Wednesday, April 29, 2009

WW9—Heatin’ things up!

Yes, today is Wednesday—and it is time for another “Wacky Wednesday!”
The host for today’s WW-Challenge is the ultra-sweet Bev Gerard.  The very woman who hosted most of the Rubbernecker Design Team, Mr. and Mrs. Rubbernecker, and various stampers who dropped in for an extended weekend in March.  So this week—we have the “hostess with the mostest!!”
She has asked us to heat things up with our projects this week!!  So get out your irons, heat guns, melting pot—and use them in your favorite heated technique!
I chose to heat up some clear embossing powder with my heat gun.
WW9-Simply Fabulous
The silhouetted woman, the shoes and the purses were heat embossed.
***TIP/TRICK***If you want to clear emboss DYE ink—FIRST stamp your stamp on to a watermark or embossing pad THEN onto your dye ink pad.
By clear embossing my images—I was able to sponge my oval (a mask made with a Spellbinders die) and not have it mix with my die ink NOR have it overlap the images.
Stamps: Fashion Icons sets  455 and 456
Paper: Prism Cardstock; dp from Paper Loft;
Ink: Memento Pear Tart; Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot; tempting turquoise-SU!;
Accessories: May Arts Ribbon; clear embossing powder; Nestabilities oval die; Prima Flower; glitter dots; corner rounder and ticket corner punches;
Now check out what the rest of the Design Team has done as well as what you could win by participating in the Wacky Wednesday Challenge this week on the Rubbernecker Stamp Company BLOG!!</ a>
Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Rubbernecker Blog Stroll—Kittie Kit New Releases!!!

Stroll along with the Rubbernecker Red Hot Mommas. The Stroll starts at the Rubbernecker Stamp Company BLOG where you will find the rules on how to win one of the sets being revealed or even possibly the GRAND PRIZE. If you haven’t started at the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog, you should go there now in order not to miss anything!
Here is my phrase clue for the GRAND PRIZE: Kittie.

After meeting Kittie and hearing about how her stamping style AND these sets came about I am so excited about them. They were created with heart! They are not difficult to use—in fact; I have found them fun and therapeutic. You don’t have to be Kittie or a Kittie-wanna-be to use these. I am sure you will see them used in a variety of styles and ways during today’s blog stroll.
I used the #8—The barn & farm set yesterday here. Today I have used the #7—Chickens.
Chicken Yard
This was inspired by the sketch yesterday at SplitCoastStampers—but since I didn’t bother to print it out—the sketch changed in my mind between computer and studio.
Other than the new Kittie Kit and the Kittie Kit Outdoor Master (grass) I used:
Paper: watercolor paper; Prism-Island Mist Light & Medium and Tawny Dark;
Ink: StazOn for images; Tim Holtz Distress Ink for watercoloring;
Accessories: brads; ribbon; sponges; foam tape
In order to have a chance to win ONE of these sets, you must leave a comment, AND that comment MUST have a way of getting a hold of you to be eligible for the drawing. (put your email in the comment, have it on your blogger account, or something!) A random number will be drawn on Friday, 12:00 Noon (Eastern time).
To find the next clue, stroll over to Kittie’s Blog.
That should be a treat—for certain!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wacky Wednesday and a Sneak Peak

It is Wacky Wednesday!!

Our host this week is the wonderful Candy Williams.  She has challenged us (us meaning you, too!!) to use chipboard and/or buttons on our creations this week.  You can see all of the details at the Rubbernecker BLOG.

ALSO….Today I have a sneak peak of TOMORROW’s NEW STAMP REALEASE!!! 

WW8-Cherish Scene

As you can see I used both, buttons and chipboard (grungeboard).

The frame is grungeboard covered with Distress Crackle paint

The key, hinges, and keyhole are painted with acrylic paint and the dusted with Perfect Pearls-bonze when they were half dry.


Stamps: Kittie Kit Outdoor Master; New Release Stamps;

Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks; StazOn Jet Black;

Paper: Watercolor paper; Prism-Birchtone Dark;

Accessories: Grungeboard; Distress Crackle paint; Perfect Pearls-bonze; acrylic paint; buttons; zipper pull; ribbon;

Tomorrow, not only will I tell you more about the stamps I used to make this scene, but also there is another BLOG STROLL to celebrate some new releases from Rubbernecker Stamp Company!!

We would love for you to play along in the Wacky Wednesday #8 challenge with us this week! Just upload your card/project to your blog or favorite online gallery and link it to today's post.  You'll have a chance to win a 40% off coupon for your next purchase!

Please check out the Rubbernecker BLOG for

  • Details about the challenge and how to win a 40% off coupon.
  • Links to the entire design team (or use the links to the right under Rubbernecker Design Team)
  • Access to Mr.. Linky to link your project for all to see.

