The National Stationery Show is an annual wholesale trade show in New York City that specializes in paper and gift products. I have been dreaming of seeing this show in person for over five years, and it did not disappoint. It was my fist time in New York City and while we were only there about 24 hours we managed to squeeze in a bit of sight seeing.
There were more than 750 vendors and walking it was overwhelming to say the least. I managed to completely miss one of my friend's booths, even though I wrote down her number before I even got there! Sonja of At Some Point Press has wonderful stationery, I mean look at her Instagram and see how great her space is! I've been so upset with myself. Here are a few of the booths I was able to stop and see!
The Little Red House
Smarty Pants Paper Co.
Casey Barber Shop
Frankie & Claude
Are you not the best calligrapher or hand letterer, but want that look for your shower or party? I am right there with you! I can letter names and text one at a time and can do it for stamps, but to attempt place cards, I would need a ton of spares.
By stamping the cards you don't have to letter each lady's name in your bridal party or those who came to your baby shower, and BONUS you also have a parting gift for them!
These are already made placecards I picked up at Target in their bargain bin, and custom made name stamps for the people in attendance at the shower. It is as easy as stamping on their name and letting the ink dry!
Once you are done stamping, pair the stamp with a set of blank notecards and a little ink pad, and you have a wonderfully special gift for your friends.
Instead of stamping on a plain piece of paper, why not give your background a little flair? Painting a quick watercolor background is an easy way to add color and personality. And you can totally say, "I painted that."
Rubber Stamps (Thank You, Tandem Bicycle)
Watercolor Paints (I use this set, but you can use any kind of water colors. Even the set that comes with kid's coloring books)
Blank Cards & Envelopes
Start by brushing water across your paper where you will be painting. Then add your color. Starting with small amounts, let the water move the color around for you. For a more blended look use more water. You can always add more color and keep building your layers, but to start, keep it light!
If you end up with too much water on your paper, and it is taking forever to dry, use a paper tower to dab up (is that a phrase?) the excess.
Allow your cards to fully dry. You don't wan't your ink to run.
Stamp on your images, and you are done!]]>
Last year I stamped this pot and I loved it so much I wanted to reshare it with you today! This pot is a great present for mother's day or for your spring container garden.
Butterfly Rubber Stamp
VersaCraft Ink Pads
Flowers (these are Verbena)
The technique to stamp on a curved surface like a flower pot is to gently and slowly roll the stamp on the surface so all the edges stamp onto the pot.
Start with one color and stamp all over the pot leaving room for the second color of butterflies.
Now stamp with the second color! The best ink colors to use on terra cotta are ones that have a white base. Here I used white and baby pink. Other good colors to use are baby blue and pale lilac. The white in the ink stands out on the dark terra cotta.
Allow the ink to completely dry and then plant your flowers!
Happy (early) Mother's Day to my mom and yours!
Mother's Day is just around the corner and why not put together a thoughtful gift! Pair the sweet silhouette stamp with some funky neon ink pads and add a set of blank cards mom will be able to make her own stationery. Who knows, maybe she will send you a card addressed to "favorite"
I have it down to three basic sketches but only need two. Here is where you come in, which are your two favorites? Let me know in the comments and the two with the most votes will become a part of the new collection.
Which is your fav? Leave a comment below!]]>
It's National Letter Writing month and a great way to personalize all those special envelopes you will be sending out this April is to make and decorate your own liners! Writing a letter to your cat niece (which I may or may not be doing)? Use the Meow Banner! How about to your best friend on the other side of the country letting her know you are thinking of her? The Happy Teacup is always looking to send love to someone!
Stamps (I may have a few of those for you)
Liner Templates (see in the instructions below for the different size templates)
Glue (or double-sided tape)
The two envelopes I will be using are the A7 Euro flap (with the deep V) and the A2 Wallet flap (squared off, no V). A7 and A2 refer to the size of the envelope. A7 envelopes are 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches and A2 is 4 3/8 x 5 3/4 inches.
First download and print one of my envelope liner templates I made just for you. (Euro Flap A2 & A7 - Wallet Flap A2 & A7) You can either use this template as your liner or cut it out and use it to trace onto your desired paper.
Stamp all over your paper, decorating the liner for your special recipient!
Cut out your liner, being sure to not leave any of the template marks.
Insert the liner into the envelope; fold the flap to crease. Then lift the flap, keeping the liner folded, and apply only a couple dots of glue around the liner edge. You don't need much to hold it in. And too much glue will make your paper wet and ripple.
Fold down the envelope flap onto the liner, rubbing to smoothly adhere. And you are done!
Happy Stamping and Letter Writing!]]>
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Easter is just around the corner and this bunny has upped her #PinGame! This low calorie alternative is a fun surprise inside those eggs and is sure to get everyone up and outside for the egg hunt.
Whether your friends are newlyweds or just bought a new house address stamps make for a quirky and nostalgic gift.
For your friends who just have everything, do they have a stamp that celebrates their love of pizza or tacos? Didn’t think so. Head over to the site to see the full collection of handmade stamps and pick up the present that is about to become the best gift ever!
