Tuesday, November 20, 2012

There is one in every crowd

There is one in every crowd... even a crowd of monkeys!


I hope you smile today!
Thanks for taking the time to stop and look!

Oh and just one more thing:

Happy Shopping! (click ad to go to Starving Artistamps)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Once Upon A Birthday

Every card maker I know has a type of card that creates "crafter's block"... where the creative juices just refuse to flow.  For me, it is birthday cards... and especially for people I know.  It is so bad that I have given up on most family members opting for a store bought cards.  (now don't you gasp--there are some very nice cards sold today)

So my dear older brother has a birthday next week and this year I was determined to make him a card this year--conquering two tough cardmaking topics for me: Birthdays and Guys.

My brother is a great guy and deserving of the royal treatment:

  • Stamps: Antidepresstamps~Royality from Starving Artistamps; 
  • Ink: Memento tuxedo black; Tim Holtz antique linen;
  • Paper: Graphic 45 and Die Cuts With a View patterned paper; white and black cardstock;
  • Accessories: Copic Markers; foam tape; Stickles and Liquid Pearls (gold); Spellbinders and Sizzix dies;

Here is a tip:
  • Whether you are using markers, watercolor, chalks, or pencils, I find that that when coloring faces a little white dot on each cheek bone to put a little life and whimsy to the character you are coloring.  
Here is a question for you:
What is your tough cardmaking audience/occasion??  Sympathy, birthday, mother's day (another toughie for me)??

I look forward to your comments!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Sometimes you just need to laugh!  Well, I do, anyway.


  • Stamps: Griz the Hyena from Animals II and sentiment from Into the Woods, both by DoodleFactory from Starving Artistamps;
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Markers;
  • Paper: Studio G and My Mind's Eye patterned paper; white cardstock;
  • Accessories: foam tape; letter stickers-Recollections;
I sure hope you get to laugh today!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Need a lift?

Need a lift???

Of course you do.

Encouragement... we all need it.  It is a card stash standard, perhaps as important as a birthday or sympathy card.  And, like birthday and sympathy cards, I am better at them when I don't need them yet.

I think this koala image is like mac & cheese... warm and comforting.  He is ready to be sent out to encourage and comfort a friend.
Like most of my colored images of late, he is stamped on smooth Bristol paper with Memento Tuxedo Black then colored with Copic markers.  The body of the koala was colored with various tones of cool grays and the belly, mustache, and inner ears were colored with warm grays.

Other details:

  • Stamps: Wozlo the koala by DoodleFactory and sentiment all from Starving Artistamps; 
  • Ink: Memento tuxedo black; Tim Holtz distress ink: frayed burlap and peeled paint;
  • Paper: Kraft and tan cardstock; smooth Bristol paper; 7 Gypsies patterned pattern;
  • Accessories: sponge, Copic markers, foam tape, drop punch;
I hope this cuddly koala inspires you to make an encouraging card for someone today...  once you have one in your stash... you will see many people that need it. ;)

Thursday, November 01, 2012


This image is so much fun!!  Just a Clean-And-Simple (CAS) card for my thank you card stash.


  • Stamps: Hilde Hippo from DoodleFactory Animals II; Classic Decor Sentiment;  Large Harlequin Background; All stamps from Starving Artistamps;
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz Faded Lilac; 
  • Paper: white, black and Kraft cardstock;
  • Accessories: ribbon, foam tape; Spellbinder Label 1 die; sticker-Recollections;
These stamps are perfect for bringing a smile to someone!
Thanks for stopping by my blog, today!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What's Up!?!

So, what's up with you??


  • Stamps: Mortin by DoodleFactory from Starving Artistamps Inc.; Sentiment from Urban Spraypaint #1 also from Starving Artistamps Inc.;
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Markers;
  • Paper: Studo G patterned paper; black cardstock; Bristol paper;
  • Accessories: foam tape;
Isn't this sloth the cutest!?!  
More fun animal stamps at Starving Artistamps: DoodleFactory Animals II!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

a book is like...

Just having fun with two of my favorite things: Books and Stamps.

  • Stamps: Sheldon by DoodleFactory from Starving Artistamps;
  • Papers: Bo Bunny patterned paper; old book (flowers); Cardstock; Bristol Paper;
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Blue and black pens-- Sakura; Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen;
  • Accessories: DIY Library Card; Spellbinders bitty blossoms; foam tape;
Thanks for stopping by!  More animal cards tomorrow!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

One of THOSE days...

Some days are like this:
All you want is a simple snack, and it just doesn't work out like that.

