Tightwad Tuesday – Features: Patterned Pines

Hi All,

I hope your week has gotten off to a fabulous and creative start.   Today its time for another Tightwad Tuesday installment featuring another Under $20 stamp set.  For a complete listing of all 151 stamps and wheels that are under $20 check the right hand sidebar for a downloadable/printable list.   The Holiday Mini has its own list there as well of the 19 stamps and wheels contained in its many pages.     

Todays featured stamp set is the Level 1 hostess set from the Holiday Mini  –  Patterned Pines  ( #116525, Free, Page 4 Holiday Mini).

What Stampin’ Up has to say about Patterned Pines:    The bold images in the Patterned Pines stamp set help add strong colors and beautiful patterns to your holiday projects. This is a level 1 Hostess stamp set, so it cannot be purchased, but it can be earned for free! Contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and book your workshop today.

Patterned Pines Holiday mini page


The corner scroll stamp is perfect for tags or to create a frame for a greeting or text stamp image.  The snowflake whether used with Versamark for a watermark image across your background or a fully inked image has a beautiful lacework design that makes me think of Scandinavian arts and crafts and especially their baked goods!    The little star stamp is perfectly sized for a tree topper or a field of stars for your snowflake or trees.  Cute on the back of the card  too, where you might sign your name across it.    And the tree whether you ink it, Versamark it or emboss it with Gold will add some fun and funk and a hint of retro to any project.  The patterns in the trees remind me of our flocked paper also from the mini and work well together.  If you have some of the old SU fun flock you could even make your own flocked designs using these stamps.

And don’t forget Patterned Pinesis the ultimate frugal stamp set since it’s free!  Okay, yes you have to have an order of $150 to earn it, but hey that’s what friends and workshops are for right??  Many entrepreneurs make their money using other peoples money for leverage.  So free stamps and friends to provide some of the seed money?  You bet!   Hostess a class, a SAS, a workshop or club meeting and get your hands on this lovely set.  If 7 friends agree to purchase a frugal set every month or 6 weeks (by my definition that’s $20 each) and you rotate the hostessing you’ll each get a free hostess set, learn how to use the set you purchased, as well as  the other good deals that come a club members way (free catalogs, etc).  Sound interesting?   Ask me how this type of club works and we’ll set a date for your group to meet.

Frugalista tip:when using layering mat pieces – any piece that will be hidden by another layer can have punch pieces (or a section with a craft knife) cut from the center hidden areas thus allowing you to reclaim some of the paper that would otherwise simply be hidden (wasted?).   Helpful especially for projects where you might want to layer punch pieces for a text/greeting addition to a card in coordinating colors.  I’ve been secretly (shamefully :D) doing this for awhile but now this practice has been outed and approved by fellow demonstrators I thought I would share.

For this and a very cool Big Shot trick with my favorite Scallop Square Clear Bigz die my thanks to Tami White and her video found here – http://stampwithtami.com/blog/2009/10/video-tutorial-polished-stone-stampinup/



http://www.jaydeestamping.com/weblog/patterned-pines/– Elegant and Shimmerlicious perfect for an SAS


 http://sleepyinseattlestamps.blogspot.com/2009/09/patterned-pines_17.html – Quilt looking Star/snowflake










 http://ilinacrouse.blogspot.com/2009/09/happy-holidays.html – snowflakes from the set as background




Splitcoaststampers Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=Patterned+Pines+Stampin+Up

Stampin Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3232


Thanks for checking in and I hope you found some inspiring uses for this lovely Holiday Mini stamp.   Remember that this and the Level 2 hostess set from the mini will only be available for orders placed by January 4, 2010.  After that date if you haven’t gotten this set you’ll only be able to drool over others creative uses as Hostess sets are never added back to the catalog (truth in advertising disclosure: In the past hostess sets were added back on occasion – Itty Bitty Backgrounds to name one –  but SU a few years ago changed that policy to protect the exclusivity of the hostess program).

Have a fabulous Tuesday and rest of your week and stop on back for Frugal Friday and the days in between.

Hugs and blessings and Happy Stamping – Jean


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