Friday, August 28, 2009

Squirrely Hello

I have received my “Into the Woods” DoodleFactory Stamps and had to get them inky a.s.a.p.!!!!

To get me started I have combined a couple of challenges:

  1. Sharon’s Stamp Simply #102 to step out of your comfort zone. I did this by using THREE patterned papers, and about double the embellishments and layers I normally do.
  2. Get Sketchy #3—A new sketch challenge blog :


Here is my card:

GS3-SSNOTIME102-Hello (2)

This squirrel is just so cute!!  He kind of reminds me of a squirrel that my family dubbed “No Fear Squirrel” that would sit at my glass door to my kitchen and watch me have my morning coffee many mornings last summer.

Materials: Stamps: DoodleFactory “Into the Woods” from Starving Artistamps (use the code “savetenJS” to receive a 10% discount on these stamps)

Papers: Prism and DCWV solid cardstock; We R Memory Keepers and 3 Bugs in a Rug patterned paper;

Ink: Memento-Rich Cocoa; Prismacolor and Copic markers;

Accessories: Grungeboard minis; Lemonade paint dabber; Glossy Accents; jewels; Prima flower; Nestabilities; sandpaper;

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to look!  I hope you have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wacky Wednesday #26-BLING!


Yes! It is Wacky Wednesday and it is time to add some BLING to our projects! Our Rubbernecker Red Hot Mama hostess is Candy and she has challenged us to use some bling this week—pearls, jewels, glitter—ANYTHING that shines!

PLEASE check out the Rubbernecker Blog for all of the details and how you can be this week’s winner!

Here is my card:

WW26--Flower w Bling


  • Stamps: Abstract Floral Background and Chrysanthemum from Rubbernecker Stamps;
  • Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Vintage Photo;
  • Paper: Kraft, Dark Pink (Prism) and Green Galore cardstock;
  • Other: Green Pearls-Kaiser; Glitter, glue; Perfect Pearls-Pearl; May Arts Ribbon (Sheer Iridescent--Fuchsia-Green); Colored Pencils;

The green panel is stamped with the distress ink and immediately swiped with the Perfect Pearls. The wetness of the Distress Ink is enough to activate the binding agent in the Perfect Pearls so they stay on without adhesive. The result is a dark brown pearly pattern.

WW26--Flower w Bling-detailThe flower is colored with colored pencils (and blended with baby oil); then accented with fine glitter.

Though only the Fuscia in the ribbon shows in the photo—there is some green in it that coordinates wonderfully with the greens in the card.

Check out these for more inspiration:

I sure hope you can play along! Don’t forget to post a link to your project on the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog! I am looking forward to see what you create!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Coffee time

I have been MIA for a bit.  As the summer activities wind down, and school has not yet started, my kids seem to need more of my attention –especially if I go down to my studio!

I am embarrassed to say how long these cards took to make, AND how little they look like my original intent.  But they are completed!!

Smell the Coffee

and the inside:Smell the Coffee-inside

Card #2:

Thanks a Latte

Both cards were stamped using the Impression Obsession stamps, and colored using colored pencils.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring??

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wacky Wednesday meets Color Throwdown

WACKYWEDNESDAYLADIES For one week two great blog challenges are joining forces to make one awesome challenge for this week.  Linda is our Wacky Wednesday #24 hostess, she has presented us the Color Throwdown colors to use on our Rubbernecker projects this week.  PLEASE check out the Rubbernecker Blog for all of the details!
Here is my card:
WW25-life is a journey
Stamps: Butterfly Inchies and Scuffs, Scraps, and Stains all from Rubbernecker StampsPaper:  Prism: Vibrant Teal, Desert Coral Dark, Suede Brown Medium and Super Smooth White;  Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain;  Other Stuff: Foam Tape; bone folder (for score marks);
Check out these for more inspiration:
Now it is your turn get going with these colors (SU!’s Bermuda Bay, Dusty Durango, Soft Suede)!!!  Then post a direct link to your project on the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog!  I am looking forward to see what you create!!

