Tightwad Tuesday: Occasions stamping under $10


Hi All,

And welcome to Tightwad Tuesdays look at Occasions stamps under $10. At this price point you can purchase two of these and still be under the $20 frugal limit I use for these posts.  Such a deal!   To see the full list of Stamps under $20 check the sidebar and my SCRIBD files for both the Idea Book and Catalog and the Occasions mini.

Another reason you might want two??    Because many of these stamps featured today will work together if you let them kiss!    Kiss!!!??  you say??     Yep – that’s an official stamping term for when you transfer a stamps pattern and ink to another for a very cool effect.   See the bottom of the post for directions and a link to a tutorial PDF from Stampin’ Up!  

Reminds me of a variation of the old Double Mint Gum commercials…..two, two….two stamps in one!

 Keep an eye out for this cool technique with the many links listed below.


Click on pictures to see close up.   And since some of the stamp images are smaller than true size the “exploded” circles give you a close up of the true design.  


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

Butterfly Accent – #119211, $7.95, pg.43 Occasions mini

This stamp has a really special secret….it loves to be kissed!  Uh huh…you heard me right…well okay maybe you heard me but didn’t “get” me.   In addition to the usual meaning kissing is also a stamping technique!   In this case you could use one of the other stamps featured here such as Fine Flourish or Dot,Dot,Dot…ink it up and then bring the two stamps together face to face.  This leaves a marvelous design on the butterfly that you can then stamp onto your paper…ah now you get why the butterfly is blank!   Note: Any stamp with a desireable pattern will work for this trick.  Medallion and Bella Toile are two background stamps that also work magnificently for this.  Another “blank” stamp with kissing possibilities is C is for Cat one of the low cost catalog stamp sets available for free through Sale-a-Bration.  Now your cats could have polka dots as well as stripes (their fish too)!


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=18603

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3332

















 Go Green – #117074, $6.95, pg.43 Occasions mini

Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day this stamp if selectively inked will also work for those who enjoy making an environmental statement.    Of course if you are a Green Bay Packer fan it will probably work for you as well!

The small Shamrock can also be individually inked to create a background or provide an accent where ever a four leaf clover is needed.   After all while some of us may only be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day some of us are Irish all year round!


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=18602

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3331


http://www.stampsomefun.com/2010/03/st-patricks-day-and-more-reverse-image-stamping-the-video.html – reverse stamping – pictorial version here – http://www.stampsomefun.com/2010/03/st-patricks-day-and-more-reverse-image-stamping.html
















Like-O-Meter – #117667, $8.95, pg.43 Occasions mini

I’ve seen quite a few ways this stamp has been used.  Some have  inked only the thermometer section and written in or computer generated their own lists.   A few have used this as a fundraising reminder with numbers inserted to the right and the thermometer colored in.

Some chocoholics have added just one or two extra levels with of course chocolate at the top and peas or other vegetables at the bottom – lol!

I’ve even heard rumors that a few stampers actually used this to break up with their significant others who were no long so significant!  Not sure that’s what Shelli intended when she approved this design but to each their own!


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=18601

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3330
















Fine Flourish – #115709, $9.95, pg.42 Occasions mini

Actual stamp dimension is approx. 2-7/8″x2-5/8″

A wonderful “kissing” partner that is also pretty elegant all on it’s own.  It can be used singly or in groups.  Embossed or plain.  Perfect also for resist stamping techniques as well.   Has a bit of an Art Deco feel or even a Morris pattern feel.   Some of my favorite projects kept those types of color schemes in mind when working the design.    And much like some of our stencils you can mask off certain portions and use tiny pieces.   Works with stencils as well.    Punch a template stencil of circles for instance then stamp across the center and punch out and you will have a wonderful layering piece to use with our Medallion stamp.  Very versatile in more ways than you might think.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=18597

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3327



















Solid Stripes – #115707, $9.95, pg.42 Occasions mini

Actual stamp dimension is approx. 2-7/8″x2-5/8″

Another Kissable stamp or use to create your own borders and backgrounds.   Used with masks you can also create a peek a boo or gateway effect.  Another stamp that can be used alone or with repeated images to create groupings.   You can also use markers to make each line it’s own color or length.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=18599

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3328





http://www.stampinpretty.com/2010/02/i-heart-mojo-monday.html – heart was “kissed” with solid stripes








A to Z – #115711, $9.95, pg.42 Occasions mini

Actual stamp dimension is approx. 2-7/8″x2-5/8″

Another ideal “kissing” and background stamp.  For an interesting newsprint look you can even stamp across fabric flowers from the Pretties Kit or various punch pieces.  How about a newsprint looking 2 step Bird Punch?   Use a thumping technique with markers for multicolors or emboss for various looks as well.  Of course if you stare at it too long you might just find yourself singing the alphabet song over and over and over……


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=18596

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3325




http://www.createwithpaper.com/createwithpaper/2010/01/make-takes-at-leadership-conference.html -click on picture to see close up





Dot, Dot, Dot – #115332, $9.95, pg.42 Occasions mini

Actual stamp dimension is approx. 2-7/8″x2-5/8″

Another ideal “kissing” stamp.  Would also work to stamp polka dots onto ribbon, pretties kit flowers and almost any other stampable surface.    Polka dots are still a fashion statement so it’s wonderful to have another back in the arsenal.  and if you are into clay projects (such as those using femo) you can use this as a texturing tool.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=18598

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3326

















Little Angel – #11874 (CL), $9.95, pg.35 Occasions mini

Also available in wood mount for just a few dollars more – #117684 (W), $12.95

Whether your babies are people with skin or angels with fur you can probably come up with some fun ideas for this set.   I have to say I love the lullaby & goodnight image.  Makes me want to grab my guitar and start writing songs.   And the sweet pea image would be perfect for homemade seed packets too.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=18591

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3318









Extra Postage – #118559 (CL), $9.95, pg.37 Occasions mini

Also available in wood mount for just a few dollars more – #114405 (W), $12.95

Not just for mailing though some days the Handle with Care might not go amiss on a package or letter this set works for many, many occasions.   How about stamping Handle with Care on a large Heart die cut or punch piece and mount it on an I’m sorry type of card.   Priority works with a number of instances as well.   Maybe also a set of cards for your post person or Insurance agent?   I can picture the Extra Postage required on a scrap page about a set of twins, triplets or more.  Maybe stamped across the pregnant mom’s tum in a picture for a baby shower invite?  You’re only limited by your imagination!


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=18593

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: none








 Note Chocolate Bunny single stamp while not pictured here is also part of this under $10 group and was featured on this post – https://jlfstudio.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/tightwad-tuesday-looks-towards-easter-spring


Tip:   Kissing Samples and directions

 Kissing ala Stampin’ Up!

Basic Directions:

1) Ink a patterned stamp, such as one of our background stamps.

2) Press a solid, uninked stamp against the patterned stamp, transferring the pattern to the solid stamp.

3) Stamp the solid image on card stock.

Alternate Tips:

After completing Step 2, the patterned stamp can also be used for a “reverse kissing” look.

Before completing Step 2, you could ink your solid stamp image with a lighter color. 


 Handout with these directions plus pictures is available in my SCRIBD files (see sidebar) or click here.  Hope you’ve enjoyed this look at stamping in style with low cost but gorgeous single stamps and sets.

Tip: Stamps aren’t the only thing you can ink to get a kissable transfer.  Stampin’ Up’s Texturz plates and impressions folders for the Big Shot also have fun and interesting designs that can be inked and transferred to a “blank” stamp.


