Good morning all! It’s Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker today! You can find the first clue and other information on the Rubbernecker Home page today. Both Shelly and Candy will be offering up Treasure Hunt Blog Candy today and you’ll want to visit their blogs for a chance to win.


I apologize for this being late, but I the entire day yesterday. We got back around 3:00 a.m. after the Akron show, and had to get up early to get Dave and Pat to the airport for their flight home. Once I got settled on the couch and answered some emails and phone calls, I crashed. I was awake long enough to watch Dancing with the Stars and as soon as it was over, I was back in bed. If I hadn’t forgotten to turn the alarm off on my cell phone, I probably would still be in bed now. Hopefully I was able to catch up on sleep yesterday and can get some chores done around the house today.


I never got a chance to take any photos at the show over the weekend. I did have a wonderful time working with Shelly and Juliana, and was to so happy to finally meet them both. So many of you stopped by the booth and I was overjoyed to meet each and every one of you. For me that is the best part of working one of the shows – I get to meet other online stamping friends. I was able to sneak over to the Gary Burlin booth for a bit and got a quick demo from Damien using Copic Markers. The technique is new to me, so I will most definitely be playing around with it in the next few days.


Today I have another sample that I made for the Akron show.


Fishing Hat


Now I’m really upset with myself. I just went to my files to pick up the recipe information and I didn’t save it apparently. I had input the info for the recipe label that I put on the back of my samples before I give them to Rubbernecker, and now I don’t have it. Darn it all! I didn’t even have time to take a photo of the product used so I’m really up chit creek! Anyhoo, I’m going to try and duplicate it here, but let me apologize now because I know I’ll forget something.


Stamps: Rubbernecker Guy Stuff Collection: Fishing Hat SKU:175-03, Fishing RodSKU:34-09, Striped Lure SKU:34-04, and Leaping Fish SKU:34-07 from Rubbernecker Stamp Company

Paper: Georgia Pacific White, BasicGrey, Prism

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Ranger Adirondack Oregano and Archival Jet Black

Accessories: Copic Markers, Tonic Tim Holtz Distress Tool, Tsukineko Sponge Dauber, Ribbon, Brads, Mounting Tape

I hope you all have a great day! I’m off to catch up on things like laundry, unpacking from the trip, blah blah blah, and then hope to get into the stamp room.


Good morning! I don’t have much time today. I’m expecting Dave sometime this afternoon, and I still have things I need to finish up before he gets here. The samples need to be labeled with recipes and put in clear envelopes. In addition, I need to get pics made of some I finished up last night, and I need to make that grocery run for coffee and chocolate. Heaven forbid that I should leave town and not have chocolate and coffee in my bags. Jeanne normally takes care of the coffee, but she’s not traveling this trip. Bummer!


Here’s a card for today’s Ways to Use it Challenge on Splitcoast, to use scissors. You just gotta love Ethel! Now the pun with this card is, Ethel is wielding a frying pan, right? Well, the paper is Calamity Jane from the Cosmo Cricket Wanted Collection.


The image was colored with Copic Markers, and Ranger Glossy Accents were applied to her glasses for an added dimension. I used scissors to cut out two different sized flower images from the paper, snipped the petals to separate them, and then sponged all the edges with distress ink. The background paper was sewn to another panel on the sewing machine.



Stamps: Rubbernecker Old Characters Collection Flaunt It Text SKU:74-14 and Ethel With Frying Pan SKU:74-09 from Rubbernecker Stamp Company

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Tan; Prism Frosted Teal; Cosmo Cricket Wanted Collection – Calamity Jane

Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black, Archival Jet Black and Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Accessories: Copic Markers; Spica Gold Glitter Pen; Ranger Glossy Accents; Tsukineko Dauber; Ribbon; Brads; Punches; Mounting Tape; Sewing Machine; Mounting Tape

I hope you have a great day today, and I’ll try to have some pictures to share with you the next few days from the Akron show.


Good morning! We have a winner of the Tawdry Treats. I ran the numbers through the sequence generator at, and this is what I got:

Random Sequence Generator


Here is your sequence:


* 7

My post No. 7 was made by Conniecrafter, and here is what she said in her comment:

I am in Awe, beautiful stamping, love the sentiment and the stitching! I will have to say my favorite book is Tara Road by Maeve Binchy. It is set in Ireland and I just love her writing and characters!

CONGRATULATIONS Connie! I have already sent you an email, but if you happen to see this post first, please get in touch with me!

You guys gave me some marvelous recommendations for reading material. Some I have heard of and read, others are new to me and I will be searching some of them out!

If there is any doubt that I am not a vivacious reader, I snapped a few pics of my stacks yesterday just to show you. I have a very hard time getting rid of books that I have read. Normally, if I find an author that I like, I end up reading everything they have ever written. I have entire works of Maeve Binchy, Fern Michaels, Anne Rice, Luanne Rice – well the list just keeps going. One of my favorite books that I’ve read in the last 10 years or so is “The Color of Water.” It was an Oprah Book Club read and I thoroughly enjoyed every page. Much to my amazement, it was required reading for Mallory this year in one of her classes. I probably enjoyed it more than she did, but I found the biography mesmerizing. I will read most anything, but Tom Clancy, Stephen King, anything along those lines. I love fiction that evolves around historical events, and I particularly love ongoing stories that bring the characters back from one book to the other. I think that’s why I like Luanne Rice so much! Someone mentioned Kris Radish in their comment – well, I have just found her stuff in the last few months. For those of you who love to chic books, I highly recommend “Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral.” Actually, after reading this book, I think a Traveling Funeral would be just fine with me!

This is my original bookcase. We bought a set of three of these when we were first married. I have been allowed to have one over all these years. As you can see, some of these books are very old and have been well read. I can’t bring myself to part with any of them. Most of the books here go back some 30+ years.

Original Bookcase

Here is what is sitting on my night stand now. These are the books I have picked to read next, but in no particular order. Some more might be thrown on top and reshuffled. The pile on the right is my “read next” pile. The one on the left is always what I’m reading now.

Night Stand

Next we have the books that I’ve read in the last 13 years. This is the shelf over my bed.

Over the Bed

The shelf I threw up on the wall to hold more. hehe — See the coup stick, I made that at Girl Scout Day Camp when Kate was probably in the 4th grade. I think that was the last year I worked a Day Camp and may have been our last year in scouts. Geesh that was a long time ago! She’s in her fourth year of college now!


The piles I have started on my old sewing machine because I thought the shelves couldn’t hold anymore. This is the new place where I add the books when I finish reading them.

Sewing Machine

I do believe that I need to find a way to put all of these books into some type of order and probably in some new book cases. Some day! Oh wait, these don’t even take into account that I once had every murder mystery written by Agatha Christie. LOVE them! However, they were in the basement in a box and we got a little water in the storage room one year. Needless to say, they were all pitched without me knowing it!

All the women in my family are readers, as well as my husband. Luckily out daughters have inherited our love of reading. I love it when I see them sitting around reading a book! AND yes, I still have all of their books from childhood. They are all in the basement on racks — and I can’t part with them either. I might have grandchildren one day!

So tell me, do you think we should start of a book club?  Oh know, I didn’t just ask that!  Tongue in cheek it was!

I hope you all have a great day today and I’m going to finish prepping for the road trip to Akron!

Good Tuesday morning! Before I go off babbling today, I think I’ll get the formalities out of the way first. It’s TREASURE HUNT TUESDAY @ RUBBERNECKER today! Ya’ll know that I’ve got some Tawdry Treats that I posted yesterday. Don’t forget to leave me a comment, sharing your favorite book and why. I will be picking the winner tonight and posting in the morning. Well, Leslie also has some Blog Candy for you today and Linda has the first clue in your hunt for the treasure. While you are treasure hunting, be sure to stop by the Rubbernecker home page and check out all the deets on the Treasure Hunt, look over all the specials and see how you can earn free stamps and shipping. EDITED TO ADD: THERE ARE NO CLUES TODAY BECAUSE DAVE IS TRAVELING. THE PRIZE CAN BE FOUND IN THE GET WELL SECTION.


Now I can babble a bit! Yesterday I took the pups to a new groomer. That’s a long story in itself, and I won’t bore you with the details of how I ended up looking for a new groomer. However, let me just say that when one pays for services, one expects to be talked to in a relatively civil manner, regardless if it is an office assistant or the person supplying the services. Anyhoo, my sister, Carrie, went along with me yesterday and after we dropped the pups off, we ended up at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Now, it is no secret that I can’t see! I wear tri-focals for pity sake and if Mallory is home she always applies whatever eye makeup I might put on. So here’s my dilemma. I can’t see to tweeze my own eyebrows. I have to have the glasses on, sit in front of a magnifying mirror, and be a contortionist just to see. Even then I never see them all or simply can’t get to them. Now my sister is probably worse off than I am. She has always had bad eyesight and has worn glasses since we were children. Actually, I remember when she did get her glasses and could see for the first time.


