Monday, April 30, 2012

How About I Show You My Kissing Technique?

Today I want to share two of the new releases at Rubbernecker Stamps with you and also take you back to a technique from "long ago." It's called the Kissing Technique! No lip locks here, just a fun, easy technique that anyone can do.

You can use any inks for this technique: dye, chalk, pigment, distress, shadow. You will need two ink colors.

One way to do it:
1. Ink up your solid image stamp with your lighter color.
2. Ink up your second image with a darker ink.
3. "Kiss" the two surfaces together.
4. Stamp the solid image stamp on paper.

The way I did it in my sample (more subtle) - one inked (solid) and one uninked (detail) image:
1. Ink up your solid image stamp.
2. Without inking your detailed image, stamp this stamp on your inked stamp ("Kissing")
3. Stamp the solid image on paper. Some of the area that previously was inked will have the ink removed with the uninked image.

I used two images from Rubbernecker Stamps for my technique, and did one inked stamp (Believe Collage) and one uninked stamp (Paint Splattered Screen). The result is a more subtle look than if both stamps were inked. If you look closely you can see the screen design in the letters and flowers.

This is a technique from "long ago," but I had never tried it! Super easy and a very cool look.  There is a whole gallery on Splitcoast to see other kissing ideas too. Click here.

I want to say a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my lovely mom today!
She loves to stamp too!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Other challenges for this card:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Ribbon or Twine
Creative Mondays - Anything Goes
Hooked on Crafts - Flowers
Love to Create - Flowers and Buttons
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
Stamp and Create - Spring
Tammy Scrapin Corner - Anything Goes
Victorine Originals - Flowers 
Whoopsi Daisy  - Flowers 
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Stamps: Paint Splattered Screen SKU:615 & Believe Collage SKU:621-01 by Rubbernecker Stamps
Paper: Poptone Jelly Bean Green and Neenah Solar White
Ink: Jelly Bean Green (Stamp School)
Accessories: Baker's Twine (Hemptique) and Satin Chocolate Ribbon (May Arts), button (Basic Grey), Dots Embossing Folder (Sizzix)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Poppies in My Garden

I have never planted poppies in my garden before. I love them, but think it's too windy here for them to survive. But, we shall see this summer, as I got seeds yesterday and will be planting them probably tomorrow.  Some of you know that I called my dad "Poppy" and that he had given me an oil painting when I was younger - with poppies! So they are a dear flower to me.

Sweet 'N Sassy came out with a poppies set, and I just had to get it because the flowers are so delicate. I also like that it's a smaller sized set - the other poppy images that I have are so big.  This one is delightful, and I used it on my card yesterday for the Featured Stamper Challenge at SCS.

My beautiful mom is 83 years young tomorrow so I made this for her. We are off to celebrate with a breakfast first thing in the morning.

Anyway, congratulations to Linda on being chosen for this week's Featured Stamper! What a lovely and fun gallery! There were so many choices, but I finally settled on Linda's With Love to case. I kept her theme and layout, but changed colors and images, and added a pearl button at the top of my ribbon.

My images are from Poppies & Greetings by Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps and my ribbon is Red Satin Double Ruffle from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I like how they look uncolored.

And I have a quick recipe to share -- it will be in the low 80s here all week, so time for an iced yummy!

Cappuccino Cooler
1 1/2 C prepared coffee, cooled
1 1/2 C chocolate ice cream, softened
1/4 C chocolate syrup
crushed ice
1 C frozen whipped topping, thawed

Blend coffee, ice cream and syrup together until smooth. Set aside. Fill 4 glasses 3/4 full with ice, add coffee mixture. Top with a dollop of whipped topping and serve immediately. Makes 4 servings!

You can also put the first three ingredients in a blender, if you desire. Enjoy and have a great day!
Stop back tomorrow for an "old" technique to try -- I had never done it!
Other challenges for this card: 
Dream Valley Challenges - For a Special Lady
One Stitch At A Time - Here comes Summer 
Stampin' Sisters in ChristUse your “green thumbs” … use an image of something planted
Sunday Stamper - Red  
The Crafty Pad - April Showers Bring May Flowers
PanPastel UK Challenge - Spring Time

Stamps: Poppies & Greetings by Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Neenah Solar White, DP by The Paper Studio and Basic Grey
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: 1 1/4" circle punch, Corner Rounder Edgers (Fiskars), Kaiser Red Pearls, Red Satin Double Ruffle Ribbon & Hemptique's Red/White Baker's Twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

LAST DAY for an Awesome Hambo Sale!

Over at Hambo Stamps you can get 25% off this cool Sailboat Frame - 3220 -- and everything else! TODAY IS THE LAST DAY!  Here are the SAIL/SALE deets:

Our last big sale of the season runs Thursday, April 26 thru Saturday, April 28. Save 25% off all in-stock stamps using code "SCS25" with your order. The additional discount will be applied to sale prices on our "Retiring" and "Seconds" stamps. Free shipping, however, does NOT apply to discounted orders.

 Don't miss out!!

My card today was made using scraps (except for the card base) in my paper scrap files. I file all my scraps larger than 2"x2" in folders according to "main" colors. I used to do exact colors, but then the colors changed so much from the original Stampin' Up! ones, and I have bought so many other brands now that I don't have room to do it that way! 

Click on the photo for a close-up! The circle was already cut, but I never used it, and I just added texture with a Cuttlebug embossing folder on the Yoyo Yellow piece. I stamped my Sailboat Frame with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers.

So for the rest of the day I am out & about -- getting ready for tomorrow's university department picnic here. Yesterday we had a long, steady, hard rain -- the most I have seen in a very long time, and everything is so green. I just want a sunny day for tomorrow!

Have a wonderful weekend! Tomorrow I will be back with a Featured Stamper creation and another recipe!

Challenges for this card: 
Daring Cardmakers - Male and Sport 
Emergency Crafters - Bold & Bright 
Poodles Parlour - Anything Goes

Stamps: Sailboat Frame 3220 by Hambo Stamps
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow
Accessories and Tools: Cuttlebug EF, circle cutter, button, Baker's Twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon), Heidi Grace sticker 

Friday, April 27, 2012

Hello Friend

I have gotten some really fun stamping happy mail this week, and today I am showing a little bit of it. I got this  beautiful paper from October Afternoon's Sidewalks Collection from one of those steal sites (I subscribe to a few and now I can't remember which one it was) and it fit fairly well with the colors for this week's Color Throwdown 189 Challenge. I didn't have Cherry Cobbler (gotta order that!), so I subbed in a red.

The images are from the VIP Sweet Safari Collection I got from My Favorite Things this week, and this set is just darling. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored in using Copic markers. I followed Deconstructed Sketch 49.

My amazing friend, Holly, is the SCS Queen for the Day this week, and I also made this card based on her You Make My Heart Spin.  I kept the red stripes, and a girl as the main image, and then changed a few other things. :)

In other stamping news, I am pleased to be returning to the I Brake For Stamps Design Team for the summer. Look for an IBFS post here each Thursday,  beginning May 3.

Stop back by tomorrow where I will have details of a GREAT sale you won't want to miss, and a fun little creation to share.

And now, finally, my recipe for my Bruschetta Dip I am making for the picnic this weekend (see yesterday's post):

Hot Bruschetta Dip


  • 2 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 (8 ounce) wheel Brie cheese
    1. In a small bowl, mix roma (plum) tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, parsley and olive oil. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour.
    2. Remove top layer of rind from brie. Place brie in a small microwave safe serving dish. Microwave on high 1 minute, or until the cheese begins to soften. Spoon roma tomato mixture over the cheese. Microwave on high 1 minute, or until slightly melted. Serve immediately with Paris toasts or other dried breads. 

Other challenges for this card:
Inky Impressions -  anything goes
Just Keep on Creating - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes

Stamps: VIP Sweet Safari Colection by My Favorite Things 
Paper: White, October Afternoon Sidewalks DP, So Saffron 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics B000, B93, B95, E13, E15, E18, R00, R20, R22, R24, Y35 Accessories: October Afternoon button and chipboard photo corners, Spellbinders penneant die, circle die & oval die, True Hemp (Really Reasonable Ribbon), distressing tool

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Be Yourself

I am so blessed to have good internet friends! This is a short post today, but I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that comes and visits my blog. You are all so sweet! This is where I get to be myself - sharing what I love - paper crafting!

I made this card using last week's Color Throwdown 188 colors (gotta get busy on the new challenge!) and one of Rubber Stamp Tapestry's pretty sets called Always Summer. I love the dainty little flowers with the bolder square image (Reverse Peg Leaf Stamp). I added my favorite pearl embellishments and a pretty bow.

I am getting ready to host a picnic this weekend for students and faculty of the Philosophy Department where my husband is department chair. It's always a lot of fun, but there are many things to do before then!
Tune in tomorrow for a fun recipe I am making for the picnic and another paper creation!

Stamps: Always Summer and Be Yourself Block Stamp by Rubber Stamp Tapestry
Paper: Certainly Celery, Naturals Ivory, Melon Mambo
Ink: Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke
Accessories and Tools: pearls (Kaiser & The Paper Studio)), corner rounder, Sizzix EF, ivory grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Five More Days..........

I have been having a great couple of days, which is really nice -- I am thinking it must be because I only have five more days of school (spread out over two weeks) until summer vacation!  I made the Sweet 'N Sassy Spotlight Stamper this week with my owl card (scroll down one post!)! Plus, the new Really Reasonable Ribbon Design Team was announced yesterday, and I will be continuing on the team, along with some amazing talent! I have more stamping news to share, but will save it for another day :)

On the home front, my son had an emergency root canal this morning and it went very well. Just got off the phone with him and he is doing much better. I am super happy that I will get to take a road trip at the end of May and drive from Indianapolis to North Carolina -- solo! I am pretty excited about it, as it will be fun to explore new places in the east along the way.  If I see a little shop, I can just stop! Or a cafe, or take pictures of anything I want!

My daughter had her acting final yesterday for college, and said it went awesome! She loves it where she is, and I am so thankful. She is taking some summer classes, which start May 14, so won't be able to come home, but we are heading out there as soon as my school year is over. Yay!

I think I am excited about this summer, because as soon as I got out of school last year, I had the carpal tunnel surgery on my left hand and elbow and was pretty much incapacitated as far as stamping goes, for about a month. I need to do the right side, but not this summer! :)

I will be performing in a production of "Into the Woods," playing Cinderella's mother (not step-mother!) - a nice, small part that won't keep me too busy to stamp, but enough in a show to have a great time!
More on that later this summer.

And now, for today's creation:
I made this for the two challenges at Splitcoast yesterday: Technique Challenge 374: Stamping Nostalgia and Clean and Simple Challenge 167: At the Zoo. . .

I couldn't pass up using one of my favorite giraffe stamps I have had forever! My sister gave it to me one year for my birthday. I love how primitive it looks, but how much life and movement it shows.

For the TLC we were limited with what we could use -- nothing modern such as dies, embossing folders, or an abundance of patterns and ribbons..... I cut the border with pinking shears, used one piece of patterned paper, pierced the edge, and added a little ribbon. Didn't break any challenge rules!

The CAS challenge was perfect for me - I have so many giraffe images I could have chosen, but was happy with how this turned out!

Thanks for taking a peek!
Come back tomorrow for more stamping news, and a spotlight on Rubber Stamp Tapestry!

Other challenges for this card:
Stamps: Magenta
Paper: Kraft, Naturals Ivory, DCWV Safari Chic
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: chocolate chip striped ribbon, paper piercer, rub-on letters (Making Memories)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

It's Featured Stamper Sunday!

I love being a part of the Featured Stamper Challenge Hostess team at Splitcoast. It is such fun to search the galleries finding amazing talent! There are so many! But, when Sunday rolls around, it is even more fun to honor that stamper by casing (Copy And Share Everything) one of her creations.

Today was my friend Julie's turn to hostess, and she chose a very talented and prolific stamper, Karen Haman aka kthaman. Karen does beautiful work, and I had such a fun time going through her gallery. I finally settled on this darling tag card.  Here is what I came up with:

I got this ADORABLE set from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps and inked it up the same day! It comes with cute-as-can-be sentiments. I love the artwork on this. I kept Karen's theme and layout, changed images and colors, and added a row of buttons to the bottom.  IRL, the buttons are the same darker pink as in the cute designer paper. Here they look a little red, but they are PINK! I hand cut my little branch for the owl to sit on.

I added an extra layer of wings, eyes and feathered tummy for dimension. I love how this turned out, and I know I will use this set again and again.

Thanks for taking a peek!!

Stamps: Owl Be There by Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps
Paper: Kraft, Wild Wasabi, Neenah Solar White, Recollections DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: pink gingham and green dotted grosgrain ribbon (Offray), heart buttons, Scallop dies (SNSS)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Welcome to the Father's Day Blog Hop with the Stampin' Sisterhood from Rubbernecker Stamps!

Today the Sisterhood is showcasing stamps that can be used for Father's Day celebrations. If you arrived here from Joan Ervin's beautiful blog, you are in the right spot! If not, start back at Charlene Driggs's blog, because you will want to see each beautiful creation today, and have a chance at winning a Rubbernecker stamp set of your choice!

My dad passed away 2 1/2 years ago, but this is what I would make for him this year! He loved bright colors. Diabetes took away his ability to walk, and I know he is dancing somewhere :) The sentiment says "And when you get the chance I hope you dance"  - perfect, don't you think?

The sentiment is stamped on torn vellum and then embossed, which makes it slightly fuzzy and fat, but I think it works.

I stamped Demetri in VersaFine Onyx Black on my Ink, Spray and Smash technique background and then embossed with Clear EP. I have been on a quest to use something really "old" on every project I make through the summer, and these eyelash fibers and the African bead were perfect for embellishing this card.
Click on either photo for a closer view!

Leave some love along the way for everyone, and your name will be put into the drawing for a RN stamp! Winner will be announced on 4/28 at the Stampin' Sisterhood blog. As a bonus  we will draw an EXTRA winner  for a STAMP SET of their choice, just for sharing our HOP on their Facebook page or blog!! After you have SHARED, just go back to the Stampin' Sisterhood Blog and let us know where you have SHARED our HOP!!

Now onto my lovely friend, Julia Aston, who has a gorgeous creation for you today! 
Hop Route:
Stamps: Demetri SKU:501-10 and Dance SKU:563-03
Paper: Glossy White, Basic Black, Cameo Coral, Textured Black, vellum
Ink: Cameo Coral, Summer Sun, Ruby Red, VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories: bead, fibers, MS border punch, black brad,embossing folder

Friday, April 20, 2012

Flamingo Truth

Flamingos are amazing. I mean, really -- who has that kind of balance? They must do Yoga all day long. This Flamingo from Hambo Stamps has some wisdom too:

Click on the photo for a close-up!
The cute sentiment (Without You) is also from Hambo Stamps and you can find it here. Over at the Hambo Hoedown there is a fun challenge going on to use FOUR of something. It can be any four things you choose! I chose four different colors from this week's Color Throwdown Challenge:

I was really tempted to do a floral scheme with the colors, because it's just perfect for that, but then decided to go a whole different route with my Flamingo!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Paper: Naturals White, Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery, Sweet Treats DP (Basic Grey)
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Copics C3, RV02, RV04
Accessories and Tools: corner rounder, Spellbinders dies, rhinestone gems, ric rac, Sizzix EF

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

There is a New One, and Some Old Stuff!

There is a new Featured Stamper at Splitcoast and she has a beautiful gallery! It's Shellie Daniel aka shellied! Congratulations to Shellie! She has such a fabulous gallery. I finally settled on this gorgeous, classy tag to case.

I changed images, but kept her layout and overall color scheme. I am on a mission to use things I have had for a long time. This tag is one of them, so I can't even remember where the images are from -- if you know, let me know!

Remember when fiber was all the rage? Well I have tons of it. So I added a bit of it to my "bow."
The tag is sprayed with Glimmer Mist. I got it at CHA......about four years ago!! So I decided to start using that too. It still works and sprays beautifully!

Thanks for taking a peek! I am counting down the days until school is out. I am now under double digits, so it's not long!

Stamps: sentiment by Unity Stamps
Paper: Certainly Celery, Core'dinations Textured CS, shipping tag
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Taken With Teal, Encore Metallic Gold
Accessories: Glimmer Mist, bling (The Paper Studio), paper piercer, large oval punch, crinkled seam binding, fibers, sparkly ric rac, Mesh ribbon (May Arts), acrylic paint

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Black, White and ?

Today's new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon is Black and White with one accent color -- I love the look of B/W with just about any other one color! I chose Aqua Mist as my third hue.

Click on the photo for a close-up look! I used three images from Rubbernecker Stamps: the butterfly is from Bud Set, the sentiment is from Fall Trilogy Set and the border is called Wild Garden Border 2. I stamped my images in VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

My ribbon is my favorite new ribbon at Really Reasonable Ribbon. I ADORE this Aqua Floral Satin ribbon. The picture really doesn't even do it justice. You need to have this ribbon! The white design looks so delicate and like it is embossed. It was the perfect choice for my card. My designer paper is the Bob Bunny Enchanted Collection.

There are tons of new things at RRR - specifically the new Baker's Twine and Hemp that Bonnie has. I can hardly wait to get mine! Take a look at her post from a few days ago if you missed it! (And at her beautiful card!).

If you missed the blog hop on Friday, there is still time to join in! A fun collaboration between The Rubber Cafe and Really Reasonable Ribbon. Click here for all the details!

Coming: Father's Day Blog Hop with Rubbernecker Stamps -- April 21!!
Other challenges for this card: 
Craft a Scene - Silhouettes
Paper Sundaes - Anything Goes  
Scrapper`s Delights Paper Crafts -  Spring has Sprung
Stamptacular Sunday - Anything Goes 

Friday, April 13, 2012

It's a Really Reasonable Rubber Cafe Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon and The Rubber Cafe Blog Hop! If you arrived here from True's blog, you are in the right place! If you just happened along, be sure to start at the beginning at The Rubber Cafe Blog (I am the third stop, so you don't have far back to go!) so you don't miss out on the awesome projects, fun news, and prizes from Really Reasonable Ribbon and The Rubber Cafe!

I love Bonnie's choices for the April ribbon club package. If you really love ribbon and would like to have a wonderful assortment of ribbons sent to you automatically each month, just join the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club! Monthly ribbon club assortments are selected and pre-packed to reflect a specific theme, color, or holiday season. The assortments vary from month to month, but an average assortment has 5-8 different ribbon styles and consists of 10-15 yards of ribbon.  You will love it! 

My card today is made with one of my favorite stamp sets from The Rubber Cafe called Just My Type. It has five sentiments with this fun typewriter. I chose the darling Pink Dotted Grosgrain from the RRR April Ribbon Club collection and pleated it using Scor-Tape.

I stamped my images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then used a R83 Copic marker to highlight the pink areas. The designer paper form Crafty Secrets' Radiant collection was perfect for the style I wanted. A few of my favorite Rose Pearls and Cotton Candy Baker's Twine from the RRR Store, and voila! My sketch is from Jen's Deconstructed Sketch 46.

I am on the bandwagon with the typewriter craze -- but I have really loved old typewriters for a long time. My dad was a writer and had a beautiful Underwood that I hope to find in storage someday. Until then, I will be happy with my junk jaunt find - a vintage Royal!

Thanks for stopping by today! Now on to Irit's blog, where you will have a feast for the eyes with her creation! 

If you are in a find-a-deal mood, check out my GARAGE SALE. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Pansy Parade

I adore pansies. They are so sweet and hardy! They do well in Nebraska - even with the wind and cool temperatures that surprise us some days.  Rubber Stamp Tapestry has a beautiful new set called Color Me Happy that is perfect for your paper pansy gardens. It is also designed to stamp beautiful on ceramic and fabric too!

My color choices came from my friend, Joan, for her challenge at the Color Throwdown blog this week: Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Lavender Lace and So Saffron.

I stamped the Bitty Square Swirl in Certainly Celery as a corner border, and then filled in with the Mini Flower in Studio G black pigment ink (which, by the way, I will not be using very frequently -- much messier than my other pigment inks). I embossed the flowers with Clear Embossing Powder and then finished stamping with the Tiny Flower in Lavender Lace, the Mini Leaf in Certainly Celery and the Bitty Sprig in So Saffron.

The sentiment (Thank You Block Stamp - also by Rubber Stamp Tapestry) was stamped with Chocolate Chip ink. I added some Champagne pearls to the Tiny Flower centers. The scalloped border was made with my Slit Punch and is from the Madeline Collection by Prima.

The centers of the Mini Flowers were colored with a BV02 Copic Marker and lined with a Copic 0.3 Black Multiliner. I love how you can make whatever color and design in the middle of the flowers that you want!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lovely Blues

This week's Featured Stamper at SCS was Albongo aka Alison Watson.  She has a lovely gallery with such beautiful creations. I chose this card to case.

There She Goes has the sweetest images! I stamped my Sweet Peas and sentiment in VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and then embossed with Clear EP. I used the same layout, Sweet Pea image, Cuttlebug folder, and added lace, pearls, and a sentiment. I also changed colors and left off the butterfly.

I had a lovely long-time friend who invited my daughter over for Easter dinner -- 700 miles away -- and I am sending her this card to thank her for that very special gesture.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Challenges for this card: 
Anything Goes Challenge - Anything Goes  
Crafty Sentiments - Spring! Spring Creations Using Pastel Colours 
Die Cuttin' Divas - Pastels 
Use It Tuesdays - Anything Goes(hoarded item: lace!)
Twisted Tuesday - I Never Promised You A Rose Garden, Use Flowers, Twist: No Roses or Rosettes 
Sassy Cheryl's - Anything Goes 
Stamps: Sweet Pea by There She Goes
Paper: Blue Bayou, Bashful Blue, Annalee DP by Prima, Pure Luxury White by GKD
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Copic Markers B000, B00, B21
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger), Snow pearls (Kaiser), large and small oval punches (SU!), embossing folder (Cuttlebug), circle cutter, Noelle crochet lace and Capri Blue Satin ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Stampin' Sisterhood Challenge at Rubbernecker!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter Day! Ours will be quiet, as both my kids are grown and live hundreds of miles away. I wish I could go be with them! 

Today at the Stampin' Sisterhood blog we are in Week 2 of our new monthly challenge. This month's is a sketch challenge, which I love. So easy to put together as I don't have to think about where to put things!
HERE is the link with all the details on what you could win and how to link up to the challenge!

I made a card using the sweet chicks from Rubbernecker called Chick with Chicklettes. I think the image is so cute.

And here is the Sketch:
I stamped my images in VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Strathmore watercolor paper and then used reinkers and a watercolor brush to color them in. I cut out with my Grand Calibur and Grand Ovals Nestabilities. My background is the Polished Stone Technique. I have a tutorial here. I wanted it to look like chicken feed! The sentiment is a Heidi Grace sticker that says "sunny."

There are still two weeks left in the challenge, so I hope that you will come and play along!

