Gardenpinks' Blog

This, that and life!

Archive for the month “December, 2012”

Organising a stamp collection!

No not the postage stamp type of collection but rubber and clear stamps!

My friend Leslie embarked on a very time consuming and ambitious course in her craft room – she decided to unmount her stamps and find some way to organise them so that she could use the more often; now where have I heard that one before?? Isn’t this what every crafter who owns a goodly number of stamps says? The very small and very large background stamps Leslie left wood mounted. I promised her I would take photos of my system that I gleaned from other stampers but added my own take on the system so that it would work for me.

As Leslie discovered you do need to have plenty of time to embark on this project but I love this sort of messing about and think I enjoy organising and re-organising my craft ‘stash’ as much as I enjoy the actuality of crafting!

Stamp Index

Stamp Index

This large two ring binder holds my stamp index. I worked out in advance what themes I wanted to put my stamps in and then I stamped each image twice – on two separate pieces of paper. Each sheet of paper was headed with the theme and then above the image was the information of manufacturer and name of the set or individual stamp.

Tabbed sheets in index file

Tabbed sheets in index file

The tabbed sheets just have written on them the numbers of the folders where stamps can be found.

A half size index page

A half size index page

The first section of the index folder is for clear stamps which are in a binder of their own.

full size index page of rubber stamps

full size index page of rubber stamps

This page of the index is for one of the ring binders of rubber stamps; binder number 2 and theme Birds.

rubber stamp binder

rubber stamp binder

rubber stamp page

rubber stamp page

The above page is the one that carries the stamps, in the example showing they are rubber stamps. After all the images are stamped out on the paper, the heading added and the information written then these pages are put through a laminating machine. This has a two fold effect – one it stiffens the paper so that is doesn’t bend and buckle in the binder and, two, the stamps cling to the sheet.

rubber stamps

rubber stamps

The stamps are attached to the reverse of the laminated sheet so that when flicking through the binder each image is clearly seen, you can also see if you look at the image sheet and the stamps that each stamp is attached to the ‘backside’ of the image – does that make sense or is it as clear as mud? Each carrier sheet is then inserted into a plastic pocket just in case any stamps decide to uncling!

bulging clear stamps binder

bulging clear stamps binder

Now this binder is in danger of bursting at the seams and needs to have some of  its contents decanted into another binder but it works in exactly the same way as the rubber stamp binder.

half sized page in clear stamp binder

half sized page in clear stamp binder

As any sets were broken down and each stamp put into a themed area it sometimes happened that there were not enough images to warrant the use of a full page of paper – I’m being frugal here!! However in the rubber stamp section under Leaves/Foliage there are several pages but I don’t have quite so many clear stamps under this theme – YET!

reverse of image sheet

reverse of image sheet

And(?!) this is the reverse of the “half sized page in clear stamp folder”!

Stamps being used

Stamps being used

Need a stamp? No problem once the one that is needed has been located in the Index folder/binder and the correct number binder has been pulled out. The laminated sheets are pulled out of the pockets, stamp used and returned at the end of the crafting session, binders put back onto shelf or in cupboard ready for next time. Having written it all down it sounds very complicated but I don’t do complicated, I have simplified it as much as possible and it works for me. Additional stamps are easily added to each themed area but the most important aspect is to keep the index up to date – actually that isn’t the most important aspect – having fun is the most important and not getting bogged down in systems!!

Thanks for looking and if there any questions or queries please ask and I will do my best to answer as concisely as possible 🙂 x

ShabbyBlogsDividerF

Advertisements

A few more Christmas cards

Sorry to be showing these cards now but I didn’t want folk to see what cards they may be receiving for Christmas! I don’t make a huge amount of Christmas cards as sadly most of the people we send cards to just do not appreciate hand made; I have read on many forums the rude remarks some card makers/crafters have received when handing out hand made cards or art work which is very sad. I am fortunate that I have only witnessed one rude action regarding something I have made, sadly it was from a family member – I had made a rather special wedding card (in my opinion!) and when it was handed to my step daughter she immediately gave it to her toddler to play with!!! Suffice to say she didn’t receive any more hand made cards!

Anyway onwards and upwards! Here is a selection of cards I made for those that appreciate them and my apologies to my overseas friends for not sending cards to them but time ran out – I swear Christmas creeps up on us unawares and then suddenly leaps out at the last minute 🙂

Christmas Card using free stamp from Craft Stamper magazine

Christmas Card using free stamp from Craft Stamper magazine

The whole idea for this card came from Craft Stamper magazine – love that magazine for the inspiration and talent of its creative team.

