Thursday, December 31, 2015

Princess Pinups

Name:     Princess Pinups
Created:  2013-2015
Swap:     Pin-up extras swap

Let's end the year with something that will boost my view count!  ;)
This is a sample of my Pin-up cards.  9 of the 14 cards in the "Princess Pinups" set.
Aurora was one of the first carved, Belle was carved nearly 3 years later.

Elsa,  Merida,  Mulan
Esmeralda,  Belle,  Tiana
Jasmine,  Aurora,  Pocahontas

Monday, December 28, 2015

Alice in Wonderland

Name:     Alice in Wonderland 
Created:  Oct 2014
Swap:     Alice in Wonderland

Six (!!) different colors of markers used.   It takes several minutes to color and stamp each card.

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Blizzard of '78

Name:     The Blizzard of '78
Created:  July 2015
Swap:     -

I created this card to finish the "Decades of the 20th Century" set that I wasn't able to use in the swaps.    Anyone from New England knows what "The Blizzard of '78" is.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

Minimalist Movie Posters

Name:     Minimalist Movie Posters
Created:  Aug 2014
Swap:     Minimalist Movie Posters

"Lord of the Rings" was carved for the swap.  "Hunger Games" was going to be an extra card but I didn't finish it in time.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Doctor Who Alphabet of Death

Name:     Doctor Who Alphabet of Death
Created:  Dec. 2012
Swap:     -

I carved "B" & "Y" for the LTC swap.  "I" was carved later to be planted as part of the series.
"B is for Brigadier" has the main stamp, and my other Brig stamp clear embossed over it as a "ghost". this was my first card with embossing and I bought the tools and supplies to make this card.

Space Shuttle

Name:     Space Shuttle
Created:  Aug. 2015
Swap:     -
 My Space Shuttle carve. The Shuttle is cut out and held above the paper on a spacer. Copper embossing powder was used for the flames.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Recipe For Disaster's Pathtag

Name:     Pathtags: RecipeForDisaster
Created:  Oct. 2015
Swap:     -

A local Geocacher wanted a signature stamp.  I carved their Pathtag.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Music Artists: Girl Power!

Name:     A British Invasion: SPICE
Created:  April 2014
Swap:     A British Invasion

I had to carve this larger to get the detail that I wanted.  The fold marks can be seen in the photo.
Each card was cut after stamping to center the girls in the folded part.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Music Artists: Boy Bands

Name:     "Boy Bands" & One Direction
Created:  -
Swap:     -

One Direction was a requested carve.
Yes, that is the Backstreet Boys on the *NSYNC card! I liked the image better.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Name:     Holiday LTC: Cornucopia
Created:  Nov. 2012
Swap:     November Nonsense

Happy Thanksgiving!!

This was my most detailed carve and colored LTC at the time it was made.

Monday, November 23, 2015

National Park Quarters: Yosemite

Name:     National Park Quarters: Yosemite
Created:  May 2015
Swap:     National Park Quarters

The goal of this swap was to carve a National Park Quarter at 2 inches and make a card.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Music Artists: Beach Boys & Hanson

Name:     The Beach Boys
Created:  Aug. 2015
Swap:     -

This simple card was made after I saw the Beach Boys in concert at Indian Ranch (Webster, MA)
I don't like this card and haven't traded any yet.  I might remake them before releasing any.

I saw Hanson at EPCOT in 2010. They were performing at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival the day I visited.   I've been working on carving a stamp for every band I've seen.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Music Artists: Aerosmith

Name:     Music Artists: The Bad Boys From Boston
Created:  Nov. 2012
Swap:      Music artists <3

I saw Aerosmith when they performed an outdoor concert in front of their old apartment at 1325 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.  Both carvings are from photos that I took.  
I carved the bottom one first, but didn't like how it came out so I carved and used the top one for the swap.  Later I stamped the bottom image and used it as a random LTC.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

LTC posts continue.

Name:     Halloween 2012: Carnival of Horrors
Created:  Oct. 2012
Swap:     Halloween 2012

I've finally started uploading more blog posts!

This is one of my oldest cards.  It's simply stamped on orange paper and some color is added with pencils.

Monday, August 31, 2015

More Undersized Cards

It's summer and I haven't had time to make many blog posts.   Here's more undersized cards to look at.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Inchies and Quisps

Along with the classic LTC's, I also make many undersized cards.

The top section is my Epcot Inchies.  When the park opened each pavilion had an icon.

The middle is the stamps from my 3/14/15 Pi Day event.

The bottom is my Harry Potter Runes Inchies. 0-9.

Monday, August 17, 2015

We Didn't Start the Fire

Name:     We Didn't Start the Fire
Created:  2013-1024
Swap:     We Didn't Start the Fire

We Didn't Start the Fire was a 128 card swap that was split into 4 series. 
I created a total of 7 cards.

1949 Walter Winchell
Walter Winchell was a top gossip reporter, whose newspaper column and radio show could make or break a celebrity.

1949 Johnnie Ray
Partially deaf singer, whose song Cry was a number-one hit. Ray actually cried in performing the song. He was a top star in 1949 and 1950 with his other hit songs The Little White Cloud that Cried and Walking in the Rain.

1955 Elvis Presley
Singer Elvis Presley became a national phenomenon with such number-one hit songs as Heartbreak Hotel, Don't Be Cruel and Hound Dog.

1958 Lebanon
U.S. President Eisenhower ordered U.S. Marines into Lebanon at the request of Lebanese President Chamoun to help stop riots that were occurring in the country. Eisenhower authorized Operation Blue Bat on July 15, 1958

1959 Mafia
Mafia leaders met in upstate New York to get better organized.

1963 Pope Paul

Pope Paul VI was pope of the Catholic Church from 1963 to 1978. He followed Pope John and completed the implementation of the goals of the Second Vatican Council. He became the first pope to visit six continents, but he also known to be an indecisive leader. His views were important to the world's Catholics.

1969 Moon shot  (shown last month)
The United States landed the first man on the moon.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Sound of Music

Name:     DO-RE-MI
Created:  Feb 2014
Swap:     none

Let's start at the very beginning, A very good place to start. 
When you read you begin with A B C...

Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow so
Tea, a drink with jam and bread...

Once you have these notes in your heads, 
You can sing a million different tunes by mixing them up.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Doctor Who By Series

Name:     Doctor Who By Series
Created:  2013-2015
Swap:     Doctor Who Series

This months Doctor Who post is for the "By Series" swaps.  Each person picks something from that season of the show.
S1: Are You My Mummy?
S2: Goodbye, Sarah Jane
S3: Judoon platoon upon the Moon!
S4: Don't touch the water! Not One Drop!
S5: "Smilers" from The Beast Below
S6: A green singing shark in an evening gown
S7: Soufflé Girl
S8: Dark Water
S9: (Undecided, but have a 12th Doctor card for now)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mythical Marvels

Name:    Mythical Marvels

Pandagram's Mythical Marvels.
Gnome     Griffin           Fairy
Centaur   Phoenix   Mermaid
Pegasus    Unicorn    Dragon

Monday, July 20, 2015

Man on the Moon

Name:     We Didn't Start the Fire: Moon shot
Created:  Dec. 2013
Swap:     We Didn't Start the Fire, Round 4

July 20, 1969

I have created three cards using this moon-on-black background.  The first one was my E.T. card. I had plenty of extra moons already printed so I used them for a Moon Landing card.  The 'black' paper is faded and is a nice dark purple.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Doctor Who Companions (Part 2)

Name:     Doctor Who Companions
Created:  2012-2014

River Song    Jack Harkness   Lady Christina
Clara Oswald       "Oswin"       Martha Jones

Monday, July 6, 2015

Doctor Who Companions (Part 1)

Name:     Doctor Who Companions
Created:  Late 2012 with more added each season.
Swap:     none

Rose Tyler            Amy Pond       Donna Noble
Mickey Smith     Rory Williams     Wilfred Mott

It would only take a quick glance at my profile to notice that I have dozens of Doctor Who LTC's. I have several themed series and will dedicate one week each month to Doctor Who cards.
This first set is the Companions.  I wanted to plant a Doctor Who series and first picked all 11 (now 13) 'Faces' but I had many stamps donated and I only needed to carve about half. With the Companions I carved all of them myself and made cards.
This is the first group of companions that I carved.  Once I saw how well they came out I carved the others.

The stamps ready to carve.   This is the second step in making LTC's.  (After finding an image)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Founding Fathers

Name:     Founding Fathers
Created:  6/2013
Swap:     July Nonsense

Card size is 3.5x5 and folded.   Stamped off-center so that the fold is next to the feather.  The feathers came from young bantam chickens.

Monday, June 29, 2015


Name:     BIRD WATCH (Part 2)

Bird Watch continued.  There was 18 cards planned (two pages), but only 16 have been made so far.
I carved Hedwig (not shown here).

Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Classic Canines

Name:     Classic Canines

Pandagram added some dogs to the trail where "Famous Felines" was hidden.  As always, she made some cards before planting the stamps.   "Lucky" is the bonus box and Quisp.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

LTC Series: Snow White and Seven Dwarfs

Name:     Snow White and Seven Dwarfs

Pandagram's first LTC's.    Snow White was carved again to replace the planted "Bonus" box that went missing.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Les Misérables

Name:     Eponine
Created:  May 2013
Swap:     Les Misérables

This card has four layers of paper.  The white background, a strip of blue foam on each side, red paper covering one strip of foam, and the colored and cut out stamp.  Eponine has darker skin then what's shown in this image.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Holiday LTC: Memorial Day

Name:     Iwo Jima
Created:  April 2013
Swap:     April Nonsense

I carved two versions of this stamp.   2.5x3.5" and 3.5x5".
This was one of my first cards that I colored with markers.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Not all those who wander are lost

Name:     "A light from the shadows shall spring;"
Created:  April 2013
Swap:     Aragorn

This swap was based on the poem from the Lord of the Rings:
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

I picked "A light from the shadows shall spring;" and carved a lighthouse. The beam of light is Glow-in-the-Dark powder that another LTC maker sent to me.  This is another card that uses the "Night Sky" purple paper.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Long-distance hiking trails

Name:     North-South Trail (Rhode Island)
Created:  April 2014
Swap:     Long-distance hiking trails

Carved for my long-distance hiking trails swap.
The stamp was inked in two colors. It was then cut out and glued onto a printed map background.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Boy And His Atom

Several months ago I had planned on joining the Guinness World Records swap and make a card for the microscopic movie "A Boy And His Atom".   I couldn't figure out how to make the card look right so I gave up.

I finally came up with another idea.  First I used a "Bind-it-All" like machine to make a long film strip.  2.5"x10"

Then I stamped several "frames" onto the paper to see how it looked.

The final card will be 2.5"x7" and only have the first 6 frames.
I might make another scene from the movie.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Paper 3D Model

Name:     Pika!
Created:  March 2013
Swap:     none

This was a proof of concept LTC.  Each person got a pair of cards.  One as shown above, the other just a plain stamp to be colored and cut out. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

National Parks LTC

Name:     National Parks: What's Your Favorite?
Created:  May 2014
Swap:     Favorite National Park

I have made very few multi-layer stamps. This one was extremely hard to line up because of the holes in the tree.
  The first stamp is the orange & brown ink.  Then I carefully line up the smaller green stamp using the point on the left side just below the tree.   I was able to get about half of the stamping to come out usable.

Monday, May 4, 2015

May the 4th be with you

Name:     Star Wars: Slave Leia
Created:  Jan. 2013
Swap:     I Missed It!!

This is my only Star Wars card.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Man in Black

Name:     The Man in Black
Created:  5/2012
Swap:     Your Favorite Music

I carved this stamp twice.  The first one only had three fingers!
When I swapped stamps during GAQLBE12 I was paired up with Red Bird from Nashville.  She sent me a stamp of the Ryman Auditorium and I hid it in a series with this stamp in July 2012.
She hid my stamp in a cemetery in north Nashville.   In February 2015, I was able to visit that spot and find my box!   I planted the second copy of this stamp in that same cemetery!