Saturday, August 30, 2008

Java Minute?

Anyone who knows me at all, knows I love coffee, and I love stamping.  So it stands to reason that I love coffee themed stamps.  I also like puns. 

So these stamps are very ME!  They are by KK Originals at Rubbernecker Stamp Company.

WT181-Java Minute modified

I also like the retro feel of the cup and the scalloped paper. It reminded me of a 1930's era kitchen.  So I added the buttons and the bias tape (reminds me of one of my grandma's aprons).  I wish I remembered the name of the manufacturer of the scalloped paper (if you know--please share).

I stamped the cup and the sentiment with Fluid Chalk Ink by Clearsnap.  It works GREAT with colored pencils (and watercolors, too) and gives a nice matte finish to the image.  These are some of my favorite inks to use.  They stamp great on non-porous surfaces, cloth, as well as on paper--and, hey, they are on sale, too at Rubbernecker.

Materials Used:

Thanks for stopping by--I hope you are having a great holiday weekend!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Watercolored Twins

Yesterday I had some cards to get done to send out to some friends AND I was in the mood to watercolor.  Impression Obsession to the RESCUE!

First for the Color Challenge at SplitCoastStampers:

CC181--Crafty black coffee

Then--using blue and flowers (for a friend's birthday):

Billie Birthday

I forgot how much I love to watercolor (I know I have said that before).  In my studio in my new house, I am not near a source of water, so I often opt for other coloring choices.  I would LOVE to take a watercoloring class someday--but it isn't going to happen this year.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Asian Fall and Treasure Hunt Tuesday

Arrrrrrr ye mateys, it be a Tuesday and ya know what that means. It’s Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker Stamp Company. Put ye swashbuckling skills to the test and plunder all the treasure that be waitin’ fer ya. Set sail along with me mates and join us fer the first clue. Along ye way, there are a few ports ya need be stoppin’ at. There be some extra to be found today – set sail now and visit Broni and Linda for a chance to win a $10 Rubbernecker Gift Certificate! After ye stops there, head on over to Rubbernecker where ye will find the first clue and more deets on how ya may claim ye bounty! While ye are sailing around today, make sure ye stop and visit the rest of me mates, Shelly, Tami, Kittie, Sherry, Bev, and Candy.
You’ll also want to take note that the MINI SCOR-IT and Colorbox Fluid chalk Full size pads are on sale. And all orders containing $25 in product (not stamps or cushion) will receive a 10% rebate (rebate based on subtotal after all discounts taken) on the entire order.
Now for today's card...
TLC183 and Chalkboard Asian Fall
To make this card I used the chalkboard technique for the main image. I colored the tree, leaves and moon with colored pencils, and the clouds with chalk (pastels). The background is made using the faux dry embossing technique.
Materials Used:
Stamps: Asian Fall by Stamp Oasis; Bamboo Background by Rubbernecker;
Paper: Black, Basic Gray, and Chocolate Chip (SU!);
Ink: White pigment ink; Weathered Wood Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ranger);
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils (Sanford); chalk (SU); White Gel pen (Inkssentials); ribbon; foam tape;
Have a great Tuesday!! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Happy Halloween

Today, this branch is spooky--come back closer to Christmas--it will be decked with snow--in spring it will have flowers.

TLC183 halloween branch

But today, it is home to a fat glittery spider.

The branch was stamped using the faux dry embossing technique.  Do I think it looks like it has been dry embossed??  No, I think I would need to try different ink/paper color combos to make that work.  BUT, I do think the effect is rather cool!!

The branch was stamped with Frayed Burlap (Tim Holtz Distress Ink) and then with a white pigment ink.  The webs were stamped with Old Paper (THDI).  The spider was stamped with the Frayed Burlap, colored with pencils, and then outlined with a glitter gel pen.

The ribbon was frayed/melted with my heat tool.

My hope, was a lighthearted spooky.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Sunday, August 24, 2008


I just love this DoodleFactory image.  It just CRACKS me up!


Do you remember being bundled in a costume--barely being able to move--and trying to get around the neighborhood??  Well, this little "Trick or Treater" has had ENOUGH!  Just hand over the candy!  He and the candies are colored with Prismacolor and Copic Markers.

The patterned paper is only black and white, but I colored some of the dots with my Prismacolor and Copic markers.

Detail Shots:

IC142-WANT CANDY candy detail IC142-WANT CANDY coloring detail

Materials used:

Stamps: Plaque set; DoodleFactory Trick or Treater and treats;

Ink: Palette Noir (Stewart Superior); Prismacolor and Copic Markers;

Paper: White (GP); Tempting Turquoise, Garden Green and Black (SU!); Light Green (Bazzill);

Accessories: Dew Droppy Thingies; ribbon; Nestabilities; hand held rectangle punch;

Thanks for stopping by!!


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Small but Mighty

Have you seen the new Great Outdoors DoodleFactory stamps??!!!??  They crack me up!  And anyone who has spent ANY time in the great outdoors has encountered a mosquito or two. (tee hee)  Stamping them is quite a bit more fun than swatting them!!


This quote by Ms. Starving Artistamps herself just CRACKS me up.  Both "Squito" and the sentiment were stamped with Memento Ink from Tsukineko (Paris Dusk and Rich Cocoa ).  The "Squito" image is colored with Copic and Prismacolor markers.

These papers are from Daisy Bucket--fun stuff!!  And the layout comes from this week's Sketch Challenge over at SplitCoastStampers.

Don't forget about the 10% off offer for Starving Artistamps--just click the button at the right.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Blog Candy Winner....

And the winner is.................

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2008-08-20 15:50:00 UTC


Dina Said:

Love the cutie spider (not the big one that crawled across my floor last night...).

I posted a Rubbernecker card yesterday:

I'd love the chance to get some more, though I never ever win drawings... - thanks for the giveaway!

Dina @ mamadinis

August 19, 2008 10:06 AM

Hey Dina--so glad you never win drawings!!  LOL!!!

I will have a card for you folks later today....Thanks for playing!!


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Treasure, Blog Candy, and a Spider!

AARG it is Treasure Hunt Tuesday...but first..
I currently find spiders annoying. Since my stamp area is in my basement--I often have them as my uninvited companions. Small ones, mind you, but they still spin webs. Eeew!
This little guy, however, is just too cute! He is by Stamp Oasis by Rubbernecker. I stamped him with StazOn onto glossy white cardstock and highlighted him with white crayon. I brayered Broken China ink over the image. Then I wiped off the crayon, and added Shabby Shutters ink to the eyes with a q-tip. I then sponged the edges with Black Soot and splattered some ink on the image with Larry's toothbrush. (Who is Larry?? Someone who needs to get a new tooth brush-tee hee).
Pop up Spider
Instructions to make the square spring card can be found HERE.
Now for Treasure:

Today (4am -9pm PST) is Tuesday Treasure Hunt day at Rubbernecker Stamp Co! For Treasure Hunt details and the first clue —-> Go HERE to the Rubbernecker Home Page.
Treasure Hunt Blog Candy - Leave me a comment on this post to be entered in a drawing for a $10 Rubbernecker Bucks certificate Shelly is also offering Blog candy today, so make sure to stop by and leave a comment on her blog post as well.
Also check Linda, Tami, and Broni for awesome Rubbernecker card samples!!
(and they are on sale, too)
All orders containing $25 in product (not stamps or cushion) will receive a 10% rebate(rebate based on subtotal after all discounts taken) on the entire order! Good deal, eh?

Monday, August 18, 2008

House Mouse First and New

There is a new challenge blog: House Mouse Mondays!

And my generous friend Stacy has shared some House Mouse images with me--so I can play along!!

HM 1st Birthday

The theme this week is *NEW* since this is the first challenge of this new blog. SO here is my first birthday card for someone who is NEW to birthdays. (I hope this is not TOO much of a stretch!!) Kids this age love high contrast and bright colors--so I dug out my last scrap of this wild paper and added some gel pen accents to it. (MY fabulous SIL got me a HUGE set of gel pens--glitter--metallic--neon--more--at Cosco--they even came in a COOL holder). The mouse is colored with colored pencils, and the *smoke* is smeared Stickles.

Now, to just wait for a little girl to turn one--LOL!!

Check back Tuesday for BLOG CANDY!!

Stamping at Tiffany's

As a part of the Fan Club Gallery over at SplitCoastStampers--there are monthly themed play along challenges. This month is "All that Glitters" and we were invited to make a Tiffany (as in the jewelry store) themed card.

Here is mine:


It has the Tiffany theme in color, theme (wedding) and object (ring charm). The square was masked off with Post-It notes and misted with a ink, perfect pearl, and water mixture. The flower stamp was misted with water prior to stamping.

Materials Used:

  • Stamp: Happy Harmony set (SU!-retired);
  • Paper: DCWV embossed notecards;
  • Ink: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Broken China, and Black Soot Tim Holtz
    Distress Ink (Ranger);
  • Accessories: Mini Mister,Perfect Pearls-Pearl, Dew droppy thingies, ribbon,
    ring charm (from Hobby Lobby);

Thanks for stopping by!! Hope you get to stamp today!

Friday, August 15, 2008


Next weekend is a baby shower for my brother and sister-in-law's baby. We are all excited because we haven't had a baby on that side of the family in five years. (sorry for the so-so quality photo--still perfecting the photo area in this new house)

Sweet Pea

The head and first two peas are a 1-1/4" circle punch, the small pea is a 1" punch. The hat is a 1/4" punch, a 1-3/8" punch and a small oval from my Coluzzle set. The ears are a handheld oval punch and the hair is a flower punch. The details are made with chalk, white gel pen, and a blue marker. This design is based on a previous design of mine: Baby Boy Congrats. U have foolishly sold my spiral and drop punch in a garage sale so I couldn't add those details.

I hope my in-laws like it (to go with our group gift) if not, they can go to Hallmark, and I will have a baby boy card for my stash.

Edited to add: I just realized that I did Sharon of No Time To Stamp's Simply Stamping Challenge. Cool!!

Thanks for stopping by here again, today!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Smell the Coffee!!

In today's Way to Use It Challenge, Julia challenged us to get our our Copics (or other alcohol markers) and get coloring.  I chose this image from Impression Obsession (Smell the Coffee~ #CL156).

 WT179 smell the coffee

Yeah, you could say I have a thing for coffee images!!!...let alone a thing for coffee!  Most parts of this were colored with two markers.  And mostly I used Prismacolor Markers.  I am trying to teach myself to layer colors for shading and build up color, too.

The paper is some SUPER fun paper I picked up at a scrapbook store in Jenison, MI, while shopping with my friend, Shelly.  It is from Daisy Bucket and this line is called Playlist.  I had never heard of this company before, but I am super impressed with these papers.  They are double sided (though the reverse is usually a very subtle mono chromatic pattern) and textured.  PLUS with each line there is a page of 6 x 6 patterns.  As fellow card makers--you know how fun those little 6 x 6 papers are with their reduced size patterns!!!  FUN!!!!

That is it for today.... gotta go get my chocolate zucchini cake out of the oven...Yummo!


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Booty Winner Is.....


Random Integer Generator

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Timestamp: 2008-08-13 14:23:52 UTC

Blogger terri said...

Your card is so pretty-you have captured the essence of fall!

August 12, 2008 2:23 PM

Thanks all for playing and the kind comments!!


Thanks a bunch

Here is the card I did for the color challenge on SplitCoastStampers:

CC179 Thanks a Bunch

The image came from my friend Stacy. She does amazing things with House Mouse stamps!! This is my first time working with them. It was fun. Thanks STACY!!! In looking back--I wish I had read her House Mouse Monday post and participated by adding something shiny to this! Perhaps next week!

Here is a close-up so the detail shows:

Thanks a Bunch detail

--I had a hard time getting a good picture. Since I don't have a dark purple pencil, I shaded first with Indigo blue and then with Violet and Lavender. I was pleased with the result. Big Grin

The sentiment is from Starving Artistamps. The teal strip is stamped with the retired Linen stamp from SU!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Chrysanthemums, Emerson, and BLOG CANDY

One of my mom's favorite fall flowers are chrysanthemums, so I couldn't resist this stamp from Rubbernecker. It reminds me of my Grandma's garden and high school homecoming (in band, our senior year, every senior was giving a HUGE yellow chrysanthemum with a Pipe cleaner letter M on it).
As the temperatures get cooler, I look forward to seeing these flowers in my garden (that my mom comes and plants for me to ensure their survival).
A Friend
The flowers are stamped with Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, and Worn Lipstick Tim Holtz Distress Ink. The Leaves (happens to be a birch leaf) was inked in Scattered Straw and then the edges were inked with Shabby Shutters then stamped off before stamping.
Materials Used:
  • Stamps: Emerson Quote by Rubbernecker, #5021-E solid birch leaf by KK Originals, and Chrysanthemum from Stamp Oasis: all from Rubbernecker;
  • Inks: Walnut Stain, Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, and Worn Lipstick Tim Holtz Distress Ink;
  • Paper: Whisper White (SU!); Coral and Lime cardstock Bazzil; Patterned paper Savannah from the Southern Belle line (Daisy Bucket);
  • Accessories: Hardware (Hobby Lobby); ribbon; deckle scissors (Provo Craft);

Today (4am -9pm PST) is Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker Stamp Co! For Treasure Hunt details and the first clue —- Go HERE to the Rubbernecker Home Page. Rubbernecker is beginning a new weekly sales and rebate campaign. You’ll also want to take note that the Ranger Adironack Pigment Pads and Reinkers are still on sale. If you look closely, you’ll see that if you purchase $25 in product, you’ll receive a 10% rebate on your entire order. Not only that, but for every $100 spent, you’ll receive an additional 10% off your total.
Treasure Hunt Blog Candy - Leave me a comment on this post to be entered in a drawing for a $10 Rubbernecker Bucks certificate Candy is also offering Blog candy today, so make sure to stop by and leave a comment on her blog post as well. While ye are sailing around today, make sure ye stop and visit the rest of me mates, Shelly, Tami, Kittie, Broni, Bev, and Linda.
Good luck, Matey!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Fun with a Friend!

I had a family reunion on the other side of the state which happened to be mere minutes from my good friend, Shelly. (EXCELLENT planning, Mom!)

So Shelly whisked me away for shopping and a YUMMY lunch!   We also exchanged goodies!  This is what I had for her:

On the left  is a package of M & M Premiums (Mocha flavor) and on the right is a box in a bag (tutorial here).  I used my new 29th Street Market Paper -the *Spirit* line (MME) on this--Yummo stuff!!

And this is what she had for me:

bone folder

Anyone who knows me at all, knows I am a bit disorganized,  and so I tend to lose stuff.  Before I moved in June, I had been missing my bone folder (for about 2 years).  In packing up the house, I found it in the front hall coat closet--I don't even WANT to know how it got there.  Well, last week, it went missing again.  So Shelly created the UN-LOSABLE bone folder.  Isn't it cool!?!?  She used alcohol inks to make it look REALLY cool!  Her dh drilled the hole.  Thanks Shelly!!

