Saturday, January 21, 2017

Stamping Saturday - Tulips

I rarely make or receive real phone calls anymore, but the other day I found myself on the phone with a pencil in hand.  Of course, that meant I started to doodle.  My usual doodles are cartoon faces, or stars, but for some reason I was feeling very tulip-y.

I decided to play with the design a bit more and create a stamp.

I'm going to play with this image more!

I think I might be getting a bit of spring fever.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Stamping Saturday - Embossed Journal

Last week I blogged about this journal.  
It was a test in embossing.

Once I knew the embossing powder would work on a similar surface to a Moleskine journal, my daughter and I worked together on an image.  She wanted something abstract but tidy.  Finally an image was born, and carved.  The image was trimmed several times until it had just the right balance of negative and positive space.  Each edition was stamped on to deli paper the size of the journal to see if it would work.  I would have been happy with the first edition, but as I carved away more and more I loved the stamp more and more.  My daughter's vision was awesome.

Finally the image was embossed on to the journal.  
Whew!  I was pretty nervous I would mess it up.

Each time I sprinkled the embossing powder, some of it would stick where it didn't belong and no amount of tapping or hitting the journal would shake it off.  Ultimately I used a paint brush to carefully brush off the extra powder.  It can be a slow process but it is totally worth the time!

And there you go!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Snow Dyeing

I am leaving for Craft Napa today to take classes from some great teachers!  One of the classes is Thunderstruck Star Improv taught by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  I have always wanted to learn to make a Star Quilt and so I knew I had to take this class!  I decided I wanted to create the class project from my own dyed and printed fabrics.  I have brought a selection of indigo dyed fabrics, as well as some snow dyed fabrics I created the other night - or should I say morning?  It was about 3 a.m. when I started the process.

The snow was completely melted when I woke up later that day.
I liked the indigo blue. . .
. . .but not so much the hot pink and fire red.
So I over dyed it with fire red using a low water immersion.

I didn't get photos of the green ones but they didn't come out exactly as expected either.  It's all good.  I'm getting on a plan in about 7 hours and going to have a great time no matter what.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Stamping Saturday

Here we are with my first of, hopefully, many Stamping Saturdays!  
Earlier this week I carved a rooster for the upcoming Lunar New Year.  
Someone suggested he needed a hen, so I carved a hen for Stamping Saturday.

However, everyone knows that when you have a rooster and a hen, you get chicks.

They are rambunctious little ones!  And tiny too.  The three of them are only 1.25"w x.75" h.  
I think I need to start working bigger. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Carve December stamps

December is complete and I have carved more than 31 stamps. There were several days that only one stamp would not do.  I gathered all the stamps together to photograph them but they wouldn't all fit in one photo, so here they are in two.
Carve December Days 1 to 11
Carve December 12 to 31
It was a very productive December!  I love carving everyday, but as I have other work that must be done, I can't continue the project for the entire year on a daily basis, but I do think I can carve every week!  So I am committing myself to a weekly stamp post called: Stamping Saturday.  See you then!