I did it, in a moment of weakness, and I even stayed up till midnight to do it!! I ordered a PAPERTREYink set!! I absolutely love the 2 stepping design of the Take a Bough Christmas stamps, and really wanted to play with them. Here is my FIRST card, literally, with this set, so don't be too hard on me. I think there is a learning curve to working with these stamps. All products are Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise.
So, I started with old olive, white and the soft sky textured CS. I stamped the tree branch with close to cocoa, and the leaves with olive. The ornament was done in sky and the accent strip on the ornament was in brilliant blue along with the sentiment. I then added a page pebble (Making Memories, but I ordered it along with the set *she's so thoughtful*) to give it a more realistic feel.
Here is a closer shot of the pebble, it looks really cool!! I matted it on olive and then on the card base I added brilliant blue brads in the corners and the white taffetta across the top. An elegant and simple Christmas card, and for this season, sometimes less is more!
So now on to my opinion. After playing with this set, I am TOTALLY a Rubbah Addict!! I did like the fact that I could see through the stamp to place it exactly where I want it, but I did not like the squishy feel. I really felt like I needed to be careful stamping it, as to not smudge the image. Now here is the other thing I did not like...
Can you see which stamps I used?? Of course you can, they are the dirty ones!! I have obviously never used acrylic, because this would not have bothered me otherwise. But it does, since I have only stamped with them 3 times. I was hoping it would look new a bit longer, but that has ZERO really to do with the quality. I found that they did stamp very nicely and evenly, and it came with the packaging which is nice. And the possibilities with the set is endless as far as the season goes.
Now, would I buy another one - NOPE, at least not anytime soon. If she had it in rubber, I would be all over it...maybe. My biggest problem was what I had to pay. The shipping was fine, till I had to pay customs at the border. I paid $35.40 (CA) for the product and the shipping, and I woulda been fine with that, but then customs added on another $9 , so this basically makes this a $45 stamp set, and that is not worth it for me. I wish she would have marked it as a gift, so that I would not have been paying again. So, in the end, it is a totally neat product, but I can honestly say, that at this point, I forsee no more acrylic stamps in my craft room!