Sunday, 29 January 2017

Kits and bits

I'm not usually a fan of miniature kits. This, in part, is due to my inability to absorb instruction from a page. I seem to 'get' something much easier if I watch someone and then mimic them.

I made an exception recently and purchased a set of three round lid basket kits from Nancy Enge and set aside a whole day to tackle them. It actually took around an hour for each so Nancy gets a big, fat 10 out of 10 from me. I've made the flip-up lids from the kit but left them off because I just can't decide how I will use the baskets.



Such pretty colours 😃 Since Nancy is currently filling her Etsy shop with new and exciting designs, I don't need much persuasion to buy more kits so that I can have both lid-on and lid-off variations 😊

I told you in my last post that I had been experimenting with laserable rubber. I'm keen to try everything, especially if it improves the things I can make. Although I bought a sheet described as 'low odour', it still STINKS when it's being etched. Not quite tyre bonfire, but enough to make Hubby spray air freshener into the room as he passed.
I designed a file in Inkscape of the first miniature-type logo I found, (since I thought this would be a good use of the material)

 
Imagine you sell your miniatures. Now imagine your very own logo stamped on it 😆😆😆😆😆



(TSS - I'm sending you this stamp to play with)

I think they would look pretty sweet on miniature advertising crates too. Ah, the possibilities are endless 😊

Fear not if you don't have access to a laser or a laser cutting company and want to give it a go. The alternative is soft cut lino blocks which are available from most art shops.

Just a word of warning if you decide to get some laser cut and if you design them yourself - make sure you flip your design vertically. Don't do this....



Yep, I didn't flip it. In my case, this stamp should actually read 100% - Genuine - Dumb arse! 😄

Enjoy the rest of your weekend
Pepper x

36 comments:

  1. You and Nancy have that creativity energy in high gear! Nice stamps - I would have gotten them upside down and backwards the first few tries! I like the basket colors, too. I haven't figured out which colors to use on mine - 24 markers might be too many choices for my wee brain to choose from!

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    1. Right there with you Sister. 24 pens, too many choices :0D

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  2. Wow! That's amazing. I've got two of her kits but I'm lacking markers in the right color so I haven't tried to assemble them yet.

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    1. You'll really love them Sheila. It's very relaxing weaving away :0)

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  3. The baskets are lovely, such great colors too.
    The laser cut rubber is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!! I am pea green with envy. That makes my imagination go crazy. I would love to be able to do that.
    Hahaha Tell hubby to buy a bottle of Fresh Wave spray. That stuff cleans ANYTHING out of the air. It is an odor eliminator (no cover up perfumes) They need to hire me. I am their biggest fan.

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    1. :0D I wonder if Febreeze is the UK equivelant? We have that to kill the stinkies :0)

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    2. No... Fabreeze can't compare, it is good but not as good as Fresh Wave. That stuff is amazing.

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    3. I really need to find me some Fresh Wave :0)

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  4. Hi Pepper! The basket kits look Lovely! The colors are beautiful and so unusual for "baskets"! I think the logo stamp is a wonderful idea.... yes it helps if the words are readable!!! I suppose if you can handle the smell.... the options are endless! Mini block printed cottons? Wallpapers? Stationery? Bags, Tags, Labels, book covers.......! Have Fun! :)

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    1. That's what I love about these kits Betsy. You're normally restricted to weaving with brown/black or white and I wanted to try more modern colours. Ooo yes, block printing! Great idea :0D

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  5. I would have never thought about rubber!! That could makes some cool graffiti stamping for walls. I'm excited to see what else you will laser cut.

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    1. Graffiti stamps? I would never have thought of that. Cool, thanks Kat :0)

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  6. Wonderful baskets and in nice modern colors, Pepper :)! Regarding the stamp: I have never thought about making a stamp for myself, very clever and it would be useful on the miniature shows and for selling miniatures. I also would keep the failed stamp, because like you self say: you never know when you can use this one, lol ;O!

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    1. You really need a logo stamp IIona :0D You can print it on all your wrappings and bags for the fairs :0)

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  7. Pretty colors! I've got one more basket kit I'm saving until I decide on a color.

    Chuckling at your adventures in cutting stamps. :D

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  8. The Baskets came out wonderfully, love the colors. The rubber stamps cool too...Endless ideas with this!

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    1. I know, right? I may have to buy more rubber sheets :0D

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  9. Oh, that's a wonderful stamp! :D Great job on the baskets, too!

    Funny how the word "laserable" sounded out loud makes one seem drunk. haaa! Don't mind me...it's a Monday morning. Mimosas, anyone?

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    1. Hahaha, Brae, I think I will join you with a Mimosa *clink* CHEERS! :0D

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  10. Appealing colors indeed on your basketry, Pepper! So glad you’re pleased <3
    Rubber stamps are very versatile! Years ago, my then-logo and business stationery system were all done with various custom stamps. So fun, and very affordable.

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    1. You do realise you've started something here Nancy. I need a basket of every colour :0D

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  11. Oh my how that must have smelled! The result is really good, I'm impressed with how thin you were able to etch down the lines. There must have been a lot of practice runs (I can only imagine me melting piece after piece haha). TSS is going to love the stamp!
    Every time I see these baskets I can't help but think light fixture shade. Obviously I haven't seen them in person to see the scale properly but I keep thinking a little wire, metal tubing and an LED and they'd be perfect. :)

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    1. Oh yes, what a fantastic idea! These baskets are turning out to be very versatile. Thanks Kristine :0D

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  12. I Love your baskets Pepper and Nancy is certainly making a NAME for herself with the quality of the various kits she is producing!
    Love The Shopping Stamp logo! It is full of action with the graphics both simple and lovely!
    Your Considerable talents continue to Amaze me, every single time. :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. The basket kits are really worth having :0)

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  13. hahaha- and oh what a great idea with the rubber stamps. I love the baskets too :)

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  14. The modern baskets are wonderful.

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  15. Ooooh, they look awesome!
    LOL at the last one though, I think we've all done that! I went to a t-short printing/art class thing once when I was a kid, and you were asked to print out a photo at home that you wanted on a t-shirt. I was a huge LOTR fan at the time so chose a really dramatic photo of I think it was Legolas, with the film title below him and of course, printed it out unflipped. I was SO upset. XD

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    1. Aw, bless. This did make me chuckle, Never mind, your Tshirt will look perfect to anyone driving in front of you, looking in their rear view mirror :0D

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  16. Mini stamps for crates and stuff would be a great seller on etsy, the wax paper method is ok but this would be way more convenient, especially for anyone making a lot of the same thing.

    You could use the unflipped one on something see through 😃

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  17. I love the colors of the baskets, they turned out wonderful! I agree with Jodi, you and Nancy are doing such great job with your imagination and the details you add to all your work. What a great idea to create a stamps!

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