Good morning!  Smiley from Tomorrow’s the big day when I head to Dallas and I can’t wait to visit with all the Texas girls!  That leaves today, which is Tuesday, and of course that means its Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker.  You can find all the deets on the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog!

I don’t have much to show you today.  I was in the studio working on my Blogger Challenge Card for tomorrow when I was called upon to work on some demos for the weekend.  I firmed up some new items for my alcohol ink demo, then went to work on a new demo.  We needed another demo for the booth, and this is what I came up with —
a bit monochromatic stamping, using three colors in the same family.

Heart Demo Tag

  • Stamps: Stamp Oasis Background Collection:  White Floral Background SKU:26 SO GM and Stamp Oasis Petite Word Set: Petite Can’t Express SKU:2000-03 from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: White Shipping Tag
  • Ink: Ranger Adirondack Peach Bellini, Sunset Orange and Terra Cotta Pigment, and Archival Jet Black
  • Accessories: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grunge Board Elements; Ranger Ink Blending Tool, Glossy Accents and Inkssentials White Opaque Pen; Ribbon

I guess that’s about it for today.  I’m hoping to be back a little later with something a bit different to show you.  In the meantime, have a great day!

Good Monday morning!  Smiley from Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I got some much needed stamping time in . . . as the next few days will be filled with laundry, packing, etc., to get ready for my trip to Texas.  Of course, I’m gonna try a sneak in a little stamping time too!

Speaking of Texas, on Wednesday I’ll be flying to Dallas to spend a few days with Bev.  On Thursday, Bev and I (along with Sharon and hopefully Joan), will be driving down to San Antonio to work the Rubbernecker Booth at the San Antonio Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo.  I hope some of you Texas girls come visit with us!  AND yes, I’m still looking for my

Speaking of Texas girls, my friend Anna Wight has a few new sets being released by Whipper Snapper Designs today!  When I saw the penguin set, Penguin Antics, I knew that was one I just had to have.  Here’s why:

Penquin Antics Bottoms Up!

Now it’s quite possible that this little fella had either not enough coffee with his Bailey’s or maybe too much nog with his Smiley from . . . Christmas Cheer . . . but somehow he has landed bottom up!  Okay, Smiley from along with me, but I just love the humor.

  • Stamps: Penguin Antics and Snowman for Peace by Anna Wight from Whipper Snapper Designs
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; BasicGrey Figgy; SU Basic Gray
  • Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black, Archival Jet Black and Weathered Wood Distress
  • Accessories: Copic Markers; Spellbinders Petite Oval and Circle Nestabilities; Sewing Machine; Ranger Polysparkle EP and Inkssential White Opaque Pen; Tulip White Puffy Paint; Venture Foam Tape; Ribbon

Have a great day today!

Smiley from

Good morning!  Smiley from I hope you’ve had a nice weekend so far.  I’m still in the studio playing catch up/get ahead, but I needed to take a break and do some fun stamping.  Last evening I started working on some soldering projects, and as the evening wore on the more frustrated I became.  If anyone has a secret to get those jump rings soldered on, please let me know!  There are times it can be as easy as pouring Bailey’s in my coffee and then there are times like last night . . . when you want to forget the coffee and drink straight from the bottle!

Anyhoo, onto to some fun stuff.  As I do every morning, I checked out the Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  Today is the Featured Stamper Challenge and this week the Featured Stamper is Anne Ryan.  I chose this card of Anne’s, Design . . . IC145, to work from.  I loved the layout and the sewing on the card.  For my card, I eliminated some layers, changed the direction of the ribbon, and kept some of the sewing.


The image was colored with Copic Markers.  To add some fun dimension to Santa’s beard I covered it all with Tulip White Puffy Paint.  His hat was covered in Liquid Pearls.