Hope you enjoyed this look at single stamping and stamps under $10.   I’ll be back latter this week with more frugal stamping as well as look at a Valentine Stamp a Stack who’s cards could be altered for general use or Mother’s day as well.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Tightwad Tuesday Looks towards Easter & Spring

Hi All,

Here we are in the midst of Lent and the end of Winter (hopefully), as we approach Easter, Spring, Passover and whatever other holidays you are celebrate this time of year it’s time once again to get stamping. 

Yesterday saw a few small snow flurries here in my corner of Southern Oregon.  Only the second such this Winter.  Sadly the flakes didn’t last long… though long enough to scare the kitties from going out.  Funny that they don’t mind walking in deep snow but a few scattered flakes and they act like their paws are on fire! I tried to catch a few flakes on my tongue but they seemed to melt before they got that far!   Crazy weather worldwide or so it seems…Georgia & Dallas in the south get snow and Oregon in the Pacific Northwest pretty much not.

Anyway….with Lent under way I’m trying to get some Easter cards ready to hit the mail box and of course I’m trying to conserve my pennies so I can share them with Operation Rice Bowl and other charities…. so the savings on the new line of clear mount stamps and the cool single stamps available in the Occasions mini are helping both those causes quite a bit. 

Next to Christmas and Valentines – Easter and Mothers Day are probably the next most stamped holidays.   Luckily many of those card styles are easily altered to work for birthday’s,  thank you’s, weddings and other general occasions often with just the change in a text.   And also just as luckily the Occasions mini and of course the full catalog has stamp sets to meet the need.

The next couple of weeks I’ll be focusing on Spring and it’s holiday season of Easter, Passover, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and of course the rest of the Occasions mini before it expires on April 30th.   As I mentioned sometime back, with the advent of the Clear Mount line, that puts pretty much every item in the mini into the Frugal category.  Frugal for my purposes being defined as under $20.  For a full listing of all stamps and wheels that meet that criteria check my Sidebar and SCRIBD files for both the Occasions mini and the full catalog that you can download or print or view at your own convenience.

First up then is the Focus on Easter…..

As always to see more detail just click on the image to see the full size.


Abbreviations:  W = wood    CL  = Clear Mount

Well Scripted – #117072 (W), $19.95 –  #118601 (CL), $14.95 – pg. 19 Occasions mini

One of the most popular, best selling and versatile of the new Occasions stamp sets this set has just what you need for most occasions.  And in the clear mount version it’s incredibly easy to get the placement just right!  Being the lazy stamper that I am I love not having to get my Stamp a ma jig out if I don’t have to.

Frugally priced in both Wood and Clear Mount you can take your choice and know that this is a set you’ll be holding onto for years to come.   It’s also another of those text sets that each word in the image can stand alone or as grouped depending on how you ink and stamp it.   With the entire set to work with, its possible to come up with phrases like ….Happy Birthday dear, wonderful Mother  or Love You much dear Father or simply use the single words Love, dear, happy, wonderful, mother , father and so on.    Or combine with other stamp sets or alphabets to create Easter Blessings or other variations.


 SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=18581

 Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3309









http://creationsbyheather.com/2009/12/04/i-heart-hearts-i-love-love-jumbo-wheel-well-scripted-sneak-peeks – perfect for an anniversary card for hubby








http://www.stampeescafe.com/2010/01/happy-birthday-and-happy-easter.html – one card two different sentiments



Abundant Hope – #117054 (W), $17.95 – #118547 (CL), $13.95 – pg.24

This beautiful set offers inspiration and hope with a spiritual Easter message. Available in both wood-mount and clear-mount at frugal prices once again the choice is yours. 

The beauty of the daffodils line art and the scrolling flourish image also will work for any other occasion.  From Passover to Spring greetings to Mother’s Day, etc.   It even works for Father’s Day.  Whether simply stamped in a monochromatic treatment or a favorite coloring technique is applied this is an image that will charm and warm the heart.  Lots of possibilities for layering and cutting out if you have the time and scissor control too!

Set Quantity: 4


 SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=18585

 Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3313































Eggcoutrements – #118556 (CL), $16.95, pg.22

While the wood mount is outside my frugal guidelines the fact that this set coordinates with various punches – Scallop Border Punch, Designer Label, Large & Small Tag, 1” Circle – may make even the wood mount version a cost effective addition to your stamping cupboard.  The scallop image itself can be used year round to create borders for other occasions than Easter.  Though of course it will also create a very cute egg stand for the Easter Bunny and his colorful contributions.

One downside as far as punching the images goes –  the oval image doesn’t coordinate with any current punch though you could use the Wide Oval or Curly Label if you are okay with a wide border.  Otherwise you’ll have to cut out the oval by hand.  On the other hand the Wide Oval Punch with this image does make for a cool Easter Egg looking piece that could be placed in a pile with the Chocolate Bunny to keep an eye on.

Also note that the scallop bordered image as shown in the catalog is shorter than the actual stamp image.  The full stamp image as seen above has a full 14 scallops on it.  Stampin’ Up! wanted to show the full size of the piece but the small size nature of the mini didn’t allow the showing of the full length of the image.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=18583

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Chocolate Bunny – #116980, $7.95, pg.43 Occasions mini

Another one of Stampin’ Up’s frugally priced single stamps with the full detail and etched look that Stampin’ Up is famous for.   Gorgeous when embossed whether in Chocolate colors (White or Brown) or even in shimmery Gold.  

Beautiful in the many baskets crafters are coming up with or sitting in various types of grass or all alone in a simple CAS setting.  A few creative stampers are even having fun taking bites out of the bunny using scallop  punches!

When I saw this in the catalog I knew it was a must have image.  Reminiscent of childhood Easter baskets and other fond spring memories this bunny is to Spring and Easter what the Dasher stamp was for Christmas and Winter.  And all at a very reasonable price!  The only downside I can see is that this bunny isn’t edible!  Where oh where is Willy Wonka when you need him!


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=18600

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3329























Spring Floral Standard Wheel – #115166, $6.50, pg. 22 Occasions mini

Create rows of beautiful flowers with the Spring Floral Stampin ‘Around wheel.  And only available for a limited time!   As with all Stampin’ Up’s wheels you can create frames, borders, background papers and so much more.  Lovely for jazzing up plain envelopes too.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=18584

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery:








http://stampmaven.typepad.com/cardcandy/2010/03/i-know-easter-is-weeks-away-but.html – used on the So Saffron





Beautiful Wings Embosslit die – #118138, $11.95, pg.24

What the well dressed card is wearing this year…or so it seems.  Everywhere I look online the last few months I’m seeing these gorgeous butterflies.  This embosslit die when used with the Big Shot (or other die cutting machines) not only cuts but embosses fun patterns on the butterflies.   Shaped similarly to those die cuts from the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die you can group these little un’ s with their bigger siblings with charming results.  The raised embossed images lend themselves to sponging or the use of a sponge dauber to add some extra color to the detail.  You’ll find these little winged beauties addicting as well as a cause for depleting your stock of glue dots!

Here’s what Stampin’ Up! says about them:

Give your creativity wings with our Beautiful Wings Embosslits die. This chemically-etched die cuts and embosses a Beautiful Wings at the same time.

■ Designed to cut through one sheet of paper or card stock at a time
■ Use with Sizzix Big Shot machine, standard cutting pads, and multipurpose platform
■ Die size: 2-1/4″ x 2-1/2″

Tip: Here’s the measurements of the individual butterflies.

