Saturday, 23 January 2010

Storing your stamps

How do you store your clear stamps?  Well up until very recently, mine were stored in a pocket in my tote but as they keep multiplying (hhmmm, wonder how they do that?! ;-) ) I began to have a bit of a problem.  I wanted something that would enable me to store them in their sets, so I thought I would have a go at making a book with laminated inserts in which I can store all my clear stamp sets.  Here is the finished book:

It's really quick and easy to make something similar, I began by making a couple of inserts for my book so I had an idea of how big I should make the covers.  I cut a 5.5" length by 5" width piece of white card and stamped one of my stamp sets directly onto the card using black versafine ink.  I then punched out a tab and glued it to the side of the sheet so I can write the name of the stamp set on it for easy reference.  I then used a laminator to laminate my stamped card and cut around the edges.  I can then place my stamps onto the reverse side of the sheet and they cling to it like magic :-)

I then made my covers which are all made from scraps - I used the cardboard box my scrapbooking supplies often arrive in to form the base, covering them in cardstock to strengthen.  For my cover I used two cardstock offcuts and remanents of patterned papers from other projects to decorate.  I wanted to keep my cover quite basic and make sure it was durable to withstand the elements i.e. being carried about in my stash bag!, so I cut out an accent from one of the patterned papers and laminated this before sticking my alphas onto it.  To finish I used my crop-a-dile to punch holes and eyelet set as I decided to go with ring binders to bind my book, as then I can adjust the size as I (inevitably!) add more and more stamps to my book.

Thanks for looking,
big smiles,
Nic xo

Love Squares

As we all know St Valentines day is round the corner and for me and my Hubby this is a very special day as its our wedding anniversary, I know, aren't we romantic! Anyway I thought I would be organized and make him a card for both occasions. Using the Fat n Funky Sugar and Stamps, I stamped and heat embossed the word love on over four squares. I always forget about heat embossing but when I do it I fall in love again! In the middle of the card, I have used the Cute as a Button Heart button stamp. I Poked the middle of the button holes out with a poky tool and tied some ribbon through to give the effect of a real button.
Take a closer look at the embossing - mmmmm nice!

Using small squares is a good way of using up scraps that you might have in your stash and can look really effective.
Love and Bugs