With All the Different Types of Art Stamps in the Big World of Rubberstamps, How many do you have?

For me it all started with these rubber stamps.  That’s right this cute little butterfly art stamp and this set of alphabet stamps.


I can remember my first rubberstamps.  My brother gave them to me for my birthday.  It was a butterfly art stamp, and set of alphabet stamps, that was 15 years ago.  I can remember thinking to myself “what am I going to do with these rubberstamps”?  Boy did I find out what to do with them.  I made cute little butterfly note cards and I remember coloring them with a colored pencil (since that is all that I had back then or crayons), then with the alphabet stamps I stamped my family and friends name and of course finished it with a butterfly.   Holy crow, he is the one that created my obsession with art stamps, and I am so happy that he did, thanks Mike.

What can I say; I Love Rubber Art Stamps and all the rubber stamping supplies that go along with them.  Take a look at just some of the art stamps that I have.  I have labeled each drawer and bin so I kind of know what is inside.  I also have a few scattered around my craft studio on shelves.  I told you that I Love Art Stamps.  Now do you believe me?


Rubberstamps have come a long way.  There are a ton of manufacturers for Art Stamps, depending on what you are looking for.  A long time ago the only kind of art stamp that was available was the red rubber stamp mounted on a wood block.  Now, those stamps are still available but there are also clear un-mounted art stamps that you take off of a cling sheet and adhere to an acrylic block.  When you are done you just clean the stamp and take off the acrylic block and out back on the plastic sheet or in a clear plastic CD case.


The great thing about these art stamps is that you can see exactly where your image will be stamped on your card stock.  This gives you less room for error (even though there is never an error in art, it just makes a different masterpiece then you expected)

What I love about the acrylic block rubber stamps is when you are working with alphabet stamps.  The reason is you can have the correct spacing between each letter and word.  When I have used alphabet stamps that were wood mounted, I usually had crooked words and phrases on my card or scrapbook page.

Another cool thing about these clear un-mounted rubberstamps is that they do not take up so much room as the original wood block art stamps.  So if you do not have a lot of space to store your rubberstamps then this is the ideal way to go.  I have two ways that I store my clear un-mounted rubberstamps.  One is in a 3 ring binder, and the other in my Crop in Style Stamp Store tote.  The stamp store can hold hundreds in the drawers.


There are also red rubber un-mounted stamps that you can purchase.  They are cheaper than mounted rubberstamps.  You can then mount them any way that you want; either on a wood block or use the ez-mount foam system (I will explain that in a near future article)


The last kind of rubberstamps that I can think of is the pre-inked art stamps.  I have some art stamps that are pre-inked wheels.  They are great for backgrounds or borders.  All you do is insert the small cartridge of ink into the handle of the rubberstamps wheel, insert the wheel and away you go.


Well, as you can see I have A LOT of rubberstamps.  And with all these art stamps I do not have any duplicates and I can honestly say that I use or have used each and every one.

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Yippee, Six New Cricut Cartridges

I have been receiving a lot of emails from various companies saying “Start Saving Your Money” or “Time to Break Open your Bank”, I don’t need to go on you get the idea.   The reason is that there are some new Cricut Cartridges on the horizon.  To be exact, there are six new Cricut Cartridges:  Everyday Paper Dolls, From My Kitchen, Picturesque, Sweethearts and Winter Wonderland these are all fully functional cricut cartridges.    There is also a solutions cricut cartridge called Serenade.

No one is saying when they will be released; I am just hoping that they will be available for Christmas.  But, there is one really cool thing; they are all on the Cricut Design Studio software ready for download now.  The Cricut Message Board posted the announcement last week.  You can read all about the announcements and also get to the download page by clicking on this link for the Cricut Message Board.

You may be saying so why is this so cool, it is because you will be able to see what is available on each of these new Cricut Cartridges using your Cricut Design Studio software, you will be able to start designing cards and scrapbook pages and when they are released all you need to do is purchase, install and press print.  Now that is cool!

You can use these new Cricut Cartridges on all of the Cricut Die Cut machines.  Cricut Expression, Original Cricut, and the Cricut Create.

