Feb 27, 2014

Lions, Bunnies, and Bears, Oh My!

Easter is Coming...  

Bunny and Daffodile
1.  Bunny and Daffodil

Sending a Big "Thank You"
for suggestions about what you'd like to see in my Rubber Stamps.
(you know who you are!)
Your voice is important!
I love to hear your thoghts.
Please Vote for Easter Stamps,

Whats would you most like to see?
(vote in the poll to the far right)  OK to check more than one answer

fish pet or no fish?

2.  Mermaid and Fish

Feel free to suggest the things you'd like to see in my Rubber Stamps
please use the comment section below. 

3.  Bear with Heart

4. Sun Bonnet Sue Watering Flowers

5. Kitty  &  Milk
7. Becky Kelly's Bunny
6.  Chipmunk & Star

8. Elephant Blowing Bubbles

Please post your comments below! 

Feb 13, 2014

Valentine's Stamp Project

Happy Valentine's Day

Lori sent me the cutest Valentine design!
I just had to show it to you.

This card was created with  "little bear and heart" rubber stamp
Lori really knows how to bring it to life!

Card Created by Lori Tatum
I'd love to see these what you can do
Show me what you can make!

 ..send me pics of your rubber stamp creations 
(made with my BK rubber stamps)
  send via email.  
You might get posted on my blog!

Thank you Lori! 

Feb 9, 2014

Sale at the shop!

Valentines Day Sale!


pocket mirror
Classroom Valentines to share!

Elephant Rubber Stamp Sold Out on the First Day !

More on order! Should be in Stock Monday or Tuesday Feb 10th or 11th
I will ship them out the same day.

Feb 7, 2014

Stunning imagery at Sochi

 In a world where everything we see is manufactured, computerized and over the top,
I was enchanted by the simplicity of the imagery of the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony.
It looked stunningly fresh to me.

The enchanting imagery of the little girl with
the red balloon was simple and brilliant,  so sweet.

Sochi opening ceremony

The jellyfish dance was so simple, and elegant.  It was mesmerizing.
Fresh and lovely

image- people website
Encircled in light, a group of dancers captivate the audience
Tatyana / EPA / Landov

Feb 2, 2014

Valentines Bowl Craft- easy

Last week I made this little bowl for 
Valentines day. 
It was a fun and easy craft!

1)  Permanent Sharpies-  I used a Red - plus optional pink and orange
2)  White bowl from Pier One

Cut a heart shape out of paper and place it in the center of the bowl, use a spot of tape to gently fasten. 
Using the heart shape as a template, draw little dots around the heart shape with a sharpie.
Draw the most dots nearest to the heart and then go lighter towards the edge to give it a starburst feel, The red near the center will help make the heart stand out.  
(don't draw on the paper heart, it could bleed)

for fun, I added in a few orange and pink dots.
OK to make your dots imperfect, this adds to the hand made look of the art
turn oven to 350.

Remove the heart template and tape.  
The white heart shape is in the middle of your bowl

**Please read all these notes first**
Fire your bowl in a 350 degree oven for 45 mins.  
Turn off oven and let your bowl sit in the oven til morning.  (keeping it warm for a long time will help keep the sharpie from washing off.) 

note** If you want to do this with kids, try it for yourself first, see what works for you, your oven, your dish and sharpie. Please use common sense using oven mitts to work with hot items.
This craft worked for me in my second attempt.   After reading other's posts about similar crafts posted on the internet, I read about MANY situations where the color wasn't permanent.
(please see my notes below -  my first failed attempt*) 

Baking it at 350, for 45 mins then letting it cool overnight worked for me!

If you want to do this with kids, try it on a small bowl or lower priced item to test for yourself first.

***My Failed First Attempt***

Learn what works best for you, your oven, your dish and your sharpie.
(in my first attempt, I baked it twice.   First at 350 then removed it shortly afterward.  (on the rack, with no cookie sheet)
But, my bowl wasn't color fast.   I tested a small spot, it bled slightly.
I then baked it again the next day at 425 for an hour- on a cookie sheet. 
Unfortunately, this was way too much heat, this made my red color turn an ugly golden orange)
(but at least it was color fast)
Last, I went over all the spots with a red sharpie again. This time the color was permanent, maybe the roughness of the color of yellow helped the new color stick.  

**Test your art before**
After you fire, try to wipe a tiny spot of color off your bowl to see if your color is permanent.
If not, refire at 350 for 45mins- again, leaving it in a warm oven overnight.  

it worked perfectly.

I've made several gift bowls with sharpies and baked them
@350 degrees for 45 mins. then let cool for three hours. 
this one was for my brother's birthday
(I personalized it to include our dog, cats, a bear, interests like gardening, names, fishing, boating)

Let me know how this craft worked for you!

This is a fun craft project using a permanent sharpie, a porcelain bowl and an oven.
please use common sense.
Use my bowls to hold jewelry, soap or crafts.
can be washed, please wash gently 

from my good friend and fabulous artist Viv  *****
"I recently found that the correct permanent markers to use are oil based.  I finally found them at Hobby Lobby.  Those are the ones that work for 15 min at 350 degrees. "