After a couple of hours of work (spread out over a couple of days) I had these two awesome stamps! I love them! Carving stamps is a lot easier than I expected it to be, so I encourage anyone who is interested to give it a try.
I visited Geninne's wonderful art blog and found a carved stamp tutorial which is a great place to start if you want to try carving your own stamps. She recommends using Color Box inks, so I bought this cool rainbow of colors for myself!
Each color separates from the others, so you can apply the ink to the stamp. See, I told you it was cool!
I used my new bird and flower stamps to make all these cards. I played around with different colors for the birds and flowers.
My daughter was standing behind me at one point, and she said "Put the flower stamp in the middle of the colors!" I tried that and ended up with some pretty multi-colored flowers for my bird to hold.
These cards are exactly what I have been wanting to have on hand--I can say I made them myself, and they are really cute, but each card only took a moment to create, so I don't have to ration them, or feel that they are too precious to use. I can make and use as many as I want!