Thursday, January 16, 2014

Heartfelt Sympathy

It is time for another CCEE Stampers challenge and it is a challenge!

Sabrina is our challenge hostess this month and this time she has an inspiration challenge BUT with a difference. Most inspiration challenges are photos  - but Sabrina has chosen a poem which is full of visual imagery.

So be inspired by any of the images in the following poem to make a card and play along with us over at CCEE Stampers Blog.

Ars Poetica
by Archibald MacLeish

A poem should be palpable and mute

As a globed fruit,


As old medallions to the thumb,

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone

Of casement ledges where the moss has grown—

A poem should be wordless

As the flight of birds.


A poem should be motionless in time

As the moon climbs,

Leaving, as the moon releases

Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,

Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,

Memory by memory the mind—

A poem should be motionless in time

As the moon climbs.


A poem should be equal to:

Not true.

For all the history of grief

An empty doorway and a maple leaf.

For love

The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea—

A poem should not mean

But be.

It took me a while to figure out how to be inspired by the poem. Everyone else seemed to be going with the tree and moon lines and could you believe that I don’t own a tree stamp? So I settled on two different lines “For all the history of grief” and “The leaning grasses….”

Pulled out some grass stamps, yes, stamps, as there are two different grass stamps used in the card. Add the stamp that had some dandelions leaning. Colored them with copics and added a little yellow sparkle to the middle of the flowers. Stamped the Sympathy sentiment off to the side. Used a black sharpie for a faux layer of black.


Don’t forget to check out the CCEE Stampers Blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired by the poem.


          Thanks for stopping by!



Vicky Gould said...

Well thought out and executed, Amber. Beautiful sympathy card.

Lois said...

A lovely sympathy card, Amber.

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

I love the leaning grasses. Very creative, Amber!

Sabrina said...

I'm glad you brought out the grasses, Amber. I was thinking for sure that with so many people (not me!!) having window dies that somebody would go for a weathered, worn window. Very smart of you indeed to tie in the "grief" and make a sympathy card; the dandelion seed head works so wonderfully with that idea too.

Joanne (jojot) said...

a DAS and classy sympathy card