Flowers - that's what would make me hopeful that this winter might actually end. These Valentine roses from The Captain inspired me to make some.
I've seen some cool roses made by stamping celery. It's pretty simple; hack off the end of a celery heart, brush with paint and stamp away. I pulled off a stalk or two to get the look of a tighter petal grouping.
I have a rose stamp that I've never used, so I cut off the leaves and stamped some around my roses. I've just recently been brave enough to chop up some of my stamps that just aren't working for me anymore. Sometimes I like parts of the stamp and I don't feel badly about chopping out the parts I want and horrors - throwing out the rest.
It's still winter outside, but at least spring has come to my studio.