Monday, December 10, 2012

inspiration monday


with so many things on our "to do" list at this time of the year,
it's easy to feel like we need to put our creative time on hold.....
but thankfully, inspiration says otherwise!  the trick is in finding
 quick projects that satisfy our creative calling,  and i've got a fun idea
that requires very few supplies (and very little time!).
so, gather a small carving block, your stamp carving tools, stamp pads,
and favorite art supplies, a few candy canes, and let's get started!






 first,  draw simple shapes onto small pieces of stamp carving blocks, 
and carve them out using a carving tool.  
(timesaver tip:  the simpler the shape, the quicker you can carve it out!)







then, cut or tear a piece of your favorite card stock 
(mine measures approximately 2"x3").
using a 3/8" hole punch,  make two holes at the top and bottom of your paper. 






now stamp your shape onto your paper.....








and add some doodly details using your favorite art pens.......







and see how many fun designs you can come up with!








now weave your candy cane through the punched holes....








and you've got a sweet little treat that you can use
as a gift topper, hang on your Christmas tree,
or share with your favorite elf!

these are super easy and super quick to create
and i think it's a great holiday project for the kids, too!
 (for safety, you can carve the stamp, and they can decorate! :))



{materials:  moo carve, staedtler carving tools, pencil, white card stock,
hole punch, assorted chalk stamp pads, micron pens, candy canes}






43 comments:

Jeanette said...

Lori! YOU are THE queen of the "uber-cute" ideas. Love this!! And, it is quite do-able even at this busy time of the year. Thanks for the dose o'fun this morning! Candy-cane, stripedy, minty hugs to you!!
XooX, Jeanette

Sandi said...

look at you, what a simply adorable project, thanks for the mini tut, your sharing is always special, hugs

Mary said...

Oh my goodness, you are filled with good things Lori!

These are great!

xxoo

Käthlini Käsitöö said...

very, very lovely!!! Thank for the idea!

Käthlin

Proje Çantası said...

Soooo lovely...

aimee said...

I LOVE THEM!!

aimee said...

just linked to it on my Artsyville FB page!! xo

Vicki said...

I love this Lori!
Very sweet and I'll do this with granddaughters.
Happy holidays!

Melanie said...

I just love it..
Hugs, Melanie

huntla1 said...

This is such a great idea! Thank you! I am totally taking it, modifying it a bit using a little coin envelope and using it for the great-nieces and g-nephews! It is a perfect and timely idea!

Claire M said...

Awesome idea! That would surely put a smile on my face - to sit down and make some of these.

Very curious about your pen holders. They look very interesting. What are they and where did you get them?

Claire M said...

just subscribing for possible response.

flo said...

What a cute idea!!
I'm certainly going to try this one!

Loves flo

lori vliegen said...

hi claire! thanks for stopping by! you can read more about the staedtler carving tools here:
http://www.misterart.com/crafts/stamps-embossing/tools/staedtler-mastercarve-tool-set.html

hugs,
xox

Glòria Vivas said...

Very lovely!
Me gusta mucho!
Abrazos desde Barcelona.

Juniper Goods said...

I love these!

Carmen said...

Great idea.

marysza said...

omg you are a volcano of ideas!!!! i love this idea, you can really make a piece of work out of nothing!! :O

Dymphie said...

you always have the cutest and coolest ideas, love these little gift tags you made. Thanks for showing how you did it.

wv said...

the basic three shapes:
aesthetically lori-fied!

xXx

Createology said...

These just couldn't be any sweeter! Thank you for your Peppermint Fresh creative ideas Lori Dear. Holiday Bliss and Joyful Jingles...

ale balanzario said...

lovely, lovely, lovely!!!

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I have come over via Aimee at artsyville and finding your blog has made my day... this is very cool!!!

Christine said...

It amazes me what you come up with! Simple and fun.
Can't wait to try it.

Debbie said...

Those are just the cutest thing! Thanks for sharing the idea.

Diane Jaquay said...

These are DARLING!!

wilmi said...

Thanks for sharing! Really amazing!

angela said...

that is awesome! i love how you come up with these things. i'm doing this for my co workers :)
thanks for sharine!

Janie Husband said...

i just love how clever this is........you have done it again...;)

laurie said...

so very cute! i am in awe of your shading and would love a tutorial, or a class, that would teach me how to do it. :-)

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

Well now, this could be my student gift idea...! Thanks lori!

Isabel said...

You always have wonderful ideas! A kiss and Merry Christmas!

Linda said...

Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

Introverted Art said...

wow such amazing project. LOVE IT!!!!

Pennyb said...

Awesomely simple idea! Love it!

Kelly Warren said...

you are so stinkin' clever! :-)

Christine E-E said...

this are "sweet"....

Lynette (NZ) said...

So fabulous. Merry Merry

Becky Shander said...

Always so cheerful and festive here...thanks for sharing your super-cute and creative project.

Barbara Roth said...

Brillant and easy project,with great easy to follow pictures. Thanks for this great idea.

Kathy McCreedy said...

Lori,
Once again, you amaze me... SO cute and SO "do-able"!!! I wish you lived near me... I'd have SO much fun hanging with you and making stuff together! You could teach me SO much!!! (I'll bring the margaritas, ok?!?!)

patricia zapata said...

Oh Lori! I love, love these—so beautiful!

(I totally envy your hand lettering! Gorgeous!)

Antonella Cattani said...

Thank you very much...with yours idea I've done this...

http://antoiosoloio.blogspot.ch/2012/12/andreaarrivooooo.html

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