This one was made for another couple challenges. The first one is Shopping our Stash’s “Favorite Stampy Technique”. (http://shoppingourstash.blogspot.ca/2013/09/sos-118-favorite-stampy-technique.html). I used a fun Hero stamp I got from one of my favorite bloggers on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge design team, who was thinning her stash and selling some of her old stamps for about 1/2 price. (http://cheironbrandon.typepad.com/my_weblog/stamps-stuff-for-sale.html). My “Favorite Stampy Technique” is using Bingo ink daubers to ink the stamps. I tried it when I first started experimenting with stamping because I only had a couple ink pads. My wife has a ton of Bingo daubers and she actually introduced me to Bingo (which I have to admit I rather like). I just randomly inked different sections of the stamp with different colors and plopped the card on top. (I stamp “upside down” when using these, because they tend to be a little drippy. I’ve found that when you stamp down on the card some of the ink that drips into the crevices drips down onto the paper. If you stamp “up” by putting the paper on the stamp, this can be avoided.) I love how bright the colors are!
The second challenge comes in with the quote stamp. It’s from Stampsmith (some of my favorite stamps are from them). Their challenge is to create something that’s “Inspired by a Song” (http://thestampsmithchallenge.blogspot.com/2013/09/tsc46inspired-by-song-using-at-least.html). This was a perfect theme to make a card for my wife for, who’s laying next to me singing as I type. This quote made me think of the song of “What A Wonderful World”, which I wrote on the inside of the card and which we played at our wedding (the “Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World” mash up by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_DKWlrA24k). It’s one of my favorite songs.) The flowers seem to have a kind of Hawaiian theme.
This card is perfect for our anniversary because I really did marry my best friend.
And this is the last card I’m making (I think). I used another Stampsmith stamp (aren’t they great? So detailed!) which I colored with colored pencils. I used my hand-made zig zag stamp on the sides and a cute phrase on the bottom with Sharpie.