Tuesday, March 3, 2009

stamping my world


Thank you all for the stamp encouragement and tips. What a great resource you all are! I couldn't find any carving blocks at my local arts and crafts stores, so I returned to Blick. I'm checking my mailbox every day for that new box of supplies. I haven't been able to hold off experimenting, even though my current blocks are so crumbly... stay away from the EZ cut blocks. I can't quite believe it has taken me so long to discover the joys of carving my own designs. Here's some glimpses of what I've been doing late at night... to photograph for you in the lovely growing light of March.

My new spring binder...




Barn stationery for my mother....


Flower petal inspired by Geninne's tutorial and her famous rain drop...

Leaves on linen with Japanese fabric stamps (Versacraft)...


Stamping on fabric is what gets me the most excited... more to come!

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28 comments:

  1. i agree, the EZ cut isn't very "carving friendly". i really like using the speedy-carve by speedball (it's the pink one). cuts like buttah! :)

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  2. Hi Maya,
    I love your stamps and prints! I've been wanting to try carving my own stamps ever since I got Lotta Jansdotter's book "Lotta Prints" (and after finding out I couldn't find freezer paper around here). Your posts about stamping on fabric encourage me to finally get started. So I will go get those carving supplies instead of just looking at them every time I make it to my craft supply store! Thanks!

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  3. I love all your stamps - you make it look so easy! My favourite has to be the leaves on linen. That looks delicious :-)

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  4. I love that fresh green! It's so springtime! The pictures made me happy, so thanks for sharing them.

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  5. mmm... stamping on linen. gorgeous!

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  6. Is there anything you CAN'T do? These stamps are incredible.

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  7. The barn stationery is so wonderful Maya! I also think your journal is perfect for spring around the corner. I've never considered making my own stamps before, but you are truly inspiring me to give the art a try :)

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  8. LOVE to stamp! The raindrop design reminds me of my Spirograph days.

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  9. Maya this is awesome. You are a natural stamp carver. The barn stamp is spectacular :) I am going to look into these inks you show. I have been wanting to print on fabric forever. Why have I not yet??

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  10. Thanks everyone! I'm having such a good time can't believe I didn't try this sooner!

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  11. Hi Maya,
    your blog and work is lovely - I too discovered recently how much fun carving is - it has such an immediate result and it's so versatile.

    Thanks for all your lovely comments and I will visit often.

    kind regards,
    arounna

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  12. Your stamps are lovely! Especially the barn stationery and the leaves on linen...so pretty!

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  13. Your post reminded me of Spring! Just around the corner. Wonderful post!

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  14. Love the stamps! And I just wanted to let you know how happy I was to find your blog. I was trawling the net -especially all the amazing crafty blogs looking for some projects both for me and for my son and I to do and then I found your blog - jackpot!!! Since finding it we have already done the bulbs in tins and have more projects in the works. So thank you!

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  15. I can just picture you in front of the fire--and all fired up-- filled with visions of designs to carve and working away at it. The ones you've made are just stunning, and you really have a gift for distilling an image into its most important lines and shapes. Can't wait to see a whole line of maya*made stamps!

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  17. the barn is just wonderful!
    and
    i love the vines stamped onto the linen..it's just so springy and gorgeous (as always!) maya.
    i'm so happy i started my day looking at your blog.
    thank you for the inspiration!
    xoxo

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  18. This is very inspiring especially seeing it on the cloth...I've yet to do this. Looking forward to seeing more.

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  19. LOVE your stamps and I'm especially fond of the barn.

    Jody

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  20. I love the stationary!! I can wait to start printing my own...

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  21. Wow, really great stuff Maya. I love how different each design is and so detailed.

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  22. I adore all of your creative ideas, Your blog is awesome
    deezie

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  23. I agree! EZ Cut is bad! The sad thing is I had 2 blocks of EZ cut for so long and was afraid to mess it up. Have you tried PZ KUT?? LOVE LOVE LOVE that stuff and very inexpensive! My 2nd fave is the Staedtler's Master Carve.

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  24. I love them all Maya - you're an inspiration :) I'll have to get out my stamp carving supplies and give it another try.

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