This week has gone so fast! How many of you have started your Christmas shopping and how many are actually done? My youngest keeps sending me emails with links of gifts she would like and my oldest won’t give me a list. She tells me I should know what she wants. Well, I don’t know what she wants! I informed both Kate and her boyfriend (who is a fixture around here) that I wanted their lists, in writing, in my hands the next time I see them. We’ll see! It was so much easier when they were little and I could go nuts buying toys and get a lot more for my money. Those of you with little ones – enjoy every minute. It goes by so fast!

The card I have to share today is for the Limited Supply Challenge on Splitcoast. I actually started this last night before I went to bed – so the stickles would be dry this morning! Then, this morning I actually changed it up a bit and didn’t use the scalloped square I had the stickles on. I’ve had this little snowman stamp since my trip to Stampaway in Cincinnati, and this is the first time it’s seen ink. When I was checking out from the Northwoods booth, they threw this one in my bag and it’s perfect for today’s challenge.

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This card is a real step outside my box – It’s just a one layer 4-1/4 square note card. No additional layers for backgrounds and to hide my ribbon with. The snowflakes were stamped in different colors of blue randomly on the front and the ribbon is wrapped around and tied in a bow on the front. The image is colored with Copic Markers. Frosted Lace Stickles were used for the snow and Crystal to add some highlights to the hat.

Stamps: SU Snow Burst, Snowman from Northwoods Rubber Stamps

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Whisper White, Cool Caribbean and Buckaroo Blue

Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black, SU Soft Sky, Buckaroo Blue and Cool Caribbean

Accessories: Copic Markers, 2-1/2″ and 3″ Marvy Uchida Punches, Signo White Gel Pen, Ranger Crystal and Frosted Lace Stickles, Tsukineko Large Sponge Dauber, Ribbon

I need to make an apology this morning. The other night when Rubbernecker Stamp Company opened their site, and we announced the Design Team, we failed to announce a Special Guest Designer. Jeanne and I had noticed that there was a mystery designer working in the background making cards. We had no idea who it was and Dave, the owner of Rubbernecker, pulled a fabulous joke over on us. We kept thinking that maybe they were Dave’s cards or maybe his sons. Well, as it turned out, it was Amber Hillman (Bambi64 on Splitcoast). My apologies to Amber for not announcing her with the rest of the team! So . . . . .

Please welcome Amber Hillman as the Special Guest Designer for the Rubbernecker Design Team. Amber will be with us through the end of the year, December 31st. To see what she has been up to, you can visit her blog, Amber’s Antics and/or her SCS Gallery. Welcome Amber! We look forward to working with you for the next month (now that we know who you are – hehe)!

I am also happy to say that if any member of the Rubbernecker Design Team uploads a card to their blog and/or SCS Gallery, you will now be able to find that stamp on the new site. If you haven’t visited the site yet, you should. There are so many amazing products available — anything a stamper would need!

Today’s Splitcoast Ways to Use it Challenge is to use metallic papers. Last night I had a brainstorm for a little twisted and demented humor and hit the rubber room. I do admit that I worked on this image last night, and as luck would have it, I could work the image into today’s challenge! Don’t ya’ll just love when that happens?

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I stamped Ethel first, masked her off and then stamped the small tree. Of course, the tree had snow at the bottom, and I didn’t want snow. I hand drew the tree skirt and then colored the images with Copic Markers. I added Gold Stickles to the tree and then set it aside to dry. No more Stickles tragedies today! This morning, after the drying process, I finished the image off by drawing some squiggles with Spica markers. The sentiment was generated on the computer. The background paper is from Webster’s Pages that I found at Jacksonbelle Embellishments and the metallic paper I used to back the image and sentiment is some I picked up at the Orlando Stampfest.

Stamps: 74-08 Ethel with Coffee Cup and 52-0206 Tree With Snow Set by Rubbernecker

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Websters Pages, Stardream Metallic and Pearlescent Colors, Artichoke

Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black

Accessories: Copic Markers, Ranger Gold Stickles, Spica Markers, White Signo Gel Pen, Brads, Ribbon, Large and Small Oval Punches

I can hardly believe that it’s Wednesday already! The days and weeks are flying by and Christmas and the New Year are going to be here before I am even ready. By now I normally have the house decorated for the holidays and at least have some shopping done – but not this year! I suppose I will need to concentrate on the decorations this weekend since I do have a few things happening here at the house during the holidays. I must admit that I love to decorate for Christmas and can’t bear to take it down until after the first of the year. To me the house is always bare once the decorations are taken down and put away for the year. I am struggling this year though on how to put up a tree (on the floor) and keep the puppies away from it. I’ve thought about a table top tree but can’t find just the right size. A 4-1/2 foot table top tree just doesn’t get it for the main tree in the house – especially for someone who has put up at least three trees for the last few years. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll end up with the 7-foot tree on the floor and get after the pups every time they get near it!

One good thing however, is that I went through my recently made cards and realize that I’m getting close to having what I need for the Holidays. WOO HOO! AND, I can add one more in the box – I checked the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge this morning and what a fun layout. Roxie always comes up with something new and fun – I don’t know how she does it week after week. Anyhoo, here’s my card for today’s challenge.

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I wanted to try this image from Gina K. Designs using Copic markers instead of water coloring as I did before. Even though I love to watercolor, the colors and shading achieved with the Copics makes the images take on a different look. For the snow, I painted on some Tulip White Puffy Paint and then sprinkled on some glitter (well, a whole lot of glitter) and set it aside to dry. I used some scraps of BasicGrey Figgy paper for the small panels (as if I don’t have enough scraps of this paper by now) and Always Artichoke for the panel underneath. The edges of all the panels (except the main back panel) were sponged with distress ink. Once I had the card completely assembled, I puffed the Tulip paint with a heat gun. Oh, and as you can tell, I flipped the sketch to fit the image.

Stamps: Got Snow? From Gina K. Designs

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, SU Soft and Always Artichoke, BasicGrey Figgy Pudding

Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black, Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, Soft Sky Double-Stitch Ribbon, SU Corner Punch, Brads

Accessories: Copic Markers, Tulip White Puffy Paint, Diamond Gold Ultra-Fine Glitter

Good Tuesday morning! We had an exciting evening last night with the Grand Opening of the Rubbernecker site and announcing the Design Team. I scanned the site this morning, and I know that Dave has been working hard. He’s still adding images and working out some of the kinks. The poor guy has been working night and day for over a week now. If you don’t see what you are looking for, please check back often. As of now, these are the images up: Holiday in both Rubbernecker and Stamp Oasis; Rubbernecker Old Characters, Fishing, Dogs and Sunny Days.

Before I head off to work on the Splitcoast Color Challenge today, I’m moving just a tad slow this morning, I thought I would share a few more Rubbernecker samples with you.

Star Garland Tag

Tag was sponged and distressed with inks and then image was stamped and colored with Copic Markers. The berries are highlighed with Red glaze pen and sprigs highlighed with Stardust pen. The sentiment is stamped in Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Stamps: Rubbernecker Star Garland and Wishing You Peace

Paper: Junkitz Tag, Artichoke and Cranberry cardstock

Inks: Adirondack Espresso; Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, Old Paper, Frayed Burlap and Brushed Coduroy Distress Inks

Accessories: Copic Markers, Sakura Red Glaze Pen, Sakura Stardust Pen, Sponge Dauber, Ribbon

Carolers

Image colored with Copic Ciao Markers. Tulip White Puffy Paint was added to look like snow, allowed to dry and then puffed with a heat gun. Stickles added to resemble stars.

Stamps: Carolers, Light Post, Small Joy Sentiment by Rubbernecker

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Prism Mystic Dark, Deja Views Flurries & Frost – Frost Tonal

Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black and Denim

Accessories: Copic Ciao Markers, Mounting Tape, Small & Large Oval and Circle Punches, Heat Gun, Sponge Dauber, Brads, Ribbon, Crystal Stickles, Tulip White Puffy Paint, Gold Gel Pen

Hope everyone has a great day – I’m off for more of my morning fix

Excitement abounds today! Jeanne and I are so excited to announce to you that the Rubbernecker Stamp Company has finally opened their site. We think you will be thrilled with what you find when you visit the Grand Opening of the Rubbernecker website.

We are also honored to announce to you the Rubbernecker Stamp Company Design Team.

We are so pleased to have these ladies working with us. As well as possessing amazing talent, they are fun and have fabulous personalities. We feel very honored to be working with them on this new adventure.

The team has been working very hard over the past few months making samples and gearing up for this day. Please visit their Blog and/or SCS Gallery to see what they have been up to!

I’ve done a few samples myself. We all worked quite frantically recently to have some holiday samples ready for the last show in Wisconsin. Because Rubbernecker Stamp Company attends so many of the stamp shows across the country, the majority of our cards are made for use at the shows.

Tag Trio

Tag images were stamped in Espresso, colored with Copic Ciao Markers, cut out and sponged with Vintage Photo. All DP is BasicGrey and the edges were heavily sponged. The twill tape was also distress with the Vintage Photo to take some of the newness away.

Stamps: Lg Joy Tag, Lg Spirit Tag, Lg Peace Tag (Tag Trio) by Rubbernecker

Papers: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Prism Sage Med., Blush Dark Red; BasicGrey Figgy Pudding

Inks: Adirondack Espresso, Vintage Photo Distress

Embellishments: Twill, Ribbon, Brads, Copic Ciao Markers, Sponge Dauber, Mounting Tape

Kris Kringle

Santa Image was stamped and then colored with Copic Markers. Edges sponged with distress inks. Background panel was sewn prior to adhering to card base. This card measures 9×4 and will fit in an ordinary business size envelope.

Stamps: Kris Kringle, Holiday Greetings by Rubbernecker

Papers: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Prism Tawny Med., Bazzill Cranberry

Inks: Old Paper Distress Ink, Adirondack Pitch Black

Embellishments: Ribbon, Copic Ciao Markers, Sewing Machine, Sponge Dauber, Mounting Tape

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