Saturday, December 31, 2016

Stationery Wedding Gift

Another hand-stamped and stenciled stationery set. The inspiration comes from the wedding invitation (behind the stationery sheet).

Because I'm only using one stamp, I just used my Tim Holtz Grid Block aligning it at the top of the sheet and the lines made it easy to center the stamp. The stamp is from Papertrey Ink's Damask Designs set. It took me a few months to find the right greens (Limeade Ice and Prairie Grass inks from Papertrey Ink and Pine Needles Distress Ink for the stenciling). I got the variegated effect by inking the stamp with Limeade Ice and then dabbing the edge of Prairie Grass over the top of the first ink.  I also stamped 2 1/4 inch adhesive paper circles for a decorative envelope seal.

Papertrey Ink has a Deluxe Stationery kit with paper, envelopes, adhesive sheets and a small container (I put the envelope seals in this). So easy to decorate. And then the paper and the envelopes fit so nicely into one of the Basic White Stationery Boxes. I attach patterned paper and a piece of cardstock decorated like the stationery to the box top.

I wanted to make a customized stencil that was at least translucent to ensure proper placement of the initials and found Papertrey Ink's Vellum to be sturdy enough for the job. I was really surprised to find that the Distress Ink was smudge proof after a few hours. That definitely needs more experimenting. The vellum is white, the picture was taken after I had used a blending tool over it a few times : D.

This is the second Monogrammed Stationery set I've given a young newlywed couple.  I told them they could either write letters to each other or write other people. I don't know if I'm #analog or #Luddite lol.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


The moose antlers (Tim Holtz Trophy Antlers (now retired, buy them if you find them if you like them) and jingle brads colored with Mushroom Alcohol Ink) and the star die underneath them are what I intended to work on this morning... and then some gifts to wrap... but then I started looking for the makings of a very important present only I kept finding other things like tea bag papers (being accumulated for a project) and scrapbook stickers and a stamp set I could not find at all 6 months ago... So today will be a test to see if I can complete the tasks I CAN find without wandering off to find the missing parts lol.

Head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for peeks at more crafty places : D.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Sadly not much has happened on my desk (except the addition of a few more things to put away... which is actually a happy thing). Most of my crafty time has been spent knitting (Christmas Knitting Time has commenced!!!!). The first of three has been knit, the ends woven in and is in a nice warm soak getting ready for blocking.

The only Black Friday shopping I did was 5 of these wood crates at Jo-Ann's. A nice sturdy little shelf (on the left) to hold lots of stamps. Plus now my craft room smells pleasantly of pine : D.

For more craft spaces head over to Julia's Stamping Ground : D.