When I saw this stamp set in the hostess section of the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog, I wasn't really sure that it was one that I "had to have." But, as with so much in this catalog, the samples shown on the facing page (p. 200) caught my attention more than the stamp set did. So I finally gave in and ordered it as part of my demonstrator catalog pre-order.
One feature of this set that made it especially appealing was that I could use it for quite a few occasions. And that "Thinking of You" stamp fills us a lot of space on a card front. Even paying the full price (as we demos have to do when we preorder host sets), it finally seemed to be worth my $$$. The tipping point was my realization that i could make a bunch of these birthday cards quickly and that's important to me as I'm the person in one of my larger clubs who's charged with sending out birthday cards to all the club's members! So off I went and made a dozen cards (as I had with my first Hostess set that I featured earlier in the week!). I didn't take a photo of the whole group because I put them all into envelopes so they're ready to send out as soon as the birthday date comes up! I actually was half way through that exercise when I realized that I hadn't taken a photo of even ONE of the cards!
I stamped the Thank You directly onto the card front using Cucumber Crush Ink. I was going to stamp the "Birthday" onto the card front, too, but then I remembered that there is a framelit for this shape of banner in the new Bunches of Banners Framelit set. Woo-hoo! I stamped up a dozen of these and quickly ran them through my Big Shot!
The small stamp in between the other two stamps is one of several in this stamp set, and I stamped it using Watermelon Wonder Ink. I chose to use a Watermelon Wonder sheet from the 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack for the background layer. I could get six 4" x 5-1/4" pieces from each sheet, and there are four of each sheet for each color in the In Color DSP Stacks.
I really like to add bows to cards like these. But more of this club's members are men than are women, so I decided on a knotted piece of the Cucumber Crush Thick Baker's Twine to keep the look firly neutral.
So now this one last card is safely in its envelope and I'm all caught up for the rest of the summer and into September!
Here are the major products featured in this project. I hope you'll click on the photo of any of the products that interest you. That will take you directly to my very own Stampin' Up! store when you can find more information about the product and even order it (well, you'll have to qualify for the stamp set – but I'll be happy to help you with that!).