GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO Bethany who won this great book.
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I love books that are mini workshops. This book is one of those. When I received this book, I just had to run into my “cave” and make some of these stamps. But let me tell you a little bit about the book first. Oh, and by the way, I’m giving this copy away. Read on for information on the giveaway.
This book includes 52 ideas for handmade, upcycled print tools. Traci, an artist and workshop instructor, takes her love of stamping and turns common household items into printing blocks, stamps, or tools. She starts with the basics – base materials for making stamps and printing blocks, adhesives, paints and equipment. If you do any kind of crafting, you will have most of this stuff laying around the house.
The 52 labs in this book are organized into four different units which each cover a specific printing or stamping tool. I was amazed at all of the different “ordinary” things she used to create so many different designs. Every lab includes photos with detailed instructions and helpful tips. From foam beads to flip flops, any crafter will find a medium they’ll like to work with. The last chapter is a colorful gallery of projects from stationery to purses that use techniques from the labs.
I decided to first try and make a stamp from some flip flops. Traci recommends buying extra large ones so you have lots of material to make a variety of stamps.
The rubber already had a great pattern, but I decided to add some can openers for a bit more of interest.
This pom pom stamp is made with pom poms attached to foamcore covered with foam mounting tape. I like the background it created.
Now on to rubber bands.
I thought I’d take her idea and attach rubber bands to a styrofoam piece. Love the pattern it made.
This book is great for exploring and using those things you have around the house, in the recycle bin, or even in the trash. I liked that this was one of those books where I didn’t have to buy anything to make stamps, although I did buy the flip flops just to see how they would do. The pattern ideas are endless.
If you love stamping, recycling, and creating, this is the book for you. And I will be giving this copy away to one of my lucky readers. All you need to do is comment on this post, making sure you leave your email. I will use random.org to pick the winner. The giveaway will end Wednesday, July 28 at 6 pm CST.
Good Luck! Oh, in case you don’t win, this book can be purchased from qbookshop.com
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review and received no monetary compensation. The giveaway prize being offered is the review copy I received.
I love the whole sharing the love and paying it forward thing. And since this is on my wish list anyway, I am leaving a comment!
What clever ideas! Thanks for sharing this with us. Can this book be purchased somewhere in the event I don’t win? 🙂
This book looks like it has a lot of great ideas and ways to save money on a craft I love! Thanks for sharing!
Great post! I love the examples you’ve given. I looked at this book at Barnes & Noble and thought it was very cool. Kinda makes me wish I was getting a paycheck, LOL!
Bonnie, I updated my post to put where it can be purchased. It can be purchased at qbookshop.com or other bookstores. Thanks for asking and good luck to both of you!
This is great! I love these ideas! Please include me in your giveaway!
Have a great day
love the author and her work..and l love the way you so your own work with itx lynda
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This is an awesome book…….would love to win a copy – thank you for sharing 🙂
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I am new at the stamping thing…went out and bought tons of stamp supplies…the book would be a great add on tool!!!
Blessings and thanks!
This book would be an awesome teaching tool. Using this as class material, it would really get the creativity flowing. Great idea! Pick me!!!!
Would love this – it’s a great series of books
This looks entirely fun! This is definitely a book I would love to purchase and take advantage of all the fun it has to offer. Thanks for a chance to win it !
Thanks for the chance to win.. this looks like a great book.. It should be a fun addition to my book addiction!
Wow awesome book! Great ideas.. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
I just love this book. It has me looking around the house in a whole new way. Thanks for sharing.
Love the ideas that are featured here and would love to win a copy of this book so I can get my own creative juices flowing more.
This looks great, and it is so cool to see your photos of your experiments. Thanks for the chance to put my hand up for this 🙂
I have wanted this book since the first time I heard about it! Thanks for the opportunity to win it! XOXO
Hey, Traci Bunkers here! Thanks for the nice review! And, I’m glad you had fun making your own stamping tools. I’m very proud of the book, and making my own printing and stamping blocks is a great passion of mine that I just had to share.
By the way, now is a great time to buy cheap flip flops! I just bought a bunch at Michaels and also at Target for anywhere from .25-$1! I have trouble passing them up when I see them.
Also, you don’t need to include me in the drawing since I have a copy!
I love the book…It looks very informative and I could really use some help on stamping techniques.
Hope I win.
Traci, Thanks for dropping by! I do love your book and your enthusiasm for your subject is evident! I hate to let it go, but I’m paying it forward so someone else can enjoy it. Anyway, glad you liked the review and guess it’s time to get over to Target for those cheap flip flops!
I would love to give that book a home in my ink stained hands! It sounds wonderful. I adore stamping with “found” items and seeing what I come out with with. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to (hopefully) get to have this book move in with me.
Awesome ideas. I’m on oxygen and bedridden. I keep busy making greeting cards, an d belong to several card swaps, which I enjoy. Would really enjoy this book. Thank you for sharing.
This looks like a fabulous book, winner or not. Looks like a must have for my craft book collection.
