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. What a beautiful thing to say, Jane. Putting this blog hop together was such a great idea. I know Catherine Pooler’s team worked so hard on it. It gives me hope as well.

  1. Lovely card – beautiful sentiments! I have been crafting (a lot) during this pandemic – trying hard to be patient with myself and my boys while we wait and not fly off into anxiety mood!

    1. Thank you, Allison. Crafting is such a great outlet, isn’t it? Do your kids craft with you? Best wishes for you and your family.

    1. Thank you, Lisa. I find blue so soothing–I use blue more than any other color. I don’t intend to, but it usually turns out that way.

  2. One of my most favorite sayings! Beautiful card. As for me… trying to do all I can as caregiver and phone calls and cards. Masks, Planning to tie surprises on neighbors doors. Please be well and safe!

    1. One of my favorite sayings as well, Carol. Thank you for taking care of others so well–I love that you tie surprises on neighbors’ doors. Hope you’re taking care of yourself as well.

    1. Thanks so much, Teri. The blue seemed to go with the feel of that quote. Love Emily’s poetry.

  3. Absolutely love this card. Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve been making it a point to take time for crafting since it’s relaxing and distracting. I’ve send cards to friends, but have been primarily sending friends and family texts, gifs and happy quotes a few times a week.

    1. Thank you, Laurie. Yay–so glad you’re reaching out so much. I’m sure it brightens your friends’ and family’s day and helps them through.

  4. Beautiful card!! Love the blue color. I think thru this time my son is the one who keeps me hopeful. Especially when it comes to his school work. I appreciate his teachers more. And art and creating keep me going thru this. Keeps my mind busy and hope alive.

  5. Gorgeous creation! I am social distancing and crafting to hold on to hope.
    Awesome event to spread Joy during these uncertain times! Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Thanks so much. Glad you’ve got an outlet during this time. Thanks for joining us on the hop!

  6. So creative and so inspiring. We’re doing house projects and getting outside a lot. Otherwise I’m crafting a lot too. We’re doing all the things a lot. Lol

  7. I’m not sure my comment posted. Sorry if I doubling. Your cards very pretty and inspiring. We’re doing all things a lot, lol. Outside, house projects and I’m crafting.

  8. Your card is absolutely gorgeous! I really love the sentiment too! It’s so beautiful. I have been very busy making cards to send out for birthdays and getting started on my Xmas cards too! I make over 50 Xmas cards every year to send out to friends and family. I’ve also been face-timing with family and friends. Thanks for spreading some joy today and being part of this amazing hop!

    1. Wow, how great that you’re connecting with people so much, Roberta! And I’m impressed by the serious jump you have on your Christmas cards!

  9. such a pretty card and sentiment – I am holding onto hope that people I know are using their common sense and staying safe inside:)

  10. Love the pale blue background and the sentiment, who doesn’t love Emily Dickinson. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Love the sentiment on this card and I am a sentiment ho! I’m sending snail mailed cards with humorous and uplifting quotes, as well as just hello, miss your face, etc. cards. As a card maker, I’ve got a stash and I love knowing that when someone opens a card, they know they’ve received a hug with a fold and that I thought of them specifially!

  12. This is so beautiful! I love that fabulous stenciled background; the frame is really cool! I’ve been sending out cards to people at our church to encourage them as we can’t get together right now.

    1. Thank you, Heather. I’m sure your cards are a huge comfort to your friends. Thanks for putting so much love out there.

  13. Pretty background design and butterfly! Love the sentiment!
    I am helping out a friend who lives nearby. She’s at high risk, so I offer to help her out if she needs something.

    1. Thank you! It’s so great that you’re helping your neighbor-thanks so much for doing that.

  14. This is a beautiful card. Soft blue tone stenciled background accented with a pretty buttefly with a great message. The perfect card. I’m so grateful to have my family and friends to video or chat with on a regular basis. It helps to keep a level of normalcy. I still love making and sending thinking of you cards and birthday cards whenever I can. TFS!

    1. Thank you, Bonnie. You have such a beautiful energy–I’m sure you make your family and friends light up inside. Thanks for shining your light so beautifully.

  15. This is so pretty and elegant. I love it!
    I try to send more cards these days to spread some joy. I also talk to my family more often on the phone and with my friends as well.

    1. Thank you, Cebelica. Yay for the increased connection! That’s such a great silver lining in all of this…

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