This project has some real history behind it, and it all started when the Less Is More Challenge stated, “something you would not reach for in your normal crafting session.” Not only does it consist of United States postage stamps from the 1930s, it documents my love for all things made of paper. And, the funny thing is, my two stamp collections are within arms reach.
Before becoming a card making maniac, I was a philatelist, and quite impressed with this name for myself when I was nine years old. That’s when my father realized I was eager to learn about a hobby he had been fascinated with for years. The two of us spent many hours marveling over our collections. I later became a “seller” on ebay during its early days, having fun selling my duplicates.
Isn’t it ironic that my favorite hobby remains “stamping?”
I decided this bird would like to show off some postage in red, pink and purple, and could perch happily on a branch wide enough to accommodate stamps in shades of green. After gluing the stamps on cardstock, I used dies from Birds and Blooms to cut them out.
I laughed when I found the perfect sentiment in the Designer Tee stamp set, “When in Doubt: STAMP.” I used a Stitched Shape square to make it look like a stamp, and placed it in the upper right corner.
The final touch was the perforated edge, provided by the Ticket Tear Border Punch. How about that!
I haven’t really changed that much. I just went from postage stamps to crafting stamps.
Thinking about all of this, postage stamps are required to mail our cards, so it’s all tying together beautifully. I may have found my niche!
Thank You for sharing your beautiful “stamp” bird! I have a box of stamps I collected when I started working for the state in the the 70’s. They are from the U.S. and other countries. I am working on some wall art ideas and this just gave me an idea of what I can finally do with them! Wishing you success in your SU business.
I’m so glad I helped you find a use for your stamps. I’d love to see a picture of your finished project. Please email it to me. Thanks, Veronica!
Su, I think this is my first visit to your blog. The “stamped” bird caught my eye as I was enjoying Mary’s post of her team’s cards. I had to let you know how delightful this card is. I, too, enjoy stamps (both kinds!) and collect both. I enjoy selecting and choosing beautiful/fun stamps from the ones featured at the post office, and regret that I no longer have my childhood stamp albums. Thank you for sharing your creative idea. I will most likely case it!
Hi Karen! So glad you visited my blog. I hope you sign up, so my posts will come to your email as soon as they are published. I’d love to see the postage stamp card you make!
Absolutely stunning! Love the project and how you combined your two loves. Thank you for sharing your story. It made it all that much more fun!
Thank you so much, Lisa! I’m glad you enjoyed my story!
Woahh! Absolute genius idea to tie all these element together. The die cuts made from your stamps is so effective too. Great job.
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x
Thank you, Anita! I’m so glad you like it!
WOW! Absolutely stunning and totally genius! What a clever idea and it all looks so FANTASTIC. thanks for joining us at Less is More this week.
What a nice comment, Sarah! Thank you so much!
Another beautiful card idea from a beautiful person. So creative to combine two hobbies. I also am a stamp collector since way back in the 70’s. But, I hadn’t even thought to use my extra stamps this way. As you can probably figure out I have an “olden brain” and appreciate watching a younger person being so creative. Thank you for your blog posts.
It’s nice to know we are fellow philatelists, Stella. Your brain is just fine! I’m so glad you are enjoying my blog posts. Thank you!
This is really clever – love it! And what a perfect stamp for it. I can’t wait to check back and see the one you’ll be posting next.
Thank you Jill! I appreciate that you’ll be checking back tomorrow. If you subscribe to receive emails, it’ll come to you as soon as it’s published. I’m so glad you like it!
Adorable, Su! How much is that bird worth? Fantastic blending of hobbies!
Thanks Debi! Probably no more than cardstock!
A lovely story for a gorgeous card ! Very creative and very delicate ! Love this beautiful scene and your CAS design. Fabulous take on our challenge ! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Less is More !
Thank you, Izzy! What a cute name you have! I’m glad you enjoyed my story.
So creative – love this! And the fact that it connects your two hobbies makes it perfect! You should put this bird on the back of every card you make as your personal hallmark. You could make copies of the postage stamps on card stock and then use the dies on the copies so you don’t consume your postage stamp collection.
Thanks Virginia! That’s a great idea! I’ve already made another I’ll be posting tomorrow!
Thank you, Margaret!
What a really great idea. Love it !!!
Thanks so much, Cheryl!