Thursday, December 13, 2018

Introducing XO Skinny Mini, Corner Adorner, Bold Borders, and Glorious Globes

Good morning, friends, and welcome back to Day 4 of the Papertrey Ink December countdown! I'm back today with a couple of projects showcasing a handful of fun new products coming your way on December 15th. We have Rebecca's XO Skinny Mini stamps and tag dies and my Corner Adorner: December, Bold Borders: Love, and Glorious Globes: December sets to share today. Let's take a closer look!

On today's first project, I have a set of four Valentine treat boxes embellished with Rebecca's sweet tags.


I began by die cutting a set of tags from Fresh Snow Linen cardstock. I stamped each tag with an image (or partial image) from the Corner Adorner set in Lilac Grace ink. Then, I added XO Skinny Mini sentiments in Royal Velvet.


Next, I xyroned a piece of Hawaiian Shores cardstock and die cut the hearts using the From The Heart die. I punched holes for threading baker's twine before applying glitter to the face of the hearts.


I die cut the Petal Boxes from Bitty Big: Amethyst Allure paper and assembled them with Scor-tape for a nice, strong hold. Then, I stacked a glittered heart and a tag for each box and tied them to the handles with baker's twine. This would be a quick project to do with older kids who want to give thier friends a treat. Maybe fill the boxes with lip balm or a friendship bracelet or a few truffles. Fun!

Next up, I have a card made with Bold Borders: Love and Glorious Globes: December.


I began by preparing my card front. I covered a white card base with Pure Poppy cardstock and applied a Bold Borders: Love die cut from the same color cardstock. Then, I glittered a few of the leftover hearts and used them to fill in a handful of the spaces in the border. I really love the texture and spots of sparkle these hearts add!


Then, I die cut a center panel using the Nesting Basics: Rectangles and added the pierced detail using the Nesting Basics: Pierced Rectangles die. I stamped a ground using the In The Shadows set in Aqua Mist and set it aside. Next, I die cut and stamped my globe. I found it easiest to line up the overlapping hearts by using the die cut shape as a guide. I lay the globe on the center panel and stamped the sentiment before attaching the globe with foam tape and embellishing the red hearts with glitter.


I adhered that panel to the front of the card with foam tape and set it aside. Then, I xyroned a piece of white cardstock. I sponged part of that strip with Aqua Mist ink and then die cut three of the "Love" words, keeping the ombré one on top. I attached that greeting to the front of the card at a slight angle to give the card a bit of movement.

That's all for me today, friends. Thank you so much for joining along. Make sure to visit Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Kelly, Kimberly, Laurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, and Michelle to see more of this month's release. See you tomorrow!

Valentine Treat Boxes

You Mean The World Card

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Introducing Everyday Elixir Labels, From The Heart, and Sentiment Staples: I Love You

Good morning, friends, and welcome back for Day 3 of the Papertrey Ink December countdown! Today the team is sharing a peek at my new Everyday Elixir Labels set, Sentiment Staples: I Love You, and Rebecca's From The Heart set. All three are $5 mini sets that will give you a lot of love for such a little investment. Let's see them in action, shall we?

My first card today is a get well card that I created pairing Everyday Elixir Labels with the original Wicked Elixir stamp set that it was designed to complement.


I began by stamping the bottles in a variety of colors. Then, I stamped the "prescription/snake oil" labels onto White Adhesive paper and die cut all of those pieces with the coordinating dies. I stuck the labels onto the bottles and set them aside.


Next, I die cut a circle from a white card front and used a Nesting Basics: Pierced Circles die to add the pierced detail around the opening. Then, I stamped the greeting from Sentiment Staples: Warmest Wishes below the window using black ink. I sponged some Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores inks onto a white card base and stamped a few details before adhering the window panel into place.


Then, I die cut a "shelf" from wood paper using a Skinny Mini Banner die. I adhered it to my card front with dimensional adhesive and then arranged my bottles atop the shelf. Such a cheerful card is sure to brighten an ailing friend's day.

