I’ve been meaning to post all day, to wish you all a Happy Halloween.  You also should check out the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog today.  Kittie has posted a wonderful tutorial on how to create one of her winter scene cards.  It’s all part of our new Friday Focus Feature!

With that, I leave you with one of my favorite cartoons!

mooning witch

Smiley from millan.net Good Tuesday morning!  Oh yeah, it’s Tuesday!  It’s Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker.  Make sure you stop by the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog for all the deets and for a few announcements. We have some exciting things happening later this week!  You can also find the links to all the Design Team Members – I know you don’t want to miss an opportunity for some blog candy.

I decided to step out of my comfort zone for my card today.  AND let me tell you . . .  This was not an easy card for me to make.  Actually, it was a challenge.  I’ve had some Twinkling H2Os buried in the cabinet for a few years now, and decided to pull them out, dust them off and use them.  That was the easy part.  Once I got the images colored, the layout was the hardest.  I tried to do a simple and elegant card . . . NO WAY!  Then I got a brainstorm to emboss a background with a CB embossing folder . . . well, that’s another story for another time!  It could be a good story or a bad story . . . I’ll let you know later.

Anyhoo, here’s my card.

RN Christmas Block

I stamped and embossed the main image three times and then painted them with the Twinkling H2Os.  I cut out the second and third images, so that I could layer each section over the other.  Here’s a close up of the detail.

Close Up RN Christmas Block


  • Stamps: Rubbernecker Winter Holiday Collection: Christmas Block SKU:255-01 from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Canson Watercolor; Prism Rose Medium; Memory Box Holiday GreetingsInk: Ranger Distress Embossing
  • Accessories: LuminArte Twinkling H2Os; Spellbinders Classic Square Nestabilities; Ranger Queen’s Gold EP; Venture Foam Tape; Ribbon

Have a great day! Smiley from millan.net

Good Monday morning!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Since I was traveling the last two times Mallory was home, she decided to drive in for the weekend!  It was so much fun to spend time with both my girls.  We went shopping on Saturday and then lunch.  Saturday night we hung out here at the house and watched a movie together.  I don’t remember the last time we were all here and watched a movie together.  Such a great day — good times!

I’ve had a number of emails and comments, asking me to post pictures of my studio after I mentioned I was reorganizing.  Now trust me, it’s nothing fancy but it works for me.  Where I’m going to put my stamp club, I don’t know — I’ll figure that out in a few days.    That table was removed from the room, folded up and put away.

Anyhoo, here’s my new workspace.

Studio work space

The table was moved away from the back wall and the new cube shelving was put where the table was.  I now face toward the front of the room with everything I use on a regular basis within handy reach behind me.  Things I don’t use much were put in the fabric cubes.   The pine shelf on the right wall (which needs to be painted black), was a recent find at a consignment shop.  It’s perfect for holding my Ranger distress and pigment pad.   I placed a small tie hook bar just on the left-hand side of the rack to hang my heat tool and extra rags on.  Those binders on the upper left cabinet hold my single unmounted rubber stamps.

This next photo is what I face when I’m sitting at my table.  This is also were my stamp club table was.

studio photo/paper area

The Hoosier was moved to the other wall.  It holds miscellaneous wood-mounted stamps, extra miscellaneous tools, my Wizard, Bind-it-All, etc.  When I need to work at the Hoosier, I can pull the top out farther and have plenty of room.  With the smaller folding table put in this area, I can leave my light tent up all the time and it fits perfectly on this table.  Before there was about an 8″ give that made it had to keep the tent from sliding from front to back.   You can also see my television on left-hand side.  Yes, I face my television now!

I know there have been many discussions about storing unmounted stamps.  Well, here’s what I do for most of them.

Studio unmounted set storage

All my unmounted sets are clipped to closet shelving.  Right now I have odd things setting on the shelves.  The fabric cubes used to sit on the shelves.  They’ve been moved now.  I’ll need to find a way to dress this area up a bit.  I also need to pull out the holiday sets and organize them a bit better than they are now.  Maybe a binder!  My punches were hanging on the back of the studio door, and it was a pain in the butt to get up and hunt for a punch.  Now they hang where my desk used to be.  My Spellbinders and CB dies are stored in shelving under the table where the television sits.

That’s about it for the changes.  I’m sure there will be more, but right now it seems to be working.   By the way, it usually stays this neat — I can’t stand to have piles of stuff lying around.  I always have to clean up after every card and then start all over.  I hope y’all have a great day!

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