With all the hustle and bustle recently I haven’t stayed on top of what’s going on around me. I know I’m a few days late, but there are some exciting challenges going on over a Splitcoaststampers. It’s Dare to Get Dirty 2008! Dirty Dozen Designers, both past and present, have some exciting challenges planned this week for all the Fan Club Members. You can find more deets here!

Because of my travel schedule, I didn’t host or make samples for any of the challenges, however I am getting to play along. Today’s challenges are hosted by Lauren Meader and Jenn Balcer.

This is the card I made for Lauren’s challenge.


I started with Neenah Classic Crest Solar White paper and misted different colors of Shimmer Mist containing Gold Perfect Pearls on the paper. The cornucopia and sentiment were stamped in Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then embossed with Queen’s Gold Embossing Powder. The image panel was then cut out with Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities and layered on one cut with the scalloped edge.

  • Stamps: Give Thanks from Our Daily Bread Designs
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Prism Bronze and Bronze Ore Metallic Paper
  • Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold and Embossing Distress
  • Accessories: Ranger Mini Mister, Gold Perfect Pearls, and Queen’s Gold Embossing Power; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Ribbon

My second card today is for Jenn’s challenge.


I used the emboss resist technique in making the background for this card. The flourishes were stamped in Snow Cap pigment ink and then embossed with UTEE. After the images where dry, I used an ink blending tool and worked Black Soot Distress Ink over the paper. Once I had the desired black, I wiped the excess ink from the embossed images. Oh I should say that this is the new Tim Holtz set that we received during our Ranger class at CHA!

  • Stamps: Tim Holtz Nature’s Discovery from Stampers Anonymous
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and SU Basic Black
  • Ink: Ranger Snow Cap Pigment, Archival Jet Black and Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress
  • Accessories: Ranger Clear UTEE and Ink Blending Tool; Ribbon; Mounting Tape

I guess that’s it for me today. I’m still somewhat tired from the trip and I so feel a nap coming on!

Good morning! I hope you’ve had a good weekend so far. I had a great day yesterday. Kate has the pups for the weekend, even though she will be bringing them back home sometime this morning, which gave me a little break. I was able to get into the stamp room and organize a bit (I do have a house guest coming in) and then work on some upcoming projects I need to get done. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a bit ahead before I leave Orlando.

One of the projects I worked on yesterday, was for Our Daily Bread Designs. The release of the two new sets, Sing to the Lord and Fishers of Men, is today. I have to say once again how much I love these images! Not only are they beautiful, but the detail is absolutely amazing. They are such a joy to color!

I have made one more sample for you today, using Sing to the Lord. This time I made the blue bird I had originally thought of when I first saw this set.

Blue Bird

The image was colored with Copic Markers, masked and the background was then airbrushed. I used the paper tole technique for the blossoms on the tree to add some dimension to the image.

Blue Bird Close Up

The edges of the background paper were sponged, and then sewn to the layer of pink. The image panel is raised on mounting tape.

Blue Bird Product

  • Stamps: Sing to the Lord by Our Daily Bread Designs
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; BasicGrey Blush; Prism Iced Pink; SU Basic Gray
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black, Adirondack Pitch Black and Tim Holtz Weathered Wood Distress Ink
  • Accessories: Copic Markers and Airbrush System; Sewing Machine; Ribbon; Mounting Tape

Have a great day and enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Good Friday morning! This week has flown by so fast. It’s hard for me to imagine that Jeanne will be here in less than a week and the road trip begins – . For those of you curious, Jeanne and I are leaving here and driving to pick up Broni, and then we are heading to visit Kittie and Candy while attending Stampfest Orlando. As I was mapping out the trip today, I did find a few stops I would love to make, and they just happen to be on the way. Will we be blogging? But of course!