Next I have a card pairing Rebecca's From The Heart stamp set with my Sentiment Staples: I Love You. This is one of those cards that's so sweet and simple and comes together so quickly it almost feels like cheating. But that's the beauty of these sets don't need to make a big production out of things to get a really great card.


To begin, I stamped the hearts from Rebecca's set in Sweet Blush and Pure Poppy inks across a white panel. I started with the Pure Poppy heart and worked outward. That way I was sure to get the perfect placement for my focal point.


I die cut the pierced circle around the red heart and stamped the Sentiment Staples: I Love You greeting in the center. Then, I simply adhered the panel to a Classic Kraft card base. That's really it. No fluff or extra sparkly things. Sometimes the best things come in classic, uncomplicated packages.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to visit Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Kelly, Kimberly, LaurieMelissa B, Melissa P, and Michelle to see more of this month's release. See you tomorrow!

Speedy Recovery Card

The One For Me Card

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Introducing Love In Bloom

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink December countdown! I'm back today to introduce you to my new Love In Bloom stamp set. This $18 set features a blooming heart image that comes together in four stamped layers. I have to be honest, I'm totally smitten. I've been enjoying experimenting with color palettes and embossing. I hope you love it as much as I do! So let's get on to a few projects so you can see it in action.

My first project today is a wedding ensemble in monochromatic blues. The color is soft and dreamy and I can't get enough.


I began by stamping my heart focal point. I learned that it's easiest to line things up if you choose a layer as a starting point, die cut after that one layer, and then use the die as a guide (it's only really relevant if you're planning to die cut eventually). I stamped the Spring Rain layer first. Then followed up with the Dark Indigo leaves, white embossed details, and finally, the Fresh Snow flowers.


Next, I stamped two of the greetings from the set onto Banner Style die cuts. The stamps are naturally straight, so I followed the curve of the banners when I put the stamps on the block. I die cut the tails of the banner from Sheer Basics patterned vellum and adhered them to the back of the stamped pieces. I layered one onto a heart for the focal point on my card. The other I used to create a coordinating tag. I just punched a hole in one of the flower centers and set it with a white eyelet before tying it with navy twine.


To complete my card, I die cut a pierced circle frame into a panel of Dark Indigo cardstock and splattered that panel with Opaque White pigment. Then, I die cut the bottom edge with a Round Off Edgers die and adhered that panel to a white card base that I had textured with the Sweet Stitching Impression Plate. I just mounted my heart in the center of the circle with foam tape to finish it off. Now I just need someone to get married so I can give this to them!

My second project is a little trio of classroom Valentines. You can whip up a batch of these minis in no time at all, especially if you have a stamp platform at your disposal.


I began by die cutting a few scalloped bases using the Noted: Scalloped Square Die Collection. Then, I stamped my hearts using Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy, and Green Parakeet inks.


I followed up by stamping the sentiments with black ink and embellishing several of the flower centers with Nuvo glitter drops. They're simple and sparkly! And they would be fairly easy to do with a little assistant.


I felt like my Valentines needed some cheerful envelopes, so I made my own out of Bitty Big: Pure Poppy paper, but you could always use 4" envelopes instead. Aren't these cute though?!

My last project today is a romantic card for anytime. There's no wrong time to surprise the one you love with a card just because.


I began by stamping my flower using Sweet Blush, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, and Spring Moss inks. Then, I gold embossed the sentiment directly onto the center of the heart and set it aside.


Next, I sponged a white panel with a bit of Aqua Mist ink and stitched it to a strip of Bitty Big: Scarlet Jewel paper using gold thread. I adhered that panel to a Sweet Blush card base before attaching a few vellum branches.


I adhered my heart over the branches using foam tape and embellished with a few gold enamel dots. The soft, muted tones of the heart are so graceful and the pops of gold give the whole card a more glamorous feel. I truly love how this set can take on such different styles depending on the colors you choose.

