Wednesday 15 June 2011

Growing Green coordinated gift set

'Better late than never' they say, so here without further ado is the coordinated gift set I promised I'd show you yesterday! Growing Green is not the only stamp set I own - I promise! - but I am obsessed with it at the moment. I had an idea for a design using the rose from the set and the little leaf from another favourite set, Vintage Vogue. What do you think of them together?

I love the line-drawing style of this set which lends itself perfectly to being coloured in as well as being left as a line design as I did here. It was so quick to stamp the flower and leaf design that I was thinking of it for Three Minute Thursday, but then I decided on a mixture of stamps to make the sentiment which tipped the time over a little.

The 'just' comes from the hostess set Afterthoughts and the 'a note' comes from a stamp in Thank you Kindly. I love mixing sentiments like this and with a stamp-a-majig and a collection of sentiment stamps, you can pretty much say what you like!

I made a box to go with this card, slightly different from my usual boxes. In fact I must sort out a tutorial for it because I think it's rather useful.

The 1/4" grosgrain ribbon was perfect to tie the box closed and I made a little tag to match the design.

I stamped one rose, cut it out and punched a hole in it to make a tag. The sentiment is actually the rest of the sentiment the 'just' came from so it all matches beautifully.

Here is the box with the card - don't they make a lovely couple?!

Here's how to make the card:

  • Cut a 9cm x 18cm piece of Whisper White card stock. Score and fold it in half to make a card base.
  • Stamp the rose stamp over the card front using Rich Razzleberry ink and add leaves with Old Olive ink.
  • Use a Basic Black marker to colour only the 'just' from the Afterthoughts stamp. Stamp it on the card front using a stamp-a-majig for accurate position. Now colour the 'a note' from the Thank You Kindly  set and line it up on the card front with the stamp-a-majig before stamping.

Stamps: Growing Green, Afterthoughts (hostess set), Thank You Kindly
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Basic Black marker

I was looking for the cat as I was typing this but she has abandoned her usual spot on the sofa by my desk and I can see her in the garden with her nose in the air. She's probably sulking because I had to shoo her out of the kitchen last night while I was cooking the roast chicken -  she appeared to think it had been cooked specifically for her and took exception to me telling her it wasn't so!

It's Three Minute Thursday here tomorrow - so if you'd like inspiration for some fast cards, do come and join me then. Thanks for looking here today.


  1. I love the card, tag and the box! What a beautiful gift set! Combining sentiments is brilliant!

  2. Lovely set, as usual, Vicky. I especially love how you made the tag out of the image. And... those cats... they so think everything is all about them... :)

  3. Gorgeous as always. Love how you have combined the sentiments - I do like mixing fonts.

  4. Gosh you have been busy while i was away ! Fabulous stamping and colours and yes they do make a lovely couple.


  5. What a wonderful couple, Vicky!

  6. Wow Vicky. You've created yet another beautiful gift set! Love how you've combined the sentiments on the front of the card. I too love to use my markers and stamp-a-ma-jig to use bits of sentiments form a stamp!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  7. Fabulous, as ever!

    Love the way you made the matching tag too!

    Hugs, Sandra

  8. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous - I really must have this set! - Jacqueline xx.

  9. Oh no another stamp set to add to my growing list. I agree though it is gorgeous and love that it can be coloured or left alone. Mmmm what's in the box I wonder?.... x

  10. Vicky you are the "Inspiration Guru" !!. I cant wait to log on to your blog every day to be tantalised by your gorgeous creations.
    Thank you. Bev.x

  11. I think I need my glasses updated. Why ... on earth ... have I never noticed this "Growing Green" stamp set before??? You have done a fab job with this one, Vicky. Love the stamps & the colours! Hugs xxaxx

  12. Very awesome and beautiful set. I'll have to see if I have a line-drawn set that I could use to CASE this.

  13. What a beautiful set Vicky! Everything matching so perfectly. A gorgeous gift set that anyone would be thrilled to receive xx

  14. Oh I love this set Vicky, what a beautiful present it would make
    M x

  15. Very classy indeed! Love it, love it, so clean and crisp.

  16. Such a versatile stamp set Vicky, a lovely gift set...very elegant :)
    Jenny x

  17. Awesome, Vicky. The image and sentiment are great and I love the way you added a bit of colour to it. A very cas beauty! TFS Janna :D

  18. Oh, your poor kitty. Heehee. I'm sure she's already forgiven you. ;) Love the card and matching gift box! The colours and your choice of stamps are wonderful.

  19. This is fantastic Vicky. I'm looking forward the tutorial.


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