Kids had a planned 2- hour delay, and I thought I'd hire my 6 year old to record me doing a simple technique on how I made the the umbrellas. Really cute narration, but he only filmed the table. Oh well. I'll take some stills and make something up, I have had this idea for awhile, it's nothing complicated - I think sometimes it's nice to see simple techniques.
October? Well NOW it's February, and I really did create three calendar pages since then! But who knows where those photos are. I'm here to share my February calendar page and introduce a fun new stamp set!!! I love it!!!
These are all 100 Proof Press Stamps. I love the winged crown. I also made a Mother Teresa quote into a stamp, because I love it "do small things with great love." I'm going to stamp it everywhere. But the other stamps are from a new set we offer - Perfect for art journaling.
Hmm... I wonder why the 100 Proof Press newsletter is going out late this month... I'll tell you why. I set that calendar goal - have one calendar page to show in the newsletter each month. And let's just say September ended with some craziness. But here's to a great October! My daughter has been drawn to Frida Kahlo's art work and life for a few years now - so I think we are going to attempt to celebrate the Day of the Dead this year. So I'm using that holiday (and a sweet new stamp we make) as the inspiration for the month of November. Here's my November calendar page - very collage like and scrappy.
I suppose now I have to snap into action and write that newsletter. Oh, and collect some books about the Day of the Dead- seeing as how I don't really know how it's celebrated...
(I created the background with 3 colors of blue aquarelles, and thenI used the sketch for the background, some star clusters, Beauty & Love stamp (on twill tape THAT WOULD NOT LAY FLAT!) and the new lady sugar skull. The birds are cut outs from Retro Art Cafe.)
So my personal challenge has been met for two months - I've been trying to create a calendar page per month, in time for the 100 Proof Press Newsletter. So far so good. This is the one I stamped up for October. Classic Poe stuff. You have your handwriting background, that large raven again, "Nevermore." and the new small Poe stamp. I got a little crazy on the background, but I couldn't leave it plain. And what? it's already time for me to get busy on next month!
And here's some fun little MOO cards. They are really quick and fun to make. See how I used a little scrap from the October calendar page? Perfect for the owls! Hoot hooT. P.S. MOO card contest going on at 100 Proof Press until November 8th!
My sister and I have been making and selling a lot of the new large raven stamp, and we decided we'd run home and get crafty with it. She happened to have enough pink linen to make a simple skirt, and I made a pocket with the raven stamp, and in no time she was ready for the Pony Wagon Parade. (The Pony Wagon Parade is the parade that celebrates the Pony Wagon Festival in our little Ohio town.)
The top stamp is the "Nevermore " stamp and the bottom is the large raven. Both were stamped with Black StAzon. I stitched around the crow and added some buttons...
So we watched for the little soccer players in the parade to pass as my sister and son filled up the pocket up with candy.. SO MUCH CANDY!
Woo hoo! FINALLY I got the 100 Proof Press calendars back from the printers. I wanted to make a cool calendar cover for 2014 and a few cards with the new stamps so I headed to the craft room. I could have gotten a lot more done if it didn't take me 20 minutes to find a paint brush! Ok - truth be told, I looked for 20 minutes, couldn't find the paint brush so I just used my finger. I really love this new bikers going around stamp and I knew I wanted to use it on the cover, but I'm not quite sure about the rest of it. But that's the end product from yesterday's craft session.
I also made the September page I was inspired by a card made by Dana Tatar with the little school girl. I like how the pencils look on the edge. And nothing says back to school like an apple. So, I'm excited to get the calendars shipped out and see how other artists stamp them up. And yes, it IS back to school time.
I have only worked with 3 artists to create new stamp images, and each time it has been so much fun. I get the file ready for the plate to be made, get the plate, and get to pressing! It' just so exciting to see how the images translate into stamps. So this time around I worked with Rachel from Tree Talker. Her images have made wonderful stamps! Here are the first two cards ever made with the new images.