Stamps and craft punches are great tools for making gift tags, buffet tags, place cards, and to decorate your goodies bags. The possibilities are endless.
I spotted on Art vs Craft the hand-carved work of TC Witchcraft Factory. They sell their stamps on etsy. These are produced by T&C, an Asian couple living in Twin Cities area in MN, USA. From the cute little witch, the Happy Halloween sign to the Nightmare before Christmas, their stamps are awesome.
I looked for more inspirations since I believe in the mix and match. Michaels is a sure bet to find crafts supplies. Plus, they carry many Martha Stewart Crafts products, including her craft punches. If you are looking for adorable Halloween stamps, check out the individual inkpads and the wood stamp sets for Halloween by Hero Arts.
Art vs Craft is the blog of Fanie, a Montreal based illustrator & graphic designer. I discovered Art vs Craft because Fanie watched the live streaming videos of my sessions at PodCamp Montreal 2009.
+ Hand Carved Halloween Stamp, Cute Little Witch by TC Witchcraft Factory $16 USD
+ Pumpkin Head Scarecrow, Hand Carved Halloween Stamp by TC Witchcraft Factory $16 USD
+ Nightmare before Christmas Stamp on the blog of TC Witchcraft Factory
+ Halloween Fence Edge Punch by Martha Stewart Crafts
+ Flying Witch Craft Punch by Martha Stewart Crafts
+ Happy Bird Witch by Hero Arts
This is my daily collection of noteworthy stuff that I saw online.
+ Kids will learn that they can do something for the environment and look cool at the same time if you get them the Waste-Free Lunch Kit by Kids Konserve. Via ohdeedoh
+ Have a sneak preview at the New HWTM Collection at How Fast They Grow, a site where you do digital scrapbooking. Via Hostess with the Mostess
+ A friend of mine asked me this week if I talk about wines on my blog. I enjoy a good bottle of wine but I am not a sommelier. Seeing the list of 15 wines under $15 by The Nest, convinces me to share 3 of my favorite wines in that price range. From Spain, I suggest the Crianza Red Rioja by Marques de Caceres. We discovered the Rapitala Nero d’Avola last year; my husband Jerome and I enjoy this everyday wine from Sicily. For a white wine that you pair nicely with a lemon grilled chicken, try Les Jamelles from the South of France.
+ Judy Rodgers of Zuni Café blanches her potatoes before roasting them. With the colder temperature, this Roasted Potatoes With Rosemary And Garlic recipe looks yummy. Via Cookthink
+ Afroditi Krassa shows us how we can repurpose a yellow pages book trimmed to 394 pages. We simply roll it up and pop into a metal tube. The harder thing is to find the metal tube. Via Moco Loco
I wish to share one moment of success with you. The columnist Marie-Julie Gagnon interviewed a few event designers and planners from the Montreal area. The subject was How to host a glam Christmas in 10 steps?
Her 3-page article is published on the December 2007 issue of Clin D’Oeil, the premier Fashion & Beauty magazine in Quebec. I feel honored to be featured alongside a talented group. Everyone has excellent tips to share.
Basically, my tips can be summarized like this:
- More than a theme, you should try to recreate the Magical ambiance of Christmas
- If you wish to use traditional colors why not use different tints like a lime instead of the Christmas green?
- For the fashionista, why not use the trendy colors like Purple, Aubergine, Sage and Charcoal?
- The perfect Christmas cocktail is my signature Surubaotini, a raspberry martini
- Games let people of different ages socialize more. Play Wii Sports to burn some calories. The game come bundled with the Nintendo Wii console. What is incredible with the Wii is that people who never play video games before cannot stop playing. The Wii is always a hit at parties.
- For movie fans, a sure bet is Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action for the Xbox 360 console. The game is shipped with four wireless Big Button Pads, so each player has his or her own buzzer. People that played the game so far enjoy it a lot, including the columnist Marie-Julie Gagnon.
There is no need to buy the consoles right away. Video rental stores rent the consoles and the games. Beware that after you play the Wii once with friends, I predict you will want your own.
Nintendo still cannot supply enough Wii one year after its launch. If you live in the United States, good luck to find a Wii without extra games that bring up the price. In Canada, you can buy the console without extras but the stocks are low. It would be wise to reserve one as soon as possible if you wish to have one by Christmas.
Tips on how to host a Wii party from Nintendo
Nintendo Canada Web site provides useful tips on How to plan a Wii friendly gathering. You get recipes for food and drinks when reading Host to host a dinner & Wii party. I suggest that you create the Mii of every player in advance. This way you have more time to play. There are Wii invitation themes on Evite.
If you or someone you know read French, Marie-Julie Gagnon has a beautiful book called Cartes postales d’Asie that would make a beautiful Christmas gift.
December 14th, 2007 Update: If you wish to read the story online, visit Canoe.ca.
Learn more: Web site of Clin d’Oeil
For Canadians: Nintendo Wii with Wii Sports at Future Shop – price: $269.99 CAD
Buy online: Cartes postales d’Asie de Marie-Julie Gagnon on Amazon.ca – price:$19 CAD
I have been so busy lately that I forgot to tell you about this great experience. In an interview, I shared my thoughts on designing a fun Canada Day Party. You also get from the team of HGTV.ca useful tips to make your Canada Day Bash the best outdoor party with ideas for invitations, drinks, music and safety.
I do not want to say more, just go and read the fabulous article written by Nadine Anglin that you will find on HGTV.ca Web site. Thank you again for this opportunity.
Link: Party Profile: Canada Day Bash by Nadine Anglin on HGTV.ca