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Shalini Pahwa

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Thinking of You Floral Card

October 11, 2017

Dear Friends,

Flowers have the power to reflect our deepest emotions. They are used to convey love, gratitude, to celebrate and to mourn.

Today I chose the hydrangea and peony to express sympathy and support for those who grieve right now, for even at times of loss the beauty of flowers can provide solace and bring joy. The hydrangea represents heartfelt emotions, the peony stands for family honor and love.

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Celebration Treat Box with Susan’s Garden Notes Dahlia

September 27, 2017

Hello Dear Friends,

September marks the beginning of the fall season, accentuating life’s fleeting nature and the spirit of letting go, starting anew. I am in love with this season because it is the beginning of a protracted festival season in India, the time of year where we not only invite light into our homes by lighting candles and our fireplaces, but also bring light into our lives by inviting our friends and family over to share in laughter, music, singing, dancing, food and drink. We clean our homes, open our hearts, and cleanse our souls of past misgivings – just like the trees letting go of old leaves, knowing that fresh new green life will follow.

I have created a Treat Bag to help make the gatherings memorable, the brand new Susan’s Garden Notes Dahlia to make my flowers. Here in India, the Dahlia is considered to the flower of the Fall, symbolizing being graceful under pressure and achieving success against all odds. I chose fall hues in shades of yellow and orange to heighten the effect of the season.

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Celebration with Susan’s Garden Tuberous Begonia

August 30, 2017

Hello Dear Friends,

Celebration is not a specific human phenomenon. The fluttering birds, the dancing leaves, the sprinkling droplets of water, the dance of the animals, the roar of clouds, even the inconsequential insects find reasons to celebrate. God has however, given us, humans, a much larger proportion of reasons to rejoice our existence, our civilized bondings, our togetherness and our victories.

In the urban changing lifestyles fraught with stress and pressures, we should find every reason to get together with our loved ones and celebrate our special moments and our smallest of victories. My creation today is a thematic card dedicated to the spirit of celebrations on each such small occasion. Let’s all ease out our burdens and strains and join our loved ones for such celebrations… Cheers!!!!

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Day Lily Thank You Card

July 26, 2017

Hello Dear Friends,

“The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,

The humble sheet a threat’ning horn:

While the Lily white shall in love delight,

Nor a thorn nor a thread stain her beauty bright.”

The above ode to this exquisite flower by famous romantic poet William Blake signifies the love for lilies that people have had for centuries. The Day Lily symbolizes innocence, purity and thankfulness. It’s a flower used not only as a prenatal gift to expecting mothers but also as an anniversary gift and for other occasions, too.

Today I present to you a card using this immensely captivating flower. This card is for all of my friends, thanking them for being a vital part of my life’s journey.

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Miss You – Garden Notes Dahlia Card

June 27, 2017

“My heart never knew loneliness… until you went away…”

Dear Friends,

In this age of faster communications, the Internet, messaging apps and social media platforms, it is easy to be connected to the people we love. But the fact remains that showing emotions has always been difficult, even with all of these new modes of communication.

Today I bring to you a lovely hand-crafted card that is a unique way to send a heartfelt message.

I have used the dahlia flower as the central theme. The dahlia is a symbol of inner strength, creativity and standing strong in your sacred values. Dahlia flowers also symbolize a commitment and bond that lasts forever, just like the bond of friendship with the one for whom you are creating this special project.

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“HELLO” – SUNSHINE TULIP CARD

May 30, 2017

“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different…

It doesn’t have to. Its different…”

These lines from America’s celebrated spiritual teacher and author Marianne Williamson describes the spirit of the Tulip flower. Tulips have been known since centuries as the symbol of perfect endearing love between partners or family members.

Today I dedicate this card to the bonhomie I share with a childhood friend of mine whom I have connected with after almost 30 years. I have used Yellow tulips in this card as they mean “there’s a sunshine in your smile”. Yellow tulip is a great medium to express affection and care for your friends and loved ones. I dedicate this card not only to my friend but also all my fellow designers as a mark of warmth and camaraderie I share with each one of you.

This “Hello ” card is a layered card.

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Thinking of You with Roses

April 21, 2017

Hello Dear Friends,

Shalini Pahwa here. A rose is a symbol of love. There is no better way to express your love, gratitude or appreciation to someone than to give them a bouquet of roses.

Since my childhood I have been enamored of roses. Seeing the new Garden Notes Rose 3 die set by Susan Tierney-Cockburn from the Susan’s Garden collection gave me a new way to use my own creativity to express my love for these wonderful flowers.

This Thinking of You with Roses card is a way to celebrate both the amazing flower and the amazing die.

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Tiger Lily Birthday Card

March 28, 2017

Dear Friends,

Shalini Pahwa here. A birthday is one of the most important and eagerly awaited days of the year for all of us. Even in this age of advanced technology with a plethora of options for communicating and sending gifts, I still feel that a bouquet of flowers, delivered with a personal message, is the best way to deliver birthday wishes. But if there is a distance between you and your loved one, a card with a bouquet of beautiful handmade paper flowers is a wonderful way to express your emotions – and it is sure to become a cherished gift.

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So Sweet – Garden Notes Hydrangea from Susan’s Garden

February 17, 2017

Wishing all my friends and fellow crafters a very good day.

Where I live the spring season is in full bloom, marking the end of a hard winter season and the beginning of fresh sunny weather ahead. The spring season brings vibrantly colored flowers that dot the fields and gardens. Flowers brighten our lives with their beauty. One such flower is the hydrangea – also known as the water flower. Hydrangeas signify heartfelt emotions, gratitude and thanksgiving to one you care for, as well as abundance and prosperity. With these emotions in mind I have created this card with the hydrangea as the central theme.

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Memory Never Fades

January 30, 2017

“Like an old photograph
Time can make a feeling fade
But the memory . . .
Never fades away.”

Hello Dear Friends, Shalini Pahwa here and welcome to my first post on the ECD blog. I’m super excited to be here. The above lyrics from American singer, songwriter and actor Tim McGraw are the essence of my latest creation. I have made this from an old hollowed-out table clock and I chose faded, antique looking colors to give it a worn look. I decorated it with flowers made with dies from the exquisite Susan’s Garden Club collection. This creation of mine is a reflection of what one really wants to hold onto in life – the reminiscence of good times past, incorporating those experiences and what we have learned from them into the present.

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