Roses & Beethoven
I’m on a garden & arts roll lately. Monday it was Van Gogh in the garden; today, it’s Beethoven.
Both of these sets – Graceful Garden and Sheet Music – are two that I wanted as soon as I saw the catalog. I love roses. I love all flowers, actually, but my parents have always had rose bushes surrounding their house, so roses have a special place in my heart. And there were wild roses by the driveway in Mike’s and my first home. Usually when he came home, I’d watch him pick a rose from the bush to give to me. It was such a sweet gesture, and always warmed my heart.
Funny story. Years and years ago, I won a rose bush at a luncheon I attended during our Apple Blossom Festival. I brought it home, and, because I was too young to plant it (and clueless as well), Dad planted it, nurtured it, and coaxed the most gorgeous blooms from it. When Dad & Mom moved, the bush moved with them. Whenever I’m at the house or Mom drops by here, she offers me a bouquet of “my roses.” All I did was win the bush; Dad & Mom have done all the rest – but it’s still “Buffy’s rose.” I think that’s so sweet.
That bush must give thanks daily that it found a home with my parents and not me. My only other experience with roses ended up with me taking the remnants back to the store for a refund. The man at the counter looked at what I placed on the counter, looked at me, looked at the counter, then asked, “What was it?” In my defense, our neighbor (on the other side of the fence from the roses) sprayed grass killer on the fence grass, and I think it drifted over onto my roses. That’s my story anyway.
Back to my card — I inked the rose with Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers, then stamped it in the center of a Watercolor Paper panel. I used an Aqua Painter to pull color into the rose. While it was drying, I stamped the rose again on scrap paper, then cut it out – very roughly – to create a mask. I placed the mask over the rose, then stamped the Sheet Music (which is Beethoven’s Für Elise) in Soft Sky ink. So easy! All it needed was a little ribbon. I didn’t want to cover a lot of the rose, so I juse added an Island Indigo Ombré bow.
This turned out exactly as I pictured it in my mind. I love it when that happens!
Don’t forget Christmas in July and Bonus Days in July! If you join my team, you’ll get extra goodies in your Demonstrator Starter Kit – a Bone Folder, Grid Paper, Paper Snips, two “D” Blocks, SNAIL Adhesive, and the brand new (not even released yet) Carols for Christmas stamp set.
Also in July – Bonus Days are back. For every $50 you spend in July (at one time, and before tax and shipping), you’ll get a $5 coupon to spend in August. It’s a win/win!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!