Measuring them from the widest wing span and top of wing to bottom of wing are:
large – 1 14/16″ W x 1 1/4″ H
spotted- 1″ W x 3/4″ H
striped- 10/16″ W x 1/2″ H
smallest (left side of spotted) 7/16″ W x 1/4″ H
last one to the right of spotted 3/4″ W x 1/2″ H

Tip:  Stampin’ Up! recommends placing the die with the hinge side on to the rollers of the Big Shot and only using one sheet at a time of paper in the die.  This should add to the life of the die.  On a personal note I discovered that the embosslit type of die works quite well with pretty much any manual die cutting machine on the market even the older pump handle versions.   Some have even reported success using a rolling pin or stomping on the die applying lots of pressure!  Of course those last two probably voids the dies warranty so I wouldn’t recommend it.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=beautiful+wings+embosslit

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/search.php?searchid=7734


http://lovenstamps.blogspot.com/2010/03/one-embosslit-several-techniques.html – video with tips










http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1634358?&si=beautiful wings embosslit





Eggcellent Eggs Kit – #117179, $9.95

While originally aimed at decorating Easter Eggs or other 3D projects – looking at all the goodies in the kit convinced me that I could use the contents to make a bazillion Easter cards if I parceled the goodies out with some added in cardstock and DSP.  The Eggstands make perfect border pieces and accents, the die cut flowers and leaves and swirls perfect spring card accents, rub ons of course always work on cards and of course the rhinestones add the bling factor.  Whether you add in your own stamps or go inkless you’ll have some sweet cards for gift enclosures, full size Easter, Thank You, Birthday or what have you.  Use on Dark Cardstock and you can write your own greetings with a gel pen!  All sheets in the kit are 6″x6″.

■ White Rub-Ons (two 6″x 6″ sheets)
■ Printed, die-cut egg stands (24)
■ Clear self-adhesive rhinestones (one 6″ x 6″ sheet)
■ Die-cut flowers, 4 sheets (one 6″ x 6″ sheet each of 4 colors)
■ Die-cut leaves (one 6″ x 6″ sheet)

Coordinating Colors:

Pretty in Pink, Pale Plum, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Bashful Blue


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=Eggcellent+Eggs+Kit+&x=23&y=17

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3339


http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1629994?&si=Eggcellent Eggs Kit  







http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1626612?&si=Eggcellent Eggs Kit – Eggcellent Eggs part 1

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1626613?&si=Eggcellent Eggs Kit – Eggcellent Eggs Part 2

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1626614?&si=Eggcellent Eggs Kit – Eggcellent Eggs Part 3

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1626615?&si=Eggcellent Eggs Kit – Eggcellent Eggs Part 4

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1626438?&si=Eggcellent Eggs Kit – Eggcellent Eggs



http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1599906?&si=Eggcellent Eggs Kit 


Sweet Pea Stitched Felt – #117266, $7.95, pg. 32

Custom-colored felt pieces that match Stampin’ Up’s exclusive line of colors they add a whimsical touch to your creations.

With 52 pieces in the set you are looking at about 15 cents apiece in cost.  Not bad since you can create beautiful projects with just one or a couple for each card or page or 3D object.   They also coordinate well with the latest craze for die cut felt baskets using the Big Shot and the Birds and Blooms die, not to mention felt bird nests and appliqué pieces for quilts.  And as felt they can be needle felted to larger pieces (watch out for those wicked needles though as they can go right through your fingers)  – perfect for creating pin cushions as Lynn Larson did here (though she cut out her own felt pieces using the big shot – the sweet pea pieces would work as well) – http://www.learntostampandscrap.com/learn_to_stamp_and_scrap_/2010/01/tutorial-needle-felting-.html & http://www.learntostampandscrap.com/learn_to_stamp_and_scrap_/2010/01/big-shot-pincushion-obsession.html

52 pieces total: 8 three-petal flowers; 20 French-knot circles; 16 leaves; 8 six-petal flowers. Several are handcrafted with delicate stitching.

Coordinating colors:  Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=sweet+pea+stitched+felt

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3341



http://jillstamps.typepad.com/stampin_in_his_name/2010/03/share-what-you-love-sweet-pea-notepad.html – text stamp can be substituted for any other




http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1621113?&si=sweet pea stitched felt



http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1614045?&si=sweet pea stitched felt


Other frugal sets previously featured with Spring & Easter images and possibilities:

You can use the search box in my sidebar to find the previous entries relating to these sets or check the Featured under $20 category also in the sidebar

Yippee Kiyay Holiday  #114369, $19.95. pg 42 IBC

Bella Toile background stamp

Pretty Petals background stamp

French Filigree

Beary Best Friends & Beary Best Times (not yet featured)

All Holidays

Holiday Blitz

Flower for all Seasons

Celebrate Everything


That’s it for this weeks edition of Tightwad Tuesday.  I hope you’ve found something here to add some pizzazz to your stamping fun while maintaining your claim to the Frugalista name.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Tightwad Tuesday: Birthdays continued

Hi All,

Continuing the birthday salute here’s another assortment of frugally priced stamp sets, downloads, scrappin’ kit and a few project links perfect for birthday gifts, party favors etc.

Please note also that several of these featured sets are also available as Sale-a-Bration freebies.  Can’t get more frugal than free right?  In fact if you decide to purchase a couple or more of these other non SAB sets you’ll qualify for the free SAB ones and then you’ll have all your future birthday needs covered!  Of course you’ll still need paper and ink etc. but hey that’s what a stash is for right (assuming your stash is all SU anyway :D)?

To see the full listing of stamp sets under $20 check out the right hand side bar SCRIBD documents.  These can be printed or downloaded as you desire.



Happy Everything – #115235, $18.95, pg. 142 IBC

Here’s a stamp set who’s name says it all.  Happy Everything has just about everything you need for wishing someone a happy something!

French version: #116249 – Not too sure where SU got the translation for this one as in my book this name as listed translates as happy happy.  Perhaps Joyeux Tout or Tout Joyeux.  Hmmm….I guess my French is a little rusty as well.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=7270

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=678



















Simple Birthday Thanks

#111546, $17.95, pg. 70 IBC

Though most often, this set seems to be used as a template of sorts for creating large cupcake images the original purpose for this stamp was to make it easy to send a cute and personalized thank you that even a child can create.   Not sure my Mom would approve.  She was big on handwritten notes and I think might look askance on a fill in the blank approach.  On the other hand in these modern life at high speed times I’m betting Grandparents and others would like any acknowledgement and at least the coloring could be done by hand to add that personal touch!


SCS Gallery:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=14663

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=802


















 A Little Birthday Cheer

#115018, $13.95, pg. 138 IBC

Digital download #119098, $1.95, online store

A versatile set of 4 phrases for every kind of birthday card. 

This is also one of the sets available for free through Sale-a-Bration. 

Two of the phrases will also work for non-birthday.  The “Celebrate You” text works for congratulations cards among others and the “Make a Wish” would work for cards about dreams and goals and aspirations of all kinds.  The “…and you thought I forgot” sentiment would even work for tongue in cheek anniversary cards and other occasions you want to “remember”.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=12523

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=728


http://juliesjapes.blogspot.com/2010/01/cheers-to-you.html – Brit version












Cupcakes standard wheel #113121, $6.50, pg.68 & 205

Now if only baking a set of cupcakes could be so easy!  This wheel lets you sweeten up any card or scrap page with mini cakes in a snap of the wrist.


SCS Gallery:

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=608









Celebration standard wheel  #112477, $6.50, pg.69 & 205

Companion wheel to the new set Party Hearty it’s  “time to celebrate” sentiment works for many occasions including birthdays.  Perfect to create quick banners by wheeling all over a banner sized roll of paper or to add an accent to card or scrap page.   I had a hard time finding published samples.  So sad when Google and my usual gallery sources fail me :D!


