Archive for November, 2012

DIY: handmade stamp & greeting cards

I’ve been a Whimseybox customer for a few months now and each craft they send is always better than the last. 2 months ago, they sent materials for a handmade stamp and hand printed greeting cards. I have to admit, I was a little nervous with this one, so I tucked it away until I had time to really tackle it. This past Sunday, I went to town!

Sometimes, the hardest part is figuring out what you want your stamp to say. So, I went with a classic lolcat greeting – HAI! My friends who know me well will get a kick of out of it. In fact, looking at my greeting cards just makes me smile. So here’s how I did it. Be warned, if you’ve never made your own stamp, there is a small learning curve, but completely do-able.

1. First, gather all your materials. You’ll need card stock, a rubber stamp, a stamp carving tool, ink, and what I’m going to call an ink spatula. Also pictured, original instructions from Whimseybox.

2. Next, print out your text or image. If you’re super creative, you can draw something. I printed text. Take a pencil and color in your text/drawing. You’ll want to press down fairly hard because you want the pencil to transfer to the stamp.

3. Next, burnish your text to your stamp. I had no clue what this meant, so I looked it up. Always learning something new. Basically, flip the paper over to your stamp and rub (without moving the paper) over your penciled in area. If you’re a lefty like me, just think of all the times you smudged your homework in school. This too is essentially ‘burnishing’. Your text will be backwards. I filled in any areas that didn’t transfer as well, just so I would have a guide.

4. Next, start carving out your stamp. A stamp carving tool should be thought of like a shovel. You scoop out the negative space (where you don’t want ink) like you scoop ice cream or snow. You don’t pick at it – like I first tried to do. Start small and don’t try and go too deep straight away. Carving a stamp is much like cutting fabric, you can’t add it back after you’ve cut, so go slow. Safety note: scoop away from you and your hands, this little tool is sharp!

5. After you have your stamp carved, add ink using your ink spatula. A little bit of ink goes a long way.

6. Test your stamp on some scrap paper. I found out that I preferred the second stamp, instead of the first one with all the fresh ink (you can see my test sheets in the back of this pic). Then, stamp your greeting cards & voila!

I love how different and personal each card is. The project itself took a few hours to complete, but it’s one that I really enjoyed and would do again in an instant. But for now, I’ll be sending these cards out to a few friends and hope it makes them smile too!

Weekend review: Thankful

Like most people this past weekend, I got to spend time with family and friends. The extra long weekend was filled with traditional stuff like this Thanksgiving feast I made for BF & friends.

But it was also filled with new adventures like visiting dog-friendly wineries in Virginia. Any day you get to spend with puppies and sipping wine is near perfect. I mean, how kyoot is this?

And last, but not least, I spent my Sunday doing a little something for me…a new craft. I’ll spill all the details in a full post coming soon, but here’s a sneak peek of what I was working on yesterday. Any guesses? No cheating if you follow me on instagram 🙂

Anyways, I’m really excited for December and even more so for Ireland which is happening in less than a month!

Fill in the blank

Just because you can _______, doesn’t mean you should.

Options:

  • be mean
  • hurt others with your words
  • bully colleagues
  • use your ‘power’

Pick any of them and they’ll all fit today.

Working with a lot of teen content, I see bullying all the time (and recently read about Pigtails for Peace); but I sometimes forget that even adults can bully and be rude.

The event that happened today isn’t particularly awful, but like Maisie, it pushed me over the edge. It’s especially times like today I’m glad I don’t work in an office. I don’t know how anyone could hide this many tears and still be professional.

So if anyone has a spare *hug* today – would you mind sending it my way?

2012 goals: [Make a dress] sneak peek

It’s November 1 and in case you’re keeping track, I have 3 major 2012 goals left on my list. I also have a few on my DC list, but they will likely carry over to 2013. I could potentially knock out the museums, but I’ve definitely missed my chance for orchard picking.

However, if when I complete the last 3 goals on my list, I will be very proud of myself and won’t feel as if I’ve failed in my 2012:do more campaign at all.

My dog certification is well on it’s way. I was a little held up by my ACL surgery, but I’m aiming to get back on track this weekend and I have my trip all booked to see not only the Manchester girls in December, but also my sis, her hubby, and my wee nephew, Lewis.

So really, that just leaves the big one…MAKE A DRESS. Which at this stage, I have absolutely no doubts it will be completed. I’ve been tipping away at it the past 2 weeks while my mom was here. I was confident I could do it on my own, but I also felt a little rusty so it really worked out that she was here to offer advice and to help out. I will admit she helped me with a lot of the pressing and cutting as it was hard with a bum leg, but I’ll definitely take credit that I made the dress, doing 85% of the work.

I still have a few finishing touches to do and need to finish putting in the zipper, but there’s no reason I can’t finish up the dress this weekend! Here is a sneak peek, just so you can be sure I’m well on my way! The color of the dress is in line with this season’s oranges and corals, but I have no doubt I’ll be wearing it proudly for many years to come.

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