I just got the oh-so-cute set For Everything, and here it had been a whole week and it didn't have ink on it yet. So I took half an hour the other night and whipped up some "limited supplies" cards using just one ink and cardstock color--Tangerine Tango, the one stamp set, and one embellishment--Whisper White narrow grosgrain. And yes, I'm aware I can't count and that there are two colors of cardstock shown in the picture--but Whisper White doesn't count!
I went with simple one layer cards first, then added a punched piece to another, then a layer on one, then some extra layers on another. And yes, I'm also aware that since monochromatic cards are my absolute favorite things to make, it was kind of cheating.
In no time I had five cute, easy cards, all of which just simply let the stamp set shine. Stampin' Up has wonderful, clear, crisp artwork and clever designs, which can often be overwhelmed with all the bling people layer on sometimes!
They'll make a cute little gift for someone down the road, in a Tangerine Tango stationery case. Instructions for a quick, one sheet carry case can be found here. My friend and fellow demo Jeri F. and I adapted one that used to take a 12x12 sheet and waste a bunch of paper, and modified the measurements so that you can do it with ZERO waste. Love that!
If you like a challenge--pick a set you haven't played around with enough, choose one color that's waaaaaaaay out of your comfort zone, and a nice versatile embellishment like ribbon--and then start simple and work your way up. Not only will you probably decide you really do like that crazy color, but you can feel good about getting some ink on that unused rubber AND produce some cute, quick cards for a friend. Have fun!