Well, that's all I have to share with you today. I hope you've enjoyed this first peek at Love In Bloom. It will be available on Saturday, December 15th at 10pm along with the rest of the December release. In the meantime, make sure to visit Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Kelly, Kimberly, Laurie, LexiMelissa B, Melissa P, and Michelle to see even more of today's introductions. I'll see you back her tomorrow!

Love In Bloom Wedding Ensemble

Be Mine Classroom Valentines

I Love You Card

Monday, December 10, 2018

Introducing Words To Live By: Happiness and Text & Texture: Bokeh

Good morning, friends, and welcome to Day 1 of the Papertrey Ink December countdown! Today we're kicking off five days of fun-filled crafty goodness with Betsy's newest Words To Live By and Text & Texture sets.


This month's Words To Live By is all about happiness and it is packed with greetings that I'm sure you're going to love and use all the time. Her Text & Texture: Bokeh will give your projects and incredible bokeh effect with just a couple of simple impressions. I've yammered on enough. Let's get on to a project!


I began by stamping the bokeh pattern onto a few different colors of cardstock. I set up the stamps in two stamp platforms so it was a snap to do several at once. Next, I used my new Nesting Basics: Circles and Nesting Frames: Circles to cut bits and pieces from each panel. I added them to a card front in a variety of ways, overlapping here and there.


Then, I xyroned a piece of True Black cardstock and die cut a few of the Words To Live By: Happiness greetings. I layered them and embellished the top one with Onyx glitter. I also heat embossed the companion sentiment onto vellum and die cut it with a banner die from my Wine Bottle Tag #2 die. I adhered the banner to the front of the tag, hiding the adhesive under the Words To Live By die cut. This card may be simple, but it's brimming with unique pattern and texture and I couldn't be happier.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Make sure to pop in on Betsy, Dawn, Heather, Kelly, KimberlyLaurie, Melissa B, Melissa P, and Michelle to see even more of today's introductions. I'll see you again tomorrow with more of this month's release!

Happiness Is Knowing You Card

Friday, December 7, 2018

Festive Friday: Modern Slider Tags

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Good morning, Friends! It's Festive Friday and I'm back with a set of slider tags to get you ready for the holiday season. There are only 18 days before the big day, so it's time to get cracking!


It had been a while since I pulled out my Ribbon Slider Sentiments set, so I decided to give that a whirl today. I love the sentiments in the set and I like that some of them are typeset to be tall and narrow rather than the typical horizontal orientation. It gives them a modern flair that I really like.


So to create today's tags I started out by die cutting six Ribbon Slider tags from white cardstock. I stamped two with the chevron image in Mint Julep and the trunk in Classic Kraft to create funky trees. Then, I stamped the greeting in Pinefeather and embellished the dots in the design with red glitter. Easy and cute to boot!


Next up, I stamped that same chevron at either end of two more of the tags along with a sentiment in Pinefeather. I stamped the sentiment a second time using Pure Poppy ink onto scrap cardstock. I used a 5/8" circle punch to pop out the "special" circles and adhered them to the tags with foam tape. I'm sure there's a die in my collection that would do the same thing, but this punch was handy. Another super easy tag.


Last, I did the "To:/From:" tag. The image on this tag comes in two pieces, a striped one and a solid one. It's a snap to line them up as long as you stamp your darker color first. In this case, I used Pinefeather on the striped image and Mint Julep on the solid.

To finish the tags, I simply tied them with Cherry baker's twine. I like the modern look these tags have when they're tied on with twine, but ribbon is also a wonderful alternative.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you have a fantastic, festive weekend, Friends! See you again soon!

