Happy Friday!  It’s rainy here today with a nip in the air – a perfect day to spend indoors stamping.  I haven’t done a Splitcoaststampers Challenge in what seems like weeks.  Actually it probably has been weeks with my traveling and all.  I’ve checked in on them every day this week, but the mojo has failed me.

All week long, the challenges have been in honor and celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  They have gone PINK!  Since this is a cause near and dear to me, I couldn’t let another day go by without participating.

I think this is the first time that I have combined more than two challenges into one card.  Today, I’ve combined four: the Color Challenge to use Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss and Chocolate Chip; the Sketch Challenge; the Ways to Use it Challenge to use just one word; and today’s Limited Supply Challenge to use leaves.

A few months ago I went to Cincinnati Stampaway with some friends, and bought a few of the new Studio 490 sets.  I met the designer, Wendy Vecchi, at Winter CHA and was in total awe of her designs.  I was so excited at Summer CHA to see that she had released sets incorporating her unique style with chipboard and grunge board.  Today I finally broke them in and put a little ink on them!

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Let’s start with the Grunge Board leaves and flowers first.  I stamped the images on the Grunge Board, cut them out, and then inked the leaves with Kiwi Kiss and the flowers with Worn Lipstick.  An idea-ology Hitch Fastener holds the petals of the flower together.  The background papers started as white.  To give them color, I swiped both Pink Pirouette and Worn Lipstick on my Ranger Craft Sheet, misted the ink with water and laid my paper in the ink to pick up the color.  Using a craft iron, I ironed over the paper to dry it.  This process was continued to keep adding layers of color to the white paper.  The sentiment, dream, was part of a phrase that I masked, inking only the one word to stamp on the third panel.

  • Stamps: Studio 490 Dreams of Art, Flower Art and Ticket to Art from Stampers Anonymous
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Chocolate Chip
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Coffee, Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo Distress; SU Pink Pirouette and Kiwi Kiss
  • Accessories: Tim Holt idea-ology Plain Grunge Board and Hitch Fastener; Ranger Mini Mister, Gold Perfect Pearls and Inkssential Ink Blending Tool; Tonic Tim Holtz Distressing Tool; Clover Craft Iron; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Venture Foam Tape; Ribbon

Have a little fun today and stamp trying something new!

Happy Friday!  I have some exciting (well I think it is exciting) new today.  Yesterday Rubbernecker started a company blog!  Can you see me jumping up and down?  Smiley from millan.net I’ve heard from so many of you inquiring about the Rubbernecker Blog Challenges and if we were going to start them again.  Well, yes we are!  Only now they will be hosted on the RN Blog.  Not only will you be able to find the challenges there, but it will also be the place for tutorials, techniques, product info, our show schedule, and chats with the Design Team.  Please stop by Rubbernecker Stamps – Company Blog and say hi!

Because I worked all day yesterday on the blog and other matters, I didn’t have time to stamp.  I started down to the studio this morning when my phone rang.  Kate was having car problems – MOM to the RESCUE!  See, they still need us even when they think they don’t!

I was intrigued by the Limited Supply Challenge on Splitcoast today, and needed to play along.  The object of today’s challenge to create a card using a technique with only paper, ink and stamps.  I took that to mean no acrylic paint, embossing powders, fancy sprays, etc. – just ink!  To make things even more interesting, while having my daily blog fix this morning, I saw Beate’s weekend sketch challenge.  I’ve never played along in Beate’s challenges and today just decided I needed a little fun.

Anyhoo, here’s my card today.

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I decided to make the larger panel in Beate’s sketch the image panel, even though Beate used designer paper in this area and she also made the small panel her image.  Brilliant actually!  To make the background, I took out my Ranger craft sheet and down the center I swiped three ink colors directly from the pad, Mustard Seed, Broken China and Fired Brick.  I then misted the ink swipes with water until beads started to form on the craft sheet.   Taking my piece of white paper, I laid the paper down in the middle of the ink and picked it right back up.  I then dried the paper with a heat tool.  This step was repeated until I had picked up most of the ink from the craft sheet.  It is important however to the paper dry between adding layers.  This adds interest to the background.  By the way, the sentiment panel was created the same way.  After creating the background, the images were stamped and more color was added to the edges using a blending tool.  For more interest I distressed the edges, and then stitched the panel to the actual card base.

  • Stamps: Sentiment and Tim Holtz Nature’s Discovery by Stampers Anonymous from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Scrapperdashery Love is Patient; SU Barely Banana
  • Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Mustard Seed, Broken China, Fired Brick and Dusty Concord Distress, Archival Jet Black and Coffee
  • Accessories: Ranger Craft Sheet, Mini Mister, Inkssentials Blending Tool; Venture Foam Tape; Sewing Machine; Tonic Tim Holtz Distress Tool; Ribbon

Have a great day!

Good morning!  Smiley from millan.net I can’t believe it’s 10:00 a.m., and I’ve already finished one card.  That doesn’t say much because I need to prepare to Stamp Club tomorrow morning.  It would help if I knew what I was going to do with them.  Yesterday’s shopping trip was an adventure in itself.  I did find a few old books and a shelf for the studio, at the consignment shop we went to first.  The shop is different from most that I’ve been in.  It’s all household items, i.e., furniture, tables, pictures, books, etc.  We found out while there that when interior designers (like my mother’s), get rid of old furniture, that’s where they send it.  Pretty cool!  We also stopped at Goodwill, Tuesday Morning, and then made a trip to Bernie’s Bargain Barn.  Now Bernie’s, is only a few miles from the house, but the rest of the Howell Women had never been there.  I’ll need to go back another day when I have plenty of time to browse through all the antiques and collectibles.  There were a few items that interested me, but we didn’t have the van!

I know I’ve been absent for a few days.  Haven’t felt much like stamping let alone even venture into the studio.  The other night, maybe Tuesday, I was sitting out on the deck with the dogs when the hummingbirds started zooming in.  I quickly ran in to get my camera and plopped myself down being as quiet as I could be.  Here’s just one of the many pictures I was able to take.

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Then I couldn’t help myself and snapped this picture of Miss Ellie.

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Enough of my babble, let’s get to today’s card.  I’ve been meaning to play in the SCS Challenges all week.  However, as I said earlier it just hasn’t been in the stars for me this week.  I guess knowing that I must be in the studio today.  I got an early start.  I checked today’s Limited Supply Challenge, which was to use the color orange and a coffee image, and new I had new stamps that would work.  Let’s call this my warm up for today – it all went together so nicely.

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I have been drooling over this stamp set from Impression Obsession for months and months.  Every time I’m at a show they are, they’re sold out before I can get to the booth.  Luckily while at the Cincinnati StampAway, I got there early enough that they still had it and today is the first day it has seen ink.  I was inspired by all the fabulous coffee mugs I saw at Tuesday Morning yesterday.  It took all I had not to load a bunch in the cart.

  • Stamps: Smell the Coffee from Impression Obsession
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Basic Black
  • Ink: Tsukineko Brilliance Graphite Black
  • Accessories: Copic Markers; Spellbinders Wizard, Plain and Scalloped Oval Nestabilities; Cuttlebug  D’vine Swirl Embossing Folder; Venture Foam Mounting Tape; Ribbon

Have a great day today!  I’m off to prepare for Stamp Club.  Oh and hey — don’t forget that Rubbernecker has the Spellbinder’s Nesties on sale this week!

Smiley from millan.net

It’s Smiley from millan.net afternoon, the start of a long Holiday weekend. Mallory will be home early evening with all her laundry. That means I need to get mine finished up this afternoon so that the laundry room isn’t too big a mess. I’ve only been trying to get it done all week. Ah well, the best intentions often go astray . . . especially if one suffers from CRS! I know when I started writing this post that I actually had a point. What it was, I don’t remember. Here’s what happened . . . open Word Perfect, start typing; let dogs out; reheat something for lunch; get email about Labor Day Sale; think about post; let dogs in; get lunch from the microwave; oops cokes in the garage – go get them; get paper while in the garage in case there is a sale ad; stare at computer screen; fight the little shitz’ off my lap while eating; think about this post; clean dishes; stare at computer screen some more; check paper, no ad; stare at computer screen and realize . . . what the hell am I doing? I don’t remember! There you have it . . . CRS!

I know there is a card somewhere in here, because it has only taken me 2 days to finish one. Yesterday’s Ways to Use it Challenge was to use colored pencils. Great challenge! I haven’t used them in so long and was looking forward to it. I colored an image, made a card – hated it, threw it in the garbage. Started a second image and it just wasn’t working for me either. Into the garbage it went. Last night after dinner I gave it another try. The image worked but I left it and said enough for one day. This morning, when I checked on today’s Limited Supply Challenge, I knew that I could finish my card today. So, here is my card – three challenges rolled into one! This week’s SCS Sketch (layout was something borrowed), Ways to Use It (using colored pencils) and Limited Supply Challenge (something new, something old, something borrowed, something blue).

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My something new: stamps from Whipper Snapper and paper from StarLitStudio. Something borrowed: the SCS sketch from this week. Something old: Textile CB Embossing folder and Prismacolor Colored Pencils. Something blue: the little butterfly in the image.

  • Stamps: Anna Wight’s Blossoms and Butterflies from Whipper Snapper Designs
  • Paper: 7 Gypsies Henna from Morocco Journey; SU Chocolate Chip; Prism Papaya Puree; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black and Vintage Photo Distress
  • Accessories: Spellbinders Wizard; Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder; Prismacolor Colored Pencils; Turpenoid; Blending Stumps; Tsukineko Sponger Dauber; Brads; Ribbon

I’m going to finish the laundry before I get into something else, and I forget again. Don’t ya just hate it when you have a load in the wash that you started 3 days ago and you forget all about it? I hope you have a great Labor Day Weekend! Hey and don’t forget about my Twisted Humor Challenge . . . I so need some good laughs!

Oh my BADness, it’s Friday! I can hardly believe the weekend is here already. I spent yesterday afternoon reorganizing my work space, and moving things around. Now I have to tackle the stamps. Speaking of stamps, I’ve had some fun recently going through my old stamps and finding things I had long forgotten.

Today’s Limited Supply Challenge on Splitcoast actually fell in my lap today! It’s called Oldies But Goodies, and the challenge is to use old stamps that you won’t get rid of, but haven’t used in a while. One of the other things about this challenge is to use some old designer paper or cardstock that you have been hoarding. I actually use my designer paper so what I decided to do were use items to stamp my own background that I never use anymore. They also asked us not to use Copics, but to dust off other coloring tools.

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I stamped the image on watercolor paper and then painted with Ranger Distress Reinkers. To add just a bit of bling to the image, I painted on some Stickles and then shook on a bit of glitter (which I never use anymore). For the background, I stamped the sentiment in embossing ink and then embossed with Holographic EP (another item I don’t use anymore).

  • Stamps: Witches Feet from Stampendous; Trick or Treat Sentiment from Custer’s Last Stamp
  • Paper: Canson Watercolor Paper; SU Basic Black and Kiwi Kiss; Prism Majestic Purple Dark
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black; Distress Embossing; Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot, Weathered Wood, Peeled Paint and Dusty Concord Distress Reinkers
  • Accessories: Ranger Crystal Stickles; Diamond Gold Ultra Fine Glitter; Holographic EP; Brads; Ribbon; Venture Foam Tape; Watercolor Brush and Cup of Water

I’m heading back to the studio to work some more. I started a few cards last night that I would love to finish up today. Have a good one!

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