Feb 12

Building a bouquet

Written by: iwona    7 Comments

Papertrey Ink has a variety of challenges up at the moment and I found one of them irresistible, where they ask to combine a couple of different floral stamp sets and create a bouquet on a card. You can find the post here. You know I like my florals 🙂 Here’s what I came up with:

It’s a similar card to the one I shared previously, with a Soft Stone base and pops of colour against the white panel, on the loosely put together floral arrangement. It’s what I feel most comfortable with. What I don’t feel comfortable with is how whenever I create a PTI – oriented card, I find my stash outdated and inadequate. Funny how I seem to have quite a few stamp sets, cardstock and inks, but the stamps, if any, I acquire always after long months of eyeing them, when the rest of the stamping community regards them as old and boring and happens to sell their personal stash for half the price. LOL
I always think of my American friends, I hope you know how lucky you are because what we get horrendous international shipping prices slammed on, you get with an achievable option of free shipping. Although it’s a good exercise in rationalism, being able to sieve through tons of product out there and picking only the rare gems that I truly know I will love and get a good mileage from 🙂

All in all, I hope you like the card. All supplies listed below, except from the Botanical Silhouettes stamp set which I believe was an exclusive Anniversary set and no longer available through their store. Peace out!


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7 thoughts on “Building a bouquet

  1. Oh….I’m sorry that shipping charges are so high. I understand the frustration even though I live in the US. Of course you have to be selective in your purchases.
    Don’t think that your stamps are outdated! When someone uses an “older” stamp it reminds me that it’s in my collection…and I have to use it again! And thanks for the inspiration…I hadn’t combined those sentiments with that particular Mat Stack die (am I right?).

  2. I hear you on the shipping! I live right next door to the US in Canada and still have to pay huge shipping fees. Add in our low dollar and I just can’t justify buying from my favourite American companies like I used to. I, too, am digging through my older sets to re-use and enjoy again. This is a lovely card as always!

  3. Great card, as a fellow Aussie i know what you mean about shipping costs, although PTI had lowered theirs (or at least added a cheaper option) last time i looked. My PTI sets are those i chose when i won a voucher once, and like you, older sets i have bought off ebay. Shipping costs do cut down on impulse buying though. I was fortunate to spend time recently in the US and loved Michael’s and Joann’s. I found their prices on paper cardstock and tools etc to be MUCH lower, however embellishement prices (stickers, chipboard in particular) to be the same. I did buy a reasonable amount of items but did not overdo it. The shops mentioned above do have frequent sales and very frequent discount coupons which are amazing. I was disappointed to see the AU prices at Spotlight last week 🙁 worse than i remembered. Do you have a US friend that can be your mail-to person and send things on at First Class Postage price? (much of the problem is many companies refuse to use First Class Postage is it is not always reliable).

    Cheers Tanja

    • Cheers, Tanja! I do have friends in US who would be willing to ship an order for me, although I tend not to over-use their kindness 🙂 I did it this way once or twice in the past. If I order heavy items, like cardstock (which I love getting from either PTI, or WPlus9 or SSS, the quality is incomparable), the shipping costs are high regardless of what shipping source I use. I’m surprised how poor the local market on paper craft items is here in Australia, considering that the hobby is going strong. US are a heaven for crafters like us for sure.

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