Modern Slider Tags

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Stitching Focus: The Stitched Pocket Tag Three Ways

Good morning and welcome to this month’s Stitching Focus! I’m Lizzie Jones, your Stitching Ambassador and I am so excited to be here sharing with you today! In the spirit of holiday preparation, I thought it might be fun to look at the variety of ways you can use the Stitched Tag Die to create tags made from felt, paper, or a combination of both! Let’s take a closer look at the product I’m featuring today.
The Stitched Tag Die is a handy, two-part tag that can be stitched together to create a pocket. It’s perfect for gift cards, money, lip balm (especially when stitched out of felt), and more! You can even cut your tags out of cardstock or patterned paper and opt to not stitch the holes, giving a super cute eyelet effect all along the outside edge. Let’s take a closer look at some past projects!
I paired the Stitched Tag Die with Fair Isle Borders and Spruce & Sprigs to create this gift card holder. The contrasting cardstock layers make the gold embossed sentiment and gold stitching really pop. And by using the rock & roll technique I was able to give the stamped pattern a bit of added depth.
Erin’s felt tags are not only cheerful, they’re reusable too! She used the Seasonal Stitching: Candy CaneSeasonal Stitching: Holly, and Stitched Holiday Words dies to give her felt tags holiday flair.
Laura emblazoned the front of her tag with a Cross Stitch Alphabet monogram and Bitty Button Stacks flowers. The patterned paper adds such playful charm peeking out from the bottom layer of her tag!
Ashley’s tag-within-a-tag construction is totally unexpected and super cute! She slipped Tag Sale #3 die cuts into the pocket of her Stitched Tags, stamping both with seasonal foliage to make them coordinate. Her tags also go to show how sweet an alternating stitch can look on these tags. Often doing every other stitch is all that is really needed to secure a pocket and the results are totally delightful.
Nichole also kept to every other stitch on her Seasonal Stitching: Holly tag. The stamped polka dots help ground her holly and the Painted Poinsettias sentiment adds sophistication and class. She stitched her pocket to the back of her tag, giving her more space to add a festive design to the front. So clever!
And lastly this month, I created this gift card holder tag with images of my beloved mercury glass ornaments dancing through my head. The What The Doodle: Ornament stamp set dressed up my tag and gave me the opportunity to incorporate plenty of silver embossing and glitter (both of which are seasonal requirements in my book).
So as I sat and pondered this month’s post, I thought it would be fun to try the stitched tag in a few different ways (by the way, the tag just went out of stock over the weekend – after I already had my projects done, of course – and I have been assured they will be getting it back as soon as possible). While I’m usually drawn to stitching projects made from felt, I had actually only ever used this die with cardstock. This seemed like the an ideal time to explore the possibilities and switch things up.
I decided to create one tag entirely out of felt, one tag entirely out of cardstock, and one hybrid between the two.
Let’s start with the all cardstock tag. I love that the stitching adds a unique texture and contrast detail along the edge of these tags. Not to mention the pocket is just plain handy. I cut the back of this tag (the full, tag-shaped piece) from Pure Poppy cardstock and stamped it with a background from Fair Isle Borders. The front of the tag, I die cut from Aqua Mist cardstock and stamped with images from Dash Away All. I heat embossed the snow so it would be nice and bright white. Then I did my stitching and adhered the deer with foam tape. I embellished its nose with Nuvo glitter drops to add just a hint of sparkle. This is the most rigid of the tags. I definitely wouldn’t try to put anything with much bulk inside this pocket.
Next, I have the hybrid. I cut the back from white cardstock and stamped it with a Fair Isle Borders pattern. I cut the front from Pure Poppy felt and used the Cross Stitch Alphabet to add a monogram. I wanted the monogram to be a bit more contemporary though, so I stitched straight lines rather than the traditional crosses. It’s a nice contrast in style when compared to the Fair Isle. I also chose to use a contrasting thread to give a border effect to the tag. It’s a detail that’s fairly subtle, but it really pops against the red felt. This tag has a nice mix of rigid (from the cardstock) and soft (from the felt pocket). You could probably get away with multiple gift cards (like dinner and a movie or makeup and clothing) tucked into this pocket together. Maybe even a mini chocolate bar, but only if your recipient has been on the good list.
Finally, I have a tag made from all felt. I used Pure Poppy felt for the back and Vintage Cream for the front. Then, I used the Phone Case Details Die Collection and Seasonal Stitching: Holly Die to dress it up. I chose to use the flat berries, but there are poofier, more dimensional berries available, too.
This is by far the softest and most pliable tag. You could tuck all sorts of small items into this tag, from jewelry to lip balm. I even tried tucking a lip balm in with a gift card and it totally worked!
I’m looking forward to tying these tags on to packages or even hanging them on the tree for my recipients to find on Christmas morning. In my grandpa’s later years he would hide gift envelopes for everyone in the tree (instead of buying gifts). I can imagine this is exactly the sort of thing he would have liked to use year after year instead of bland, white envelopes.
I hope you have enjoyed today’s post! Maybe it has inspired you to try your hand at tags of your own or even just encouraged you to try a die with a new material. I can honestly say I genuinely enjoyed this little challenge I set for myself and I’m so glad I gave it a whirl!
Believe Tag
Monogram Fair Isle Tag
Felt Holly Tag

