Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mini Tutorial: Mounting Stamps / Recycling!

I've been looking at some those floppy stamps that you are supposed to mount on special acrylic blocks. I got them for free with a scrapbooking magazine, which was exciting. Who else loves free stuff?!? I know I do.

I am not a big stamper, but very occasionally use them in scrapbooking, so it has not been a huge priority for me to buy any of the blocks. It's still been bugging me to have them sitting around useless, so I've been thinking about mounting them a different way. I thought about asking Mr Tempest to cut some timber to size. That would work. Then I was shuffling some things around in a drawer and found the perfect solution.

Who else has some of these babies in a junk drawer?

 These have outdated addresses on them so I can't use them any more. They also have plenty of ink left, which could make crafty stamping relatively mess free. They're easy to use and give pretty much perfect coverage every time. They seemed like they must be useful for something in the future! And now they are.

A couple of my freebie stamps were just a little bigger than the stamp plate allowed for. For these, I put the stamp in the 'locked' position, so that it stays stamp side down and doesn't re ink itself. I then removed the old address stamp with some tweezers. They came off relatively easily, just a bit of wriggling and pulling with the tweezers.

I then mounted the stamps on the now bare stamp plate, with double sided foam tape. One plate wasn't quite level with the base of the stamp, so I used 3 strips of foam tape, stacked on top of each other. For stamps narrow enough to fit entirely on the stamp plate and be re inked, I simply used foam tape to attach them. Any double sided tape or adhesive runner should work, I would think. This way, if I want to change the stamp in the future, I can just peel it off.

I noticed that with one of these, the stamp pad had obviously been marked by the previous stamp, which meant there was letters showing through my stamped images.

 I think it looks kind of cool, but if you don't like it, just change the stamp pad in the stamp (if you can), or use like a normal stamp on a separate stamp pad. This is also how I use the ones in the 'locked' position that are too big to be re inked by the address stamp.

Word of warning: if you use the stamp in the locked position, and stamp it on a conventional stamp pad, you'll get a border around the stamp (picture above left), unless you wipe it off before stamping. You can also partially wipe for a 'distressed' look.

I kind of like this versatility - two or three looks in one!

Now I am just waiting for the right project to use my stamps on! I hope this helps someone else.

As a bonus, I also mounted one stamp on a glass coffee lid, which works wonderfully. Something to do if you have kept any empty coffee jars.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Craft Fair Haul

I attended a craft fair today, which is always fun when you have the crafting bug. As usual, I enjoyed wandering the aisles and checking out what everyone was selling and demonstrating.

I even managed to make a few *cough* purchases, which were mostly things I've had my eye on for awhile.

As I'm back into scrapbooking my photos, the purchases were mainly in this crafty area. My pics have gotten totally out of hand over the past few years, and I love making them more organised and creatively presented. It makes boring others with your holiday snaps a little more interesting. I've stocked up on a whole heap of new tools and products, and have been having fun playing with them. More on this in a later post.

One purchase I thought seemed pretty ingenious for scrappers was the metal cutting plate (Cheery Lynn Designs), "to be used as a cutting base for intricate cutting dies". I saw it demonstrated and thought it was pretty great. They have some demo videos on their site. Mine is the deceptively named, "Cuttlehug", which is made to suit the Sizzix Big Shot, not the Cuttlebug as you may imagine.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Men's Cap Tutorial

I was excited to see this project on my dash the other day, as there really are not a lot of men's tutorials that strike my fancy.

Hubby was not too impressed at first glance with this one, but I love it. You never know, maybe I can talk him around? Or possibly make it for someone else.

Check out the great tutorial at to make your own!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


I've been keeping very busy sewing winter school uniforms - there has been nothing but navy in twill, fleece and polarfleece under my sewing machine foot for a while now.

I was happy to take a bit of a break and make some pretties to update the shop with - you can find them at the etsy store. I needed to do something with flowers and bling after all that navy!

My overlocker (serger) has been acting up, just as I have become very confident with it - typical! I have managed to fix it a few times now, but I fear it really needs some professional attention. I've had to sew a few of the uniforms above using only the sewing machine, and I've realised how indispensable the overlocker has become. Sadness. I can only hope it is a simple thing to get fixed, and hopefully I can schedule it in soon.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What is it that makes a handmade gift so special?




"Creating something by hand for somebody else is a very special thing to do," says Joelle Hoverson, owner of Purl Soho and author of Last-Minute Knitted Gifts and More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts.

Watch Melanie Falick (Weekend Knitting), Andrea Price (Knitspeak), and Hoverson speak about their personal memories of knitting with and for their families and friends, and the joy of creating gifts.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Key Fobs

This morning, I made some key fobs. I've been working way more than usual and not having any crafting time has been bugging me. I wanted to make (and finish) something! Luckily these key fobs take no time at all. I got my fix, and something new for my keys!