Good morning!  What a few days it has been.  I’m traveling with Dave, Mr. Rubbernecker, to the Heirloom Stamp Show in York, PA.  It has been quite an adventure, and I thought I would share our trip with you via pictures.

When leaving Kentucky the other day, I happened to mention to Dave that there was a castle in Versailles on the way to Lexington.  Off the interstate we went, in search of the The Castle Post f/k/a Lexington Castle.

Post Castle

We drove on into West Virginia that first day, making sure we the hotel we picked to stay at was not at an exit after our favorite breakfast spot


aaaaaaahhhhhhhh pecan pancakes from Cracker Barrel!!!!!!

Yesterday as we traveled, there was a mission and a time frame that we needed to be in.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania


Dave is quite the history enthusiast, and always has an interesting fact to tell me about our nation’s history.  I couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide around Gettysburg.  My final shot before leaving  . . .

sunset at Gettysburg

seemed so appropriate.

Happy Wednesday! I’m running a bit late today. I ran a few errands with Mallory this morning to finish getting the criticals for her move back to campus. Besides, there was a necessary stop at Hobby Lobby for me! I just HAD to purchase a soldering tool. Oh yeah you heard right, a soldering tool. The only thing my husband has asked is that I be extremely careful and not burn down the house. He knows me so well!

While in Dallas last weekend, hanging with some stampin’ friends from the Hanna Stamps Design Team one of our planned activities was to learn to solder. Well, we also had some sight seeing fun too. Here we all are on the grassy knoll in downtown Dallas. We had just left the Book Depository Museum and wanted to see for ourselves if it was possible to make that shot from the square window pictured above us.

Hanna DT at Grassy Knoll

Left to right: Shannon Tompkins, Bev Gerard (our hostess), Judy Workman, Kristi Ferro, Pam Hooten and myself.

I thought it would be fun to show you the necklace I made. However, you are not going to see the first one at all (there were too many four letter words uttered), but I will show you the second one. After getting an email about the August Technique Challenge on Tim Holtz’ blog, I had an idea and just HAD to try it. So, I did – on glass instead of fragments.

Alcohol Resist Soldered Necklace

Needless to say, I’m hooked – a new addiction! I had to have my own soldering tool, beads, and all the other necessary items. Hopefully I will make vast improvements in my technique.

Before I leave you today, I would like to point out that Rubbernecker has extended the sale on the Ranger Pigment Pads and reinkers. Not only have they extended this sale, but for any order of products (rubber stamps and cling excluded) more than $25 you will receive 10% off your entire order. I so need to go shopping!

Here’s hoping you have a great day! I’m going to go organize my new soldering tools.

Good morning ya’ll! I think it’s Friday. I’m so confused on my days and times that it just occurred to me while I was typing this that it actually is Thursday, isn’t it? Yes, I remember now. Kittie left us yesterday morning and Jeanne and I spent the day with Dave, Pat and Rob at Rubbernecker. The Millers are absolutely the most generous and fun people that you will ever meet. I have so enjoyed getting to meet the entire family and spending time with them. Yesterday Jeanne and I got to see how the rubber is pressed and trimmed. I felt like a kid in a candy store! We did a little work while we were there too, getting ready for the upcoming show in San Mateo this weekend. I sure hope that I get to meet some more of you at that show – I know of one fellow SCSer that has already contacted us and said I can’t believe you are here and I was planning on going! We’ll see you this weekend Harriett!

Today we are hanging with Jeanne’s family and just kicking back and chillin’ out! I do know that I need to find somewhere to buy a nice warm sweatshirt though. You would laugh yourself silly if you could see Jeanne and I running around in these awesome soft, warm robes that Dave gave us. We actually wore them in the car last night on our way here. Dave stopped for some Starbucks before we left town and thought it was so funny that we still had them on. Can you believe he actually made us get out of the car and go in the store to get our own coffee? Of course, we did take the robes off first! Maybe a little later when we look a little more presentable (ya know when the hair is not sticking out all over, etc.) we might get a picture. Never mind. I did get a picture of just the robe. For me, this is definitely a hot tub robe!

