These are the dates in January with special occasions attached to them and rubber stamping ideas for each date:
1st - New Year's Day - As well as sending out New Year cards, don't forget to make some rubber stamping New Year Resolutions or even if you aren't making stamping specific resolutions, take a look and see how rubber stamping can help you achieve other popular New Year's goals
2nd - Go Green! - Recycle cards, gift wrap and other items for use in rubber stamping projects.
3rd - Fruitcake Toss Day - This tradition that started in Manitou Springs, Colorado, has been embraced by e-greeting card companies. This might add a 'strange but true' element to a greeting card...?
3rd - Festival of Sleep Day - This day of unknown origin has been set as a day to celebrate sleep. Add a few 'zzzzs' to a greeting card to give it a sleepy theme!
3rd - The birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien - A 'must' for all Lord of the Rings fans. Take a look at the Tolkien Society website for ideas and inspiration!
4th - Trivia Day - Another day of unknown origin! How about adding some trivia questions to a hand stamped card. Make this relevant to the recipient - take a look through some of these trivia pages here at About.com, you are bound to find something of interest!
4th - World Hypnotism Day - Lots of opportunity for creative puns used in greeting cards.
4th - National Spaghetti Day - Make a recipe card with your favorite spaghetti recipe and decorate this with appropriate themed stamps. If you are looking for some new recipe ideas - take a look at some of these About.com recipes.
5th - National Bird Day - Make and send a card to bird lovers or how about making a bird watching diary. This little rubber stamped birthday book is easy to adapt. See About.com Birding for more information on wild birds.
6th - Epiphany - In Spain and much of the Hispanic world the Reyes Magos (three kings) bring presents and gifts to children. Another opportunity for making cards and gifts perhaps...?
6th -Bean Day - Why not make an envelope, decorate it with stamps and pop a few bean seeds inside for an unusual gift.
6th - Cuddle Up Day - Give your romantic themed rubber stamps a practice run before using them in Valentine's Day rubber stamping projects.
6th - The Birthday of Sherlock Holmes - The game's afoot! Plenty of opportunities for making cards with Victorian England themes. Take a look at the Sherlock Holmes movie website if you are looking for more Sherlock Holmes inspiration.
7th - International Programmers Day - If this isn't an excuse to make a card for the techie in your life, then I don't know what is!
7th - National Tempura Day - Rubber stamp some Japanese themed place settings and serve Deep Fried Tempura Ice Cream - yes really!
8th - Bubble Bath Day -Decorate some labels with rubber stamps and add these to a plain bottle before pouring in some bubble bath. These make pretty gifts.
8th - Elvis Presley's Birthday - Treat yourself to an Elvis themed rubber stamp!
8th - National English Toffee Day - Make some English Toffee and pack it in a cellophane bag. Make a bag topper and decorate this with rubber stamps for a pretty gift.
9th - National Apricot Month - Make or buy some apricot jam. Make a paper topper for the jar and decorate with rubber stamps.
10th - Peculiar People Day - Plenty of scope for card making!
10th - Bittersweet Chocolate Day - Take a bar of chocolate and make a custom wrapper decorated with rubber stamps for a pretty and quick gift.
11th - International Thank You Day - Make Thank You Cards and pick customized sentiments to make the cards a little extra special.
12th - National Marzipan Day - Roll out some marzipan, place a piece of cling wrap on top of it and use a clean rubber stamp to impress the surface. Carefully remove the cling wrap.
11th (2010)- Clean Off Your Desk Day (second Monday of January) - Celebrate the day by planning a good rubber stamp storage system.
13th - Make Your Dream Come True Day - Another day of unknown origins! If you can't make your dream come true, perhaps today is another opportunity to look at your New Year's resolutions and goals.
13th - National Peach Melba Day - Decorate some table decorations with an Australian theme and enjoy a Peach Melba.
14th - Dress Up Your Pet Day - Take a picture and pop it in a frame decorated with pet themed stamps. Folded paper frames are quick and simple to make. See Make a Folded Paper Frame for more information.
15th - National Hat Day - Adapt the Sewing Pin Head project to make hat pins. If you want to make a paper hat then see Children's Party Hats for more information.
16th - National Nothing Day - Use the day to make nothing! Instead practice some new rubber stamping techniques.
See more January stamping ideas on the next page. If you have any ideas to add for this or coming months, please send me an email.
Note: This list has been compiled from a number of websites and not from any official sources, therefore no guarantee can be given as to the accuracy or authenticity of some of these dates - particularly some of the more unusual or bizarre dates.