Thursday, May 1, 2014

W2SB Challenge #5: Bloom Where You Are Planted

Hi, everyone!

Thanks to Bobbi for a fun April challenge. What's not to like about diamonds?!

And, thanks to everyone who played along this past month. Congrats to Carol L who will join us as a Guest I-Teamer in June. Carol's lovely card had just the right amount of bling.  :)

Our Newest I-Teamer
Starting this month, we are thrilled to announce that Annie has joined our I-Team on a full-time basis. You may remember her Olympic-winning card in February and her guest-I-Team diamond card last month.

Welcome, Annie! We can't wait to see what you have in store for our future challenges.  :)

This Month's Challenge

Now onto the merry month of May, and signs of spring are everywhere! Birds are chirping, lawn mowers are revving up... and, yes, trees and flowers are blooming! What better words to capture the beauty of this magical season than Bloom Where You Are Planted?

In addition to typical thoughts of spring, this phrase always reminds me of my dear friend Teresa. Years ago, when I was teaching, Teresa was a stay-at-home mom -- of two little boys. During that time, Teresa was the Martha Stewart in my life: baking cookies for birthday celebrations, knitting scarves for Christmas gifts, sending cards to commemorate special occasions. One day at Teresa's house, I noticed a plaque in the kitchen bearing the phrase Bloom Where You're Planted. When I asked her why that phrase, she wistfully talked about letting go of dreams of making Laura Ashley dresses for a daughter and filling her days with conversations about Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine. Teresa sure did bloom where she was planted because her two boys have grown to be two remarkable young men.

The Prize Package

This month's challenge winner will be invited to be a Guest I-Teamer in July and receive a W2SB challenge-winner badge.

In addition, the winning card maker will receive a $10 Stampin' Up! gift certificate courtesy of our very own Bernadette! Thank you, Bernadette!

Our Inspiration Gallery

This month, we welcome March-challenge-winner Linda as our Guest I-Teamer.

The coloring of this image in amazing!
This little white kitty pops off the page with its blue outline and gray accents.

And, now for the I-Teamers' projects!

This card has such a crisp, fresh palette. Its black and white embellishments
pop off the page and are the perfect accents for the focal point image!

The month of May inspired Bernadette to make this wreath of beautiful spring blooms.  :)

Love this classic palette and great design!
And, the sentiment is a perfect description of Teresa's adventures raising her boys. :)

Mary Anne
Yippee-Skippee, indeed! Mary Anne totally rocked this box-fold card bursting
at the seams with spring blooms! Since Mary Anne doesn't have a blog,
feel free to leave her some love below.

Penny never ceases to amaze... and this delightful watering can is no exception!
Love how the bright colors pop off the black background!

Decided to go the CAS route with a touch of bling this month.
Who needs leaves when sequins will do?

Your Turn

So, what do the words Bloom Where You Are Planted mean to you? We can't wait to see how they inspire you!


  1. Oh, this looks like it is going to be a real fun challenge with this theme. I can't wait to get started on my card because you have all given us a great deal of inspiration to work with. I was looking forward to today to see what the theme would be and I was not disappointed.
    Mary Anne, this is a darling "box" of flowers, very colorful and cheery.

    1. Donna,

      So glad that you like this challenge. We thought it would be perfect for this time of year.

      Can't wait to see what you create! And, thanks for stopping by. :)

  2. The watering can by Penny just blows me away! She is an amazing artist! Love her work.

    1. Judy,

      We couldn't agree more! Penny's watering can is fabulous!

      Thanks for visiting W2SB!

  3. Another fun challenge and gallery of inspiration creations, ladies! Thank you and welcome to Annie!! Hugs, Darnell

    1. Thanks, Darnell, for your kind words. And, we are thrilled that Annie is a full-time I-Teamer!

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    1. Thanks, Tammy! We loved all of the projects, but Penny's watering can and Bernadette's wreath really blew us away this month. :)

  5. Such lovely DT inspiration and each so different! Thanks for a fun challenge. This is my first time playing here. xxD

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. And, we're thrilled that you've joined us. Welcome!

  6. Back again just to say you have a gorgeous array of beautiful cards for this great challenge. So glad for you and for me to have so much inspiration to draw from. Also looking forward to June's theme.

    1. Donna,

      Thank you for these kind words. So glad you love playing along at W2SB. Think you're really going to like June's words. :)