I know already that I will be purchasing one of the new cricut cartridges and it is the ‘From My Kitchen’ Cricut Cartridge.  My husband and I love to cook, and also love to invite friends over for dinner.  I always have my camera handy to take pictures of our gatherings.  This new cricut cartridge will be great for my scrapbook making.

Here is my quick review of the new cricut cartridges that I put together while looking through what will soon be released and tells you a bit about what is in each cricut cartridge.

Everyday Paper Dolls – people figures, clothes, accessories such as cell phone, crutches, dumb bells, karaoke machine, golf cart, scooter, ski chair lift…..

From My Kitchen – utensils, pots, pans, tea pots, bowls, blenders, food shapes such as chicken drum sticks, spaghetti, vegetables…..

Picturesque – all kind of scrolls, swirls, flowers, lacey picture corners, birds, swans, butterflies…..

Sweethearts – couples, wedding, engagement, valentines, hearts, and bicycle built for two, love sentiments, wedding cakes, churches…..

Winter Wonderland –ice skates, sleigh, reindeer, skis, fun winter sentiments, evergreen trees, snow man, mittens, scarves…..

Serenade – birds, bird cages, butterflies, vases, flower pots, trees, branches, flowers, fruit…..

So, I am not going to tell you to save your money or break open your piggie bank.  What I want to suggest to you is to download some of these new cricut cartridges onto your Cricut Design Studio Software and start seeing what you are missing.

What?  You don’t have the Cricut Design Studio Software yet?  What are you waiting for?  Just use this link to get the Cricut Design Studio Software right now!

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Another Cricut Card Idea ~ Making a Dollhouse Card using the Wild Card Cricut Cartridge

Ya gotta love the Cricut Expression machine.  I had to make a birthday card for my niece.  I knew that she was making a dollhouse with her mom, so I wanted to make this handmade greeting card special.  After finding out her colors that they were painting the dollhouse, I decided to use the same colors for the handmade card.

Using my Cricut Expression and the Wild Card Cricut Cartridge was the perfect choice for my cricut card idea.  All of the samples showed this Wild Card Cricut Cartridge being used for moving/change of address, but I decided to make it a dollhouse instead.

I set my Cricut Expression to cut the card at 7″ and it was a great size since I wanted to embellish this handmade greeting card with some cute card and scrapbooking embellishments that I have.

I used a pink rhinestone for the door handle, I had a 3D EK Success sticker of a white picket fence that I cut down to size and also some fun stickers of palm trees to accent the front door.  I finished it with a pink butterfly 3D sticker again from EK Success.

For the inside I went trough all of the rubber stamps that I have (and that’s a lot of rubber stamps, good thing that I have my rubber stamping supplies organized in containers that are labeled) but what I decided was to make the inside of this handmade greeting card very simple and just used a rubber stamp that said Happy Birthday.


I love the way that it turned out.

Wishing Riley a Very Happy Birthday!

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Find the Cricut Ticket

Hi Fellow Cricut Lovers,

I just received an email from Provo Craft announcing a new promotion called “Find the Cricut Ticket”.

If you find a ticket in one of the Cricut Cartridge boxes, you will win a Seven day Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean for 2 and also $600.00 for airfare and hotel expenses.

There will be 20 winners ~ One of them could be you!

Here is the LINK to get the itinerary and rules.

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Using the Home Decor Cricut Cartridge to Make an Elegant Wedding Album

Creating an Elegant Wedding Album

Last weekend my husband and I attended a wedding. Have you ever been at a wedding and once you saw the bride you thought that you were in a fairy tale and met Cinderella?

Well that is how I felt at this wedding. The bride was so beautiful that I could not stop taking pictures. So what I decided to do was to make a wedding scrapbook for her to remember her fairy tale day.

I didn’t want to take away from her beauty so when I created this wedding album, I wanted it to be elegant. So I choose the Home Décor Cricut Cartridge just because of the beautiful lacy scroll work that it had. It added the perfect touch that I was looking to achieve.



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