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Gift Guide For Beginning Stampers - The Stamps!

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Did you enjoy yesterday's Gift Guide post? Well, now that we've gotten through all the tools it's time to get to the really fun stuff...the stamps! I've broken my stamp suggestions into categories to make it a little bit easier to handle. And just a reminder about the thought process behind my selections:

      1. I wanted to choose stamps that were simple and didn't have too many layers or tricky bits that may frustrate someone without as much stamping experience.

      2. I also tried to avoid any stamp sets that require a die to get the most from the set. While it may sound bananas to create a gift guide without including dies, I really don't think they're necessary for a beginner. Let them ease in. Too many tools and options at once leads to crafty overload.

      3. The stamps I'm sharing all come from Papertrey Ink. I work for Papertrey and I have for several years, so I know that when you buy from them you're getting a high quality product at a great value. That is not to say that there aren't other wonderful companies out there. I'm just sharing what I know.

      4. All of the links and thumbnails I'm including on this post are for your convenience. They are affiliate links, but (should you choose to make a purchase) that in no way impacts the cost of your item. It does, however, support me and my ability to create posts like this one for you! And everything I'm sharing, affiliate or not, is something I genuinely love. I wouldn't be sharing it if I didn't.

Ok. That's enough of that. Let's get to the good stuff! By the way, I'm not listing any of the stamps in these categories in a particular order, they're all great!

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Let's start with sentiments. You can go far with a few fabulous sets of sentiments at your disposal.

The Penned Elegance stamp set is an outstanding collection of handwritten greetings. The sentiments are a very versatile size and the script can be dressed up or down depending on the imagery you pair with them.

The Keep It Simple series is a favorite of mine, for sure. The Thank You II, Birthday II, and Thinking Of You editions are three that I reach for all the time. These are also occasions that could be most useful for beginners.

Botanical Bounty Sentiments is another all-occasion set full of handwritten greetings. The style of this set is a little more casual and fun with a super contemporary twist.

If your beginner is just someone who likes to stay in touch, Big Hugs may be just the set for them. It's full of heartfelt messages and they take up a good bit of real estate on a card which may take a little pressure off of filling up a whole card.

The Sentiment Staples series is another series of minis that I love (admittedly, partly because I designed them). The Thank You, Sending You, and Birthday editions are all super useful and at only $5 each they give you a lot of bang for your buck.

Never Enough Thanks is perfect for anyone who may be keen on creating their own thank you notes. You can mix and match the individual stamps to build a greeting that truly conveys your perfect message.

The Ways To Say series is another amazing way to get several different varieties of the same sentiment in one set. The Thinking Of You and Hello sets are two of my favorites.

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Let's move on to flowers. There are so many flower sets out there trying to narrow it down could make your head spin! Hopefully this little round up helps a bit.

Botanical Bounty is designed to help you create a watercolor floral look on your stamped projects. Not only is it on trend, but it's classically elegant so it won't easily go out of style. And it has a loose, free flowing style without any specific layers, so it's very forgiving. Plus, there are leafy elements that can be used on masculine projects.

