I made a shroom the other day (http://crochetme.com/shroom)...I had meant to store some candy in it, but the mushroom had turned out a bit smaller than I'd like, so I made a little critter to go inside. So heeeeerrrreeeee's Sammy! (picture me saying that in a deep game-show host voice)
And here he is peeking out of his mushroom house.
A hedgehog and a 'shroom....a match made in heaven.
I spent some time this past week writing up a pattern for Sammy. Please click on the link below to download the pdf file from my website. Enjoy! ^_^ Oh yeah, I'd love to see your finished Sammies, so please don't be shy and send pics/links over this way! Thanks again for all your wonderful comments.
EDIT: Wow, I just found this thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12941.0. Haha, wish I'd found it sooner...would've saved my brain some energy. =p Looks like Caradea and I both took similar approaches and were inspired by the same earrings! Hers are beautiful, and she even has her pattern posted, for those of you itching to try your hand at some. It *is* rapidly approaching Halloween, after all.
Hi all, I thought I'd share a little project that I have been working on. It's nothing terribly brilliant or new...stamps made from wine corks. Here's the finished product.
So all you need is a clean, dry wine cork (the smoother the top of the cork, the better), a pencil, pen, an x-acto knife, an ink pad, and a free afternoon.
Make some basic sketches on a scrap piece of paper for practice, and then use the pen to draw your image on the wine cork. (Remember that the stamped image will be a mirror image of what you draw).
Use the x-acto knife to carve from the outside in. So you would start with the outside area of the portrait, and then move into the facial features. Try to make your cuts about 1-2 mm deep, as in the picture.
***Suggestion from Fudgegirl: "why not start by cutting the detailed bits first?! then, if like me, you bugger it up at that point (coz i find detailed bits really tricky) you won't have wasted your time cutting the outside edge of the shape."
If you've never carved a stamp before, I'd suggest you start with the outline, just to gain some practice. Otherwise, carve away at the details! Whatever works best for you. =p
When you carve the facial features/hair, it's easier to just pick at the cork with the tip of the knife. That's all there is to the carving part!
Now you can use the ink pad and stamp to your heart's content. If you want to make a label for the stamp, then just stamp on some adhesive backed paper, line up the stamped image with the carved image, and stick the adhesive paper onto the cork. Voila.
I've been using the stamps to stamp over the back of envelopes (you know, where it seals). I draw a little speech bubble from the stamp, and write a little something before I mail letters out to friends. That's just an idea. I'm sure you all have tons of other things to do with stamps of yourselves/your friends/your family. If you have other ideas, I'd love to hear them.