March 21, 2011
This month my name was drawn as Stamper of the Month (random drawing) at Midweststampers.com. Last week I received my prize box of goodies. It was filled with ribbon, paper, embellishments, mounted stamps, unmounted stamps and more. In the various unmounted images there was a black rubber image of what looked like a Japanese block print design. It was from a company called Onyx Xpressions, which I later found out is a mail order stamp company in Houston. I love their images.
The image inspired me to make a card (actually, I made four), and love how it stamps. I started with a red 5" x 5" base card. I added some decorative black and white floral paper to the top of the card and a thin black strip below the paper. I stamped the bird image in black on glossy white card stock then backed it with the same red I used for the card. I placed it to the left side then stamped 'for you' (SU) to the right. I love this card!
March 8, 2011
I love making square cards and I really like this layout for the current Stamping 411 Sketch Challange. I just purchased a new (solid image) Gerbera Daisy rubber stamp (Rubber Stampede) so wanted to use it to make a card for a baby shower in the colors pink and blue.
I started with a 6" x 6" blue base card. I added some pink decorative paper and a bottom layer of printed cardstock (baby-themed). I added a blue polka dot ribbon across the center then added a smaller blue and pink square to the center of the card.
The Gerbera Daisy is a solid image stamp, so I colored it with Marvy markers and stamped it onto glossy card stock. I then die cut it with a circle die and attached it to the center of the smaller square. I added three gold brads to the top left side of the card and a larger brad to the ribbon.
March 7, 2011
I've received many cards over the years, and some I keep displayed to give me inspiration. This is one of those cards. It's a birthday card I received from Kay Kalthoff several years ago. I love the creative way she used pop dots to layer the leaves and flowers and then added the ladybugs along the swirled flourish. I think it was one of the first dimensional cards I ever received and I still love the design and layout of it. I came across her blog the other day so wanted to share it with you. Check out her blog by clicking here...Stamping to Share.