Happy Monday! It’s been days since I’ve been in the stamp room to work on anything. I do have some projects started and some things I need to finish up, but nothing I can share with you today. I will give you a hint of something I’m working on though – mark April 1st on your calendar. Nope, it’s not an April Fools joke. Rubbernecker Stamp Company will be releasing a line of stamps on April 1st that we are all very excited about.

Today is the second Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge, and Jeanne has picked red, tan and light blue as the colors. I decided to incorporate the Rubbernecker Challenge with today’s Try a New Technique Challenge on Splitcoast, which is to make a flap fold card. Here’s a quick card for both challenges.


I started with a base of light tan, 4-1/2″ x 11″, and made scores at 4″ and 9″, using a Mini Scor-it. Using an old pair of Fiskars Cloud Edged Scissors, I trimmed off the flap. Panels of Urbanlily Bonnie were cut to fit the flap and the bottom of the front and backed with a panel of red. I decided to go with a simple sentiment stamped in black and use black ribbon. The ribbon is taped to the back of the card and wraps around to keep the card closed.


Stamps: Stamp Oasis Petite Word Collection 2000-06 Thoughts from Rubbernecker Stamp Company

Paper: Light Tan, Red and UrbanLily Sugary Collection Bonnie

Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black

Accessories: Mini Scor-it, Fiskars Cloud Edged Scissors, Ribbon

I hope everyone has a great day, and don’t forget that Rubbernecker is having a March Madness Overstock Sale!

Happy Thursday everyone! Just a quick update on the flooding. It rained all day yesterday and believe it or not, we also had a little bit of snow. Just 30 miles north of us, it was snowing. I spent the entire day yesterday, carpet cleaner in hand, suctioning out the water in my NEW stamp room. I hit it every hour on the hour and tried to stay on top of it. Last night when I went to bed the carpet squares and floor had started to dry out. Now, all eyes are on the Ohio River and what it is going to do. We’ve bothered Kate relentlessly – How many steps do you see now? What’s on the floor in the garage? This is Kate’s first year of living on the river but we’ve all been through it before. It never failed that when my parents were out of town, the garage would flood and we would be moving everything up into the upper levels. The river is supposed to crest on Friday morning, and I think we are going to be okay.

Enough of my babbles . . . .

Every month the Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen, current and alumni, get together and have a challenge among ourselves. This month the theme is Everything Old is New Again. The focus of the challenge is to use one of the oldest stamps sets we own along with long forgotten embellishments and supplies. Our restricted element is that we can’t use stamps, tools, or supplies that we have purchased within the last six months. Now there is a bonus challenge to use a technique or style we haven’t used in a long time, but was a favorite at some point in our stamping history.

I have to admit, that I made my card before I read all the restrictions and requirements – and what else is new? I seem to do that quite often! Or I read it, and forget it – uh huh, CRS! I got lucky – everything I used does stay within the guidelines. The only thing, if I had paid closer attention to the bonus part, I definitely would have done something different. I actually started another card, but I spent so much time messing with the water in the stamp room, that I never got it finished.

I used my most beloved, well-worn, and stained stamp set that I have. The one set that I’ll never part with no matter what. Roses in Winter! For my background stamping, I picked another favorite and rarely used set, Baroque Motifs. I rarely use my Stampin’ UP! Stamps anymore, and I hardly ever post them. I use them only for Stamp Club which meets every other month, and have only purchased – well, maybe five sets – from the last two catalogs.


My background panel and image panel are both Very Vanilla. For the background, I stamped Baroque Motifs in Old Paper Distress Ink and then sponged the edges. This panel was then sewn to a panel of River Rock. I cut the image panels with oval Spellbinders Nestabilities (which I’ve had since they first came out) using my Cuttlebug. For the rose, I inked the image in Tattered Rose Distress Ink, and then rock and rolled (my technique I suppose) the stamp with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. To add more definition to the petals, I edged the rim of the stamp with Fired Brick Distress Ink. All three images of the rose were inked in the same manner and stamped twice, rotating a quarter of turn with the second stamping. The edges of the Very Vanilla oval were sponged with Old Paper Distress Ink. The ribbon is from my scrap ribbon jar and the pin is something I found in my stash that I’m sure I probably purchased on clearance some time ago.

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Stamps: Roses in Winter and Baroque Motifs from Stampin’ UP!

Paper: SU Very Vanilla and River Rock; Prism Herbal Garden Medium

Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Old Paper, Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink

Accessories: Oval Spellbinders Nestabilities; Cuttlebug; Sewing Machine; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Ribbon; Decorative Pin; Mounting Tape

One other required element of this month’s challenge, is to RAK any of the Dirty Girls. I haven’t decided yet, but it will go out in the mail today!

Good Wednesday morning! Remember this picture I showed you just a few weeks ago?

Saturday Morning Snow

Well, this is what I have today – flooding! It has rained and rained and rained. This first photo is taken from my side yard looking down the street.

Flooded Street

Here’s a photo of my side yard. Now this photo is important because this is the side of the house where my new stamp room is located. I also want to watch and see how much water accumulates in this area.

Side Yard Flooding

Then walking back into the garage, I saw these daffodils. Yep, daffodils in bloom.


Before I came up from the stamp room, I had been working feverishly picking up carpet squares and suctioning up water with the carpet cleaner. I had always Kate if her room was wet when it rained like this – she would just shrug it off. Okay, so now I know and this is the reason that nothing, and I mean nothing is sitting directly on the floor.

While cleaning up water, I was able to make a card for today’s Sketch Challenge on Splitcoast. Great sketch today – It’s perfect for using up little scraps of designer paper!


I stamped the chocolate image and then colored it with Copic Markers. It actually looked good, until I decided to add some Glossy Accents to the chocolate to make it look glossy. It took away from the coloring and plus, when I was trimming the image, it smudged just a bit. Oh well, it does happen! I stitched up the image panel on a layer of pink cardstock, and it is raised on mounting tape. I chose pink for my card base, and then used scraps of BasicGrey Blush to make the panels. All the panels are stitched together and then I distressed the top and bottom edges with my distressing tool. This panel was then affixed to the card front.

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Stamps: Petite Phrases by Lizzie Anne Designs

Paper: Prism Iced Pink, BasicGrey Blush

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black

Accessories: Copic Markers, Sewing Machine, Ranger Glossy Accents and Inkssentials White Opaque Pen; Tonic Tim Holtz Distress Tool; Ribbon

I hope everyone has a fabulous day and you are able to stay dry!

Sara you are the lucky winner of the Rubbernecker Gift Certificate this week!

I had very few comments this week, 19 to be exact. I ran the numbers 1-19 through the sequence generator at Random.org and this is what came up:

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Here is your sequence:

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Timestamp: 2008-03-19 14:14:10 UTC

Here is Sara’s comment:

IU Alum here, so of course I’m cheering on the Hoosiers!! Besides, living here in B-ton doesn’t give me much choice. I love March Madness. On a different note, I absolutely love this card. The black accents add so much.

I’ve just sent you an email on how to claim your prize, but if you haven’t seen it by now, contact me please!!!

Good morning ya’ll! Yesterday I told you that I would be announcing the next two Guest Designers for Rubbernecker. First, Shelly Kuck that Queen of Collage, has agreed to join us as a permanent Design Team Member.

Our two new Guest Designers who have agreed to spend the next couple of months with the Rubbernecker Design Team are Linda Duke and Leslie Miller. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be working with these marvelous designers. I had the opportunity to finally meet Linda while we were at CHA! Not only is she a fabulous designer, but has a great sense of humor. I have been a fan of Leslie’s for a long time, and have always been inspired and awed by her marvelous creations. I can’t wait to work with these ladies over the next couple of months and see what they have in store for us! I am so elated that both of them agreed to work with us.

As well as being Treasure Hunt Tuesday, Rubbernecker is also having a March Madness Sale. There are stamps in both the Rubbernecker and Stamp Oasis collections on sale for $2.95 or less. So while you are hunting for those clues to the Treasure, be sure to check out all the stamps on sale. You will have to make a small purchase to claim the treasure and those sale stamps are too good to pass up! Your treasure must be claimed between 4:00 a.m. PST until 9:00 p.m. PST today (7:00 a.m. EST – 12:00 a.m. EST), and don‘t forget that for every $50 in stamps purchased, you will receive one FREE stamp. You can check out more information on the Rubbernecker Home Page.

Your first clue in the Treasure Hunt can be found at Jeanne’s blog, Inky Paws, today! She also has some Blog Candy today to give away.

Hey wait, I also have Blog Candy today, and so does Shelly. Three opportunities to win today.

Wanna win these Rubbernecker Bucks?

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Well, since we are heading into March Madness, and the NCAA Tourney is getting ready to tip off, leave a comment on this post telling me who your pick is for National Champion. My pick, Indiana University of course! A few months ago I would have been jumping up and down — today, I’ll still pick them, but more out of loyalty than anything else!

The lucky winner will be picked by random sequence and will be announced tomorrow.

I’ll be back a little later with my Color Challenge card!

As promised earlier, here’s my Color Challenge card. When I checked in on the Splitcoast Color Challenge this morning, I have to admit – I almost didn’t do it. The colors, Sage Shadow, Orchid Opulence and Kraft, made me cringe. Not just cringe, shudder and shake. Well, after thinking about it for a few hours, and getting some other chores done, I had a brain storm – and before you say anything, YES, it hurt!

I got stampy with this card, something I don’t do enough of these days, and after the second attempt arrived exactly where I wanted.


I used a digital multimedia matte paper for the stamped panels. It’s a coated paper, works well to print photos on, however, because it is matte, doesn’t have the high gloss finish. It’s also a cover weight, which means it’s heavier than most photo paper. For the background panel I used the embossing resist technique. Before I stamped any images, I gave the paper some color, using a sea sponge, and sponged on variations of Old Paper Distress Ink and Sage Shadow. Once I had the color I wanted, I stamped the hummingbird randomly in VersaMark and used a heat gun to set it. The next step was to stamp the hummingbird again, but this time embossed with Ranger UTEE. You can see the marbled effect under the embossing.

For the image panel, I stamped the hummingbirds in VersaMark, heat set them, and using the sea sponge added the same colors as before to the panel. Before the ink dried completely, but while it was still wet, I used a sponge dauber and wiped off any excess to highlight the stamped images. I then stamped the flower image twice in Old Paper Distress Ink. For the middle flower image, I colored the image with Orchid Opulence and Sage Shadow Stampin’ Write markers, misted very lightly with water, and then stamped the image. The sentiment was stamped then stamped with Black Soot Distress Ink. For an added neutral color I chose black, to give the card some needed weight.

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Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Nature’s Moment and Stamp Oasis Petite Word Sentiment Collection SKU 2000-10 Petite Wind & Sea from Rubbernecker Stamp Company

Paper: Sterling Ultra Digital Matte, Kraft and Basic Black

Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Old Paper and Black Soot Distress Ink; VersaMark; and SU Sage Shadow

Accessories: SU Stampin’ Write Orchid Opulence and Sage Shadow Markers; Ranger UTEE and Mini Mister; Tsukineko Dauber; Ticket Corner Punch; Brads; Ribbon; Sea Sponge; Mounting Tape

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