It’s September. September, first, to be more precise. This can only mean one thing: it’s STAMPtember! One thing I absolutely adore doing is creating handmade cards using stamps – and Simon Says Stamp has been a huge inspiration to that passion. Sadly, I have not crafted as much as I would like in the past year. However, every time I feel the urge to do something, I always seem to reach for a stamp and some watercolour paper. It is definitely my go to craft! So I wanted to tell you a little about STAMPtember, in case you haven’t heard of it. Hopefully it will inspire you to give the art of papercrafting a go!
Last week, I made some simple Christmas cards using stamps from USA. Since those stamps are currently out of stock, I wanted to show you how this technique can easily be replicated with any stamps! Today, I’m using stamps from Hobbycraft. Every year, Hobbycraft have a range of Christmas stamps. They tend to start sales on their Christmas stock around this time so definitely worth having a look if you’re interested. Like I said, these cards are really easy to replicate with whatever stamps you already own. (Alternatively, you may be able to find free downloads online that you can print off and do something similar with!).
As it’s a simple technique, it’s easy to do quite a few cards in one go. It does take a bit of time, however. So I recommend doing it whilst watching TV. It’s a great time to put on a Christmas film and get a bit crafty after all! This is definitely one you could do at home with the kids too, if you’re a parent or need a babysitting task.
The past few days have been hard for me. I woke up yesterday with a reaction on my face. It was painful and I had no idea how to fix it. I spent most of the day applying a cold flannel to my face. As a result, it calmed down a little. Luckily I had today off work. My plan was to blog all day. Yet that obviously didn’t happen. In fact, I spent most of the day in bed. With Netflix on. Being grumpy. Not only is it causing me pain, it’s really affecting my mental health. Self-esteem has never been my strong point. Having burn marks certainly hasn’t helped. While I could complain about it, this post isn’t about that. Perhaps if I was a beauty blogger, I’d talk about it. But I’m definitely not one.
And after spending all day in bed, I decided to get up and do something I could do. I can’t magically remove burn marks. They will take their time to heal. I cannot rush that. What I can do, however, is play with stationery and practice self-care. Self-care comes in many forms. I cannot tell you what it means to you – no one except yourself can. There’s plenty of non-stationery related ideas, such as having a bath or going for a walk. I’ve also listed some stationery related ideas in a previous post – my stationery self-care challenge.
Cardmaking is something I really enjoy but don’t always have time to do. I’ve made it a point to try and actively make cards for Christmas every year. Most times I manage to make a few but not enough. This year, I’m making loads so I hopefully will have enough for everyone. For example, just for today’s post, I’ve made 15-16 cards (though I’ve already posted a few of them to loved ones). These cards are all very simple to do but a little time consuming. It’s a great task to do whilst sitting in front of the TV. Today’s cards are handmade holiday cards featuring The Greeting Farm stamps. They are really simple and easy to recreate so definitely one that you could do with children too!
I’ll be honest, my favourite kind of events to go to these days are – without a doubt – the stationery, planners and craft events. They are amazing. It’s a room (or several rooms) full of likeminded people who all just want to talk stationery or get crafty. Everyone you meet is so generous and kind. People swap their unused products with each other. They share their washi or sticker collection. I’ve met a lot of amazing people from these events. The minute the event finishes, I already start looking forward to the next one. Yesterday, I went to an event just like this – Jingle and Mingle. It was a small casual style event, which makes it really relaxing and really good fun.