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Papercrafting Station

Papercrafting Station

I decided to turn my secretary into a papercrafting station.

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The top section used to look like this filled with various tchotchkes

 

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while the drawers were filled with random miscellaneous stuff.

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So I emptied everything out

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and replaced the fabric backing with a colorful paper background. I added back the things I like to look at or inspire me.

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Like a reminder to “DREAM” big

 

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and “SHOOT FOR THE MOON”.

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A couple of angel ornaments that are never put away

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and very important reminders of my triumphs too.

 

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What’s left of a childhood tea set

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and various stamps throughout.

 

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I’m so happy most everything I need is now in one place,

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a place for everything and everything in it’s place.

 

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I’m ready to create!

 

This piece has come a long way since it’s painted  beginnings:). Sometimes I get the urge to paint it again and then I remember all the hours I spent stripping it and wimp ou every time. Who knows, never say never.

 

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Let’s Hear It For the Leftovers!

Let’s Hear It For the Leftovers!

Happy Post Thanksgiving! I hope  your Thanksgiving was just what you wanted it to be. I definitely ate a little too much. But what I love more than the big day are the leftovers to be enjoyed the next day. Speaking of leftovers, I enjoy crafting leftovers too.

See those rubber remnants pieces in the background?  I just couldn’t throw them away after I finished cutting cut out the art stamps.

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I had an inkling I could do something with the leftovers  and when I saw the holiday  Crate and Barrel catalog,  I was immediately inspired.  I love their aesthetic and I frequent their store on occasion, however, this time I was inspired to DIY instead of  BUY. I used scissors to cut and shape the pieces to mimic the images shown on this page.

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Then, I used my good friend, the Dremel  Moto-Saw, to cut the plexiglass to the sizes I needed. Originally,  I purchased it to trim my art stamps; however,  I find myself using it for other things.  It is so handy when tackling a variety of crafting projects that require precision cutting.

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So from some crafting leftovers, I  now have some fun holiday inspired stamps.

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Some stamping is definitely in order. Can’t wait to get started. Let’s hear it for the crafting leftovers! Used any crafting leftovers lately?

 

 

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Stamped Design Knockoff

Stamped Design Knockoff

I think I have a problem. Not sure how serious a problem, but I’m starting to wonder. I see shapes and patterns everywhere I go. I notice patterns, shapes and design on everything. Instead of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, I see the world through shapes. Instead of fighting it, I decided to surrender and use it to my creative advantage.

So when I saw this tray at Haus Interior, I just knew I could create an easy art stamp knock off and avoid the $70 price tag.

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I happen to have a similar tray at home. which I painted with white acrylic paint. To duplicate the same color scheme, I would use Poppy Red, Nautical Blue and Maize.

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Instead, I decided to continue the color pattern I used to stamp linen fabric earlier, using Sky Mist, Nautical Blue and Maize.

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I’m pleased with how it turned out in all it’s hand stamped goodness.

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Eventually, I will make another throw pillow with the fabric. I’m not a fan of matchy, matchy, but I wanted to try the pattern on more than one surface type.

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So there you have it, an easy tray designed with art stamps.

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I’m rather pleased.

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So, tell me, how do you see the world? What do you gravitate toward?

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Stamped Throw Pillow

Stamped Throw Pillow

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Truly, it is a manifestation of a creative idea that swirled around my head, far too long. A few months ago, after five years of marinating the idea, I decided to throw (no pun intended) caution to the wind and design and manufacture art stamps that can be mixed and matched to achieve the user’s personal design aesthetic.

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First, I experimented on paper, deciding what color and which stamps to use.

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Then, I move on to the surface of choice, in this case, pre-washed black linen fabric. For this pillow and the design below, I used stamps from Flower Power. I stamped twice rotating the stamp ever so slightly, to achieve a multi-layered design using a Versacraft White stamp pad.

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For this next design, I used two different size circles from Full Circle Moments on white linen.

