I has rawrs!

I has roars!

I saw the dots and circle motif somewhere and decided that I wanted to replicate that look. I’m very please with my results. The paw prints are from a Darice embossing folder, I used the smallest Spellbinder circle die for to cut them out. The adorable lion is Lester, from Inky Antics.

Valentine mailbox

FriendsBoxFourth graders create mailbox out of shoe boxes to collect and store their class Valentines. I asked my youngest daughter what theme she wanted, and she chose animals. Together we went though my paper stash and rubber stamp collection. She loves wolves and chose the stamps she wanted to use.

She made me cover the box and stamp the images, (made me, haha). She got to stamp the sentiments, place the images, and embellish with tiny hearts. FriendsStrip1

Sense the unseen

DiscoveryTrailWolf“We have doomed the Wolf not for what it is, but for what we have deliberately and mistakenly perceived it to be..

The mythologized epitome of a savage, ruthless killer..

Which is, in reality no more than a reflexed images of ourself”
~Farley Mowat.

I like this wolf stamp. When I stumbled upon the triple layer technique, I thought this was the perfect image to use. I’m please with how it turned out.

Enter the Dragon


I think it’s punny. I think I’ll be doing more like this, maybe Hidden Dragon will be next.

Oh, and I found the cool stamp at https://www.etsy.com/listing/118252595/dragon-chinese-character-stamp-deeply?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=dragon

I’m thinking about getting the Tiger stamp next. ‘Cuz, you know, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It could work.

Dragon chronicles

20130917_152822I bought this really cool Chinese dragon stamp from ebay. I’m not exactly sure why I’m into dragons this year, but I am.

As soon as he arrived, I ripped open the package, inked him up, and stamped his image onto my favorite paper. I colored him using Copic markers, colored pencils, gel pens, and water colors. I had such fun coloring the image.

He’s quite intricate, so I kept the background simple. Yet, he needed something more. I thought that maybe I would I try my hand at writing the word Dragon in beautiful Chinese calligraphy, but I just couldn’t pull it off. Etsy came to my rescue and I found this gem from someone who creates stamps by hand. I LOVE it! I can’t wait to dream up more ways to showcase it.

Vice, vice, baby

I gave into temptation . . . and took a Technique Tuesday class at a local stamp shop. Even though the shop is close to my house, I seldom get to indulge my craft addiction on Tuesdays because work interferes.

I know! That’s just wrong – work getting in the way of craft classes.

I felt sorry for the instructor, who is awesome, because many of the attendees had their cranky pants on. Rather than listen to the biddies bitch, I helped out the instructor. Despite the nattering, I had a good time and I learned something new.