Tightwad Tuesday – Featuring: Thankful Thinking Stamp set and Kit

Hi All,

Welcome to Tightwad Tuesday where you will find links and ideas for stamping on a budget!   Check the sidebar for a downloadable  list of the more than 151 stamp sets and wheels that fall into this Under $20 category and for the Under $20 holiday mini sets as well.

Before we jump right in I thought I would take a minute to express my thanks for all the encouraging emails so many of you have been sending my way.   This little 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ card was a quicky I put together after seeing various versions spread across the web – each and every one bringing a smile to my face – though made just for fun it reminded me that friends are like the blossoms in our baskets.  Colorful, sweet smelling and bringing joy and smiles to brighten our day.  Thanks to  you all for being just such friends please consider this a virtual eCard sent to each and every one of you. 

And oh yeah, the set being featured today could easily be substituted for the Short and Sweet set used on this card. 😀 

Thank You Flower Basket 001

Stamps:  Short & Sweet

Inks:  Rich Razzleberry Marker and ink pad

Cardstock:  Barely Banana, Lavender Lace, Almost Amethyst, Rich Razzleberry, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla & Textured Chocolate Chip 

 Accessories:   Round Tab Punch, Large and small Oval Punch (handle), Trio Flower Punch, Little Leaves Sizzlit die, Big Shot

 Note:   The yellow background is just the backing sheet from the scanner though I suppose it could also give you the idea for a larger card base.



Thankful Thinking stamp and simply sent kit


Today’s featured stamp set is Thankful Thinking  ( #113786, $13.95, pg. 173) and it coordinates with the kit of  the same name – Stampin’ Up’s Simply Sent Card Elements kit – Thankful Thinking  (#114572, $15.95, pg. 173).    The stamp set and kit are each sold separately and are each under $20 and so qualify for frugal stamping!  The Stamp set can be used alone or in combination with any number of other stamp sets.  And would work wonderfully with the Ribbon of Hope single stamp I’ll be featuring on this coming Frugal Friday post.    This very versatile set allows for general thanks as well as thinking of you type cards that everyone needs in their to be sent file.    And the two small flowers and the Circle stamps also have a terrific amount of utility and creativity possible in various combinations.

Tip:  Another set I saw recently on someone’s blog had taken a similar Thinking of You image and left the TH uninked so that it read “inking of you”.  Perfect for one stamper to send to another don’t you think?

Here’s what SU has to say about the Thankful Thinking – Simply Sent Card Element kit:

Having handmade cards on hand for short notice occasions is fabulous. This kit contains the essentials for creating beautiful cards. And the designs are beautiful! These kits are wonderful for beginners or anyone who wants to create several of the same card without spending a lot of time.
■ Includes step-by-step instructions for nine standard cards–3 each of 3 designs.
■ Photos and project instructions are included.
■ Coordinates with: Ruby Red, Kraft, and Bashful Blue
■ Coordinates with Thankful Thinking stamp set; coordinating stamp set sold separately

Kit Includes:

 2 sheets each of 8-1/2″ x 11″ Bashful Blue, Ruby Red, and Kraft card stock;

1 sheet 8-1/2″ x 11″ self-adhesive die cuts; 2 sheets 8-1/2″ x 11″ single-sided Designer

Series paper; Chocolate Chip 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon, Chocolate Chip 1/4″ grosgrain

ribbon, Styled Silver brads, Bashful Blue buttons, Very Vanilla buttons (stamp set,

adhesive, and ink not included).


When I first started stamping 3 years ago I began with the Traditional Simply Sent Kits that included a stamp set, inks, adhesives and generally taught you at least one interesting technique in each kit.  With the directions and everything you needed it was possible to create fun and professionally designed cards right from the start.  I found the step by step directions to generally be pretty good especially since they had pictures accompanying them.  My first introduction to watercoloring with our Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Aquapainter came from an earlier kit and with each kit I learned something new and exciting as well as getting to try a wide variety of embellishments.    Stampin’ Up a  year or so ago decided to create a second class of kit that was less costly but just as much fun. And thus kits like this one featured here today were born. 

By Breaking out the stamps separately you  have the choice to use stamps you already have or another set  you might like even better.  SU also jumped on the popular sticker bandwagon and like our Scrappin’ Kits that have had stickers for some time they included them in these new kits.  Makes cardmaking easy and fun even for the youngest stampers.   These lower priced kits still include some embellishments though you can always add more from your stash and the inks are also left up to you.   Sounds like a trade off I know but I like the versatility it offers and the chance to try a kit for almost a third  the cost of the other full kits.   Don’t get me wrong I love the full kits.  Especially the new one with pansies but this lower cost kit makes it possible for more people to jump right in and create cards.  

The other thing to remember with these kits is that you can totally disregard the directions and make any number of cards by varying the size, the design and maybe even adding in some additional basic neutral cardstock for the base cards and then decorate with the colored cardstock included in the kit!  You can create the 9 full size cards of the kit or you can create twice as many 3×3 cards, tags, etc.   You are only limited by your imagination.



http://www.facebook.com/notes.php?id=80806939026&start=10 – uses both Thankful Thinking & Ribbon of Hope








http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1384003?&cat=16097 – with quote from Anne Frank

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1388472?&cat=16097 – Index card showing all images – still cute though


Splitcoast Gallery:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=16097


 This stamp set would be fun to use with either of the following techniques:

Technique - Poppin Pastels

Technique - Stamping with Bleach


Thanks for stopping in for another Tightwad Tuesday and I hope to see you back on Friday for another Frugal Friday that will feature Ribbon of Hope and Pretty in Pink products to celebrate October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   On the days in between you’ll find a variety of other bits and pieces.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean


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