Creating New Stamps With Everyday Objects

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Hello, friends, how are you today?

Recently, I saw a fun idea on Pinterest. They wrapped string around a wooden block and used it as a stamp. This got the wheels turning- what could I wrap around a clear block and use as a stamp? I decided to try burlap ribbon and was so pleasantly surprised when it worked!

Can you see the amazing detail, even the stitched edge of the ribbon? I just love it. I secured the edges to the back of the block with tape and it held nicely while I used it to stamp a set of notecards. Now I’m all set for valentine’s Day!

So tell me, what could you use to create your own stamp? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle

Wondrous Wreath How To Video

Wondrous Wreath

In November I taught a fun card class and this was one of the cards we made. The “Wondrous Wreath” stamp set is so pretty and the dies make it very easy to cut out quickly. The trick is definitely to use the little tabs at the top to position the stamp layers and the dies.

Here is a helpful how to video:

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Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle

Clear Stamps: No More Falling Off the Block

Clear stamps are a wonderful crafting choice. First of all, they are more affordable than wooden stamps, and who doesn’t love more affordable? Secondly, you can see through the clear block, an incredible help with perfect placement of your stamped image. Thirdly, they come in thinner cases, which means room for more stamp sets on the shelf!

One frustration, however, is when the stamp falls of the clear block. Ugh! No one wants that. So today, I thought I would share a tip I learned from my upline, Barbara Pauls.

Your clear stamp set will arrive looking like this:

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The stamps come with directions for adhering the clear stickers. Before you do, however, trim off the excess edge, as close to the printed image as possible.

Like this:

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Now you’re ready to adhere the sticker to the stamp, and this will help you stamps stick to the clear blocks so much better!

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Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle

No More Sticky Mess!

I recently discovered something that made me so happy, I just had to share it with you. One of my favorite products Stampin’ Up! sells is Mulitpurpose Liquid Glue.  I use it on all of my handcrafted greeting cards, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t keep it from becoming a gummy, sticky mess like this:

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Ugh!  The glue gets on my fingers and I don’t like it one bit! Just recently, I had the idea to wipe it off with a nail polish remover pad. I had a box on hand:

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And when I was done, my glue looked like this:

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Hooray!  Just look at the pad!  My glue is free of goobers and I am one happy stamper. I’m probably not the first person to think of this, but in case you hadn’t heard of it, now you know, too!

 

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Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle