Bring Back the Flowers: Hand Carved Stamps



I am ready for flowers, the color green and spring. We just got a a bit of snow fall and ice this past weekend with temperatures in the negative. My children are going to have a few make up days now and you would think they would be jumping up and down for joy but not my kids. My oldest son usually whines and then launches into a monologue about how school shouldn’t be canceled based on snowfall predictions. While my sweet younger son exclaims that he wishes school wasn’t canceled but he is excited to get more snuggle time with me.  Two very different perspectives but either way we are making the most of it.


Carving the Stamp



I started off with a sketch, combining ideas from several Pinterest pictures. I transferred my pencil sketch to the stamp carving blog by rubbing it on with a bone folder. I used the Speedball Super Value Block Printing Starter Kit  with three different tips.



After I completed the carving, I stamped it several times in order to find areas that need refining.  Once I was happy with it, I stamped it on cardstock and used my watercolors to fill in the cover. My paper buckled a little but next time I will stamp it on watercolor paper.



I was inspired by #carveddecember particularly Gwen LaFleur. I decided to try a wedge. As you can see, my lines do not quite match up but this will be something to work on, I guess that means I will have to make another one.

One of my goals for this year is to carve one stamp a month. I didn’t join in with #carvedecember because as you can imagine, December is quite a busy month. But this way I will still get the benefit of practice and it won’t be overwhelming.


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Making An Impression


Tea Day



Today, I am playing along with the tea ladies at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s. I am sharing my
Pineapple Carrot White Tea | WHITE PINEAPPLE WONDER that I mentioned two weeks ago. It finally came in the mail so I thought I would share a pretty picture along with the link. This Pineapple Wonder It has a nice light flavor due to the white tea. It is not as pungent in the Pineapple flavor as my Tiesta Tea Maui Mango, Mango Pineapple Fruit  but it is still quite tasty.  As you can tell, I love fruit teas, especially pineapple so this one is perfect for me. And it has carrot pieces in it as well for that extra healthy boost.
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24 thoughts on “Bring Back the Flowers: Hand Carved Stamps”

  • I LOVE your beautiful stamp, what a joyful image it makes. I hope to get back to stamp-carving again when I can use my fingers properly. Enjoy your tea, stay creative, happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  • Wow,how clever are you . Your carved stamp,is fantastic and I adore how,you coloured it too . Tracy ❤️❤️

  • i just LOVE the stamp you carved and the mandala you made with it! bravo! and well, the only flowers we have these days are ice flowers on the tube of our bird feeder:) happy t-day!

  • Love how you created your stamp and how it is able to mesh together with itself.
    I had to laugh…my daughter just got up and peeked out the window in hopes of a snow day. We only got about an inch. No such luck.
    Happy T day!

  • Wow Kate your hand carved stamp is just amazing!! I admire those of you hand carve your own-you can be thrilled with this one.
    I always love your teas-this one sound really nice with the white tea
    Happy T hugs Kathy

  • That is an amazing hand carved stamp you created. It is a beautiful design and I think you will enjoy using it and making more in the coming year.
    Your tea flovour sounds delicious.
    Happy T day wishes Kate.
    Yvonne xx

  • Sweet story about your boys and snow days. My siblings and I used to pray for snow days. And then when I was a teacher my son and I would both pray for them. lol.

    Fabulous stamp! It doesn’t bother me at all that the lines don’t line up. It’s still a beautiful piece of art especially once the image is colored in.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  • Wow, Kate – your stamp is just amazing! I love the design, allowing you to create that beautiful circular plaque, and the colouring brings it all to life spectacularly. Brilliant carving.
    Alison x

  • Wow, what a beautiful stamp you created! The way you joined the images together looks stunning and the vibrancy of the colours is amazing😁. Your tea looks fabulous too! Wishing you a Happy Tea Day! J 😊 x

  • I’m ready for flowers, green, and warm weather. Your stamp is awesome. I carved a stamp once. Was carving a unicorn got too enthusiastic around the horn and ended up with a horse of a different color. 😀 Your tea sounds interesting. I never would have guessed carrot could be used in tea. Happy T Day

  • My sincere apologies for not visiting sooner, but my electricity went out about 4ish this morning. It is finally back on and I am trying to catch up.

    I have carved a few erasers using a kitchen knife, since I have no tools. Mine are truly laughable because your carving is out of this world. I was SO impressed. i look forward to seeing 11 more beauties over the course of this year. This one is a winner in my book.

    I’ve never heard of pineapple carrot tea before. It sounds intriguing. Thank you for sharing it with us for T this Tuesday. Again, my apologies for visiting late.

  • What a beautiful stamp you made there Kate!. I love it. Especially the watercolour version . It reminds me a bit of certain batik motifs I’ve seen.
    I do hope you will do more of that stamp making.
    The tea looks lovely, and I imagine it tastes lovely too. I’ve never had white tea. I will definitely try some when I see it, but the Spanish are not that adventurous with their teas.
    Happy T-Day,

  • Nice carved stamp Kate. I like you choice of images, And it doesn’t look like it was an easy one to carve. Hope it was a wonderful T day. Hugs-Erika

  • We had some sleet with a little snow in it yesterday, the first this winter but it was too wet to settle I’d love a couple of days of the thick white snow that we very rarely get. Your stamp is brilliant and so wonderfully detailed, it created a fabulous design. Looking forward to seeing more of your stamp making. Xxx

  • I am sorry I am so late to visit your lovely T Day post. I wanted to tell you I am still enjoying the Alice & Wonderland themed ATC that you sent me last year. I just ran across it this week, and put it on my bulletin board so I can enjoy it every day. Thank you again!

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