Announcing My Favorite NEW Stamp Sets!

Stampin up my friend rubber stamps antique brads card idea
  "My Friend," used in the card above has earned it's spot on my Favorite NEW Stamp Sets from the Stampin' Up! 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog. Recipe is at the end of this post.   It's a challenge to choose a favorite.  Stampin' Up! really delivered on offering a variety of gorgeous new stamps!

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1.  HOSTESS STAMP SET:  HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY WISHES W122615, C122617, p. 10).  I'm a "sentimental" girl and love the lively birthday fonts and stamps in this set that coordinate with punches.  Don't miss the NEW Stampin' Up! Hostess Rewards Program.

Happiest Birthday Wishes Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up! 

2.  SINGLE STAMP:  TRIPLE TREAT FLOWER (W122909, p. 18).  It won my heart with the fact that it coordinates with ALL three of the following punches:  Fancy Flower (118073), 5-Petal Flower (119880) and 1/2" Circle (119869).  Think about quick and easy layers and creative color combinations.

Triple Treat Flower Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up! 

3.  HOLIDAY STAMP:  BEAUTIFUL SEASON (W122680, C122682, p. 45).  A stunning set ready for a touch of watercoloring or crisp when embossed in a single color.

Beautiful Season Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up! 

4.  IT'S A WRAP (W123590, C123592, 59).  Just add Hershey's nuggets. Did you know they coordinate with Avery Mailing Labels?  Wait until you see my new Nugget Purse Video!  Coming soon!

It's a Wrap Occasions Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up! 

5.  UP, UP AND AWAY (w122755, c122757, p. 63).  Mix and match patterns and sentiments.  Have your Stampin' Dimensionals ready to pop these balloons up sky high!

Up, Up & Away Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

6.  PENNANT PARADE (W122740, C122742, p. 69).  A row of pennants, holiday tree, ice cream cone . . . where does this set take your imagination?  Hard to resist when there's a new Petite Pennant Builder Punch (122361) to coordinate.  Game over!

Pennant Parade Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

7.  BUTTON BUDDIES (W122735, W122737, p. 71).  The little pig had me at "hello."  Just add Stampin' Up! Designer Buttons and your "WOW" is cooking!

Button Buddies Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

8.  LOVE AND SYMPATHY (W122795, C122797, p. 76).  Simple and sensitive.  It reminds me of the retired Art of Life stamp set (which I loved).  Remember that set?

Love & Sympathy Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

9. FOR THE KIDDOS:   I DIG YOU (W122720, C122722, p. 93).  This set has us all clamoring to create for a little guy or gal.  Little gal?  It would  be adorable in feminine colors and accessorized with punched flowers on the wheels.

I Dig You Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

10.  MY FRIEND (W122585, C122587, p. 139).  I have been waiting for a big, bold sentiment stamp (like this set's "hello") since "Enjoy Every Moment" retired.  Looks sophisticated in the Rich Razzleberry card above (an embossed silhouette would be stunning) and coordinates with Pocketful of Posies Designer Series Paper (122354)

My Friend Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

11.  DARING ADVENTURE (W122600, C122602, p. 145).  Surprised to see this one on my list?  The weathered look coupled with the Well Worn Designer Series Paper (122359) results in MY kind of vintage.  No need to sponge or distress.  Zoom, zoom to vintage vavoom!

Daring Adventure Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

12.  GREETINGS.  Picking a favorite sentiment stamp set was a toughie.  This is a category where Stampin' Up! really rallied and where I will show very little "budgetary restraint."  However, PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (W121907, C121970, p. 157) answers the call for full phrases on card interiors.  Of course, it's great on a card front, too.  PETITE PAIRS (W122495, C122497, p. 164) gets an honorable mention for versatility.


Pursuit of Happiness Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!



Petite Pairs Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

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Here's what Tracie L. had to say:

The new hostess program is GREAT! I belonged to a Stamp Club for several years but never got above a level two, so it was always disappointing that I couldn't get the level three items. I want the large birthday set and I know that would probably have been a level three given its price so I am SUPER excited

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Stampin up my friend rubber stamps card sample CARD DETAILS:
Stamp Set:  My Friend (W122585, C122587)
Paper:  Pocketful of Posies Designer Series Paper (122354), Rich Razzleberry (115316), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry (115658)
The Perfect Touch:  Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (109070), Antique Brads (117273), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)


  1. What a beautiful card, just love the colors! Looks like a great list of new idea. Quite a few of those are on my list as well. I just can’t wait to place my next order.

  2. Jennifer Reynard

    Absolutely love your card, rich and decadent!!

  3. I LOVE this card, Mary! Rich Razzleberry is such a beautiful color and the coordinating DSP you used is gorgeous.

  4. Beautiful card. I love the color and design. My wish list includes 9 of the 12 you highlighted. So many choices; what will I choose, what will I choose?

  5. We seem to have very similar tastes ’cause many of the stamp sets you’ve chose as your favorites are mine too!

  6. I’m with you on most of your choices! Love your card today – I used this set for my swaps 🙂

  7. Beautiful card. I’d be here typing all day if I listed my current new faves.

    Of the ones you’ve listed – #1, 3, 8, 9, 12 are on my list. I won’t really decide until I see samples on blogs and on Splitcoast, though.

  8. Beautiful card!

    Lovin’ the new catalog. Just can’t make up my mind on my favorites yet. There are so many!

  9. Gorgeous card! Love the layout!

    Many of your faves are mine too!

  10. this card is stunning; your picks of new sets are similiar to mine; thank you for a wonderful post!

  11. Stunning! Elegant! Colors are so pretty with that set.

  12. Thank you so much for the tip about using Avery Mailing Labels with the “It’s a Wrap” stamp set! I’m excited about that stamp set again!!

  13. Shirley Kramer

    I also LOVE your choice of the My Friend stamp set, and I ordered it, but I put the wrong number in, and I got Bonjour, instead. I’m sure it was my fault, I wish I had some French friends to send a card like that to.
    Shirley K.

  14. I like Four Frames. They make any card look elegant.

  15. I love the Triple Treat Flower, too – I’m Scandinavian, and I love how it looks just like the rosemaling on some of my family heirlooms. 🙂

  16. Hi, Nice colors, love it:)

  17. I love the new stamp set BEAUTIFUL SEASON. This one will be one of the first I purchase.

  18. Mitzi Gilooly

    I love the button buddies too! That little pig is just too cute and I have collected pigs since I was a little girl so I just have to have that set!

  19. I love love love the My Friend set! It is my favorite to use right now!

  20. great choices Mary! I can’t wait to see the daring adventure on one of your cards. Oh and I did not know that the wraps fit on an Avery label -Thanks for that tip.

  21. brenda from Indiana

    Simply said love the card……… the color

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