Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Embellished Wreath

It is time for Rubbernecker Blog Challenge #3.   The challenge is to use embellishments, LOTS of embellishments.  Check out a sample and more information on the Rubbernecker Blog!!
Here is my take:
RBC Embellished Wreath
Materials Used:
Stamps: Wreath with Bow, Pine Sprig set both by Rubbernecker;
Ink: StazOn Jet Black; Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters;
Paper: Kraft, Old Olive, Lavender Lace (SU!);
Accessories: Paper Distressing Tool; Cuttlebug embossing folder, Prima flowers; jewels and pearls, glitter pen, trim, Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities; Prismacolor Pencils and Baby Oil;
So go forth and EMBELLISH!! I can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Treasure Hunt Tuesday and a tag

AAARG, it’s Tuesday and you know what that means – it’s Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker. Make sure you visit the Rubbernecker BLOG to find your clue to the treasure and to check out the weekly $ale products. You’ll also want to visit my fellow Design Team Members to see what they’ve been up to:
Aye, and here is my eye candy for today:
happy thanksgiving tag
Stamps: Birch Leaf by KK Originals; Cornucopia and happy thanksgiving;
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads: Fired Brick, Scattered Straw, Antique  Linen, Tea Dye, Peeled Paint and Walnut Stain;
Paper: Tag; watercolor paper;
Accessories: maple leaf brad;  ribbon and twill tape (THANKS CANDY!!); silk leaf; Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint- Tea Dye; sponge; Mini-Mister filled with water;
Have a Great TUESDAY!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mojo-Batik for a "New Day"

Today's card is a combination of Julee Tilman's Mojo Monday and the Technique Lover's Challenge on SCS. Today's technique is colorwash batik. It is one of my favorite ways to play with re-inkers. It can be a tad messy--which I don't mind (please note the title of my blog). A benefit of doing this technique is that I could use the extra colorwash mist to dye my *not quite the right color* flower.

TLC188-Mojo55-New Day

If you check out the sketch for Mojo Monday #55, you will notice that a few items are a bit--off. My excuses for this is that my computer is upstairs and my stamping studio is in the basement and my printer cable is still MIA. So show mercy ;)


Stamps: Chrysanthemum; Miracles Text; How do I love Thee; (all from Rubbernecker)

Paper: Pumpkin pie and old olive (SU!); Pea Green (Bazzill); DP (MME); Opalescent Ivory;

Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick, and Vintage Photo;

Accessories: flocked brad(Paper Studio); mini brads; foam tape, mini misters, clear EP;

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I love snow-Blogger Challenge #2

I wasn't able to participate in last weeks challenge--but this week was a go. Details are on the Rubbernecker Blog.

This week's challenge is to use Grunge Board and or Chipboard. If you don't have either of these items, don't worry! Maybe you have some coasters or even a cereal box that you can cut up. We're very flexible!

Here is mine:

CC185 I love Snow

Well, it should read "I love snow DAYS". But the this little guy (Maurice) loves snow.Winking I used Grunge board for the letters that were painted with a willow Paint Dabber. Maurice is highlighted with with a white Galaxy marker.

Materials Used:
Stamp: Maurice by KK Originals from Rubbernecker;

Ink: StazOn Jet black, Broken China Tim Holtz Distress Ink;

Paper: Shimmery Vanilla, Bazzill Bling and Bazzill

Accessories; Grunge Board Minis; Prismacolor Pencils; Galaxy Marker-Milky Way White; Adirondack Paint Dabber--Willow; Nestabilities--Classic Scallops; foam tape; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Sponge;

Well, it is supposed to get up to eighty today--a little high for me. So in my book, a snow card is a GOOD thing!

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

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Arigato for Treasure!

Arigato is Japanese for thank you. I know this because I have my son and he has streeeeetched my horizons and perspectives as few other people in my life have. Because of my son, I have been to Karate lessons, learned various Japanese phrases. Because of my son, I have learned more than I would ever want to know about Japanese culture. Because of my son, I HAD to have this Samurai stamp!!!
The Samurai was stamped with Frayed Burlap Tim Holtz Distress Ink. The distress ink stays wet (wetter than most dye inks) enough to heat emboss--so I heat embossed it with clear ink. I then watercolored with various colors of distress ink. I like the aged look of the result--little spaces of white around most of the lines. In my research of Japanese paintings (using Google Images) I saw a distressed look--as well as MANY shades of blue.
Stamps: Samurai, Arigato & bamboo background by Rubbernecker;
Ink: Walnut Stain and Frayed Burlap for stamping Tim Holtz Distress Ink--and more for watercoloring;
Paper: watercolor paper, Chocolate Chip (SU!); DP by Basic Grey;
Accessories: Adirondack Paint Dabber-Gold; sponge, brads, foam tape, Coluzzle;
Well, it’s Tuesday and you know what that means – it’s Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker. Make sure you visit the Rubbernecker BLOG to find your clue to the treasure and to check out the weekly sale products. You’ll also want to visit my fellow Design Team Members to see what they’ve been up to:
Arigato for stopping by here today!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

A NEW Challenge

Starving Artistamps is starting a NEW challenge!!  A challenge with a PRIZE!--Free Rubber!!

I am a little late telling you about it because I have been under the weather..but there is still time!!!  You can view the details HERE.  The deadline for submission is Oct. 1st!  You can e-mail entries to strvingartistmp@aol.com.

This challenge is to make a card in the Swedish Collage style.  (IF you need examples and tips...lookie here.)

Here is mine:

Swedish Collage

Materials Used:

Stamps: Prince Wortimer by Doodle Factory; Fairytale Sentiment by Starving Artistamps

Paper: Bazzill cardstock; K & Co., Making Memories, and Daisy Bucket DP's;

Ink: Palette Noir, Broken China and Brushed Corduroy Tim Holtz Distress Ink;

Accessories: foam and felt arrows, cardstock sticker (SU!), chipboard letters (Heidi Swapp); Nestabilities (Spellbinders); corner rounder (EK Success), Slit punch (SU!), foam tape, dew droppy thingies (Michael's), sponge, gold ep;

What do you think???

Get those entries in and win some free RUBBER!!!


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

We have a winner


The Rubbernecker blog candy winner has been chosen by Random.org:

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2008-09-17 13:49:34 UTC

Congratulations, Michelle!!  I can't wait to see what you create with your Rubbernecker Bucks!

Thanks all for playing and for your sweet comments!


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

It's TUESDAY and I have got candy!

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.
I am offering Blog Candy today. Be sure to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win $10 in Rubbernecker Bucks. Along ye way, there is another port ya need be stoppin’ at.
There be some extra to be found on Candy's Blog as well. After ye stops there, head on over to the Rubbernecker Blog where ye will find the first clue and more deets on how ya may claim ye bounty!
RNBC Gift Card

While ye are sailing around today, make sure ye stop and visit the rest of me mates, Bev, Sherry, Kittie, Shelly, Broni, and Linda & Tami.

Also check out the Rubbernecker Blog for this week's SALE items!!!!

Now, for a card:
Sunflower Nature
For this card, I watercolored as I normally do, but then I added some perfect pearls to the wells in my paint tray. Just a bit. Then I went back an highlighted some of the petals, flower center, and leaves. You can't tell in the picture (though I tried SEVERAL angles to try and catch it) there is a golden shimmer on many parts of the flower.

I like the fact that I can get the look of other products but have just one product--that is a multi-tasker (yeah, I am an Alton Brown fan).

Materials Used:
Stamps: Sunflower by Stamp Oasis; Friends may well be quote by Rubbernecker;
Ink: StazOn Jet Black (Tsukineko); Various Distress Inks for watercoloring;
Paper: watercolor paper; Raven, Cantaloupe, and Sherbet (Bazzill);
Accessories: Bookplate die; brads; Perfect Pearls-Perfect Gold (Ranger);
Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to leave a comment to win Rubbernecker Bucks!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Something New on the Web!

Rubbernecker Stamps has a blog!!! Click on the picture above to go there!!

Check it out!

All of the DT cards are there in one place, AND all of the news about Rubbernecker SALES and happenings will be there!

So go and subscribe to get the latest info delivered to your in box!


Come back tomorrow for BLOG CANDY!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Stamper Tammy

I almost titled this post as "Stamper Tammy and the new baby" but that is how rumors get started.  Actually this card is for Sharon's Stamp Simply Challenge--and the challenge for this week is to make a card inspired by Tammy's style. (Check out her blog--Stamp Happy).  Sharon suggested sewing (but my machine is still buried in moving boxes--I know where it is--I just can't get to it), and cuttle-bugged backgrounds. 

ssnotime52 -New Baby

This little guy's name is peebo--isn't he the cutest!!!  Even with a full diaper! (LOL!) He is from the DoodleFactory Country set.

Here is a detail photo of Peebo (since the coloring didn't show up  well in the picture:

ssnotime52 -New Baby detail

Materials Used:

Stamps: Peebo from the DoodleFactory Country set and sentiment from the Bird Words set by Starving Artistamps;

Paper: DP (?); white (Georgia Pacific); embossed white and scalloped blue-gray (DCWV);

Ink: StazOn Jet Black

Accessories: Prismacolor pencils; metallic gel pen; buttons; liquid applique, Nestabilities;

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to Sharon for the challenge!!


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Autumn Greetings

Autumn is my favorite time of year.  In years past, I have not had much time for fall cards, though.  As you can see, I think I am making up for lost time!

WT183-Autumn Greetings

This one was colored with alcohol markers, and accented with a white gel pen.

Materials Used:

Stamps: Autumn Greetings and Scarecrow from RubberNecker;

Paper: white; DP from My Mind's Eye; Dk Olive from Bazzill;

Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento Pad; Old Paper and Tea Dye Tim Holtz Distress Ink;

Accessories: Punches from SU!, Family Treasures, and EK Success, sponges, Prismacolor and Copic markers; white gel pen;

 Just a head's up... the ink I used today--the Memento pads--are on sale right now at RubberNecker.  Also on sale are the StazOn On pads, the Brilliance Dew Drops and Pads, and the Adirondack Pigment ink pads.  AS WELL AS the Spellbinders dies  (individuals  & sets).


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

be still and listen

Sounds like something I would tell my kids...except there would be more capital letters and an exclamation point. Instead, this is a reminder to myself--that hurrying, being busy, and moving forward is not always the way to go.

And out of this thought, came this card:

Sc192 Listen

The layout came from this weeks Sketch Challenge at SCS.

The main flower is embossed with copper embossing powder and watercolored.

Materials Used:

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Check out the Starving Artistamps Blog!!

Also, Candy has extended the deadline for her inspiration challenge to Friday!!

Check it out--the inspiration piece has LOTS of stamping possibilities!!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Arrg, you drive me BATTY!

Arrg, it is Treasure Hunt Tuesday, but first a card.
It was fun to poke around in Card Crazy's Gallery for this week's Featured Stamper's Challenge. Denise has a classy and clean style often with an element *popped* up to increase visual interest.
I chose to try and case this card. I am afraid I changed everything but the layout--and I even changed that a little. SO I don't think it is a good case--but I sure did appreciate the inspiration from Card Crazy's Gallery!! So many beautiful cards!
I did use some foam tape to pop up some of the layers to mimic the popped up elements that Denise uses so wonderfully.
FS83-You Drive Me Batty
The image and sentiment are from Stamp Oasis at Rubbernecker. I colored the image with Prismacolor and Copic markers. The edges of the bat and sentiment with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and an ink blending tool. First with Tea Dye, then Aged Mahogany, then Vintage Photo, and the very edges with Black Soot.
The designer papers are from Paper Studio and Sonnets. The dp on the strips is a black and cream checked pattern, I cut the paper so that only the white squares show. The edges are inked with the Tea Dye ink. The edges of the houndstooth paper are inked with Black Soot.
You can find the clue and all the necessary information and other deets on the home page.
Don’t forget to check out the weekly sale product, too! Shelly and Tami have blog candy today, but don’t forget to visit the other designers as well. (hint--look at the list on the right)
On sale now at Rubbernecker:
Spellbinders Nestabilities Individual and Sets ***See the Rubbernecker home page for details!

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Weekend Sketch and Inspiration ala Autumn

There is a SLIGHT chill in the air--so I am READY for fall!!

I love fall weather, I love fall colors, and I love fall clothes! AND Candy's Inspiration piece on her blog was a place to start going there! On my shopping excursion with Shelly I picked up some fall papers in anticipation of the season that fit the bill. With Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge--it was the perfect opportunity to play with them and do Candy's Challenge.

So here is my card:

wsc56 Fall flowers

Materials Used:

Stamps: Daisy (Starving Artistamps); Music Background (Rubbernecker);

Paper: Shimmery Ivory (Verve); DP (Paper Studio and Sonnets); burgundy textured cardstock (DCWV); Close to cocoa and More Mustard (SU!);

Ink: Old Paper, Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, and Frayed Burlap Tim Holtz Distress Inks;

Accessories: Lace, Flower, Button, Thread, Foam Tape, Cuttlebug embossing folder, sponge

I am sure you are busy this weekend, so I will keep this short.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 05, 2008

The Elixir of LIFE!

If you have had enough of my coffee cards....you just might want to skip this post.  I was gonna lay off the coffee cards (notice I said coffee CARDS and not coffee).  Really, I was!


The Limited Supply Challenge today was to USE coffee themed stamps (and orange). So it is NOT my fault...it is Silvia's fault.  Yeah, that is my story--and I am stickin' to it!!

LSC184 the Elixir of life

The creature is Zot by DoodleFactory available from Starving Artistamps. The sentiment is also from Starving Artistamps.

Zot is colored with Orange, Spanish Orange, and Poppy Red Prismacolor markers. His "elixir of life" cup is colored with Green Tea and Sienna Brown and highlighted with a blue glitter gel pen.  (BTW--these pens are WONDERFUL!!)

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Zot and unique sentiment from Starving Artistamps;
  • Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko); Prismacolor markers--colors above (Sanford);
  • Paper: White (GP); Pumpkin Pie and Close to Cocoa (SU!); DP from ki memories and My Mind's Eye;
  • Accessories: Sticker strips (SU!); button; embroidery floss; flower (Prima Marketing);

Thanks for stopping by today!  I would like to promise a NON-Coffee themed card for tomorrow.....but we will have to see what happens!


Thursday, September 04, 2008

Blue Willow Cornucopia

This was inspired by the Currier and Ives dishes our family had as a kid and Blue Willow dinnerware. 

So card this was a  sentimental journey for me.

currier and ivesThe Currier and Ives dishes were available as grocery store premiums and they were manufactured by a number of companies.  My granny saved her green stamps and got quite an extensive set, and presented it to her daughter-in-law (my mom) as a gift.  We had the glasses, the plates, the serving pieces, practically every size and shape imaginable. That blue and white dinnerware is  meatloaf , family and home (in that order).   I found out MUCH late in life that this was not a pattern that my mother loved--but they were serviceable dishes (and there were so many) that it is what we used for years and years.

BlueWillowConsequently, and not surprisingly,  I have always love the look of the Blue Willow pattern.   While engaged I worked the the china department of a local department store, and I would daydream of afternoon tea, with a Johnson & Bros. Blue Willow tea set. (Reality: no tea set--but I don't do afternoon, tea, either)

CC182-sc192-Blue Cornucopia

Thanks for putting up with my sentimental babble...(if you skipped over it--that is okay, too)!


100% Genuine

Well, have you ever had a crafting project that took on a life of it's own?? Well, Yapples (a.k.a. Trouble) has done that for me today!

This started out as a Monochromatic card for Emily's Color Combo Challenge . Is it monochromatic???.......NOPE!

Then it was to formed to fit Rox's Sketch Challenge this week. Does it do that?????...................Nope!

Yapples Trouble

Although I am fairly happy with the result--I wonder WHY I spend any time planning projects at all!! (I am sure there is a benefit--I just can't see it today!)

Materials Used:

  • Stamps: Plaque set (Starving Artistamps); Yapples (DoodleFactory);
  • Ink: Palette Noir (Stewart); Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ranger); Really Rust (SU!);
  • Paper: Whisper White, Kraft, and Really Rust (SU!); DP by Bo Bunny and MME; White (Georgia Pacific);
  • Accessories: fuzzy brads (Paper Studio); Nestabilities (Spellbinder); Prismacolor Art Markers--Poppy Red; Orange; Spanish Orange (Sanford); large and small corner rounders (EK Success);

Well, I hope your day is not 100% Genuine Trouble!! Thanks for stopping by...

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

You have GOT to check this out....

Ok... no card but check out these links!

Witch Trio

DoodleFactory Halloween II


Halloween Sentiments

All new stamps will start shipping on or before September 12th.

Your wallet hurting?? Check out the 10% off button on the right!

Big GrinI am here to help!


Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Treasure Tuesday

  Avast ye mateys! It be Tuesday, Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker!
You can find today’s clue and all the necessary deets on the Rubbernecker Home Page. While you’re there, take note that this week’s Sale Product is the Mini Scor-it. The Spellbinders Nestabilities Individual and Sets are on sale this week, too.

While ye are sailing around today, make sure ye stop and visit the rest of me mates: Linda, Tami, Bev, Broni, Kittie and Shelly.

Sherry has some extra bounty today.  Aye, I mean some candy!

Don’t forget that the Treasure Hunt runs from 4:00 a.m. PST until 9:00 p.m PST (7:00 a.m. EST - 12:00 a.m. EST). If you are new to the Treasure Hunt, you can find the first clue and all the details for playing along on the Rubbernecker Home Page
Now for the card:
Just Because coffee
The background is stamped with Fluid Chalk Ink.  I really like stamping with these inks because the provide smooth even coverage over ANY type stamp (rubber or polymer) and on just about any surface. 
Materials Used:
Thanks for stopping by.  There will be a *gift* to go with this card soon!  So come back to check it out!!