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Week 3 of 365 Somethings

Last week turned out a bit different than expected. I had a severe case of pink eye all week (started in the right eye on Sunday night, spread to the left on Monday night so I spent a couple of days with demon eyes… not pretty!) There was a bit of an ice storm Monday night, enough to have all the schools close on Tuesday which happens very rarely around here. In my 17 years working in schools, I think this was maybe the 4th time that schools were closed due to weather/road conditions. For me, it was a blessing since I could really rest my eyes all day and not worry about scaring my students or their parents! Then on Thursday, we had a ped day (no classes but daycare still open with activities.) So that was a really strange week at work.

Thankfully, everything else went well. Now, what I’m showing you isn’t what I created last week, but the week before, from the 16th to the 21st. And they are: 4 ATCs (artist trading cards) on the 16th; a “thinking of you” card on the 17th; altered kraft packing tape (the kind you have to moisten in the back) on the 18th; 2 colouring books on the 19th; and, 2 greeting cards on the 21st (inspired by cards I saw in one of my Facebook groups.)

I tend not to create on Saturdays because I spend the day with my mother. And usually, any creativity I have on that day is for matching cardstock colours for her embroidered cards or scrapbook pages. Or I do some colouring in one of my many colouring books. I might show you the results of that in another post.

By the way, any ATCs I create during my 365 Somethings are available to trade if anyone is interested. And I might do more mini colouring books if anyone wants to trade those as well. You know what to do if you’re interested!

I’ll be back soon for the week 4 update!


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Week 2 of Project 365 Somethings

Last week, I was so busy with work and my Project 365 Somethings that I completely forgot to write a blog post! I guess I’ll just have to write two of them this week!

For week 2, I decided to try different things. On the 9th, a card using a previously made galaxy background. On the 10th, an altered card (the original card was from a charity.) On the 11th, a mixed media postcard. On the 12th, a mini colouring book. On the 13th, an art journal spread. On the 14th, a tag background which was then used and completed on the 15th.

Since the challenge is 365 Somethings, I decided that when I create doubles/triples, each item counts as a unit. So, from January 1st to the 15th, I have officially created 16 somethings.

Also, mini colouring books are easy to make and a great way to use many stamps, in this case 11 stamps plus the alphabet for the cover.

If you have any questions about the products I used or the techniques, feel free to ask in the comments below.

I’ll be back later this week with the Week 3 round-up. Thanks for reading!

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First things first… I’m having computer problems these days so this will be my last blog post until said problems are resolved but you can always see my daily art on Facebook or Instagram.

Second, even though my blog title says tangrams, I’m starting with a mandala that I made yesterday.


Third, here are some tangrams my students made during our fine motor activity. I printed the shapes from this website on cardstock and cut only around the square they formed. I had the students work on their scissor skills by cutting the pieces on their own. I noticed that instead of cutting the middle line to separate some pieces, they all cut each shape out individually. When all the pieces were cut and the scissors put away, they got to play with their tangrams by reproducing patterns I had printed out. Some of the patterns are in different colors because they come from this website. Each student left with their own little cardstock tangram in a little bag. In order for them to redo the activity, I gave them each a piece of paper on which I had printed the two website addresses I used.

Finally, inspired by today’s activity and this pin on Pinterest, I made my very own tangram stamps from a 2″ square of carving material. Fun!


Hopefully, I’ll be back soon on the blog… Until then, thanks for visiting!


Carved lines – Lignes gravées

I love stamps. I love carving. And I love lines. So this was bound to happen. Hand carved stamps with lines on them. And I love all three of them! Even with the little imperfections. Especially with the little imperfections! I know so many people who are crazy about perfection while I am the opposite. I love imperfection… well, only when it suits me! (Some things/moments just HAVE to be perfect.) So tell me, are you a perfectionist or do you embrace the little imperfections? (CeeCee, you don’t have to answer that!) 😉

J’aime les étampes. J’aime graver. Et j’aime les lignes. Alors ceci devait bien arriver un jour. Des étampes gravées à la main avec des lignes dessus. Et je les aime toutes les trois! Même avec les imperfections. Surtout avec les imperfections! Je connais beaucoup de gens qui sont fous de la perfection alors que c’est le contraire pour moi. J’aime l’imperfection… bien, quand ça fait mon affaire! (Certains moments/choses DOIVENT être parfaits.) Alors, dites-moi, êtes-vous perfectionniste ou appréciez-vous les petites imperfections? (CeeCee, tu n’as pas à répondre!) 😉


Mandala stamp – Étampe mandala

Last week, I forgot to mention that one of the index cards was done by testing a new stamp. This mandala stamp. I carved it on June 24th and realized I needed finer carving knives. But for now, I will work with what I have. Above, you can see how the stamp looks with red printing ink and black dye ink. My collection of handmade stamps is becoming really interesting. I wonder what kind of design I’ll come up with next time…

La semaine dernière, j’ai oublié de mentionner qu’une des cartes index avait été faite en testant une nouvelle étampe. Cette étampe mandala. Je l’ai gravé le 24 juin et me suis apperçu qu’il me faudrait des couteaux de gravure plus fins. Mais pour l’instant, j’utilise ce que j’ai. Ci-haut, vous pouvez voir l’effet que done l’étampe avec de l’encre d’impression rouge et de l’encre à base de teinture noir. Ma collection d’étampes faites à la main devient de plus en plus intéressante. Je me demande quelle sorte d’image je choisirai la prochaine fois…

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>Crusdade No.41 – Grid Lock


 For the second month in a row, I am participating in Michelle Ward’s GPP Street Team’s Crusade. And this month, our task is to create grids in our journal. That challenge really caught my attention. So off I went to create some grids. The first one I filled with my latest stamps as seen here and I added some of my favourite hand-carved stamps as well. That was an easy page. The next one was equally simple when I decided to sample my dye ink pads. These are small, about 1″ square, except for the ones at the bottom which are a more regular size. Seeing that the pads are square, it was quite easy creating a grid from them. I love seeing so many colours all lined up like that, don’t you?
This is only my first try with this challenge. Expect more next week.
Désolée, le titre ne se traduisait pas bien en français cette fois-ci.
Pour le deuxième mois de suite, je participe au défi de Michelle Ward, le GPP Street Team’s Crusade. Et ce mois-ci, notre tâche est de  créer des grilles dans notre journal. Ce défi a vraiment attiré mon attention. Alors je me suis mise à créer des grilles. La première a été remplie avec mes dernières étampes tel que vu  ici et j’ai ajouté quelques-une de mes étampes gravées à la main préférées aussi. Une page plutôt facile. La suivante fut tout aussi simple lorsque j’ai décidé de faire un échantillonage de mes tampons d’encre à teinture. Ceux-ci sont petit, mesurant environ 2,5cm carré, à part pour ceux au bas de la page qui ont une grandeur plus normal. Comme les tampons sont carrés, c’était assez facile de créer un grillage avec eux. J’aime voir plein de couleurs toutes enlignées comme ça, pas vous?

Ceci n’est que mon premier essai avec ce défi. Attendez-vous à en voir plus la semaine prochaine.