Given all of that, I am also making a huge effort at trying to use every set in multiple ways. In the past, if a set was ever used - it was probably used once and stashed away. That's just silly. There are such wonderful products available. Today - I'm going to focus on one of those - Fresh Florals by Taylored Expressions.
Fresh Florals is full of fun, bold flowers but it can take on so many looks, styles and techniques. It's one of those sets that makes sense to have in your stash. As proof, I have three cards today - but it's not the first time the set has been out on my desk - check out here and here.
My first card is clean and simple, bright and modern.
The bold flowers work well with the graphic sentiment. Some subway tile in the background and it's a quick and easy encouragement card.
My second card is also clean and simple, but uses an easy technique.
I laid out most of the images on my Misti - I had to fill in a couple later because they didn't all fit at the same time - but it was easy to tuck them in at that point. Stamp the images tone on tone. Then very slightly move your cardstock and stamp again in Sugar Cube. This gives it a carved look that works nicely with these bold images.
I didn't want to hide any of it - so I layered a vellum panel with a simple Hello.
My last card is sweet and soft and also very clean (but perhaps not so simple).
I stamped and cut a variety of the Freshly Floral images and created an entire bouquet. I laid it out and then pressed down on it with Press 'n Seal so I could pick it all up and adhere it all at once. The sentiment on this one is cuter and lighter than the first card, but still works beautifully with the solid flowers.
I added a simple frame for the flowers to cluster around then a few floral sequins to soften the entire look.
I am very happy with this trio of cards. The stamps are interesting enough for just a few of them to work on a simple card - but you can create full bouquets. And I love the technique - it's not new, but I hadn't done it in awhile and was thrilled at how well it works with this set.
I Know It's Tough...
I Know It's Tough...
Bouquet for a Friend