11.8.15

Simple Handmade Flowers Card

Handmade Flowers
            Hi friends, I am going through a rather stressful time balancing everything in life and was debating stopping sharing my crafty creations online but after thinking long about it I decided my blog and blogger friends were very dear to me so I would continue to blog but distance myself from Facebook.
            If you have been following me on Facebook, do forgive me as I will not be posting regularly on Facebook but you can still get updates about  my tutorials via email  by entering your email address in the "follow by email" gadget in the right hand side of the blog
          Sharing a simple card with some stitching , handmade flowers , a die cut Cheery Lynn  heart and tiny Cheery Lynn  butterflies fluttering all over.
Cheery Lynn  Hearts and Butterflies
          Heat embossed a Kaisercraft musical script stamp in a copper - cream embossing powder and added a Heartfelt creations Stamped and Die cut flower
Handmade flowers
          The handmade paper blooms were made by stamping, die cutting and inking Heartfelt creations Botanical rose- wings. Added golden glitter balls to the centers which I had inked a deep yellow.
Handmade Flowers
          Over the years many people have asked me how I found time to craft and blog... well right now it is a tightrope for me and I am struggling.....Dear friends do tell me how  you are balancing crafting, blogging, DT commitments and sharing on the myriad social media out there!
Supplies:Dies: Cheery Lynn  Butterflies, Cheery Lynn  Heart, Heartfelt creations Botanical Wings; Stamps : Kaisercraft script,Heartfelt creations Botanical Rose Rubber stamp
Linking toRubber Dance Aug

108 comments:

  1. A post on your blog after long time !! Not on FB ok..but don't distance from your blog it is a source of inspiration for many like me.Ypur card is very beautiful specially the handmade flowers :)

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    1. Thank you so much for the support Pooja...I am struggling to find time but I do enjoy blogging so hoping to keep blogging and visiting my dear blogger friends such as you!

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  2. Gorgeous .Love the colors.

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  3. Awesome card and flowers Dr Sonia.. specially i love the center of flower with golden balls .. i don't have any suggestions as i am irregular in blogging these days :) you are inspiration for us Take care Dr Sonia and i hope soon you will manage both work n blog as before .. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Radhika for the appreciative comment...yes I still hope to be able to blog as I do love blogland!

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  4. Wow Doctor finally I heard something from you which confirmed that you belong to our clan
    ( human) otherwise I always used to imagine as a magician with tiny magic wand or an Angel:)
    Good decision taken .
    Lovely card specially the shading part exciting color combination .
    Seeing you all craft enthusiast I too feel to participate in challenges but at present relaxing at my maika( mom's place ) with no craft resources and getting ready for the grind after returning to UAE love you for your inspirational work.cheers:)

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    1. Hehe Ghazala ...I am very much human!!

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  5. Really lovely card, love the flowers.

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  6. What a beautiful card I love your handmade flower and it looks like the heartfelt creations prills inside. You could enter this in my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes AUGUST Linky Party. Have a blessed day, my friend . Your ribbon is on its way, I hope you enjoy it and I know you will do amazing things with it.
    DIANA L.
    www.dianamlarson.com
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com
    http://dianamlarson.ctmh.com

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  7. Pretty. Especially like the gold heat embossing. Like the flowers, beads & inking.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  8. Take it easy Sonia !! No FUN stressing about it, take care ...Hugs !!

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    1. Yes Suman...that is why I decided to cut back!!

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  9. Glad to read that you don't stop with your blog dr. Sonia. You make beautiful things and also great tutorials that inspire. I think many of us struggle to combine all kind of things in our lives. And it' s not always possible to do everything you want to do. So you have to make choices. I sometimes think a day is to short.
    I love the card you made. Especialy the flowers.
    Best wishes, Wies

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    1. Hehe Yes Wies...some days are shorter than others!!

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  10. Wow this is simply beautiful Sonia, love all those special touches putting those flowers together with their leaves... Beautiful.... love love love love it!

