The current challenge over at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge is 'Ho! Ho! Ho!', and I do tend to follow challenges a bit literally so there was some scrabbling here for a 'Ho! Ho! Ho' sentiment stamp (of which I have only one little LOTV tag stamp).
So then there was a hunt for Santa image/stamps - bit thin on the ground there as well.
But, the other night, unable to sleep, I turned to the way I find can sometimes send me off to dreamland - lying in the dark idly thinking about different challenges and 'sho nuff' - the image of a NBUS stamp popped into my head. Luckily I remembered it the next morning, managed to locate it and so this card was born:
- DL white card blank
- a snippet of white card onto which I stamped the 'Stamps Happen - dolly mama's' image called 'Ho', using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink. I'll explain more about the story behind this NBUS stamp underneath this list of ingredients but I do love that it's just got the one 'Ho' :)
- then I coloured the image using Whispers markers plus tickles of clear Wink of Stella on the fur trims
- backed the image with a snippet of SU's 'Certainly Celery'
- before adding the image to the card I just popped some patterned 'Certainly Celery' onto plain backing pieces and added them to the top and bottom of the card to fill in the white spaces
I'm not 100% sure where I got this quirky pre-loved stamp from, I suspect it was either a WOYWW crop or one of the Stash Selling Face book sites. But, as soon as I saw it, she reminded me so much of my hairdresser Jane. I bet you're wondering now about what sort of hair salon I frequent?! I've followed Jane from one salon to another for 20+ years in fact, she's a brilliant stylist, fantastic at cutting and now she has her own small salon which is wacky and such fun. I never know what colour or style her hair will be (purple and pink have featured for sure) - and I'm sure this card will appeal to her sense of humour.
So that's another one for the box, I only made the one as I do suspect there's a limited audience in my circle of friends and family who would totally 'get' this :)
I'd also like to enter this into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for July - where it's always anything goes.