Gift Giving

Undergoing chemotherapy is no fun. And since I find stamping, coloring, cutting and glueing therapeutic and relaxing, I thought my friend — who is not a stamper but has expressed her appreciation for the hand made cards I’ve been sending — might like some creativity-in-a-box to help pass the time.

I wanted to create a very portable kit that would be easy to tuck into a purse or bag, so first I looked for the perfect box and found a great plastic pencil case at a dollar-type store. (It is important to find the box before you make the cards because the materials must fit inside!)  Then I cut some gift tags (making sure they would fit in the box), and stamped them with fun images.

Digging into my scrap bag, I punched some shapes:

I tossed in some colored pencils and a glue stick and packed the box…

…then wrapped it with some pretty tulle (which I told her can also be cut and used on the tags!). I added  more tags to the front, then tied on a larger tag that had simple instructions:

The box was a big hit — and I may have converted another stamper!

How have you used your stamps to cheer up someone?

I went, I stamped….

Last week I talked about stamping on-the-go. I did all my stamping ahead of time, either on scrap cardstock or on tiny tags (which I had also cut and folded ahead of time). Some of the tags I ran through my Cuttlebug embossing folders or a border punch. While I was away, I had a nice stash of images to either color, cut or both. I also brought a small ziplock baggie so I could take my “pieces” everywhere and sit and cut while waiting for my husband. Very therapeutic!

When I got home, all I had to do was either stamp simple sayings on the tags or attach images to backgrounds. Take a look:

onthego tags2

(flower: Magenta; bird: Inkadinkado; butterfly, bird: Hero Arts)

Here are some others:

onthego tags 1

(When I came home, I added Ranger Stickles to the flower and Lettuce Dimesnional Pearls to the frog. The cute bird is Inkadinkado and the funky flower is Kodomo. Sayings, birthday hat, frog: Hero Arts.) 

And here are two cards I made when I came home, using images I cut and colored on vacation:

onthego ice cream sundae

(sundae: Stampin Up!; paper is from a Hot Off The Press booklet; the diamond punch is a new Martha Stewart border punch.)

onthego flower

(flower, saying: Hero Arts; background is from a Cuttlebug embossing folder.)

I love vacations!

Stamping on-the-go


Here I am in a beautiful resort just outside of Las Vegas. And what am I doing? Why, crafting, of course! While my husband is busy with meetings and workshops, I have several hours to myself with no ringing phones, no distractions.

Red Rock pool

 I did, of course, delude myself into thinking I might actually get some work done. (That’s the beauty of being a freelance writer – I can work almost anywhere.) The night before we left, I had my husband load two new programs on my laptop – a photo editing program and the program for a newsletter I am producing. Then I transferred the files I needed to an external hard drive. (It helped that we drove to Las Vegas because I didn’t have to worry about taking this stuff on the airplane.)

 So here I am … With deadlines looming and a few hours to kill. I moseyed down to the pool, opened up the computer bag and … darn! I left the hard drive with all my files at home!

 Luckily, I also brought some stamping stuff! The night before we left, I made a “stamping-on-the-go” kit. I dug into my scrap paper stash and cut and trimmed scraps into little tags and note cards. Some I ran through my Cuttlebug embossing folders, some I trimmed using border punches. Some I stamped, using a water resistant black dye ink. Then I stamped some random images on scrap cardstock, packed up my watercolor pencils and my water brush in a plastic baggie and tossed the lot into a plastic project case. I also included a role of double stick foam tape, my small, sharp Cutterbee scissors and I was good to go!


My traveling kit!

My traveling kit!

By preparing just a few simple images before I left, I had an easily transportable kit. It is  so relaxing to just sit and color and cut. And when I get home, I’ll have some extra tags and some pre-cut images.

 How do you craft on the go?