Well, it being a family reunion, mom and her sister wanted pictures taken.  Shelly graciously agreed to help with the photo taking so everyone could be in the picture!  What a good friend--to take pictures of my insane family!!  MANY PICTURES!!  Here she is in action:


and here we both are:


Friends are GOOD!!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

More Sympathy

A rough week at work for dh.  He needs another sympathy card.   Not to mention that the staff has lost three (all elderly) dogs in the past 6 weeks.
Serenity Sympathy
I used the Verve set, Serenity.  I intended to use this weeks sketch, but it got looking a little fussy.  I generally like sympathy cards to be a little more simple.  I did get to use my new "29th Street Market" paper by My Mind's Eye.  Yummo!!  To stamp on, I used SU!'s Whisper White mainly because dye ink tends to pool up on polymer stamps--and this paper seems to re-distribute the ink so it isn't splotchy.
Materials Used:
  • Stamps: Serenity (Verve);
  • Paper: Whisper White and Really Rust; DP="29th St. Market" (MME);
  • Ink: Old Paper and Tea Stain Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ranger);
  • Accessories: Dew Droppy Thingies (Michael's); Sponge;
Thanks for looking. I sure hope my next project will not be a sympathy card!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

More Birches

Sadly my dh needed a sympathy card (a family member of a co-worker died). So I used the handiest stamps (and mask that was already made)--the ones I used yesterday.

Simpathy Birches

The base layer is watercolor paper that was misted with plain water. Then I stamped the birch leaf with Old paper, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Brushed Corduroy Tim Holtz Distress Ink. The base was misted with a water, Perfect Pearl (pearl), and Shabby Shutters. So the base has a bit of a shimmer. The sentiment was placed with a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.

Materials Used:

  • Stamps: Birches and Birch Leaf (Rubbernecker); Sentiment from Close as a Memory (SU!);
  • Paper: watercolor paper; Old Olive (SU!);
  • Ink: Palette Noir (Stewart Superior); Old paper, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Brushed Corduroy Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ranger);
  • Accessories: Creamy Caramel Watercolor Crayon; watercolor brush; plastic dew droppy thingies (Michael's);

Thanks for the kind wishes on my news yesterday--I am floored to be working with such UBER-talented women!

Edited to add Rubbernecker has extended the sale on Adirondack Pigment Pads and Re-Inkers till August 11th. Check it out!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Some News...AARG!

My news is that I have been invited to be a Guest Designer for Rubbernecker Stamp Company!! (Did you notice the button on the right side that appeared yesterday??) Bev Gerard, a.k.a. Texas Grammy, is also joining the team as a Guest Designer. I am SO honored to be associated with such a talented group of stampers!!!
And Tuesdays are Treasure Hunt Tuesdays at Rubbernecker! The treasure, if you find it, will be a free image! However, to receive the image a purchase of any size is required, and your treasure must be claimed between 4:00 am PST and 9:00 PM PST today. (That’s 7:00 am to 12:00 am on the East coast.) The first clue will be found on the Rubbernecker Home Page!
When you head over to the Rubbernecker Home Page, check out these great deals:
*** For every $50 you spend on, the Jeanne Streiff Collection, Kittie Kits, Rubbernecker, Stamp Oasis or KK Originals stamps, you get to choose a FREE stamp!
***AND 25% off Adirondack PIGMENT pads and Re-Inkers!!! (So cool!)
Check out Tami and Shelly for Blog Candy!
And some awsome card samples by Broni, Bev, Candy, Sherry, Kittie and Linda.
And now for a card:
TLC180 Birches
Materials Used:
  • Stamps: Birches and Birch leaves from Rubbernecker;
  • Paper: Watercolor paper and Bazzill Cardstock (sorry forgot to write down the color names when I bought it);
  • Ink: Palette Noir (Stewart Superior); Various Tim Holtz Distress Inks;
  • Accessories: Nestabilities and Sizzlets dies; watercolor brush;
Thanks for stopping by!! Happy Treasure Hunt Tuesday--Aarg!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

A little birdie told me...

...that the new Adirondack Pigment Pads are on sale along with the Reinkers for 25% off from today until Wednesday (August 6th) at RubberNecker.

So, if you are like me --and have been wanting to try these--it looks like NOW would be a good time! *wink*