I mentioned that I would dedicate a blog posting about my craft night last Thursday. I was invited to join a class sponsored by Snapfish and Natalie Futter at Edelamn to The Make Lounge in Islington. It was fantastic. I had NO idea what we were going to be doing and it turned out that we were going to make rubber stamps from scratch with these mini carving tools. Well, I was tickled pink.
I made these stamps here and OK - they are not as good as the polymer clings I usually design but remember that these are hand carved.
What a thrill to just get stuck in and create! I wanted to create a retro, block-print style of stamp and as I didn't want to waste the leftovers from our a6 sized sheet of rubber - I made dinky little stamps for dinky cards and notelets.
My new journal page
This is going to be great for mens cards or late cards!
A simple little erm, thingy!
And my sweet dinky camera - hello? I love you!
If you are in travel distance of The Make Lounge I thoroughly recommend that you pick up the phone, dial and go have fun.
Ive been desperate for this lens for, like, ever. Its the Canon (of course) 100mm F2.8 IS USM version which is capable of helping me take lovely pics like these. On balance, Im pretty pleased with my results but come the use of its proper focal distance (as opposed to macro) this lens is a bit bloody brilliant.
Not so much macro but still pwitty......... (click to see this enlarged as blogger compresses images most ridiculously)
Super macro! (click to see this enlarged as blogger compresses images most ridiculously)
A rose, unfurling, after a a summer shower (click to see this enlarged as blogger compresses images most ridiculously)
and who can resist super sharp dripping droplets from laurel leaves? I know I can't! (click to see this enlarged as blogger compresses images most ridiculously)
And finally -
some of you might know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Helena Bonham Carter, she is my fave actress ever. Coming up the rear is Audrey Tattou (of Amelie fame). I simply cannot wait for this film to be released and yes, its in french (subtitled) but .......... sigh, she is LOVELY!
See this trailer ........
Who is coming with me?