P.S. Did you know that you can take classes from Bad Sherry!?!  You can if Rubbernecker comes to your town!  Check out up coming classes, here.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

CTD55-Trick or Treat


Did you see this weeks’ Color Throwdown?  Some BRIGHT new colors!

Definitely a challenge for this lover of muted tones.  But that which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger—eh?

Here is my card:

CTD-Trick or Treat

I thought the Liquid Appliqué reminded me of cozy costumes that we would have as kids to keep us warm while trick or treating!

Thanks for the challenge, CTD Team!!

(BTW—these stamps can be 10% off {as well as all other Starving Artistamps and DoodleFactory Stamps} by using the code savetenjs )

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Okay, it is bad pun time again.  (it has been a while)

Sadly the idea for this card has been in my head for almost a year.  I was cleaning my desk and I came across the half done idea.  I actually ended up scrapping the pieces from the original  idea.

The Layout is from Mercy’s Tuesday Sketch Challenge #34:

MTSC34 Here is my take:

MTSC-You Rock The rock is hand drawn.

Can you forgive the pun!?!  Hope so.

Wacky Wednesday-Down Memory Lane

WACKYWEDNESDAYLADIES It is time for Wacky  Wednesday #24!  Joan is our hostess this week.  She has challenged us to pick our inspiration from a past experience, memory, past possession like a car, favorite clothing style, name it.  Contest and prize information and details are on the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog.

I chose a memory.

The story:
Twenty years ago I was recruited from Ohio to work at a YMCA camp in Colebrook CT.  A friend of mine and I flew out early to help get the camp ready for the season.  Our first morning was a dreary day with constant drizzle.  My friend and I were assigned to the Waterfront Director to help get the waterfront area ready.  Our task???  Paint the fence.

Yes, in the constant drizzle, we painted the fence.  About 50-75% of the the oil based paint actually stuck to the wood.  My friend and I laughed at the absurdity of our task—but we admitted that the fence did look better when we were done.

By now, you are probably wondering why I am telling you this story—right?  That waterfront director was a guy named Reed, and about 2 weeks later we had our first date…Last April we celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary.

We have often laughed at this story.  He claims that painting the fence was NOT his idea—well, if you say so sweetheart! Winking

The Card:
WW-New Day
Check out these for more inspiration:
Now it is your turn get inspired by something in your past!!!  Then post a direct link to your project on the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog!  I am looking forward to see what you create!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Have you ever done a project that looks NOTHING like what you set out to create?

Well that happened today.  Not sure if I liked how it turned out, but I don’t hate it either.

You are treasured This uses the DoodleFactory Tropics and Tropic Sentiments stamps.

The main image was colored with Copic and Prismacolor markers and the map was colored with pencils.  All elements were distressed with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

Don’t forget to come back Wednesday for Rubbernecker’s Wacky Wednesday.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Fun information!

Is this cool or what!!??!!
Check this out: Going on the Road

Sherry is very fun in real live and has LOTS to share!
I sure hope you can make a class!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Blog Challenge Combo-Thanks

Who doesn't love a challenge!?!  Somedays it is the jumpstart that I need to get the creative juices flowing.  Today I have combined two of my favorite challenges.  One I have never posted before, and that is Mercy Kerin's Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge.  (I have always meant to get around to it but rarely have and I have NEVER posted).  The other challenge is the Color Throwdown Challenge.
The sketch:
And the colors:
And my card:

  • Stamps: Large Chandelier from the DoodleFactory and Classic Decor Sentiment; all from Starving Artistamps;
  • Ink: Brilliance Graphite; Black and Blush Blossom brush tip marker;
  • Paper: Basic Gray, White, Pumpkin Pie, and Really Rust; Basic Grey DP;
  • Other supplies: black embossing powder; ribbon, foam tape, punches;

I used my good old brush tip watercolor markers on this.  I really can't remember the last time I brought them out.  The chandelier image was stamped with Brilliance ink, embossed, and colored in with a black brush tip marker. There were white areas on the dp that the chandelier is stamped on--I colored most of those in with a Blush Blossom marker (and there is a bit of shading with that marker that didn't show up in the photo).

