Me: Hello. My name is Heather and I'm a stamp-aholic.
You: Hi, Heather.
While I admit that I have a problem, I do try to restrain myself from breaking the bank over stamps. I stay away from going somewhere just because they have stamps on sale. I do not comb the Sunday ads for stamp sales. I do like to buy a new set each year to make Christmas cards with and I did buy a new set just for Matthew's First Communion invitations last year.
In my own defense, I am doing constructive things with my stamps and have surely saved their value in making my own cards rather than buying them. I have also made many, many gifts with my stamps.
This particular batch of cards was made to give part of it to Erna for winning a guessing game last month. I don't ever remember making only one card at a time. I usually make two because if I'm going to make a mess, It should be worth my time and effort. Plus, I often begin without any particular design in mind, but I am usually making one of the cards to be given away within a day or two. I like to have the second card just for a record of the first.
Here are the cards I made this time:
I probably spent a total of 2 hours making all of these cards, but I did start and stop on them a few times. That's what I love about this hobby; I can stamp in one sitting, cut out in another, color in another, etc. It's great for the kids to do, too.
My kids have some stamps of their own, but it didn't take long before I let them use mine, too. At first I was leery about letting them use them, but the wood blocks will get ink on them if I am using them, too. I don't usually let them use my stamp pads just to avoid mixing inks. If they use mine, it is with close observation and a lot of lip-biting on my part.
Other things I have used my stamps for:
Set of baby thank you cards for part of my friend's shower gift
Stationery for Matthew's Principal
Note Card sets for Matthew's teachers
Thank you cards for bus drivers
Cards and boxes to hold gift cards/certificates
Invitations for birthday parties
Scrapbook pages (borders, titles, elements, etc.)
Stamped pages for the kids to color in
Place cards and stickers for our local high school football team's banquet
Stickers for Matthew to hand out at school
I know there has been tons more things, but I can't think of them all right now.
Stamping is a great hobby to get into if you don't think you are creative because the hard part is already done for you. If you buy a Stampin' Up catalog/idea book, you can get hundreds of great ideas from it! They even give you the supply lists for every project featured in their catalog.
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