First of all, thank you for your enthusiastic response to the Use-Your-Stamps Challenge! While I'm baffled as to why some of you find the challenge "scary," I hope you'll overcome that fear and have fun with it. You certainly don't have to get rid of anything you don't want to get rid of, and there are no Challenge Police who will come to your house to check your progress.
I will post regularly to remind you of the challenge as I work through my boxes and bins of stamps. Hannah expressed concern that the challenge could become too rigid, but really, it doesn't have to be that way. Do what's fun for you! I love how lots of you with more stamp sets than loose stamps are adapting the challenge, especially Tania's idea that if only one stamp in a set gets used, it's time for that set to go.
Now, onward to today's cards.
When I purchased some Hero Arts inks, I chose colors in blues and greens because they are so very soothing and beachy. Just looking at these cards makes me happy and lowers my blood pressure at the same time.
The two cards above are accented with a clear Sakura Stardust pen for a little shimmer. The first has a border of randomly falling flowers for a whimsical feel appropriate for a birthday, and the second has a more solid, reliable border supporting the sentiment and appropriate for a thinking of you card.
The final card sends a cascade of shooting stars across the card for a dynamic layout that really emphasizes the sentiment by taking the eye right to it.
Any of these cards could have a completely different color combination and would feel different but work anyway. If your birthday girl prefers hot pinks and orange, well, that first card would work just great and have a high energy level to boot. If the person you're thinking of needs uplifting rather than soothing, citrus shades would be fun! The stars would work in shades of blue or purple (soothing), or yellows and oranges (high energy).
stamps: Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments, Friends
ink: Hero Arts soft pool, pool, tide pool, green hills; Memento black
paper: Papertrey Ink white
accessories: Sakura Stardust pen