Rosie Posie has a modern vibe that brings up graphic print fabric. Not only are there flowers in this set, but there's a cool hexagon background that can be used all on its own, too!

If you're looking for a really cute, all purpose floral set look no further than Gran's Garden. There are layering stamps included in the set, but they're not necessary to make the flowers work. The layers are ideal for when a beginner feels like they're ready to take on a new challenge (plus, they're fairly easy to line up).

Gathered Garden has the look of flowers foraged from a prairie. It's a little more delicate and some of the images are multi-stamp, but they're pretty forgiving. This one also includes several lovely sentiments.

Tulips are a quintessential Spring flower and the Tulip Time set embraces them beautifully. This one also has layers, but again, they're fairly forgiving. And the sentiments in this set are a generous size which is a nice feature.

Simple Stems and Vogue Vases go together like peanut butter and chocolate. The flowers are two-step, but they're super easy to stamp and they can be stamped to create little bouquets. The vases can also work with other floral sets once your beginner's collection grows.

The last set in this category is Mum's The Word. I've always loved this set with its unique blooms. Mums come in almost every color under the sun, so the design options are endless!

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Birthdays are one of the main reasons that so many of us make cards. Here are a few birthday stamp sets that I think are great for people just starting to build their collections.

Birthdays just wouldn't be nearly as fun without balloons and streamers which is why Birthday Balloons and Hooray are definitely on this list. Birthday Balloons has options for patterns and super cute curly strings. Hooray creates a festive backdrop for large-scale sentiments or the aforementioned balloons. You really can't go wrong with these sets.

Initial Sentiments: Birthday is a modern set full of variety. The greetings can go feminine or masculine depending on how they're used and there's an option for nearly any design style.

Paper Clippings: Birthday features a three-tier cake, balloons, and a cheerful birthday banner. These images build together to create a really fun focal point or they can be used separately to create all kinds of designs.

If your beginner has a wry sense of humor the Offbeat Birthday stamp set might be right up their alley. The set includes quirky greetings for celebrating birthdays for loved ones of all ages.

Wishes Come True is a nice, simple birthday candle set. Some candles are two-step while others require one single impression. The set also includes a handful of sentiments that pair nicely with this and other sets.

Who doesn't love cake for a birthday? What The Doodle: Piece Of Cake is a cute little mini that would be perfect for anyone who likes to color or would like to try paper piecing.

Ombre Sentiments: Birthday is a terrific sentiment set, full of really useful greetings set in a modern style. It's nice to have a variety of greetings for major occasions like birthdays and this set totally delivers.

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Let's move on to winter holiday stamps. Admittedly, my focus tends to be on Christmas and most of the sets on this list reflect that focus. But I did try to include a couple of sets that weren't specific to a designated holiday.

Pen & Ink: Christmas is a lovely sentiment set with handwritten style. The greetings are nicely varied in size as well, which makes this set useful for cards or packaging.

I wouldn't necessarily say Enchanted Forest is strictly a holiday set, but it's perfect for holiday scenes. It's also wonderful for masculine projects or nature scenes.

If your beginner is drawn to building a bouquet of holiday foliage, Spruce & Sprigs is on the "must have" list. The images are a really versatile size and the set includes a nice selection of textures and shapes to keep things interesting.

Brilliant Baubles embraces beautifully decorated ornaments so often seen this time of year. This set includes everything you need to create a pretty scene with seasonal florals, foliage, and a greeting to boot! Ornaments are separate from the toppers, but they are fairly easy to line up.

If you're fond of knitwear this time of year, Warm & Fuzzy is right up your alley! The stockings can even double as regular knit socks if your beginner already happens to be well-versed in the fiber arts. This is a set that can be used long past the holiday season for winter birthdays as well.

There are few images as classic as Santa's reindeer and Dash Away All has one such reindeer ready to take flight. The set also includes snow flurries and a unique block of text for more design options.

