Monday, January 3, 2011

Yes, But What Does It Mean?


I was moved to make a card using a newish, uninked, mini stamp set of mine, but after my usual "love at first sight" attraction to this sentiment (as with most things Papertrey Ink) and only upon completion of this card, I realized that I had no real idea what it meant.  I recall the very moment I saw "Bloom and Grow Forever" and thought, awww, that's lovely, but in hindsight and with my marvelous newfound 20/20 vision, I really don't know what or whom this sentiment was designed for, let alone what it means.  How strange.  Is it a sentiment for new moms or moms-to be, budding florists or crazed horticulturists (yes, one must be specifically crazed whilst in the horticultural industry in order to get a card from me),  young explorers (I hear that the monicker travellers is so passé) or what?

Truth be told I completely made a card and have no idea what or whom it is designed for due to my incomprehension of the sentiment used.  Silly me.  I must have been caught up in the euphoric haze of cardmaking.  Have you ever had this happen to you?

Ooh, and if you do know what this sentiment really means, please let this bewildered cardmaker know.  I did have fun making this card though and was definitely moved and inspired as is the case while papercrafting, but I sure wouldn't mind knowing what in the heck this sentiment actually means. I can already hear my husband saying now, "Well, if you don't know what's in your head, what hope have I got?"  So rest assured that reply is already taken.  *wink*  Bless.

Bloom & Grow Forever Card:


  • Stamps:  PTI Signature Series:  Butterfly, Hero Arts 
  • Paper:  PTI Fine Linen, Basic Grey & 7 Gypsies DSP, Leather-look embossed paper, Handmade Japanese Paper
  • Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa and Rhubarb, Distress Ink in Antique Linen
  • Accessories:  Tim Holtz Tattered Florals and On The Edge  Dies, My Favorite Things Rolled Flower Die and Crochet Border Die, Kiesercraft pearls, PTI Bakers Twine
Thanks so much for stopping by and having a look.  I do appreciate it so.

12 comments:

Ted said...

Jen, this is wonderful! I love the unique shape - so creative. The background is also quite elegant. :)

Jen Carter said...

This card is so pretty and unique in its shape! Bloom & Grow forever...I think it is a type of encouragement sentiment. Like keep on keeping on, keep up the good work. It can be about personal growth too I think. So it would be appropriate for someone who is striving for a goal or working to "better" themselves in some way. I think it is also appropriate for wishing someone well, kind of like a blessing of some sort which would make it appropriate for a friend. (just ideas here, lol!!)

Cathy Weber said...

You crack me up Jen. I love the card and to me, bloom and grow forever fits all of us crafters who are trying new things, learning new techniques and stretching ourselves in new directions in our crafting hobby. Of coursse, I think of everything in terms of stamping and crafting these days. It probably means something totally different. Great card. Keep'em coming.

Terri said...

Great card. Love the flower. I think that card would be great for someone that gardens.

Becky said...

This card is just gorgeous, Jen! I love the shape, and the colors are so beautiful together too.

The first thing that comes to mind when I see that sentiment (besides Edelweiss) is for graduation, or maybe more specifically, what comes after. It makes me think of starting college, or starting your first job; kind of a personal blooming of your life, if that makes sense? Also, I think it would be a good wedding sentiment, in that you hope their love and relationship is always growing? I think it's a beautiful sentiment, even if it's a bit hard to understand. ;)

Heidi said...

I have no idea what it means either and I hadn't even thought about it until you pointed it out Jen! But your card is beautiful and unique with the cool shape and elements!!

nancy jane said...

Jen, it didn't make a difference that you didn't know what was meant by 'bloom and grow forever' when you made the card. It still turned out lovely. And I think that your design works beautifully with the sentiment.

I believe Dawn chose that sentiment because it comes from one of her favorite musicals, The Sound of Music. The phrase comes from the song Edelweiss and is political in nature, symbolizing Captain von Trapp's belief that Austria will overcome the Nazi invaders. The lyrics are simple and quite lovely. All that aside, I could see it being used for any type of relationship - lovers, child, even friendship.

Monica K. said...

Your card is amazing, Jen! I love it!! The handmade flower is awesome. That sentiment is from the song Edelweiss from The Sound of Music. It is one of my most favorite songs. I think the sentiment would be perfect for a spring wedding. It is a wonderful metaphor connecting the growing of a flower and the growing of love, don't you think? Either way, your card is so beautiful!

Tracey Malnofski said...

Your blog is beautiful. Just take it a day at a time. We all start somewhere!
TFS
Tracey vis SCS

Anna (doctorfoodie) said...

Beautiful card!! Welcome to the blog world!

Smita said...

I am not too sure what the sentiment exactly means... you could interpret it as per convenience and the hour I guess!

I love your card, especially the gorgeous flower an the pretty background!
Hope you are having a great vacation!

Hugs from India,
Smita

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Gorgeous card! Love the lacy trim and beautiful 3D flower :)