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Bamboo Beauty -- The Bamboo That Bends

Hello!

About 5 years ago I began working for a group of three financial advisors.  A couple of years ago they decided to expand their practice into a larger, more diverse group of advisors under the umbrella of a business group.  They did some research and determined that they would use the Bamboo as a part of the business logo.  The reasoning behind the use of bamboo is based upon "The Story of the Bamboo" posted on the practice's website:

A farmer plants a small seed in the ground, with great anticipation of growing a magnificent Chinese Bamboo Tree.  He waters it. He fertilizes it.  At the end of the first year, he visits the spot where he planted the seed, but finds nothing.

The second year passes. The farmer waters. He fertilizes. Still nothing.  Third year, same. Water. Fertilizer. Nothing.  At the end of the fourth year - not even a sprout. Despite the ridicule from his friends, family, and fellow farmers, the farmer keeps believing... and watering... and fertilizing.

Another year passes. The end of year 5 comes, and - wait. What? Could it be? He checks to make sure he's gone back to the same exact spot where he planted the seed, but everything looks different!  Sometime during the season (in a period of about six weeks), the farmer's Chinese bamboo tree has grown to a height of nearly ninety feet!

Question: Did the bamboo grow ninety feet in six weeks? Or five years?  You know the answer. It was growing all along, expanding its root system under the tender loving care of a faithful farmer who was committed, hopeful, determined, and willing to diligently do the hard work that would produce this magnificent result. Had that root system not been established during those five years, there would not have been nearly enough strength to support that kind of growth.

Needless to say, when I saw the Bamboo Beauty stamp set in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog, I quickly put it on my Wish List.  I have always loved the strong, clean lines of bamboo and the sentiments included with this stamp set are just lovely.

BambooBeauty_TheBambooThatBends

This card begins with a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The thick and thin bamboo stalks were randomly stamped along the left half of the panel using Garden Green ink.  The large and small leaf groupings were stamped among the stalks using Garden Green ink.  The panel was embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder and then matted with a slightly larger mat of Gold Foil Sheets.  The panels were adhered at the center of the Soft Suede card front.

Gold Cord from the Simply Elegant Trim was adhered to the card front in loose loops near the lower right side of the bamboo panel.  The "The Bamboo that bends is Stronger than the Oak that Breaks" sentiment was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Soft Suede ink.  The sentiment was die cut with the narrow rectangular die from the Tasteful Labels dies.  The sentiment label was adhered over the gold cord using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The bottom edge of the label is 3/4" above the bottom edge of the Very Vanilla panel and the right side of the label is 1/4" from the right side of the Very Vanilla panel.  

BambooBeauty_TheBambooThatBends_Inside

The large and small bamboo stalks were stamped along the left side of a Very Vanilla panel using Garden Green ink.  The small leaf grouping was stamped in between the two stalks using Garden Green ink.  The panel was adhered at the center of the inside sentiment area of the card base.

The "Sending Caring Thoughts" sentiment was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Soft Suede ink.  The sentiment was die cut using the small starburst circle die from the Tasteful Labels dies.  A piece of Gold Foil Sheets and a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock were die cut with the 1-3/8" circle die from the Layering Circles dies.  The Gold Foil Sheets circle was die cut again with the small starburst circle centered inside the Gold Foil circle to create a circle rim.  The Very Vanilla 1-3/8" circle was covered in Stampin' Seal and the Gold Foil circle rim was adhered to the Very Vanilla circle ensuring that the edges of the Gold Foil circle rim is flush with the edges of the Very Vanilla circle.  The sentiment die cut was then adhered inside the Gold Foil circle rim.  The sentiment was adhered at the upper center of the Very Vanilla panel.  

BambooBeauty_TheBambooThatBends_Envelope

The large and small bamboo stalks were stamped along the left side of a Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Garden Green ink.  The small leaf grouping was stamped in between the two stalks using Garden Green ink. 

I'll be back in a couple of days with another sample using this great stamp set.

Robertssiggy

Card Measurements

Very Vanilla:  3-3/4" x 5", 2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4", 2 @ 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"; Soft Suede:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Gold Foil Sheets:  4" x 5-1/4", 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"; Simply Elegant Trim (Gold Cord):  23"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  Bamboo Beauty; Inks:  Garden Green, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  Simply Elegant Trim (Gold Cord); Tools:  Tasteful Labels dies, Layering Circles dies, Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope

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