Yesterday I went for a browse in the Stamp Attic, where Wendy was unpacking a box of the most delicious stamps from a company called Memory Box, the first time I'd come across this brand. So many of them had my name on them and with great restraint I came away with just two: birds on bulrushes and a sentiment with a matching bird as a tiny stamp on one the ends. They were meant to cheer me up but when I looked how full the drawer(s) of wooden stamps are in my craft room it gave me an attack of guilt. So before I sat and played with the new stamps I got out an architecture stamp from Judikins that I'd never made a card with and played with it. Some sort of Catholic guilt thing I suppose...
I followed the Friday Sketchers Challenge, the stamp was too big for a circle so I used a circle mask to sponge Distress Inks on Barn Door, Corduroy and Wild Honey. I painted a few details with the ink, added some Prima papers, also from the Stamp Attic and a torn bit of Coredinations card, and stitched round the image a couple of times. This is also for Wild Orchid's Stitch it up Challenge. Ooh La La's Challenge is "Nothing Floral" which fits all three cards :).
Now my guilt was a little assuaged I played with the new stamps. I used the same Prima papers and followed the Card Positioning System's Sketch. I added a white band of the birds to it as it looked a little empty without it. The circle image has black Stickles on the bulrush heads, sorry it doesn't show up too well... Beautiful stamp, isn't it. Incy Wincy's Challenge this week is to use Sparkly things such as Stickles.
For the third card, I made it "just because" and didn't follow a sketch at all. I've used the bird either side of the sentiment, the Distress Inks are Scattered Straw, Dusty Concord and Milled Lavender. This is edged with gold reinker for Archival Pigment pads.