Friday Finds: the Perfect Stamping Tool

Yall, don’t hate cause I’m posting about craft supplies again, okay? Especially because this stamping tool is pretty amazing if you’re kind of a terrible stamper like me. If you’re killer at stamping then you might not need this and if you aren’t a stamper maybe this will make you one (dad). 😀

Stamping is a pretty new obsession of mine. I used to go to the Stampin Up parties and never bought any because I wasn’t a card maker (still not…I’m okay with buying them.) When I started journaling a few years ago I realized that stamps weren’t just for cards and I started collecting sets that I could use in my books. (I’m especially fond of Unity stamps and have about a billion.)

But even though I stamp quite a bit, I’ve never been very good at it, especially when it comes to placement, so I was super excited when I saw a video demo of the new stamping tool by Hampton Art. I picked one up at Michaels a few weeks ago for about $12 (using a coupon).

So here’s how it works. You hold your page/card/journal/whatever in place with the magnets, position your stamp facedown where you want it on the page, then press the plastic part down onto the stamp. You can then open the lid and the stamp is perfectly positioned for stamping.

Next you ink up your stamp, press onto your page, and voila! perfectly stamped image. Or not. But no worries if you don’t get it right the first time, you can re-ink and re-stamp in exactly the same place until you have a perfect impression. It even makes it easier to use multiple ink colors.

Pretty cool, right? I may even try layering stamps, which have always intimidated me because, hello, horrible stamper.

So that’s my new favorite. I don’t even care that I’m a total nerd. 😀

 

Friday Finds: Mixed Media Love

So if you know me at all you know that Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc. are some of my favorite places on earth. I adore paints and pretty paper products and glitter. In fact, I’ve accumulated so much crafty goodness that I’ve made myself stop buying new stuff until I can use up a lot of what I already have.

And that was going well until I saw this display at Michaels….

I’ve never really gotten much into mixed media because…well, it’s kind of weird. But this line by Jane Davenport just made my heart happy.  For one thing, TRAVELERS NOTEBOOKS, which are my favorite way of documenting, ever, and I can’t ever find them in stores. (I bought the plain canvas one so I can decorate it myself. Not much into mermaids.) And also, check out these awesome watercolor pens and paint markers.

(Don’t pay full price though, be sure to use a coupon.)

But you want to know what’s sad? I haven’t had a chance to even open any of this stuff yet. Such a busy week, peoples. Can’t wait to play with my new goodies. Be sure to run to Michaels if you like mixed media art supplies! (I would recommend you run there anyway, cause there’s got to be something you need. Right?)

Friday Finds: All About the Valentines

Friday again, and even though I didn’t get to my two other posts this week (one of which was ready and I forgot to hit publish – nice going, me), well, baby steps, right?

I know I say this pretty much annually, but I adore Valentines Day stuff and it just gets cuter every year. Walmart is not my favorite place on earth, but around February every year I have to admit that they do V-day right. I mean, check out the adorableness this year.

That towel pretty much made my heart do this:

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And all joking aside, I kind of lived by the whole fries before guys motto for most of my 20’s. And those plates and napkins just need to come home with me. It doesn’t even have to be Valentines Day for me to want to use this stuff. My girls and I can find plenty of uses for pretty decorations and party supplies all year round. 😉

How about you guys? Loving the Valentine goodies or wishing it were over already? You can be my friend either way. 😀

 

Friday Finds: Secondhand Goodness

Funny thing, how months can pass by so quickly. Right? I feel a little sheepish cause I keep saying that I’m going to get back to a regular blogging schedule and then I drop off the face of the earth again. (Plus I just like the word sheepish so I wanted to use it.)

Anyway, I truly AM going to attempt (key word, peoples) to get back to blogging more than once every few months. I’m trying to set myself some clear parameters so maybe I won’t feel so overwhelmed with it all the time and consequently not do anything at all. Cause not writing makes me sad.

I thought I’d try something new where I share a few fun items each week. I love to shop (unless it’s grocery shopping – BLECH!) and I always enjoy seeing the treasures other bloggers find so I figured it might be fun to try around here.

I’ve recently started doing a little more frequent secondhand shopping, which I’ve always enjoyed but rarely took the time to do until the last few months. Part of the problem was that I hadn’t found any shops that I cared much for and part of the problem was time/how far away they all seemed to be. I recently discovered a little shop that’s only a few miles from my house that I just adore – they always have interesting stuff, they keep the shop clean (kind of important – right?), and their prices are super reasonable. I’ve found loads of books, name-brand clothing for the girls (and even some items for myself, which I’ve desperately needed), and household items there.

On my latest trip everything in the store was half-off (even furniture!) and I found this gorgeous quilt for under $5. It was dirty when I found it, but a good, hot wash took care of that and although there are a few super tiny spots on the back that didn’t come out they’re barely noticeable. I don’t understand why anyone would throw out a handmade quilt. Don’t they know how much work goes into those things?! I’m totally going to assume a sweet little granny made this one and think kind thoughts about her when I use it.

Mad loves it…she’s always trying to slink off to her room with it.

That same day I also found a frame that will fit a baby photo of Susannah’s that I’ve been unable to hang for…9 years now. The photo is a really weird size, 10×20, and I’ve looked just about everywhere for a frame that will fit it without any luck. Having one custom made was way too expensive so I was pretty happy when I found this sucker the other day. I’ve learned to carry a little measuring tape around in my purse because they come in handy more often than you might expect. Speaking of which, I’ve since lost mine and need to remember to pick one up. It’s probably for sale at the thrift store because I think I left it there. 😀

Anyway, I took out the super ugly painting that was inside of the frame and although the fit wasn’t perfect, it was close enough to work. I duct taped the whole thing back together on the back, but who’ll ever see it?

Score!

Have you found anything good a secondhand shop lately? Tell me in the comments – I’d love to hear about your bargains!