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Posted: 8/17/2012 5:12:05 PM
If you were going to create your own stamps what designs would you want?

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Posted: 8/17/2012 6:49:53 PM
See now, I'm the opposite of Cherrypicker. I want images. I'm partial to vintage type images but I like all kinds of things. I love bikes, so I have all kinds and sizes of bike stamps. I love cameras, so I'm always on the look out for camera and film related stamps. My DH plays guitar and used to have a band, so I have a lot of music related stamps.

And I have a fair number of alphabets...in case I need to stamp a word.

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Posted: 8/17/2012 8:18:21 PM
Open designs that I can color with Copics. Not into the cutesy designs. Not real into vintage either. I like very graphic, geometric designs. I also like multi-use, general purpose images rather than themed images - cameras, borders, tags, geometric shapes, san serif alphabets, all things postal, signs, banners, hearts, flowers, stars, etc.


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Posted: 8/17/2012 8:22:04 PM
I love it all! But, if I were to narrow it down, I would have to say alphas and images. My MOST favorite stamp that I use all the time was from the April Cocoa Daisy kit. It's a 5" leaf and I've used it several times. I love it because it looks great just about anywhere! Oh, and I guess I am a little fussy. I do like larger stamps rather than smaller ones. I guess that's another reason I like the leaf stamp. I always look at smaller stamps as being more useful on cards, but not so much on layouts.


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Posted: 8/17/2012 8:44:34 PM
Images I can colour. Usually people, but cute animals are good too.

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Posted: 8/17/2012 11:51:11 PM
I am a sucker for birds, hot air balloons & trees...I too would want open designs that I could color

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Posted: 8/18/2012 12:11:28 AM
I look for stamps that I can use on both a scrapbook page as well as in cardmaking. I also look for stamps that lend themselves to using with many techniques - not just "stamp-and-color-it" images. I want to heat emboss, versamark, resist techniques, fussy cut and layer, distress inks, create a water colored "painting" with them etc. etc. I like stamps that adapt to more than one season!

I like to use my stamps to create my own embellishments for scrapbook pages and cards. Background stamps are great too!

I have very little use for too many stamps with "cutesy" images. Most of my friends are NOT the "sweetie" type. If I were an elementary school teacher, perhaps I would use that kind of an image more? Nothing wrong with those kinds of stamps, but there just seem to be LOTS of them out there, and they don't fit into my world very well.

I would LOVE to see a nice collection of journalling spots - including a simple LARGE stamp of plain lines - that could then be layered with other shapes/stamps to customize a "journalling spot". I see lined journalling spot stamps, but they always seem to have a cutey swirl, flower of some other image on the lined area which limits it's use for me. Still searching.......

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Posted: 8/18/2012 4:27:16 AM
I would love to see unusual sayings....seems that one company to the other just copies sayings in different fonts and also way more journaling spots.

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Posted: 8/18/2012 8:44:59 AM
I look for stamps that are versatile, such as journal spots, tickets, etc., but if a stamp set happens to go well with particular pictures and has artwork that I like, I am inclined to buy it even if it isn't as versatile.

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Posted: 8/18/2012 9:28:00 AM
Phrases with a nice font and solid stamps. Stamps I can color directly on and then stamp.

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Posted: 8/18/2012 11:41:32 PM
When I've purchased a stamp, it's usually an image (although a few sentiments) and it's one or a set i know I need then and will use again and again. Like my beach set, hearts, birds, stars, flowers, etc. Last one was a baby set as I'm about to be a Grandma for the second time, first grandson. DH actually picked out a baby stamp set himself when DGD was born 2 years ago, which gets good use from me on her pages.


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Posted: 8/18/2012 11:55:45 PM
Text for scrapbook pages! I find myself in want of those.

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Posted: 8/19/2012 7:56:49 AM
I also like stamps that I can use for both scrapbooking and card making. Judging by my collection, I seem to like background type stamps and words/phrases. I like the simple words and phrases sets but in different fonts - mostly handwriting and I'm a sucker for the Ali Edwards sets. I don't have a single alphabet stamp, although I have considered purchasing one.

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Posted: 8/19/2012 9:08:55 PM
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Posted: 8/19/2012 9:51:55 PM
I tend to go more for general stamps that I know I can use on more than one project and alphas. I am not really interested in stamps that are too specific. For the longest time, I was on the search for a set that just said Who? What? Where? When?


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Posted: 8/19/2012 9:53:31 PM
I would LOVE a large journaling stamp with wider spacing in between the lines (I write big!).

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Posted: 8/19/2012 10:50:02 PM
Add me to the TEXT group. I collect words & phrases that are versitle in nice clean fonts.
I generally use them for my scrapbook pages and sometimes on a card.

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Posted: 8/19/2012 11:42:44 PM
I'm always looking for common phrases and greetings in nice large bold text. I also like bold clean shapes. Large ones that can be layered together are great as well. My biggest complaint about stamps is so many are simply too tiny for anything but small cards.


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Posted: 8/20/2012 2:31:03 AM
Vintage images!


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Posted: 8/20/2012 7:07:41 AM
I would say, sentiments and phrase stamps, as I make alot of cards, and love using my stamps on my layouts too. So any set that gives me that versatility usually comes home with me... But I won't turn down a nice flower or other image if they catch my eye!!



