I was using a freebie from the front of a magazine stamp set to make a countryside themed card and that led me to have a rummage through my other freebie sets which have been very neglected. I found a delightful set called In The Garden which had a cute embossing folder, a few cute little dies and some pretty stamps so I set to with it and made four lovely cards.
For all of these I used Stampin' Up! cardstock, inks and other tools although the DSP for the one card which has some on it came from an old stack I had which I loved and couldn't bear to part with in my recent cull of stash. As often is the case I use a selection of what I love from my Stampin' Up! collection so some of it is current and some retired, I'm not they kind of demo who clears out retired stash. If I love it I keep it and use it or gift it.
So the first card was almost a CASE from the pack that the set came in but I did add my own twist and used my own colours. This just involved running a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock through the Snap machine using the embossing folder which is super cute. I also ran through the little daisy die a few times using all the parts of it for the stitched centres, the leaf and the grass at the bottom of the card. Thankful Thoughts came out which is my Stampin' Up! stamp set of the moment (I do tend to get hooked on one set for a while) and I heat embossed using white embossing powder to get the thanks on the card base which is visible because I used the large stitched shaped oval to cut out a window in the embossed card. I popped everything on using a liquid adhesive and the little daisies are fastened on using dimensionals.
For this second card I went with a very simple stamping vibe. I took a white card base and added a pink mat and a Whisper White overlay but this time I chopped it into three pieces to break up the layer a little. I like the effect. I entered this one into the Joy of Sets monthly themed challenge which for May has a gardening theme. I stamped out the watering can and the flowers at the bottom and used an aqua blender to just bring the colour from the stamped image into play and add some colour to the images. All three parts of the top layer are attached using dimensionals and are all edged off with the same Blushing Bride ink.
For this one I changed things up a bit by adding in a piece of DSP which was from an old but much loved stack, I think it's a Dovecraft one. I added this to a Whisper White base and then using a die cut oval which I achieved by running the largest stitched shape oval through the SNAP machine I added some detail. I used dimensionals to add the oval which I'd stamped with the wellington boots, a little bird and some plant pots and tools. Again I took an aqua blender to just bring in the ink and colour in the images a little. I used Gorgeous Grape ink to stamp the Take It Easy sentiment. Finally to tie in with the terracota pots I used a little piece of Grapefruit Grove Organdy ribbon and simply tied it around the DSP layer before affixing to the card with liquid adhesive. I like the casual look of this one.
For the final card I used Basic Black cardstock and ink along with Whisper White to create a two tone effect. I used a white base and added the triangle of black to which I then added three of the daisies which were die cut using the freebie dies. I used the smallest two stitched shape ovals to create the sentiment which I attached to the white section using dimensionals. Dimensionals were also used to attach the three flowers. To finish this one off I added a pop of colour using the organdy ribbon again, this time in Lemon Lime Twist. I really love this card, the simplicity of it makes it look sophisticated and this is the kind of card that I would go for every day of the week if I was buying.
Have a good end to the week.