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gg designs is Mystery Stamp provider for October.

To help you decide whether or not you want to "play" check out previous Mystery Stamp "Reveals."

Mystery Stamp Samples
Bird of Paradise (March, 2003)
Tap Shoes (February 2004)
Plants--Two Versions (June 2004)
Basket (November 2004)
Three Tulips
Christmas 2005
May Five Daisies 06
October 06 DooDads & Mystery(?)
March 2007  Elizabeth's Sunflowers

It's lots of fun....and works like this:

(Explanation from Cyberstamper's Newsletter, courtesy of its editor Stampverb)

Every month, one of the generous vendors in the Cyberstampers Mall ( ) offers a mystery stamp at a special price to our subscribers.  You order the stamp without knowing what it is, and then you create one or many samples to share with us at the online "Unveiling" at the end of the month.

Mail a scan of your project(s) to our friend "cak" at Cyberstampers ( by Monday, October 30.  Then on Tuesday,
October 31, join us for the Mystery Stamp Unveiling session, even if you didn't order the Mystery Stamp.  It's always fun to see what different artists do with the same image!

The cost is $7.00 which includes free US shipping. To
order the Mystery Stamp, write to
Special treats include a BONUS STAMP with all orders, and everyone who
submits a sample for the big Unveiling at the end of the month will


You've Seen Them Before.....

But these samples, by Linda Blackbird, are definitely worth a second (or third, or fourth) look. These are by no means all of Linda's samples. Her work is scattered throughout the catalog. Great for quick inspiration. Directions are included for most of them and she claims they are "quick and easy," which is hard to believe, given their spectacular effect.

". . .daisy happens to be my favorite . . ."

One of Linda's most popular projects is this Daisy card. Directions are on the Classes and Samples page>>>

When asked to pick her favorite, Linda's reaction was....
". . . it isn't fair to ask for a favorite. It depends on the time of year!"


They're simple in creation, but I wanted to show how your stamps can produce excellent results with ease.

All 3 are stamped on glossy c.s. using various ColorBox Chalk inks.

Card 1 had additional ink stippled to the edges and the daisy center was covered with dimensional glue.

Card 2 was spritzed with alcohol after it was stamped,and that created a subtle, mottled look to the ink.

Cards 1 & 2 were sprayed with a gloss sealer.

Card 3, which opens off-center, is prettier than the scan. It's mossy green and teal, not navy blue, but my scanner won't do teal!

(The two stamps used in the background on Daisy 3 are by Stamp In the Hand and Stampers Anonymous.)

And Linda continues......

Even though the daisy happens to be my favorite...well, for this week anyway......I couldn't help but play with the pussywillows since our warmer than usual temps are coaxing the buds out on the real ones.
Here's what came about....

#1 is stamped in copper,
then overstamped and embossed in gold.

#2 is stamped in chalk ink over a background of various stippled inks. The text stamp is Marks of Distinction.

Look closely at pussywillow 3. It was a weird fluke.....I had covered glossy c.s. with Blue Iris ColorBox Chalk, and had stamped the pussywillows in Chestnut Roan. Then, I highlighted a few of them with a silver marker. I didn't like it, so I overstamped in silver pigment and embossed in clear e.p. Then, I decided it needed a high gloss sealer. I sprayed and set it aside. What a surprise to come back and find that the spray had reacted with the embossing powder by lifting it up and curling it!
3-D pussywillows!!!
Since the curled e.p. won't withstand much handling, I'm hanging it in my stamproom. It looks pretty cool.

Many thanks, Linda for all the fun conversations and emails and all the gorgeous samples over the years.

If these whet your appetite for more, enter her name in the search engine provided to see other of Linda's projects.

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