the clean design and that sentiment is perfect! Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

Suzanne Reynolds said...

Great sentiment and the bee just a reminder of them landing on your picnic table in the summer months. Fun card, Ellie, and thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble.

Sarah said...

What a wonderful card, a really lovely bee. Wow, you've every right to be a proud Mum, fabulous snaps of a fabulous performance!!

Mervi said...

Wow your daughter is really talented, congrats!
Lovely sentiment on your pretty card;-))m

Amy Johnson said...

Such a sweet card, and wow, that's your daughter? She looks so grown up, and is so beautiful and talented. You must be so proud!

Lynda said...

Bright and cheerful - love it. Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz xx Lynda/Loopyloo DT

Judy Woodland said...

WOW, and she is only 16?? I am very impressed, I bet she is just beautiful! I am in LOVE with your card, that little fat bumble bee just makes me smile! He/she couldn't be any sweeter. Lots of great work here, and great take on the challenge. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at Can You Handle the Pressure, hope to see yu back again soon.
Judy~ CYHTP Designer

Debbie Mageed said...

What a wonderful card, Ellie! I really love bumblebees - even in real life! They are truly "gentle giants" in the world of bees. Don't you love when you find good stuff AND unexpected stuff in your stash pile?? I was devastated when I had to throw mine out when we moved last year. Who knows what I really threw out!? I have learned to keep the stash to a minimum and go through it periodically. Thank you for playing with us at the Alphabet Challenge. I hope you can join us again soon.
Debbie, DT
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Diane said...

Fabulous fun card, love that plump bee! Your daughter is beautiful I can see why you are a proud momma, and only 16, stunningly beautiful!!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Can You Handle The Pressure!
Diane CYHTP Co-Owner
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Dawn Phillips said...

Your card is simple but so pretty. Thanks for joining us at Cardz4galz. Love Dawn x

Barbara Nimmo said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your blog post on "Blooms, Bees, or Butterflies." Your vivid descriptions and passion for nature shine through in your writing.