Page Update – Stamping 101: Getting Started

Hi!  So I didn’t realize that my blog has been published for the world to see and it is definitely still a work in progress!  So please forgive me as I work on getting these pages filled out!  I just wanted to write a quick post letting you know that I just completed the Stamping 101: Getting Started sub-page on my blog and would love to hear your thoughts!  Thanks for looking!

Michaels 6th Avenue Grand Opening (New York City)

For all you Manhattanites/New Yorkers, Michaels has finally opened on 22nd Street & 6th Avenue!  It’s located on the lower level of Harmon Face Values and it is much bigger than I was expecting for a Manhattan retail store!!  It is clean and new and awesome!!

From their website:

675 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10010
Tel: (646) 259-3911
Hours: Mon-Sat: 9:00am – 9:00pm Sun: 10:00am – 7:00pm

Stamping: The Bare Necessities

When I first started papercrafting a little over a year ago, I was overwhelmed with the sheer volume of products that were out there.  I kind of went crazy thinking I needed to have a complete set of craft supplies before I could really start creating any cards.  That is most definitely not the case especially if you’re living on a budget and have a tiny apartment in the city like me!!  You can start with just these bare necessities – cardstock, paper trimmer, stamp set, acrylic block, ink pad, scissors, adhesive and inspiration.  After you’ve gotten a feel for what kind of stamping/projects you want to do, then you should go nuts and expand your supplies to your heart’s content to fulfill your vision!  It will definitely save you from wasting a lot of time, money and sheer frustration!

After much trial and error across numerous products, I would recommend the below for your starter kit (totaling around $100 if you purchase everything at retail but make sure to check out any of the big box craft retailers – Joann’s/Michael’s/A.C. Moore/Hobby Lobby – for some great discounts on some of these basic papercrafting supplies):

  1. Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb. Cardstock
  2. Fiskars Surecut Paper Trimmer
  3. Mama Elephant Clear Stamp Set – Water Blooms
  4. Fiskars Compact Stamp Press
  5. Hero Arts Ink Cubes – Quiet Morning
  6. Hero Arts Ink Cubes – Summer Splash
  7. Hero Arts Ink Cubes – Blackboard
  8. EK Success Honey Bee Nonstick Scissors
  9. Tombow Stamp Runner

Inspiration can be found just about anywhere you look from your day-to-day life to pinterest to Etsy.  But my favorite, more focused, inspiration comes from the below bloggers who are always amazing me with their talent and teaching me about new products and techniques.

  1. Jennifer McGuire Ink Blog
  2. Kristina Werner Blog
  3. Simon Says Stamp Blog

I hope this post eases any concerns of new stampers who feel like they need a large budget to get into this wonderful hobby.  Happy Crafting!!

Crafting: The Beginning of the End

This is my very first blog post and I thought I’d start from the very beginning of my crafting obsession.  In the beginning of 2012, my sister gave me a Cricut Expression 2 as a maid of honor gift and that was the dawn of a new hobby for me.  I had so much fun die-cutting shapes out of my Cricut machine, gluing them together and making cards.  I had no idea that my mind was about to be blown during my honeymoon in Costa Rica where I met a lovely lady who opened my eyes to a whole new world of papercrafting by introducing me to stamps, ink pads, ribbons, washi tape, dry/heat embossing, embellishments and so much more.  She made me what I am today – a stamping addict – and I love her for it!

Now I can’t finish this blog post without giving a shout-out to a second crafting mentor I have in my life who lives in New York.  She has been such a fount of information to me and has always provided great guidance in my crafting exploits.  Please check her blog out because she is so talented and such an inspiration!

My first couple of posts will be more informational as I share my trials and errors during my foray into papercrafting and I hope it helps any of you who are interested in entering the world of cardmaking!