4 Seasons of Crafting; ONE Stamp Set!

Hi readers! Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is starting off wonderfully! I’m always in AWE of what the always awesome Debby Hughes makes for her monthly creative uses posts. This month,  she’s showing us how we can use a cone stamp all year long! I love it! Read on and enjoy!


Hi Debby here. We all know the Cone Building set is perfect for summer with cones and sundaes dripping melted ice cream in the heat of the sun :D However, with a simple rotation of 180 degrees the cone from the set quickly becomes a fabulous graphic tree for all seasons!


Thinking ahead to when the heat of the summer fades into the crisp fiery colours of autumn leaves, I stamped the cones in Lipstick Red, Orange Peel and Sunshine inks and die cut with their matching die. I used one of the small triangle shapes from the Cone Building set to stamp the tree trunks in Sparrow ink on a Giving Thanks die cut and then foam mounted the colourful trees on top. A little twine and a few enamel dots finished off my autumn card.


Moving on to the chill of winter and I chose icy colours of Cloudy Sky, Caribbean Blue and Soft Navy paired with a swoosh of embossing paste through the Falling Snow stencil and glittery Maryanne Snowflakes. Shhhh, but I think this one might be my favourite!


Once the snows of winter have melted and the first shoots of spring appear the colours change from icy blues to the sherbet pastels of Rosie Cheeks, Catkin and Melon. The trees are mounted on a Large Tag blended with Sea Glass ink and die cut with the sun from the Hello Sunshine Frame. This tag is in turn mounted on a second tag blended with Duckling ink to give the sun some colour and I added a Wavy Scallop Stitches hill too. Finally the sentiment comes from the Abby’s Spring Showers set and is stamped in Sparrow ink and trimmed in to a banner.

Before you know it it’s time for the ice-cream again and you’ve used the Cone Building set all year and got lots more value out of your initial purchase :D Thanks for joining me today!




Thanks for reading and thanks again to Debby for this fantastic inspiration!


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  1. I’ve been wanting to use my cone die from an older SSS release as a tree but never got around to it. Now I know I do need to have a go at long last. The winter trees are my favourite.

  2. It always amazes me how a creative brain works. These are all so stinkin’ cute ! I love every single one and would hate to pick just one :) but that winter one is beautiful.

  3. Debby’s cards are always awesome. I really like how Debby showed us several beautiful cards using one stamp.

  4. Debbie is so wonderfully creative, and she makes the most beautifully ethereal cards. Always gorgeous and inspiring!

  5. It’s such a cool idea! I will have to try that! It’s little things like that that I wish I would think of!! My favorite is the winter card as well! The colors are so pretty!

  6. Great inspiration! It would be a fun challenge to see how many ways we could use stamps or dies other than the intended way. This was a really good post today.

  7. Love the versatility of these stamps! Genius to use the cone for a tree! Debby’s cards are gorgeous – as usual!

  8. I love how Debby always sees creative uses for the stamps and dies. This is so clever; I do wish I had her eye. And again, as always, her color palettes are perfection.

  9. DELIGHTFUL set of cards Debby!!!
    … I didn’t know that ice cream cones could be so handy, all year long :)
    THANK YOU for sharing!!!

  10. This is a wonder stamp set and dies. These cards are wonderful and would be difficult to choose just one. As you have shown, this stamp set can be used for many different ocassions and seasons. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  11. How clever are those cards?!!! Great idea! And a challenge to all of us to look for different ways to use our stamps.

  12. How creative to think of using this set for all seasons! So versatile. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. I learn every single day here in blogland. I’m in awe of some of these amazing people with their creativity & cleverness, not to mention generosity in sharing with us. Thank you, Debby.

  14. This just goes to show how we need open our minds to different possibilities when looking at our stamps (and colors).

  15. OK, you are brilliant!! I love any set that has multiple uses, and you have taken it over the top!! :-)

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