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  11. What a stunning card, Sonia!! I love the gold embossing!! The flowers look amazing!! It's absolutely gorgeous!! Love, love it!!

    I have the exact same problem...I just can't keep up with everything. I thought about taking a blog break. I even tried only commenting once or twice a week, but then I was commenting for like three hours and I just couldn't do it. I try to keep up once a day, but it still takes me almost an hour. So I have pretty much quit Facebook, too. My posts automatically post there, but I just can't keep up with everyone there and in blogland. It's too much. I don't post much on my blog because of time commitments, either. There are some bloggers who post every single day and sometimes more than once and I do not know how they do it!! I need more hours in the day :) I'm glad you decided to keep blogging!! You would truly be missed my friend!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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    1. Lisa I always look forward to your comments and love to see that you keep the spirit of blogging live by commenting on blogs you follow. I found facebook was eating into my blogging time and I had to take a call of either stopping blogging or restricting other social media such as Facebook for a while!

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  12. Dearest Sonia, lots of my friends are contending with discovering that Elusive Balance- like you, I finally had to step back. Each of us is only capable of doing so much, and we need to listen to heart, mind and body to make decisions and then choose to do what we know is in our best interest, and for those dear ones who depend upon us. It is hard to know what is best without some important quiet time to determine what our motivations are.

    The hardest thing for me is to recognize my limitations since my abilities constantly change. None of us are able to do everything we wish to accomplish.

    I'm so appreciative of how generously you share yourself with us, and be a loving mom and be a doctor.

    About your card - it's gorgeous and So beautifully colored and designed! xo

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    1. Thank you so much for the wonderfully supportive and heartwarming words Donna...it means so much to me!!

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  13. Beautiful card Sonia!! Lovely flowers as always!! Beautiful colors.. Well I'm not in a position to advice you on how to balance things.. But I can tell you this. Follow your instincts.. Do what you think is best for you and family.. Your wellbeing and your family's comes first.. But we'll miss you very badly if decide to stop posting.. We can live without FB.. But again what matters is your wellbeing.. Today I was wondering if you are on Instagram.
    One thing I did when I found I needed more time to create was, I prioritized my blog reader list. I realized I spent more time reading blogs than actually creating.. Of course reading blogs is what inspires us.. But then when there is a time limitation, I think we need to think about that too. So I separated it into 3 categories- one consists of all the blogs that I prefer to read and comment on every post.. 2nd one I try to read every post and comment when possible.. 3rd I read when I have the time. That really helped me.

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    1. Yes Berina it is impossible to comment on every blog we follow so what I have been doing is commenting on bloggers who leave comments on my blogposts and random comments on posts which show up on my dashboard

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  14. Gorgeous, gorgeous card! I love those beautiful flowers you created and that Cheery Lynn Heart die is so precious and the butterflies are sweet! Just beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #23!

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    1. Thank you so much Lori the Cheery Lynn heart is new in my die collection and I just love it

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  15. I'm glad to hear you haven't decided to give up on blogging. I have a facebook page but I don't use it. I've never really cared much for facebook.
    That is a really beautiful card

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    1. Yes Ann facebook is too tough to keep abreast of and being the near perfectionist I am I found it overwhelming

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  16. Hi Sonia wow what a beautiful card i love the design and the flower's are amazing please dont give up your blog as i find you give me so much inspiration as your designs are amazing.

    Hugs Debs xxx
    {Debs Cards}

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouraging words Debs...means so much right now

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  17. Really gorgeous design and palette! Love all those flowers! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

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  18. Gorgeous card Sonia I love the flowers, the colours and beautiful detailing too
    Kevin xx

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  19. Beautiful flowers and love the golden butterflies. Thanks for joining us this week with Cheery Lynn Designs

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  20. I get no sleep ... that's how I do it! LOL!!! At least, that's what I am accused of all the time! HA!! I loveeeeeee this! LOVING the flowers!!!!!!!

