I’ve been meaning to post all day, to wish you all a Happy Halloween.  You also should check out the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog today.  Kittie has posted a wonderful tutorial on how to create one of her winter scene cards.  It’s all part of our new Friday Focus Feature!

With that, I leave you with one of my favorite cartoons!

mooning witch

Good morning!  I found out two things yesterday.

First, it’s Trick or Treat night here in my city.  Now in the past when the city has done this – declare Trick or Treat night earlier than the actual date, we have the little spooks both nights.  Smiley from millan.net Their reason . . . its football playoffs and they didn’t want Trick or Treat to interfere if any of the local teams were in the playoffs.  I need to get with Daughter #1 today and see what her plans are.  When my girls were at home and out running the streets on this night, I always made a pot of chili.  My door was open to all their friends and this was the hang out house.  They would come in, grab a bowl of chili and just have fun hanging out doing their thing.  I haven’t made chili in a few years now and believe it or not, one of Kate’s friends asked if I was making chili this year.  I was actually somewhat amazed that one of them remembered and asked for chili!  I guess it wasn’t sheer torture for them after all. Smiley from millan.net

The second thing I learned yesterday, was that I will be demonstrating in the Rubbernecker Booth at the Fall Rubber Stamp Show in Albuquerque, NM on November 8 and 9.  So if you are attending the show, please stop by the booth and say hello!

Remember earlier this month when I told you I went to Nashville, Indiana with the women in my family?  I just love Nashville.  It’s an artisan colony with little shops lining the streets and always so festive for the time of year.  I wanted to go to the stamp store there, so my sister and I took off walking by ourselves.  Needless to say I wasn’t so impressed this year, and didn’t buy anything.  Earlier we had spied another stamp store I had never seen before, and that’s where we went.  WOW – what a store!  It’s called Papertrix, and the owners are Cindy and Wayne Hawrys.  I had actually seen the Hawrys at Summer CHA and recognized them.  They also recognized me from CHA.  I believe we were all in the Hanna Stamps booth at the same time actually.

I couldn’t leave the store.  I actually believe I might have been drooling a little.  Their assortment is amazing and I actually purchased some stamps for the first time in a few years.    My point?  Well, I have a project to show you with some of the stamps I purchased that day.  I saw these fabulous images from Magenta and some how, they jumped off the shelf and landed in my little (I can dream can’t I?) hands.

Butterfly NotebookI made this notebook for a dear friend recently.  Of course, I couldn’t just stop with the notebook and added a bookmark to it.  Ah soldering!  What a booger that was, but it finally worked out the way I wanted.  Yes, this is the project I was working on when I groaned in a post one day about attaching those darn little jump rings!

I suppose this is all I have today.  I’ve babbled on for long enough and it’s time for me to get up and get moving.  Chores are calling my name . . . Smiley from millan.net

Hey, Smiley from millan.net.  I hope you had a great day yesterday!  I was just a bit lazy . . . lying on the couch, napping, lying on the couch, napping, blah blah blah.  I sure as hell didn’t get much done, but oh what a great day!

Today is another Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge.  Tami gave us an excellent sketch, which you can check out on the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog.  I hope that you join us and play along this week!

I used a new stamp on my card today.  I actually didn’t have this one, BUT while I was at Bev’s it was lying on the table with a few stamped images.  I started to take the stamped images, but the stamp actually made it into my bag instead.  Anyhoo, I wanted to follow the sketch (since it’s such a great one), and left my second panel plain.  I’m not sure about this and almost put a grunge flourish on it before I took the pic.  I wasn’t too sure about that either, and decided to continue to look at the card for a few days.  I’ll make up my mind later on if I should add something or not.


The image panel started as white paper and then color was added by swiping the ink pads on my craft sheet, misting with water and adding layers of color, ironing in between the layers.  The edges of the image panel were distressed using scissors.  I tell you this so that you can see the difference between the results of the scissors and that of the distressing tool.  The panel behind the image was distressed with the tool.  Big difference!  When I want a more aged distressed look, I go for the scissors!  The images were colored with distress reinkers and a paint brush.  I decided to use up some of the letters in my mini Grunge collection for the sentiment.  They were first covered with Distress Crackle Paint, leaving space in between the paint.  When the letters dried, I went back over them with distress ink.  The sentiment is adhered to a Spellbinders die cut with glossy accents.  Fun card to work on!!!

