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Stamp Carving with Stencils

Life Book Week 2 – Playing Tag

It’s week 2 of Life Book 2015 and we have a bonus project this week, which is nice. It gives people some who might still be working on week 1, a little breathing room. This week we’re Playing Tag with Roben-Marie Smith, who is part of Art to the 5th, the wonderful group of ladies that run the Documented Life Project. We were to create a tag using a word that we’ll be carrying with us through out the year. As you know from my previous posts, my word for the year is Release, so that’s what I used for my tag. 2015-01-06 18.25.49 I’ll show you how you can create your own to hang in your craft space or pin to your inspiration board, any place that you might need a gentle little reminder of your intention for the year. 2015-01-06 17.55.24I started by spraying a tag with Dylusions ink. I used Cherry Pie and Pure Sunshine, then dried it with a heat tool. Don’t worry if it begins to curl up on you, as it dries it will flatten itself out. 2015-01-06 18.01.39 Using one of my own hand carved stamps and StazOn ink, I stamped around one edge. 2015-01-06 18.04.06Using a white Molotow marker and a white Uni-Ball Signo I added a few doodles. 2015-01-06 18.05.28Next, I gave my tag a few splatters of Golden Fluid Acrylic in White Titanium and set it aside to dry. 2015-01-06 17.53.48 Using StazOn again, I stamped a bold flower stamp and an arrow stamp onto old book paper. The stamps are from Paperbag Studios. The two that I used are from Roben-Marie’s Media Essentials #1 set and Rae’s Missigman’s Natural Elements set. 2015-01-06 18.02.17 2015-01-06 18.13.39After cutting them out, I glued them to my tag and used a Stabilo Marks All and a water brush to go around the edges and make them pop. 2015-01-06 18.18.02Next, I took the tag to my sewing machine a gave it a little wonky stitching around the edges. 2015-01-06 18.21.59I added a few more doodles, used a “Scratches” stamp from Darkroom Door to add a bit more texture, looped a bit of Sari silk ribbon through the hole and finished it off by adding my word for the year. 2015-01-06 18.24.572015-01-06 18.25.18 2015-01-06 18.29.26 2015-01-06 18.24.322015-01-06 18.27.35Thank you for looking, I hope you found the post of value. Wishing you a wonderful and art filled week!

Recycled Art

What’s a girl to do when she receives a delightful Harry & David Gourmet Gift Box? Why, take out the packaging and create art, of course!

I enjoy the challenge of creating something out of ‘nothing” and it’s always nice to seize an opportunity to repurpose recyclables.


These are the materials that were used to package the contents of the gift box, just look at all of them!

My Beloved couldn’t resist a chuckle as my inner craft hoarder emerged and I excitedly unwrapped pears and smoothed out their wrapping. I was especially excited by the gold foil & just couldn’t wait to use it. I really can’t say at this point what excited me more, the edible goodies or these “found” ones, but I’m leaning towards these, my trashcan treasures!


For this layout, I gathered up my found objects, some of my hand carved stamps, acrylics and a few of my favorite pens and I just played.

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I got great texture from incorporating layers of the gold foil and paint.

IMG_7717Hand carved stamps and paint pens create visual movement.

IMG_7716A couple of text stickers for my sentiment.

imageIMG_7715To finish off my page, I punched out a heart from my scrap stash and sewed it onto a bit of the salvaged ribbon.

It was an enjoyable page to create and I have to say, that although its but a small contribution, it feels good to further my current recycling efforts and incorporate some of it into my art.

Wishing you a wonderful week!



My First ATC

I was recently part of a hand-carved stamp swap in the Stamp Carvers/Printmakers group on Facebook and received a fun little background stamp carved by the lovely Theresa Magladry. She named it “Wonky Circles”.

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Part of the swap was to create a piece of art using the stamp that our swap partner sent us and send it to them. I was excited to put it to good use so I decided to make my first ATC.

I created this one, which I call “Metamorphosis”, using Ranger distress inks, a Dyan Reaveley border stamp, some bits that I had in my stash, Authentique text stickers that I talked about in yesterday’s post and of course my awesome new Wonky Circles stamp!

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You can see the cool background pattern created using Wonky Circles. Thank you so much Theresa; I hope you enjoy the ATC. I LOVE the stamp and know that it will be one I use time and time again!

A quick little side note for any ATC artists. I found this stamp, by Donna Salazar the other day, which you might find handy.

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