Monday, August 13, 2012

Cards, stamps & whimsical displays

I'm going to share my stamp collection today and some whimsical ways to display stamped cards. I began stamping in the mid 90's until mid 2005 or so and I kept the stamps because I knew I would pick up the hobby again someday. I don't even know if stamping is still popular, but I have come across some great deals on stamps, so I decided to create some new cards with french themes. I have seen french script style clothespins on some of the blogs and decided to create some of my own to display cards.

These are two of the cards I created.  I wasn't sure if these large clothespins would work, but I discovered after stamping them they added a unique element to the display.

I don't have a before and after for you but I will go thru some of the steps I followed to make the clothespins and cards. I painted two large clothespins with craft paint and stamped images on them using the stamps that I had. I used a french wordy style stamp and a floral one.The pins were already painted but the stamped image does not adhere to them unless it is a freshly painted surface.  I used a turquoise and a gray paint for the pins.

These are a few of the stamps in my collection. I have many more but these are the ones with more of a french theme.

I created four cards with different themes and decided to display them with the different clothespins I created. I already had some of these images stamped  out for this card so I put them together and added a frenchy word pin.

I did this one as a postcard floral style and used my floral background stamp for both. I thought the floral image came out really well on the pin.

I never thought I would be doing this kind of craft project but I like to try something somewhat different as long as it isn't too time consuming. Here are the other two cards I made.I went with a travel theme and florals. These pins look much prettier in person. I made them too dark but didn't have time to redo them. They have stamped images on them that show better in a closeup pic.

Here are the closeups of these cards. I like the weathervane on this one.

I like this floral one on the windowsill. There is a button image stamped at the top of  the pin.

A closeup of stamped image on pin. Even though this has been one of the more unusual things I have created, I think it has been the most fun so far. I'm glad I can bring new life to my stamps again.

Is there a former hobby of yours that you have recently started again?

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  1. I love how those cards and clothespins turned out. They look great. I bought stamps years ago and have never used them. I'd love to start something like that.

    1. Thanks so much. I have been wanting to try something like this for awhile. This is such an easy and fun way to be creative without spending a lot of money. Hope you get yours out and make something too!

  2. Oh, the addition of the clothespins makes me want to get my stamp pads out!

  3. Your cards and display are lovely. I'm a stamper too - have been since 1990 and have hundreds of stamps. I make all the holiday cards and haven't bought a card since I got my first stamp. I don't stamp as much now but I do use my stamps in different art rojects.

  4. Wow, these are amazing, and your display is beautiful! Your newest follower from the Newbie party. :)

    Kathy @

    1. Thanks for the sweet comment and for following me. I see you are a new blogger and I'm following you back. I really liked your watering can and lantern makeover. I'll have to check out more of your blog!

  5. How wonderful! I love the patterns on them. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  6. Love your stamped cards with the Frenchy theme! But I am totally gaga over the stamped clothes pins! I want to make those! I only have a few random stamps but I will be heading to Michael's for sure! I'm so glad you joined The Thrifty Groove's party!
    Hugs, Linda

    1. Thanks for your comment about going gaga over my clothespins! That's so funny and I felt the same way when I was making them. I know I went a little gaga with the turquoise one for sure. Those jumbo pins were so big and I wasn't sure how to display them, so I just put them with my stamped cards and hoped for the best. Hope you try some too!

  7. Just beautiful! I love the large clothes pins with them stamped and your cards are all so lovely! Thank you for joining TTF and have a great day!

  8. Hi! I am back to let you know that I am going to feature this post in this week's TTF party. The post for the party will be up tomorrow (thursday) at 4:00 pm (EST). I hope you will join again and also grab the "I was featured" button for your blog! Thank you again for sharing!

  9. Hi Diane,
    Just stopping by to let you know you have been featured at Share It One More Time and are part of the Back to School Mood Blog Board. Thank you for joining the party and hope you come party again!
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