Seems like lately I am starting my posts with something other than the title suggests, but I’ll get to that.
After my last post someone asked if I would show the supplies we take with us when hunting for letterboxes. So that is what you see above. We put it all in the orange bag so it is easy to carry (and also fits an extra camera lens). The two ink pads leaning against the bag are the ones Prince Charming and I use for our personal stamps. (You can click on the photo to enlarge it.) My personal stamp is standing up, with the frog on it (Potted Frog). Prince Charming’s has the rubber side up. The plastic bag on the upper right is wet paper towels to clean the stamps when we are finished at a box. Below that is a pile of log books. Mine is open to show a page (true letterboxers are probably gasping at that. So many on one page! I’m just like that; I can’t help it!) We just use sketch pads for our logbooks right now (and Chic and Chicklet’s are decorated so there will NEVER be a question as to who owns which!) Lots of people use very nice hardcover journals, but I have not wanted to splurge in that area, although stamping in them might be a tiny bit easier. And you can see the stamps are not “girly.” Men can get into this as much as women! To the left of the logbooks is the compass. Not all boxes have clues with compass headings, but some do, and sometimes it is necessary to have one. To the left of the compass are the markers we use for the letterbox stamps. I like having several colors because one never knows what kind of stamp will be in the box. Often they are nature-related which are typically browns, greens and greys, but they can be anything, so I like to have plenty of ink colors. We color on the stamps with the markers so we can have more than one color on the stamp if we wish. I love using the markers for letterboxing. If I had that many colors of ink pads it would be more expensive, heavier and take up more space. No, you can’t use just any markers, but there are markers made for rubber stamps.
Tonight I am having a Stamp-A-Stack at my house. Monthly I have some sort of stamping class at my house, and for September, it is a Stamp-A-Stack. For ME that means that guests (customers) will come and stamp 15 cards. There are five designs, and they will make three of each design. This is probably my most popular type of class because often when people make a card (or whatever we stamp), they like to keep it for a particular reason (have the idea for future reference, too pretty to give away, etc.). But with a Stamp-A-Stack, they go home with THREE cards of the SAME design, so they can keep one and give two away! (Or for the more practical ones, they can give three away.)
When people arrive they will receive a bag with all of their cardstock supplies. These will be cut for each project. Guests love coming to my house for these classes because I do all the prep work for them.
Then guests will split up and go to different areas staged for each card. There are supposed to be 11 guests tonight, and there are five cards to make, so there will be two or three people at each station at a time. (Most of the photos in this post will enlarge when clicked.)
Here’s an up-close look at what they will be making. Do you love them? I copied (in great or small degrees) all of them but one. I wonder if you can guess which one is original? Probably not, unless you know me fairly well. I am sure some of the customers will guess.
Are you wondering where the fifth card is? It was a straight-copy, so you can just look here to see it up close. (While you’re there, you might want to look at some of her other stuff. She’s an amazing stamper.) And while I am talking about that, one of the cards I mostly copied from here. She has some awesome stuff, too.
So that is what I will be doing when this post goes up. And in case you think I am too on-the-ball that this stuff is already set up, well…. I have to leave in ten minutes to pick up Chic from school. Then we have to run some errands. Then she has gymnastics. I will get home 30 minutes before this class starts, so everything has to be ready before I leave. And I wanted to post today, but obviously the class had to come first, so I had to get it done and set up. If I did not have all the other stuff to do, I promise that I would not be set up until 6:20ish.
I hope YOU are doing something fun tonight, too!