Friday, April 5, 2013

Stamp out some fun ...

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Once upon a time ... I used to have a vast collection of rubber stamps.  Okay, I lied.  I still have them.  But they just don't have the same meaning or use for me that they once had. 

I used to write l-o-n-g letters to all my friends.  Funny, since I'm probably the most boring person on the planet and always have been. I liked to decorate the envelope with cute sayings and images.  Of course these days, I yak with friends via email or on Facebook.

But I do still have a use for rubber stamps.  And I still use them to decorate envelopes.  I have a quaint gaslight stamp for the Victoria Square and Booktown Mysteries, and I have a martini glass for the Jeff Resnick Mysteries (I color the little olive green).  For the Cozy Chicks, I use a shoe and use a pink stamp pad (gotta love those gel pads) and when I'm hungry, a big cupcake.

These days when I wander around craft stores, I find myself drawn to the rubber stamp aisle. 

What draws you in?

11 comments:

Jeannie D. said...

My daughter and I love to garden. She started me on fairy gardens. She made me one for my birthday with little miniatures and fairy dolls. So now when I go to craft stores I am always looking for stuff I can use in them. I make them for gifts now and I am working on an outdoor one in my back yard. I also love to scrapbook, so I always have to check that aisle out. I use rubber stamps when I scrapbook.

Katreader said...

Craft stores are so dangerous for me. I've been rubber stamping for eons (well, about 20 years) I make my own cards and do other paper crafts as well. I love looking at rubber stamps, and even though I have a gazillion, I always want more. I also periodically make jewelry, so I love those supplies as well...and yarn, and...

Dru said...

Fabric. I just love looking at the many designs.

Barbara T. said...

I am now into jewelry making, but rubber stamps still have a place in my heart and I cannot leave a craft store without stopping by that section. I love your use of VAST. Now I know what to call my collection.

Elaine Klingbeil said...

Yarn.

Linda in MA said...

Beside my vast book collection, over 2000 in the house currently, I have stamps for cardmaking, yarn for knitting, I cross stitch, make bears, candle making supplies, do crewel embroidery, a lot of Girl Scout craft supplies and I garden. My "collections" basically have taken over most of the house. But my DH has his collections too. :-)

Linda in MA said...

Forgot to ask what fairy gardens are? Please explain as they sound interesting.

Heather said...

Craft stores are as dangerous to me as book stores. I rarely leave either empty-handed. And, much like books, it doesn't matter that I already have hundreds, there's always something "new and shiney" to capture one's attention.

Jeannie D. said...

Linda, A fairy garden is a garden, or section of a garden, with miniature houses, furniture, or miniature accessories. It creates the impression of a miniature world that garden fairies might inhabit. Most are container gardens, but some people have them outdoors and much larger. If you go on Pinterest and type in Fairy Gardens, there are lots of pictures.

Linda in MA said...

Thank you Jeannie!

Aurian said...

I am totally not creative, so I never enter a craftstore. The only stores that are dangerous for my bank account are bookstores.
And as the stores here in Holland don't carry much English books to my liking, I don't enter those all that often anymore.