Sunday, July 22, 2012

How I Stretch My Stamps (Series 5--last)!!

We are down to the last post of my series of "How I Stretch My Stamps".  I don't know about you, bu it has been so fun for me! I hope you pick up a few tips along the way as to how to use your stamp as creatively as you can !
Today I like to talk about the unsung heroes in our stamps. They are your tiny and unremarkable  filler stamps that you rarely have the chance in using them. These type of stamps usually come with the desired images that you want in a set and they happen to be included in the package! I am sure you have quite a few of  them and I bet some of them never got inked!?

Never underestimate a little heart stamp and what it can do.
LOVE
Circle stamps are pretty unremarkable, right?
thanks so much
Think again.
Sweet Friend
The little birdies always look even cuter as a group, don't you think?
THANK YOU for being my Friend!
The little stamps can make wonderful borders, too!
XO XO
The little stamps can make an awesome grid design!
cute as a button
I think you are getting the idea now?
OLW #45
They can also make an interesting pattern! 
Trust in the Lord
 And here is my latest card for the Scramble challenge (details here). I made it under 20 minutes! 
Thank you so much
I hope this prompts you to look at your little stamps in a creative way!  Thank you for keeping up with this series. A random winner will receive $25 gift certificate and will be announced next week.



 Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback! 



32 comments:

Brenda said...

Virginia, thanks so much for sharing this How To Stretch Your Stretch your Stamps series.I am looking at my few stamps in a whole new light and getting more use out of them.

Kara Lynne said...

Virginia, your series has really motivated me to think about my stamps creatively. I love the effort you went through to present this series and each one of your cards have that Virginia sparkle to them!

Laura B. said...

Oh, poo! I ran out of time!! I was just working on one of your fun techniques today, trying the reverse image stamping, but I'm too slow! You've given me soo many ideas though! I love that cute as a button card. Wonderful inspiration, as always!

lenny said...

I was really looking forward to this blog post!!
The other posts made me thinking...
You gave me a lot of ideas!!
I've learned a lot!! THANK YOU!!
You made WONDERFUL cards, I love 'em all!! (The one with the little birdies is my favorite)
Thanks ... x

Dawn said...

adorable use of filler stamps ~ I've never used all of the little stamps so the scramble today was perfectly timed.

shirley-bee said...

Thanks for an inspirational series, Virginia. It's been great to see how you get all that extra mileage from your stamps.

Dotty Jo said...

Stamp stretching at it's very best! Thanks for yet more fabulous inspiration Virginia, Jo x

Miriam Prantner said...

Love this post! It is so much fun to find ways to use the bitty, unloved stamps, isn't it! I especially love the grids that you created. I'm going to have to try that!

Vicky said...

WOW! Tons of inspiration here today! Love all the cards and the tips! Thanks Virginia for everything you do to inspire us.

Lynn said...

Wow! Do I say that every time I stop by Virginia? You amaze me with your talent.

onecraftymama said...

So many fab ideas for the little stamps! Those are the ones that I'm always stumped by, so I think this might be my favourite of the stretch posts :) Thanks so much, Virginia!

Barb said...

Holy, moly! Look at all these gorgeous cards! My fave has to be the leaf one - I LOVE those pretty, fresh colors, V! This has been such a fantastic series - I have really enjoyed each day! Hugs! :)

sandie said...

I have always been stumped by thise extras but yesterday did manage to use one from the papersmooches set-I will mail this. These are some great more ideas and I have one in the retro foundations that I really want to use and this has given me an idea!

Julie S. said...

Wow, you're right! I have lots of those stamps - some which probably have never seen ink. Excellent ideas here - thanks!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Great post full of wonderful ideas. Especially like the one "create a pattern" as I have that set!

Tenia Nelson said...

Wow....I am really inspired now!!! Wow....so many ways to use my small stamps!!! Thanks dearie!!

Linda R said...

I have to admit I really enjoy seeing all your tips. So many cute cards.. You are so talented my friend.

Hugs~

Melissa Shea said...

I love this series! So many fabulous applications for our beloved stamps :) I love the grid theme today, that seems like a go-to design element I want to have in my tool belt!

Monika Reeck said...

Hi Virginia great idea using the circle stamp and love in the middle...you always have a clever idea...I never bored looking again and again at your blog..hope you like to hop to my blog too dear...schoenes Wochenende...Liebe Gruesse

Gilda said...

Great series, Virginia! Lots of tips and ideas all from the goodness of your heart. Thank you!

Cathy A said...

Love all your little stamp cards, I am certainly looking at the unused stamps in my set more closely now.

Susan F. said...

Oh Virginia, I love these!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

I have so enjoyed your "stretch your stamps" series, but I enjoy EVERYTHING you do, Virginia! I am head over heels in love with your tic tac toe card! So clever and fabulous. :)

Katy said...

Wow! This was a great series! Thank you for putting this together! You are so talented and now I am really excited to go play with my stamps! :)

Karen said...

hey Virginia...
Thanks for your time and effort in putting this whole series together. I have really enjoyed reading, being inspired and adding cards to your challenge. You really did a great job and it was appreciated.
hugs,
K

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

I LOVED this series! It is so true that those little stamps are often so cute, but get put off to the side because you never think to use them! You have def. inspired me to look at more of my stamp sets and to play around with those little ones too!
Lisa

Maureen Morton said...

You saved the best for last, Virginia. So darn many good ideas here that I will have to revisit many times. You are such a doll to do all this - your heart is as big as your talent. Love the hearts, especially! Thanks so.

chrystinanoel.com said...

LOVE the sweet friend tag. Did you make it?

Alice Wertz said...

amazing! my filler stamps are so neglected that i am ashamed of it!!! =) fabulous samples on how you can use them. thanks so much for this wonderful and inspiring series, Virginia! you ROCK!

Jocelyn Olson said...

What a great series, Virginia! The tiny stamps are so hard to use sometimes, but these are great examples!

Jacqueline said...

You have so inspired me with these different designs, I'm going to have to have a go now! I love the heart border one!

Bethany said...

i love the last card Virginia...so pretty!