Product Play – Christmas stamps and dies

Hello! I am finally starting to dig into my new Christmas crafts stash to play. I like what I have seen online so now I get the opportunity to try this new stamp and die set out. I liked this one because the ornaments are a nice size and the stamps came with coordinating dies. I also bought the stencil version but I will leave that for Friday when I usually play around with inks.

Today I would like to focus on the stamps and coordinating dies. I have a love-hate relationship with coordinating dies. For some things like sentiments, I think they are quite easy to use but I still find it to be a little bit of guessing when it comes to lining up the die with the stamped image.

I stamped some in black ink to use with my Copics and then I pulled out the red, silver, gold, and holographic embossing powders. I stamped and then heat embossed them. I have to say the sliver and gold really make me happy and although I had high hopes for the holographic, it didn’t melt the same. I may give it another try to see if I can get better results.

I then fumbled around and diecut them to the best of my ability. The day got away from me so I will have to color and attach them to cards later this week.

Have a lovely day!

Good Morning Monday – Handling mundane tasks

Good morning! The clocks have changed and I’m all messed up with the rest of the poor souls that must adjust to the daylight savings arrangement. Yesterday I started yawning at 6:30 and at 7 pm I felt like I was ready for bed!!! It gets dark by 5 and I feel very rushed. But enough about that, today is gorgeous. It is so bright and sunny and the temperature is rising as I type.

Running an Etsy shop is a lot of fun but there are tasks that are a little less glamorous. Today is one of those days, in which I am working on creating more card bases for new cards. As a one-person shop, I learned a long time ago that in order to speed up my production, I have to create systems that support the process of creation. One of those tasks that make the process run more smoothly is creating card bases in batches. So I will dedicate an hour or so to cutting high-quality cardstock and scoring them in preparation for cardmaking.

As we are fast-moving towards the winter holiday season, I decided I would like to put a few Christmas and winter-themed cards in my shop. Ordinarily, I would have all of them completed by now and would be marketing them on social media. However, this being my first year back, I am unfortunately behind which means I probably won’t capture the holiday sales as I would like.

I am always surprised by the joy I continue to have learning new techniques and buying new products and I realize that first and foremost, I am a crafter and that I still enjoy creating with my hands just for the fun of it. Despite the boatload of Christmas-themed stamps and products I currently own, I did manage to do a little shopping. This pile of new goodies is waiting for me to play with them before I commit some to new cards. So I am keeping the pile on the corner of my desk as I work on the card bases almost as an incentive.

One thing that I like to do when doing something that can be a bit monotonous such as cutting, scoring, and folding cards, is to listen to a good audiobook. It makes the time go by so quickly and I get some reading time in. Today, I am starting a new book by the incredible Stacey Abrams. It’s a legal thriller and I own the book but also have the audiobook for those hands-free moments like this.

I hope you are having a lovely Monday!

New Merch!

Hello friends! It is a sunny cold day here and I am on my second cup of green tea but I thought I would share my latest bookmark. I have had this adorable image for a long time and decided it was time to size it down for a bookmark. I think it makes for a great gift to a friend that enjoys reading. I remember loving my teddy bears and don’t remember having the pleasure of having one join me on a swing. But this one is so cute and it makes me think of a crisp sunny fall day like today at the park.

I added a great friendship quote I found on Pinterest. I think the past year of a pandemic has really renewed my connection with friends and reminded me how important those relationships are to my well-being. I found solace in family and books but I thrived in the company even though virtually, with my girlfriends. So it’s only fitting that I make a bookmark about friendship. I definitely will be making more designs in the future. In the meantime, I think this duo is a great start.

I hope you have a wonderful day. Find one thing to make you smile today.

New Merch!

It’s that time again – new merch for the shop! I have three new items from my Fall Welly Bookmark Collection releasing today. It’s such a perfect day to release them in the shop because it is a rainy fall day and all I want to do is grab my books and blanket and read!

I made three designs for this bookmark collection because let’s face it, you can never have too many different color welly boots in your wardrobe so why not add them to your books.

These bookmarks were super fun to color with my Copics and there were endless color choices however I decided to limit it to three for this first release.

Be sure to stop by my Etsy shop if you would like to own one of them for your next book.

Have a wonderful day!

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