Frugal Friday: Itty Bitty Background stamps & wheels

Hi All,

In the background – the little guys add to the fun but get so little of the credit.

These little stamps featured today pack a lot of wallop for such tiny background stamps.   And some like the itty bitty background set has become such a must have its been kept in the Stampin’ Up Catalog for more than 10 years.  Originally it started life as a hostess stamp and then was brought back by popular demand – not to mention because of its awesome utility.

Designed to add interest and texture to the backgrounds these stamps can be used in a variety of ways.  And all of them, given their low price, will spare your pocketbook any trauma. 

Click on the picture to see a larger image.

W = wood    CL  = Clear Mount   IBC = Idea Book & Catalog (main catalog)

Itty Bitty Backgrounds – #114996, $14.95, pg. 132 IBC

Don’t have a Spritz tool?  You can replicate that spatter look with images from this set.  The little open circles also works for underwater fish bubbles or falling snow. 

A true workhorse that rarely gets full credit in galleries and blog details and a great way to add interest to otherwise plain pages and projects.

Links:

SCS Gallery:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?page=1&cat=547

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=706

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http://www.stampinred.com/stampinred/2009/01/my-leadership-swaps.html

http://leslierich.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2009/09/29/happy-week/

http://karenstamps.tripod.com/karenstamps/id46.html

http://www.chrisstamps.com/my_weblog/2009/06/my-favorite-stampin-up-christmas-card.html

http://rubberstampinzone.wordpress.com/2009/09/30/my-brayer-stampin-up-autumn-days/

http://www.dawnsstampingthoughts.net/2009/08/pickapetal-sad-face-card-video-.html

http://www.stampwithtami.com/gallery/index.php?action=displaycat&catid=164

http://atpaulasplace.blogspot.com/2009/07/party-hardy-at-card-making-party.html

http://atpaulasplace.blogspot.com/2009/06/simple-silhouettes.html

http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=15590&title=a-tropical-heat-wave&cat=706

http://addinkandstamp.blogspot.com/2010/03/country-hello.html

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Boho Backgrounds – #114940, $17.95, pg. 123 IBC

A couple of background stamps, a couple of sayings, borders and one larger image make this set a wonderful bargain.   The one block with words and borders can either be inked selectively with markers or cut up into individual stamps.

Perfect for use with Emboss resist technique among others and of course this set coordinates with a number of  other Boho style stamps, wheels and embellishments.

Links:

SCS Gallery:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=12467

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=577

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http://atpaulasplace.blogspot.com/2009/07/that-pretty-little-dress.html

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1644843?&cat=12467

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1600615?&cat=12467

http://www.newenglandstamper.com/my_weblog/2009/11/butterfly-color-challenge.html

http://atpaulasplace.blogspot.com/search?q=boho+backgrounds

http://pattystamps.typepad.com/pattys_stamping_spot/2008/01/boho-background.html

http://pattystamps.com/pattys_stamping_spot/2008/04/glitter-oh-my.html

http://technostamper.blogspot.com/2008/07/boho-backgrounds-swap-card-and-another.html

http://www.stampingatcatscorner.com/stamping_at_cats_corner_t/2008/03/simply-for-yo-1.html

http://jansstampingcreations.blogspot.com/2008/01/boho-backgrounds.html

http://www.westphillystamper.com/westphillystamper/2009/05/boho-backgrounds.html

http://www.stampinpretty.com/2008/04/candy-tin-tutor.html

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1574938?&cat=12467

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1509280?&cat=12467

http://chercroppin.blogspot.com/2009/08/boho-wonderful-friend.html

http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=7947&title=friendly-boho-blossoms&cat=577

http://danielledaws.blogspot.com/search/label/Boho%20Backgrounds

http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=7012&title=0121&cat=577

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Sprinkles – #115076, $14.95, pg.   IBC

From hearts to flowers to butterflies and little funky images this set has it all.  Create beautiful background papers for spring or add a “sproing” to the background of a Lots of Bots stamped card.  Or when you’re not sure just what that is coming out of the sky on a cloudy winter day perhaps the little funky image stamp would work for that kind of weather too – LoL! 

