I hope everyone is having a nice holiday weekend so far. I’ve been lazy myself, but hey I do enjoy that once in a while. I want to thank each and every one of you who have made pledges to The Bug Bug Walkers, Kate and/or me, for the 2008 Epilepsy Walk Around Kentucky. I have been so overwhelmed by your outpouring of support. Actually, I’ve sat here with tears in my eyes every time I check in on Kate’s home page. I am so at a loss for words – you know that isn’t me – it just all makes me so choked up. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. We have exceeded Kate’s fund raising goal and moving on upward. With a few weeks left before the walk, I know we will far exceed her wildest dreams!

Being a tad lazy today, I did decide to make a card with a new stamp set I got this past week. Now don’t be too shocked when you see it, even Her Royal Badness has a spiritual side! I just happened to visit Our Daily Bread Designs’ site the other day, and absolutely fell in love with the Path of Life. The image struck me as a must have and it arrived in my mailbox shortly thereafter. My great-grandmother could play the piano by ear, and she would sit and play and sing for hours. She always sang gospel. Which is probably where my love for the old time gospel songs came from. I can’t hear Old Rugged Cross or The Roll is Called Up Yonder without thinking of her. When I saw the Path of Life, I immediately thought of In The Garden – my favorite hymn.

I wanted to keep the image somewhat muted, with not a lot of popping colors. The image was colored with Copic Markers, and to add just a hint of color to the flowers, I highlighted them with Spica Markers. I had a difficult time matching paper to the image after I was done. I finally settled on two pieces of BasicGrey Periphery which I sewed to a layer of Prism Birchtone Dark and then used a lighter grey for my card base.

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Stamps: Path of Life from Our Daily Bread Designs

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; BasicGrey Periphery; Prism Birchtone Dark and Stormy Light

Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black

Accessories: Copic Markers; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Taffeta Ribbon; Sewing Machine; Brads

No matter what your plans are for the rest of the holiday, whether with family and friends, or just relaxing at home, I hope it’s a good one!

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Happy Thursday! Well, I’ve had plenty of coffee this morning, and am getting ready to hit the road to run some errands. I’m a little pressed for time this morning and was going to get rather sappy today. Today is my dad’s birthday. If he were still with us, he would be 82. I’ll be back a little later to let you in on that part of my life. But right now, I do have a card to share in honor of Dad’s everywhere!

The Splitcoast Ways to Use It Challenge today is to make a masculine card. For those of you who have visited the Rubbernecker Booth at the various shows have seen this card. I just haven’t shared it here yet.

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The image was colored with Copic Markers and the edges were sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The designer paper used for the background was distressed first, and then the edges sponged with Vintage Photo.

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  • Stamps: Boots and Sentiment from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; BasicGrey Aged & Confused Vagabond; Blue
  • Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black, Archival Jet Black and Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Accessories: Copic Markers; Black Twine; Brads; Mounting Tape; Tonic Tim Holtz Distress Tool

I hope you have a good morning, and when time allows this afternoon I’ll be back.

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Good afternoon! I’m running a little behind today – as usual. I really overslept today and then so many other things needed my attention that it wasn’t until noon when I finally made it down to the stamp room. It just occurred to me that I have promised a few of you that I would do a tutorial of my demo tag at the shows. It’s on the way! I needed to restock some supplies. Anyhoo, I will be working on that over the next few days!

 

I have another Sneak Peek for you of the new Silhouette Florals from Rubbernecker today. I received so many emails from you guys yesterday telling me you saw them in the booth that you bought them, or that you have them on your list! An exciting time!! I’m still not going to tell you who the Designer is, you’ll know soon enough.

 

I combined yesterday’s Splitcoast Color Challenge and today’s Sketch Challenge for this card.

 

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I applied a very light wash of Soft Sky to a piece of watercolor paper and while the paper was still damp, stamped the image. I colored the image with a Certainly Celery marker, applied Blue Bayou with a Fantastix, misted it with water and then stamped. The sentiment was stamped on a scrap of the same watercolor paper. The edges of both were sponged with Soft Sky. My background paper is BasicGrey Periphery, which I also sponged the edges on.

 

Stamps: Unreleased Rubbernecker Silhouette Flower 003 and Stamp Oasis Petite Word Collection – Petite Seasons SKU:2000-08 from Rubbernecker Stamp Company

 

Paper: Canson 120lb Watercolor Paper; BasicGrey Periphery; SU Soft Sky and Blue Bayou

 

Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black; SU Soft Sky, Blue Bayou and Certainly Celery

 

Accessories: Ranger Mini Mister; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber and Bullet Point Fantastix; Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brush; Ribbon; Brads; Mounting Tape

 

I have a few more designs going through my head today, so I’m headed back to the stamp room. I hope you all have a great day!

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