Welcome to the next stop on the #spreadjoynotgerms blog hop. My card for this hop features the Brutus Monroe stencil and stamp of the month for April.

Holding onto Hope

I chose a serene blue palette for this card and a beautiful message of hope to help the recipient remember that there will be brighter days ahead.

How I Made This 6″x6″ Card

  • I applied pale blue ink to the stencil using a sponge dauber & stamped the sentiment in navy ink.
  • I stamped the butterfly image in a waterproof ink on watercolor paper & painted it in blue hues of watercolor paint.
  • When dry, I fussy cut the butterfly, popped it up on foam tape, and bent the wings forward to give it dimension.

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249 thoughts on “#spreadjoynotgerms

    1. I’m holding onto hope by praying for my family and friends, some who live in the hotspots.

      Your card is peaceful. You can never go wrong with words from Emily. She was a very gift writer.

      Stay safe!

      1. Thank you, Deborah. Wishing the best for you, your family, and friends.

  1. Very, very pretty background blending and butterfly coloring. I like the sentiment as well!

  2. DELIGHTFUL card!
    LOVE your sentiment, butterfly and beautiful blue stencilling!
    Thank You for sharing and INSPIRING 🙂

  3. Your blue card is very calming and lovely! I’m making cards and sending them to friends and family. We could all use a little happy mail right now!

    1. Thank you. Absolutely–we could all use some happy mail right now. Thanks for reaching out to friends and family and helping them stay connected.

  4. I love the stencil you used on this card! Beautiful colors. To keep sane I am staying busy, not wasting a minute of my day. I am making cards, cooking meals, and doing the small amount of “real” work I get on occasion. In the evening we are watching a lot of Netflix. Bible studies are also helpful.

    1. Thank you, Lynn. I love your positivity–it makes a huge difference in how we shape our lives. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Such a beautiful card. The colors on it are so pretty. Hopefully I can make cards and send them out to brighten my friends & family during this difficult time. Thanks for your inspiration.

  6. Very sweet card. Love that background. It is hard to keep holding on to hope as each day goes by with not end in sight. But I am a numbers gal and I see that we are doing a great job keeping the numbers below what was projected. That give me hope that we can start doing some normal stuff soon. We joke a lot about things, like leap year is all of 2020. My family copes with things better with a little humor added in to the tough situation.

    1. Thank you. There’s so much wisdom in your approach, Teresa. Really appreciate you sharing how you’re coping. Applauding you for keeping a sense of humor!

  7. Thank you for participating in this excellent way to encourage stay-at-home! I love the color blue; it truly is such a serene hue. It’s just me and my husband in our home, so I try to do small things to brighten his day. Yesterday I folded and put away his laundry since it’s one of his least favorite things to do.

    1. Thank you. I love that, Jennifer–we should all do things every day to brighten someone’s day!

  8. Such a beautiful sweet card with a great message. We are baking to spread joy to others. I’m loving spending quality time with my kids. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much. I love the idea of baking to spread joy! Sounds like some lovely family time, too. How wonderful!

  9. I just love your beautiful blue card.. Thanks for sharing it. I am making lots of phone calls and cards to stay in touch with my family and friends. Your card gives me some inspiration. Please stay safe.

    1. Thank you, Karen. Glad that you’re keeping in touch with others so much–it makes such a difference in challenging times.

  10. Beautiful I love it!! i sent 60 hand made cards to the local manor to try to bring them some cheer in this troubling isolated time we are in!

  11. Lovely card and a wonderful sentiment. I’ve been making and mailing handmade cards to friends and family across the miles to brighten their day! Thanks for a wonderful hop and the inspiration!

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