Xmas card 2 with sig

Another free stamp from Craft Stamper magazine!

Another free stamp from Craft Stamper magazine!

Look Leslie I’ve used ribbon!!

023 with sig017 with sig020 with sig

These three cards were all made in a similar way – post it notes were used to mask off an area, the unmasked space had blue inks (Versamagic  Ocean Depth and Aegean Blue) stippled over using a stencil brush and then the image stamped with Archival black ink – the last two cards used a free stamp from Craft Stamper magazine.

Thank you for looking x

ShabbyBlogsDividerF

 

 

 

 

Christmas cards

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and managed to avoid the dreaded Novovirus! It has been horrendous this year.

Here are a couple of  Christmas cards designs I made for our grandchildren using Sara’s templates from Cardmaking Paradise   these were fun to make and loved by the little ones. Sara is one very clever lady to keep coming up with new projects and templates!

Percy polar bear

Percy polar bear

Percy polar bear stands up and has a shiny eye and nose; I made two of these with different coloured scarves for the youngest boys!

sleigh card

sleigh card

Now don’t look too closely at the ‘pearls’! I used liquid pearls to decorate the gold strip and set it aside to dry whilst then working on another project, unfortunately a piece of card sprung up and landed in the not-yet- dry ‘pearls’ and smudged them! The small parcels were stamped and coloured on a piece of thick printer paper and then layered to give a 3D effect.

Sleigh card 2

Sleigh card 2

A piece of gold mirror card was used for the ‘body’ of the above sleigh which was embossed with an embossing folder. The light gives the impression that the mirror card has been coloured with alcohol inks but it hasn’t been! The background of both the sleigh cards was created with blue inks and then stamped with a small snowflake/star using Brilliance Cosmic Copper ink.

Thanks for looking

ShabbyBlogsDividerF

 

Got it tagged!

I am not good at coming up with original ideas creatively speaking but neither am I good at copying someone else’s work exactly! My ideas are sparked by seeing what other people have come up with and I take bits and add my own slant to it; I am so envious of those very creative people who help to inspire me and appreciate their generosity in showing their work and even, in some cases, doing step by step tutorials.

This tag box is one such sparked idea, I had seen variations of it on various blogs including the Splitcoast Stampers forum. Splitcoast Stampers have a huge resource section to glean lots of ideas from!

Box of tags

Box of tags

The box was made from sturdy cardstock and a piece of acetate saved from packaging material made a good box sleeve to keep the tags clean.

round tags

round tags

All the tags were created from scrap cardstock which was either cut into small tag shapes or punched with a circle punch. As most of the cardstock was either ivory or white, then various coloured inks were sponged on before stamping. The top right circle above was stamped with Versamark and white detail embossing powder added before heat embossing.

more round tags

more round tags

Rectangular tags

Rectangular tags

rounded corner tags

rounded corner tags

A great way to use up scraps of cardstock and try out some of those smaller stamps too! This box of gift tags will be going to a good home as a small present.

Thank you for looking x

ShabbyBlogsDividerF

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Wreath

Our two daughters spend quite a time making various decorations for Christmas, something I once used to do but haven’t made any new ones for some years however I was inspired after seeing the photographs one daughter sent to us. She had made not one wreath but two! The first one was a ribbon wreath and looked very festive and attractive but as this one couldn’t be hung on the outside door she decided to make another one with baubles.

I chose to go down a different route with mine; I had been sorting out our huge collection of books and had several piles put ready for recycling and they gave me the idea for the wreath I made! Pages from the Reader’s Digest condensed book were used for the first two rows and a smaller novel provided the inner row.

wreath with sig

Paper cones to make a wreath

I adhered the paper cones to a very large piece of sturdy cardboard using PVA glue. When all was dry then the papers were sprayed lightly with various shimmery mists.

baubles added with hot glue gun

baubles added with hot glue gun

This is the stage the wreath is at just now. What I have in mind to do is to cover another large piece of cardboard with red wrapping paper as a background for the wreath before hanging this on a wall. This turned out to be bigger than I anticipated! It certainly makes a statement and is a great way to recycle unwanted books.

Thanks for looking 🙂

ShabbyBlogsDividerF

Post Navigation