The Love Bandit

When Mike & I got married, I had a huge stuffed animal collection.  I decided not to bring all of them into our new home, so Mike starting giving me new ones.  One was a "beekeeper bear."  He bought it in Texas – the first time the two of us had been separated for more than a day.  Unfortunately, it was in a big box that wasn't "checkable," so he had to keep it with him on the plane.  And the handle broke, so he kind of had to snuggle it when he carried it.  When I picked him up at the airport, I got a huge chuckle seeing him walk down the hall with his Teddy bear.  Now that's love and romance! 

Several years later, he gave me a Vermont Teddy Bear – "the Gangster of Love."  So this little heartstealer stamp reminded me of all our bear stories (even though he's a raccoon).  The stamp set is from the Occasions Mini catalog, and it's called "Love Bandit."  It was so cute, so I had to preorder it.

Love_BanditThere are lots of new things on the card.  I used the Pinking Hearts Border punch on the "Always Artichoke" around the pink layer.  The new punches lock closed, so they're super easy to store.  The little heart on the bottom of the card is the new Small Heart punch.  And the pink heart designer paper is from the FREE "Welcome Neighbor" Sale-a-bration pack!  It's a huge pad of double sided, 6"x6" designer paper, and it's yours free with a $50 order from January 5-March 31.  There are lots of other items you can get free during SAB also.  On a future project, I'll show you the free punch.  And a stamp set.  And…

…speaking of stamp sets. 


I ordered all my new sets in the "clear mount" option.  Beginning with the Occasions Mini catalog, Stampin' Up! will be offering two mounting options:  wood or clear mount.  Wood mount is the traditional "rubber on wood" stamp.  Clear mount still has our great rubber stamps with the wonderful detail you're used to.  But they're on a cling backing, so you can mount them on clear blocks.  After you stamp, you peel off the rubber stamp and put it away.  Here are the advantages –

  • Save Storage Space!  These come in a container like a DVD box, with pictures of the stamps on the front and thumbnails on the sides – so you don't have to go searching through all the stamp boxes looking for the right set because you've put them on the shelf all helter-skelter and can't see the label.  (Or is that just me?)  You just line them up like you would your DVDs, and easily select the set you're searching for.  They take up about 1/10 the space of a regular stamp box, so you have room for hundreds more stamps now!  "Ah, but that's very expensive," you're thinking.  Well, here's advantage #2 –
  • Save Money!  The clear mounts are a little cheaper.  After your initial block purchase, you'll only be purchasing rubber stamps, so the sets are priced a little lower than the wood mount.  I figure with the money I saved from the three sets I purchased, I can buy at least one other set and still be in the same price range.  It's all good!

Off to play!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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