April 25, 2023


There are times that you have to  take some liberties on artwork. This stamp called for just that. I found the image very appealing, but was completely unsure what this plant material was. 

So I took some liberties. I designated it a Chinese lantern and went from there.

I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it in with Stampin' Blends.. The Blends I used were SU 900, Light Calypso Coral, Light and Dark Granny Apple Green and Light and Dark Pumpkin Pie.

Once my "Chinese Lanterns" were colored, I fussy cut the image, leaving a generous white margin around it since so many of the stamped portions were wispy.

I found a leftover piece of Designer Series Paper that coordinated really well with my littls plant. A tied loopy bow of Linen Thread atop the fussy cut piece gave it that finishing touch.

I really love the sentiment from the Wildflower Path stamp set to add to the bottom. It would be appropriate for so many occasions.

Have you ever come across a stamp that you love, but you don't have any idea what it actually is -- so you have to use your imagination and make it your own?

In case you don't know what Chinese Lanterns look like: 

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, 
we lose the excitement of possibilities. 
Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
 - Gloria Steinem -




  1. We get those but they're green here - they never change colour. How odd! Lovely card. #AnythingGoes

  2. I am a sucker for any plaid patterns Linda so I fell in love right away. I think you are spot on, the stamp looks very much like the photo you shared. Thank you as always for sharing!

    1. Thanks for all your supportive comments, Cara! I love 'em!

  3. At first I was looking at the card you made for the Chinese lanterns! Silly me.
    I've always loved the papery blooms of the Chinese lantern flower. These are quite pretty.
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2023/05/uh-oh-i-had-few-more-quilts-to-share.html

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