Hand Carved Stamp DIY Inspiration

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DIY Hand Carved Stamps - How to Make Handmade Stamps

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making my own hand carved stamps for some time. But it seems like every time I would end up at the craft store, they never had what I was looking for. After running across vitamini handmade’s DIY Hand Carved Stamp Tutorial, however, my excitement to actually try this project was revived. I found her own hand carved stamps, pictured above, very inspirational. Her etsy shop with all of the mini cooper gifts got me doubly inspired to create something new and fun with my own handmade shop. So not only did I buy the tools to get me started on making my own stamps – Speedball now sells a Speedy Carve Stamp Making Kit with everything you need to get started – but I also bought some new packaging materials for my own handmade soaps to use my stamps on. Think Glassine Wax Paper Bags, StazOn Multi-Surface Inkpad – which adheres to non-porous surfaces like glass, metal, shrink plastic, cellophane, aluminum foil, leather and acrylic – handmade labels and lots of Baker’s Twine.

It’d been so long since I’d bought an actual, physical book, that I also purchased Making an Impression: Designing & Creating Artful Stamps for more inspiration and coffee table eye candy. Once I churn out a successful stamp or two, I’ll be sure to share them here on my blog. I plan not only to use my handmade stamps on paper, but to stamp some of my soaps as well. If you recall, I used some of my hand carved wine cork stamps I made over the Christmas season to stamp my freshly unmolded cold process soaps with shimmering mica. I just loved the effect, so I’m hoping to come up with a stamp to use on my soaps as part of my branding.

Have you tried any new project lately? Feel free to share your latest diy blog post in the comments!

My Top Ten Favorite DIY Craft Blogs

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If crafts, glitter and glue are part of your genetic makeup, then you’re probably just as in love with DIY as I am. Which means you’re always on the lookout for fantastic and inspirational DIY blogs. Well, I thought I’d take some of the legwork out of the equation and share a few of my favorite craft blogs with you. They’re sure to become some of your favorites as well.

DIY Craft Project - Fashion Stone Statement Rings via Alisa Burke - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
The blog: Alisa Burke / The project: Stone Statement Rings
Written by Alisa Burke, a freelance painter and mixed media artist, Alisa is always looking for new ways to break the rules and redefine art. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history and fashion and loves to recycle found items in her artwork. Her blog includes a vast array of craft tutorials, sketches family adventures, recipes, and fashion projects.

Homemade Cheesecake Recipe - Coffee and Cream Cheesecake Recipe via A Beautiful Mess - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
Written by Elsie and Emma, A Beautiful Mess is a lifestyle blog that focuses on simple ways to create a beautiful and inspired lifestyle. As believers in lifelong learning, Elsie and Emma share craft projects, recipes, fashion and decor ideas and DIYs on their blog daily to help make your life a little bit sweeter.


DIY Fashion Project - How to Turn a Dress Into a Blouse Tutorial via Bored & Crafty - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
Written by Meream, Bored & Crafty yields her love of fashion, fabrics and sewing. Meream has a degree in Psychology from the University of the Philippines and her family includes four cats – Snow, Ghost, Egg, and Chino. While many of the DIY craft projects she posts on her blog include plushes, clothing and puffy cloud mobiles, she would love to learn woodworking. She is currently preparing to re-open her online shop.

DIY Craft Project - Travel Map Pin Board DIY via Ciera Design - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
The blog: Ciera Design / The project: Travel Map Pin Board DIY
Written by graphic designer, Ciera Holzenthal, Ciera Design is a lifestyle and design blog where Ciera shares her adventures as a freelance graphic designer as well as her many DIY projects, photography, home decor projects, arts and crafts, music, inspired living ideas, and all things graphic design.

DIY Craft Project - How to Handpaint Porcelain Dishes via Craft & Creativity - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
The blog: Craft & Creativity / The project: Painting Porcelain
Written by Helena of Vallentuna, Sweden, a self employed graphic designer of ten years,  Craft & Creativity contains an abundance of simple DIY craft projects designed around the home, living, fashion and family – many with a focus on recycling everyday items.

DIY Bath and Beauty Project - Essential Oil Solid Perfume DIY via Go Make Me - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
Written by Cate Holst of Sydney, Australia, Go Make Me features a glorious selection of DIY projects and recipes that Cate loves to make, bake and create. She has had three projects published in the Kids Crafternoon Book Series by Hardie Grant and been featured on the Huffington Post. All of her handmade projects and delicious recipes feature beautiful in-depth photos and instructions.

