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Clear Art Stamps by Crafty Secrets & a Giveaway!

** This Giveaway is Now Closed **

I had a chance to experiment with some Crafty Secrets‘ Clear Art Stamps from the Heartwarming Vintage Collection and can’t wait to share some projects with you! Please read through to the bottom for details of the giveaway!

From the moment I saw these stamps, especially the "Bird Lovers" set (above), I knew exactly what I was going to make with them.  The stamps are so beautifully drawn with sensitive and detailed designs.  The sayings are perfect for cards or tags to attach to a gift.  I thought I’d try something a little different with these stamps though.  Visions of doll house miniatures were racing through my head, decorated with the sweet little bird stamps.  You see, I was recently at a flea market and bought an old doll house very cheaply.  Then, this past weekend, I came up on some old pieces of doll house furniture. The rooms were just waiting to be dressed! 

I first got out some unbleached cotton.  The clear stamps easily peeled off the plastic they are attached to in the packaging.  They also cling very easily to an acrylic block.  Using a black Staz-on ink pad, I inked the stamp and pressed the image onto the fabric.  Using a baby wipe, I cleaned off the remaining ink from the stamp.  In my haste to stamp the image, I realized I had forgotten to iron the fabric first, so that came next! 

The designs came out very clear and so I started to plan what I was going to make with my stamped images.  The bedroom window was crying for some hand stamped curtains!  I took the tiny little leaf stamp from the "Bird Lovers" set and stamped a random pattern all over a piece of the unbleached cotton.  The piece was cut to fit the window and divided in half to create two panels.  The top of each panel was turned down to create a casing and the edges were turned over and stitched.  I looked around for something to use as a curtain rod and came up empty handed.  So out came my eyelet setter and grommets (a.k.a. eyelets) were attached to the top.  A wire was fed through the eyelets and curled at the ends to hook over two very small nails at the top of the window.  I’m still thinking of making them into tie backs.  The leaf stamp made a pleasing pattern all throughout and I love the result.

The bedroom next needed some matching bed linens.  So using the branch stamp from the same collection, I stamped in the middle of a piece of the fabric cut to size.  The edges were then turned over and stitched.  (Underneath, there is also a little mattress made from 2 pieces of felt ‘quilted’ together on the machine, but it is not visible in the photos).  The pillow has the sweet little nest stamp right in the centre and this is turned inside out to stitch, then reversed, stuffed and top stitched all around.  Now, my miniature vintage dolls have somewhere to rest their head – and what better place than a nest!

For decorations, I stamped one of the birds and ‘framed’ it in a square piece of scrapbooking paper.  The bird was stamped in black ink then ‘painted’ lightly with a couple of other colours of ink pads.  I then used a white pen to add a few highlights to the details.  The edges of the paper were inked as well.  A perfect saying to display in a doll house bedroom is the one from the "Bird Lovers" set called, "Of course you can fly, for dreams have wings."  So that got stamped and matted for the wall as well.

For the kitchen chairs, I made two tiny circular cushions which were stamped with a "Bird Lovers" stamp too.  They were then tied to the back of the chairs with red and white baker’s twine.  For wallpaper, I glued some pretty scrapbooking paper on the top and bottom and put up a strip of another for a border. 

These stamps are such fun and I’m just getting started!  The "Little Chef – Small" collection has some sweet tiny  kitchen-themed images that would be perfect for making a stamped border along the doll house kitchen wall.  As well, I have plans for the "Today’s Special" stamp.  I plan on making a mini ‘chalkboard’ of sorts out of black cardstock and stamping that image on in white ink.  I can then use a white pen to handwrite on a menu.  This would be so cute on the wall.

Now for the giveaway!  We are giving away 2 sets of Crafty Secrets clear art stamps from the Heartwarming Vintage Collection,  "Seaside – Medium" and "A Sexy Little No. – Medium" to one ScrapScene reader.  (See photos below.) To be entered into a random drawing for the giveaway, please comment to this post.  We’d love to hear about your adventures in stamping.  What techniques have you tried and love?  What kind of things do you stamp?  What do you like about clear stamps?  We will leave this drawing open until Wednesday, July 9th at midnight EST.  One winner will be announced on Thursday, July 10th.

