Right at Home Gift Guides for Crafters // Coffee Lovers, New Stampers & More

Hey there!

As we start building our shopping lists for the upcoming holiday season it can be overwhelming to come up with gift ideas for crafters who have rooms full of supplies. But no worries! Today I’m sharing five thoughtful gift ideas that are perfect for your crafty friends (& family members, too!) that are sure to make them feel extra loved.

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Looking for thoughtful gift ideas for your crafty friends? Visit my post for 5 easy ideas that are sure to make the recipient feel extra loved! Coffee & tea loving cardmakers, new stampers & more. All details at www.rightathomeshop.com/blog.

For coffee & tea loving cardmakers…

This gift idea is perfect for your coffee & tea loving cardmaking friends! Pick up a set of Cup of Joy and How Have You Bean? and bundle it all together with a tag. Pop a gift card to the recipient’s favorite brewhouse into the pocket and you have a sweet holiday gift that feeds their caffeine (& stamping!) addiction.

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Folded Gift Tag Die Set
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For beginner stampers…

Do have a beginner cardmaker on your present list this year? Then this is the perfect gift idea to help get them started. Include a few adhesive options and few stamp sets that have lots of versatility. I chose Abstract Florals and Script Greetings because they are two of my bestsellers and have so many possibilities! Ink pads are essential as well and the ones from Catherine Pooler are perfect for beginner stampers as they are juicy and only need a light tap to get a solid image. And if you’re feeling extra generous, pop in a Mini MISTI to help alleviate those dreaded stamping mistakes!

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For your pen pals…

Do you have a group of friends that love sending each other snail mail? Help them spice up their envelopes with this kit of classic Right at Home stamps! Happy Mail, Happy Mail Year 2 and Happy Mail Year 3 are go-tos for adding a touch of stamping to your envelopes. Include a few envelopes, a sheet of stamps, the best gel pens ever and even an address template to wow your pen pal! This gift is so adorable you may even want to pick up duplicates for yourself…

Happy Mail
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Happy Mail Year 2
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Waste Not Paper A2 Envelope Packs
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For mixed media crafters…

One of the hottest trends in papercrafting right now is ink blending! Especially with the coveted Ranger Distress Oxides. Why not gift your crafting bestie a few new colors to add their collection? Choose a few of your favorites or colors that are perfect for creating backgrounds for the upcoming season! I chose Tattered Rose and Candied Apple for a fun, holiday palette and Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon for wintery backgrounds. Add in a few extra blending tools and foams and a fun stencil and you have a gift perfect for your inky friends!

 

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Festive Petals Die Set
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For your friend who loves to be organized…

With the new year just around the corner (gulp), fresh planners and new pens will be lining the store shelves. Why not give your friend all the tools she needs to make her own? Start with a We R Memory Keepers Planner Punch Board and choose a few stamp sets that will help her build her spreads. I recommend Banner Alphabet, Banner Alphabet Add-On and Get Stuff Done! Add in a new pen or some bright colored ink pads and your friend is ready to take 2019 by storm!

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I hope you enjoyed today’s gift guide! Let me know which gift you’d love to see under the tree this year. I think my favorite is the happy mail kit.

And don’t forget! If you’re reading this before 11/26/2018 you can get 25% off all of these items with code THXSALE25.

Merry crafting!

Nicole

Right at Home with Joan Bardee #1 | A Monthly Crafty Chit Chat Column

A huge thank you to the tremendously talented Nicole for providing me with the opportunity to write a monthly column for Right at Home. I love her products and am thrilled to be here! I hope you’ll enjoy reading this column.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a retired lawyer who has been stamping for well over a decade. I blog at Dear Paperlicious. My blog is mainly cards, but lately I’ve been writing about life. This column is a little bit of both.

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I was upset, very upset. So, instead of going to lunch in the cafeteria with my friends, I walked down the perfectly polished hall of my Catholic girls’ high school towards the principal’s office. I wanted to know what went wrong and I figured the principal would have the answer.

I can still see her tall, somewhat thick, body sitting behind her wooden desk. Her nun’s habit covered all but her face. She seemed old and very wise. Now I realize she was probably 30. The nuns were a mystery. We didn’t know their real names or the color of their hair or where they grew up. Like the Wizard of Oz, they came from nowhere, but we listened to their every word, expecting to receive the answers to all of life’s mysteries.

My SAT scores had come the day before. The envelope sat on the kitchen counter, mixed in with the electric and other bills. My mother hadn’t mentioned that they had come. Parents (at least mine) were completely uninvolved in our education back then. But I was keeping an eye out for the envelope. I took it up to my room. I wanted to savor this moment by myself.

I had always been a very good student. I worked hard for those A’s, often late into the night. English was pretty easy, and I could memorize geography and foreign languages. But, math and science were tough, so I spent hours every night trying to master them.

My father had graduated from high school, but my mom had dropped out of school after 8th grade in order to help support her family during the depression. I was the child expected to go to college. I couldn’t wait. I poured over those college catalogs the way other kids looked at Seventeen Magazine, imagining living in a dorm room and staying up late in the night talking with my roommate. My SAT scores, plus my good grades, were going to be my ticket to a college scholarship.

