Sunday, November 30, 2008

It is not too late...

to catch a deal at Rubbernecker!!!

Holiday Weekend Sale!


Adirondack Pigment pads and reinkers

while supply lasts

PADS $3.79



(Sorry, Feedblitz readers, I know this will be too late for you--I thought I was going to have computer access over the holiday--but I didn't.  I will be more prompt with the next sale.)


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving and a Challenge

Today, challenge seekers, your challenge (should you choose to accept it)  is to create a card or project about or using food items.  Come on, you know you're hungry and just waiting for that big Thanksgiving feast!  So use those thoughts and that hunger to inspire you to create.

Please play along with us, and leave a comment HERE linking us directly to your card. We’d love to see your food inspired creation!

Here is my card:

Happy Thanksgiving-RBC11

Since we are heading out  to go "Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house", I decided to keep this one simple.

The dp is by Melissa Frances; all of the cardstock but the main image is Bazzill; the vanilla cardstock is by SU!;  the punch is a Martha Stewart punch,;

I used the Cornucopia stamp from the Rubbernecker Fall section.

I hope you have a joyful Thanksgiving.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

T-H-T--Gift Card Holder


Arrrr ye mateys, it’s Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker. Hop on over to the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog so you don’t miss those Design Team Members who are offering up Rubbernecker Bucks today. You’ll also find your first link in today’s treasure hunt!

Our Design Team, as always, will have some fabulous creations. Be sure to visit their blogs~
Rubbernecker Stamp Co. is having a 3 day “Sale” on Ranger Pigment ink pad & inkers, now would be a good time to get some of the colors you’ve always wanted!! The sale will run from November 28th - 30th
The TLC challenge on SCS yesterday was gift card holders.  It was a fairly easy one.  Instructions HERE.
TLC196--Wreath gift card holder front
and inside:
TLC196--Wreath gift card holder
The cover is stamped with Rich Cocoa Memento ink; watercolored with blush blossom (SU!), Tea Dye and Vintage Photo ink; and highlighted with copper and gold Perfect Pearls.
The metal word is from Making Memories--and is a pewter color--I painted it with a copper Paint Dabber.
Good luck with the treasure hunt--and make sure you check the Rubbernecker Stamp Company home page for special sales!

Friday, November 21, 2008

100% Genuine


This is for today’s Limited Supply Challenge #195.  Hosted by my talented friend, Judy!

The theme is Charlie and the Chocolate factory and we were to incorporate a chocolate theme. I used Chocolate Chip cardstock, Rich Cocoa ink (Memento), and actual chocolates. YUMMO!!

Genuine Chocolate
The container is the box in a bag: Diana’s tutorial.  It is easy and fun.  The window is from a Spellbinder's die (Label #1).  The window is from some light bulb packaging (I had to remove it to recycle the box anyway).

The stamps are Yapples from the DoodleFactory and the Plaque Set. All from Starving Artistamps.

Thanks for stopping by my blog--I hope you can get some choco-mojo going and play, too!


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Shimmer and Sparkle

It is time for a new Rubbernecker Stamp Company Blog Challenge.

This week is hosted by none other than the queen of collage: Shelly Kuck!!  You can get all the details (and see Shelly's cool card by going: HERE.

Now you know you have bling, or shimmer, or glitter--somewhere in your lets get a holiday card done and play!!

Here is my "play":

rbc10-Shimmery Silent Night

(note: the oval is not off kilter--I am just a bad photographer)

I got the technique used on this card from Colleen Schaan, on her Technique Tuesday segment of her blog.  She calls it Painting Pearls.  It is super easy.  On dark paper, stamp with VersaMark (or other watermark/embossing pad), clear emboss, and then paint with water and perfect pearls.  You end up with a resist.    I think this technique was made for this stamp!!!

Materials used:

Check out what the rest of the design team has done:

Bev  - Savor the Journey--Broni - Splashes of Watercolor--Candy - Candy's 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!

Thanks for stopping by--now go and glitter-glow-and SHINE!!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Treasure Tuesday with Java Peace

Arrrrrrr ye mateys, it be a Tuesday and ya know what that means. It’s Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker. 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 .  In order to claim ye treasure, place the image in yer cart, and then purchase only one other item. 
Along ye way, there are a few ports ya need be stoppin’ at and there be some extra treasure to be found today. 
Bev  - Savor the Journey
Broni - Splashes of Watercolor
Candy - Candy's 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!
To me, a bit of Peace on Earth is a cup of hot strong coffee:
Java Peace
(yes, those are coffee beans for berries)
Materials Used:
Thanks for stopping by--and good luck to ye on the treasure hunt!Good luck

Sunday, November 16, 2008


I know there are people out that that don't like cake.  My son and my mother-in-law are not huge fans (which leaves more for ME!).  But I really do like cake.  I am not usually a fan of the fancy bakery sheet cakes (not that I would turn them away, mind you).  But a good old fashioned Bundt cake or a layer cake brings a smile to my face.