I will see you tomorrow for the blog stroll!!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Strawberries, Flowers, and Ribbon!

Oh my!

Today’s cards were inspired by Sharon’s Stamp Simply Challenge #83—”Thread it Through!”  In other words—use threaded ribbon on the project.

I don’t have a ribbon threading punch, but I do have a handheld small rectangle punch.  So, with ruler in hand, I made a template.  And since I went to all the trouble of making the template, I also made two cards.

They are fairly simple cards with similar layouts—keeping with the Stamp Simply theme.

The first one is made with my brand spankin’ new Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamps.  I won them in a blog candy contest on the company’s blog.

SS83-RST Strawberries

I also used Versa Color inks in Cardinal, Burgundy, Evergreen, Green Tea, and Charcoal;  FUN STUFF!

ss83-Spring Flowers

This card used stamps from Starving Artistamps.

Stamps: flowers from the DoodleFactory Easter set and Small Dots background;

Ink: VersaMark; Shell Pink Adirondack; Tim Holtz Distress Ink for watercoloring;

Paper: Bazzill-Quartz; watercolor paper;

Accessories: Handheld sm rectangle punch; ribbon; button, silk flower; white embossing powder;

  Both cards make me think spring!  (Even though strawberry season is at least 6 weeks away).

Thanks for stopping by—Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Birthday with Bluebelle

Today’s inspiration came from today’s sketch challenge at SplitCoastStampers, SC224.

My brain took a small detour from computer to basement and separated the strips behind the main image--sorry about that.

SC224-Bluebelle Birthday

The main image is by DoodleFactory. She is called Bluebelle and she is a part of the DoodleFactory Easter collection; available from Starving Artistamps.
She is embossed with white ep on Watercolor paper and watercolored with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

The  colored and patterned papers are from SEI's Poppy collection.

Stamps: Bluebelle by the DoodleFactory and (from the animal and farm collection) sentiment; all from Starving Artistamps;

Paper: watercolor + SEI: Poppy;

Ink: VersaMark and Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Accessories: dew droppy thingies; white embossing powder

Thanks for stopping by.  As always, you are welcome to use the discount code button on the right for any DoodleFactory or Starving Artistamps STAMP purchase.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wacky Wednesday #7—An Inspiring Challenge

Today, I am hosting the Wacky Wednesday Challenge at the Rubbernecker Stamp Company BLOG.

Here are two views of the inspiration piece:

contemporary-abstract-textile-art-kiss-kisscontemporary-abstract-textile-art-kiss-kiss -in-situ

and here is my take on the piece:

WW7-Inspiration Girl Thing

I was inspired by the colors, the mottled look, and the squares. Also the “x”’s seemed to have a metallic sheen.

The three images were stamped with Dusty Concord ink and quickly embossed with clear embossing powder. The mottled gold spots were made with a solution of Perfect Pearls and water splattered on the images.

The abstract floral background is stamped on the pink with VersaMark and dusted with Perfect Pearls.

The brads were painted with a gold Adirondack Paint Dabber and the jewels were glued on.

The sentiment was clear embossed, dusted with Perfect Pearls and then reheated to “absorb” the powder.


Stamps: Fashion Icons Set 455 and Abstract Floral Background-- from Rubbernecker;

Ink: VersaMark; Tim Holtz Distress ink: Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord, Broken China, Pine Needles;

Paper: Prism: Baby Pink Dark; Baby Blue Dark; and Classic Blue; watercolor paper;

Accessories: Adirondack Paint Dabber-gold; Perfect Pearls-gold; embossing powder-clear; Spellbinder’s die; brads; jewels; MAY ARTS RIBBON available by the yard Apr. 21 at Rubbernecker;

Want to win a prize for being inspired??? Check out the details on the Rubbernecker Stamp Company BLOG. There you will also find links the the entire design teams’ blogs.

Thanks for stopping by—I sure hope your are inspired!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

You can do this!!!

Am I the only one who was intimidated by the Kittie Kits from Rubbernecker???   I mean, sure they have all the stamps that she uses, and yeah she makes it look so easy…but…

…But will I be able to do anything with them??  Will I just look like a failed Kittie-wanna-be??? 

Am I the only one who thought like that??

Well, even if I am the only one who had these thoughts, I want to tell you that if I can do this—so can you. 

When in TX with Kittie I expressed my fears, but she encouraged me to just give it a try.  Not only was I amazed that I could make something that looked nice, but IT WAS FUN!!!

Here is my first attempt:


I just used regular Georgia Pacific cardstock, after all, I was just playing around.  The ground was made by sponging the edge of a torn paper mask.  I also watercolored a few branches.  I cropped out the parts that didn’t work—and the ribbon is covering an unfortunate smudge.  But I am fairly happy with the results.

