Thursday, February 20, 2014


In keeping with my self-imposed challenge to use only what I already have in my stamping tower for the rest of the year, I came upon this barely used SU Hostess set.  Actually, I have five newer Hostess sets all together.  So why would I NEED to buy more???  Well, "need" is definitely a relative term in stamping!

This was fun to make as I pulled out all the scraps.  First I inked up the French Script background stamp with Pumice Stone Distress ink, stamped off lightly and stamped it on a scrap of white cs for a faint background.  Next I stamped the floral image from Simply Soft with "full strength" pumice stone ink.  For the blossoms (this is a two-step set) I used an Eggplant Purple dye ink that I've had in my stash for at least 10 years!  It was still surprisingly juicy enough for a clear image and birthday greeting.

In my dsp collection, I found just the right color purple and green pieces to use (as shown) to highlight the flowers without overpowering them.  I colored the stems with a Mellow Moss marker and mounted the panel to a mellow moss scrap of textured cs, which I also used for the greeting.  For the final touch, I brought out the gems and embroidery floss, attaching all as shown.

Although this has been quite a challenge -- and it's only February -- I'm amazed at how much I have at my disposal, even after the last few purges and giveaways!

If you'd like to join me in my "stamping diet" challenge, see the post on January 19th. 

1 comment:

Bonnie said...

Lovely purple flowers! Love the background!