Stamp Favorites: September 2017

The last time I did one of these was a little over a year ago. It’s about time I showed you what I recently have on my desk, which is a good indication that they are indeed favorites!

  1. Micia Crafts Cat Stamps from Taiwan

I received this as a gift from one of my friends, and being the cat lover that I am this is perfect! I randomly would stamp a cat in my planner or journal; its small size makes it perfect!

2. Trio of stamps by Happy Handmade

These came with one of the subscription boxes that I am currently loving (will be writing about that soon!). I really love the simplicity of these stamps, and they work wonders as instant decoration for planners!

3. KW-trio Mini Date Stamp

I enjoy date stamps, and this one is perfect for the smaller grid sizes of Hobonichi Weeks. The stamped image is approximately 20mm x 4mm. Bought from National Bookstore.

4. Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Day Clear Stamps

I stumbled upon this in one of my trips to National Bookstore, and I immediately bought it. It’s perfect for the days that are not-so-perfect!

5. Korean Personalized Name Seal

I got this as a souvenir from my recent trip to Seoul, and had this personalized with my name. I really love how classy this looks, and it’s a great way to sign notes or letters!

 

 

Stamp Favorites: July 2016

I’m a big fan of stamps, and I use a lot of them for both planning and journaling. Let me show you what I’ve been using the most for this month.

1. Hero Arts Clearly Kelly Coffee and Donuts Rubber Stamp Set

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I’m a huge coffee addict, and it’s no surprise that I was drawn to this set. As you can see here, I only have the “coffee” half of the stamp set since that’s really what I’m after. I love how nice and small the images come out, and work well with even the small spaces of the Hobonichi Weeks. I use the coffee bean stamps for crafting too. I bought this from Bee Happy.

2. Bo Bunny Postale Clear Stamp Set

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This is a snail mailer’s dream stamp set! I love how there are so many variations of stamps here, and there’s even a couple of choices for postmarks. I also got this set from Bee Happy.

3. Vintage Stamp Rubber Cling Stamp Set

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Okay, I have to confess that I have forgotten what this stamp set is named, but I love how vintage the stamps are. I got this from a sale at Living Well at SM Aura, and I really wanted to get something else (the typography set!) but I only ended up with this one. I don’t really mind, as I’ve been using this a lot to decorate my snail mail and journals.

4. Mommy Lhey Best Year Yet 2016 Clear Stamps

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This should really be used at the start of the year on New Year spreads and similar stuff, but I really like the sentiments and they are mostly timeless. I use them to decorate my journals and I really like how the script looks on the page. I got this on preorder from @lionachinky at IG.

5. Uppercase Alphabet Rubber Stamps

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This is perhaps my most-used set this month. Any alphabet stamp set is really versatile, and can be used as highlights or titles in journals and snail mail. It’s a pretty neutral serif font that goes well with anything. Perhaps my only complaint about this set is that the actual stamp is situated somehow on the right of the holders. I bought this at Common Room.

What are your favorite stamp sets recently?

 

Stationery Haul from BeeHappy Crafts

Shopping is a major weakness of mine, and it was almost inevitable that I would find BeeHappy Crafts irresistible. They have such a large selection of crafty things, and they have not neglected the stationery lovers. Here’s what I got for my first order.

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Washi tapes and stickers are a no-brainer, and I am quite happy with my finds. In addition I got an Amy Tangerine clear stamp set, mostly because I wanted a stamp of a world map. I also took this opportunity to get two sets of postcards and finally try out a Distress Stain (shade name is Brushed Corduroy). I finally bit the bullet when I saw that the map stamp was about to run out of stock. Ironically, that stamp set is the only one I have yet to use in this haul!

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At the end of the same month, I could not help but get yet another order. Again, it was because my target stamp set was about to run out of stock, and in this case it was the Bo Bunny postage clear stamp set. While I was making the order anyway, I also got this Kelly Purkey Coffee and Donuts rubber stamp set, which I had been eyeing for a long time now. I also got a second Distress Stain since I was really happy with the first; this one is called Weathered Wood. The tags and that cute little cow thing at the corner are freebies (I also got freebies from the first order, but I neglected to include it in the photo).

I’m really happy with BeeHappy (ha!), and it’s taking all my willpower to stop browsing the store again. There’s still a lot there that I want to buy!

 

Review: Konad Double Side Stamp Set

In one of my lucky breaks last holiday season I won this Konad Double Side Stamp Set from Lia of Geek Girl Manila. I was super stoked to get this as I believe that Konad is not widely available in the Philippines (correct me if I’m wrong). The one we have available here is of another brand, Kand, which can be bought from Landmark. The Kand set (as you can see from this haul) comes with a one-sided stamper, a plastic scraper, and an image plate, and the whole thing costs Php80.  As a really nice bonus, I got four image plates along with this Konad stamping set. I have no idea how much the Konad set or the image plates costs.

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What is nail stamping? It is basically putting the appropriate polish into the wells of an image plate and using a rubber stamper to transfer the image to the nail. This set includes a double ended stamper (a big end and a small end) and a metal scraper. I’ve already attempted to do nail stamping before with my old Kand set but it didn’t really work out. I think this is because I didn’t have the right stamping polish, and I didn’t know the correct steps. There is actually a not-so-bad set of instructions at the back of the set. For my first attempt with the Konad set, however, I used Polka Polish’s guide for nail stamping.

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Let me give you a closer look on the contents of the Konad stamping set. First we have the double ended stamper, which is about two inches long.

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It is wide on one end, with a pink rubber cap to pick up the design. This is used mostly for the big nail designs that usually cover the entire nail.

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The other end is much smaller, and has a green rubber cap. This end is mostly used for the spot-designs or accents.

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The set comes with a scraper, meant to scrape or push off the excess polish from the image plate. The handle is made of plastic, but the actual scraper is made of metal. I didn’t really like the idea of a metal-on-metal contact; I was afraid that it would damage the image plates. I didn’t use this on my first attempt at nail stamping with the Konad set, I used the plastic one from Kand.

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As I mentioned earlier, the prize came with four image plates. Here are the four image plates. Click on each for a larger version. For reference, the plate designations are (clockwise from the left) m3, m56, m91, and m57. Strangely enough, m3 is the exact same plate I got in the Kand set.

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And here is my first attempt. I used the m57 plate for the gold splotches. The base polish is Dazzle Dry Morning Dew and the stamping polish I used is OMG Gold Digger.

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I am loving this set! I can’t wait to try the other designs!

Pros: performs quite well for its function (provided you follow the correct steps); quality materials used

Cons: metal scraper; not widely available