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Posted: 8/20/2012 12:29:24 PM

I love unusual fonts and when 2 different fonts are combined on one stamp.

Sometimes, I'll look at a stamp and think... "I could print that out on my printer." That is NOT a stamp I would buy.


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Posted: 8/20/2012 1:08:37 PM
I want cat/dog stamps that would be good to use for pet sympathy cards.

I find that most cat/dog stamps are cartoonish or have kittens/puppies & are often geared towards the holidays. I cannot bring myself to make someone a cat sympathy card with a kitten if they lost an older pet.

I tend to collect background stamps, swirls, flourishes, geometrics & birthday images.



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Posted: 8/20/2012 2:26:32 PM
I used to love images, but I found I never used them, and I don't like to color. What I do like is using stamps for titles on my pages (and of course sentiments for cards)

I want phrases, text, words that are good for scrapbooking and in a large enough size that it can be used for titles.

I also like background images, that add texture or details to diecuts...like dots, mesh, floral patterns, bricks etc.


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Posted: 8/22/2012 5:57:37 PM
I like border stamps and butterflies! I started off with alphabet stamps, but hardly use them any more.


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Posted: 8/22/2012 7:37:14 PM
I also like unusual phrases, everyone seems to have the same tired greetings! I want variety of fonts too, two combined in one greeting, for added interest. Is there a company with a suggestion box for greetings?...I have so many ideas, but who to tell?


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Posted: 8/22/2012 9:24:36 PM
I love beautiful geometrics (think Celtic knots, etc.) and other graphics and borders, including the ubiquitous flourishes.

Flowers and butterflies are some of my most used images. I continue to buy them even though i have many already.

I would love more images that can be used on masculine birthday and thank-you cards!

Sentiments that can cross styles are great - i have a few that can be used with cute, elegant, and grunge-style cards. I don't want sentiments that take center stage - I want sentiments that I can use over and over without looking like I'm making the same card over and over.


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Posted: 8/27/2012 1:04:39 PM
I would design an alphabet. Also background stamps, journaling, and christmas stamps

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Posted: 8/28/2012 10:02:24 PM
Open images that I could color in with my Copic markers.

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Posted: 8/28/2012 11:09:43 PM
I'm with Cherrypicker! I'm all about sentiments and phrases, particularly ones that work well with cards.

Other than that, the images I usually get have Dachshunds (who would have guessed! ) with bones & pawprints, penguins (& snowflakes), hummingbirds and music (notes and instruments).

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Posted: 8/29/2012 12:44:30 PM
I think versatility is key. Stamps are expensive. So if I can use it with an ink pad and with coloring on it with markers and get different looks, I like that. Or such as that jar stamp-- you can "put" many different things in the jar, make it look like a jam jar, use it as a vase-- that is a versatile stamp!


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Posted: 8/29/2012 1:08:11 PM
I agree totally with versatility. I don't want cutesy images, or generic 'love', 'believe' etc, those have been so overdone its not even funny.

I'm a technique person and love stamps that are more graphic, nore detailed images, textures, art images kinda like some from Claudine Hellmuth - poppy pods on stalks, honeycomb and things like that.

Basically what I like to do is background techniques and tag techniques. I have found that I love background stamps like mesh, barbed wire, chicken wire, dots, flourishes, birds on a wire (but I can't find one suitably large enough for layout) and other things such as a row of chevron arrows, plain lines, a section of notepad paper, pilot wings (specifically so you can use just the wings, the center circle or one wing and the center circle, again, versatility)


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Posted: 9/6/2012 5:43:51 AM
There should be an informative matter on the stamps such as
the things that are known to bulk people, also general awareness campaigns would be nice idea to print on !

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Posted: 9/6/2012 5:54:59 AM
Versatility here too! I prefer something fairly on trend that can be used for a variety of projects. Arrows, hexagons, chevrons would be current examples.

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Posted: 9/10/2012 1:23:02 AM
I would like to see more plus size girlfriends doing all the stuff the skinny girlfriends stamps do, Shopping, bathing at the beach (yes bathing at the beach), having a drink or two, relaxing, wearing a hat, in a dress for going out, ect. I have found just one decent plus girl stamp by Stamping Bella.

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Posted: 9/14/2012 1:36:54 AM
Sounds interesting.I love to use animal images.


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Posted: 9/22/2012 1:15:00 PM
I tend to like the shapes - and I'm always sucked in by the trends. I LOVE everything that Kelly Purkey designs!!

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Posted: 9/22/2012 1:40:51 PM
I mostly look for functionality. Can I get repeated types of uses out of the stamp, or is it a "one-trick-pony" kind of thing? The more ways I can see myself using it, the more likely I am to purchase it.

After that, anything goes. I love words/text/alphas, so those are always a good deal if I like the font/design. Beyond those, vintage images, backgrounds/textures, camera/photography images, and seashore/coastal images are my favorites. I also have others, but those are my top pics.


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Posted: 9/24/2012 12:18:17 PM
I like sets that are a bit versatile, that have both line drawings and solid images and at least two different phrases that are original. Also font is huge for me, I don't care what it says if I don't like the font.
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