Polka Dot Parade #9 is a mini set that's just too cute not to mention. The adorable tree looks great in traditional green, unconventional rainbow, or even bright red. The patterns give interest and at $5 you're getting a great value.

'Tis The Season Sentiments is a set of greetings set in a playful, unique style. The set hits all the highlights from "Merry Christmas" to "Let It Snow." There are some Christmas specific greetings and others that are more generic to give you adaptability for your entire mailing list.

Silver White Winters is another set that is useful well after the holiday decorations are packed away. It is delicate and sophisticated and truly gorgeous. And the wispy snow flurry images can be used for other things as well. Think steam from a coffee mug or a trail from a butterfly.

Christmas just wouldn't be the same without cookies and Sweet Holiday Wishes has you covered! I love that these cookies are so easy to stamp and tons of fun to decorate. Imagine glitter sprinkles...

Another classic Christmas image is the set of slightly tangled twinkle lights found in Corner Adorner: September. The individual bulbs give flexibility on how many colors you can incorporate on your strand of lights. And as another mini set, the $5 price tag is nice for keeping the budget in check.

And finally, you can't go wrong with Penned Elegance: Christmas, drawn in the same beautiful handwritten script as the original (that I mentioned earlier).

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Masculine cards can be tough, so having stamps designed with dudes in mind can be helpful. Here are a few of my favorite masculine sets.

King Of The Grill is a hamburger themed set that allows you to cleverly build your greeting on a sesame seed bun. Add as few or as many toppings as you like to suit the man of the hour. The layers are incredibly forgiving for someone without much stamping experience.

Does your burger need a beverage on the side? Craft Brew is prepared with a pint of lager, ale, or pilsner. There are unique, punny sentiments that can be stamped directly on the pint glasses or used independently to make any beer aficionado's day.

Dapper Chap is full of bow ties to keep your dudes looking sharp. There is a second step (a detail image to give the bows some definition), but it's super easy to line up and shouldn't give a new stamper any trouble.

The brilliant Heart & Sole stamp set includes both an athletic shoe and a work boot to cover a good portion of the male population. And while several of the sentiments are geared toward men and dads, there are plenty of greetings that simply speak to facing a challenge or accomplishing goals, so it would be great for the women in your life too. Again, these images are multi-step, but the lining up is really forgiving for a new stamper.

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Lastly today, I'm sharing a few of my favorite nature stamp sets. Nature sets can come in handy for masculine cards, sympathy cards, or seasonal projects.

First up, I'm sharing Twig Wreath. This wreath can be stamped multiple times to make it appear more full and can work for nearly any season depending on the colors you choose.

Butterfly Blooms features a beautiful resting monarch that can be colored or left alone depending on the style you're trying to achieve. The flowers can be used to complement the butterfly or stamped independently to get more milage out of your set.

Beautiful Berries: Spring could maybe be considered a tad bit too advanced to land on a beginners list, but I decided to go ahead and add it because I've found it fairly easy to line up. The berries themselves are really unique and fun to embellish with glitter or Glossy accents.

The Turning A New Leaf stamp set is perfect for pairing with the small flowers found in some of these other sets to create a botanical background or frame a sentiment. The design is clean and simple which lends itself to a variety of styles. The largest image may require a large block though, so be aware of that before giving it to someone who may not have a block big enough to accommodate it.

Whether you want Spring or Autumn foliage, Leaf Prints is a great set - just switch up the color to get more life out of it. The largest images are two step, but they line up easily for less experienced stampers.

And last but not least, I present to you Give Love. The birds are charming and their two-step construction is really forgiving. The branches have built-in woodgrain texture to give simple cards plenty of dimension and there are leaves and flowers that can be used to create arrangements around a sentiment.

I hope you've enjoyed this Gift Guide! It was really fun to put together and really think about how I would introduce someone to this fun hobby. Let me know if you like posts like this and if you'd like to see more of this sort of thing. Have a great day and I'll see you back here tomorrow with my Stitching Focus post!