I fell in love with this stamp after seeing a wonderful card my blogging friend Brenda made with it (visit her blog here). The stamp is called "Love Blush" and since it's a Penny Black stamp, I though I would use it for this week's challenge ... which is to add swirls to a project. I'm also using this card for Copic Creations Challenge ~ Botanicals. Links to both challenge sites are on the right side panel of my blog.
I wanted the swirls to subtle, but didn't have a swirly background stamp. Sigh, now what to do? Then I remembered I could make a stamp using my Cricut. With the stamp material, a really sticky mat and the deep cut blade, I cut a swirly design using the Storybook cartridge. This is the first time I've tried making a stamp and it worked perfectly ... if you haven't tried this yet, I highly recommend it!! Using my 'new' stamp on an acrylic block and VersaMark Dazzle ink in Champagne, I stamped swirls on navy cardstock.
Then I colored my stamped image with Copics (I'm secretly quite proud of how it turned out) ... layered the image on a digital paper from a Designer Digitals set called Sweetest Thing ... and added the frosted Martha Stewart gems, which, just by luck, match the striped paper perfectly.