The principal’s door was open. She looked up, surprised to see me. “Sister, do you have time to talk to me?” Yes, she did. I handed her my SAT scores and asked her why they were so much lower than my friends’ scores. Without skipping a beat she said: “Joan, you’re not smart. You do well in school because you work so hard. We can see it in your eyes in class. If you didn’t work so hard, you’d just be average.”

Average? My face blazed with embarrassment. I sat there for a moment and, after mumbling some thanks, walked out of her office and back to my next class. I could feel the Scarlet A for Average burned on my forehead (the things we do to ourselves).

That conversation, which took place almost 49 years ago, was the beginning of years of self-doubt. No matter how hard I worked in college or law school, or later as a lawyer, I knew that I was just faking it. I kept waiting for someone to show up and declare me a fraud.

But, that didn’t happen. As the years went on, I often won my cases, in part because I was so well prepared. Judges complimented me on that preparation. My clients (well, most of them) liked me. I still wasn’t the smartest person in the room, but sometimes I beat the smartest person in the room simply because I worked harder.  I learned that, given a choice between hiring someone with a perfect SAT score or a hard worker, the latter made a better employee.

Stamping doesn’t have a lot in common with lawyering. In fact, it uses very different skills. But, I’ve been on a somewhat similar journey in stamping. I wasn’t born with the artist/design gene. In fact, my dear blog readers will sometimes comment “Love the card, but I really love your writing.” In the beginning, those comments reminded me of that awful moment in the principal’s office. They felt like an insult.

Not anymore.  I am finally able to agree with those comments and I appreciate and value every single one.

Now, I enjoy trying to make cards that work for me. Rather than worrying that I don’t make stunning cards, I just keep plugging away like I did in high school. I study cards that I love, trying to unravel the mystery of a good design in the same way I tried to understand chemistry. I ask myself -- what is there about that card that appeals to me? Then I try and incorporate that design element, or elements, into my cards.

For example, one stamper almost always places the elements of her cards in the upper left or the bottom right corner of the card. I love how that tight focal point is balanced by a lot of white space. It works for her, so I try it. I didn’t come up with the idea on my own, but I use that technique sometimes.

Another woman stamps her images so that they wrap beautifully, almost delicately, around the sentiments on her cards. It’s not easy to copy that idea (I’ve tried!), but I can at least admire it and improve my layouts.

And then there’s the cardmaker who frequently uses a color scheme of bright colors + black on a white card.  I’ve learned from enjoying her cards that that combination of colors almost always works (see my card below!).

I used to feel that copying design elements was “cheating,” and that I should only create “original” cards. I wasted a lot of money and time and frustration trying to ace the SATs of cardmarking. I don’t have the design or artistic talent to create unique show-stoppers, but with hard work, I enjoy making cards that (I hope) people enjoy receiving.

And, speaking of cards, here’s one that I made with one of my favorite Right at Home sets, Grateful Heart. 

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I repeatedly stamped just one small leaf from the set, and colored them with alcohol markers in an unusual aqua/blue combination. Then I added a sentiment from Happy Mail. I’d say it was quick but it took a few tries on scrap paper to get the leaves where I wanted them.

I don’t give my cards grades. That would take me back to that awful time when I thought my worth was valued by getting as many “As” as possible, or devalued by an average SAT score. And I hope you aren’t silently grading yourself either.  Cut the cardstock, stamp the image, and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this card and column!  See you next month! 

Joan

Grateful Heart
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Happy (Heart) Day Ticket Valentines

If you're anything like me you probably usually don't like receiving tickets. Often times they cost us money and frustration, but I think I may have an exception to that rule today. Check out these adorable Valentine's Day tickets I created! They're so sweet and simple and the perfect way to say "Happy (Heart) Day!" to your bestie. Whether you charge them a bestie fee is up to you! 

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I wanted these tickets to be pretty small but still have enough space for some stamping and a message. I decided on 1 5/8 in wide by 3 9/16 in long. I trimmed three different candy colored cardstocks to that size and got decorating!

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To create the ticket-like edge on each rectangle I used the paper bag edge die from my Folded Gift Bag Die Set. I lined it up even on each side, taped it down with some washi tape and ran it through my die-cutting machine.

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Next I pulled out the OG stamp in the Right at Home line, Happy Mail, and stamped the circle seal image off to the left. I changed up the ink color depending on the cardstock ticket color. Inside the seal I added three die-cut hearts from my Folded Airplane Die Set. I think that little heart cluster die is going to be a fave.

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Next to the seal I stamped "Happy (Heart) Day!" from my Love Ya stamp set as well as "to:" and "love:". To add some dimension to the ticket I used my ink blending sponges with a coordinating ink and ran it along the edges. Love! Oh, and to the little heart die-cuts I used my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pens. They are just so glittery!

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Once I got my design down these took minutes each to create. I just had a thought while writing this...wouldn't these be so sweet to give to your friends as admittance to a Galentine's Day party?! I'm totally doing this. Or you could write "redeem for a coffee date" or something cute and give to a co-worker? So many adorable uses.

Let me know how you would use these tickets in the comments below! 

I (heart) you!

Nicole

Folded Gift Bag Die Set
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