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Bombs Away

Before we get down to business, there are a few things you should know about me. First, I am a hopeless cynic. We may be taught that every cloud has a silver lining, but the first time it rains that silver lining is going to get all sorts of tarnished—am I right? (Disclosure: I'm not a professional jeweler, and there's a good chance that that statement is completely false.) Instead, I prefer to look for life's little ironies to keep me amused and content.

Second, when I'm in a group, I tend to sit back and observe, quietly making mental notes. Then, when the opportune moment arrives, I drop a bomb of sarcasm on the unsuspecting folk (hopefully eliciting laughs and not scornful looks). With this preface in mind, I'd like to drop our next photopolymer stamp set on the world—Bombs Away Birthday.

The bomb can work in conjunction with any of the greetings. Stamp it on the front of your card, and the fuse has been lit. Open it up, and the punch line pops.

This particular greeting was inspired by my mom, whose doll collection lines the shelves of the guest bedroom where my wife and I frequently stay—gazing down at us with their hollow eyes while we sleep. But just in case your mom happens to collect souvenir spoons or ceramic roosters, I decided to leave it customizable.

Popular music is one of the great road markers in life. For example, I first realized I was no longer a spring chicken when all my favorite bands were featured in one of those music compilation infomercials. ("Own all the biggest Alt Rock hits of the 90s on two incredible discs!") This led me to come up with an unconventional gift card holder to spotlight a pair of my favorite greetings from the set. 

Head down to your local thrift store to choose from the rows and rows of used cassettes (or maybe you still have a box of them collecting dust in your garage). Obviously the key is to find an album that holds special significance between you and the person you are giving it to. 

An iTunes gift card would be perfect for someone whose music tastes are, shall we say, less than current? But the icing on the cake comes when the album art can be re-used in a strategic way. (Can I get a witness, George Michael?)

Most people tend to have a love/hate relationship with birthdays (love when they're young, hate as they get older). Hopefully the Bombs Away Birthday Stamp Set will make you (or someone you know) chuckle while keeping an eye on that increasingly tarnished silver lining. Go get it in the online store now.

Dave B. 
Catalog Designer


  • Mindy D.

    Oct 21

    How about Birthday Blasts!!

  • Jackie Hart

    Oct 21

    Love it! I think it will make many people laugh! I will be ordering it as soon as its released!

  • Denise

    Oct 21

    I LOVE this set! Everybody is different and traditional, sappy or sweet just doesn't fit everyone. I am so excited Stampin Up has some more funny, harmless but witty stamps! Can't wait to get this and start sending cards to my snarky friends. I love "Bombs Away".

  • Cathy DiBlasi

    Oct 21

    I think "Time Bomb" would be very fitting.

  • Andrea Weir

    Oct 21

    GENIOUS!!! I want them NOW... :) I have the perfect, loved one, to give the cassette Classic Rock gift to!!! :)

  • Kelly Danford

    Oct 21

    How about - Time's A Tickin'

  • Jen C

    Oct 21

    There is so much to love about this blog post and this stamp set. It's pretty much "the bomb".

  • Ruth G

    Oct 21

    These made me laugh out loud! Totally unexpected and so very true and in good fun for the right person! Thanks so much for creating these! I can't wait to get my inky hands on them (and thanks again for making them in photopolymer so I can use them and breath at the same time - since I'm sadly allergic to rubber.)

  • Jana Wyatt

    Oct 21

    How About "An Oldie But Goodie"

  • Tiff Smith

    Oct 21

    lol... I love the Classic Rock sentiment! And the cassette tape case is a great way to up-cycle all those tapes, as well as visit memories for the birthday person.

  • Gladys Landon

    Oct 21

    'Grin & Bomb it' Birthday

  • Donna Wakefield

    Oct 21

    I love birthday humor. This will make b'day cards so fun. I'd name it "Your're the Bomb!"

  • dianne shiozaki

    Oct 21

    love it! although I would've picked something from the Stones or Aerosmith...but this is too cute. Even my boyfriend would like something made from this stamp set!

  • Meg McAlister

    Oct 21

    Dave - this stampset is Da bomb!!! I <3 everything about it and am stoked that SU is embracing this edgy humor. Sorry to hear you have to sleep with the hollow eyes of the rag dolls staring intensely at you. I think you will be okay until you start viewing those looks as ones of affection.