My second attempt:


This time (taking Kittie’s suggestion) I used real watercolor paper.  I felt more in control of the ink and playing with my fine watercolor brush to make branches and fill in the trunk.  The clouds are my old standby for watercolored sky—a water color crayon. (Sadly I need a sympathy card for my dear SIL—who lost her stepfather last month). 

Does the world need another Kittie Caracciolo??  Nope, we have an absolutely WONDERFUL one. 

In fact, she is so wonderful that she encouraged me to try something that has brought her great joy and satisfaction.  (Yeah, she is REALLY like that!!)  And through this I am having fun making Kittie-ish scenes in my own Jules-ish way.

So if you have been on the fence on whether to try a Kittie Kit or two, I really suggest getting one of the masters (Outdoor Master or Beach Master) and giving it a try.  After all—it is only ink and paper!!

A Genuine Dido Butterfly

Springtime is time for butterflies.  Though they are not quite ready to burst forth in my backyard—I am ready for them to flutter about my studio.

Genuine Dido Butterfly


May Spring spring to life around you, too!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Happy Easter!

One of my favorite parts of Easter is going to church, and upon hearing “He is Risen!” to reply “He is Risen, indeed!”

Yeah, the liturgy is old fashioned and to some, corny, but it sincerely brings joy into my heart. 

Now, onto the card:


The cross is made from the five flowers of the DoodleFactory Easter Collection.  Yes, once again , I love the flexibility of UNmounted stamps!! I placed all five flowers on one block and stamped at once.  The flowers were colored with Copic markers.

The layout for this card comes from Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #63.


Materials Used:

I tried to keep the embellishments to a minimum  to keep the main image as the focus.

I hope you have a WONDERFUL Easter!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

I have a winner

The winner of the Coffee and tea Inchie set is Sandra McLean—#35 (drawn by Bad Sherry).

Blogger Sandra MacLean said...

I was looking forward to seeing what you did with this set Juliana! And you didn't disappoint! I love these stamps and I love the color combo you used on the first card. Fabulous!

April 9, 2009 10:44 AM


Thank you for your kind words and quick response to my email.  Time to stalk your mailbox (well, wait a few days—it is coming from the opposite corner of the country).

Congratulations, Sandra!!

And to everyone else…a sincere thanks for playing and the MANY kind comments!!


…is the only flower that blooms in all seasons.

Did you do the Rubbernecker Stroll??  Though the time for prizes has past, there is still plenty of  eye candy on all of the Rubbernecker DT’s Blogs.

Frendship w-ribbon

This card uses the new set: Floral Silhouettes Set!

Other Deets:

Paper: Prism –Ultra Smooth Cream, Herbal Garden Dark and Birchtone Dark;  scalloped note card (??);

Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Worn Lipstick. Old Paper, Peeled Paint and Frayed Burlap;

Accessories: Stickles-Crystal; Ink Blending Tool; May Arts Ribbon by the Yard—will be available on the Rubbernecker site after April 21; cotton swabs to apply ink to stamp.

The new releases are all so fun—check them out!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Rubbernecker Blog Stroll

Stroll along with the Rubbernecker Red Hot Mommas. The Stroll starts at the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog where you will find the rules on how to win one of the sets being revealed or even possibly the GRAND PRIZE.
If you haven’t started at the Rubbernecker Stamps BLOG, you should go there now in order not to miss anything!
In order to win the Coffee and Tea Inchies set (revealed on my blog today), you must leave a comment. A random number will be drawn on Friday, 12:00 Noon.

Here is my phrase clue for the GRAND PRIZE: creativity.
To find the next clue, stroll over to Kittie’s Blog.
Here is some eye candy for you:
Coffee Break
Stamps: Coffee and Tea Inchies set; Abstract Floral Background; all from Rubbernecker Stamp Company;
Ink: Old paper and Peeled Paint Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Memento Tuxedo Black;
Paper: Prism Ultra Smooth Cream and Black; Dp from Hobby Lobby;
Accessories: Nestabilities; Cut and Dry Nibs (to color cups); Liquid pearls –gold;
Coffee Inchie CAS
Stamps: Coffee and Tea Inchie Set from Rubbernecker;
Ink: Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Fired Brick and Tattered Rose Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Adirondack Shell Pink re Inker for watercoloring;
Paper: Watercolor paper; Daisy Bucket Dp; Prism –Blush Red Light and Medium;
Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder; Tonic Distress Tool; foam tape; Ribbon and Lace from May Arts by the yard will be available April 21;
NOW—leave me a comment (remember to leave a way to get a hold of you) to win this stamp set—then STROLL on over to Kittie’s Blog to continue on with the Rubbernecker First Ever Blog Stroll!!!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Wacky Wednesday--A color challenge

WW-CC--Easter Blessings detail

The Wacky Wednesday Challenge hostess this week is the WONDERFUL Linda Duke. Don’t miss her bio on the Rubbernecker Stamp Company Blog: HERE!

