I finally got around to reading Making an Impression by Geninne Zlatkis. I took it with me to my overnight spa trip. So it was prefaced with a few hours quiet time, then I laid in bed with some music on, on a belly, in my jammies and read the book with my shiny new sketchbook right beside me.
I’m dying to get into stamping and printing my own fabrics, I’m collecting ideas on this Pinterest board. I’m making an effort to work hard at researching techniques and gathering ideas and inspiration.
It didn’t take long to flip through the book and soak up all the lovely images. In about an hour I filled the first page of my sketchbook with doodles of possible stamps, designs for fabric and new cup cozies! I really have to make more time in my busy life to do this again.
If you’re looking to get inspired along the same lines visit Geninne’s blog for some great ideas and pretty, pretty images.
I’ve had this idea for ages and finally had everything to make it. It’s so fun and I’m debating making it a PDF pattern, once I learn how to do that.
Joanna and I had a great time brainstorming a crafty address for the envelope.
The air mail ribbon is available a few places on Etsy and I ordered some fabric covered in stamp images and cut out some fun ones.
You know I don’t really need yet another creative thing to do but they’re always so fun and cute. Keyka Lou posted this great ribbon the other day which of course sent me off clicking to Etsy to see what it’s all about.
While I was admiring all the pretty chevron ribbons I had a lightbulb moment. I’m going to wrap all my gifts pretty simply, kraft paper or bags or boxes and then go all out making them look great with twine, ribbon, doilies and other such embellishments. That way the items are reusable, repurposable or biodegradable.
Allow me to share some of my fav items and shops that will help me, and you if you want to play, with this challenge. Click images to be whisked away to shops!
I’ve ordered a set of these already to make my own envelopes out of various papers.
You can order a printable PDF file for these vintage linen inspired cards.
Hoboville has the cutest rubber stamps I have ever seen! A great option for making your own printed wrapping paper.
Thriftypyg has some great ephemiria items that would jazz up some plain kraft paper nicely. Check out these cute stamps.
I’ve got some of these stashed away downstairs, no clue what I’m going to use them for but they are ridiculously sweet.
Baker’s twine is pretty easy to find on Etsy but these little mushroom spools are extra super cute.
Pretty Tape has a great selection of . . . pretty washi tape and loads of other great packaging accessories.
Some of my favourite shops for packaging supplies are Paper & Parcel , California Craft and of course I couldn’t have made it this far without Knot & Bow.
Posted in DIY, fun finds, gifts, papercrafts, repurposing, scraps
Tagged bows, gifts, packages, ribbon, stamps, stickers, string, twine
How cute are these stamps I made!?! I was thinking today of making every letter of the alphabet, vialis 40mg each with a delicious yummy treat in the letter. Teehee.
Strangely, I bought supplies to carve my own stamps ages ago and then it turned out to be a Style School assignment. I had planned to carve something that I could then stamp onto fabric and make labels for my sewing projects. But it started to get complicated finding an ink that would stay through washing. So my supplies sat there . . . until today!!
The glasses should look like those fun 50’s frames, I wasn’t brave enough to attempt carving out some little rhinestones, perhaps I’ll make a second try. The little fox is winking, so he should look like that. I had carved the word ‘crafty’ next to him but as I was cutting apart the stamps I realised I hadn’t mirror imaged the word. Don’t ask me how I sketched it out this afternoon, then sat and carved it during a movie and I didn’t notice until basically ready to stamp with it that I had made a mistake! I’m going to blame it on Tired Mommy Brain. Yes it’s a real ailment, it must be, it has capitals. The thread and spool are something I was thinking of for business cards/tags.
I can’t believe I haven’t tried this before! It was really easy and fun and addictive. I think I may have to pop back to the art store tomorrow.