Confessions of a Craftaholic

Tag: rubber stamping

A Pretty Little Shrine

So I made a trip to the Ink Pad recently, over in manhattan. This of course, was my downfall. I ended up with four new stamps, and a few fun little things to play with.

With a shrine stamp that I bought, I made this little matchbox shrine.

Nice, right? I LOVE LOVE LOVE this stamp. This one is by Stamper’s Anonymous and I LOVE it. I stamped it on watercolor paper that I had painted with shimmering watercolors that I make myself. Then, I took a matchbox, and covered it in paper and glued it to the back. Then, I rifled thru my odds and ends and found this lovely beaded little girl.

I like this stamp a lot. I think for Xmas, I may end up making a bunch of shrines.

Oh, and as for the lot of rubber stamps? I had to go through my stash of rubber stamps and de-stash. I de-stashed over 50 SETS of rubber stamps, and was left with about 70 sets of rubber stamps, and at least over 100 individual stamps. I prefer the style of rubber stamps that I’ve been buying/using lately. So that’s why I had to de-stash. I’m giving them to my friend Yoshi, who just recently got into paper crafts, and even just bought a sizzix big shot. So the lot of 50 stamps will go to good use, I think. I could sell them, but that is just a hassle. I’d rather reap good craft supply karma, and give them away. You know?

So that’s that.

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Recommended Books for Rubber Stamping

Recently, I was chosen to write for BellaOnline’s Rubber Stamping section, online.

I just published my first article there, which is a list of my favorite rubber stamping books. I hope you’ll read the article, and tell me what you think.

Link

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A Birdcage LOVE shrine

Today I made another item just for me. I’m doing my swaps, don’t worry. But I was recently inspired to create this lovely piece, using some items from a kit that I received from the Crop Spot. I’m lucky enough to be one of their designers. So anyway, here’s what I made using some of the papers and things in their kit.

This little altered art item is called, The Trumpet King, in a Birdcage.

I used scrapbook papers from the Crop Spot Sampler kit, a miniature birdcage from Michael’s,  fake moss from the dollar store, a heart shaped ornament from michael’s, and The Trumpet king from my Stamp Set.

On the heart shaped ornament, I sloppily painted some gold leaf paint, and then added some golden stickles glitter glue, also from the January Crop Spot Sampler Kit.

What do you think?

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The Trumpet King Arrived

YES folks.

My first set in what I hope to be a collection of rubber stamp designs, are finally here. FINALLY!

My husband Jose Delhart and I had been talking about having a set of rubber stamps, for years, and finally it has come. I have only a few for sale, until the new year, when I hope to have more, and perhaps another collection of stamps.

My goal is to provide YOU, the crafter with a set of stamps that inspire you to create ALL sorts of things. These rubber stamps are designed by me: your fellow crafter and artist. Together with my husband, I bring you beautiful rubber stamps for all your crafting needs.

I hope you’ll take a look at my store front, and order a set!

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Christmas Cards, Batch #2

Here’s the second batch of Xmas cards that I made.

These are a variation of the first batch.

The snowflakes are from a stamp set by stampin up. I don’t know which one, because it doesn’t have the container anymore. I love that they keep their stamps in containers because they are so much easier to store that way.

I went over the snowflakes with a Martha Stewart glue pen and glitter. The letters are from a stamp set by All Night Media, called Ornamental.

The pop up dots are also by All Night Media.

Now, to make the gift tags!

The Craftaholic

Butterfly ATC

When I first dabbled in “traditional” crafts, I started with making ATCs since I’m a collage artist, first and foremost. I haven’t actually made one in such a long time, and really wanted to get back to that, so I made a fun ATC with some supplies by All Night Media (by Plaid Crafts).

You like it? It’s soft and pretty, which isn’t normally my style, but I do like butterflies a lot.

The butterfly stamp is H100 Proof Press, and the sentiment is by Stampin’ Up. The ribbon is from my stash. I created my own background by smudging pigment ink pads on the paper, and stamping with a stamp from the set, “Ornamental” by All Night Media (by Plaid Crafts). I love love love this set!  It does make a pretty background.

I also used pop up dots by All Night Media. They make pop up dots, yes! And in the two sheets that come in a pack, you get assorted sizes, which comes in handy for various projects.

This is a sort of soft and feminine project, which in general is not my thing, but it’s working here. I added the ribbon so it can be a bookmark as well.

Most of you know that I’m a big fan of recycling. So yes, I used baseball cards for this one. I have a whole bunch of baseball cards that I bought on ebay and etsy a while back, so i’ll be using them for ATCs. It’s cool, because I don’t need to buy the precut paper! Cool, right?

One funny thing is that since I am designing for Plaid Crafts, and am a guest designer for several others, I rarely run out of supplies! The only thing I do run out of is card stock and glue. It’s a blessing, for sure.

I say this because the other day, I was at the fine art supply store, and realized I really only needed watercolor paper and glue. But you know what? They have pre-cut ATC paper, and even sell little cases to keep them in! At the art supply store! Cool, eh? But for me, I’d rather just make my own case, once I have enough of them (ATCs, that is).

You know on a side note, when  I finished my 365 day creative journey, I thought for sure that I wouldn’t be posting as often as I am. But I am! I can’t help it. Sometimes I make something and get so excited about it, I just can’t wait to share it.

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Day 298:Shrink Plastic Buttons

Quote:

“All living beings, starting with insects, want happiness and not suffering.”

-The Dalai Lama

If we were to think this way, perhaps we would have more compassion and less selfishness. Perhaps we would have more peace and less pride. It starts with you. It starts when you get annoyed at someone. Think of this, when you are angry, or upset. When someone has wronged or hurt you.

Today, I made some shrink plastic buttons, for a swap I am in. I used a couple tutorials, just for inspiration, and to get some ideas. Here’s what I came up with:

Granted, they aren’t perfect looking, but then nothing really is, if it’s handmade. I am going to make her a bunch of round buttons, and some butterflies. I haven’t finished them all, but I will. I’m sending out a bunch of swaps this week, so I don’t run late.

Here’s the link to the About.com tutorial.

And here’s the link to another, on a blog.

What do you think? You like it?

The Craftaholic

Day 284: Butterfly Wall Hanging

Quote:

“Violence is a destructive power. Nonviolence is constructive.” -The Dalai Lama

I’ll keep today’s post rather short because I am feeling under the weather, and have been laying down all day. At any rate, violence doesn’t have to just mean with raised fists. It can be with words and gossip. Words can hurt. It was shocking to me to learn, when I delved into the craft world, that there is so much cattiness, gossip, jealousy, and competition. And stealing of ideas. And backstabbing. It is insanity. To me, art is something that surpasses the idea of who is better than whom, or who has unique ideas. Cattiness, gossip, and ill words are destructive.

Use your words for good, not bad. Don’t talk about people. If you feel the need to gossip about someone, perhaps you should just think of what it is about the person that you envy. Yes, I said it. Deal with it.

Today, I made a pretty wall hanging. I’ve been into the butterfly thing lately. But don’t worry, I’ll get back to my owls soon enough.

I really like it.

Here’s a close up of the butterflies:

Nice, right?

I like this a lot. I want to make one for my beloved owls.

Oh, I also made the most delicious cupcakes. Burnt Butter Brown Sugar Cupcakes, from a recipe book of Nigella Lawson, “How to be a Domestic Goddess”.  I added hazelnuts, and it is simply amazing.

Oh, and this is what’s on my needles:

I can’t tell you what it’s going to be because it’s for an article that I’m submitting to something that I also can’t tell you. But if I get the job, you’ll be the first to know.

The Craftaholic