Frugal Friday – Featuring: A Flower for All Seasons

 

Welcome to another addition of Frugal Friday featuring budget stamp sets, links to samples and a tip or two.

 In my quest to keep stamping affordable for as many as possible I did a bit of research a year or so ago and started coming out with my new catalog Under $20 stamps list.  Now that Stampin’ Up! has returned to an annual catalog we have more time to aquire and play with these fun sets.   And the new 2009-2010 catalog has far and away the largest number of these affordable sets!

Stampin’ Up!  in the main catalog currently offers over 150 stamps and stamp sets under $20 and thats not counting the wheels!   Talk about a deal!  If you would like to see a complete list click here  for the PDF and here  for the spreadsheet  to view or download your own personal copy. 

I’m so excited that starting next Tuesday I’ll have a second source of inspiration and budget sets to share with you all as the new holiday mini will go live on that day.  I’ll also add a supplemental page listing these new under $20 items to the lists found in my Scribd download files as linked above.

The new holiday mini  has 19 stamping items under $20 if you include the 3 new wheels and 2 new hostess sets.   I always include the hostess sets since you can earn them for free!  Can’t get any more under $20 than free right???    And I might add that there are 3 sets that only missed by less than a dollar!  With the mini coming in at 40 pages that’s almost 1 under $20 for every other page!

 Okay on to todays featured set!   

A flower for all seasons - catalog samples

 

A flower for all seasons

A Flower for All Seasons – #111592,  $14.95   pg. 103 of the Idea Book and Catalog.

Released  in 2008 this set of 4 stamps has  many possible uses and covers an entire years worth of  seasons and holidays.  

 Rather like a bouquet for any holiday this set lends itself to both the simplicity of a plain line drawing or the fun of Watercoloring or other color treatments.  I’ve seen it stamped plain and embossed with Gold or silver to create an elegant set of stationary cards.   And also colored simply on a single layer card or tag.  A  3D  possibility is to stamp all four images in a row on a tee shirt or pillow or even tiles and coasters.   So,  multi layered, embellished or plain…full sized cards, box projects or simple 3×3 gift cards  it’s a perfect set for year round stamping.

 

Links to Inspiration:

http://www.stampwithtami.com/gallery/comments.php?action=detail&id=5753

http://www.donnaj9.com/?page_id=1713

http://www.donnaj9.com/?p=1397

http://lindastamps.wordpress.com/2009/05/12/more-retired-stamps-up/

http://dawnsstampingthoughts.typepad.com/dawns_stampin_studio/2008/09/simple-thank-you-note.html

http://www.earresistablestamper.com/weblog/2009/04/vellum-card-class-project-3.html

http://crouchingdoggraphics.com.au/2009/07/14/a-flower-for-everyone/

http://larisaodonnell.com/2009/06/01/hostesses-with-the-mostest/

http://www.catherinepooler.com/?p=142

http://purplebuttons.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/recent-hostess-gifts/

http://www.sandimaciver.com/sandi_maciver/stamp-set—a-flower-for-all-seasons/

http://www.sarahklass.com/multi-tasking-of-the-stampin-kind/

http://www.sarahklass.com/the-second-in-the-series/

http://dostamping.typepad.com/dostamping_with_dawn/2009/03/a-flower-for-all-seasons-hinged-card.html

http://cambriaturnbow.blogspot.com/2008/08/flower-for-all-seasons.html

http://christies-creations.blogspot.com/2008/09/flower-for-all-seasons.html

http://www.stampingwithlois.com/2009/05/last-one.html

 And of course last but not least:

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=14530 – 456 entries in the Splitcoaststamper (SCS) gallery.

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 Tip: If you plan to color this image with markers, aquapainter, blender pen, pencils or crayonsyou will want to first stamp the images with a permanent ink like SU’s Stazon or other non bleeding ink of your choice.    For basic instructions on watercoloring click here for text and pictures or  here  & here for a quick video using ink pads or watercolor pencils. 

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This next tip takes me back to my own childhood and perhaps yours as well.   Somewhere along the line manufactures figured out how to cover images in coloring books with dry dots of color that then became waterpaints when a damp brush was washed over the image.  As a kid with very little artistic ability I thought that was one of the coolest inventions around and I’ve noticed that they are still popular today.   However being of a thrifty mind I discovered I could come up with something somewhat similar using my Stampin’ Up! tools and product.   I was overjoyed to discover that my watercolor pencils last seemingly forever no matter how many little books I make up!  And of course the stamps last even longer!  So it’s possible to create an endless supply of these fun books for my neices and nephews to enjoy just as I did when I was their age.

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Tip:  The watercolor pencils have another fun function for kids (The Wonder Watercolor crayons will also work for this but they do tend to rub off a bit on the facing pages).  You can create your own mini watercoloring books with stamped images (remembering to use Stazon) then sketch in the color with the dry pencil.  Then hand an aquapainter or brush to the child and watch their eyes bug out as the color comes alive as they wash the water tip across the color.    Of course the kids might want to do the pencil part themselves too.  It all depends on the age and inclination.

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I hope you are enjoying  this new feature.   And of course if you would like to order this set or any other please contact me or your own demo for details and any specials.  After all if you can get a cheap set at a discount so much the better right??  

 

Hugs and blessings – Jean

 

 

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