I have one more preview for you today of a new set being released by Our Daily Bread Designs on June 15th. This one uses the new set, Fishers of Men. I truly cannot get over these images – so detailed and absolutely gorgeous! When I received this set in the mail, I also received some Prism paper for the Prism Color Challenge, which I used today. I’ve also made this card for the Limited Supply Challenge on Splitcoaststampers today. It’s all about knots — using knots on your card. So, isn’t a tied bow a knot? I think so!


I colored the image with Copic Markers, masked it, and then airbrushed the background with a pale yellow and blue marker. (Don’t ask numbers, I absolutely don’t remember.) The edges of all the background papers and the image were sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


  • Stamps: Fishers of Men by Our Daily Bread Designs
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; BasicGrey Archaic; Prism Suede Brown Light, Medium and Dark, Mystic Light, Medium and Dark, Sage Light
  • Ink: Tsukineko Brilliance Graphite Black; Ranger Archival Jet Black and Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Accessories: Copic Markers and Airbrush System; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Brads; Ribbon; Mounting Tape

I hope everyone has a great day! I think I need to do some household chores and maybe stamp a little!


Good morning all! Yesterday I told you had a surprise for you today. Back last October, I met Kelley Holland (a/k/a kellrick on SCS) at a Splitcoaststampers Stampin’ and Pamperin’ Retreat in Cincinnati. We have emailed back and forth a little now and then, her asking questions mostly and me hopefully answering. I had the great fortune of running into Kelley again while I was working the Rubbernecker Booth at the Akron Stamp Show. She came to the booth to see me and to chat awhile. Now here’s the funny part. Just a few days before leaving for Akron, I was cruising the net, clicking on SCS Banners, and ran across Our Daily Bread Designs. I was very impressed with the images, actually I loved them, but couldn’t quite see myself using the sentiments. Not that I’m not spiritual, but they just weren’t something I could see myself using. If ya know what I mean – Her Royal Badness (the twisted and demented stamper) using religious sentiments. In the course of my conversation with Kelley she was telling me she had started a new stamp company, and wanted to know if I could possibly design some things for her. What I didn’t know, was that her new company was Our Daily Bread Designs. Well my mouth just dropped – I was so excited. The images that I were so impressed with, were Kelley’s. Of course I told her I would be more than happy to be a Guest Designer for her. So here I am, Her Royal Badness using religious images and sentiments! Just goes to show you that you never know what can happen.

My first card for Kelley was actually the one I posted a few weeks back, In the Garden. Only you didn’t know that I was going to be a Guest Designer for her. With the upcoming release on June 15th of two new sets, I get to officially tell you now! WOO HOO!

Here’s my first official card for Our Daily Bread Designs, using the new set Sing to the Lord.

ODB - Sing to the Lord Bird

When I saw this image of the bird, the first thing that came to mind was a blue bird. But then I thought that was really rather obvious, and decided to do some research on different birds. What I found was a house finch that somewhat resembled the bird in the image – well at least I thought it did. It has the same beak. So, I colored the image with Copic Markers and then cut it out using one of the larger oval Nestabilities. Once I had the image cut out and embossed, I left the Nestability on, masked the bird and branch, and colored the background with the Copic Airbrush System. To keep the colors for the card muted, I picked a piece of BasicGrey Periphery for the background, distressed the edges and then sewed it to a piece of brown cardstock. I couldn’t bear to cover that beautiful piece of background paper, so no other layers. I wanted it simple, and settled on a piece of blue ribbon as an accent. What I love about this, is that the bird in the oval appears to be looking at the bird in the BasicGrey paper.

Sing to the Lord Bird PRODUCT

  • Stamps: Sing to the Lord by Our Daily Bread Designs
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Prism Birchtone Medium and Dark; BasicGrey Periphery
  • Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black
  • Accessories: Copic Markers and Airbrush System; Tonic Tim Holtz Distress Tool; Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities; Mounting Tape; Ribbon; Brads

Here’s hoping you have a great day, and I’ll be back with some more stamping for you!


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.


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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