I was struggling to come up with a card design after a friend texted and asked for some valentines, and it didn’t help that it’s just a couple of days from now! I have a lot of stamps in my creative stash and sometimes that becomes more of a hindrance than a solution. I haven’t used this heart stamp in quite a while so I decided to play around with it and include a sentiment that wasn’t strictly “happy valentine’s day” so that the card can be given to someone on any day. It’s a good example of how you can take one stamp and combine it with multiple ink pads to create a very simple card design.
The Concord Museum in Concord, Massachusetts has a special exhibit during November and December called “Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature“. During the holiday season, the museum is filled with about 30 or so trees that are decorated by original ornaments based on children’s storybooks. Volunteer decorators use their imagination to dress up the trees based on a story’s theme, illustrations, or characters. Our daughter’s kindergarten class took a field trip there and she enjoyed it so much that she wanted to go back so that she could show me her favorite trees. It really was quite an amazing and inspiring exhibit! So much creativity was poured into making each tree a work of art.
We have a really large chunk of blank wall space in our living room that becomes a canvas for all sorts of decorations and creations depending on the current holiday or season. One thing that we look forward to each winter holiday season is filling up that space with the wonderful greeting cards from family and friends. But what do you do with all of the cards once the holidays are over? You could simply recycle them. Or if you’re like me and want to save a few of them, you can keep them together with a simple binder ring.
I saw this video on how to build little sleighs using candy canes and mini chocolate bars, and decided to try making some with our daughter. It’s a really cute way to spread some holiday cheer to friends, teachers, and neighbors – and they’re simple to assemble. She provides a helpful video on her website but here are some things that we did differently (plus a couple of things I learned along the way).
I’m sure that there must be a gazillion Christmas themed stamp sets, so how do you choose one? One aspect that I look for when it comes to buying new products is versatility. Can I use it in more than one way? How can I get the most use out of it? And when it comes to stamp sets, I try to think of how many designs I may be able to come up with. I had the opportunity to try the “Ready for Christmas” photopolymer stamp and die cut set by Stampin’ Up! and enjoyed creating different scenes with it.
Doesn’t it look like I stamped half a million flowers and leaves on this card design?
If you’re a crafty stamper too, you may have picked up on this trend of “layered stamping” because I feel like it’s everywhere. When I first began using stamp sets that came in multiple pieces (the layers), I’ll admit that I found it daunting. I’m supposed to line up what to what now? How do I know where this one goes compared to that one? You get the idea. It took some practice (and patience!) to figure out some of the unique qualities behind layered stamping, and I think the “Home Life” stamp set from Stampin’ Up! is a great way to ease your way through the use of this fun technique.
A while ago, Stampin’ Up! came out with alcohol-based markers to use along with their stamp sets. Unfortunately they were only on the market for a short time as they discovered an issue with the manufacturer. Alas, they’ve come up with a new line of them and I had the opportunity to try some of them out. These dual-tip markers are being offered in 12 different colors and 2 shades (a light and a dark) within each color, plus a color lifter marker. They’re a great way to color in stamped images where you want to see some use of shading. I’ve paired them up with the “Floral Statements” stamp set to try them out.
We’ve become one of those households that loves celebrating Halloween. It has also become a good reason for me to whip out some of my old stamps and embellishments, and I love that our 5-year-old enjoys crafting as much as I do!
Earlier this summer, I signed up to be one of the 57 artists in the Ripple Yarn Project. The project was created by two local artists, Adria Arch and Cecily Miller, and the installation is along the Minuteman bikeway in Arlington Center. We were assigned specific measurements to knit or crochet a piece to cover a portion of a tree using a bright and bold color palette, but were [almost] totally free to do whatever design we wanted. The exhibit will be up for six months.