Wednesday, 6 October 2010

...say hello to Frame-It

Good morning and welcome to the third day of samples for the October release of new stamps from WMS. Tomorrow we will be releasing 5 new clear photopolymer stamp sets.

I've been loving the Design Team samples, have you? Here's who's previewing with me today:

Today my first cards are made using the new Frame-It set. It's a concept by Joan Bardee, a cracking idea, a simple lined frame stamp with an opening for various interchangeable sentiments. I loved it, I wanted it and now it's here!

In the set I featured a square frame, measuring 2 and3/4 inches by 2 and 3/4 inches, and also a rectangular frame measuring 2 and 1/4 by 4 inches. The set includes 18 sentiment stamps to cover year round occasions, and 3 cupcake stamps. There is a neat little leaf motif too!

The first two samples here are standard size cards, 4 and 1/4 by 5 and 1/2 inches, so that you can see the proportions of the frames, when you simply stamp them onto a card base.

Perfect for CAS cards these frames are a great way to add a little design finesse to a simpler card layout, or you can use the frames to accentuate more complex designs, as some of the DT showed us yesterday.

I simply stamped the frames and added a little cupcake to my first card, I LOVE cupcakes and the more I use this little cupcake the more I like it, I love the neat little swirl at the top! I accented my first cupcake with glossy accents and couldn't resist adding some stickles to my second card, I coloured the 'Icing' with copics and applied some white stickles, when they dry it looks like they soaked up some of the colour from the copics to provide custom sprinkles!

With my last card this morning, I wanted to show you some tips regarding the Holiday Labels No.14 set, also releasing tomorrow. I also had a chance to use the new Text-It set, I love the variety of fonts in this set, I used the old gothic English style as a background , and Anya, did you notice, I pinched your idea to use the Teeny Trees trunks to make snowflakes?!! lol

I'm a greedy soul when it comes to stamps, I always want to fit as many in as possible. If I'm designing stamps to suit dies, then the size of the stamps are largely dictated by the die size and so I have to try to be creative in the way that I design stamps, I want value for money, and to me that means lots of options in a stamp set.

A feature of my Spellbinder friendly dies are the multiple frame dies, where I have two or more frames laid out on the same stamp. Here's one example below:

This particular stamp is made up of two sides, one lighter weight design, and one heavier design, you can clearly see these in the pic above. You have the option to use the stamp the way it is supplied, the two designs co-ordinate and give an interesting frame.

Alternatively, you can ink up one side and stamp it twice, see below to get a frame with both sides the same. See the pics below, in this way you get two more frames from the one stamp.

Or you might decide to stamp one side only on your die cut, in the same way as I did on the label in the Christmas Greetings card above. using the stamp in this way gives a total of 4 'frames' from this one stamp.

Another of the frames in the Holiday Labels No 14 set is the one shown in the pic below: You can see that the outer frame only has been inked up to give the red image on the card.

The frames are easily inked up separately and the little inner frame may be inked independently of the larger frame to produce a smaller image.

There will be folks who decide to cut these apart (and yep, I'm thinkin' bout you Belinda! LOL! and you Joan!) and that is your choice, I design them like this so that I can get more designs in a set and also because it adds a certain amount of extra stability, and I'm happy to use them in this way, but I just know some folks prefer to separate them.

Hope it tickles!

OOh and yesterday's competition is still running, you can scroll down and leave a comment on yesterdays post to have a chance of winning!


  1. Morning Claire

    You really have created some brilliant designs. I love the labels 14 frames, but the simple frame-it set is perfect. No more rulers and black fine liners!!! Yeah! Looking forward to tomorrow.

    Deborah x

  2. Love the idea of this set - it's going right on my wish list! And your cards are fab too, as always!

  3. Love them all. The CAS design of the cupcake cards, your colouring and all that sparkle.

    Your pink card is AMAZING!!! Inky pinky deliciousness!!

  4. Fabulous cards, Claire. I just love the Frame It set, so many uses. What a wonderful idea to put 2 different frames on one stamp in the Labels 14 set. You're a genius missus! lol

  5. Love the new Frame-it set.
    The cards are gorgeous.

  6. I love the frame set ... but it is missing the round and oval frame no?

    And it is a great idea to have add a cup cake...
    Can't wait to see the rest...

    And the set label 14 is very interesting, you have thought about design two forms in the same stamp... you are so genuine Claire !!!!! You alwaus surprises me !!!

  7. Lovin' the frame it set!!! I especially love that it comes with some cute cupcakes too *wink*
    Would it be possible to tell me how big the gap in the frames are to fit your sentiment in? I'm wondering what other sentiments I have may fit in that sweet gap!

  8. Love Labels Fourteen, which of course, I will now need to buy! Thanks for the info on the way you've designed the frames--brilliant!

  9. Love the Frame set and the cute little cupcakes. And the new Labels set is great too. You're such an enabler to make me want the Nestabilities that I didn't want at first.

  10. I ordered the Labels 14 dies several days ago (before I saw your new set, serendipity I'd say ;) I can't tell you how excited I am to make my next WM purchase; Claire my dear, thou ROCKETH!!!!

  11. Oh my word, these new sets looks amazing! Was just about to pick up the Labels 14 dies- now I know I must! :)

  12. Fun cupcakes - yummy! And I LOVE the idea of stamping the frame on only half of the label - it is really striking.

  13. Both of your card are fabulous Claire! Love the shimmery cupcakes & gorgeous framed sentiment!

  14. These sets are wonderful! I have tried drawing a frame and leaving room for a sentiment, and let me just say I have wasted a LOT of paper that way. The Holiday Labels is another set to add to my wish list.

  15. I love your cupcakes.. they look good enough to eat! (I could go for one, I think..)

    I love your elegant Christmas card, too! I see those snowflakes - they look great!! Thanks for making such versatile designs!! ;)

  16. Haha, guilty as charged! :) Love the glittery cupcakes! I also like the idea of just inking one side for the label... It gives it a fun look! And I finally got some distress inks and now I might need to get that pink color as well!

  17. Claire, I love your frame sets and Holiday Labels No. 14 is going to be a must-have! Thank you for the beautiful ideas.

  18. Oh Claire (sighs in awe) I love your new Holiday Labels 14 set...and the Compliments of the season sentiments. You are an amazing designer. Can you please tell me which pink ink you used in your is the most beautiful Christmas card I have seen so far this year.

  19. I love how you design your stamps sets so that we customers get the most for our money....especially with money so tight for so many of us. Thanks for making your stamps so versatile!

  20. Fabulous Claire...its on my wish list!!

  21. The cupcakes look good enough to eat and I love the Frame It set!
    I love the way you think of everthing when you design your stamps! We're guaranteed to get value for money!

  22. thanks for showing your labels - i find that my value / $ is well spent since you do cram in so much into a stamp set. i also love how generous and large the bg sets are.

    i'll have to steal anya's great snowflake making idea. and i'm looking forward to providing a new home for cupcakes. they are to die for. if only my real cupcakes actually looked like that ;)

  23. Waiting for '14' to arrive in the mail! this stamp set is a must have....good luck to every one that wants to win one of the gorgeous WMS new releases!!!

  24. These cupcakes are so pretty Caire and I love the Frame It set (said this in my last comment). Your scroll work is fast becoming your signature piece what's not to love with so much detail, you think of everything!
    Wish I knew there was a text set this month after holding back for ages I ordered the french script from SU 2 weeks ago!!!! agh

  25. Love the versatility of your sets! They can go from masculine to frilly in no time.


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