She Decided

Karen Gregory’s stamp art was first published in RubberStampMadness in 2007, when the issue theme was also SHE. This evidently set a precedent for success—her current submission is titled SHE Decided to Become Who She Always Wanted to Be.

Karen’s usual creative process begins with one or two images in mind and the project evolves from there. The butterfly lady was in her unmounted stash. “That image shows a strong, yet vulnerable, woman,” Karen explains. She sees butterflies as symbols of transformation—an important theme in her own life.

As she worked on the piece, the borders struck Karen as being a bit bland and needed to be perked up. The checked corner stamp added “a quirky version of traditional, old-school photo corners. They definitely provided a frame of sorts for the piece, and made the overall look more cohesive.”

“I can definitely relate to the meaning behind the sentiment stamp,” concludes Karen. “One of the true joys of aging is being able to accept and embrace our authentic selves. Am I there yet? Still a work in progress, I suppose, but I hope I’m on my way. Besides, I’m not going to become anyone else at this point!”

SHE Decided to Become Who She Always Wanted to Be by Karen Gregory. (Stamp credits: Butterfly lady—Lost Coast Designs; checked corner (also on heart)—Cherry Pie Art Stamps; Renaissance tile border—Memory Box; quote—Impression Obsession.)