You may be wondering a bit about the title for this post. I have what I call a “black thumb” because I am absolutely horrible at caring for house plants. I’m also not great with outdoor plants, but at least the weather helps me (usually) to keep them watered to they do ok for the season. But for indoor plants, entering my house is a death sentence. For Christmas and Easter I purchased flowers (along with several fellow parishioners) to decorate the front of the church for the season. After the services were over, we were able to take the plants home. Envision the ominous sound of a movie with a bad fate looming. The poinsettia fared pretty well… for 2 months before it finally gave up the ghost. The hydrangea from Easter is already starting to look kinda sad. I was hoping that one may survive long enough so I could transplant it outside, but that may not happen. So… stamped plants are the only ones that will have longevity in my house!

This was the “simpler” card that the South Burlington stamp group created in April. Since I had prepared all of the diecuts for the daffodil card, this one really should have been the card that we tackled first when the group was freshest. It all went fine, but this one did take a bit longer than the first card. There’s a fair bit of stamping and diecutting, and a bit of alignment is required to stamp the background plants on the patterned paper behind the 2 larger pots.

I used the bottom right card sample in this photo as the inspiration for my card. That is one of the really great things about the Stampin’ Up! catalogs – they are great sources for ideas for your own creations. For this card, I decided to lift the design completely and do a full CASE of the sample on page 80 of the 2021-22 Annual catalog. You may be wondering what CASE stands for… it is Copy And Stamp Everything. There are some differences that may not be obvious at first glance when you look at the card I created. The catalog sample used diecuts from the Bloom Where You’re Planted patterned paper, and the background brick paper was from the same paper pack. I didn’t purchase that paper, so I used a tile pattern from the In Good Taste DSP for the background and stamped all of the images for the plants. I think it’s a pretty good reproduction of the sample with the supplies that I have on hand.

Finally, today is the last day to purchase retiring items from the 2021-22 Annual Catalog. Some items are already unavailable, but there are still a bunch of great products that are available. That includes ink and cardstock for two of the retiring In Colors that I used here: Just Jade and Cinnamon Cider. Also, there are some great deals on some of the retiring products – you can check them out here. If you’re placing an order < $150, please apply Host Code PBG2BD6D when you check out. You can find the spot to add the code in the upper-right corner of the Shopping Cart page.

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