Monday, August 2, 2010

My First Carving!

I am super excited! I've wanted to design and carve a stamp for quite a while, but needed the courage and expert tutorial from lori at elvie studio (side bar) to get going!




It all started with my neighbor Mary's, garden. She had pink pom-pom poppies that I loved, but then...I discovered their pods...and loved them even more (she thought I was weird).
But aren't they just so cute? And green? And bursting with hope and promise?



LOVE them! Then I ordered materials and made a pencil sketch:




And took a deep breath and carved...!


I had to stamp it on paper to see what needed to be cut deeper.



But I am pleased as...pods!

20 comments:

lori vliegen said...

oh my goodness, kathy.....this is your first carving.....EVER?!! it's FANTASTIC!!!! you did a super job!! i love this pod design.....and i love your stamped image just as much as i love the original pod!! and won't this look wonderful on your journal pages!! keep stampin' sweet pea.....you're on your way to a fabulous collection of handcarved images!!! xox, :))
p.s. and thanks so much for the linky love!! xo

~Barb~ said...

OMG, this is beyond fantastic! I love it! And it way doesn't look like your first adventure in carving, either...you look like an old pro with this great piece.

BTW, haven't heard from you...did you ever get it?

Peace & Love,
~Barb~

Martha Lever said...

Oh my gosh, Kathy!!! You did such a great job!!! I love it SO much. Makes me want to get out my tools and carve!!!! YAY YOU!!!

Dolores said...

What a wonderful first effort. Don't stop - keep going.

Erin Butson said...

This is fabulous! Love it!I've been wanting to do this. You are inspiring me.

{little.happy.things} said...

This looks great! Makes me want to make one~

laundrygirl said...

This is so cool!!!
I did this in high school. Then in my twenties I bought carving supplies and made Christmas cards... For a year or so I have wanted to do something like this again but I just have not gotten around to it. You have me feeling inspired!

Rebecca Anthony said...

This is gorgeous!!!! Much better than my attempt at stamps over the weekend. I will have to try that carving block. I love how you found a piece of natural beauty and transformed it into a beautiful stamp. Well done!!!

DancingMooney ♥ said...

Oh my gosh Kathy, that stamp is amazing!! I have always wanted to try carving too, but I think you are a born natural at it! :D

Happy Monday Miss!

DancingMooney ♥ said...

p.s. my cosmos finally have pods on them {if that's what they are called} I can't wait until they finally bloom!!! ♥

Mary said...

Kathy look at you!!!! You did a fantastic job!!
I have yet to carve one, been kind of chicken!

Createology said...

Kathy now the possibilities are endless! You did a fabulous job and I love the unfolding hope of the pod. Happy creating...

Butterfly Works said...

WOW, your first one and it looks like a pro....
Great job and I love this stamp...just think of all the ones you can do now....I want to try but haven't...I think you have given me the courage....

Lynette (NZ) said...

Really impressive...on my list of things to try out.

Flor Larios Art said...

Wow! first time looks great!

PaperPumpkin said...

♥ Thank you SO MUCH! I am already thinking about my NEXT stamp design to carve! I appreciate your support! What fun.

Kamana said...

what fun! and well done... turned out so great.

Jennifer Richardson said...

LOOK what you DID!!!! I absolutely adore your stamp and the way you look at things!
Inspired I am.
-Jennifer

DymphieM said...

love the seed pod you carved, so wonderful
(found your blog by cliccking on your name on Lori's blog)

leylafolsom said...

I've been wanting to do this...thanks for the link to the tutorial. I'm not a drawer though, so I'm afraid to try....