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    1. Hehe Julie...I find that if I have a blog post up I end up sleeping late that night ! Thank you so much for the encouragement

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  21. Sonia, time to do it all is the downfall of us all. With all the new social media outlets, it seems I spend more time on the computer than in my craft room doing what I love. Add family and work into the mix and it is exhausting. Don't stop crafting, it is such good therapy. Create when you can and the same with the blog. Your flowers are wonderful and the colors devine! With the die and the golden butterflies, so lovely.

    Hugs
    Sue

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    1. Thank you so much Sue ...so good to hear I am not alone....and yes I think rather than stick to a schedule I should craft and blog when I can!!

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  22. My dear friend, I am delighted to see a post from you. Your card is stunning, in color and design! The flowers are beautiful, I adore the golden butterflies (especially atop he heart), and the heat-embossed musical script is exquisite. Lovely creation from your beautiful heart.

    I think many of us are in this same lack-of-time boat... and I'm glad you have chosen to stay. When I was away due to injury, I realized just how much time had been invested into the crafty community. It has become overwhelming to keep up with everyone everywhere and I finally had to make some changes. I was running myself into the ground. Most of my friends know my injury lingers and that my family keeps me very busy, so when I need a day or two away, they beautifully understand any delays. At most I post twice a week, usually only once, and I am amazed at people who do more than that. It is a delicate balance to keep this craftiness a joy and not a burden... and it is so important to enjoy other aspects of life, including precious moments with family. I think it's important for people to realize that their creations are being enjoyed, but a lot of people just don't have the time to leave notes on every project... particularly when they post a ton.

    I am thankful you have decided to stay because I truly cannot imagine this adventure without you! Your work inspires, but more importantly your *heart* is beautiful.

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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    1. Thank you so much for the supportive and very heartwarming words Karen. Last year I had taken on DT commitments and I think I was putting too much effort and making it all stressful. As you advice I think I will be able to manage to post once a week or so. I hope it works out as I dont want to stop blogging as I know I will miss all the camaraderie in blogland

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  23. Dr. Sonia, Namaste. I am so glad to be a subscriber of your blog. You make the most beautiful cards and inspire me to craft. I am about ready to try flowers. I have a few sizzix flower dies untouched but you are giving me the confidence to break them out. Thank you so much! Mike :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Mike...glad to be of some inspiration!

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  24. Hello Sonia ji...nice to see your creations again...Gorgeous card...love the flowers...Glad to know that you have decided to continue blogging... :D
    I understand how you feel...I have been going through the same for some time now...It so hard to find the balance...I think what is important is we should keep creating in some way ...even if it is for 5-10 mins a day....and even if we are not sharing it on a public platform...When I find it difficult to find time to craft...I spend a few mins on my Art journal...its a great stress buster....

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    1. Thank you so much Purvi...I do enjoy blogging and dont want to give it up yet. Its now 5 yrs since I started to blog!

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  25. Wonderful card! The flowers are so pretty and the card design is fab. Just post when you're able to and want to, we'll still be here. Your home life and work life must always come first. My health has had to come first and have only been able to post monthly but I still look at everyone's post and comment when I can. Blogging should be enjoyable not stressful so do what you have to, to lessen your stress. Take care, Debra x

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    1. Thank you so much for the support Debra yes since it is all a hobby for me I think I should not take any pressure at all .

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  26. Your flowers are just beautiful Sonia.I love the colours..gorgeous. I'm so glad you are going to stay around ..just post when you can..there is no pressure here..

    luv CHRISSYxx

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    1. Yes Chrissy ...I think that is the way I will take it...post when I can

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  27. Beautiful card with lovely flowers Dr.Sonia...Glad that you are continuing blogging.Your blog is inspiration for many of us.Enjoy crafting..Be happy...

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  28. Really a lovely card, and thanks for sharing Dr. Sonia.
    Wish you all the best and take care.
    Hugs from Elin

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  29. Hi, Sonia! I'm back with a different hat! Thanks for sharing your pretty project in the Scrapy Land Challenge! Hope you will join us again! hugs and blessings, de {Creative Smiles}

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  30. A gorgeous card Sonia, your flowers are beautiful.
    I find Facebook so time consuming, I only really go on it to catch up with my DT groups.
    Pauline
    x

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    1. Thank you Pauline...yes facebook is extremely time consuming

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  31. Absolutely beautiful Sonia, I love everything about your card. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck.
    Take care of yourself, Julie x

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  32. Gorgeous! Love the heart! It's so hard to balance it all! I also struggle to do all that I want to do!

