I'm finding the secret to making cards without the coordinating stamp set is the Big Shot, fancy punches, ribbon and scissors. You need some contrast and some dimension to make the cards stand out. Of course, Stampin' Up's perfectly matched colors really helps.
These cards are also made with the Greenhouse Gala Designer Series paper, a pack I didn't think I liked when looking at the picture in the catalog. Of course, I should have known that the thumbnail print couldn't do it justice.!
The Real Red card stock on the side of the above card was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, wrapped with some old Baja Breeze Ribbon and adorned with words from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set punched with the Modern Label punch. I cut the daisy-like flower from a scrap of the designer paper and mounted it with dimensionals overlapping the textured Real Red card stock.
This card just wouldn't lay straight in my scanner, but you can get the idea. The same Greenhouse Gala designer series paper mounted on Real Red and then adhered to the Baja Breeze card stock. The butterflies are embossed and cut with the Big Shot, as is the scalloped rectangle. Sincere Salutations provided the "Birthday Wishes" stamp.
Products you can order to duplicate these cards:
Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper, 117167, $9.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, 115370, $36.95
Sincere Salutations stamp set, 115068, $23.95
Real Red Classic Ink Pad, 103133, $5.95
Modern Label punch, 119849, $16.95
Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 117335, $7.95
Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die (butterflies), 118138, $11.95
Scallop Rectangle Clearlits Die, 118872, $7.50
Pear Pizzazz card stock, 119795, $6.95 for 24 sheets 8-1/2" x 11"
Real Red card stock, 102482, $6.95 for 24 sheets 8-1/2" x 11"
Baja Breeze card stock 111352, $6.95 for 24 sheets 8-1/2" x 11"
Whisper White card stock, 100730, $8.50 for 40 sheets 8-1/2" x 11"
Substitute the ribbon with 5/8" wide satin or grosgrain ribbon in Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip or Real Red, or 1/2" wide Stitched-Poly Ribbon in Pear Pizzazz, pages 190-191 in the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog.