Before my mother-in-law fell ill and passed away a few years ago, she was a keen card maker. Prior to Jacob making his entrance to the world, I often sat down to help her when we visited. By doing this, I managed to build up my own collection of handmade cards! Back then I found card making to be such a relaxing pastime, and also the gift of a handmade card and the thought, imagination and individuality that goes into each one is so appreciated.
When I was contacted to see if I would like to review the Oh Happy Day card kit from Stampin’ Up!, I thought it would be a great opportunity to reminisce about those times with my mother-in-law and also get my creative head on. The different thing about this kit is that it has all the items to make a stack of pre-determined cards, so although it is still creative and handmade, it is something that can be done a little quicker under instruction rather than free thinking.
Stamp and stick—that’s all it takes to create stack of all-occasion cards. Make one card when you need it, or make them all and use them later. Folded card size: 4″ x 3-1/2″, 3″ x 3″, 5″ x 3-1/2″,
5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (10.2 x 8.9 cm, 7.6 x 7.6 cm,
12.7 x 8.9 cm, 14 x 10.8 cm). Adhesive sold separately. Instructions included.
Kit includes –
Set of 13 photopolymer stamps
20 card bases and coordinating envelopes
Giftable kraft box
Die-cut glittered chipboard shapes
Printed die-cut images
Die-cut gold foil sheet
Die-cut white sheets
Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Spot
Printed color doilies
Acrylic stamp block
The kit arrives in a small storage box with all of the separate elements packaged in cellophane. Once they are all removed though it’s not so easy to organise them again. This is probably okay though if you’re not an organisation freak like me, oops! The kit comes with a handy leaflet with basic instructions, and showing how all of the components go together for each card. At first though, I did find the numbers a little confusing for the two separate elements it was referring to. That is being either which step it was, or which component it pointed to. I think it would have been less confusing if the numbers were on a different colour background, perhaps white text on black background for the steps, and black text on white background for the component.
That said, once I got going and pinpointed what was what, it was easy to put them together. I just needed to use my own adhesive which I have anyway from doing crafts with the boys. I did find that some of the pop up pieces came loose before I used them, which is a bit confusing when you will be using that piece later and so aren’t sure which card it matches with. Also, the stamping didn’t come out as dark as I was expecting it to from the pictures, even when I pressed firmly more than once. The quality of the cards and components is brilliant though, very thick card and lovely brown envelopes for them to be inserted in.
Overall, the completed cards from the Oh Happy Day card kit are absolutely gorgeous and I think any recipient would be very pleased to receive one. They are very modern alongside the quote and monochrome trends appearing all over at the moment, and although handmade from a kit, they look so professional. With the price of the kit and the fact you get 20 cards from it, it works out around £1.50 per card which is around the same price, if not cheaper, than an equivalent one bought from a shop. If you are a lover of crafting and handmade, then it is worth the investment.
RRP – £31.50
My rating – 4/5
I was sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & my own.