Card details:

  • Stamps: Niles and Carter from DoodleFactory Animals II;
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black;
  • Paper: StudioG and My Mind's Eye; Kraft, hot pink and white cardstock;
  • Accessories: Spellbinders die; button (threaded with cardstock); foam tape; Martha Stewart edge punch; Copic Markers;

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the DoodleFactory Animals II stamps from Starving Artistamps!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Tim Holtz Enabling

Rubbernecker Stamps is pleased to offer Tim Holtz Idea-ology for 30% off regular pricing.
Through Sunday, October 14 at midnight.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

More Florals

Here are the cards I promised with my recent tutorial: Stamp Show Flower Pot Tutorial
All three of these were made with the same stamp pad and same stamp set.  

For this card I punched a circle from a scrap piece of paper and placed it in the center with removable adhesive, stamped around it and "Viola!" a wreath! 

This images was stamped on a book page (an old law book from a garage sale--I would say it is redeemed)
I hope you see the versatility of this technique and this stamp set.  I made a half dozen more cards, but they are very similar to these.  Perfect for beefing up the card stash!

Thanks for stopping by, today!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Stamp Show Flower Pot Tutorial

Warning: This is a long post.  I suggest going and getting a cup of coffee before sitting down to read.

This is the final product:
At the stamp show in Novi, MI, I did this demonstration quite a few times.
A few folks asked if there was a tutorial on the Rubbernecker Design Team Blog (Stampin Sisterhood).  Please note that many of the people I met at the stamp show were beginning stampers... so I have tried to show as many steps as possible.

Supplies needed:

  • Cut N' Dry Stamp Pad Felt
  • bottles of re-inkers (I prefer Distress Ink)
  • Waterproof black inkpad (i.e.: StazOn; Ranger's Archival)
  • Stamps: Create a Garden 1 or 2; Garden Phrase Set; all from Rubbernecker Stamp Co.
  • Ink blending tool and foam (sponges may be substituted)
  • Cardstock
  • Release paper (the back of stickers or the back of EZ Mount foam) {optional}
  • Ink Pads: Distress Ink (I used: Rusty Hinge; Wild Honey; Vintage Photo; Shabby Shutters)
  • scissors or craft knife

Step 1: cut out a piece of Cut N' Dry Stamp Pad Felt.  Size is not a huge issue.  It depends on how many colors you are going to use.

Step 2: Using re-inkers ( I HIGHLY recommend the distress ink for its excellent blending qualities) and make a square of ink.  The square should be big enough that the flower stamps can fit in a square if needed.  I think mine were about .75", but I did NOT measure.

I continued inking till I got all of the colors I wanted to use on my pad.  I put colors that I liked together next to one another.  The colors will mix and blend where they touch.  (this is a good thing).  I also stamped a "map" so I would remember where I had placed each of the colors.
Back row: Peacock Feathers; Shaded Lilac, Faded Jeans; Peeled Paint; Shabby Shutters; Tea Dye;
Front row: Broken China; Seedless Preserves; Tumbled Glass;Squeezed Lemonade; Scattered Straw; Spiced Marmalade;

Step 3: stamp the container image (pot) onto a scrap of release paper (from the back of used stickers,  foam mounted stamps or EZ Mount).  IF you don't hoard this as I do, a piece of cardstock will work fine.  The release paper does not hold on to the ink--so the sponging uses less ink and is faster.
Step 4: cut out container image--this is now your mask
Step 5: Stamp container on cardstock and place mask on container so only the container image is showing.

Step 6: Using the Ink Blending Tool and Foam and mask, ink the image.  My method: Wild Honey from the top; Rusty Hinge from each side; Vintage Photo from bottom corners.
With the mask removed this is what it will look like.
Step 7: Using a scrap of release paper or cardstock mask a "ground" under the container with the Ink Blending Tool and Foam.
the result should look like this
Step 8: move scrap to the top of the container and stamp some stems.  The mask will help "crop" the stems to the proper length.
It will look something like this.

Step 9a: Now it is time to start stamping using the homemade ink pad pallet.  Here I have used a "weed" and used the areas of Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw and Peeled Paint.
Step 9b: I stamped the blossom using the areas of Peacock Feathers; Broken China; Seedless Preserves; Tumbled Glass;
Step 10: I finished the image with leaves (again using the scrap paper as mask) tiny dots for baby's breath and the sentiment.

Are you still with me??? GOOD!
I matted and mounted the card on cardstock.  I also added a few dots of Stickles glitter glue--just for fun!

Thanks for sticking with me through this!  I sure hope it was helpful.  IF I missed anything or I was unclear, please leave me a comment so I can address the issue.

Also, there are more cards I made with this technique and this homemade pallet HERE.

Thanks again,