My younger dd has a birthday party to go to today--so I had a good excuse to pull out my Eat Cake Graphics stamps.  Puppies and cake--such a beautiful pair!

morgan birthday

I love this little guy. I sure hope he gets some cake, too!

I also decided to play some more with my alcohol markers.  My coloring is not perfect, but I am pleased with my progress.  Leaving a little white is a challenge to me--but I have noticed that the *pros* do that. 

The card base is an embossed card that I got in a box from Die Cuts With a View (DCWV).  I find them VERY handy for birthday cards.

Thanks for stopping by! 


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Late Inspiration

I had a bit of basement drama this week.  A small drip in my stamp area--which incurred minimal damage--and is now fixed.  But I was unable to concentrate and complete my project for the Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge (RBC).

The RBC #9 was hosted by Broni Holcombe.  She has a MARVELOUS inspiration piece posted:

And here is my card:

RBC09-Pine Peace

I inked the Pine Sprig with Tea Dye then Peeled Paint Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I quickly embossed the image with clear embossing powder.  I  I then masked a square, and sponged Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans and Broken China--Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

I stamped the Music Background with Tea Dye over top.  The sentiment-Scroll Peace is also stamped with Tea Dye.

It is a great inspiration piece--that could go in sooo many directions.  I hope you head on over to the Rubbernecker Stamp Company Blog and add a link to your own card in the comments section.


be still....

...and listen...

As I mentioned yesterday, I walk my younger daughter to school and back every day. On the way home after dropping her off, I often see little extra bits of nature. It is not surprising that I see more alone, than I do with dd--for I am able to be a bit more quiet than she can be.

These stamps REALLY remind me of the field that we walk next to right before we get to her school (or when I come out from dropping her off). So this card was inspired by the field--and the grayer days we have been having this week.

Be Still and Listen-grassshopper

I kind of broke a stamping *rule* with this card. Normally I use a waterproof ink to stamp the images that I am going to watercolor. But with this card, I colored the stamp with water-based ink and then carefully watercolored some of the areas. I love the subtle look this gives.

The stamps are images from the Bees Sheet from Starving Artistamps. The sentiment is from Faith sentiments set.

So if you have a moment, take a walk outside--even just to get the mail. Enjoy the sounds and sights of the day.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Another Acorn Drops

One of the biggest joys of this autumn is walking my dd to Pre-Kindergarten every day.  We have LOVED watching the leaves change.  One day a tree will be green--the next it is full flaming color.   We love walking through crunchy leaves, and we have noticed the acorns on the last leg of our walk along a row of oak trees.

Today's card was inspired by the acorns along that walk.

wt192--Copper acorns


Stamps: acorn from the Bees Sheet from Starving Artistamps;

Papers: 29th St. Market DP; Really Rust (SU!); Watercolor paper;

Inks: VersaMark; various Tim Holtz Distress Inks for watercoloring;

Accessories: brads, tracing wheel; foam tape; copper embossing powder;

Thanks for stopping by--I hope you have a beautiful autumn weekend!


Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Arrrr ye mateys, it’s Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker. Hop on over to the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog so you don’t miss those Design Team Members who are offering up Rubbernecker Bucks today. You’ll also find your first link in today’s treasure hunt!
Our Design Team, as always, will have some fabulous creations. Be sure to visit their blogs~

  • Bev Gerard (Tex)
  • Broni Holcombe
  • Joan Ervin
  • Candy Williams
  • Kittie Caracciolo
  • Linda Duke
  • Pam Hooten
  • Shelly Kuck
  • Sherry Cheever
  • Tami Mayberry

  • Cornucopia with markers
    Stamps: Cornucopia
    Inks: Rich Cocoa Memento Ink Pad; Tim Holtz Distress inks for sponging;
    Paper: white, Olive, Wild Asparagus DP;
    Accessories: ribbon, sewing machine, Spellbinder dies, Copic and Prismacolor markers;
    Thanks for stopping by!

    Friday, November 07, 2008

    A Serene Flower

    I decided to try yet another sketch from the Verve Holiday Release Sketch Blitz.  This time it is #4!

    I turned it upside down and came up with this:


    This beautiful flower is from the Bees Sheet from Starving Artistamps.  I embossed it with gold on watercolor paper and watercolored it with Distress Ink Re-Inkers.

    The dp is some Anna Griffin paper that I have been hoarding for a long time (it has made two house moves). I figured it was time to cut into it!!

    A couple of enabling notes: don't forget to check out the new Christmas DoodleFactory stamps.  AND the discount code: savetenJS  to save 10%!

    I hope your weekend is full of serenity!


    It is Christmas at the DoodleFactory

    You NEED to check these out! The NEW DoodleFactory Christmas release!!

    AND new Sentiments to go with them! Can you say CUUUUTE!!

    More details on the shipping dates, prices, deals, and a chance to win them on the Starving Artistamps Blog.

