Hello stampers. Today’s blog post is all about the Sitting Pretty bundle. This is one of those sets that offers way more than what you see at first glance. I was first introduced to this bundle last April at OnStage which is a semi-annual Stampin’Up! event that any demonstrator can attend regardless of whether they are there own only customer or not. We do have so much fun together at these events. Imagine a room full of people who are just as addicted to stamping as you are!! Well, the person who demonstrated this bundle did an awesome job showing what you could all do with it. I would say the biggest thing that is most easily overlooked at first glance is that there is a framelit in the bundle that does NOT coordinate with any of the stamps in the set. It is a regular park bench. The stamp is the set is an ornate wrought iron bench which is super cute and also comes with a framelit, but the extra bench framelit really adds a lot to this bundle and makes it much more versatile. That straight lines of the second bench make for a more masculine card and it can also be altered to turn into a table. I chose to pair with a favourite set of mine that has been collecting dust for way too long: Half Full. Let’s take a look at my card.
This card was inspired by a card in the catalog that used Sheltering Tree in the background. I forgot how much I love this set! At first I was afraid that the wine glasses would look too big on the table but by giving the illusion that the table is in the foreground and the tree is in the background, I think it works. What do you think? The bench was cut out of our copper foil paper and then the back was cut off turning it into a table. I rather like that. I was going to switch it to a wooden bench, but the copper one was on there quite permanently and I was too lazy to start over making a new card, so you can try the wooden look and let me know how it turns out! The next three cards were inspired by cards I found on Pinterest or by the samples in the catalog which really is an amazing idea book that we often overlook.
You can guess that one of the reasons I love the Sitting Pretty Bundle is that includes a squirrel. I often refer to myself as a busy squirrel so this little guy just makes me smile. The bull dog (slightly out of focus but I am also slightly out of time) is looking a little morose, but the squirrel is trying to convince him that he is very happy for his friend’s company. The bricks are just made by repeatedly stamping the image which is easy to do since the stamp set is photopolymer which means you can see right through it. The bench is die cut from copper foil paper which I adhered to our adhesive sheets turning into a very easy to use sticker. It’s also super important to know that it popped easily out of the framelit with no poking necessary.
If you like tear jerker movies or chick flicks, then you will also appreciate the “sappiness” of this set. But seriously, wouldn’t a spouse or child be happy to get this card or to find it tucked into their suitcase when they are away on a business trip or off to school? The paving stone image was made with a framelit and embossing mats and then sponged with soft suede ink. Love the soft look of that combined with the watercolour wash in the background. I used shimmer white cardstock for this base of this card since it not only has a beautiful shimmer to it, it also holds up very well with watercolouring. The bench, the sentiment and the bulldog were all embossed in black.
This last card uses the Delightfully Detailed laser cut paper. I just love the Victorian feel of this card. The laser cut paper mimics the pattern of the bench which was embossed with silver. All images on this card come from the Sitting Pretty Bundle. Bashful Blue is the cardstock I used as a mat.
Do you love these cards? Then come to my Sweet Suite Saturday class next week at 1pm. You can make them for free if you purchase the bundle or you can choose to pay the class fee of $25 for four cards. If you order online, please use the current host code and I will send you the materials to make these cards. Here is the video that I made showing the cards and talking a little bit about the process. Enjoy and have a super day.