SCS Gallery: none

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: none



http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1092088?&si=celebration wheel



Birthdays Count Mini Note Kit  #116210, $9.95, Online Store

This lovely little kit was first featured in last springs catalog and originally was included in the retired list.  Turned out Stampin’ Up! had quite an overstock in the warehouse so for a limited time (while supplies last) it’s still available in the online store or through your local demo on a regular order.  Get yours while you can.  This mini kit includes a double-mounted stamp, 4 Whisper White Gift Notes & Envelopes, and a Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Spot.  All the basics you need  in one package to create a fun set of cards.  Just add a touch of inspiration and creativity to your embellishments and you are good to go.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=16395

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=572





On a Pedestal #113814, $19.95 pg. 71 IBC

One of the stamp sets included in the Starter Kit for new SU demonstrators so you know Stampin’ Up! considers it a staple set.  The cake plate image has been used in a number of fun ways by many card crafters and not just to hold a cake.  Lots of coloring possibilities and coordinates wonderfully with our eyelet and scallop border punches.  Very mod almost retro 60’s style adds color and dash to any card.   I might add that the texts can be non birthday as well and the cherry image can be used to create some fun background pers or added to Valentine cards since the cherry is a bit heart shaped.  You might even top an ice cream scoop card with the cherry as well.

This is a new set this season and is also available in French and Spanish.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17088

Stampin’ Addicts: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3187









http://scrapbookingcanada.blogspot.com/2009/08/on-pedestal-8×8-scrapbook-page.html – scrap page


http://ustamp4fun.com/bigz-xl-die-look-here-birthday-pop-up-card – used with Look Here die

http://www.thestamper.com/the_stamper/2009/07/stampin-up-popup-look-here-die.html – also with Look Here die






I Should add that Occasions Well Scripted has a very cool Birthday greeting as do several SAB sets as well but I’ll be covering those sets in future postings specific to those mini’s.


Happy B-Day Scrappin’ Kit – #115695, $19.95, pg.166 IBC

Here’s a Scrappin’ Kit that will allow you to not only create gorgeous pages to remember your parties but will also allow you to create a years worth of birthday cards (unless of course you have an address book the size of the Obama’s or the Queen of England!).  With a scrappin’ kit it’s possible to use all the components plus a wee bit of extra paper to make over 60 cards of varying sizes including some perfect to include with gifts!  If you would like some help figuring out how to do this drop me an email or leave a comment.  I have several files that show how you can use scrappin kits to create any number of cards.

For a close up look at the papers and other elements check out this link in the online store and keep clicking next – http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=115695











Stampin’ Up! also does digital!  Using My Digital Studio or the following downloads that work in other software programs as well you can create multiple birthday cards for pennies a card.  Whether eCards or printed out as a traditional card the possibilities with digital are endless and limited only by your imagination.

A reminder that digital downloads also count towards Sale-a-Bration and Hostess Reward benefits.  Another wonderfully frugal benefit of these downloads is that shipping is free and instantaneous as it all takes place right on your computers desktop when you order through the online store!

A Little Birthday Cheer – MDS brush set download

Digital download #119098, $1.95, online store


Big Bold Birthday – MDS brush set download

#118833, $7.95, online store


Party Hearty – MDS brush set download

#118828, $5.95, online store


Hugs & Wishes (actual stamp set is retired but you can still use this digitally)

#119095, $3.95, online store


And last but surely not least what’s a party without presents……

Birthday related items for gifts or parties:

http://www.carriestamps.com/weblog/2010/01/happy-birthday-britiney.html – an SU Birthday

http://andreawalford.com/?p=4617 – Flip & Fold Birthday Album

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1418488?&cat=7997&si=birthday & http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1399016?&cat=7997&si=birthday   – Tri Shutter Card examples

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/791017?&cat=7997&si=birthday & tutorial – http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/diaperfoldpouch/

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/altered_lunch_tin/ – directions for altering lunch tin

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/party_favor1  – Party Favor box

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/stamping_on_candles – stamped candles

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/wovenbasket – Woven Basket


I hope you’ve enjoyed this further addition to the birthday salute.  See you Friday for more frugal stamping inspiration.

Hugs and blessings – Jean

Tightwad Tuesday begins a salute to Birthdays by Stampin’ Up!

Hi All,

With my own birthday just past (somehow 52 seems less interesting than 51 and a whole lot older as well – LoL!)  and a slew of family and friends also celebrating it seemed the right time to focus on all the birthday offerings Stampin’ Up! has in their catalogs and mini’s that fit my frugal definition of under $20.  So for the next week or two I’ll be presenting for your inspiration links relating to birthdays.  And for an added bonus I’ll even throw in links to a few basic birthday gift projects as well.    Timely too in that my and my SU partners next Stamp a Stack scheduled for Feb. 27th in Central Point, Oregon will be featuring birthday cards for all ages.  If you are in the area and in need of cards for your stash give me a holler and I’ll get you signed up (for details check the event listing).

For a complete listing of all stamps in the Under $20 category check out my sidebar and SCRIBD downloads (new list for the Occasions mini has recently been added).

On a side note – and by way of an informal survey…..

Do you find yourself loving or hating your age based on whether the number is even or odd?  Do you have a favorite multiple ( divisible by 3 for example)?  Does 51 sound sexy but 52 just sounds old and blah?  Do you have a favorite day of the week for your birthday to fall on?    That last question may only be truly relevant for those of us who’s birthdays fall on the 13th or in the case of February the 29th the question might more properly be do you have a favorite year?.     Hmmmm…..I’m really hoping I’m not the only one who ponders these things.  Do me a favor and leave a comment if you too obsess or at least wonder a bit along these lines.  After all crazy likes company right?

So on with the show (click on images to see them larger)……….


Birthday Bliss – #115442,  $15.95, pg. 71

One of my favorite creative birthday themed sets. With this new to this catalog set each image stands well alone or in combination.  One of my favorite design ideas for this set is to create my own background with the Ice Cream and Presents and Cake Oh My image in a light color then create a focal image overlay with the Birthday Bliss image.  After all ice cream and cake and presents might be the definition of birthday bliss for some people and the text stamp always seems to have the same ring to me as the lions and tigers and bears oh my chant that I grew up with as a kid!   My other favorite image is the candles with make a wish.  Years ago I worked on local fundraisers for the Make a Wish foundation and seeing that text and the candles together reminds me of that time and that wonderful organization.  Plus the image coordinates with our smaller tag punch that with a toothpick base make for quick and easy cupcake flags. In fact all of these images lend themselves to being used as cupcake flags. 

Hard to beat the terrific price either and now for the next few months that price has gotten even better!  Free! During this SAB season you can earn this set for free as it is one of several included on page 11 of the SAB flyer as an alternate free stamp set.

Birthdays should be bliss, so make a wish and let the party begin!


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17434

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3127



http://www.lakesidestamper.com/lakesidestamper/2009/10/halloween-handouts.html – 3D pencil/crayon box












Sweet Birthday (single stamp) –  #115564, $7.95, pg. 208

Wishing someone a happy birthday gets no easier–or simpler–than this. A single stamp with a tasty cake and a heartfelt birthday greeting.    Perfect for a  quick card of any size.  And with a little creative surgery you get two stamp images.  The Text portion of the stamp can be mounted separately on the block side.    And with just the image alone you can create some very cool backgrounds by stamping the image multiple times.

Note about single stamps:  All single stamps currently are only available in wood mount blocks.

