Here it is, the fifth and final post to celebrate the top five finds at the ICHF Hobbycrafts exhibition at the NEC this year. Yes, another stamp set, but seriously…how could i resist it?
This product jumped right out at me for two reasons even before I studied the actual design. Firstly, the little kitty cat logo from Scrappycat caught my eye and made me go ‘awwww’ inside my head. Then I noticed the french writing stating ‘timbres clair’, so I squeezed closer to see if this was made by a French company. (Not that it matters who makes crafty products or indeed where in the world they come from, but as a fluent speaker of French I am always trying to add more crafty words to my vocabulary).
Lately i’ve been loving circles. I’ve bought a couple of circle punches in a variety of sizes to layer up and a scallop circle punch or two to add a little flair. The Heidi Swapp journaling spots appealed to me due to their circular shape and convenient size, and I certainly have circular buttons, brads and eyelets amidst my craft stash in abundance. One of the things I like to do is to punch out little circles of pattern paper to make my own embellishments to match the projects i’m working on, and so i’m really excited about using this stamp in coordination with my paper punches.
In this stamp set you get a complete alphabet and nine circular background stamps. The alphabet runs from A to Z, but features a variety of fonts, from classic to funky, offering an element of variety that appeals to me. Out of the nine circular backgrounds there are three which are simply circular frames, and six which are actual background stamps, one stamps a block of colour, and the others offer designs in bubbles, stripes or flowers. This means that you can stamp a background in one colour, then stamp a frame on top, then stamp the letter in the middle. Grab a circle punch, punch it out and hey presto – easy peasy. And its really simple to line up the stamps as they are clear so you can see exactly where you are stamping.
I managed to get my stamp set for £9.99, but Capture the Magic Ltd are selling these stamp sets at a bargain of £7.95. So if you are interested in trying out some marvelous monogram manoeuvers then head over to their online shop, where you can also check out some of the other wonderful designs from Scrappycat.