Carrie has been talking for a while about a mirror at Merle Norman that she has been trying to get them to sell her one of. It’s actually on their own counter mirrors and must be ordered by them as a supply. I thought it was kinda pricey for a mirror, but I must admit that when I looked at myself in it today, I was amazed that I could see without my glasses. Before we ventured into Merle Norman however, we were in Bed, Bath and Beyond. Just browsing, but we ended up in the mirror section. Oh my BADNESS! I saw it, the perfect mirror. 10X magnifying power, daytime lights, swivel base . . . AND I could see my eyebrows without my glasses. Hell, I could see every pore, blemish and stray hair on my face. A little scary – YES! BUT, I was seeing without my glasses on! I could actually get to those stray hairs about the glasses that I never see. I immediately snatched up a box while Carrie ran for a cart. We both bought one! She still wants the one from Merle Norman, but oh my goodness – what a find! Here it is at Bed, Bath and Beyond so you can all see for yourselves. Anyway, I’m in heaven. I couldn’t wait to get home and work on the eyebrows!


I suppose you are probably bored with my babbling by now and would like to see some stamping. As I’ve stated earlier, I’ve been working like a fiend on samples for the Rubbernecker Booth at the upcoming Akron show. I thought I might share one of those today.


Gone Fishin’


I stamped the image of the fishing basket first, masked it off, and then stamped the image of the vest. The Gone Fishin’ sign and lure were stamped onto a separate piece of paper. All the images were colored with Copic Markers, and the edges were sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. All the edges of the background paper were distressed and then sponged before layering them on the different panels. The sign was trimmed out and then wire was added as the hanger for the sign. The panels for the fishing lure were cut out with circle Nestabilities.


Gone Fishin’ PRODUCT


Stamps: Rubbernecker Guy Stuff Collection: Fishing Basket SKU:34-18, Fishing Vest SKU:34-06, Gone Fishin’ Sign SKU:34-20, and Striped Lure SKU:34-04 from Rubbernecker Stamp Company

Paper: Georgia Pacific White; Tan; Green; BasicGrey Archaic

Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black and Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Accessories: Copic Markers; Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities; Tonic Tim Holtz Distressing Tool; Twill Tape; Brads and Hardware; Mounting Tape; Black Wire


I guess that is all I have today. Don’t forget to leave a comment on yesterday’s post for Tawdry Treats, you never know – you might be the winner. Oh and don’t forget to visit Linda and Leslie’s blogs today for more Blog Candy and your first clue in the Treasure Hunt! Have a great day ya’ll!


Good Monday morning! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and feel rested and relaxed to start your week off. Of course, I do remember when I worked full-time and detested Monday mornings. Now I just loll around and enjoy the peace and quiet. The only thing is, today I must run errands. I’m expecting out of town visitors later in the week, and will be leaving for Akron on Thursday. Which reminds me, if you are going to Adventures in Stamping Show this coming weekend, stop by the Rubbernecker Booth and see us! Shelly and I will be there working along with Dave and Pat, the owners of Rubbernecker.


Today is another Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge. This week, the colors are red, pink and gray. You can find out more details and another sample by visiting Jeanne’s blog, Inky Paws. If you play along, and upload your card to your SCS Gallery, please use keyword RBC06. You can also find samples on Candy’s, Kittie’s and Shelly’s blogs today.


Before I show you my card, I have some Tawdry Treats for you. As a lead up to tomorrow’s Treasure Hunt at Rubbernecker, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to be used at checkout when you place your order at Rubbernecker Stamp Company.

RNBC Gift Card

Along with the Rubbernecker Bucks, I’ve decided to throw in a little extra for you. The same winner will also receive one small stamp set ($10 value) of your choice listed on my Stampin’ UP! For Sale page.


All you have to do to win, is leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite book is and why. I just finished reading the Seventh in the Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels’, Hocus Pocus. Over the weekend I started Fannie Flagg’s Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven. I’m always looking for something good to read! I’ll be picking the winner on Tuesday night and announce who that is on Wednesday morning.


Now, onto today’s RBC06 sample. The only thing I’m truly disappointed about, is that I could not get a decent picture with decent lighting of this card. The photo I ended up using, does not show the colors properly. I will be trying for another photo later.




The floral image was inked with Oregano, Shell Pink and Cranberry ink, misted with water and then stamped. The hummingbird was inked with Lake Mist and Slate, misted with water and stamped. The edges of all the paper were sponged with Slate and the sentiment was also stamped in the same color. The image panel and all the background papers were stitched to the layers behind them on my sewing machine.




Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Nature’s Moment and Stamp Oasis Petite Word Set Petite Hear Angels SKU:2000-01 from Rubbernecker Stamp Company


Paper: Georgia Pacific White; BasicGrey Perhaps; Prism Razzleberry Dark; Basic Gray


Ink: Ranger Adirondack Oregano, Lake Mist, Slate, Shell Pink and Cranberry


Accessories: Sewing Machine; Ranger Mini Mister; Tonic Tim Holtz Distressing Tool; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Silver Ribbon Slide; Brads; Ribbon


I hope you all have a great day, and I’m off to run my errands and take the dogs to the groomer. Who knows, maybe I’ll get them to sit still for a picture when we get back!


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