Set Quantity: 1

Sadly I have very few links for you.  Though this is a very cute stamp in my personal opinon very few samples have been posted that I could find.


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Celebrate Everything – #114942, $18.95, pg. 144 

Also available in French – #116281

When we want to Celebrate Everything, we really mean it! Mix and match your favorite phrases that include the word “Celebrate.” Combine small phrases that work with the bold anchor word for serious cause for celebration.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=12242

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=586












http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1393520?&cat=12242 – substitute the new Sweet Pea paper to all SU it




Bitty Birthday – #114934, $12.95, pg.68

One of the most frugally priced birthday sets in the catalog with line art that lends itself to multiple coloring techniques.

Cake, presents, and balloons. What more do you need? Celebrate a classic birthday with all the necessities. This stamp set is wonderful for cards, invitations, and fantastic party favors.

Another set also available for free through Sale-a-Bration and found on page 11 of the SAB mini.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=12464

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery:





http://stampingjo.com/tips-techniques/happy-birthday-card-video-by-stampin-up-learn-to-watercolor  – watercolor video featuring bitty birthday









Hope you enjoyed this first installment of birthday inspiration.  I’ll be back Friday with another installment of great birthday stamp sets as well as some links to great present possibilities.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Tightwad Tuesday: Featuring Making Plans and Calendars for the New Year!

Hi All,

Welcome to the first of 2010’s  Tightwad Tuesdays.   Tightwad Tuesday and Frugal Friday as most of you know concentrate on stamp sets and product under $20 as well as providing ideas and tips for uses you might not have thought of.  The full sets of Under $20 lists can be found in the right hand side bar and in my SCRIBD database of files for viewing, downloading or printing.

One other note is that as of today all purchases in qualifying amounts are now eligible for Sale a Bration benefits.  Can’t get more frugal than free stuff right?  For every $50 of product purchased you qualify for free stamps or paper or even a new border punch!   SU has widened the selection this year by also offering many of the stamp sets you’ve seen featured here over the last few months as SAB freebies!  Wow!  So many choices.   If you haven’t already done so feel free to download the new Occasions mini and SAB mini from the Left hand sidebar.  There are even some new Decor Elements as well including new stencils (my all time fav product!).    To see the alternate sets also available as SAB Freebies you can download a flyer created by my friend and fellow demo Linda Aarhus here.  You might also want to check out her fabulous blog creations and resources here.

With New Years just past today seemed like the perfect time to focus on Calendar and planning stamp sets.  Okay confession time this was supposed to be up last week but my internet connection went down Christmas Eve and has just gotten back up and functioning on a full time basis – nothing worse than writing posts that keep disappearing every little bit when the link drops out.  ARGHHH.  So lets all pretend this is really last week okay?  😀   Besides calendars are helpful tools and gifts all year round and we still have the better part of twelve months to go.

By the way does anyone care to chime in on the latest raging debate on what to call or how to pronounce the year 2010.  Are you using twenty ten or are you going for the long form of two thousand ten.  Believe it or not businesses and news groups are very concerned about this as the extra syllables have an actual cost in advertising as well as everyone wanting to be in on the cutting edge.  Personally I prefer twenty ten.  The other version reminds me too much of the Sci Fi book and movie and I’m not sure I’m ready for the implications outlined in them – lol!

So on to the focus product……

You can click on the above samples for a close up view.


Note few of the images below are to 100% scale.  To see actual sizes you need to refer to the catalog or online store images (though even some of those are not exact either).  Generally Background stamps are 4 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ in size.

Calendar  #109298, $17.95, pg. 132

Another Background stamp that coordinates with so many other sets. 

Perfect as a background for a card front or as an actual calendar.

tip: Separately inked Icons from the set Short & Sweet fit perfectly inside the squares. 


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=10565

Stampin Addicts Gallery: index picture only






Calendar Alphabet & Numbers  #111610, $20.95, pg. 151

Just the right size for many project types and also provides all numbers 1 through 31 as well as a nice sized alphabet for creating your own words and phrases.  Regardless of its name this set isn’t just for calendars.  Works for scrapbooks, cards and anytime you need a small/medium sized alphabet or set of numbers.  You can even use this set to create some fun puzzle games, crosswords and party favors.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=14607

Stampin Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=584





Full Calendar #114966, $17.95, pg. 148

Looking for a set with all the months of the year?  Here’s the perfect set.  You can, not only create calendars you can also use it to organize your office files, to do lists, make birthday reminders and cards and more.  The only limit is your imagination.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=12484

Stampin Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=659








It’s a Plan (Background Stamp) #111658, $26.95,  pg.134

While at first glance this doesn’t appear to be a frugally priced stamp it actually is since it contains two background stamps not just the usual one.  And when you divide the price by two you see that each background stamp is only costing you $13.48 (approx.) a savings of more than $4 on the usual background stamp price of $17.95.  One other note:  This is a double mounted stamp so you will have one block of wood and two stamps (one on each side).  Part of the reason for the cost savings :D!

This is another set that can help you with your work and organization or help you create fun collage backgrounds.  You can also selectively ink the boxes and lines of either one and use them for journaling or as scrapbook elements.


SCS Gallery:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=14653

Stampin Addicts Gallery: none







Digital Choices:

New MDS calendar and calendar related brush set downloads are now available and add to your options when creating your own printed or professionally printed (through SU) calendars.  Some images though included in the calendar program can also be used in non calendar applications as well.  To see all the downloads available check out this link here.

Reminder that MDS downloads while intended for use with the MDS program can also be used with any publishing or graphics program that reads .jpg and .giff files  such as Microsoft Publisher, Photoshop, Microsoft Word, etc.

Note: The full MDS program comes with another Calendar set included in the basic set of images.

Calendar Basics Digital Kit – Digital Download   #118120, $9.95

Making plans has never been so much fun with the downloadable Calendar Basics kit for My Digital Studio. This 70-piece stamp brush set has everything you need to create calendars that will get you through the year in style.


Calendar Grid Basic Digital Kit – Digital Download   #121423, $3.95

An excellent foundation for your calendar projects, the eight stamp brushes in the downloadable Calendar Grid Basic kit for My Digital Studio are just what you need to get your calendar projects – and your year – off to a great start!

Here’s a few links for MDS Calendars to inspire you:






http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hqe1oEvNmM – MDS Calendar Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2RxmBmKwlg&feature=related – MDS Calendar Video



Paper Calendar Options from SU:

Birthday Calendar – #101398, $7.95

Keep track of birthdays and other important occasions with these perpetual date trackers. Acid free, lignin free, and buffered. 5-1/2″ x 14″.






Days to Remember Calendar – #104144, $9.95

Scrapbook pages you create enliven each month.   The perforated pages can be removed from the calendar and added to an album. Acid free, lignin free, and buffered. Whisper White


http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1530225?&si=days to remember calendar

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/681326?&si=days to remember calendar



Other fun possibilities:

Stamping Calendar Grids with StazOn on the new Chalkboard Décor Material or on pieces of slate or tile will give you a reuseable calendar grid.  You could even use the stampin pastels to place short term stamp images in the grid.   Not having tried this yet myself you might want to try this on a scrap of the material to make sure the pastels will wash off as I think they will.   Another demo friend did try this and reported the pastels washed off for her just fine but you should probably test this idea out for yourself.

With all these possibilities you now have no excuse not to get yourself organized and on time throughout this new year right?   Between the rubber and the digital there’s hopefully something in everyone’s price range and the added bonus is that unlike paper calendars from the store at the end of the year none of these stamping sets expire (well at least for as long as they remain in the catalog anyway)!  You can go on to create calendars and other projects for years to come using all the above products.  Once in your workshop these stamps and downloads are yours for all the years ahead.   Call or email me if you would like to add these to your stamping arsenal.

