Saturday, 26 February 2022

Making Do

Recently I'd spotted a set of stamps and dies featuring a greenhouse and just as I was thinking of adding it to my stash, I remembered that I was trying to resist the retail therapy 😉. I decided that perhaps I could 'make do' or improvise by seeing what I have already which might be brought into play.  No greenhouse die but I do have a fairly large birdcage one from way back so I fished it out and had a bit of a play.  I drew around the die onto some white card and fussy cut to make a backing piece and then stamped some leaves onto this before sticking the layers together and yes, I think it does vaguely resemble a fancy sort of greenhouse.  Next I die cut some flower pots and found some flowers and leaves left over from a previous project.  So far so good - next move was to stencil a brick background and assemble everything.  I know it's not a greenhouse but at least it has enabled me to make the card design which came into my head inspired by seeing the original greenhouse stamp set and another potential purchase avoided ... for the time being at least 😄😄

'Greenhouse' - birdcage die from Marianne 
Flower Pots - dies from Joanna Sheen
Brick Wall - stencil from Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi
Flowers and Leaves - stamps from two Stampin' Up sets


  1. Great improvising Val...we we don't need any new stash we have it all we just have to look and think....brilliant card


  2. Woww you've made a fantastic greenhouse Val, great improvising. Every time I buy something new I tell myself you shouldn't have bought that. I really do need to declutter.

    Sue xx

  3. I love the way you envisioned the new set into using on-hand supplies to make this pretty card! Those stamped leaves look pretty inside the cage and I love the flowerpots and stenciled background! It turned out just beautiful and you did a great job!

  4. Hi Val,
    this is such a very wonderful card and what a clever crafter you are to realise that that bird cage could be used as a greehouse.
    It look brilliant and I love the fabulous scene you have created.
    That brick wall is great.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  5. Such a lovely, clever card Val. I too am resisting that oh so tempting set, but what you have created is just stunningly clever, and an eye catching display xxx

  6. Terrific improv and thinking outside the box Val. Love how your card has come together. Xxx

  7. I love your clever improvisation Val, and the large birdcage works brilliantly with the stamped leaves within and does look like a very stylish greenhouse, and the addition of the pots with flowers and the brick wall stencilled in the background completes the look beautifully. x