If you have been into the Shoppe lately you may have noticed our large selection of "My Favorite Things" (MFT) Stamps and Dies. MFT makes some truly adorable designs that can be used to create awesomeness! Today we are sharing some inspiration for ways to use some of these stamp and die sets. Hope you enjoy!
Just look at these adorable cards made with the MFT BB Happy Hippo stamps . . .
. . . and these with the MFT Loveable Leopards stamp set . . .
. . . and lastly this Written in the Stars stamp and die set from MFT is lovely!
Just a reminder, we are open today, Friday and Saturday from 11 am - 5 pm for you to shop these MFT stamps and dies along with the many other items we have in stock (don't forget to check out our Holiday Room). Also, we have a fun COPIC Marker/Watercolor class on Saturday morning, Planner Meetup on Saturday afternoon and Eileen Hull will be us on Sunday for two classes. There is still time to sign-up for all! Details and registration links are on our September Events page!
One of my goals for 2017 is to spread more kindness. I’m attempting to tackle this in a variety of ways – paying for the car behind me at a drive-thru, letting a car or two out in front of me in traffic, sending happy mail to friends and family more often, giving a coupon to a fellow shopper and more. While they are little things the reactions from those that are on the receiving end of the kindness have been amazing. It truly is the “little things” in life that can bring so much happiness. Recently, the idea of “Kindness Rocks” has hit my radar.
Various groups of people are painting and decorating rocks to leave in public areas for others to find in hopes of spreading happiness and kindness. I love the concept – something so simple, minimal supplies needed, and all ages can participate in the creating and planting of the rocks.
In doing some research about Kindness Rocks, I found that this concept seems to stem from the Cape Code area by Megan Murphy, a women’s empowerment coach. Megan says “Now more than ever kindness can become a connecting force for good. Many people, including myself, are feeling a sense of overwhelm, unease and restlessness due to the current events taking place in our world today, and I believe that our united strength can be cultivated through simple random acts of kindness. Each of us can make a positive difference. Together we can make a positive IMPACT!” Check out The Kindness Rocks Project website for more information.
Locally, I’ve come across Facebook groups that have been created for people to share the fun word about Kindness Rocks and grow the kindness movement. You can check out the local groups here:
Hamilton County Hidden Rocks
Hoosier Kindness Rocks
If you know of other local groups please leave a link their Facebook or website in the comments.
Pretty cool, right? Makes you want to run out and get creating on some rocks, right?
Let’s talk supplies and inspiration for creating Kindness Rocks.
Rocks – you can find these at local hardware or discount stores or take a walk around the neighborhood and find some suitable rocks (just don’t help yourself to your neighbor’s driveway or landscaping rocks. That isn’t kind after all!)
Paint – Acrylic paint is easy to use and inexpensive to buy. Dylusions and Dine Wakley’s paint lines offer fun and bright colors to use and are priced at less than $5.
Paint Pens – These will help you write kind words and messages on your rocks. I love this set of Dylusions Paint Pens for all the fun colors!
Paintbrush – The type of brush you select is probably dependent on how detailed you want your painted rock to be.
Stamps, Archival or Staz-On Ink – Are you thinking what? Check out this adorable idea for decorating a rock using stamps!
Here are more creative ideas for you to get your kindness rock creating started!
So grab some rocks, paint them up and spread kindness (feel free to “hide” them at P&P for others to find).
Most of us crafters are constantly looking at our stash of supplies and brainstorming new projects to make and techniques to try. I’m no different. This morning while brushing my teeth (where oftentimes my best brainstorming happens) I was thinking of ways to incorporate more layers and techniques into my art journaling. The idea popped into my head of stamping onto fabric and adding embroidery to the design . . . or stamping on paper and then stitching the design to add texture.
It’s like a whole new world has opened up as I envision projects, gifts that can be made, and my wheels are really turning as I look at all these gorgeous stamps that Palette & Paper has in stock.
When deciding what type of ink to stamp with it really depends on what your finished product is going to be and how much of the stamped image you are going to leave showing. To read more about inks and their “staying power” check out Craft Test Dummies post here.
I like the idea of using a light color of stamp ink so if my embroidering stitches aren’t perfect you won’t be able to see it much on the finished project. This “Earl Gray” shade from Taylored Expressions would be perfect (and these mini stamp pads are a deal at only $3), plus I just love the name!
Or if I plan to leave some of the stamped image “exposed” I will select a coordinating ink color like in this example.
You could stamp on dishtowels to make adorable hostess gifts.
Or stamp a greeting on some muslin to incorporate into a card front. This new stamp set from Joy Claire would be perfect for that.
Make a cute little pencil pouch for one of your bible journaling friends (and yourself!) using some of the amazing new faith stamps from Joy Claire.
Or stamp on paper and add stitching like this gorgeous art journal page.
Need a primer on how to embroider? Check out Instructables.
Oh and what better way to celebrate Embroidery Month than with some of these projects (yes, February is Embroidery Monty!). Let’s get to stamping and stitching!
Palette & Paper's blog is written by creative team member, Kimberly.
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