Frugalistas of the world unite!  We have an entire new year to create, inspire, save and of course stamp in. 

Hugs and blessings – Jean

As a new years bonus here’s what some people with lots of time on their hands found to do.   And here I thought sheep were just for raising wool for me to spin and weave!

Tightwad Tuesday: 411 on Stampin’ Up! new Clear mounts: “Clearly” the best!

Hi All,

Tightwad Tuesday is going to take a look at a brand new frugal option Stampin’ Up! has recently announced…..

Yep!  Stampin’ Up! is clearly the best!!   Starting January 5th when the Occasions mini goes live we will have some clear new stamping options!    Okay, yes I’m getting carried away with the whole clear thing!   For those who haven’t heard yet Stampin’ Up is jumping on the unmounted bandwagon at last.  Beginning with the Occasions and SAB mini’s and going forward most stamps will be available in two formats.   The traditional wood mounted stamps that we know and love and the new (still) red rubber cling unmounted stamps that mount on a clear acrylic block. 

With the new system Stampin’ Up has you covered.  If storage and price and seeing “clearly” what you are doing is your priority then the new clear mounted stamps are for you.  If you are comfortable with the wood mounts and don’t want the bother of mounting and unmounting from blocks then the usual stamp format will also still be available for you as well.   Talk about having your cake and eating it too.  

Both styles of stamps have the same high quality red rubber with the detailed designs.  While both types of stamp are now die cut for easy mounting the new clear mount stamps are cut more closely to the image edge and so generally require no additional trimming even for picky stampers.   The cushion used is also the same though different colors distinguish the type of stamp.   The new “cling” stamps are distinguished by a  Sahara Sand cushion that on one side has the cling material (instead of raw adhesive) that allows the stamp to repeatedly adhere to the acrylic blocks.   There are also clear labels that fit over the stamp images back (also with cling material) that allow you to see the placement of the image fairly (wait for it…) clearly.     While not see through stamps like other companies  with the labels and the close die cutting you will find positioning your stamps easier than before.   And if like me you are a tad Stamp a ma jig phobic that’s definitely a good thing.   Okay maybe just lazy and not so much phobic – LoL!

A couple of things that  are different about these new stamps are the way you mount them, clean them and handle them.    Once you have them in your hands you will want to check out the tutorials I have listed and hopefully SU will be posting a video on the customer site similar to the one now available for demonstrators.   It’s very important that you follow the mounting directions as the labels that affix to the back cannot be replaced except by purchasing a full new stamp set and it is possible to damage them if handled incorrectly.   Other than that mounting the labels is very easy and once done doesn’t need to be repeated.  If on the other hand you prefer not to use the labels (the cling factor is slightly better without them) the stamps work just as well without them so to label or not is strictly a personal choice.

Cleaning tip:

Cleaning is best done with a small amount of Stampin’ mist.   The stamps can be left on the block and cleaned as usual with the mist and scrub pad or the stamps can be taken off the block and gently cleaned with a cloth or other material.   One thing to note is that if you use too much mist while the stamp is attached to the block the stamp may come loose.    It’s also important not to use cleaners with oil components like Staz-on, some dish soaps or baby wipes as residue from these will affect the “cling ability” of the stamps.   Also the oils may discolor the labels – though this doesn’t interfere with the use of the stamp.

From a Frugalista perspective these new stamps are a wonderful alternative.  Each set contains the same images as the traditional wood mounts but at a considerable cost savings.  With savings of from $3- $8 dollars per set you can see that you will be able to purchase more sets using the clear mount option than you might otherwise be able to afford.  Or you can apply those savings to the new embellishments, DSP or new style punches.   And the space and organizational possibilities are also helpful.  With each new stamp set fitting into a typical DVD style and size case storage becomes simpler and more compact.   Whether you use bookcases or DVD storage systems they will take up less space and the image and names down the spine of the case will make finding your favorite new stamps much simpler (the cover sheet also gives you full size image pictures too so no more home made index sheets are needed).  And since the new cases are clear you can see at a glance whether all your stamps are in their box.    If your space is very limited you might even be able to double up some sets within one case.

Stampin’ Up!  spent a great deal of time researching current “clear” stamp technology and came to the conclusion that the “clear” photopolymer stamps currently available were not up to their quality standards and had other long term use issues (cracking, hardening, staining).     The current technology doesn’t provide the extended life and easy cleaning and care of rubber nor does it allow for crisp detailed images that Stampin’ Up is rightly famous for.    So for now Stampin’ Up is sticking with rubber.

The new clear mount blocks as you can see in the picture above  have ridging all the way around for easy and comfortable gripping at whatever angle works for you and the thickness of the blocks keeps your fingers out of the ink unlike some competitors blocks.   I’m really looking forward to those aspects.   So often with my wood mounts that are only ridged on two sides I find that to fit the stamp on the block that comes with the set I have to orient the stamp one way but my hand wants to manipulate the stamp a different way.  With a selection of block sizes and the ridging on all sides my problems with blocks and placement will be a thing of the past.    The blocks as you will see lower down are available individually as well as in a discount priced bundle set.   Buying the bundle will give you increased options as well as saving you approx. 12%.   And if you have other companies clear stamps or other unmounted rubber these  ergonomically designed SU blocks will also work with them as well.

Another terrific feature of these blocks is the ability to group multiple images on a larger block for easily repeatable grouped images.  Talk about a time saver.   Should really add to the options for Stamp a Stacks, craft fair items and creating boxed sets of cards.   Here’s a couple of images I pulled from a Stampin’ Up! demo video showing this trick.  Ignore the arrow in the middle that shows where I paused the video these are still capture images not the video itself.   As you can see from the stamped sample this trick will work for scrap pages and gift wrap paper and notebook covers as well as cards.


Tip:  To make your block size selection easier I’ve posted a sizing guide here you can print out on vellum or clear sheet then overlay over catalog images.  The Canadian guide can be found here.   This guide was created by  fellow demo Belinda King and posted on SCS.   As an alternative to a full sheet guide you can also create a set of templates from Window sheets cut to the proper sizes then punch a hole with your Crop a Dile and place on a ring for easy reference.   A side benefit to this method is you can also use those templates as masks for brayer or other techniques with just a bit of tape placed over the punch hole.


Here’s what Stampin’ Up has to say in their official release notes( I’ll be back after this section with more tips and links):

Clear-Mount Rubber Stamp Features

  • Nine different sizes of clear blocks available individually or as a discounted bundle.
  • Blocks have ergonomic grooves on all four sides for easy grip and traditional wood-mount feel.
  • Stamps and blocks are durable and easy to clean with your Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist.
  • Optional image labels on stamp backs let you decide if you want to see the image through the block or not.
  • Tight die-cutting for easy image positioning.
  • Large clear blocks can be used to create collages or spell words with alphabet sets.
  • Stamps store easily in standard, DVD-type cases with artwork on front and spine, making organization easy.
Item  Description  Price 
118487  Block A (1-3/16″ x 1-1/4″)   $3.95 
117147  Block B (1-5/8″ x 1-15/16″)   $5.95 
118486  Block C (2″ x 2-1/4″)   $6.95 
118485  Block D (2-7/8″ x 2-11/16″)   $8.50 
118484  Block E (3-7/16″ x 4-7/16″)   $11.95 
118483  Block F (4-7/8″ x 6″)   $16.95 
118489  Block G (3/4″ x 2-1/2″)   $4.50 
118490  Block H (1-5/8″ x 4-7/16″)   $8.50 
118488 Block I (2-1/4″ x 5-7/8″)   $11.95 
118491  Block Bundle (Blocks A-I)   $69.95 


Q: Why have we decided to offer clear-mount rubber stamps?
A: We have long known of the demand for repositionable clear-mount stamps from both demonstrators and customers. The problem has been how to offer these features without sacrificing the quality of our product. It took us a while, but we did it! With these new repositionable rubber stamps and clear blocks, you get the same superior image quality and durability you are accustomed to, along with the ease-of-use and storability inherent in repositionable stamps.

