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!