To start the week I am sharing cards which were published in the Jan/Feb/Mar issue of The Stampers’ Sampler.
It was the first time I had made cards with the Cowgirl Blues stamp set from Oxford Impressions. The cards were submitted to Take Ten so I was surprised they were published in The Stampers’ Sampler especially as they were quick makes. It goes without saying how delighted I was to see them in print. The extra icing on the cake or is that the cherry on the icing (!) was, for me, having my name on the cover of this issue. It was surreal to see my name on the cover alongside Mr Holtz and his art.
For each card, there are five cards, I wanted one of the Cowgirl stamps to be the focal and then to incorporate other stamps from the set. As much as I love mixing and matching my Oxford Impressions stamps, I also like the challenge to myself of picking a stamp set and only using stamps from that set. You can imagine, I am lucky enough to have lots of Oxford Impressions sets to dip into (some would say I have too many but rest assured, only a non-stamper would declare that!)
This stamp is my favourite. I have used it previously on a wall hanging and this image has special meaning because back in 2011 a wall hanging was published in Somerset Studio (HERE). At that time I didn’t own this stamp set, it was a copyright free image sourced from the internet.I like the fact that some of the cowgirls are photo real stamps whereas others, such as the stamp below, isn’t.Fragments of pretty floral fabric bring a touch of softness to the cards visually and I like the mix of textures from the soft fabric to the Kraft style cardstock I stamped onto (my usual source, old boxes)
The Sweetest Little Cowgirl In The West! I think she is adorable with her grumpy little face.
She means business, doesn’t she?!
I didn’t actually intend sharing all five – anyway, you will relieved to know, the fifth and final card.
I stitched the stamped buttons to make them look a bit more realistic. Tea stained lace trims the top edge.
So there we have my first post for this week. I have some catching-up to do this week with both posting projects on my Blog and also visiting your own Blogs.
Later this week I will share Giveaway No. 2. Many thanks to those of you who commented on Giveaway No. 1 and to those of you who have your name in the hat. The Giveaways are a mixture of different items so if No. 1 wasn’t to your taste I hope that one of the other Giveaways will suit you better. Amongst them there will be one larger prize which I hope you will like.
Have a lovely week,