Friday, February 18, 2011

Giving a Little Praise

Stampin' Up has been doing a lot of things right lately. Of course, that's my opinion, and others may feel differently. But one of the smartest things they've done is offer their stamps in unmounted rubber. I love them! The packaging is the best of any company out there. The stamps come in a DVD style case with a cover showing the stamps.

The spine of the case shows the name of the set and an image of every stamp inside, perfect for displaying on a bookcase or shelf.

Inside, the stamps are on a sheet of rubber. All you have to do is push them out (precut...halleluiah! Remember the days of laboriously cutting rubber? Oy vey!), then peel off the paper backing, and they are ready for cling mounting.

SU also includes a sheet of stickers that you can put directly onto the cling mount. After hearing too many complaints about how the stickers impede the ability for the cling mount to stick to clear blocks, I opted not to use them. Who really needs a sticker when you can look directly through a clear block and see where you're stamping? (For those who like the stickers, I've been told that you should trim them extra close and then leave a small margin of cling around the sticker to help with the adhering issues)

I love cling mount rubber. It feels just like stamping with wood mounted stamps, but gives you the ability to see where you're stamping. The biggest advantage? Storage! These stamps take up so much less space than the wood mounts.

Another thing that SU has been doing well? They've fully embraced the retro/vintage trend. Shelly Gardner (the SU founder) loves all things vintage, and it shows. The stamps, papers, and accessories they offer are really working well with this look.

Today's card is probably vintage overload. I got a bit carried away, but that's okay. If you can't have fun with papercrafting, then why do it?

{recipe: Timeless Treasures, Springtime Vintage papers, rose red and very vanilla cardstock, tulip frame embossing folder, square lattice embossing folder, rose red seam binding, flower button, word window punch, modern label punch, all from Stampin' Up}

Blessings on your weekend, friends!


  1. Gorgeous card! I didn't think I liked SU's clear stamps the first time I used them. This week I used two clear sets. One was a word set and one was a two-step stamp. LOVED them! If you don't have SU blocks, I liked them better than the ones I got at Michaels. They just felt better in my hand for some reason...if that makes sense! Not sure why. ;)

  2. Such a sweet stamp set...such a pretty card...but then again, I am all about vintage overload!