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    1. Thank you Carri...yes I can imagine the time management issues you maybe hving what with creating such amazing skittles, running a Challenge blog and visiting your blogland friends too

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  33. This card is absolutely amazing!! There are so many details to see and I'm glad that you have shared some close views of each of them so I can admire it more closely!! :) Really amazing art work you've done here!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

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  34. Gorgeous card and the Flowers are so Beautiful Sonia..Loz

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  35. Wonderful card- love the embossed musical score and the flowers are lovely- and the gold balls add such an elegant touch! I hope your stressful tightrope walk ends soon- and you can get back to doing what we love to see so often- your crafty side : ) I work part time, so can squeeze in the creative time. I am most creative late at night : ) I have to really work hard to get crafty in the daylight hours!

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    1. Thank you so much Shelly...yes staying away from facebook is really working wonders for me!!

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  36. Sonia, how nice to see you again. Your card is stunning, as always. Life does get in the way of crafting, doesn't it? Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge

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  37. Hi dear..love love your card..especially the handmade flowers. .amazing color combination and arrangement. .
    Am glad you decided to continue blogging. I can very well relate with you..to be managing work..house..kid..it does take a toll on us. Need to take it easy dear. I just remind myself why I started blogging. ..coz I enjoy it. .so I should not try to stretch it too much that it becomes inconvenient. .though we do need to take time for creating..taking pictures. .writing the posts...
    Although I had no help in Sydney I could manage to take out time for these things. .very difficult to take out time in india though with all the social commitments. .so my friend I am in the same boat as you. .just keep going while you enjoy. .its ok to take a break somtimes ..you are loved and will be very much missed. . But don't stress out...all the best. .cheers

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    1. Hehe Lavina yes social commitments can steal a lot of time and honestly speaking as a family we give a miss to most functions and parties unless its close family!!

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  38. Oh! what a beautiful card, I love the gold balls in the centre of your flowers. Lovely colours too.

    I am always so impressed and inspired by your blog. I should hate not to see it, however lifestyle is so very difficult to get a balance and understand you having to cut down, I am retired and find it difficult to keep a balance on line, so having a family a job and try and keep up with what is after all a hobby, good on you. Perhaps we all should look at our balance on the computer.

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    1. Thank you so much for the supportive words Faith

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  39. Wow Sonia, this is just stunning!! I love the little beads you used to make the centers for your flowers, clever and gorgeous! The little gold butterflies are just darling, what a stunning summery garden card! hugs :)

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  40. Your card looks amazing! Love the flowers. So glad you shared it with us for the Scrapy Land Challenge.

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  41. Hi Sonia, I am very happy seeing you back. Your card is just fabulous, love the pretty flowers :)

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    1. So thrilled to have you visit Klaudia

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  42. The colors and general feel of this card is so pleasant and summery. Really lovely! NancyD

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  43. Hi Sonja, a beautiful card, I love how you've created the flowers.
    Hugs Erika.

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  44. the flowers and the colors are absolutely gorgeous
    warm hugs from california
    bibiana

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    1. Thank you so much Bibiana

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  45. What a beautiful card Sonia, such lovely colours, so pretty and the flowers are gorgeous!
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

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  46. Oh, LOVE so much this card!! Your heartfelt flowers are amazing!!! The little golden balls in the center make these flowers just fabulous!
    Don't stress yourself with blogland and enjoy your marvellous talent for craft! ...
    Take care! Hugs

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    1. Thank you so much for understanding!

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  47. Simply stunning! I love your beautiful flowers and those gold butterflies are the perfect touch. Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :)

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  48. Fabulous creation, love the whole design and colours are lovely.. .xx {The Journey Is The Start aNNie my personal blog}

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  49. A fabulous card Sonia! The flowers are beautiful and the butterflies give the card a special, breezy feel!

