Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Playing with Stamps

As I mentioned in my last post I had fun carving my first stamps on the weekend.  I started without really researching it - now I realize gouging more out around the shape would make a clearer image, I think I could also trim them a bit more.  I used this starter kit from Michaels (with a 40% off coupon!) which has everything you need to get started, although you need to supply your own stamp pad or paint.

The first design I tried was some simple holly shapes, one with "two bump" leaves, another with "three bump" leaves.  I find the first ones easier to draw but I think the second look more realistic, what do you think?

Next I worked on a design that's been percolating in my mind for a few months.  I love white on kraft and the bit of gold really makes it stand out.  The third gift along is made out of washi tape, not part of the original plan but I love it!  This was a test design, on the final version I'd like to use gold leaf for the accents (I just used a gold marker here).

Carving is something new for me, this was an easy way to start and I think I'm hooked!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Weekend Goodness

1.  Christmas stamps from Canada Post.

2.  Free ice cream from Marble Slab.

3.  Carving my first stamps.

4.  A visit to my local fabric store.

5.  Fall forest hike.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Birthday Goodness

1.  Feeling love from friends and family.

2.  Cupcakes from a local bakery.

3.  A handmade card left in the door.

4.  One last trip to the lake (for the season).

5.  Unexpected sister time.