Q: How is clear-mount stamping different from wood-mount stamping?
A: Clear-mount and wood-mount stamps are both made with the same quality rubber and foam. You will not see any difference in your stamped images with the clear-mount stamps. The clear-mount blocks have grooves on all four sides; the grooves in the block will feel the same in your hand as a wood-mount stamp. Your stamping experience will be the same with either format. The difference lies mainly in their features and benefits. Clear-mount stamps require less storage space, and you can place multiple images on the same block. Also the image on the back of the stamp can aid you in stamp positioning.

Q: Is Stampin’ Up! eventually going to stop carrying wood-mount stamps?
A: We have no plans to discontinue our wood-mount stamps. The benefit of offering stamps in both formats is that your customers will be able to choose the medium that works best for them.

Q: Are the stamps completely clear, so the whole stamp is see-through?
A: No. The blocks are completely clear, but the stamps use our same high-quality rubber and foam. There is, however, an image label for the back of the stamp (between the block and the foam) that will help you position the stamp on the paper.

Q: Are there plans for acrylic (photopolymer) stamps in the future?
A: No. Photopolymer would have been an easy solution for repositionable clear-mount stamps, but it is prone to stretching, tearing, and discoloration, and cannot produce the kind of crisp, finely detailed images Stampin’ Up! stamps are known for. Our commitment to offering the very best products in the crafting market simply would not allow us to offer an inferior product like photopolymer.

Q: Is the clear-mount rubber different from the wood-mount rubber?
A: The rubber on the clear-mount stamps is identical to the rubber used on the wood-mount stamps.

Q: Is the clear-mount foam different?
A: The density of the clear-mount foam is the same as the wood-mount foam. However, the foam on the clear-mount stamps has adhesive on one side (to adhere it to the rubber) and a cling coating on the other side to adhere it to the block. There is also a slight color difference to help you tell them apart. The wood-mount foam color is Going Gray, and the clear-mount foam color is Sahara Sand.

Q: Will all stamps be available in a clear-mount option?
A: Most of the new stamps in future catalogs will be available in both wood-mount and clear-mount options. However, the à la carte stamps and Build-A-Bear Workshop stamps will only be available in wood-mount.

Q: How do you store clear-mount rubber stamps?
A: Clear-mount rubber stamps come in a DVD-sized storage case, and can be housed in any storage system designed to hold DVDs. The artwork on the storage label is shown at 100% on the cover, and thumbnail size on the spine. The
back of the case is clear, allowing you to see the actual stamps from the back of the case.

Q: Will larger stamp sets (alphabets) come in larger cases?
A: Stamp sets that are too large for one storage case will be packaged in multiple storage cases and will be labeled 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc.

Q: Can I get extra storage containers or labels?
A: You can purchase a four-pack of clear-mount storage cases (item 119115). Extra labels are not available for purchase.

Q: Do I need to use the labels on my clear-mount rubber stamps?
A: The labels are designed as a tool, and you can use them or not, as it suits your preference. The stamps are designed to cling to your blocks with or without the label.

Q: How do I apply the labels?
A: Applying the stamp labels is quite simple, and you will find detailed instructions located on the back side of the storage case label. The most important thing to remember is to leave the label on the sheet until you apply it to the stamp. If you remove the label first and then to try to apply it to the stamp, you will be unsuccessful.

Q: Are the labels removable?
A: The labels are not removable. It could damage the foam if you try to remove the label once it has been applied.

Q: Does the cling ever wear away?
A: The cling is a static cling and will not wear out. However, you do need to keep both your blocks and stamps clean in order for the cling to function properly.

Q: Why isn’t my clear-mount rubber stamp sticking to the acrylic block?
A: Both the stamps and the blocks need to be clean for the cling to function properly. Clean both your blocks and stamps with Stampin’ Mist and try again. Also, if you have applied labels to your stamps, you need to press the stamp to the block with a moderate amount of pressure for a few moments in order for it to cling.

Q: How do I clean clear-mount rubber stamps?
A: You simply use your Stampin’ Scrub and a few sprays of Stampin’ Mist. Use your Stampin’ Mist sparingly–if you get your Stampin’ Scrub too wet, the excess liquid can cause your stamp to come off the block, and may also result in some cosmetic damage.

Q: How do I clean the acrylic blocks?
A: Acrylic blocks need to stay clean in order to work well. Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub will clean StazOn, Classic Ink, Craft Ink, VersaMark, and metallic ink stains from your blocks. Avoid using StazOn cleaner, as it leaves a slightly oily residue that inhibits the functionality of the cling.

Q: How many sizes of blocks are available?
A: The blocks come in nine different sizes, and have grooves on all four sides. Each block is labeled with “Stampin’ Up!” on one edge and the block letter on the opposite edge. You can buy the blocks individually, or can purchase the entire set as a discount bundle for 10 percent off the price of the combined blocks.


Links to clear mount tutorials & pictures & tips:

http://www.jaydeestamping.com/weblog/2009/12/clear-mount-stamps-tips.html – clear mount stamp intro and tips

http://www.sandimaciver.com/sandi_maciver/2009/12/new-ca.html – clear stamps 101

http://www.stampinpretty.com/2009/12/birthday-saleabration-sneak-peek.html & http://www.stampinpretty.com/2009/12/color-challenge-ppa-blog-candy.html – Mary shows you how to combine images and a close up of the blocks and stamps

http://polkadotsandpaper.typepad.com/polka-dots-and-paper/2009/12/spring-and-all-things-new.html – Good close up of blocks

http://dawnsstampingthoughts.typepad.com/dawns_stampin_studio/2009/12/clear-mount-stamp-set-.html – clear mounts and stamps video – one correction – blocks are A-I – Dawns method for adding labels is not recommended because the labels are not repositionable if you mess up but does seem to work for her so its up to you if you want to try it.
If you check out the Occasions sneak peek section of my last couple of blog picks and posts entries you’ll see more pictures of many of these cool new stamps and blocks as well as the results of their use.
Optimal cling tip:  Depending on the level of humidity and other environmental variables your cling maybe a bit different from others – to optimize the cling factor its important that the blocks and the stamp label area be kept clean and free of oils and other contaminants.   To that end a quick spritz of stampin’ mist may be helpful if you find the cling is not what you expect.  And you should keep that in mind as you handle the stamp images.  Holding them by the sides rather than placing your fingers on the cling area will keep the surface free of skin oils.   
Also it’s important when adhering the stamps to the blocks to push down and hold for about 4 seconds.   Another sister demo made this observation during a cling discussion as to why this is necessary….
What I did is turn my block over so I could see through the block to the cling part of the stamp and I noticed that when you first press, there are still lots of air bubbles….if you press hard for a moment, you can see the cling part of the stamp turn more clear as the air bubbles leave and the stamp adheres as it should. I even have one long skinny stamp from the Mom set that has trouble sticking.  That’s because when you press in the middle, it bends the skinny stamp so the ends pop up a bit.  Even if you press on both ends, the middle still has a bit of air, so you really need to carefully press the whole length.  I think it is even helpful to press hard again on your work surface like you are stamping with it.
Something else to keep in mind if you live in a very dry climate is that a small amount of moisture may also help the initial cling process. 
Most people using these new stamps so far haven’t expressed any issues with cling but one or two have so I’m passing these ideas along just in case.
That’s pretty much the basics on these new clear mounts that I’ve been able to put together from here and there.   If any of you have more tips you’d like to share I’d be happy to pass them along.  Enjoy pondering your new options and look for the new product starting January 5th in both the Occasions mini and SAB mini that start on that date. 
One further thought if you still aren’t sure if these are for you but would like to try them call and schedule a workshop with me or your own Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and consider ordering an SAB set in this new format along with a block or two so you can experiment for very little cost on your own.  After all the SAB sets are free with a $50 purchase and one or two blocks won’t set your budget very far back either.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all with hugs and blessings – Jean

Tightwad Tuesday: Background stamps are a girls best friend.

