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Cas-ual-ly speaking about stamps..

{Reported by Erika Hayes}

Truth Is Set and WTF Set

WHAT it is:  My {heart} belongs to stamps.  Everyone knows I love stamps and Cas-ual Fridays has won my heart! Stamps are by far the most versatile embellishment in your paper crafting arsenal.  They are always the right color, you can use them over and over and never lose quality oh and you never run out of "e"s or "i"s.  Stamp sets are often coordinated (but by no means limited) and are how to get the most bang for your buck! 

 Clear stamps are wonderful to work with because the number one advantage is being able to see where and what you are about to stamp. Avoiding a case of the "awww well that was a waste of .80 cardstock" is really important to me.That is another reason I love clear stamps. Not to mention they are "bendable" and that can make for a lot of fun. Sometimes quality is a question with clear stamps as they occasionally are not very crisp images and some clear stamps don’t take ink very well leaving the you the stamper frustrated with bubble of ink in a shape that sort of resembles what you were trying to achieve.  

Bend those stamps
What I liked: These stamps were smooth like butter!  They take ink beautifully and the images are so crisp everything a stamper could want! When I got my stamps I immediately knew what I was going to do with the “50” strip on the WTF set. (see below). I wanted to point out, that while my card called for a straight edge, these stamps bend very easily and maintain the image well. This simply is one example of how flexible these stamps are and that they maintain the crispness in the image even when they are bent. 

What I disliked: I think that the WTF set may be a bit risky for some people but once you look at that set, it is actually very clever… so make sure you don’t dismiss the set because of the text meaning of WTF. 

What I made:
First of course I made a few cards…
WOW THAT'S Fantastic!
Cardstock: Bazzill & Stampin' Up
Stamps: Cas-ual Fridays
Inks:  Clear & Simple
Mist: October Afternoon
Die Cut : Silhouette Cameo (Sarah Hurley Design) 
Happy 50th Birthday Card
Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern Paper: Studio Calico (Front Row Kit)
Stamps: Cas-ual Fridays
Ink: Ranger Industries, Tim Holtz
Die Cut: Silhouette Cameo (Erika Hayes Design) 

Next I was working on a layout and thought how perfect would these stamps be to fill the white space in my photo… I will have you know I printed these images off my home printer and because of that, the ink took the paper very nicely (I used Office Max semi-gloss professional brand paper). Additionally under the sticker title, I felt the font was perfect to add a little touch of fun with these stamps. The stamps add just the right touch to give this layout a finished look.
Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamps: Cas-ual Fridays
Ink: Clear& Simple
Washi Tape: Studio Calico (Front Row Kit)
Wood Veneer: Studio Calico
Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye for Studio Calico
Labels: Studio Calico
Letter Stickers: American Crafts
Journaling Pens: K&Company (SMASHBooks)

Where and How Much:

Product Name: Cas-Ual Fridays Stamps Sets: Truth Is and WTF
Manufacturer: Cas-Ual Fridays
MSRP: $ 15.00
Available at: Cas-Ual Fridays, I {heart} papersSimon Says Stamp*

What do YOU think? So as stamp lover, I wonder what do you look for in a good stamp set?  Leave a comment by midnight EST on Tuesday to be entered to win the WTF stamp set.  US residents only and please leave a way to contact you!


ruth said...

I just love a good quality impression from the stamp, which most do. What I love about these is that the sentiments are very different from others I've seen!

Yaritza said...

I'm a huge stamp lover. What I look for is versatility. I have a boy and I girl and a stamp set that will work for both is always a plus for me. Thanks for the chance.

jengd said...

Great sets! While I love the impression good rubber gives, being able to see EXACTLY where I'm stamping with clear stamps is a huge benefit. Mainly though, a great, clean image is what I want in the end, regardless of how I get there.

Moongirl said...

Wow! They really do stamp well. Love the colors!

Joni Parker said...

Cute cards E...and wow, I didn't realize how long it's been since Josiah was born!!

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Miriam Prantner said...

That WTF stamp is so much fun! I am a huge stamp lover, especially clear stamps. I want them to be versatile - stamps I can use for multiple occasions and can also be used for scrapbooking, and did I say I love clear?

Torrie said...

Stamps are very versatile and easy to use a must have in my book.

Ruth G said...

As a stamp lover, I always get clear stamps because I need to see where I'm stamping and I'm also allergic to rubber. I like sentiments that will make people smile, so the WTF set is a LOT of fun (I just wouldn't use it for anyone who might get offended by the WTF without reading what it was meaning...)
Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

Robin B. said...

That is funny. When I first looked at it, I was thinking wow that's a bold thing to put on a card! Then I realized what it meant, love it!!

Jean said...

I like sturdy stamps that I can use a lot. I can see where WTF might be offensive to some. Cute cards!

Karenladd said...

Ha ha...I had to chuckle when i saw this stamp's unique and fun! Love all the different sentiments included and the kind of tongue in cheek design. As for me, I love stamps that are versatile and give a good impression. Thanks for the tip on bending the stamp to fit!

SHartl said...

Oh, I love how you used this set! I can see how it might not appeal to some people...but I think this set is hilarious!! Great fun, and lots of useful sayings. I like stamps that are sturdy and give a good impression. I also like sets that can be used for more than one occasion.

Shirley said...

Stamps are great because they're not consumables!

Renee V said...

Your cards are beautiful, I'm not put off by the WTF, more intrigued! :) I always love stamps that ink up like butter, so these sounds like ones I would like! Thanks for the review :)

blurooferika said...

Some clear stamps-even after 6 years of being produced--just don't cling well to the acrylic block and you're always worried that they'll fall off onto your card and leave a big mess.

Unfortunately, it's hard to predict which those will be.
That's my main peeve about stamps, so I try to stick with brands I've had success with in the past.

Stephanie U said...

What a fun stamp set! LIke you, I was a little turned off by WTF, but I noticed the other parts of it were cool. I just might not use that one piece :)

Catnip and Kitty Whiskers said...

I look for sets that I can use for scrapbooking and cardmaking. I like sets that I can use many times and in different ways.