“Medieval Lullaby”, a Hand Carved Stamp




The first time I tried to carve rubber, I created this owl stamp.  It was harder than I thought, so maybe that’s why I’ve waited so long to try it again.  Here’s my second attempt! I chose this pencil drawing from my sketch book, cut it to the size of the rubber, and transferred the design to the rubber with transfer paper and pen. Here are my tools, which aren’t that impressive. You can find Speedball carving set at any craft store and I had a few various x-acto type tools to play around with.
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I’m sure there are great videos about carving stamps on YouTube. I would never make a video because it would put you to sleep. It’s slow going!

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Half-way through, I decided to add a tiny unicorn in the background.  

My best tip: Ink your stamp a few times as you go so you can tell what remains to be done. Here is an inking I did to check and see what looked right, and what needed more work.



Inking it in black and stamping it on scratch paper can help you see areas that need work.


This is one type of art that I love to do, but I need a lot more practice.  Do you find that once you’ve tried a type of art making and enjoy it, the first things you want is better tools? I need a carving tool about two sizes smaller than the smallest one in the Speedball set.  Maybe with pumpkin carving season at hand, I’ll find one!  Thanks for stopping by!




*Song on the player is “In the Beginning” by Fahrenhaidt


Lunchbox Love Notes

Did you know that Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year?

I used these handy little lined index cards and made some special love notes to send along in my Valentine’s lunchbox.  Each day of the week she will find a special handwritten note in her lunch, with Friday’s including a special treat along with it.

With some simple craft supplies, it took me all of 25 minutes to whip these cards out.  You can make your own love notes using whatever craft supplies you have on hand.

Can you tell I love Valentine’s Day?

Here’s my first new stamp of 2014.   Isn’t it cute?


I stamped the backs of the notes, too…

Here they are!  Lunchbox Love Notes for Monday thru Friday!


Hope you’ve had a great first week of 2014~

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!

Blue Owl Postcards

I made these postcards using the owl stamp I carved and my Derwent Inktense blocks.

We didn’t have much of a winter here in central Texas, so the only snow I’ll see  is the sn0w in my art.

I stamped the owls in blue, then added more color with the blocks, and then finally added some more details with my .03 black pen.

A phrase crafted from book text…

Using a water pen to blend the Inktense colors in the background…

Red cheeks and red berries added with the Inktense blocks…

Lots of sparkly glitter in the forest…


I used some white ‘Fun Flock”  to add snow to the branch…

Thanks for visiting my blog and looking at my art projects!

Have a great week~


Music: “Angel Eyes” by Tommy Flanagan

Need Cards?

There are some bright and colorful Valentine cards in Knox’s shop right now…

And some pretty French inspired Valentines, too…

There’s a blank set of 4 butterfly cards for all occassions…

And some beautified kraft tags….

There’s a set of 4  little owl Valentine cards, as well…

Please consider purchasing a set of cards from Cards for Cockayne Syndrome this Valentine’s Day, and feel free to share the link with anyone you know that loves unique cards made for a good cause.~ All proceeds from my shop are sent to help find a treatment for CS.

Up next:  My favorite fairy tale is Hans Christian Andersen’s “Little Tiny’, better known as “Thumbelina”.  I had so much fun making Thumbelina in her hot air balloon that I decided to try and create more of her world.  I hope to have something finished to share this week.  You can also click over and ‘like my FB page where I’ve been posting sketches of my ideas.

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!