Sunday, May 31, 2009


This verse is the first Scripture verse that I ever learned.  I worked in a Swedish imports shop and one of my co-workers taped this verse on the cash register.  Since then, it has been a comfort and a re-direction when things get crazy and there seems to be no earthly logic in a situation.

KK-Proverbs 3-5

The flowers  and grasses are a Kittie Kit—the Outdoor master.  The butterfly is a butterfly inchie, also from Rubbernecker.  The verse is from Verve.

The flowers and butterfly are stamped with Tim Holtz Distress Ink and the scene is stamped on Prism Super Smooth White. 

The DP is from Basic Grey.

The ribbon is a soft, yummy and from May Arts.

Have a great day!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

If it ain’t broke…

…don’t fix it.

Do you know that saying?  It was popular in my family—which means we probably did things the same way over and over again.

I did a card for the SCS color challenge this week using Sherry’s “inky thing I do” technique.  I liked the way it came out—so….


The same basic layout, similar stamps, but using the Color Throwdown #44 colors:


What I did:

First I stamped the sentiment with StazOn (this paper is gonna get wet so a waterproof ink is needed—and I tried stamping the sentiment last with less-than-wonderful results).

Then I stamped the flourish with Barely Banana Craft (pigment) ink and embossed it with a clear-glittery embossing powder.

For the inky colors on my non-stick mat I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Weathered Wood and a touch of Dusty Concord (just a little—it is such a STRONG color that it overpowers the Weathered Wood (bordering blue)).  Following the technique, I inked the paper, and heat set it to dry.

The butterfly was first stamped on the card then on vellum and cut out.

STAMPS: Flourish Set and Butterfly Inchies from Rubbernecker; Plain Jane verse from Verve;

So I am sorry if I am in a small rut (as I was finishing the card—I thought of a dozen or so ways I could have done it differently). AND, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Blog Stroll-May 28th Rubbernecker 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 the GRAND PRIZE.
If you haven’t started at the Rubbernecker Stamp Company BLOG, you should go there now in order not to miss anything! 
Here is my phrase clue for the GRAND PRIZE: Flourishes,.
To find the next clue, stroll over to Kittie’s Blog.
baby girl
This card uses the Baby Inchies set and some beautiful May Arts Ribbon.
Dreams live forever
This set uses the new Butterfly Inchies, Flourish Inchies and the sentiment is from the Wildflower Silhouettes Set;
Now keep on strollin’ and stroll right on over to Kittie’s blog and see the treasures she has in store for you.
Thanks for strollin’ by!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wacky Wednesday: Frame + Sneak Peek


Yes, it is Wacky Wednesday!  All of the challenge details are on the Rubbernecker Stamp Company BLOG.  This week, Kittie, has challenged us to use frames!  Use your imagination!  For inspiration check out the design team’s creations (links are to the right here, or check out the list on the Rubbernecker Stamp Company BLOG)!

I thought the new-to-be-released (May 28) set Baby Inchies, would make a cute baby gift. (so come back for the blog stroll tomorrow to see all of the new releases)

Baby Inchie Ensemble

The frame is an unfinished frame from Joann’s. 

Baby Inchie Frame

The picture holder is from Mikes (I got it at Christmastime—one of those projects I never got around to completing).  The “feet” are unfinished wooden beads.  I have it holding an envelope to a gift card holder.  I thought this would be a cute presentation for a gift card, that the mom could use to hold a picture of her cherub later.

Baby Inchie Holder

Other deets: the printed papers are from Graphic 45 (Baby 2 Bride), K & Co., and Paper Pizzazz.  The ribbon is May Arts Ribbon from Rubbernecker.  The dots on the feet of the picture holder and the inside of the frame are made with cheap cotton swabs.

The inchies are stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa, colored with Prismacolor pencils, and the edges are inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen.

What are you going to do for Wacky Wednesday?  Don’t forget to post your link on the Rubbernecker Stamp Company BLOG.

Don’t forget the blog stroll tomorrow (Thursday, May 28)!!

Congrats Grad!

Today’s card is just a quick one for a friend of the family that is graduating from High School this weekend.

Congrats Craig

The card isn’t much—just stamped on Prism Ultra-Smooth White and mounted it on an embossed card.  The  graduate’s name is on the inside.  My moment of  genius was to make the envelope a mortar board with the help of a fuzzy brad, a square of black cardstock, and some embroidery floss.  It is going to a party just for him—so there is no need for his name to be on the front.

Just a reminder, Wednesday is WACKY WEDNESDAYKittie is this weeks hostess—and I have peeked—you are going to LOVE what she has to show you!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Summer is…

There are many many positive things about summer.  That being said, I have to admit that there are a few things that BUG me about summer.

(as usual, pun intended)

2s4u-Drinks all around!

This was inspired by the 2 Sketches 4 You sketch (and the couple dozen mosquitoes that the kids so graciously invited into our home).


Stamps: mimo, Squitos, and tent, all by DoodleFactory; and Tropical Sentiment All from Starving Artistamps;

Paper: Prism: Super Smooth White and Tawny Light; Old Olive (SU!) and DP (?);

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz Distress ink: Shabby Shutters and Broken China;

Accessories; Nestabilities; word window punch; foam tape; sponge; paper for masking; Copic markers;

Wanna see more with this sketch?!?  Our team all took a go at this fun sketch—what a wonderfully creative bunch!!

