Why I love teaching rubber stamping

Dear Fellow Crafters,

I have always loved sharing my crafting experiences with others. Lately, I’ve been sharing my excess paper with our Granddaughter and my journaling classes. I got to thinking the other day about why I love teaching rubber stamping and thought I would share what I have learned with you.

I have taught children (After-School Programs) and adults (Adult Ed Programs, Libraries, Clubs) and over the years have realized that the two groups are about the same in their motivations. Once presented with the techniques, both children and adults see the potentials. They also feel the apprehension of trying something new. One of my most reassuring slogans is “there’s no mistakes in rubber stamping.” It’s true. In another blog post, I will share what to do when you make a mistake.

Children get excited when they color images. They are in control and can manipulate the images. Overtime, I realized that a larger open-spaced image worked better with a younger group (ages 7-10) and used the now discontinued lines of Azadi Earles (Imagine That) and Darcie Hunter. The girls like to create scenes with the teddy bears and flowers and the boys like themed images like train sets and dinos.  Adults saw potentials in creating with the stamps and set about making wall art, stationery and unique greeting cards.

I never knew until the first class which registered students were “newbies or not. I love “newbies”. They have no pre-conceived notions or bad habits. They’re like sponges waiting to be exposed to the elements of ink, powder, heat, glitter and color.

I not only give a lot of hands-on info but get a tremendous amount of “give back” in new ways of creating an image or using a tool. When a student reaches the point of “I can do this” you know you’ve succeeded in not only sharing your love of crafting but given the students just the right amount of confidence to take them to the next step along their creative journey.

‘Til next time,


Adventures in Card-Making

Happy Anniversary

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Today marks my second year of blogging!  I want you thank all of you for your support, both in word and art. This year was one of our best and I get to share the craft of rubber stamping, die- cutting and card –  making, along with snippets of wisdom with 44 of you!

I would appreciate any comments or suggestions that you msy have. Is there any topic you would like me to talk about?I



Happy Anniversary

New Websites to visit

Web Sites To Visit

Web Sites to visit
If you are anything like me, you love to surf the web looking for great card ideas or places where you can buy stuff! The problem is that unless you write down the web address, you loose your history! My advice is to either buy an address book specifically for a web site directory or create your own computer listing.
Next time you’re up for “surfing”, be sure to check out the following:
Ecstasy Crafts http://www.ectasycrafts.com
Gina K. Designs http://www.ginakdesigns.com
Hero Arts http://www.heroarts.com
Marvy Uchida http://www.marvy.com
Sizzix http://www.sizzix.com
Spellbinders Paper Arts http://www.spellbinderspapercrafts.com
Tombow http://www.tombowusa.com
Xyron http://www.xyron.com
Paper Creations Magazine http://www.papercreationsmag.com
CardMaker http://www.CardMakerMagazine.com
Die Cuts With A View http://www.diecutswithaview.com

What’s your favorite site? Please email me at Sallie@uniquelyyourscards.com if you would like to share.