    If you don't win the stamps--don't forget that I have a discount code for you: savetenJS which will help you save 10% at check out (on DoodleFactory and Starving Artistamps stamps).

    I will be back on later today with a card from the new Bees Sheet stamps!

    Thursday, November 06, 2008

    Some Verve Sketch Fun

    To celebrate some up coming releases Verve Stamps is having a Sketch Blitz on their Member Forum at SplitCoastStampers.

    Today I decided to tackle sketch #3.

    I used my Verve set: Serenity. This is such a handy set to have on hand.  It is appropriate for so many occasions.  For any time a loved one is in need of encouragement.  Either male or female.

    The dp is from KI Memories and Making Memories; the cardstock is mostly SU! but the lighter blue is from Bazzill.

    The ink was Frayed Burlap Tim Holtz Distress Ink.


    One sketch down--four more to go!!

    Thanks for looking!


    Wednesday, November 05, 2008

    Ho! Ho! Ho!

    It is time for a new Rubbernecker Stamps Blogger's Challenge. This challenge (RBC #8) is hosted by Bev Gerard (Tex)! She has challenged us to use unusual folds with our cards.

    I am not sure I made the grade--so to speak--but I did step out of my usual folding box. The front flap does not come all the way across the page (just two and a half inches for those of you who like to measure). And the last "Ho" is a flap that holds it all together.

    SantaI SantaIISantaIII

    The images are from KK Originals by Rubbernecker Stamp Company: Nick and Fancy Ho! Ho! Ho!;

    The image was colored with Copics, and highlighted with Stickles. The circles and the large scallop circles were cute with Spellbinders Nestabilities. (Check the Rubbernecker Stamp Company home page for some exciting news about them).

    You might be thinking, "How do I play along?" Easy! All you have to do is use the challenge requirement and upload your project to your blog and/or your online gallery. We love to showcase your projects on this blog, and ask that you please come back to this post, and add a link to your project in the comment section. In other words, we love looking at new eye-candy just like you!

    So, what kind of fold are YOU going to come up with???

    Tuesday, November 04, 2008

    Treasure Hunt Tuesday

    its Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker. If you hop on over to the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog, you’ll get all the info and deets for participation. You’ll also find a list of all the Rubbernecker Designers so you can poke around and find out who has blog candy today. ARRG!!!
    Here is my card for today!
    Simple Birthday
    This is a fairly simple birthday card. I don't know about you, but the birthdays of friends and family sneak up on me. So this is a good kind of card to have on hand. After all--who doesn't LOVE chocolate cake (if you don't like chocolate cake--you can share with me Big Grin)
    The cake stamp is Birthday Cake by Rubbernecker. The cake is colored with Prismacolor markers and decorated with Stickles and Liquid Pearls.
    ETA: the card base is an embossed card by Die Cuts With a View (DCWV) from Mikes.
    If you were here earlier--before I had a card--THANKS for stopping back by!!
    Have fun Treasure Hunting!!

    Monday, November 03, 2008

    it is the journey...

    Actually, the title of this post should be *it is the EFFORT*!

    Today's Technique Lover's Challenge was to do a medallion.  See instructions HERE.  My corner punches are not the *right* ones to use for this challenge.  BUT I do have a picture holder corner punch--so I figured--hey, it is just one piece of cardstock--might as well try it.   I ended up with a cute octagon that POPPED out of the middle of the circle (Note to self: Next time I need a stop sign....).  But that was NOT what I was hoping for...

    Then I looked closer at the outer circle...hmmmmm. If I took two squares of paper....and fit them in the slots....ummmmm.  Well, I thought it wasn't half bad.  With the right dp--it might even look cool--but I stuck with good ole' gray.

    TLC193--the journey

    The images are from Starving Artistamps.   The bee is from the Bees Sheet and the sentiment is from "hogs and kisses" sentiment set.

    The image was stamped with Palette Noir ink and colored with Prismacolor markers. 

    There are three dew droppy thingies on the lower right, they show up better IRL--as does the Stardust Stickles on the wings.  But as always, you can click on the picture for a larger view.

    Thanks for stopping by!  And now, if you were wondering if TLC193 would work with the corner slot kinda does.Winking


    Sunday, November 02, 2008

    Starving Artistamps--CPS #89 Sponsor!

    How cool is this!! Starving Artistamps is sponsoring CPS sketch #89!! WOO HOO!
    Tami Mayberry has come up with another WONDERFUL sketch!

    This is a fabulous sketch for people like me who LOVE to stamp their own designer papers.
    Here is my take:
    CPS Happy Thanksgiving
    The stamps are from the Bees Sheet (from Starving Artistamps). The background was made by making my own stamp pad and re-inkers for the solid oak leaf, then I masked the solid leaves to stamp the skeleton leaves. The leaf embellishment was made from chalk ink and shrink plastic.
    There are more cards by the Starving Artistamps Design Team on the Starving Artistamps Gallery Blog!
    Thanks for stopping by!!