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I used Versacraft Sand and Memento Expresso Truffle stamp pads to get a varying tone on tone pattern. It’s fun experimenting with all the different colors available at Art Stamps and More.

However, for now, I’m just gushing over my throw pillow using the art stamps of my dreams.

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What do you think? I would love to know your thoughts and that you stopped by.

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Fun Experimenting!

Fun Experimenting!

I have spent the last couple of weeks experimenting with my very first line of art stamps. Wooo Hooo! I designed them to be used interchangeably and layered to create various design patterns and color ways. My inspiration, designer, John Robshaw. Many of his designs are block printed by hand and what I love most is the imperfection of it all. I too want to embrace and embody the beauty of perfectly, imperfect design.

With that said, I’m having fun exploring all the possibilities. Initially using only black, I used stamps from “Perfectly Paisley” and “Flower Power” with some free hand squiggles. Can you picture this border running along the side edge of a curtain or trailing along an arched door way in your choice of color? It could be subtle or bold, depending on your taste.

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Then the VersaCraft ink pads I ordered arrived, and let’s just say I regressed to a kid in a candy store.

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All that color encouraged me to step away from my usual blue and brown sensibility and venture out. I’ve been having so much fun experimenting with various color combinations.

The designs below, with the exception of the floral and paisley border, were created with the “Squared Away” and “Full Circle Moments” art stamp sheets.

For this one, I used Brick and Sand.

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Next, I used a Cerrulean, Ultramarine and an Autumn Leaf combination.

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Here, the top border was created with “Flower Power” using Cherry Pink and Tangerine and I added Celadon to the patterns underneath.

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This is a tone on tone look using Sky Mist and Midnight.

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Then I threw in a little Maize into the mix to create a blue/yellow colorway.

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And here we have Pine, Autumn Leaf and Cherry Pink combo.

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As I mentioned, I designed this collection with the intention of mixing, matching and layering to create an unlimited assortment of design possibilities. Changing the color or the combination of art stamps completely alters the look and the pattern of the design. I wanted to offer the opportunity to create without thoughts of perfection, limits or restrictions. It’s an opportunity to branch out, explore and be freeeeeeeee!

All colors and stamps are available in my Etsy store, Art Stamps and More. As I take baby steps through this creative entrepreneurial journey enterprise, I welcome your thoughts, ideas and suggestions.

Have you used art stamps to embellish and personalize your home decorating projects?

Art Stamps for the DIY’er

Art Stamps for the DIY’er

Art Stamps and More is up and running! The idea of multiple impression art stamps from a DIY point of view has been an idea I’ve had swirling around in my head for a long time. Art stamps are the way to go, especially if you’re like me and unable to draw or paint freehand ones satisfaction. Despite taking painting and drawing classes, let’s just say, I don’t have that natural gift:) Now for a little show and tell.

First, here’s my logo.

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I wanted a vintage look even though my stamps are the “new school” way of stamping.

Now for Art Stamps and More’s very first art stamp line. First up is “Perfectly Paisley”.

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next, “Squared Away”

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followed by “Full Circle”

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and lastly,”Flower Power”.

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Unmounted stamps are a great alternative to mounted stamps because they require less storage space, since each one does not have it’s own handle, and they can be organized and stored in a binder or in CD cases for quick and easy access.

Acrylic handles are then used in place of the traditional wood handle or block.

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Before using unmounted stamps, they need to be mounted to EZ mount Cling Foam (white layer) and then trimmed around each individual design with a sharp scissor.
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The cling foam allows the stamp to temporarily adhere to the acrylic handle.

When I designed these, I wanted to give the option of using them individually or mixed and matched to create multi-layer and color designs. With the right paint or ink, they can embellish any surface including paper, wood, fabric, glass, metal etc. I’m looking forward to experimenting with them on furniture and fabrics. For now, I am experimenting on paper while I’m wait for the stamp pads to arrive which I will be selling in my Art Stamps and More Etsy store, as well.

So what do you think? Do you use art stamps? What do you like to use them for?

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