To learn more about Crafty Secrets‘ products, and see some sneak peeks of brand new Image and Journal Notebooks and clear stamps coming out for CHA, click here.  There are also tonnes of great ideas by the Design Team which you won’t want to miss.

** All stamp images shown are copyright Crafty Secrets Ltd.** 

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  1. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I like to make my own charms by stamping into clay and cutting out with very small shape cutters. The Seaside stamps would be priceless, as I live in Florida, one mile from the beach. Keeping my fingers crossed, I thank you for your generosity.
    (by the way, my husband is also into miniatures, and is building a nascar garage–havent found any stamps that he could use in his project however).

  2. leslie o.
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Love the versatility of clear stamps! Neat dollhouse.

  3. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    what gorgeous decorations you have made with these stamps! I can see myself making lots of goodness with these beautiful stamps for me and my daughter if I should win!!

  4. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I love acrylic stamps cos u can see where ur stamping on and using staz on ink makes them really versatile cos u can stamp on just about every surface!! (as u’ve shown here) I love stamping on transparencies n creating my own little Hamblies!!

  5. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I love the sweet Little Birds!
    What fun they would be.

  6. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Wow! Those stamps are so pretty! I’ve been so intimidated with stamping eversince, so I am still trying to incorporate it with scrapbooking and card-making. I would love to learn MORE and of course, add MORE to my meager collection 😀 Thanks for this sweet give-away!

  7. Cheryl Johnson
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I love the Crafty Secrets products. I like the idea of stamping on fabric. I would love to add these to my growing collection.

  8. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    first of all my favorite thing is to collect stamps=======i love them, I love to emboss with them, or the kissing technique.

  9. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Oooh! These are so very pretty! I’m new at stamping but have just discovered some fabulous Kopic markers and Adirondack inks. This set would be great to try out with my other new goodies. Thanks for all the other posts too–great ideas!

  10. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Wow ! i love the craft creations youve acheived with these stamps very versitile ,given me great ideas …would love to be a winner
    good luck with future projects will pop back rgularly now ive found the site
    thanks jude

  11. Sandie
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I have one set of these gorgeous stamps that I purchased last year. I must say they are excellent stamps. The beauty of clear stamps has to be that you can see where the stamp is going to be stamped onto your project – gotta luv that!!!!!
    I would willingly welcome another set of Craft Secret Stamps to by home – they would fit right in!!!!!

    Luv Sandie

  12. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    WOW!!! What an awesome giveaway, those stamps look awesome! I am an avid stamper and love to incorporate images into my scrapbooking. Embossing, chalking, and watercoloring are three things I do A LOT with my stamps – aaaahhh, too many stamps and too little time, lol!!! I don’t use acrylic stamps that often but I do like that you can see where you are stamping. Thanks for the chance! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

  13. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    These stamps are fab. I especially love those gorgeous numbers!!

  14. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I am in love with these stamps and would jump up and down for joy if I won. I am mainly a stamper for cards and scrapbooking. I love the use of clear stamps as you can line them up exactly where you want them and also can do over again if you don’t have enough ink. I love embossing and using watercolours or sakura pens to fill in my stamped images. I love cutting my images out when putting them on a layout. I have tried several techniques when using them on cards and think the crayon resist technique is one of my favorites.

    Sheryl C.

  15. Carlie
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I am so excited that I found this site on Facebook.
    I love the look of stamping but have yet to fully dive into that world. I want to experiment and try new things … and stamping is one I want to learn more about!

  16. Deb Long
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I am still a beginner at stamping. I usually use stamps on cards, though one of my goals is to learn to use them more! I love clear stamps because I can cpmbine them on my block and see exactly where I’m stamping.

  17. Cindy S
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Love my clear stamps. You can add something to your scrapbook page and not worry about hitting the right spot. Since you can see exactly where the ink is going, a last minute addition is always do-able without ruining all the other work you have done. Thanks for the give away!

  18. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I love clear stamps for placement alone. I haven’t always loved their stamping quality but quality has definitely gotten better in past years. Thanks for the chance at winning this cute stamps.

  19. Kim Forsyth
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I have really taken a liking to clear stamps and now my scrap room is getting fuller and fuller

  20. C Burke
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I like your dollhouse crafts! My favorite part of stamping is the creativity it allows. Years ago, when our daughter was small, my husband made a gorgeous dollhouse for her. I had so much fun making little accessories to go inside. We still have it stored away safely for a family member in the next generation. If I had room to display it in our house right now I would decorate it for each season.
    C Burke

  21. Beth W
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I’m a neophyte stamper. It never dawned on me to stamp on anything but paper. What an inspiration. Thank you.