Looks like a great book and I love stamping, especially on fabric! I’d love to win it. Btw if the giveaway isn’t open international just ignore this 😉
I love to upcycle and create new things for gifts, I love to recycled as much as possible. me and my daughter would love this book. we have used many things for stamp making.
I got warm fuzzies reading your review and now I crave this book. Your homemade stamps are wonderful. If that’s the kind of inspiration this book gives, then it’s for me. :-))) xoxo aimeslee at earthlink dot net
This book sounds like it is a must have book. It sounds like they read my mind about what I wanted to learn about stamping and put it all in ONE book. Usually for that much wonderful help and idea’s I usually have to buy 2-3 different books. Thank you for sharing it with us and what it is about in detail and trying it out and showing us. You did great. I just might be able to do a few things that turn out ok that would be so awesome. I love to stamp and chalk and create but it usually turns out into a blob of mess. I try really hard (because I love it) but maybe this book can help me learn a few things and I can do at least a basic project and then the I won’t be the stamping tornado anymore. YEAH!
Again Thank you,
Wow! Have been keeping my eye on this book. Would love my own copy. Is this open to people in the UK? Plleeeaase lol.
What a fantastic book and so many neat ideas…would love to try them. I love to re-purpose items and the book seems to use items that you might otherwise toss out.
Traci Bunkers is so much fun! She has probably done more to loosen me up and free me from artist’s block than any other teacher I’ve had.
What a great way to make beautiful designs using “junk” around the house! Thanks for offering this giveaway.
I love to make crafty things from everyday, around the house items. This book sounds great!
What creative ideas, and low-cost, too!
Thanks for the chance to win!
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The book looks really great. Thanks for offering it to some lucky person.
WOW this looks really neat – awesome book to share!
Whoa, this book looks so awesome. Would love to get my hands on this one.
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This is soooo cool! My sister recently got me into creating my own stamps so this book would be the perfect inspiration for me!
Love the ideas! I love alternative uses for things and use them frequently in my crafting. My kids joke that you never throw anything away around Mom ’cause she probably uses it for something weird! Would love to win the book!
Wow! I am due with my first baby in September. I have been gathering craft projects to do when I am a stay at home mom. This would be awesome to get!
Here’s my e-mail: kristinereed at gmail.com
oooooh, this book looks so yummy! I’d love to get my crafty little hands on it! I love to create with everyday stuff. Thanks for sharing, good luck all!!!!
I have been admiring this book at Barnes and Noble. Thanks so much for the great review and the chance to win the book. Your stamps turned out great!
count me in ! 🙂
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thankies for helding this sweet giveaway
Love all the ideas- just starting to stamp!
LOVE this! I’m thinking of making a fabric baby book for a 1st birthday and I have been throwing around ideas…..this seems like a great resource!! 🙂
I love crafty stuff….all things re used. Please enter me in your giveaway!
As a teacher, I’m always looking for fun, easy, and CHEAP ways to do art in my classroom! And what a great lesson on reusing wasted materials!
oooh i love this! such a creative book 🙂
Book full of very useful and creative ideas.
Let’s see how lucky I am….
Thank you for this!!!
Ooh, this looks like a very interesting book!
Love the great ideas!
This looks like a super fun book! Please add me to the wannna be winners!
How fun!! I’d love to win this~!!!
Hello ! I hope your giveaway is opened to french readers… This book looks very interesting ! Thank you
Sounds like a great and insightful book!
I LOVE THIS!! As an avid scrapbooker/card maker/ recycle queen, this book makes my wheels spin in my brain lol! Thank you for offering this great give-a-way 🙂
What an interesting book! Thanks for a chance to win.
I didn’t even know people could make their own stamps! Cool!
i love books like these
have you read rebound?
I love your last print, with the rubberbands! hope I win!
this book looks great! thanks so much for a chance to win!
So fun! Thanks for sharing!
Great giveaway. I’d love to be entered.
Please count me in. Thanks.
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Thanks for the giveaway, hope i win 🙂
Hey there, you haven’t posted in a few days, everything alright? just checkin’ on ya, smiles…
Cindy Sue, Thanks for checking in. I’ve just been busy with gardening and all. Several posts in the works but nothing quite done yet. Lynda
what a great idea for a book! I would love to try some of the idea in there, great way to save money and be crafty at the same time! Thanks for the chance to win!
This is so great! I would love to use these with my kids at work, they would have a blast. Thanks for the chance!
This book certainly has got my creative juices going. Thanks for the chance to win it.
Thank you for the great giveaway! Would love to play with some of these ideas!
Great ideas. Please count me in 🙂 Thanks
This looks like a fantastic book! I’d love to win this!
Thanks for entering me!
What fun! I love just the few things mentioned. There’s no limit!
This could be worth a purchase even if I don’t win. Thanks for giving us all a chance!
What a cool book! I love the styrofoam and rubber bands stamps.
Thanks for the chance! I would love this book.
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Thanks for the sharing your short tutorial and for a chance to enter.