Reason #321 I dig clear stamps: Being able to line up clear letter stamps in a row, perfectly over and over.
That’s all I did here to make the XO papers for this quick, basic little ensemble. All I had were two stamps – the X and O. I plopped them on a clear block, coated them with red ink and stamped. Then, I did it again and again and again.
Not that it couldn’t be done with rubber, but the very nature of the clear stamps made it a little less painless for pulling off a couple perfect lines of “xoxoxo” stamping. :)
All stamps here are from the PS-001 Clear Cut stamp set from Powder Sensations. Inks by Tsukineko. Ribbon from May Arts. The red tube is M&Ms. :)
I took a little time tonight to work on this idea I’ve had on my mind for awhile to make some cute yet crafty gadget socks for myself.
Gadget socks are little socks to tuck in things like cellphones, mp3 players and the like into. They protect the gadgets, but they also have a little personality and help you find them when they fall to bottom of your purse or backpack.
I present to you the two I came up with.
They were incredibly easy to make.
The pink one was easier than the monkey, but the idea is pretty much the same.
Start by by cutting two pieces of felt to fit around your gadget. Stitch three sides and embellish.
For the pink one, I just added a button and cut a hole for it. The letters are felt sticker Thickers from American Crafts.
For the monkey, I created the ears before I stitched the two pieces of felt together. I created the face elements and bow afterwards and stitched them onto the base. I think if I made this again, I’d place those elements on the monkey before I stitched the base pieces together.
A fast, simple little card to share with you today.
I bring it to you in the spirit of all the sneak peeks that start popping up around trade show time. CHA is less than a month away, you know.
It’s not a new peek though. This is an oldddd peek. The happy and birthday stamps are from Art Declassified. There were released as part of their “Pay Your Dues-Greetings” set that came out during CHA 2007. It (along with the “Fred Loves Lottie” set) is one of my favorite sets from ADC. The chipboard “h” is part of the Pizzazzill collection from Creative Imaginations, while the ribbon is older ribbon from DieCuts with a View.
… or the other day at least.
All stamps are clear and from Hero Arts. Inks and butterfly punch are by Uchida of America.
I love the look of ledger paper and ledger spots.
No, wait. I take that back.
I stinkin’ LOVVVVVEEEEEEE the look of that stuff.
The problem for me is that type of stuff isn’t very easy to find in my parts. So, yeah, long story short, I came up with a way to make my own faux ledger spots with a good old fashioned bracket stamp.
What you need is a bracket stamp (clear is great for this purpose) and surface. For illustration, I used cardstock here, but notebook paper and patterned paper works great, too.
1. Start by stamping the bracket once. I used one from Technique Tuesday’s “Functuation” set here.
2. Stamp it again to the side. You want to just barely touch the first stamped image.
3. Then, repeat this step two more times until you have a square of sorts made from brackets.
4. Cut the image out, and you are good to go.
I made several of these last night with different ink colors and background surfaces. I also made some smaller spots with a smaller bracket.
Here’s a card I made with one of the smaller brackets.
The base of the ledger spot is just good old notebook paper. The patterned paper is from American Crafts, while the letter stickers are “oldies but goodies” from KI Memories.
Happy belated 2008!
And, to kick off the new year, here’s a few cards (and a necklace) I’ve made recently.
This one here was made with stamps from Powder Sensations (Thanks), Hero Arts (frame) and G-Rated Rubber stamps (flower). The text? That’s part of a rub-on.
This card here was made with stamps from Memory Box (the botanical design) and A Muse Artstamps (the sentiment). Simple, but I think I really like it.
I’m all about long, skinny rectangle shaped cards like these ones. To be exact, long skinny cards that are 3 3/8″ x 6″. So fun to come up with stuff to work with this size. Plus, gotta say, it’s so, so, so cool that it fits in your everyday standard envelopes. No more high and low searches for invitation-sized envies. Wooohooo!
In addition to cards, I’ve been dabbling a little in jewelry lately. This is a necklace I made for myself.
I’ve been a bit envious of some of the cool necklaces I’ve seen out there lately. Unfortunately, most are too small my neck or they are too long and just don’t hang right on my body.
Let me tell you that I am so not a jewelry making girl. I am a beginner at best. An easy beginner at that. But I’ve been having fun trying to come up with a few creations to wear.
Anyway, I’ll be back again to share more stuff soon.