Other challenges for this card: 
Addicted to Stamps - Spring/Easter
Crafting When We Can - Things with Wings
Little Claire's - Spring 
The Squirrel & the Fox - Things with Wings
That Craft Place - Its all about Spring

Stamps: Chick and Chicklettes SKU:565-06 by Rubbernecker
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Creamy Caramel, Yoyo Yellow, Apricot Appeal, Only Orange, Summer Sun (SU!)
Paper: Glossy White, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Basic Grey DP, Strathmore watercolor
Accessories and Tools: Cuttlebug EF, Spellbinders Grand Ovals and Large Scalloped Circles Nestabilities, Really Reasonable Ribbon Orange Baker's Twine and Orange Satin Double Ruffle Ribbon, Heidi Grace sticker sentiment, Button Up buttons

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Soul Thoughts

Happy Easter weekend, everyone!

For today's Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge 331, we were directed to a really fun site called Soul Flower. It brought back lots of memories for things I used to wear in high school that my college-age daughter now wears!

I used Rubbernecker's Springtime Inchies stamp set for my floral images. The trio of necklaces here caught my eye, and I chose the yellow flower for my inspiration.
I colored the flowers with Copic Markers. My sentiment is Happy Thoughts, also by Rubbernecker.

This is also for CAS-usal Fridays Easter basket challenge. I always put flowers in my mom's basket - she likes chocolate, but nothing cheers her more than flowers (and a hand-stamped card!)!
Other challenges for this card: 
Wags 'n Whiskers - Flowers 
4 Crafty Chicks - Flowers
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and Easter Day! Thanks for stopping by!

Next week: Spotlight on Rubber Stamp Tapestry and a Fun blog hop with The Rubber Cafe and Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Stamps: Spring Inchies Stamp Set 425 and Happy Thoughts 565-11 by Rubbernecker Stamps
Paper: Sweet Tooth (Poptone)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers YR68, E 15, Y15, Y17, Y35, Y38,
Accessories: Cuttlebug EF, Scor-Pal, button (Basic Grey), Baker's Twine (RRR)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

First Featured Stamper Gig

This past Sunday was my first official post as one of the new Splitcoast Featured Stamper Challenge Hostesses. I chose a beautifully talented stamper for this week!

Congratulations to Vickie Zimmer {redlynny} for being our SCS Featured Stamper this week!

I cased this beautiful card of Vickie's. I have had this pretty black flower for a long time, but just never found the right occasion to use it until this week!

I changed the color scheme, and layout slightly, but kept her overall theme and design. Added a trio of pearls in the corner. My image is from the Scripture 1 Collection by Our Daily Bread designs.

Come play along!

Stamps: Scripture Collection 1 by Our Daily Bread designs
Paper: Rose Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Annalee DP by Prima
Ink: Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: black silk rose and white tulle filler (HL), Spellbinders dies, Snow pearls (Kaiser), pewter stick pin (Maya Road), wine velvet and black satin gathered ruffles ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


School music programs are done -- last night I had two: Kindergarten-Second Grade and Third-Fifth Grade. The kids did a great job. I love doing programs - my favorite part of teaching - but it is nice to be done too! I am ready to do something else in the classroom for the rest of the year!

What a beautiful week of spring it has been here. My crabapple trees, tulips, lilacs and rose bushes inspired my card today. All I see when I go outside is the vast array of color in the trees and plants. I wanted to focus just on that, so I made a CAS (Clean and Simple) design today.

I stamped my images from Stamp School’s new April set, Flowers for Mom, using Razzleberry ink for the rose and Jellybean Green ink for the leaves.

Using my Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots embossing folder, I embossed a background for my card to give it some elegant, but simple texture. I added some beautiful crocheted Noelle lace from Really Reasonable Ribbon and framed my images with a Spellbinders die. Easy, but pretty!

I am sharing this at CAS-ual Fridays for their Name That Tune Challenge. My song is "Paper Roses" by Marie Osmond! (Dates me, I know!)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Other challenges: 
Artistic Stampers - Ribbons and Lace

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