I confess that I hesitated to buy Simple Stems and My Mother. For one, how many flower sets does one need, really? And a set that focused on Mother's Day seemed like an extravagance, especially since I have stamps that say "Happy Mother's Day" or "for my wonderful mother" in other sets.
HOWEVER, I really have a thing for stamps that either are hydrangeas or allium (I think I finally settled with myself that this stamp was an allium flower) and I really liked the font for the My Mother set. AND, since I need Mother's Day cards for my Etsy store, I decided to go ahead and buy both. And I'm pretty happy with the results! Lookie:
Ingredients: Stamps - Simple Stems, My Mother; Paper - Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Whisper White; Ink - Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Old Olive; Other - Bitty Punch pack, Real Red Stitched Grosgrain, Basics Jewels Pearls, Signo white gel pen.
GOJUS!!! (YILM!) Really doesn't get much more basic than this, but the result is so, so beautiful. I love using second-generation stamping to get a more dimensional look, with flowers that fade into the background, making the ones in the foreground really pop! And I did what I was longing to do with this image and that was putting dots of white gel ink in the centers of the flowers. I ordered new gel pens with this stamp set just to make sure I could do it justice. A closer view:
And made a bit of an effort for the inside, though this picture is a little blurry: