Monday, July 1, 2013

Stamp on It Blog Hop - My Turn



From day one I knew what I wanted my stamp to reflect about me.  Well about me and Tink, after all I am Tink’s mom.  She is pretty much the center of our life whether we want her to be or not.  She is that type of gal, a very A personality.

I mentioned this hop to a local artist, Andrew Cifelli, and told him what I was planning.  A stamp with Miss Tink’s picture  in the center, a title and Postage stuff at the edge.  He offered to do an ink and watercolor of Miss Tink working from this picture.  




My biggest issue was what I wanted to do with my idea to best  showcase this stamp and Andrew’s work. Not a quilt or a wall hanging. 

I started with a tee shirt and found it very disappointing.



Since I waited until the last minute to take the pictures we are fighting the elements. It is very rainy and humid here today.  I walked outside to a better light than indoors and the camera fogged up.  We had to wait for everything to equalize.

Then a mug rug, 



better but still not what I want.





Then I remembered that a while back I saw a tutorial somewhere to make a Mouse Pad.  I googled it and came up with several ideas on how to do that.   This seemed to be a perfect venue for what I envisioned.



Wow I now know I need to go back and add the scallop to the mug rug.  I think that's the mug rugs problem. Without the scallop it's not a stamp.



For Mouse Pad I did as fusible applique.  Did a little free motion quilting and made sleeves for the back for a place to put something that would keep it from sliding.  I used the rubber stuff they sell to keep throw rugs from slipping.  I found it at Target for a lot less than the suggested shelf liner. This mouse pad is loosely based on the tutorial where I saw the original idea. Thanks Debbie from the Quilters Table.   http://aquilterstable.blogspot.com/2013/05/wordy-mouse-pad-tutorial.html
 



Some History:
Tink is a rescue.  Her full name is really Tinker bell.  Not a very bullie name but when she came to us her name was Pixie which was even less Bullie. Us being Disney types formalized it to Tinkerbell.   She came to us about 5 years ago.  She came with her share of issues and tons of love to give.  She loves people but not other animals.  She is a snuggle bunny. And in spite of her weight and short legs has been seen up on the kitchen table, the bed, the sofa’s, lawn furniture etc. etc.  She is afraid of the dark, motor cycles and the garbage truck.  She came to us as a very aggressive dog, trying to show she was in charge, MJ wasn’t so sure that we made a good decision and he was ready to call it quits two weeks in   I, on the other hand, had promised her a “forever home” .  .  I had so many bruises at the end of the first month, my dermatologist asked if I was in an abusive relationship.  Please understand, none of the bruises were from anger.  She had been locked on a porch for the better part of the first 2 years of her life.  She just had no idea that when 90 pounds of dog runs across the room and jumps into your lap to give you kisses it will be painful to the recipient. Same with her jumping on you as you walked in the front door to acknowledge that you came back to her.  We got a trainer.  More for us then for her and after about 6 months we were a very happy family with absolutely no regrets.

I hope you like my stamp in all of its incarnations.  It is who I am and what I am proud to be, mom to a wonderful rescued animal.

Now please take a few minutes of your time and visit the other folks that have designed stamps reflective of who they  are for this very insightful hop.

65 comments:

  1. They are all great projects, but I really do think the fabrics, color and setting of the mouse pad really make the stamp.

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  2. Tink is adorable. All your projects are cute, but the mousepad is really perfect.
    jan@http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/

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  3. I like all of your stamp creations....really I do. But I love learning about Tink even more. I can just imagine how happy she is as she jumps up onto your laps with thundering force. Gotta love bull dogs....they are 99% heart. You are so lucky to have her and it sounds like she is so lucky to have you too.
    ( did I mention I like your stamps? )

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  4. Love your Tink mouse pad! Thank you for sharing the wonderful story about how she adopted YOU!

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  5. I love hearing about how you became Tinks' Mum - lovely story and the mouse mat is suburb - really looks like a stamp and I must mention that the artwork is fantastic.
    Judy

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  6. I love your Tink mouse pad and the story about her is so wonderful I bet you are a proud Think mum. Thanks for sharing your work and once again the story about Think
    Have a great day

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  7. Andrew did a fabulous job of capturing the essence of Tink and you did an equally fabulous job of placing Tink on those 3 "stamps". The mouse pad is perfect. And I did read the story of Tink being rescued and how special she is to you today. Thanks so much for all of your post!

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  8. Oh I just love the mouse pad...and Tink is filled with personality..wonderful job.

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  9. Love your story about Tink. We have 3 rescue kitties and I don't know how people can be so cruel to animals who want nothing but love. Your stamp is very cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I love Tink! I love you! I love your story! I love what you created! You have started my day oh so happy!

    xx

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  11. Nice projects, and such a sweet pup. You're right, the scallop makes all the difference!

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  12. Great job. I love that you kept on until you were satisfied with the result. The mouse pad is perfect.

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  13. It's fun to see the evolution to the mouse pad, which by the way is wonderful. Tink is adorable and nicely represented by the watercolor and your stamps!

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  14. OH yes; the last one is definitely it!! Very nice.

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  15. Love the mouse pad idea !!
    Thats how i will finish off my stamp !...thanks for sharing :-)

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  16. What a wonderful story about Tink. You did a really giving thing, not only adopting her, but going through the training to make your relationship better. So giving of you. I like your Tink postage stamps too. Nicely done!

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  17. Selina your mouse pad is the best of the projects, but the others were nice too. AI think it's the colors that went best with Tink in the mouse pad. I have some of that background fabric that looks like a honeycomb. That fabric is from years ago too, huh?
    You are sweet to be a rescue Mom.

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  18. Your stamps are all awesome! Tink is too! Beautiful fur baby!

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  19. great idea to use this as a mouse pad!

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  20. Love the mouse pad. What a wonderful story about Tink. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. I love all your versions but I agree that the mouse pad is the best! And kudos to you for rescuing Tink. I have a rescue myself and he's a gem!

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  22. I so get you time and time again....thank you for the story...you are amazing my sweet...ahhh and check out ..well you will see

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    1. and forever home will always have a special meaning for me...x

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  23. What a great stamp! Your artist friend did a really good job on the artwork!!!
    Tinker Bell is lucky to have you!

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  24. Love your stamp! Your Tink is a pretty girl, thanks for sharing her story and rescuing her. I love rescues myself, great animals. vickise at gmail dot com

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  25. Thanks for sharing your process and what you liked/didn't like. I think you did a great job. Love the story of Tink. She's sounds like a wonderful dog!

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  26. Your stamps is so beautiful and a touching image of your sweet Tink...I love it! She is a lucky little baby to have you for her mom. Both my dogs are rescue pets and I love everything about them. :O)

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  27. Love your stamp and love that you rescued Tinker. With so many dogs in shelters, I have a hard time believing pet lovers would go anywhere else looking for their family pet.... Bless you.

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  28. It is one of my favourite stamp!Great idea!

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  29. great stamp - wonderful story!

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  30. Tink on the mousepad is my favorite and I suspect yours too since it finally captured the art work and looked most like a stamp. You can go back and scallop the mug rug now, as you said, if you want to that is.

    Great story about Tink and hanging in there to socialize and train her.

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  31. Hello Tink, my parents had a cat named Tinkerbell or shortened like yours to Tink, lovely story and great mousepad.

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  32. How creative a mouse pad. And such a handsome one at that! I love it! Adorable!

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  33. Miss Tink looks like a sweetie and is so lucky to have been adopted by a loving family. The mug rug and the mousepad look terrific.

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  34. Yay for Rescues :) I think Tink looks great in all your projects!!

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  35. Oh.... I just love your mouse pad and the story behind Tink. My pets have been rescues too and I can't begin to tell of the rewards they've given me. Tink is a lucky little pup and I'm so glad you didn't even consider Tink to be "disposable" like many others. Thanks for sharing and thanks for giving another wonderful creature a forever home!

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  36. Love the process!! and awesome results!! Thanks!!

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  37. Very cute. Love how unique this stamp is. So good of you to keep her and figure out a solution, instead of sending her back.

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  38. Great stamp!
    I have a cow called Tinkerbell - Tink for short!!!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Love your stamp (and Tink too!) :)

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  40. Your stamp, in all it`s variations, is simply splendid!

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  41. What a lovely story about your dog, Tink. And your stamp is a wonderful tribute to him. Thanks for sharing.

    senstrings (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  42. I love your Tink stamp and mug rug.

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  43. Love that mouse pad, Tink is a cutie! I would like to hug her :)

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  44. Terrific stamp. Great showcaseof your friends art. Love the rescue story.We have two rescue dogs, Parker and Belle (Beauty and the Beast).
    Congrats on being one of the chosen.

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  45. What a wonderful stamp you created. Great idea and lots of creativity.

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  46. Very cool! Thanks for sharing the story!

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  47. Great stamp with a heart melting story. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  48. As I am reading your sweet story I can hear my Bullie snoring away. They are so sweet. I just love what you made and congratulations on making top picks!

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  49. Wonderful story, thank you for sharing. Love the stamp. Congrats on being chosen.

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  50. Congratulations on being a top pick of the day! Great quilt and even greater story about you dog. Thanks for sharing!

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  51. Tink is terrific. Thank you for sharing your darling canine companion.

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  52. Tink is such a beautiful dog and your mouse pad is awesome. Thank you for sharing your story about Tink. Bulldogs are so friendly and lovable.

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  53. I'm glad you kept trying with your project. The browns you used in the mouse pad really changed the whole look. Thank you for being so diligent when Tink came to stay.

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  54. Liked all of your projects. You have a really nice friend to help you out with the drawing of your dog. Thanks for the fun and for sharing.

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  55. All our projects turned out great and a lovely story about your Bullie.

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  56. I knew it was you... as soon as I saw Tinks photo on Sew We Quilt! Congradulate her on being one of the top 3!! Although she is #1 in your heart! What a fabulous stamp she/you did!

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  57. great stamp with Tink. what a great way to share a family pic....as our pets are family :)
    thanks for sharing
    in stitches

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  58. What wonderful projects with Tink on them and thanks for sharing Tink's story with us!

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