Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A silent night...

Today it is time for Rubbernecker Blogger's Challenge #7!

We have a sketch from the Sketch Diva, herself, Tami Mayberry.
(the details can be found on the Rubbernecker Stamp Company Blog; also you will find links there to the other design team member's take on the sketch!
I know I said I would make Halloween cards all this week....but, I am taking a small break.
silent night II
It is a fun sketch--I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween Day #2 and Treasure Tuesday

Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Apple Cider!! Arrrr ye mateys, it's Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker.  You can find out ALL the details at the Rubbernecker Stamp Company Blog.
And there is candy on Bev's and Broni's blogs!!
Today I have another Halloween card for you!Happy Halloween Spider
This card features the *Hang in There* stamp by Stamp Oasis at Rubbernecker Stamp Company.  Isn't he CUTE!?!
The top two dps are from Basic Grey and the distressed polka-dot is from Paper Studio.
Now check out what the other Rubbernecker Design team members have done:
Bev  - Savor the Journey
Broni - Splashes of Watercolor
Candy - Candys Land
Joan - Stamping with a Passion!
Kittie -  Kittie Kraft
Linda -  Linda’s Works of Heart
Pam - Iris Garden
Shelly -  Stamp with Shelly
Tami - A Walk on the Mild Side
Sherry - Walkin' on the BAD Side!
I hope to have another last minute Halloween card tomorrow--so be sure to check back!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Halloween Week-Day #1

Yeah, I am probably the only person that had a panic attack when she realized that Halloween was at the end of the week. Now, mind you, I have my kids costumes done (thanks MOM!!), candy bought, fall decorations done, cookies baked.....

BUT this is the first year that I have ever had Halloween stamps--and the thought of putting these fun stamps away for a year--saddens me. I am not a big Halloween fan--but I am a kid fan. And what is better when you are a kid but to dress up in something you wish you were--(or glad you are NOT) and romp around the neighborhood begging for candy!!??!!!

So I am going to give my Halloween stamps one last go around this week. Today is the Branch Set form Starving Artistamps (the sentiment is from the Trick or Treat set).

Spooky Branch

Other details: the branch is heat embossed with black ep; the dp is Basic Grey as is the rub on:the ribbon was heated to whither up a bit; the moon was masked and then reverse masked. As always you can click on the picture to get a closer view.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A couple of cards...

I am just getting started in playing with the new Bees Sheet at Starving Artistamps.  If you haven't been to Starving Artistamps, lately, you have probably missed some new stuff.   And don't forget my 10% off deal for you there!!

The oak leaves are just fabulous!  Though it is hard to see in the picture--the stamp is inked with orange and then rolled in bright pink.  The outline leaf and the sponging are done with Old Paper (Tim Holtz Distress Ink).

Happy Thanksgiving Leaf

This next one uses the clover stamp and one of the bees.  The wings are covered in Judikins diamond glaze and the touch of yellow is from chalk pastels.

Bee and clover

  Thanks for stopping by!!


Thursday, October 23, 2008

And the winner is.....

Sandra MacLean com on down!!!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2008-10-23 10:44:28 UTC

And Sandra's post:

Congratulations Juliana!! I adore your SA cards so I can't wait to see what
you do with the Rubbernecker stamps! They're a favorite of mine too!

favorite Halloween costume has to be my witch! She comes out every year!
(Actually, the witch is my one and only costume - but who's counting?!? ;D

October 21, 2008 11:45 AM

Woo HOO Sandra!Free Smiley Courtesy of

Thanks to all that played and for the kind congratulations!

Major edits (which is what I have to do when I hit *Publish* BEFORE coffee)

  • My favorite HALLOWEEN was a paperbag chicken than my mom made for me when I was in fifth grade. TOTALLY whacky and completely fun. I have had other favorite costumes as I was Theatre major in college--but that is a post for another day.
  • The Nativity (from THIS card) stamp is now available from Rubbernecker HERE.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Hat Trick Card

In other words--Three for three.

This card is for the Rubbernecker Stamp Company Blogger Challenge: Paper Piecing ! (hosted by Kittie--so you HAVE to check it out!!)

Also this is for the SplitCoastStampers' Color Challenge: Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, and Chocolate Chip. (YUM!)

And Finally, for the SplitCoastStampers' Sketch Challenge:

So without further yapping: (note: you can always click on the pic for a closer view)

sc199-cc189 Peace on Earth

Materials Used:

  • Stamps: Lucia by KK Originals and Scroll Peace by Stamp Oasis; all from Rubbernecker Stamp Company;
  • Paper: dp and little bits from the stash; Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip;
  • Ink: Dark Brown Fluid Chalk Ink;
  • Accessories: white gel pen, Stickles (Diamond); foam tape;

Thanks for stopping by--I can't wait to see YOUR paper piecing creations!!

Don't forget to sign up for BLOG CANDY on yesterday's post before Thursday morning!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Exciting News....

First off it is Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker Stamp Company. So sail on over to the Rubbernecker Stamp Company Blog to get that first clue!!!

Second, I have blog candy!!! So leave me a post here before Thursday morning to be entered. For fun, (and if you want) tell me your favorite Halloween costume that you have worn. (I will tell you mine, when I reveal the winner). The blog candy is $10 in Rubbernecker bucks!!!!!!! AND don't forget to check out Candy Williams' blog--because she is giving away blog candy, too!

The third bit of exciting news is that Joan Ervin and Pam Hooten have joined the Rubbernecker Design Team as Guest Designers!!! Is that exciting or WHAT!!??!

AND that Bev Gerard and I have been welcomed aboard the regular Rubbernecker Design Team!!!! WOO HOO!! (or as Bev (Tex) would say YEEE HAW!!!)
Okie dokie now it is time for a card!
Holy Family
The stamp is HERE on the Rubbernecker Stamp Company site.
Did you comment for the blog candy, yet???

Here is the whole Rubbernecker line up (for your blurfing pleasure):
Bev - Savor the Journey
Broni - Splashes of Watercolor
Candy - Candys Land
Joan - Stamping with a Passion!
Kittie - Kittie Kraft
Linda - Linda’s Works of Heart
Pam - Iris Garden
Shelly - Stamp with Shelly
Tami - A Walk on the Mild Side
Sherry - Walkin' on the BAD Side!

Monday, October 20, 2008


There is a Frankenstein's Monster INVASION!!!  Well, not really.  My youngest needed treat bags for her Pre-K class--Crafter Mama to the RESCUE!!

Frankie all

I got a ton of inspiration from many different places on the web. But basically they are punch art. 

  • Pupil- 1/4" punch-black
  • Eyeball-1-1/4" punch white
  • Eyelid and Nose-1-3/8" circle- olive-cut in half
  • Bolts- File tab punch cut in half-gray
  • Face-Corner rounder punch

Here is a close up:Frankie one

(BTW- Sorry about the LOUSY pics--my camera card is dying--only every other pic turns out AND they have static on one side--alternates every other picture)

Now, I get to deliver them to two other mom's that will fill them.  They are thrilled that I did the bag--and I am thrilled that THEY are filling them!!

Now I want to look for ideas for her teacher and assistant teacher.  Perhaps they will get mummies.

Thanks for stopping by---Come back tomorrow because I will be giving away BLOG CANDY!!



Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The same thing...only different

Yesterday I posted this.

Now today, it is the same thing.......only different.

I was TOTALLY inspired by Leigh O'Brien's Freaky Friday Challenge #2.  The challenge is to use NON-Halloween stamps for a Halloween card.


Same stamp, same layout; New colors and theme.

Stamps: Birch Forest by KK Originals from Rubbernecker;
Paper: watercolor paper, pumpkin, dark gray, black, and olive cardstock; BasicGrey Ambrosia;
Ink: StazOn Jet Black; Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Various Distress inks for watercoloring;
Accessories: Circle dies, and Julius alpha (Spellbinders); foam tape; ribbon; 1/4" hand punch;

I think it is really fun how with changing colors the same stamp and layout can become so different!!


Green, Blue and Brown...

Happy Wednesday!!!
It is time for a challenge from the Rubbernecker Stamp Company Blog! This week (Challenge #5) it is a color challenge.
Green, Blue and Brown.

So here is my card:
BC Birches Friend

Stamps: Emerson Quote by Rubbernecker. Birch Forest by KK Originals; both from Rubbernecker;
Paper: watercolor paper, caramel, chocolate, dark teal cardstock;
Ink: StazOn Jet Black;Walnut Stain Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Various Distress inks for watercoloring;
Accessories: Circle dies (Spellbinders); foam tape; ribbon,

Check out the other design team blogs for more inspiration:

For more samples, please visit the Design Team's Blogs:

I can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Noel and Treasure Tuesday

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker. As always, you can find the clue on our home page. If you haven't visited lately, you'll find that we are now offering your choice of the two images offered up for the treasure. In order to claim your treasure, place your choice of the two images in your cart, and then purchase only one other item. You’ll also want to vist the other DT blogs to see some great projects:

AND me mates Shelly and Tami have Blog Booty (aye, that's pirate talk for blog candy) so be sure you don't miss their blogs!!
TLC190~Stair Step Noel
This card was inspired by the technique lover's challenge-- Stair Step Fold.
One thing I would like to point out, is that Maurice, the snow guy is not crooked---I was just not careful in setting up the card--and that *step* of the card is crooked. Perhaps tomorrow I can get a better picture--until then, Maurice will have just a bit more personality.

Thanks for stopping by--and good luck with your treasure hunt!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Watercolor Inspiration

Today's inspiration challenge is from Mizue Hirano, a Japanese watercolor artist.  I found her work to be both interesting and soothing.  Here are some pieces that I found to be inspiring:


I love the colors and the way they all flow together. 

Here is the result of my playing:

IC149~Thank You Very Much

I took the inspiration pieces a bit literally.  I also ran with the Japanese theme.  Hence the Japanese stab binding and the sentiment (From Rubbernecker).  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks for watercolors.  I used: Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade.  I thought it could use a bit of glimmer so I added a bit of Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls to my paint tray and highlighted some of the areas.

It is out of my usual pattern--for certain---but I had fun.

Now, about the baby card.  The results of the poll can be seen HERE.  Thanks for the opinions!

I have decided to send the sleeping baby now--and the Blessings for the baptism.  That idea was inspired by Broni.   Thanks all for tolerating my indecision AND my flirt with blog toys!

Hope you are having a fabulous fall weekend like we are having here!!


Friday, October 10, 2008

A Head's UP!

Have you ever wanted to go to a stamp show and visit all the fascinating stamp vendors--BUT there is never one near you??  Or perhaps (like me) you hate paying for parking and for the privilege of walking in the door.  Well, the folks at Rubber Stamp  Chat have an answer for you....

A VIRTUAL Convention!!!  WOOO HOOO!!

Check out BOTH pages of vendors--and YES!  Starving Artistamps is there!!!  Well, HERE. Winking

It looks like some great deals there.  So check it out. No high gas prices, no dragging the dh or kids along, and FREE PARKING!!!!


On another note--my poll is still open till Saturday (here).  It is an anonymous poll and just for FUN!  I am a bit puzzled why about 70 people have looked but only 16 voted.  I am thinkin' that there are bunches of people who have no opinion, or hated both cards, or the widget doesn't work on some browsers??? 

Have a happy Friday and weekend.  If I get through my mountain of laundry--perhaps I will have something stamped to show you!


Thursday, October 09, 2008

Which one???

I made two cards for my nephew (who came one week ago today! WOO HOO!!!!) and now I cannot decide which one to send to him (and My brother and sister-in-law).  Soooooo YOU get to help me choose.

Both cards were done as a part of the featured stamper challenge over at SplitCoastStampers.  They CASE this card, and this card.

FS87 Baby BlessingsFS87 Sleeping Baby Boy

So this is my first ever poll!!! Which card do you think. I am leaning toward one, but I am curious to see what other's think.

This very well could be my last nephew.  No pressure!!

Thanks for your input.  Feel free to leave a comment expounding on your vote!


Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Happy Birthday, Sherry!

Yes--TODAY is Bad Sherry's birthday. But before you run over to her blog to wish her a happy day (which I strongly encourage you to do) stop by the Rubbernecker Stamp Company BLOG to see this week's blog challenge! For this week (#4) is all about birthdays!!!HB Sherry
She does take the cake, doesn't she!!??!!

Materials Used:
Stamps: Birthday Cake by Rubbernecker; You Take The Cake Text by Stamp Oasis;
Ink: Dark Brown Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink;
Paper: close to cocoa and chocolate chip (SU!); Dp from Sonnets-Creative Imaginations; pearly vanilla;
Accessories: Prismacolor pencils; Gel Pens (Sam's Club); Glossy Accents; ribbon; foam tape; Circle Nestabilities Dies;
Have a great day, Sherry!!

Don't miss what the other Design Team members have done:
Bev - Savor the Journey
Broni - Splashes of Watercolor
Candy - Candys Land
Kittie - Kittie Kraft
Linda - Linda’s Works of Heart
Shelly - Stamp with Shelly
Tami - A Walk on the Mild Side
Sherry - Walkin' on the BAD Side!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Angel on a Box

it’s Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker.  You can find sample cards of one of the prizes today on the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog.  You’ll also find a list of all the Design Team Members with their blog links so that you can hop around and visit them. Sherry has BLOG CANDY.  So do NOT miss her blog!!
Today's project is from the Technique Lover's Challenge.  It is a Mini Pizza Box.  I am not sure what I am going to put in mine yet.  But it was fun anyway.  It could EASILY be adapted to any size and any rectangular/square dimensions.
TLC189 Angel Box
TLC189 Angel Box Front view
Materials Used:
Stamps: Music Background by Stamp Oasis; Lucia by KK Originals ALL images from Rubbernecker Stamp Company;
Paper: Off white; Old Olive and Taken with Teal (SU!)
Ink: Palette Noir (Stewart Superior); Broken China and Shabby Shutters Tim Holtz Distress Ink;
Accessories: Nestabilities Classic Scallop Circle dies; Stickles-Aqua and Stardust (Ranger); Lemon Yellow Liquid Pearls (Ranger); Ribbon (May Arts); Corner Rounder punch (EK Success); Pen (EK Success); Prismacolor Pencils;
No don't forget to go to the Rubbernecker Blog for the treasure hunt clue AND links to other Rubbernecker Designer Blogs.  AND stop by and see Sherry for Blog CANDY!!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

A little more Mojo...

I thought I would give Julee's Mojo Monday #55 another shot!  I think I followed the sketch a little more closely!!  It was also great fun since I got to use a couple of my favorite stamps.  I love all the silhouette flowers from Starving Artistamps--but this one is one of my favorites--It is a little tricky to find on the website--because it is one page over from the rest.  You can find the Queen Anne's Lace, HERE.

Another one of my favorite stamps is the Fern Leaf Tooled Leather Background stamp.  It is so versatile!  Sometimes I quickly watercolor between the leaves--but today--it was quick and fun. (and remember if you are interested in these stamps you can get them at 10% off by clicking on the button on the right!=>)

CC186-Mojo55 God Bless


Stamps: Queen Ann's Lace Silhouette; Fern Leaf Tooled Leather Background; Sentiment from the Faith Sentiment Set; (all from Starving Artistamps)

Paper: Pearlescent Cream; Really Rust and Chocolate Chip (SU!); The blue is the reverse side of the dp by Wild Asparagus. 

Ink: Chocolate Chip and Really Rust  (SU!)

Accessories: Corner, tab, and scallop square punches; hardware from CTMH; foam tape, sponge;

I think practice does help--I do like how this card turned out a bit better!

Thanks for stopping by!