March's Stamp of the Month "Choose Happy" S1503 is a beauty and I am sure everyone in the hop will have some wonderful ideas of how to use this stamp set.
You can get this stamp set for just $5.00 if you place an order for $75.00 with your CTMH consultant.
I love when I look at a stamp and an idea pops into my mind, when I saw this stamp set the scalloped oval frame immediately made me think of a cameo brooch.
So I had to put my thinking cap on and figure out how I could make this idea come to life. I saw a beautiful card on Clare Buswell's blog but I wanted my card to have a vintage look so I used her card as inspiration. The female silhouette and the background behind the frame were both cut using the Artiste Cricut cartridge. I cut two silhouettes, one slightly smaller than the other. The smaller one in hollyhock and the larger in colonial white, this one I distressed with hollyhock ink. I cut a small black oval to back the silhouette. I stamped the scalloped frame with Versa Mark ink on colonial White card stock and embossed it with gold embossing powder, then fussy cut it. I used two papers from the Yuletide Carol Paper Pack to mat everything on. I thought these papers gave it the vintage look I was after. Unfortunately the ribbon to make the bow is now discontinued. I love this ribbon it's a beautiful cream colour, but you can change the colour to suit your project with different inks, it accepts colour quite readily. Finally I added a Happy Birthday sentiment but you can change the sentiment to suit your occasion.
My second card uses the floral frame, I coloured a few of the flowers with the Shin Han markers, then fussy cut it. I added three little roses from the stamp set Coming Up Roses Jeanette's Archive C1579 a butterfly from the Card Word Puzzle Occasions C1494 and the Choose Happy sentiment.
Here is another card using a different frame, they are all so cute but this one made me think a big fluffy cushion and anyone that has cats know that all cats love sleeping on a cushion.