  22. Debbie Harris
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I am a total stampaholic. I have been a collector for 25 years. I have unmounted all of my wood mount stamps, so now my collection is clear acrylic stamps and unmounted rubber. They take up so much less room that way! My favorite set from Crafty Secrets is the “little chef” set. I love making little cook boos, I just have to get this set soon!

  23. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I just love those clear stamps…..i had the hardest time working with the foam and the wood mounted stamps! I couldn’t see where i was stamping! now stampings like butta!
    Thanx for the giveaway!

  24. Krista
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Love the stamps

  25. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I’m “new” at stamping, but the technique I really love is watercoloring the stamped images…
    LOVE IT !

  26. Sylvia
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    As a stamp addict, I absolutely adore clear stamps and especially Crafty Secret stamps. I think I LOVE all of them. I would be so happy if I could win… Anyway, I’m dreaming that one day I will have the whole collection! Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Deborah M
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Your dollhouse is so cute! I got a dollhouse when I was in 6th grade and all I did was spend time decorating it — never did get any dolls! Decorating it was much more fun. And, to answer your question, some of the things I like about clear stamps are how easy they are to store — I keep all mine in binders, the ability to see where I’m stamping, and that I can easily stamp around curved surfaces with the stamp (I made Xmas ornaments last year).

  28. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Clear stamps are the best for placement… I especially love the Crafty Secrets stamps for a lot of the reasons you mentioned. My favorite thing to do with stamps lately is embossing and resist-techniques. There’s always something new to experiment with.

  29. Wendy Lust
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Would be very happy to use these lovely stamps!

  30. Paola Norman
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    OMG I have never seen anything like that before! I love all the linens! Love it all!
    I love clear stamps, I love embossing, adding stickles, adding glossy accents and just plain adding different coloured inks..

  31. Jenell
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Posting for the give-away – hoping to win the second set.

    cool stamps.


  32. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Love your doll house!!! It’s so cute! Would love to add these stamps to my small collection. I’m still new to acrylic stamps but discovering they are so much fun.

    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I like clear stamps because it seems easier when placing them on a card to stamp. I am really like that sea side stamp set. Thanks for the chance to win them!!!

  34. Pauline Clark
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    These stamps are too awesome! If I don’t win, I’ll have to buy some.

  35. Ann in NC
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Just bought the Vintage Christmas set today – will use these to make my Christmas cards this year – love the detail!
    Love the entire line and hope to own more sets in the future…

  36. angismith
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I hope the Random Number Generator picks me!

  37. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Those stamps are divine!!! I love the clear stamps as they really are fabulous for me to work with since I’m new to stamping!!! easy alignment and I can see exactly where I am stamping.

  38. Judy T
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I’m new to clear stamps and LOVE them. Not only the way they perform but the way they smell!!! YUMMY!!! Sick, I know!!! I stamp more with the clear stamps versus the old wood mounted ones! They are too much fun!!

  39. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I love scoring! Give a clean, crisp, elegant look. Thanks for the chance to win!

    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I am just getting back into journalling and media work, incorporating stamped/collaged work into my mosaics. I’m just beginning to build my collection of tools, and these stamps would be a welcome addition! Virginia

  41. Mama Karen
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Those stamps are gorgeous. I could do so many things with them

  42. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    WOW! This looks like a fabulous prize! I love all the stays they have to offer! I’ve had my eye on the Seaside set! Love it!!!! Love them all!

  43. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    So, so beautiful! Those numbered stamps look so antique-ish!

  44. Sandra C
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I mostly stamp to make cards and have some clear stamps but no Crafty Secrets yet! The images are beautiful esp the bird set. Thanks for the chance!

  45. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    beautiful stamps and beautiful project!!

  46. MK
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I love stamps but I confess I don’t use them as much as I should. I really love how you used those images in a doll house. What a creative use!

  47. Carla Pullum
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I love to make envelopes with stamps.

  48. July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I love clear stamps especially because it’s so easy to place them just ‘right’ as I often like overlapping my stamps when printing on a LO

  49. Karen O
    July 7th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    yummy stamps!

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