In Full Bloom

I have to tell you, stamping has been a real challenge these last few days.  My husband is on a business trip in Florida all week, and go figure, that’s when as per Murphy’s law, everything that can go wrong is going wrong, and the things that are going wrong are all “husband” things! Of all the things going wrong the worst of all of them is that my kitchen has been overrun with ants! These ants are unlike ones I’ve seen before, they are so small that upon first glance they almost look like bread crumbs.  I can’t figure out where they’re coming in.  First they were in the cupboard that holds all my cutting boards, I got rid of them.  The next day they were all over the floor underneath the counter.  Day 3 they were all over the counter.  Today, there were several hundred inside my dishwasher.  How gross is that?   Then, there’s the wasp’s nest in the kid’s playstructure – what in heaven’s name am I supposed to do about that?!  Oh well, thanks for your patience with my ranting!  This card is a color combination that I’ve never tried before: Pale Plum, Elegant Eggplant and Sage Shadow.  I used the In Full Bloom stamp set which is on the retiring list and the Circle of Friendship stamp set for the greeting. I used a combination of colors for the main image: pale plum and elegant eggplant for the petals, Barely Banana and Apricot Appeal for the flower center and Sage Shadow and Handsome Hunter for the stem and petals.  I find the addition of a slightly darker color seems to give the image more depth.  To get the look of some of the epoxy flower stickers I’ve seen at Michael’s I coated the flower center and petals with crystal effects – it doesn’t show up too well in the picture, but looks really nice in real life!  The ribbon is eggplant grosgrain, narrow white organdy and silver cord.  As a final touch I added a couple of silver brads. The leaf on the left is mounted on a dimensional and the flower is mounted on a double dimensional. Click on the picture for a listing of supplies.  Thanks for looking!