After stampin you can then decide whether to color in the images or leave them plain or even emboss with clear or metallic embossing powders for an even different look or as part of a resist technique.  Though other small backgrounds have retired.  Stampin’ Up has kept this one in the line up for the last few years because (I think) of its versatilty and popularity.

Links:

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=12554

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=821

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http://www.barbstamps.com/my_weblog/2010/03/easter-treat-made-with-free-stamps.html

http://www.stampinpretty.com/2010/03/ppa33-go-green.html

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1650563?&cat=12554

http://www.sandimaciver.com/sandi_maciver/2009/03/sizziz-chick-cute-chick.html

http://donnastamps.blogspot.com/2010/03/thanks-mum.html

http://www.stampinup.com/ca/enc/11436_11438.asp

http://thehugbox.com/?p=864

http://stamp.monicaklos.com/blog/2009/10/cards-from-september-stamp-class/

http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=3298&title=scalloped-hi&cat=821

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Delicate Dots – Jumbo Wheel – #115622, $8.50  pg.

The Delicate Dots Jumbo Stampin’ Around wheel coordinates perfectly with the Enjoy Every Moment stamp set. Ideal for making borders, backgrounds, and embellishments, this wheel is just what you need when you have to make a large quantity of cards quickly.

Links:

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17445

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: none

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http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1438411?&cat=17445

http://www.barbstamps.com/my_weblog/2010/02/extra-large-fancy-flower-punch.html

http://animalscraps.blogspot.com/2010/03/totally-tea-party.html

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Hearts O’ Plenty – Standard Wheel – #115621, $6.50, pg.

Not just for Valentines…use anytime you want a small background that shows your love.  As always with any wheel perfect for creating your own background papers, belly bands and adding image texture to any blank page.   Perfect too for creating frames in scrap pages to let someone know at a glance how you feel about the frames contents.

Links:

SCS Gallery:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17471

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: none

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http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1606449?&cat=17471

http://www.thestampingrove.co.uk/2010/02/stampin-up-hearts-o-plenty-continued.html

http://www.stampindad.com/2010/01/valentines-holiday-hop.html

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If you enjoyed all of the above small elements there is a newer set as well that meets this same function –    Though it doesn’t meet my Under $20 frugal test it’s still well worth a look.

Extreme Elements – #115181, $26.95, pg. 81 IBC has flair and drama and a modern edginess to it that makes it well worth it’s somewhat higher price than my usual recommendations.  It coordinates with many of our teen stamps while also working with many grown up sets as well.  Many samples I’ve seen add a definite cool factor when combined with our many SU stencils and stamps.   

And if price is a factor this cool set is also available as a brush set – download for My Digital Studio (MDS)  or other graphic software at the very reasonable cost of $1.95!!   Order #119099 in the online store.

Also during May this is one of the stamp sets whose purchase earns you a free set of brads – check out the May special flyer in my sidebar

SCS Gallery:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17450

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3144&page=1

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http://www.barbstamps.com/my_weblog/2010/05/more-red-black-and-gray.html – Extreme Elements

http://cindymajor.typepad.com/encre_papier_ciseaux/2009/09/dude.html

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1684485?&cat=17450

http://literallymyjoy.blogspot.com/search/label/Extreme%20Elements – MDS version

http://stephzerbedesign.blogspot.com/search?q=extreme+elements

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1487632?&cat=17450

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1471801?&cat=17450

http://www.etsy.com/listing/44120714/stampin-up-extreme-elements-jewelry-art?ref=sr_gallery_3&ga_search_query=brass_wire&ga_search_type=all&ga_page=&includes%5B0%5D=materials

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Hope you’ve enjoyed this latest edition of Frugal Friday featuring stamps and wheels under $20.  For a full listing of the stamps and wheels that qualify check out my righthand sidebar.  There are lists for the IBC and for the Summer mini.  Also don’t forget to check the continuing product flyer as well.  Lots of great bargains to be found there as well.

Hugs and blessings – Jean

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One Response

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog Jean. I have long enjoyed your contributions to the forums on various sites, and also your willingness to share your extensive knowledge of Stampin’ Up – the company, its policies and its products. Love your work too!
    Gail

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