Sitting Pretty

Wow! Where has the time gone? 
We've been having a little work done at home and I keep missing blog posts.
Last month I challenged myself to come up with 4 cards using the Sitting Pretty stamp set and coordinating die set - Pretty Park Framelits. I'd originally bought them because I liked the bulldog. You know how it is, you fall in love with one stamp and find yourself buying the whole set!

Typically, this set lends itself to recreating a scene. I wanted something simple, fresh and clean. Not a lover of frilly stamps, I opted not to use the bench stamp instead I used the die for a wooden bench (also in the die set) along with the wood dsp. Layered onto both whisper white and then granny apple green.

A little robin sits on the backrest as if to give you the message and a spider plant in it's pot next to the bench gives a calm effect.

I particularly like the stamp which looks like grass/extra leaves for the spider plant but didn't want to create a scene. I chose to use the stamp as a border edge in a colour as far from green as I could.

The first layer, in whisper white has been embossed with the Tufted TIEF embossing Folder. A circle then die cut from another piece of whisper white card using Stitched Shapes Framelits. With a base card in lovely lipstick, the border (also in lovely lipstick) doesn't look as if it should be a spider plant at all.

I decided that Sitting Pretty would be a good stamp set to show he ladies how to stamp a mirror image using the Stamparatus and silicone craft sheet. When stamped, the bulldog faces left, I thought he needed a friend!  With a base card in pear pizzazz, the images were stamped onto whisper white, die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits before being layered onto whisper white card onto which I had stamped the new Buffalo Check stamp in pear pizzazz. A banner of grey DSP from the Animal Expedition DSP pack and a couple of sprigs in pear pizzazz and vellum using the new sprig punch finish the card.

As a departure from the previous cards, this final card reminds me of cartoon images.

I don't really know why, maybe it resembles a Loony Tunes advert. The base is cajun craze, layered with mango melody. Two different sized circles die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits are topped with a die cut greeting (retired) from my stash.
I think you'll agree that all four cards are very different!
Happy weekend crafting!