She has chosen the colors of Pink and Lavender for this weeks challenge. So appropriate with spring in the air (okay, no my air—but I am sure it is in SOMEBODY’S air) and Easter is this Sunday. As always with Wacky Wednesday—Check out the Rubbernecker Stamp Company Blog for details, guidelines for the challenge and PRIZE information. There are also links to the rest of the Rubbernecker Design Team there, too.

WW-CC--Easter Blessings

This card is a sneak peak at one of several new sets that will be released TOMORROW in the first ever Rubbernecker Stamp Company Blog Stroll!!! We are so excited about the new releases—you won’t want to miss them!


I hope you can go see the rest of the DT’s creations AND check out the Rubbernecker Stamp Company Blog!

AND come back tomorrow for the BLOG STROLL—new releases, prizes, and eye candy!!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Bashful Butterfly Serenity

This card was inspired by the color challenge (#213) today at SplitCoastStampers.  The colors are bashful blue, close to cocoa, and so saffron.

I got close to the colors of this particular butterfly—they are not in perfect placement because my mind got creative with them between looking at pictures of them online (upstairs) and my studio (downstairs).  THIS was the picture that inspired me.  But that is the beauty of stamping---they can be ANY colors that I want to use.

CC213-Serenity Butterfly


    Stamps: Butterfly--P.3.8 Hypolimnas; Sentiment--Mini Positive Words;

    Paper: so saffron, chocolate chip, close to cocoa, bashful blue (SU!); pearly cream (?); watercolor paper;

    Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain and frayed burlap; so saffron (SU!);

    Accessories: Cuttlebug Embossing folder, bookplate, ribbon, foam tape, brads, Perfect Pearls-pearl;

I love the variety of butterflies that Tracey has over at Starving Artistamps.   If you like butterflies at all…check them out:  Bugs and Bug Stuff.

Don’t forget to the new DoodleFactory releases at Starving Artistamps. the Sale at Rubbernecker Stamp Company, and Wacky Wednesday-tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Till tomorrow,

Exciting news….

AND come back tomorrow for Wacky Wednesday (and more exciting news!!


Check out the new BABY images from the DoodleFactory!!!   (Need a discount??? Lookie HERE!!!)


I am so excited!!

I have more posts planned for every day the rest of this week—So keep coming back!!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

You’re Heaven Sent!

Ever since I saw these clouds and halo stamps back in October—my mind has ideas floating around in it.  And today, the ideas *POPPED* out.  

You re Heaven Sent!

Yes, it is a little silly to imagine “Mimo” with butterfly wings (p.3.6-dido) and a halo, but then, I can be silly, too.

The sentiment is a combination of two of the Heaven Sent Sentiments

TIP:  I stamped “You’re” first.  I had only inked the one word and lined up the sentiment with one line on the block—so that the bottom edge of the words hit the line.  The lower line on my block (If your clear blocks don’t have lines—clear tape works, too!) with the lower edge of my paper.  Then I aligned the “Heaven Sent” the same way.    Since I was using the entire sentiment of the second phrase, it was easy to see the spacing  between “You’re” and “Heaven”.  Reason #12 of why I LOVE unmounted stamps!!

Mimo was colored with Copic Markers, as were the Clouds.  The halo and wings were stamped on velum.  The halo was colored with a silver gel pen.  The wings were stamped with Shell Pink Pigment Ink and embossed with polysparkle embossing powder.

The colored cardstock is Prism: Twilight Blue and Nautical Blue Dark.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope Mimo made you smile—he always makes me smile.

BTW: I have been asked a few times about how I do clouds…and I want you to know that a tutorial is coming.  So stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Wacky Wednesday NEW Background Bonanza

WACKY WEDNESDAY BUTTONYES!! It is Wednesday so it is Rubbernecker Stamp Company’s WACKY WEDNESDAY!

AND YES!! NEW backgrounds—SEVEN of them!! Nice big full size backgrounds!!

I used three on this card:

ww5-CAS08--BG flower

I white embossed the Wild Flower Background and sponged with Shell Pink Pigment Ink—then I quickly watercolored it with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tattered Rose.

The cardstock is also from Rubbernecker Stamp Company as they now carry Prism cardstock. This stuff is luscious. Especially the Super Smooth White. I LOVE how this stuff takes ink---and COPICS, too.

The base is Iced Pink.

The wildflower background is the base background, plus a Abstract Floral Background and Grid Background. I eyeballed three concentric circles and roughed them up with Tim Holtz Paper Distresser.

Now, it is your turn….

Here is a peek at all of the new releases:


16605  16607 16609 16611


Happy Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!