Friday, May 15, 2009

Post Secret


I wish I had a dollar for every time someone thought I meant postage stamps were my hobby instead of rubber stamps. I'd for sure be stamping full time!

However, I do love postage stamps.

And I love office supply stores.

So put your hands together, and you have a very cool project.

When I was at CHA, I fell in love with Graphic 45's paper. It was warm, collagey, interesting and inspired this idea.

A while ago, I bought some full sheets of Avery label paper - 5353 is the product if you're interested. I also have bags of old postage stamps.

I peeled off the lining of the label paper - one row at a time, since the lining is in three pieces - and started sticking my stamps down one by one. Since they are all different shapes and sizes, some need to overlap a little - just make sure you cover up all the sticky parts.

When I had a rectangle big enough for what I needed, I stopped and cut the paper in my paper cutter. Look at this cool new Graphic 45 style paper!You can reanimate anything into paper with these label sheets. Just think of the possibilities. Wait - you don't have to, because I'm going to do it! :) Stay tuned.

Anyway, I took this piece and ran it through my Big Shot with the Stampin' Up! Bird and Leaves with Flower die and then just stuck them on some black cardstock, used reanimated music sheets as a background, and put it on a black base.

So now you know my secret! :)

13 comments:

Leslie Hanna said...

This is so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cr8ive ME said...

very cool.

hugs.
Mary

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Awesome idea. I have a bag of old postage stamps just waiting for a project. This is perfect.

Tisha said...

This is so gorgeous! Now I know what to do with all those old stamps I have and I also HAVE to buy the bird die for my sizzix!

Jenn in GA said...

oh my heart, this is so cool! is this avery label paper similar to sticky cuts paper, only cheaper?

awesome card...

JeanFB said...

Love it!! What a great idea!

Cassie said...

wonderful project! love the stamps!!

Cassie said...

WV: squessen as in "how could you squessen how much i love you?"

Phinny said...

This is fantastic! Seriously. I am SO gonna do this. I have both a box of those full sheet labels (love them!) and bags of postage stamps and postage stamp collage sheets. Thanks for the awesome idea. Love, love, LOVE the bird. Gorgeous!

sweetcheeks said...

What a great idea. Your brain must be in over time all the time. Lucky you!

Pam said...

You are a freaking genius! I can't tell you how many times I say/hear "who in the world came up with that?"
I now have an answer. You are the Chuck Norris of crafting!

Doodle Factory said...

oh, that is so pretty and clever!

Cassie said...

i do not get over here enough. saw this again and fell in love. again.

as i read your text it reminded me of the "first day of school" from when i was a teacher. i taught 9th grade and (i'm almost embarrassed to admit this) but as firm believer in laying down rules and expectations right from the get-go -- and 9th graders, being the glorious, unique creatures that they are --- it was a process that easily took me 2 days. part of it was "getting to know you" and so i always shared with them a little about me..my credentials for being their teacher and a few things to humanize me --- stamping being one, reading the other...and the blank looks from half the room and the "oh.my.god. what a freak-o" looks from the other half just came RUSHING back at me, as fresh as if it had happened yesterday.

ahhhh. literally sitting here laughing so hard I can see my belly wiggle!