I’m terrible. The last thing I need is more craft supplies. But I saw these two tubs of little mini stamps at Joann and I couldn’t resist!
Each tub has 18 rubber stamps and a small stamp pad. The stamp pad is pigment ink which isn’t my favorite – it is more painty than water-based dye ink and slower to dry. But no worries, I have plenty of other stamp pads. Plus loads of colored markers for coloring in these little images.
The stamps are only about 3/4 of an inch by 1 inch and the designs are sweet and whimsical. “Hoppy Birthday” and “Bee Happy” are just two phrases that come to mind.
We just had Jean Steel, a wonderful speaker, as a guest presenter on the campus where I work and she spoke engagingly about choosing your attitude, having more fun, etc. I went into the program with a bit of an eye-rolling skepticism but she won me over with her humor, personal stories, and her extremely positive attitude. Some of the things that really stood out for me during Jean’s speech and ideas that I am working on including in my life are:
- I choose my attitude – my attitude doesn’t have to match my circumstances
- Share my gratitude (like with itty bitty cards)
- Practice positive self-talk and affirmations (ooh, boy, I need to do more of this)
- Keep flowers and/or plants on my desk or in my office
- Offer assistance
- Ask for help
- Be respectful
- Create kindness rituals (I love this idea)
- Maintain a sense of humor
- Practice self-care
- Accept, value & appreciate differences
I decided these cute stamps would be perfect for making adorable mini-cards for my co-workers. Maybe I am just adept at finding the right reason for buying new crafting goodies, but I have already cranked out a batch of cards and shared them with people at work to let them know I think they’re wonderful. I’m planning on keeping some of the stamps in my desk and I’m looking forward to making and sharing another bunch of cards.
It’s fun and fast making little cards. I have some small envelopes and I measured card stock to fit inside. It’s a great way to use up odds and ends of paper.
Did I mention fun? They’re fun to make and from the feedback I’ve received they’re fun to receive. I try not to underestimate how one small card might be just the thing to lift a friend’s spirits or give someone a smile. I always benefit from some crafting time (or craft therapy as I like to call it) so it is really a win-win situation.
Thank you, Jean, for your wonderful presentation.
Thanks you, readers, for the visit – you’re awesome! 🙂