Friday, June 11, 2010

Potato stamp and a blog award tomorrow

Tomorrow I will share a blog award I received and yesterday I showed my first ever carved rubber stamp.

I've made stamps before. Sadly, they didn't last very long. In 2008, I made the number 5. The circles are the approximate size of a CD. By the time I remembered to take a photo of the "stamp," it was on its way to the compost pile.

And I got carried away last year making "hands" using my Hands potato stamps until they shriveled up and died a very slow, old, and ugly death. In the photo above, I'm using the stamps in a tutorial. I also used dye ink to stamp a bunch of pages pulled from my AB about Hands. I'm so glad I stamped those pages and so glad I saved them.

Here is one of those pages that will eventually become part of a six page accordion fold spread. I apologize that the pages are larger than my scanner, but I think you can see most of it. Click to enlarge. I'm off to clean up a mess I made early this morning. Have a great crafting day and don't forget tomorrow I'll be blogging about a reward I received.

Linda Elbourne, from A Crafting Journey, is my blog pick today. I met Linda during WOYWW, but I bet she's familiar to a lot of people, since she's on several design teams, including Zutter (Bind-it-All) and Happy Daze. She loves to stamp, and her art shows it. Linda was also one who made it around to everyone during WOYWWAC, the anniversary challenge blog hop. So honoring her with a day was only a natural. If you're a rubber stamper, and like Ranger products and projects, you will love Linda's Crafting Journey.

15 thoughtful remarks:

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Congrats on the award- I can't wait to see what it is! And I LOVE making potato stamps- please tell me; is carving rubber stamp much harder? Because if it is at all comparable, then I"m SO there! I'll check back later to see what your award was....

Healing Woman said...

You made me laugh today when I read about your dried out, decaying potato stamps. LOL.
I'll be watching to hear what award you won. Bet it is a good one!

Tess said...

Wow, potato stamps. I haven't made one of those since...girl scouts. Now why haven't I done them with my cub scouts?! What a great craft project idea. Thanks for the inspitaion. I love your stamped hand pages. The praying hands are a fabulous addition to the page.
Ok, I'll be watching to see what award you received.
Teresa aka Tess

Terri Kahrs said...

I've never tried carving potato stamps - what fun! The results are amazing! Hugs, Terri xoxo

PS Good luck with cleaning up the mess!

Steph said...

ooo this is exciting...need to try this...thank you for sharing!!!

Esther said...

Well..having trained as a nursery nurse a long time ago your potato stamps took me back! - may have to have a play!! Thanks for the inspiration, there is a little mention of you on my blog here - http://essiescraftyeffusions.blogspot.com/2010/06/my-first-award.html

Linda Elbourne said...

Fabulous hand made stamps and a big THANK YOU ... You have made my day with your lovely words ... Congratulations on your award X

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Elizabeth, those potato hands are wonderful
;-) Love the pages too.
I have an award for you on my blog :-)
Anne xx

Patti said...

Thanks so much for your ideas about the box I plan to alter, maybe, someday... then again, I might just send it to you if I don't get around to it soon!
I love the way you dive in and just do things, I can take a lesson from you!

Patti said...

p.s. thanks so much for the compliment! I did that tin quite a while back and I've done another one or two - maybe I'll focus on those instead:)

Dianne said...

lovin' Wendy doll's adventures...and great that you shared about stamp carving. yes, the cheap erasers work well. I use an xacto knife, though an actual woodcarving tool works well too...not sure where mine are...organization is not my strong point. love my visits here! how is the porch coming along?

Melinda Cornish said...

I have made potato stamps as a kid....I am thinking the kids might really enjoy it....it sounds like it was hard to throw them away....I am glad you saved the pages too!

Halle said...

Great carving. Did you freehand the image or trace it from something?

~*~Patty said...

I remember trying potato stamps a long time ago, fun ... your description of your potato stamp drying up made me giggle!

Marlynn said...

The only thing I can say, Elizabeth, at least you didn't try to make potato soup out of those hands! LOL