You can see all of our creations at one place: Starving Artistamps Gallery Blog;

Or check out our individual blogs (the list is over there==>).

Thanks for stopping by!

I am posting this on Memorial Day (though you feedblitz people won’t see this till later)…I hope you take some time to remember the folks who made this country safe and free in the past and those who are fighting in the name of freedom today.  Thank you to those who serve—and the families who support them!!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

For Someone Special…

This is just a quick post. Like most of you, I have a busy weekend ahead of me.

Today’s card was made for a special little someone. Her name is Addyson and her first birthday is TODAY! That would make her special enough, but she is spending today (and the last 8 days) in the hospital. Last Thursday she had open heart surgery to repair two holes in her heart and replace a valve.

The surgery was successful, but now this little dear is working on getting off the ventilator. Could you help me pray for her??? And also for strength and peace for her mom!


Now for the card:

Addison Birthday

Kids cards are not my strong suit. I tried to remember what my kids liked at one—and smilie faces were usually a hit. So I used the pattern from Papercrafts Mag’s website: May/June 2009 Patterns.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Clean, Simple and Bright

Just a couple of clean and simple cards, today!

The first one is for the CAS15 challenge at SCS.  We were to use mainly black and white--with just a touch of a bold bright color. I chose Gable Green.



Stamps: Flourish from the Flourish Set by Rubbernecker; Isaiah 61:3 from Verve

Paper: Prism: Simply Smooth and Black; Gable Green SU!;

Ink: Stazon Jet Black and Gable Green

Accessories: jewels, foam tape, ribbon, punch;


This next card is for a layout on a clean and simple blog: Clean and Simple Stamping.  It is my take on Fall-to Layout #41.  I switched the sentiment and ribbon.

FTL41-Stay Cool

It is difficult to see in the photo but the drinks have stickles applied to the bubbles before the glaze is applied over top.


Stamps: Party Time Set form Rubbernecker

Paper: Prism: Simply Smooth, black, Sunflowers Light and Medium

Ink: StazOn-Jet black;

Accessories: Colored pencils, crystal effects, stickles, deco scissors, ribbon, foam tape

I am off to get some more cards done—one for a little girl who turns one tomorrow—and she underwent open-heart surgery last Thursday.  Her name is Addison if you would like to help me pray for her continued recovery.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wacky Wednesday—Give an Inch


Can you believe it is Wednesday again, already?? 

The lovely and SUPER talented Candy Williams has challenged us to use inchies on our projects this week.  WHAT a fun assignment—especially with all the new inchie stamps from Rubbernecker Stamp Company!!

Here is mine:

Inchie Bliss



Inchies are so fun!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with.  Please check out all the details and Mr. Linky on the Rubbernecker Stamp Company BLOG!

a couple more presents…

I really like these two stamps out of the new set: Party Time!

I really like more (such a versatile set) of the stamps—but just getting some cards made for my stash.

Square Gift

Throwdown Gifts 

The second card was inspired by the Color Throwdown #42.

CTD42 swatch My turquoise is more muted than the SU!, Tempting Turquoise—but I am all out of the SU! color.

Thanks for stopping by tonight!  IF it is Wednesday by the time you read this—click on my banner and check out this week’s Wacky Wednesday post.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Rubbernecker Blog Stroll

Stroll along with the Rubbernecker Red Hot Mommas!
The stroll starts at the Rubbernecker Stamp Company BLOG where you will find all the details for the stroll! If you haven’t started at the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog, you should go there now in order not to miss anything!  There are SIX new sets to see--so make sure you don't miss anything!

5  (yes, FIVE!) winners will be picked that get the phrase correct and leave comments on the designer’s blogs.
Here is my phrase clue: Animals too,
My card:
Open Presents Early
  • Stamps: 439 Party Time;
  • Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa ;
  • Paper: DP: SEI Poppy; card base: DCWV; White: Prism: Simply Smooth;
  • Accessories: SEI Poppy die cut; Prismacolor pencils; Copic Light Grey; Stickles: Stardust; Foam tape;
I have to say, that this “Party Time” set has something for everyone and pretty much every occasion!!  FUN STUFF!!!
NOW, stroll on over to Kittie’s Blog for the next clue!
Thanks for strolling with me!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wacky Wednesday—In Stitches

This week, for Wacky Wednesday our talented leader, Sherry, has posed the challenge to use stitching on our projects. Any kind, machine, hand, or even faux stitching. The details of the challenge can be found on the Rubbernecker Stamp Company BLOG.

My samples for the challenge also have previews of tomorrow’s new stamp releases!!!! As you can see, I was in a Clean and Simple (CAS) mood. These are not quick cards for me—since I have to think about them in such different ways. I really enjoy the look for a change and I love that they can be sent with just one postage stamp.

WW11-Hearts and Friend

WW-CAS-CC-Forever Young

NOW—Go and see what the rest of the Design Team has done, check out the details on the Rubbernecker Stamp Company BLOG, and come back tomorrow to see the new releases!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Did you know??

