aztec gold ~ courtesy of vicki welsh hand dyed fabrics

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hello everyone ~  here is a finished project; the third in the series of what i can only describe as dream fabrics made by vicki welsh.  this piece is the gradient, “sundance!”  {love that name}.  of course, you will find more gorgeous combos on her etsy shop! {if you haven’t already picked out a couple?!} i let the good times …

Carving It up ~ Part 3

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hello out there ~here’s the last couple stamps i’ve made over the past month. this again, is the moo-carve product, as i mentioned in my previous two posts. a pretty basic design… what i really love is the simplicity of the repetitive effect on top of a gelli printed paper, which was also enhanced with a stencil {margaret applin design at joggles} that …

Carving It Up ~ Part 2

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hi there ~ so glad you came back!  today is part two… part three tomorrow.i finally got around to editing more pictures in my adventures to carve my own stamps… again, using moo-carve as my base for carving.  i have to say, too, that i was creatively given a jump start by this lady, nora clemens-gallo and her most creative and amazing carvings!  i …

Carving It Up Part 1~

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Hi there friends,Recently I’ve been trying out a new product for stamp carving.  It’s called “moo carve.”   I love the challenge of drawing and carving backwards for words.  Note I said “challenge” ~ I kind of got a little lost on carving out the “l” … but I still like it!  Funky! {as in fun}.   I want to get better at carving words.   The “moo-carve” …

New Stamps — New Stencils — New Fabric!

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I’m still at it, and it still… feels good!  I am loving playing with fabrics from my hand dyed ‘experiments’ stash.  This piece was dyed last summer; a sunprinted fabric, using Setacolor greens and aqua blue paint-dyes ordered from Dharma Trading Co. The circle stencil below was used for that sunprinting. I’ve also had my eye on Julie Fei Fan …

Jamaican Me Crazy With Stampin’!

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What Can I Say?  Summer is ending SO fast.  It was only 44 degrees at 6:30 am, and this afternoon, a fabric-stampin’ perfect at 70-75 degrees and I’m the John Wayne of fabric stamping… ‘hell-bent for leather’—so to speak!  Very excited with the colors and the pattern on this one!  Kind of “Jamaican” inspired. It was a piece of hand …

Learning Curve on Wonkiness

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I decided to take four of my printed ‘crazy daisy’ blocks, and piece them into a ‘four patch’ of sorts.  Because the block isn’t reversible, I knew that if I wanted them to kind of fit together, I would need to piece an additional strip of fabric to create a square. Easy enough to do. And sew off I went.  …

Making’ Hay While the Sun Shines

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Some new stamps I carved at the lake:  Daisy Crazy.  “Montana”  Pay It Forward Hearts: These are a few of the tools and paints I use…. so far! I recycle the styrofoam meat trays to use as paint palettes.  I like the quality of Lumiere paints (by Jacquard) the best, but I’ve also been experimenting with others that are less expensive.  …

Postcard Palooza

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Finishing up some postcards as I am preparing for an August-September show at Liberty Village Arts Center.  These are some of the cards I will be packaging up for them.  I like brown on blue… Purple on blue… Purple on purple! I took my machine to the lake; gave a few mini lessons on couching, free motion and feathers to …