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.
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!
I think I owe my fondness of orchids to our mother: she has this incredible knack of being able to keep them alive in her house, and they continue to bloom year after year. She must have at least a dozen at a time, and each time I see an orchid flower or plant I think of her. Stampin’ Up! has this stamp set called “Climbing Orchid” and it has matching dies so that you can cut out the stamped images too. We had a couple of yucky rainy days recently so it was perfect for staying in to craft. Here are a few card designs to illustrate ways you can use the stamps.
There’s a great stamp set by Stampin’ Up! called “oh so succulent” that comes with a matching die set. The stamp set follows the new trend of two-step stamping where the outline and the filled in part are two different stamps. I played around with different ink and paper colors, and mostly just used the stamps by themselves (they are not the easiest to line up correctly because of all the different points on a succulent plant, plus I’m just not that great at it!). It became quite meditative to stamp and cut them out without actually thinking about what to do with them later. But I knew eventually they would come together to make some sort of card.
I recently had a little crafting get together at our house with a couple of friends and brought out this holiday tag project kit by Stampin’ Up! The kit comes with all of the embellishments, coordinating papers, and full step-by-step instructions on how to assemble 30 fun and festive tags. We divided the tags among the four of us and so each person could make seven tags to take home. And what’s great is that you don’t have to use them just as tags if you don’t want to: adhere them to card bases or tie them to treat bags instead. The project kits a great way to get people together and make something.
Sakura’s line of Souffle pens are a unique product that can create 3D lines on dark paper and surfaces. I found this set of 10 pens at a local craft store and decided to try it out. When you first draw or write with it, the ink comes out clear and takes time to change color as it dries. The ink leaves a raised line that you can feel and the colors are very vibrant. They also work on surfaces such as plastic, coated paper, acetate, and vellum. They’re great for coloring in small stamped images and work great on black cardstock.