New Series – Crafting on a Budget – Sentiment Stamps

It was nice to get back to my desk, and put away my festive supplies and start crafting with some pretty fresh colours.
I have begun a new series of posts on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog, running monthly through the year, with the theme – Crafting on a Budget. There are a couple of reasons why I wanted to do this

  • To encourage newcomers to the crafting world, and show them that it needn’t cost a fortune to dip their toe in and see if it is the hobby for them (…..I won’t say anything about how addictive it can be….hehe!). 
  • I will aim to make recommendations for those on a budget, as to what will work best for all occasions, and help the beginners build their stash slowly, but still with the possibilities for making a variety of cards.
  • To share ideas with fellow crafters on how we can get the most from our stash. Perhaps for New Year you have decided to not spend as much on supplies, or have promised yourself that you will make sensible purchases and want to get the most out of what you buy.
I made a set of five cards using the basics (card and tape etc), one stamp set, and a few embellishments. Because my main passion is for stamps I think I will concentrate more on how versatile stamp sets can be. For example, these cards are all sentiment based, with now image as a focal point.
I have included a few tips and techniques along the way.

Tried to show the versatility of  tiny stamps that appear in sets. As part of Sarah’s sentiment stamp set, there are three little stars, and on the card below I have tried to show how useful it could be in finishing an otherwise simple card.

Also for the beginners I have tried to take a bit of the mystery away from how cards are constructed. I havn’t focused too much on dimensions, that is entirely individual and is how unique styles are developed. But I have been asked in the past how I’ve made cards, and more often than not, when broken down like this it makes sense.

The post is a bit lengthy, so you may want to head over with a sup of tea (and maybe a biscuit). 
For those of you seasoned crafters you may not learn anything new, and I am by no means an expert, so if you have any tips you could add in the comments they would be most welcome. 

I actually really enjoyed going back to basics, sometimes we get so involved with techniques and products that we forget a simple sentiment is just as effective.
Thank you so much for reading, hope to see you again soon. x