Homemade Macaroons Recipe via One Sheepish Girl - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
Written by Meredith, a yarn lover from Dallas, TX, One Sheepish Girl explores Helen’s most recent projects – whether it’s embroidering in her journal or trying out a new recipe – along with a collection of fun knitting and crochet projects you can make yourself.
Homemade Cookie Recipe - Intensely Chocolate Sables Recipe via Smitten Kitchen - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
The blog: Smitten Kitchen / The project: Intensely Chocolate Sables

Written by New Yorker, Deb, who is also cook, photographer and occasional dishwasher has received numerous awards and press for Smitten Kitchen where she shares her love of food and the recipes she’s tried, improved upon and created. She’s big on comfort foods stepped up a bit – like bread and birthday cakes made entirely from scratch – and shares not only recipes but also tutorials on everything from how to poach an egg to how to make tart doughs that won’t shrink up on you. She’s wary of excessively fussy foods and pretentious ingredients.

DIY Craft Project - Mario Inspired Handmade Rainbow Road Coffee Cuff via Wild Olive - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
The blog: Wild Olive / The project: Rainbow Road Coffee Cuff
Written by Mollie, a 30-something crafter and illustrator of cute things, Wild Olive contains a collection of handmade crafts and cuteness. While her most recent craft tutorials were themed around Mario Week, her posts are often filled with craft projects, patterns and printables you can download for free and use in your own projects.

Homemade Popsicles Recipe - Star Fruit Popsicles Recipe with Printable Flags via Funky TIme - DIY Craft Blog Round Up
Written by Sibylle, a freelance graphic designer and blogger, FunkyTime was declared one of the twelve most creative blogs on the internet in one of Germany’s most popular women’s magazines. Her work is featured in two books, “The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home” by the HGTV host Kelly Edwards (available May 1st, 2013) and “Mod Podge Rocks! Decoupage your World” by Amy Anderson. Funky Time includes Sibylle’s own budget friendly DIY projects and decorating ideas, free printables and her online magazine, Funkytime Magazine – seasonal home and lifestyle magazine featuring articles on food, design, fashion & DIY projects.

What are some of your favorite blogs?

Tied Up in a Bow – The Prettiest DIY Gift Wrap Ideas for the Holidays

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DIY Christmas gift toppers, ribbons and wraps. Handmade gift tags, gift wrap and printables. Pretty packaging ideas for all of your holiday gifts.
Pretty Package and Gift Toppers, Ribbons and Wrap DIY's - DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas
Pretty DIY Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

Artistic Inspiration

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Looking for a diy craft project or maybe an instructional art lesson to liven up your free time? Here are a few of my favorite art instructional blog posts to inspire you!
What are some of your favorite art projects?

It’s wedding season. Do you have your wedding favors ready yet?

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According the The Knot, the most popular months for weddings are June, August, September, and October, with December growing in demand because of the holidays. Getting married during less popular months could save you money on the reception site and other wedding services like catering, photography and floral arrangements.

But with a hot bed of wedding activity on its way this summer into fall, a lot of brides to be are in the planning stages now. Because of this I decided I’d post a few more handmade wedding favor ideas to add to yesterday’s inspirational post on making your own handmade soap wedding favors. Here are just a few of my favorites.

1.) Rosemary Sea Salt Favors. A functional wedding favor that guests can later use on potatoes and in other cooking recipes. The top of the container is decorate with a the couple’s monogram and the wedding date.

2.) DIY Succulent Favors. Succulents are by far one of the easier plants to grow, and they won’t die if you forget to water them for a while. So gifting them as a wedding favor is a good idea even for those guests who have a black thumb rather than a green one. Plus they’re easy to grow from cuttings allowing you to make multiple favors from just one plant.

3.) DIY Mexican Wedding Favors. Talk about fun in a bottle! Give the gift of either some virgin agave syrup or top shelf tequila in downsized bottles that you can then customize with editable, printable bottle labels. I’m sure these would be a blast in Christmas stockings come December as well!

4.) Spread the Love Label. Homemade jellies and jams are another one of those perfect wedding favors because they are consumable. Make and can your favorite jam recipe, then label with these completely customizable  Spread the Love wedding labels.

5.) DIY Wedding Favor Bags with a Twist. A simple and inexpensive, yet elegant way to create a wedding favor bag that you can then fill with the treats of your choice.
Other ideas I like are:
  • Filling test tubes with bath salts or a spice mix and sealing with a cork. Tie a ribbon around the top where the cork goes with a tag stating the ingredients. (Inspired by these Organic Thyme Lavender Bath Salts in Test Tubes.)
  • Making a cd of all the bride and groom’s wedding play list for all of the guests.
  • Crafting mini vertical wall garden magnetic terrariums that guests can keep on their fridge to remind them of your new union and keep papers in place.
  • Fill small tins with loose leaf tea and apply a custom label.
What are your ideas for wedding or party favors that you think are the bee’s knees?