Thursday, March 13, 2008

Things With Wings & Stamp Carving


I have carved stamps before, even with the 5th graders at school, but when I saw that the GPP Street Team Challenge this month was stamp carving I had a fun idea. I decided to carve my own stamps for my Things With Wings itty bitty swap at Frenzy Stamper. I started with a stamp that I had doodled and carved with the kids for my background. Next, I carved a bird stamp that would be my focal point. I know you may be thinking why do you need to carve a bird, you have a million, and you can buy birds everywhere. While that is true this is a special bird inspired by my favorite lime green pajama bottoms. (Even after making my Color Wheel Book that I posted earlier I am still not over this bird.)


For some reason the Quick Cut I was working with would not let me transfer the bird image. Believe me I tried everything I could think of! Finally, I just cut a stencil of the bird and traced it onto the quick cut and I finally had a shape I liked. Next, it was time to carve. WARNING: Carving stamps is addictive! If you've never done it you should try! It's so fun to think I made that stamp. I always have little wavy edges or bits that I didn't all get carved out that I must leave because I like their charm.


I stamped the larger back ground stamp with a soft green Memories ink pad so that it was so light you could just see a hint of it and put the bird on top. I am always adding a quote and this one says "For a long time, she flew only when she thought no one was looking." A bit of ribbon, and a bit of my photocopied pajama paper and I was set.

I also noticed that Kelly Kilmer had a few of her carved stamps in a post the other day that were so cool!

20 comments:

michelle ward said...

Jeane - these are fab! Love hearing that you got the image from your jammies! Terrific problem solving to make a template of the bird to get the image on the rubber. Love seeing the patterned background under the bird. Thanks for sharing with the street team. You are so right - addictive!

PocketSize said...

Awesome bird! And I know what you mean about it being special among all your purchased bird stamps. It's your own work!

belle2create said...

Hi Jeane
I LOVE birds too!! You can't have to many of them!!! I also like the twingy little things left on the stamp, the bird came out GREAT (or well SMALL if you want to). The link to Kelly's site was also nice, thanX for sharing!
Hedwig

Chris said...

Can you STAND that funky bird?! Love it.

Jodi Barone said...

Jeane,
Love your post, your stamps, your sense of humor and the quote is fabulous...I can just see how that sweet bird would sit tight hiding in the leaves and then flap madly to another branch, of another close by tree. I can also see how she soars boldly now through a lush green pajama canopy that is set in the soft blue sky.
jodi

Kelly Kilmer said...

LOVE the stamps!!!!!

Ingrid said...

Love your bird. There is something so much more special about the stamps you carve yourself. This is a great challenge (crusade #18), we so often don't give ourselves time to do these things. Thanks for sharing,
Best-
Ingrid

Julie Brill Molina said...

Very cool stamps and great blog! I liked seeing all of your art!

I'm a huge fan of Project Runway too! I'm glad Christian won, (so fierce) but I thought Jillian's clothes were really cute too. Rami's were pretty fug, though. Bleh.

ArtKat said...

Both your stamps are great, I love how you used themon your project! Those two stamps will come in very handy in the future, I'm sure! :)

Ariel Gill said...

Jeane - I love your bird! What a great stamp. Nice work. Ariel

momto6 said...

Jeane - I love your bird and your inspiration. Your whole post is fantastic. - Nicki

LostLuggage said...

Wow what a great bird!! I think it is hilarious that everyone says carving is addictive! I agree 100%! :)

Ursula Clamer said...

The stamps work really well together and I love the quote.

carin.c said...

I've got a thing for birds myself lately so I totally LOVE your bird stamp... never too many birds. Great to hear about your pajama inspiration and also to see the page you made with the stamp!

Kim Tedrow said...

Love how these two stamps work together. AND you just gave me the best idea inspired by my favorite pair of hot-pink-kitty pjs....

M. Howard said...

Love the little birdie....

but what, may I ask...

are roasted peeps? ;)

Julie said...

I have been playing with birds myself today...one can never have enough birds...love your stamp and love the fact that it was inspired by your pyjamas...just great! Isn't this a fabulous crusade?

Jeane Frizzell said...

oh, m. howard. I hope you are checking back to answer your question about roasted Peeps. You MUST see my post on 3-17-08 for the answer. I am so glad you asked this question! :)

audrey h. said...

Jeane......these are great. Love that bird :)

ladylulu said...

I *heart* your bird stamp. I do question your love of roasted peeps though... ;)