Rubbernecker now has Prism Paper on sale and a Special Sale on Prism Simply Smooth.  Take a look at the great pricing Mr. Rubbernecker has given us:

Prismatic Paper Packs & Accent Packs
12 x 12 Individual Solid Colors
Simply Smooth White on sale for $.25 and Simply Smooth Ivory on sale for $.40

Have you tried Prism??!??  The Simply Smooth is great with Copics and stamping.  I love it!!!!!  The Prismatics are such BEAUTIFUL colors!  It you have been wanting to try it –now is a GOOD time.

May Arts Ribbon is now available by the yard as well as by the roll.  New colors and styles are being added all the time!  By the way, the May Arts by the roll is currently on sale!

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Ramblings and Mojo Madness

As a milestone birthday approaches I am have times of reflective thought.  Today’s reflective question is why do I blog my stamping.
The number one reason is to chronicle my “adventures”.  I do not keep many of my cards (just the ones I deem ugly and unworthy to go into other’s hands).  They get given as gifts, sent to rubberstamping companies, sold (not so much any more) and a select few get sent out to people as actual greeting cards.  So I have very few cards on hand.  The ones I do have on hand were made 3-4 years ago—and should end up in the recycling bin.
In just browsing a few folders I came up with some of my favorite cards of the winter of 2007-08.  Feel free to take a gander. 

On another note; I made a card for this week's Mojo Monday Madness.  I used one of my new Verve Plain Jane Scripture Stamps.
  • Stamps: Phil. 4:13 from Verve; Abstract Floral and Floral Silhouettes Set from Rubbernecker;
  • Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Broken China, Shabby Shutters, and Brushed Corduroy;
  • Papers: Prism: Simply Smooth Ivory, Spring Willow Light, and Island Mist Light; Dp from My Mind's Eye; close to cocoa (SU!)
  • Accessories: May Arts Ribbon; jewels; embossing folder; deco scissors;
Thanks for stopping by. 
I hope every one has a happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

WW10-My Fav!

Yes, today is Wednesday—and it is time for another “Wacky Wednesday!”

Who is the hostess??? The uber talented Shelly Kuck!!!  She has asked us to use our FAVORITE TECHNIQUE for this week’s challenge!! 

How cool is THAT!?!?!

I love to heat emboss with white—then watercolor. 

WW10-bloomin great day

Card Deets:

Stamps: Wild Flower Set from Rubbernecker;

Ink: Snow Cap Adirondack Pigment Pad; Tim Holtz distress re-inkers.

Paper: Prism: ; DP Bo Bunny and Me and My Big Ideas;

Accessories: Crocheted Flower-BRONI; Ribbon-May Arts Ribbon by the yard; Embossing Powder-white;

And a second card:

WW10-birthday cake

Card Deets:

Stamps: Grid background and Birthday Cake by Rubbernecker;

Ink: VersaMark and various Tim Holtz Distress Inks for watercoloring; Shell Pink Adirondack Dye Pad;

Paper: Prism; Simply Smooth Ivory and White; Dp Bo Bunny;

Accessories: buttons; 3/4” circle and slot punches; Nestabilities; embroidery floss; embossing folder; embossing powder-white;

(depending on how things go—there MAY be another card coming later)

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!!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

May Flowers

One of my favorite jokes when I was in grade school was:

Q: If April Showers bring May flowers, what do may flowers bring?

A: Pilgrims

(get it?????  May Flowers--Mayflower--boat--Plymouth Rock???)Smiley from


I have May Flowers for you.  My good friend and I were on a road trip last weekend and we just HAD to stop at a stamp store along the way. (YKWIM???)  Well there was some paper that was just too cute and asked to come home with me.  What could I say??

I hope you like the paper, and the stamp set too for that matter—because  They work REALLY well together.  And since I have the organization skills of a 4 yr old, I am trying to enjoy it and use it up.

friends are flowers

weeds wildflowers 

I think the second one is my mom’s birthday card.  The first one uses colored (Prismacolor) pencils and the second one uses watercolors (re-inkers).

Other Deets:

Stamps: Wild Flower Set and Abstract Floral Background  from Rubbernecker;

Paper: Prism: Simply Smooth Ivory; Iced Yellow; DP: Bo Bunny and My Mind’s Eye;

Ink: Chestnut Roan Fluid Chalk Ink;

AND for MORE May Flowers (the floral kind—not the boat kind) Check out my buddy Judy at Joy in a JAR!!  Not only does she have some BEAUTIFUL flowers and ideas on her blog, but she is celebrating her blogaversary and has BLOG CANDY!!

AND come back here TOMORROW (Wednesday) for Wacky Wednesday!!!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Catch up post

Doesn’t that sound like it should be on a burger??

Anyway—I been doing some stamping for fun and for REAL LIVE PEOPLE—LOL!  And I just wanted to show all of my virtual stamping friends what I am up to.

CAS11-Happy Birthday Yapples

CC216-For the love of coffee

CPS113-Fabulous 40 BLING

Thank you gift

I hope you are having a great weekend!!