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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Vacation in London- June 15th-28th

  Right now I am gearing up for my trip to London with the family I have been a nanny to for the past three years. I will be away from my crafting until I come back, but I intend to post pictures of all the sites, markets and gardens on my flickr, which you can also link to on the sidebar here.

  I have every intention of launching the Grand Opening of my Esty Shop in mid to late July. Keep an eye open here and at my shop for details on promotions, sales and continued updates.

  In the meantime, happy crafting to you all!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tips & Tricks- Metal Stamping

The end of the school year has kept me pretty busy, but I did have time to explore my new stamping die set by Making Memories with my new metal blanks by Vintaj.
I haven't got a chance to try out the distressing kit, also by Making Memories, so if anyone has any suggestions please let me know.

Two things I learned are:
1) Don't use the hammer from their Tool Kit because it isn't strong enough and isn't well made. I was more successful with a carpentry hammer.
3) Concrete is the best surface for hammering your pieces against. It won't slip, crack, or bounce. Mostly it provides a firm surface for the stamp to press against making the letters crisp and clear the first time.

Below are my first results for a "Welcome" sign for a new wee house. Now I just have to find a wee nail.