Well, I have finally unpacked and set up my new stamp maker which I bought 2nd hand from Ebay. After blood, sweat & tears (and 3 attempts in the bin, lol), I found out where I was going wrong and finally have my first home made stamp. It's not perfect, or even nearly, but it's a start. I also made the flower on the card by dying a white cotton coaster (10 for £1 in the Pound Shop (I think there was 11 in mine!)) with some tattered rose distress ink diluted down. As for the home made stamps, hopefully they will improve with practise (and a large order of stamp sachets from Julia at Craft-Room!)
I'm also going to enter it into "what is on your desk right now challenge".