Michele, I love your cherry blossoms! I’m ready for Spring too (although I’m not enjoying the pollen that comes with it). The dogwood trees are starting to bloom around here, along with the pear trees and apple trees.
I’ve been struggling with my software also. I finally put in a ticket to tech support. I haven’t heard back from them yet but I’m stumbling upon some workarounds so I’m making a little progress. I’m working my way through the intermediate tutorials. When I get a little better I’m going to try The Lab. I created a plaid texture from one tutorial and I made a somewhat metal textured text. I played around with patterns and the brush tool. I’m kind of getting the hang of it now.