  • Stamps:  Stamp Oasis Holiday Collection:  Pine Cone Montage from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, BasicGrey Figgy; SU Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze
  • Ink: Ranger Broken China, Vintage Photo Brushed Corduroy and Pine Needles Distress; and Archival Jet Black
  • Accessories: Clover Craft Iron; Sewing Machine; Ranger Craft Sheet, Peeled Paint Distress Crackle Paint, Ink Blending Tool, Mini Mister, Glossy Accents; Tonic Tim Holtz Scissors and Distress Tool; Tim Holtz idea-ology Mini Grunge Board; Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ribbon Tags Trio; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Brads; Cotton Twill; Venture Foam Mounting Tape

Have a great day and I look forward to seeing what you do with this sketch!

Smiley from millan.net Good Tuesday morning!  Oh yeah, it’s Tuesday!  It’s Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker.  Make sure you stop by the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog for all the deets and for a few announcements. We have some exciting things happening later this week!  You can also find the links to all the Design Team Members – I know you don’t want to miss an opportunity for some blog candy.

I decided to step out of my comfort zone for my card today.  AND let me tell you . . .  This was not an easy card for me to make.  Actually, it was a challenge.  I’ve had some Twinkling H2Os buried in the cabinet for a few years now, and decided to pull them out, dust them off and use them.  That was the easy part.  Once I got the images colored, the layout was the hardest.  I tried to do a simple and elegant card . . . NO WAY!  Then I got a brainstorm to emboss a background with a CB embossing folder . . . well, that’s another story for another time!  It could be a good story or a bad story . . . I’ll let you know later.

Anyhoo, here’s my card.

RN Christmas Block

I stamped and embossed the main image three times and then painted them with the Twinkling H2Os.  I cut out the second and third images, so that I could layer each section over the other.  Here’s a close up of the detail.

Close Up RN Christmas Block

  • Stamps: Rubbernecker Winter Holiday Collection: Christmas Block SKU:255-01 from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Canson Watercolor; Prism Rose Medium; Memory Box Holiday GreetingsInk: Ranger Distress Embossing
  • Accessories: LuminArte Twinkling H2Os; Spellbinders Classic Square Nestabilities; Ranger Queen’s Gold EP; Venture Foam Tape; Ribbon

Have a great day! Smiley from millan.net

Good Monday morning!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Since I was traveling the last two times Mallory was home, she decided to drive in for the weekend!  It was so much fun to spend time with both my girls.  We went shopping on Saturday and then lunch.  Saturday night we hung out here at the house and watched a movie together.  I don’t remember the last time we were all here and watched a movie together.  Such a great day — good times!

I’ve had a number of emails and comments, asking me to post pictures of my studio after I mentioned I was reorganizing.  Now trust me, it’s nothing fancy but it works for me.  Where I’m going to put my stamp club, I don’t know — I’ll figure that out in a few days.    That table was removed from the room, folded up and put away.

Anyhoo, here’s my new workspace.

Studio work space

The table was moved away from the back wall and the new cube shelving was put where the table was.  I now face toward the front of the room with everything I use on a regular basis within handy reach behind me.  Things I don’t use much were put in the fabric cubes.   The pine shelf on the right wall (which needs to be painted black), was a recent find at a consignment shop.  It’s perfect for holding my Ranger distress and pigment pad.   I placed a small tie hook bar just on the left-hand side of the rack to hang my heat tool and extra rags on.  Those binders on the upper left cabinet hold my single unmounted rubber stamps.

This next photo is what I face when I’m sitting at my table.  This is also were my stamp club table was.

studio photo/paper area

The Hoosier was moved to the other wall.  It holds miscellaneous wood-mounted stamps, extra miscellaneous tools, my Wizard, Bind-it-All, etc.  When I need to work at the Hoosier, I can pull the top out farther and have plenty of room.  With the smaller folding table put in this area, I can leave my light tent up all the time and it fits perfectly on this table.  Before there was about an 8″ give that made it had to keep the tent from sliding from front to back.   You can also see my television on left-hand side.  Yes, I face my television now!

I know there have been many discussions about storing unmounted stamps.  Well, here’s what I do for most of them.

Studio unmounted set storage

All my unmounted sets are clipped to closet shelving.  Right now I have odd things setting on the shelves.  The fabric cubes used to sit on the shelves.  They’ve been moved now.  I’ll need to find a way to dress this area up a bit.  I also need to pull out the holiday sets and organize them a bit better than they are now.  Maybe a binder!  My punches were hanging on the back of the studio door, and it was a pain in the butt to get up and hunt for a punch.  Now they hang where my desk used to be.  My Spellbinders and CB dies are stored in shelving under the table where the television sits.

That’s about it for the changes.  I’m sure there will be more, but right now it seems to be working.   By the way, it usually stays this neat — I can’t stand to have piles of stuff lying around.  I always have to clean up after every card and then start all over.  I hope y’all have a great day!

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