Friday, June 27, 2014

Raisin Boat: Free as a Bird

The other set that arrived from Raisin Boat at the same time as Cattitude was Free as a Bird. Then few days after I purchased Cattitude, the next set on my list arrived, and there was no way getting around it: Strokes of Wisdom was a keeper. As soon as I submitted payment for that set, Raisin Boat sent me the fourth set on my list, Growing Love, which also got added to my personal collection.

I really like the Free as a Bird set, and so had to have a stern talk with myself about the practicality of buying EVERY set that Raisin Boat sends me. Once I made up my mind that I would not be buying it, I was motivated to get stamping, i.e. to use the set as much as I could while I had it. 

In my "Art Survival Kit" I had a bunch of card bases ready to go, so I decided to work with the purple ones: Lavender Lace (retired) for three of them and Almost Amethyst (also retired) for the last. I did my stamping with Elegant Eggplant onto Whisper White, and then used dies (Ovals Collection, Apothecary Accents) and punches (Word Window, Modern Label) to cut out the shapes. 

Card 1:

The little heart stamp, which is not part of the Free as a Bird set, was borrowed from Growing Love. Silver Dazzles add a touch of class.

Cards 2 and 3:

The decorative Elegant Eggplant panel is embossed with a Feathers embossing folder. The two cards are essentially the same, with the only difference being that one is on a textured cardstock base. The Dazzles once again add a lot to the cards.

Card 4:

This simple card speaks for itself.

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The next batch of Clean and Simple cards are identical except for the colors of the card bases. My first one was on Crumb Cake:

On Baja Breeze:

and the full set:

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It was hard to mail Free as a Bird back because it's such a pretty set, but I reminded myself that if I want to use the set again, it's easy enough to put it on my Pick List or to buy it.

In my next blog post I'll be featuring one more set of Raisin Boat cards before I shift back to Stampin' Up! stamps. I'd be interested to hear what my readers think about Raisin Boat and the stamp rental idea! Any comments would be appreciated!

As for me, it's time for some stamping therapy!

Joyce Spear / StamperJoyce


christina d said...

I love this set. I think I'd want to keep it too. Your cards are great and pinned. I'm looking forward to seeing some SU cards too.

Linda Wilkinson said...

Joyce Hi I am I am from StampNation & hopped over to see some of you creations and they are amazing gonna look around some more and join you blog!!!