US crafts haul

Having spent the festive season in the United States,  first in New York then with short stop overs in Philly, DC, Baltimore and Atlantic City, I had loads to do upon my return – hence haven’t found the time (till now!) to share some of the lovely crafty things I brought back from my trip.

As well as some beautiful velvet ribbon and wooden gift tags from the lovely Anthropologie, when in Philly, I treated myself to a little (ok, not so little) shopping spree at arts and crafts superstore AC Moore. With seasonal discounts and nothing even close (both in size as well as stock) to this huge warehouse of craft supplies back home, a short visit soon turned into a two-hour-long spree, much to the chagrin of my long-suffering other half!

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Among my purchases were stamps, ribbon, ink, and a number of patterned fabric fat quarters, some of which I gave as presents to my fellow crafters and some that I’ve already started using for some orders. I love the variety of colours and patterns, and I’m so excited to see what I end up using them all on!

My favourite purchase from the store however, has to be the Martha Stewart Crafts Your Own Stamp Set, which I couldn’t wait to try out once I was back home. The 10-piece set allows you to create personalised stamps, and includes two rectangular stamp mounts, two circular stamp mounts, two circular borders, one script alphabet set (for monograms), one serif alphabet set and one sans serif alphabet set.

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After reading mixed reviews online, and discovering that a few people had found the set difficult to use and deemed the results patchy and unsatisfactory, I became a little apprehensive (though all the more curious to try it out!). As it turns out, I needn’t have worried, as I used the set to create labels for friends’ presents, and was really pleased with the results. I even used letters from the different alphabets to create a personal monogram for each of my girl friends at our annual festive luncheon, and they worked like a dream! Photos from the lovely lunch in my next post 🙂

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Photos by the aforementioned long-suffering Richard 😉

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