Hi All,

And welcome to another edition of Tightwad Tuesday.  Today’s focus is on a group of my favorite stamps.  Page 133 & 134 in the Idea Book and Catalog are hiding stamping gold with a few diamonds hidden in there as well.  All for the price of $17.95 each (with one or two exceptions).   That frugal price puts them front and center on the Under $20 listing of stamps and wheels.  For the full listing check the sidebar SCRIBD documents.

Before there were Big Shot Texturz plates and impressions folders there were background stamps to add visual image textures and layers. 

The approximate dimensions for the background stamps are 4-1/2 x 5-3/4 though there is some variation and thus will provide coverage for the standard card size and of course they work on littler cards too. 


Here’s one of my experiments for a set of 4×4 notecards for my Mom.  The colors are a whole lot darker and richer than this scan makes them appear.

Stamps: Medallion, En Francais

Paper: Crushed Curry

Ink: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry

Now I just have to create a matching box for them.  This project also shows how well many of these stamps work together.

With so many to choose from in so many different styles there is something for everyone in Stampin’ Up!’s set of Background images.  From shabby chic (Gratuitous Graffiti) to elegant (Bella Toile & Medallion & En Francais) to downright masculine (Sanded & Woodgrain) to everything in between you’ll find something that works for every card or project.   Several like the best selling stamp Medallion even work as focal images and not just backgrounds.

Here’s just a few of my favorites:

French Filigree – #113742, $17.95, pg. 133 IBC

This has a bit of the same style as the retired French Flair and can be embossed, inked and outlined with a gel pen to wonderful effect.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17459

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3155







http://kayleenscreations.blogspot.com/2009/07/corset-card.html – corset card with template





Medallion – #115223, $17.95, pg. 133 IBC

Medallion Digital Image – # 118124, $1.95, available in the online store for download for use with My Digital Studio and other Digital image programs.

The large damask-style medallion image in the Medallion background stamp will lend a touch of Parisian elegance to any project.

Some time ago Stampin’ Up! announced that this was the number one selling stamp in the current catalog.  Not bad for a stamp new to this catalog and a background stamp at that!  The Digital image version is also not far behind in setting records for downloads.  This is an unusual background stamp in that it seems to get used more as a focal image than as a background per se. 

Stampin’ Up! did a very cool design job putting this stamp image together.  Various punches and dies coordinate that allow you to “lift” a section by punching or cutting out various sections that can then be lifted  with a dimensional and mixed with different colors.  And of course the bling factor is through the roof.  With glitter and the addition of Rhinestone brads this stamp goes from plain to gorgeous in the drop of hat.  


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17487  – 681 projects!

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3182









http://stampndesign.blogspot.com/2009/11/medallion-snowflake-ornament.html – ornament
















http://jill031070.blogspot.com/2009/10/on-fourth-day-of-christmas.html – coasters



Tip: Try mixing and matching several background stamps together using various techniques as shown in several of todays links and videos’


Woodgrain – #117100, $17.95, pg. 133 IBC

Perfect as a background for masculine cards as well as birds and tools and other wood related images.  Interesting as a punched and die cut image as well.

Stampin’ Up’s tongue in cheek description:

 Are you a tree hugger? Then the Woodgrain background stamp is the stamp for you! It gives any project that natural wooded look without having to sacrifice a tree (woodless paper not included).

I’ve also seen this stamp used effectively and creatively with many of our owl and bird images I just wasn’t able to find the links.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17503

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3214

http://stampincentral.blogspot.com/2009/07/dream-dream-dream.html – uses Woodgrain and Medallion together



http://stampspaperscissors.typepad.com/stamps_paper_scissors/2009/09/the-wonderful-woodgrain-video-tutorial.html – video tutorial

http://stampspaperscissors.typepad.com/stamps_paper_scissors/2009/09/rockin-the-woodgrain-background.html – combines Woodgrain and Medallion







Bella Toile – #111598, $17.95, pg. 134 IBC

A very elegant look with a hint of Paris in springtime.   In addition to a background I’ve also seen sections of this image cut out and watercolored as a focal image.  Lends itself to monochromatic cards for every occasion.  Stamp this image, add a ribbon and a sentiment block and you have a truly elegant 5 minute card.  Makes terrific wrapping paper too.  And one truly obsessed stamper I’ve seen used it to create her very own wall paper!  Talk about obsessive and finicky work!   Check the galleries for lots of ideas!


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=14599

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=559



http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1536466?&cat=14599 – candle

http://saucystamper.blogspot.com/2009/11/beautiful-gift-idea.html – candle and gift box








Tip: Many background stamps also look very cool impressed into thin metallic strips and femo clay as well as other mediums like gesso and acrylic paints and of course they make terrific tile coaster images too.



En Français – #109521, $17.95, pg. 134 IBC

French is the language of love, and with this graceful scripting, you’ll love the elegant look that a simple background stamp can create.  And one of these days I’m going to get my French dictionary out and see if I can tell just what it says.

A more rounded and elegant copperplate style french writing image it’s similar to the retired French Script though with a different feel. 

Wonderful for creating vintage looking materials.  And with a bit of distressing you can make it look like an old love letter. 


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=10585

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=630













Tres Chic – #109258, $17.95, pg. 134 IBC

In addition to working as a background this image also provides fertile ground for cutting or punching out various sentiments.  Some stampers have also dissected this stamp into quite a few smaller unmounted sentiment stamps for an even more frugal value.

A very popular image especially for this time of year with Believe, Joy, Adore, hope etc. being often excised and used or with other images overlaid to take advantage of these sentiments or with a spotlight technique to showcase them.  Often used for Valentines as well.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=10809

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=858





http://stampinginspiration.blogspot.com/2009/10/more-tile-coasters.html – coasters


http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1293990?&cat=10809 & http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1293988?&cat=10809







Tip:  For another set of background possibilities take a look at the Big Shot Texturz Plates.  All of these plates can be inked with pads or brayers and then “stamped” on cardstock for an example of this check out this previous post of mine.    You can also ink the Texturz plate then run the cardstock through for an inked impression.  With Texturz plates starting at $3.95 for two images and the other sets providing 6 images for under $12.00 each the value is amazing when you use them as background stamps as well as texturizing plates.


I hope this edition of Tightwad Tuesday has given you a few ideas and examples of the versatility as well as the savings of this class of stamps.  See you soon and don’t forget to take some time to stamp and unwind from holiday celebrations.  And as always if you would like to order any of these stamps or other Stampin’ Up! materials email me with your order or select me as your demonstrator in the online store.   And don’t forget to inquire about my December free shipping special( United States only)!

Hugs and Holiday blessings – Jean 

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