Did you know that you can buy the Grid Paper that you will see on your place each time you come along to class? They are not only great for helping to protect your work surface but also a fabulous place to jot down your wish list and clean off your blender pens as you work. They’re also helpful for techniques such as “stamping off” where you need some paper to stamp before actually stamping on your paper. They also have a ruler so you can double check your measurements as you work.
I found mine to be helpful to line up my photopolymer stamps as I put them on my block. If you place your stamps as you want them to be on the grid paper you can then position the block above them and you’re all set for perfect stamping.
I wanted my numbers to go over the top of my sentiment, I stamped the sentiment first so that it would be easier to then stamp the numbers over the top.
Have you got any more examples of how you use your grid paper? While we are talking about clear blocks – did you know we have a cleaning cloth for your clear blocks? Product List
The Botanical Builder Framelits would have to be my most used set in the current Annual Catalogue, I absolutely love it. Here are some recent projects that I have made using them. I have added a product list but it isn’t complete, if you have any questions please let me know.
These little treat boxes featured below were made using some cute little pillow boxes I was given. The sentiment is from “Flower Patch”.
A friend of mine recently treated herself to a new craft desk (here’s the desk she chose, isn’t it lovely!)
I wanted to make her a little something to celebrate having a beautiful new place to craft, I hope you get the idea, it did look a look better in real life.
The little vase was from IKEA. The ribbon is the chevron one we had that has since retired. The paper is the Designer Series Paper called “Typeset” which is also retired. I absolutely loved these flower dies from the Bouquet Bigz Die (you guessed it also retired). I added some butterflies (cut with the thinlits in the product list). Everything is either glued onto florist wire or skewer sticks. The little tag has been stamped and heat set with white embossing powder.
I recently ran a class with these beautiful flowers….
The bag was just a simple one from a discount store, it doesn’t take much to make it really pop. Hot glue is your friend when putting together these flowers. You will find a silicone mat makes it so much easier too. This video really helped me.
You love to make cards but do you always have someone to give all of your creations to?
For me personally I have made a much more conscious effort to give out Birthday Cards throughout the year. I’ll hand deliver as many as I can.
I love giving thank you and general appreciation cards to teachers, coaches and friends. Sometimes a bit of a ‘cheer you up’ card is needed too.
But if you’ve done all this and you still have a stash or if you really want to reach out and share the love check out these amazing organisations that can redistribute your cards for you.
Firstly you can approach your local Retirement Village, Hospital or Church to see if they would like a box for their community to use. They would no doubt think that was wonderful and the cards would be appreciated all year round.
Your local Meals on Wheels may also love to have cards on hand for their clients, what a lovely surprise that could be! Contact information here.
Stampin’ Up! support Ronald McDonald House and they would love to have a stash that their guests could use throughout their stay. To find your closest Ronald McDonald House in Australia you can check it out here.
Women’s Shelters would love your donations. My favourite Women’s service is My Friend’s Place. Click here for their contact information, I’m sure they’d love a stash of cards. They like to have one to welcome a woman into their new home as they flee a life of domestic violence, the women would also enjoy access to cards too.
Foster Care Organisations such as The Pyjama Foundation are wonderful. They send birthday cards to kids in foster care and also to all their “Pyjama Angels”. You can send you cards to PO Box 9 Banyo, QLD, 4014, more information is here.
Cards for Combat organise for boxes of cards to be sent over to our defence personnel to use to connect with their loved ones back home. It is important that these cards do have have any glitter that may fall or rub off. If you would like to contribute you send your cards to: Kathy Fynmore, Combat Cards, PO Box 1172. Werribee Plaza VIC 3030. The instructions for this group are detailed and specific so please take the time for have a read before you send off your cards. This is the Facebook link (if you don’t have Facebook I can send you the instructions)
Other groups like you may like to interact with include Random Acts of Kindness run by Kylie Bertucci (she is in Australia). There is another one “Shower with kindness“, I think that one is more US based. Both of these links are on Facebook.
I hope that is a good place to start. Please add other groups that you know of in the comments.