Wednesday, 26 May 2010

A tale of two stamps

I'm lucky enough to have a DH who will go to the local craft shop and buy me things for birthday and Christmas. Last Christmas he bought me a really unusual Hero Arts stamp, the first of the Clings that I had seen, a negative of a field of flowers. I stamped it out a few times and really liked it, brayered inks across the surface and did a few other things. Set it to one side, as you do, then when I wanted to use it, around March time, it had vanished. I turned my craft room upside down, DH looked everywhere, I looked everywhere, with no luck. In the end, yesterday, I admitted defeat and bought another Cling as a substitute. I joked in the shop that now I'd bought another the original would turn up. This afternoon, lifting down one of my ring binders of stamps, I noticed something on the shelf. Yes, the Cling had reappeared on the shelf that had been searched many times. Deeply weird; perhaps it was abducted by aliens who wanted to make cards...

So in celebration of its return I've made two cards:).
Card number 1 uses the new Cling of a bird in a circle on top of text. I've cut out and popped up the circle; flowers and bird are coloured with Copics, the background are sponged with Distress Ink. I used my MS hydrangea punch on the bottom of the mat for the image, the DP is Basic Grey Capella, I've dry embossed a couple of bits of pink pearlescent card and addded pearls to the centres of the flowers.

This card is for Sketch Saturday's Challenge, and it's colourscheme is based round this week's Simon Says Challenge of Pink or Blue with Green and Brown. My greens look a bit greyish but they are green! This week's ABC Challenge is V is for Vintage, Create4Fun has the same theme of Vintage and the theme at Quixotic Challenges is embossing.
Card two uses the original stamp on this week's Mojo Monday sketch. I've inked it with Distress Inks and added some gems to the daisy centres. They are yellow in real life, the photo isn't great. DP is K&K, sentiment is Craftwork Cards and ribbon is from stash.


  1. eeeks! I love them both - will have to try some of these stamps! how funny - I know exactly what you mean about things disappearing and then appearing (after I spent more $$ LOL)

  2. Gorgeous cards Anne, especially the Bird and Text, which fits wonderfully with our theme this time. Thanks for joining us at ABC.
    Hugs, Donna x

  3. Anne - these are lovely - in fact gorgeous. Well done you. Lovely OH you have.

  4. OMG, can I borrow your hubby! He sounds so sweet!!!
    I adore the cards, especially the second one, I can well see why you turned the house upside down!

  5. Nope-it was that Phindy Gremlin! What a super sweet guy your hub is!
    These cards are positively STUNNING-love them so!

  6. Hey Ann, these are superb, great job, I LOVE them

  7. My gosh, Anne - lucky you to have a hubby like that :)
    These are some awesome creations!!!!

  8. Two gorgeous cards Anne. x

  9. Isnt' that how it always

    WOW WOW WOW I LOVE both these cards. I don't even know what else to say LOVE EM!!!!!

  10. What great cards! I really like the first one with the Hero ARts stamp! Very nice!
    Thanks you for joining the Simon Says Challenge this week! We are so glad you did!
    Hugs, Dena


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