…but wish I had!
When I visited my sister-in-law, Deb, last month, we had a really good time crafting in her wonderful craft room. She was trying out techniques for her upcoming stamp camps and I was trying out stamp sets and colors that I didn’t have at home.
This is a stamp set that I did not – and still do not – have. As much as I liked it, I am unlikely to buy it as it will be retiring in just a few weeks. I really do try to keep what I do here limited to current Stampin’ Up! products. If it turns out that you really like something, you may just like to buy it! In the case of this stamp set, if you really like it, both it and its coordinating dies are still available!
The stamp set that I used is Serene Garden, and it has lovely dies that coordinate with it. The dies, too are retiring. I used Old Olive Cardstock as the card base for this card. Then I stamped the large corner image into the lower left area of a piece of Whisper White Cardstock. After I stamped the small corner images in the other three corners, I used the large corner die to cut out the some of the leaves in the large image. Layering the Whisper White stamped piece onto the Old Olive Cardstock brings that Old Olive solid color right through the cut out leave images. I loved it!
There is a die to cut the flowers also, and I cut the flowers after having stamped them on Blushing Bride Cardstock using Old Olive Ink. To finish off the card, I stamped the sentiment from the Climbing Orchid Stamp Set, also in Old Olive Ink, and die-cut that using one of the Layering Ovals Dies. Before I adhered that to the card front, however, I noticed those little stamped leaves lying there on the work table ready to be thrown out. What?! I thought they would be perfect under the oval. So that’s where they are!
Be sure to check up on any stamp sets you’ve been putting off buying. If they’re retiring, there are only another couple of weeks before they’re gone for good! Once we get past this weekend, Stampin’ Up! is no longer guaranteeing the availability of retiring stamp sets. They make their own stamps, and the making of retiring stamps is going to stop soon!
Let me know if you have any questions. And having a great time stamping this week with whatever you have!