Thursday, August 4, 2011

Gift of Joy

This beautiful Stampendous Blossom Spray stamp reminds me of my next door neighbor’s garden. Jann’s garden is one of the nicest I have ever seen with walkways and benches, constant color and beauty. I know it gives her great joy working in her flower beds. I also know it gives everyone who passes by joy just by soaking in its beauty. And then they get to my house. A flat of dead geraniums still sits dry and crunchy on my stoop, all of my good intentions of planting gone. My garden is sad. My roses have black spot, my hydrangeas never bloomed. Whether it was the heat or the rain or the blues, I just haven’t felt like gardening this year. The amazing thing about it is I am not only blessed with my neighbor’s beautiful garden, I am blessed with a beautiful neighbor. Jann always comments on how pretty my lone blooming flower is and she is sincere. She always knows when I’m blue and invites me out for coffee (I think she can gage how I’m feeling based on my flower beds). She is the most warm-hearted person I know, always putting others first. She exudes beauty. I made this card for Jann as a way of saying thanks for caring and being my neighbor.

Thanks for visiting!

Stampendous Supplies:
Cling Blossom Spray CRP136
Garden Beauty SSC1113 (sentiment)

Other Supplies:
Ribbon: May Arts EA14
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black; Ranger Distress Ink in Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed
Paper: Canson Watercolor; cardstock (unknown)
Miscellaneous: Perfect Pearls Mist in Perfect Pearls; Copic Marker BV000; Inkssentials Craft Sheet; Tsukineko Fantastix Coloring Tool

Card Notes:
Create a card base by scoring a 9” x 8” piece of white cardstock. Card dimensions should be 9” x 4”.
Cut both a mat and image panel to fit the card base.
Stamp the Blossom Spray stamp several times on the panel using Archival Jet Black ink.
Create a paint palette by stamping the distress ink pads directly onto a craft sheet, leaving space between each color.
Spritz Perfect Pearls Mist directly over each of your stamped colors.
Using a coloring tool, pick up color from the craft sheet and color the blossom image. Set aside to dry.
Stamp the sentiment in Archival Jet Black ink.
“Color” the ribbon with the Copic marker, let try, and then create a bow.
Assemble the card.

I entered this card in the current CAS-ual Fridays Challenge.


  1. Beautiful! I'm sure your neighbor will love the card. Good luck with the challenge!

  2. Wow, this is breathtaking! Very elegant. I love all of the white space as it really highlights the floral spray. Marvelous work! Hugz, Cheryl

  3. This is such a beautiful card, love it :)

  4. Melinda, your card is so very beautiful and so elegant!