Hey guys! It's time for this week's One Set Wednesday post. Since I have a couple of new followers, I'll just quickly remind you what exactly I am talking about:
- I have numbered all of my stamp sets, and using the random number generator, assigned sets for the next few weeks - so no favouring on my part, and no chance of just picking the easy ones!
- I have excluded all sentiment sets, except for holiday ones - my sentiment sets see a *lot* of ink, and truly - they are too limiting.
- Using only the chosen set, I will create 3 all-occasion cards each week, and try my best to create one holiday card. The only exception to this rule will be when I need to do something that the day's set just can't do; creating frames around a die cut, for instance, or adding sentiments to a set that doesn't include any.
This week's set is Postmarks, from Papertrey Ink. It's a funny thing about this set. When it was being released, I fell in love, *instantly*. I knew I could create so many beautiful projects with it, and there were so many stamps. How could I resist? I loved the vintage appeal, I thought I had all kinds of ideas just swirling to put it to work.
But every time I pull this set out, it just eludes me. I think it's because I figure I have to do great things with it. After the projects I created for this week's post, I think I've learned to lean on this set for little accents here and there, when I need a little *something*.
In short, the challenge this week was hard.
So my first card. I just started stamping to see what kind of pattern would emerge, keeping a project that Betsy Veldman had created during the set's release at an arm's length, for inspiration.
If nothing else, I love the colours of that one. It's fun, it has the mail theme... but I am still not sure of it.
Saying that, I am least sure of my next project. I just started stamping, trying to create something that didn't look like it was created using a postage inspired stamp set.
Before I knew it, they said "birthday candles" to me. So I used a sentiment from Botanical Silhouettes to carry the theme through. Shirley likes this one, but I am still not so sure.
I thought this would be a fun set to put together a tiny little bundle of love. Maybe something to poke into my hubby's lunch bag.
I used the tiny envelope die to make my little package, then die cut some hearts to enclose.
I totally cheated and got out my Waltzingmouse "Sweethearts" set to stamp some love on to my little notes. I can hand write a message on the back to personalize them!
And, as you know, part of the challenge is to create a holiday themed card as well. Turns out, this is probably my favourite of the bunch!
There is a little snowflake included in the set (and you know me and snowflakes), so I knew I would use it to create some form of pattern. I started with the flourish that is included in the set, and took it from there. Here's a close-up:
Just lots of stamping and layering. I think it turned out pretty nice.
So that's Postmarks. I still love this set, but I don't think I could tackle whole cards focusing on it again. It was actually pretty overwhelming!
I hope to work on a few more projects this week to share with you, but I have been so busy this last couple of weeks, crafting has to take a backseat! Apparently the toilets don't care that I'd rather be stamping... sheesh!