  • Stamps:  Fishing Santa and Christmas Cod Sentiment from High Hopes Rubber Stamps
  • Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Riding Hood Red; BasicGrey Figgy
  • Ink:  Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black, Archival Jet Black and Vintage Photo Distress
  • Accessories:  Copic Markers; Sewing Machine; Tulip White Puffy Paint; Ranger Liquid Pearls; Venture Foam Mounting Tape; Ribbon

Well, I’m back to the soldering.  I’m hoping to finish both projects today  . . . we’ll see if it all goes better after walking away from it.

Happy Saturday!  I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying your weekend so far.  I finally made it down to the studio this morning and am busy working away.  I’m leaving for Texas this coming week, and I’m trying to get some projects done before I go.  I’ve taken a short break because I want to share one card with you today.

I finally got around to doing this week’s Color and Sketch Challenges on Splitcoaststampers.  I’ve had this idea in mind ever since I saw the Color Challenge on Tuesday, but other things had to take precedent.   It also didn’t hurt that I could utilize the Sketch Challenge with my idea.

SC197 and CC187

The images were colored with Copic Markers and then punched with a one inch square punch.  The background panels were stamped with the plaid image from the set.  The sentiment was die cut with Spellbinders Shapeabilities Tags.  Can you find the subtle humor in the card?

  • Stamps: Anna Wight’s Harvest Blessings from Whipper Snapper Designs
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango and Chocolate Chip
  • Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black, Archival Jet Black and Vintage Photo Distress
  • Accessories: Copic Markers; Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ribbon Tags Trio; Square Punches; Ribbon; Brads; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber

I hope you have a great weekend!

Happy Thursday!  I want to continue with the Alcohol Faux Bleach/Batik Tutorial today.  If you were at the Chicago or York Stamp Show, you saw me work with acrylic fragments and alcohol ink.  That is what I want to walk you through today.  I’ll also show you the finished project, which is a tag made with alcohol inks using the faux bleach technique.  I really think this one needs a different name, but I just haven’t settled on what.  I am leaning toward calling it – – – oh I don’t know!  It is a variation of the faux bleach technique that I have been playing with so it might as well be Alcohol Faux Bleach.

Let’s get started by inking up your felt applicator with the alcohol inks.  I have used cranberry, butterscotch and stream.

Fragment Ink Applicator

Apply the inks onto the fragment, letting the alcohol ink dry in between layers.  You will end up with a fragment that looks similar to this.  Let the ink dry thoroughly.

Fragment with Alcohol Ink

Choose an image (not words or sentiments) that you would like to stamp on your fragment.  Ink the image with a permanent black ink.  I have used Ranger Archival Jet Black.

Stamp Fragment with Black Ink

Stamp the image over the alcohol ink that you applied to the fragment.

Stamped fRAGMENT

Using a gentle touch, immediately wipe the black ink off with a cloth.  You should now have a fragment that has a clear image of the one you stamped.

Wipe away Black Ink

To highlight the stamped image, glue the fragment (alcohol ink side down) onto a white piece of cardstock.  I have used Ranger Glossy Accents as my glue.  It dries clear and very quickly.  (By the way, I applied more Glossy Accents than needed – it was way too much.)

Gluing Fragment

Trim the image and you will now have an embellishment ready to use on a card, or anything else you would like to use it for.

Completed Fragment

For mine, I used the fragment as an embellishment on a tag.  Using the faux bleach/batik technique described in the first installment of this tutorial, I created a tag using alcohol inks.  The tag, unlike glossy cardstock, absorbs the alcohol ink and gives an entirely different look than that of glossy cardstock.

Complete Alcohol Faux Bleach Tag

Supplies used:

  • Stamps: Tim Holtz Nature’s Discovery by Stampers Anonymous from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: White Cardstock and White Shipping Tag
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black and Distress Embossing
  • Accessories: Ranger Cranberry, Butterscotch and Stream Alcohol Inks, Ink Blending Tool and Felt, Glossy Accents, Alcohol Blending Solution, Clear Embossing Powder; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Oval Fragment and Trinket Pin; Heat Gun; Iron; Ribbon; Tonic Tim Holtz Distress Tool

I can’t wait to see all of your alcohol ink projects!

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