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  50. Hi Sonia.......this is such a beautiful card!
    So glad you have decided to continue blogging! For many of us blogging is a stress buster & provides immense satisfaction & am sure the same is true in your case too. Craft when you "can" rather than craft when you "must" !!!
    Its already been so long s

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    1. Yes I do love blogging but facebook became overwhelming and taking a break from it seems to have done a lot of good for me!

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  51. Beautiful card, fabulous flowers and colours! TFS

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  52. Your card is absolutely beautiful! What a lovely burst of color and great flower garden nestled into your lovely card! Your handmade flowers are incredible and look so lifelike! Stunning work ❤️

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  53. Hello, Sonia! This is such a beautiful card and the flowers are gorgeous! I love the flowers you make! The little gold butterflies are a lovely accent

    I am so sorry to read that you are struggling. I was having a hard time with it too - and I don't work now so I'm not sure how you are able to do it all! I have a few health problems with a chronic illness and I was feeling overwhelmed. How I handled it was by taking a break from my blog this summer. It really helped and now I feel like making cards again. I had completely lost my mojo when I got overwhelmed. I don't do much on facebook or other social media, just my blog, so I can't comment on those. Your projects are so incredible and beautiful so I am glad you decided continue to share with us. The break away from blogging worked well for me so maybe a break from facebook will work for you! Wishing you all the best!

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  54. So pretty flowers!! You are an inspiration for all of us. Your art work is just amazing!! Please don't go away from this beautiful blog land. I just wait for your new posts, to see those lovely pics of your art work & they are so encouraging to try out something new & get awesome ideas.
    Lots of love to you. Take care.

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  55. Beautiful card, lovely design, colors and elements. Thank you for joining us this week at HIMCR.

    Sue
    http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

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  56. Beautiful card. Love the colours you used and the design. The flowers are gorgeous.
    Thanks for joining in the blogiversary fun at Hiding in My Craft Room.
    ♥ Lena – DT
    Lena’s Creations

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  57. Thank you for adding your beautiful card to our August challenge. I love your hand made flowers, so beautiful and lovely coloured too.
    Sounds like you have made a wise decition in what you will prioritize for a while. There just isn't enough hours in the day to do it all. Just recently I realized that I had to stop working 24/7, so to speak, and set aside more time to spend with my beloved ones in the evenings and during weekends. This means that I've also spent less time on social media, but a nice result of my taking more time off is that I've been much more creative lately! Running a business on my own does take a lot of time, but there are things I can set aside for later... so I did :-) And it's silly, isn't it, to run a stamp biz but not having the time to use my own stamps.... but now I do, and it sure feels great! :-)

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  58. what a fabulous card!!

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  59. So lovely! Thank you so much for joining us over the Rubber Dance Challenge! Hugs, Susanne.

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  60. Your recent post directed me to this post, which I may have missed dye to my absence from the blog land. First of all, your card is gorgeous. You are truly a pro at making flowers !! The gold butterflies are an amazing add-on.
    About your time crunch issues, it seems like you've echoed my thoughts Dr. Sonia !! Even I'm feeling stressed out and find it really difficult to balance it all. My mojo is low and it has been a while since I've managed to make a decent card that I truly love and enjoyed making. I miss visiting my friends blogs and participating in the challenges . I think you've taken a wise decision to continue blogging . You have been an inspiration to so many of us. It feels so comforting to see my crafty friends' posts on my dashboard. I intend to manage my time and give more time to blogging as well. Hope you are feeling better now . :)

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    1. Jasleen I took a break from Facebook and resigned from my DT position at Crafters corner .....that gave me a huge mental breather and I bounced back. Taking a break from facebook actually made my blog stats shoot up which was rather surprising!!

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    2. Glad to know that being away from Facebook helped you. I think I should take a cue from that and try doing the same. Hopefully, I get my creative flow back. Thanks and take care. :)

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