I needed a card that would express hope for a friend, so the retired “Strength and Hope” stamp set came to mind. It isn’t often that a card comes together for me as easily as this one did. I love everything about this stamp set … it embodies grace and elegance along with hope.
I put a lot of thought into the layout, the colors, the upward embossed arrows, the changing colors in the butterflies (which, incidentally, were fussy cut) as well as the changing sizes of the Pearl jewels placed on the rising butterflies. There is a strengthening in the upward movement. Ok, maybe I am being fanciful, but I like it anyway!
Stamp Set(s): Strength & Hope (retired)
Paper: Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, Very Vanilla
Inks: Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, Sahara Sand
Tools and Accessories: Arrows TIEF, Lost Lagoon Silky Taffeta Ribbon, Venetian Crochet Ribbon, Pearl Jewels
This is such an easy card to assemble but lovely in its symbolic simplicity. Although this particular set is retired, there are other butterfly sets that could be used in lieu of this one. Some of these even have their own punches so that fussy cutting would not be necessary… definitely a perk!
By the way, my friend just found out this past week that the carcinoma was contained within the tumor that was removed, and she won’t need to go through chemo or radiation therapy. Such fantastic news! Now all I need to do is send the card…
Have fun stamping,