Welcome to the Stampin' Addict's Retiring Stamp Sets Blog Hop! Join us as we bid farewell to some fun stamp sets that will no longer be available after May 31st. If you've arrived from Shelley's Miss Mad Stamper blog, you enjoyed her dramatic creations with the Fifth Avenue Floral set , but if not, the blog is circular, so you won't miss a thing if you just click next. Should you get lost or want to see a list of the hop stops, visit the Retiring Stamps Blog Hop chat thread on Stampin Addicts.
I chose the set Inspired by Nature for the hop because I love its versatility. I loved this set with Orchid Opulence because it was so realistic, so I tried it with Wisteria Wonder for a change. I like to intentionally streak the petals because to me they look like that in real life. Corner bling add sparkle and a nod to the retiring ticket corner punch.
In a further attempt to show versatility, I used the retiring Clear Circle big shot die and the retiring Stampin' Pastels. I used the poppin' pastels technique to create bright Melon Mambo petals then made a So Saffron colored background to age the layer and highlight the Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon and pearls.
In this 12X12 layout, I used the main coneflower image to create a stamped break in the picture spots for a sweet look. I realized I hadn't used this set with Peach Parfait and Soft Suede, so I paired them with the chameleon-like green, Old Olive for a sweet look. (The picture featured is of my daughters in the same dress at the same age. My younger daughter is taller than my older daughter by several inches.)
Now it is time to travel to Tanya's Tinkerin' in Ink blog for a look at her lovely creations with the Autumn Splendor set. I hope you enjoy our tour.