If you haven't checked out these challenges, before, I hope you do this week!!
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!!

Wacky Wednesday #23-Flowers

WACKYWEDNESDAYLADIES  It is Wacky Wednesday again!  This weeks challenge hostess is Broni!  She has challenged us to use flower on our projects this week!  FUN STUFF!!
As always with Wacky Wednesday, the details are on the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog.
I have two cards for you today:
WW-Flowers Tea-Riffic
Note: the sentiment was scored (it is mounted on cling foam) and curved on the acrylic block to stamp.
  • Stamps: Teatime set from Rubbernecker Stamps;
  • Papers: DP (?) and DP from SEI-Poppy; bashful blue and old olive cardstock; Prism Simply Smooth cardstock-white;
  • Ink: StazOn Jet black and Tim Holtz Distress Ink –Peeled Paint;
  • Other materials: pencils; Nestabilities; deco-scissors; foam tape; embossing folder; silk flower;
This second card was inspired by the color challenge on SplitCoastStampers.
CC230 Friends Flowers
  • Stamps: Wild Flower Set from Rubbernecker Stamps
  • Paper: Close to Cocoa, Blush Blossom, Certainly Celery, Cameo Coral and Whisper White
  • Ink: Staz On Jet black and Close to Cocoa
  • Accessories: pencils, Martha Stewart edge punch, liquid pearls-petal pink; grosgrain ribbon, scallop punches, foam tape;
Would you like to see some more inspiration!?!  Check out the other Rubbernecker Designers:
Now it is your turn to add some flowers to your world!!!  Then post a direct link to your project on the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog!  I am looking forward to see what you create!!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Welcome Home!

I am still LOVIN' the July releases from Starving Artistamps' DoodleFactory line!!
Here is a clean and simple (CAS) card using them:

  • Stamps: Classic Decor Set from DoodleFactory and matching sentiments;
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black;
  • Paper: SU Kiwi Kiss; Prism-Sunflowers light; DP;
  • Other stuff: Copic/Prismacolor markers; buttons; sandpaper;

Did you know that there are NEW sets from DoodleFactory at Starving Artistamps!?!
You can see them up close here: Into the Woods and Prehistoric
AND... Did you know that you can get these stamps (and all Starving Artistamps and DoodleFactory stamps) at a discount!?!!  Just use the code: savetenJS at checkout!  (Then click the *Recalculate* button to make sure you receive the discount!!)

Thanks for stopping by today!!  Have a GREAT Monday!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Simple Summer Butterflies

Hello, again!
I have been gone for a while.  Not at CHA, hangin' with my stamping friends, but at Family Camp.  We go to Bay Shore Camp both for Family Camp and my two older children each spend a week there (for soccer and music).  It is TRULY our family's happy place.  If you live within driving distance of the "thumb" of Michigan and are looking for a Christian camp, I truly recommend it!!  I teach the 6 yr. olds while I am there.  We had such a fun bunch this year!

As you may be able to imagine, I was glad to get back to my stamping desk!  I was also glad to have left a half finished project for me to complete!  I started doing this back when I was a scrapbooker.  It gets the creative juices flowing and it is especially helpful if you know you are going to be away for a while OR if you have limited creative time.

Anyway, I finished last week's CAS challenge from SCS.  We were challenged to make Turquoise, orange, and yellow!  

Here is mine:
  • Stamps: Butterfly Inchies and Wildflower BG from Rubbernecker Stamps;
  • Paper: Prism Super Smooth White; SU! Tempting Turquoise, Apricot Appeal, and Only Orange;
  • Ink: SU! Tempting Turquoise and Summer Sun; Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade; Adirondack Pigment Pad: Snow Cap White;
  • Other Stuff: Circle Punch; Perfect Pearls-perfect pearl; foam tape

 Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you have a great day this week!!!