Monday, 6 October 2014

Whimsy Stamps October Rubber & Die Release: Sneak Peek Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the Whimsy Stamps ...
2014 Holiday Release - Part 2

A few weeks ago Whimsy Stamps released Part 1 of their 2014 Holiday Collection. Today, the DT and GDT are extremely excited to start sneak peeks for the second part of their 2014 Holiday Collection!

Over the next 3 days, myself and the team will reveal 18 *BRAND NEW* red rubber stamps/stamp sets and 6 *BRAND NEW* coordinating die/die sets. They will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and selected Whimsy Stamps retailers on Wednesday. 

We are thrilled to welcome Stephanne Maraver, Vicki Parson, Denise Griffith, Debbie Jennett, Donna Rudy and Crissy Armstrong as Guest Designers for this release. Welcome ladies!

Today we are excited to show you the brand new Art by Mi Ran, Crissy Armstrong and SC Design stamps and dies being released this month. For a full reveal of these stamps, hop on over to the Whimsy blog!

I have designed 2 rubber stamp sets and 3 dies for this release, and I will share the details later in this post, but for today's project, I was inspired by the fabulous sketch over at CAS(E) ths Sketch #95 challenge.  I decided to use one of the bell dies from the *new* Jingle Bells die set, along with some products I designed for previous Clearly Whimsy Stamps releases: HAPPY large word die, Basic Backgrounds & Borders 1 stamp set, and Happy Everything stamp set.  I think that next time I make this design, I won't add any liquid pearls and I'll use some silver thread inside of twine to hang the bells:

*NEW* Whimsy Stamps Jingle Bells die set
Clearly Whimsy Stamps: Happy large word die
Clearly Whimsy Stamps: Basic Backgrounds & Borders 1 stamp set
Clearly Whimsy StampsL Happy Everything stamp set
Bazzill cardstock: Coconut Swirl, Ruby Slipper
American Crafts POW! glitter paper: Silver
Ranger Liquid Pearls: Silver Pearl
Lawn Fawn Trimmings: Silver Sparkle Hemp Cord
Silver embossing powder

Here are the products I designed for our October rubber & die release:

Christmas Scene Builder is a 4x6" red rubber stamp set that comes with lots of different images for you to build scenes for Christmas and New Year.  Although this is a standalone set, I designed it to compliment the Winter Wonderland stamp set that was released in September.  This set comes with 4 different sized trees, 2 sentiments, 2 different sized firework bursts, a cityscape, a flurry of snow and a santa & his reindeers.

I didn't make any cards using this set for this release, as I have a set of 5 cards plus a tag being published in the next issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine using this set and the Winter Wonderland stamp set!  This issue is due to be published on 30th October, so if you are a regular subscriber of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine, be sure to look out for it!

My second 4x6" red rubber stamp set is called Christmas Moments and is full of tried and tested Christmas sentiments.  I think they work equally well with vintage or modern cards, and I hope they will become a firm favourite:

The first of 3 die sets I designed for this month's release is the one I used on today's card: Jingle Bells die set.  This set comes with 2 different bells, and the little separate curved die cuts out a ridge to place on top of the round bell for dimension (as you can see in my card above).  I designed these bells to be the right size to either hang from a bow as an accent on your cards, or to be used as a focal point.  I included a church bell design so that you can use this set all year round - weddings, perhaps? The round jingle bell is approximately 0.85x0.9" and the church bell is approximately 1x1.2".  They both have embossed detail, which looks great if you cut them from mirri card:

The second die set is the Wreath & Bow.  The wreath measure approximately 2.4x2.3" and the bow is approximately 0.9x1".  The holly leaves you can see on the wreath are cut lines, so you can lift up the leaves for dimension.  I designed this set so that the previously released Christmas Mini Tag Sentiments stamp set sentiments will fit perfectly in the middle of the wreath:

Finally, my third design is the 3D Bow Small die set.  It comes in 3 pieces - the largest die is approximately 4.2x0.8". When assembled, the size of the bow is approximately 2.5x0.8" (including the tails).   There are many 3D bow dies already on the market, so this is certainly not a new concept, but the size is perfect for accenting your cards instead of using a ribbon bow, or as a feature on its own.


Assembled with the tail piece cut in half so the tails can point downwards:

Assembled with one of the bell die-cuts:

PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment at every stop to be entered into the draw.

Be sure to visit the Whimsy blog again tomorrow for the second day of sneak peeks.

Thanks so much for visiting today. Happy hopping!


  1. Love this card, so simple, effective and elegant. The die cuts are just gorgeous x

  2. Another great release! Simple and clean card - I like the twine!

  3. Such a simple and elegant card. Such a talented paper crafter too! You amaze me with your creativity!

  4. I lve this card! I've been trying to think of original ways to use the happy beat me to it! Stunning!

  5. Those dies are gorgeous! I really love your card... so elegant.

  6. Beautiful CAS Card Simonne :-D I like it a lot :-D
    And oh WOW, amazing designs for October release :-D

  7. Oh I love how you showed all the die cut outs! Thank yoiu so much, such a better visual!

    Shari G.

  8. Your card is stunning. So stylish and elegant and I love the colours.
    WOW! All your new Christmas stamps and dies look amazing.
    Sue xx

  9. Great Christmas-card! Lovely dies.

  10. so FANTASTIC.. just LOVE your card and fabulous dies!!

  11. Wonderful card design. Love the glitter bells. TFS

  12. Oh, how I love your card Sem. The bells are so pretty! Love this release.

  13. Gorgeous dies! I am die crazy! My wish list is growing as I write!

  14. Simple yet so elegant! I love the large happy!

  15. Cute card Simonne!! Oh my I likey the new dies!!!
    Thanks and hugs

  16. Beautiful card! Awesome new dies... love the jingle bell!

  17. Well your over the top with this CAS card and the beautiful new dies. Love those bells!

  18. Lovely card. You show how less is more beautifully! I'll be looking out for your other cards in the magazine.

  19. Simonne, your designs are absolutely amazing. You are such a wonderfully talented designer. I cannot pick a favourite from your stamps and dies in this release. They are all on my wish list.

  20. jingle bells love the diecuts and elegant simplicity on this card!

  21. Oh I love this elegant CAS card! Those bells are beautiful!

  22. congratulations on designing some beautiful stamps/dies. Love the extra piece for the jingle bell that gives it dimension.
    The card is plain and simple but so very pretty.
    thanks for sharing.

  23. This is beautiful! Wonderful take on the sketch!

  24. Love your card and your simple tutorials are great.

  25. Love the bells...just the right on my wish list

  26. Love the card and the stamps you designed.

  27. Wow, gorgeous CAS card! looks like a fab release!

  28. Oh I love this card! It is simple and clean and elgegant too. That bell die is so wonderful! What a great design! Hugs, Lizzy


Thank you so very much for taking the time to pop by and for leaving me a comment! I hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs, Sem x