Good morning!  I hope those of you who strolled along with us yesterday had a great time.  I know the Red-Hot Mommas did!  All of your comments and enthusiasm was contagious and the Mommas are so appreciative.  Now if you missed the Stroll, it’s not too late.  You have until 12 Noon EDT today to stroll along with the Rubbernecker Red-Hot Mommas. (STROLL NOW CLOSED)  All you need do, after reading this post of course, is stroll over to the Rubbernecker Blog and begin your stroll.

The other day I posted this card for the WACKY WEDNESDAY Challenge.  I was so hung up on the colors of pink and purple, that I was working outside my box going for a clean card.  I know clean is not me  . . . good gracious we all know that BAD is me!  So last night I gave myself my own challenge . . . to use the same image from the same set and do it my way!  No, I haven’t been listening to Old Blue Eyes – I actually like Elvis’ version better.  Now I’m thinking Grease . . .  Elvis, Elvis get that pelvis away from me.

Enough of my babblin’ madness!  Let’s move on to the card.  I like this one much (more) better and am not quite as embarrassed to publish it.  Here we go . . . .


The image panel is Canson Watercolor Paper, inked with “that inky thing I do,” stamped lightly in the background with French Script and then the silhouette was stamped in Vintage Photo.  The edges were distressed and then the edges of all the paper were sponged and sewn to background panels.  I finished it off using some new Tim Holtz embellishments.

I guess that’s all for today!  Mallory is coming home for the weekend and I probably should get my laundry done before she pulls in the driveway.  I hope you have a fabulous day and thanks for joining me on the BAD side for awhile!

4/23/09:  EDITED TO ADD:  The link on Shelly’s blog to me is wrong today . . . . here’s my correct blog entry:   BLOG STROLL KITTIE KITS

EDITED TO ADD:  The Blog Stroll is now closed.  Thanks to all who h.ave participated, your responses have been overwhelming and made the stroll exciting for us.  Once I have gathered all the info from the Red-Hot Mommas’ Blogs, I’ll be back to post the winners on the RN Blog.

Good morning and welcome to the very first Rubbernecker Blog Stroll!  Today Rubbernecker Stamps releases their first new images (excluding Kittie Kits) in 10 years.  There’s a big difference in the way the images are packaged now.  The new releases are sets . . . yes you heard correctly, sets!

To celebrate this release, we invite you to Blog Stroll along with the Rubbernecker Red-Hot Mommas.  The Stroll begins at the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog where you will find the guidelines on how to win one of the sets being revealed or even possibly the GRAND PRIZE. If you haven’t started at the Rubbernecker Blog, you should go there as soon as possible. That’s where you’ll find the first clue to begin your Stroll. I know you won’t want to miss a thing!

I’m using 427 Flower Silhouettes my card today and Oh Yeah I’m back to the grungy distressing vintage type of thing!  I’m positive you’ve seen this set on other blogs today, but hopefully you’ll see another image, get a different take on using the stamp, and be inspired in a different way.


I started with the tag first, coloring the background with that Inky Thing I Do (hehe  . . . Beate called it that one day and I just can’t get it out of my head).  Once I had the desired background colors, French Script Background was stamped lightly in Vintage Photo.  The silhouette was first stamped in Walnut Stain and then stamped again with Black Soot.  I was going for the double stamping silhouette look, but I think I was a little far apart with my stamping.  Yes, I have a stamp-a-majig, and no I don’t know where it is.  The background paper was sanded and then sewn to the panels.  The border was die cut, embossed and then sponged using the Spellbinders Grand 12” Classic Lace Borderabilities and the sentiment was cut with Spellbinders Deckle Edged Rectangles Nestabilities.

The Blog Stroll ends with me! I hope you’ve visited all the other blogs, left comments, and have found all the phrase clues.

To win the set that I’ve used today, all you have to do is leave me a comment. The Blog Stroll will end at 12:00 Noon on Friday, April 10, and the individual winners and GRAND PRIZE Winner will be announced on the Rubbernecker Blog Friday afternoon!

I hope you enjoyed the stroll and thanks for coming to the BAD Side for awhile.

Mornin’!  Smiley from I hope you’ve all had a good last couple of days.  I’ve been frantically working on some special projects (more behind the scenes) for a few days and haven’t made it into the studio all that much.  Believe it or not, I don’t have that much to babble about today.  It’s just been too hectic to even think.  I’m gonna move right onto my card and a whole bunch of surprises.

Today is Rubbernecker WACKY WEDNESDAY, and Linda has challenged us to make a card with pink and lilac.  Since I had to write her post on the Rubbernecker Blog, I changed lilac to purple.  But really, we don’t need to tell her that.  This week, Rubbernecker will be awarding one winner, 40% off their entire order.  All the deets for this week’s challenge and how to participate are on the RN Blog.

What you will see today on the blogs’ of the Rubbernecker Red-Hot Mommas, are previews/sneak peeks of the first new sets (excluding Kittie Kits) that Rubbernecker has released in 10 years.  Smiley from Tomorrow is our release and the sets will be available for sale tomorrow . . . there is no waiting to get them.  Also during the release tomorrow, we are going to have a Blog Stroll (get it . . . Red-Hot Mommas (older gals) doing the stroll.  BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.  Anyhoo, during the Blog Stroll tomorrow 6 of the Design Team will be giving away the set that they preview.  There will be one winner from each of the six blogs and then, if you follow the clues you have a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE (all six sets).  You’ll need to start at the RN Blog tomorrow and follow the clues along the way.  You won’t be sorry!

So let’s get to my preview (no sneak peek from this girl).  I just hafta to be BAD! Smiley from


Hardly no stamping here, just the new silhouette and sentiment.  When was the last time you saw me do a non-distressed, non-sponged card?  I had a great time making this card . . . even if there is no distressing and just a tad bit of sponging.  Oh wait, I did sand the edges of the DP . . . I guess that is distressing in a way.  Okay, I feel better!

I hope you check out the WACKY WEDNESDAY Challenge and get to visit the Red-Hot Mommas’ blogs to see what is coming tomorrow!  Have a great day and thanks for visiting.

Here it is Saturday and I’m trying to put away paper, new rubber, and generally clean the studio.  But I got Smiley from  I know you stampers understand what I mean . . . you touch a stamp set to move it and all of a sudden . . . well you just can’t help yourself.  You are inspired and you MUST make a card.  In reality, you should be outside in the yard basking in the sunshine and doing some yard work.  Nah . . . pretend I never said that let alone thought about it.  Then once again you get sidetracked while you are writing your blog post, see something that bugs you and then have to clean it up.  Seriously, this could be called Adult ADD . . . . I like to think of it as the mind of a creative person.  As I look around my studio, I also realize that creative people are also pack rats.  But that’s a discussion for another time.

I’m sure by now, if you’ve even read this far, that you’re for me to quit babblin’.  I keep looking around at the mess, drawing a blank so I do guess it’s time to show you my card.


The image was stamped on Canson Watercolor paper and colored with SU markers and Koi water brushes.  The background of the image is very lightly colored with Barely Banana if you can’t see it in the photo.  The image and the panel below, were cut and embossed with Spellbinders Deckled Edged Rectangles and then the edges were sanded.  The background paper was sanded and sewn to a second panel.  To may the fun panel on the right side, I cut and embossed with Spellbinders Petite 5 ½ Deckled Scalloped Borderabilities.  The embossing was sanded to make it look worn.

  • Stamps: Bluebird from Artistic Outpost
  • Paper: Canson Watercolor; BasicGrey Periphery; Prism Mystic Light and Medium
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Coffee; SU Barely Banana, Rose Red, Old Olive and Ballet Blue
  • Accessories: Spellbinders Deckled Edged Rectangle Nestabilities and Petite 5 ½ Deckled Scalloped Borderabilities; Venture Foam Tape; Sewing Machine; Sanding Block; May Arts Ribbon; Button; Brads

Lets see if I can get back to cleaning without stamping some more.  Glad you stopped by today!

Oh my BADNESS, it’s Friday night already!  I’ve spent the entire day rolling that fabulous May Arts Ribbon (that isn’t up on the Rubbernecker site yet, but will be very soon) that we got over the Dallas Weekend and just generally putting stuff away.  Oh and I also fell to the pressure and joined Face Book.  I never thought I would, but I got an email from a high school friend.  Now this is really cool chatting with high school friends!

When I was walking around the yard the other day, I noticed the lilacs budding out.  I hope we don’t get that snow they are calling for so I have some blooms this year.  Last night I was so inspired by the spring growth in the yard that I had to make this card.  Well I started it last night and finished it this afternoon.


I did something that I haven’t done in a very long time with this card.  I pulled out my SU Markers and colored the lines of the image, misted the ink with water and stamped on watercolor paper.  I then took lighter shades of markers, colored over the marker and worked them around with my NEW Koi Water Brushes.  How I love these Kois.  It may keep me from ever using a regular brush again.  The edges of all the paper and the image are lightly sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink and then sewn to the cardstock base.  The image and scalloped layer with cut and embossed with Spellbinders Petite Oval Nestabilities.

  • Stamps: Lilac Set from Flourishes
  • Paper: Canson Watercolor; SU Mellow Moss and Retired Enchante
  • Ink: SU Mellow Moss, Lovely Lilac, Chocolate Chip, and Barely Banana; Ranger Antique Linen Distress
  • Accessories: Spellbinders Petite Oval Nestabilities; Sewing Machine; NEW May Arts Ribbon; Venture Foam Tape; Brads

I hope you’ve had a good Friday and it continues into the weekend for you.  New stuff is coming next week so you’ll want to pay close attention!

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