Last year for St. Patrick's Day I stamped gift bags, this year I am making coasters, clover coasters if you will. I figure every year a new craft and then eventually I will have a party!
Heavy Paper (I used cardboard for the kraft paper look)
Green Ink (this is VersaCraft)
Circle for a template
X-acto knife or scissors
First trace out the number of coaster you'll need
Carefully cut out.
Ink the edge of your coasters by rubbing the cardboard across the ink pad.
Stamp the coasters with the heart stamp 3-4 times to make either a three for four leaf clover.
Your coasters are now ready and your tables are safe from condensation!
Delicata is a metallic water-based, odorless, pigment ink that will not tarnish nor fade over time.
You can create beautiful metallic effects without embossing or gold leaf. Delicata dries quickly on porous papers for beautiful effects on both light and dark surfaces.
While it typically dries in a couple minutes, always pre-test your work surface to see how much time it will actually take!
If you are looking for some inexpensive original art to hang around your home, framed rubber stamp impressions make wonderfully simple, graphic prints!
Rubber Stamp (I used the cat)
Paper (I used Bristol paper, it's heavy and smooth)
Frame and Mat (This frame is 8x8" with a 5x5" opening on the mat)
If your frame is the same size as mine, cut your paper to 6x6"
Ink up your stamp and center (as best you can) your stamp on the paper. I highly recommend using VersaFine as your ink pad; it's thick and opaque and always stamps with sharp & clean impressions.
Center your impression inside your mat and carefully turn it over while holding your stamped paper and mat together. Tape each corner of your paper to the mat so it stays put in the frame.
*Please note, I am only taping this print to the mat because it's not an expensive piece of art or sentimental photograph. Tape is not acid free and will eventually discolor the paper.
Proudly sign and date your artwork. It looks more legit now too!
Put your mat and print into the frame and close it up.
You now have created and framed a piece of art to decorate your home.
Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays, pink and red hearts everywhere, chocolate! (that's a big win for me right there) This post is all about heart inspiration!
This tutorial is a Valentine's Day present for yourself. I mean, you could give it as a gift, but my thought is why not make something special for yourself!
1 Cotton Scarf, I picked up this one at a craft store
VersaCraft Ink Pad, I used Poppy Red
When you stamp your scarf you will want to have a piece of paper underneath. The cotton is thin and the ink could go though to the other side and onto the tabletop.
Decide on a pattern and fill you scarf with hearts!
Allow the ink to dry and then heat set with an iron for 15 seconds. By heat setting the ink you don't have to worry about your hearts washing off.
Happy Stamping & Enjoy!]]>
Keeping in better contact with friends and family in 2017 is a wonderful resolution to have. Send out birthday cards, thinking of you notes, cards for wonderful holidays like Groundhog's Day (a personal favorite) is so much better than writing on someone's Facebook wall. Sending mail to a real mailbox is a quick way to make someone feel extra special. To help out with all this extra post, make your cards more personalized with a custom return address stamp.
One of my resolutions is to be more organized, and this includes making a grocery list Before I go to the grocery and to-do lists to keep me on task. There is nothing more satisfying than putting a big check-mark in one of these little boxes.
If your resolution was to learn a new craft like quilting or knitting (also one of mine) a fun motivator is a personalized stamp to put on your finished projects! (because my life is basically one unfinished craft project after another)]]>
With 2017 on the horizon I wanted to end the year on a high note and with celebration! This "Yay" vase is excited for the new year, it's excited for flowers, plants or pens!
This is one of my simplest DIYs to date. All you have to do is stamp it on and let it dry! StazOn is perfect for ceramic and glossy surfaces, just stamp with a steady hand because it can be a bit slick when you stamp it.]]>
Only a few more days until Christmas; I can hardly believe its almost here! This a quick DIY to make your holiday table a little more festive. These linen napkins are also a sweet last minute present.
1 yard of Linen (makes 6 napkins)
VersaCraft ink pad
Press your linen and then measure and cut your napkins. I left the edges raw to keep the rustic look. My napkins are about 16x16"
Next you will stamp the snowflakes onto your napkins. I only stamped two corners on each napkin. One corner has the large snowflake and the diagonal corner has three little ones. (you will see the ink is white now. I was initially going for a tone on tone look for the napkins, but the reds matched exactly and the snowflakes didn't show up.)
Once your napkins are stamped heat set the ink and you are finished! Happy Stamping and Happy Christmas!]]>
I have spent the last few days moving into my new studio space in Artist & Maker's Studios in Rockville on Wilkins Ave. (come visit!) It will take me a couple weeks to get everything arranged how I want it and hopefully the movers will get here with everything else next week!
I wanted to give you an in progress look at how Felicette's new home is shaping up! And then in a few weeks give you a real tour of the completed space. But for now it's a stamping making paradise for me!
These pictures are a bit like an "I Spy" book. Do you see the Christmas Stocking?
In addition to the little photo tour I want you to be involved with the new studio. I am working on a name for the space and have opened up a poll below. Pick your favorite or suggest a name of your own! You might notice a pattern with where my train of thought got stuck.