Saturday, November 29, 2014

Stamp Carving Challenge #carvedecember

I absolutely love using rubber stamps in my art journal…whether it’s ones I’ve bought, ones I’ve carved, or even my “cheater” stamps that I make with sticky-back fun foam and stick to scrap foam core. Believe me, I am no great stamp carver in the least but you don’t have to be good to have fun with it. I even have entire drawers of stamps I’ve carved over the past 7 or so years…

IMG_0012See…nothing complex but fun to do and great to have, too. Not to mention the fact that I have completely original stamps…ones that no one else on earth has cause I made ‘em.

I came across a stamp carving challenge for the month of December (cause, lets face it, none of us have a thing to do during December, right? HA!) started/led by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, one of my alltime artsy idols. All you have to do is to carve one stamp a day for all 31 days of December. That’s it. No joining anything, no pressure, just do it.

Now if you want to share what you carve (or the art you make with it) on any social media (twitter, instagram, facebook, etc.), just make sure to include the hashtag #carvedecember so everyone can check out your mad carving skills.

I am so in. I even have started working on some ideas for stamps that I want to carve. Honestly, it will be nice to have a good artsy rhythm to keep my December from becoming overwhelming.

I even plan on posting my stamps daily…here on the blog (SHOCKER, right?) and on Instagram (barbmccormacksmith) and on Twitter (@barbjsmith).

How about you…gonna join us? If you are, please leave a comment with your Instagram and/or Twitter names so I can be sure to follow you.

Check out Julie’s blog post HERE for more info.

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday (for my US friends) and you’re each doing well. It was a good one for us but also a bit sad, too. My youngest daughter spent the holiday with her husband’s family and, because of my hubby and oldest daughter’s work schedules, we were unable to go to Arkansas to be with my brothers and sisters. So it was just the 4 of us: me, hubby, oldest daughter, and the grandboy.

I grew up in such a big family (4 bothers, 3 sisters) that holidays were always BIG and loud and full…I miss that. I miss it a whole lot. But, I am grateful for all of the goodness and good people in my life…every single day.

But still, it was good. How can anytime you have a smoked turkey breast with homemade cornbread dressing and cranberry sauce not be good, right?

Speaking of which, I hear some leftovers calling my name…

Back soon!

Much Peace & Love,


  1. Barb! Your stamps are awesome! And don't tell me they're not complex...that hand is awesome! I love dabbling in stamp carving but I fear that I too am a bit challenged :). I'm so glad that you're taking on a December challenge...I can't wait to see the stamps you carve and I'm excited that we'll be seeing a bit more of you! Just thought I'd let you know that my altered book art journal(that you inspired me to start) is still going strong, and the spray inks that you sent me are being highly appreciated! Have fun carving!

  2. I've been having a ball since getting started carving. Kraafter's Kommunity on Google+ got me started. It's an open group. You may already be there...


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