It's been way too long since I've posted and I'm so sorry! I actually had taken a number of photos of samples that I have on hand and from a recent swap with the intention of sharing sooner......but, I hadn't counted on being so tired after my knee surgery. You see I had a total knee replacement on July 13, just two and a half weeks ago. I'm coming along, but between therapies and being so tired, I've had little computer time....and this morning was the first time I had a chance to spend a bit of time in my stamp space to actually STAMP....and although I'm rusty and this is pretty simple, it's good to get my hands inky again!!
When I first received the new catalog last month, one of the first things on my list was this pretty, single stamp called Elizabeth (Item #117120 @ $9.95 in wood mount only). I thought it would make simple and easy thank you notes.....or just about any greeting will do! The challenge with this stamp, I think, will be to use it in a variety of ways. So, for this week's Challenge, which is to use Black & White with a splash of any color of our choice, I wanted to dress it up just a bit. Since it's a rather ornate stamp, the trick was to not overdo.
As you can see, I used the Square Scallop Die and my Big Shot for the top layer and stamped that lovely image in Basic Black ink, trying to center the saying, or empty oval. Then using a Blender Pen and a bit of ink off the lid, I colored in the florishes with a touch of Marina Mist ink.....I'm loving this color. Maybe I won't miss Brocade Blue so badly since this is a pretty good substitute! Although you cannot see it, the Basic Black layer was also put through the Big Shot along with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, a new favorite! Add in a bit of that wonderful, fun-to-work-with 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon and a fun little white button from the Neutrals Collection (you get a TON of buttons in each collection!!) and here it is! (Hint: To thread the ribbon through the button holes, use one of those big needles from the now-retired Tool Kit.)
Thanks for stopping by today. It's good to be back and I promise to try to keep up as I recover.....since I'm mostly house-bound (can't drive for at least another month!), that shouldn't be difficult! Oh, and please join me as I try to catch up on what the others have been up to....you can see the list of participants here.