BIA Robe

Before I left home, I had colored up a few of the Stamp Oasis Fantasy images and today is my last one. I love these images and they are so much fun to color. I’m sorry that I don’t have a picture of the product for you today. This is one I had finished during the few days before I left, and completely spaced the product.

First Love

The image was stamped in Adirondack Pitch Black and colored with Copic Markers. The edges of the designer paper and the image were sponged with Faded Jeans Distress Ink. A Red Spica Glitter Pen was used to highlight the hearts between the couple.

Stamps: Stamp Oasis Fantasy Collection – 14 SO JB, First Love from Rubbernecker Stamp Company

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, BasicGrey Two Scoops, Blue and Green Cardstock

Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black, Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Distress Ink

Accessories: Copic Markers, Spica Glitter Pens, Circle Punches, Brad, Ribbon, Tsukineko Oblong Sponge Dauber, Mounting Tape

Oh my badness, what a day we’ve had today! Carolyn King (cammie on SCS) and Sharon Coleman (stampscout on SCS) came to Jeanne’s this morning. Carolyn came to hang with us for a couple of hours, but Sharon came to stay the entire day. I had already met Carolyn earlier this week and she is just to durn cute and such a gorgeous smile! Sharon was one of the Original Challenge Chasers on SCS, along with Jeanne, myself and a few others. I had talked to her every day for a couple of years, and had never met her until today!! I met an Instant Friend today – WOO HOO!!!! We had so much to talk about and catch up on. I knew we had a lot in common, but to be able to sit side by side and chat – OMG what a thrill!

Sharon and Carolyn both wanted coloring lessons today. So we started out coloring with reinkers/stamp pads. When we broke for lunch, Carolyn had to leave us, but I was able to take this picture before she did. From left to right are Jeanne, Sharon, Carolyn and myself.

Carolyn and Sharon

After lunch, we colored some more, moving into Prismacolor Pencils and then Copic Markers. We all got at least one card done today, but got a few more images colored ready to go on others. Here’s Jeanne, the teacher, giving Sharon lessons on different styles of coloring and blending.

Jeanne and Sharon

When Sharon left today, I could have cried (well actually, I did get a little weepy feeling, but held back the tears). I gave her a big hug goodbye and hope to visit another time!!!! What a great day today!!!!! Oh and get this, I actually said ya’ll out loud today! I haven’t done that in years – well since I moved from my hometown near Louisville (pronounced lou-a-vul) and moved to the Chicago area.

When we were coloring with the reinkers this morning, I couldn’t resist Jeanne’s Whippersnapper stamps any longer. After I colored the image, I checked on today’s Color Challenge on Splitcoast and decided I could make it work with the challenge. The background paper is the new BasicGrey Figgy Pudding that I found at Jacksonbelle Embellishments.


Stamps: Jingle-Balls by Whippersnapper Designs

Paper: Watercolor; BasicGrey Figgy Pudding; SU Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, Basic Grey

Ink: Various SU Reinkers, Black Stazon

Accessories: SU Cranberry Crisp Ribbon, Brads, Mounting Tape, Sponge, Watercolor Brush, Cup of Water

Good Morning! It’s that time of the week again – another JBWW Challenge. This week it was Jeanne’s choice on the challenge. She decided to do a little sewing. Remember that sewing machine that just jumped in her cart at Target the other day. Since I was asked yesterday about the sewing machine, I decided to post a picture of it today – all set up and ready to go! It’s the same model that I use at home and is very simple to operate.

Jeanne’s Sewing Machine

Anyhoo, the JBWW CHALLENGE today is stitching. You can do any type of stitching you want – hand stitching, machine stitching or faux stitching. We don’t care, we just wanna! Please remember that if you upload your card to your SCS Gallery to use the keyword, JBWW. So that we don’t miss anything, we ask that you come back and post a link to the card (if on your blog or in your gallery), to either my blog or Jeanne’s blog, Inky Paws.

The sample I did for today is one I worked up using Christmas in the City by Lizzie Anne Designs. I stamped the image, masked it off, and then stamped the trees in the background. The image is colored with Copic Markers, and then to make the snow, I stippled on Liquid Applique. I let the Liquid Applique dry while I was making the remainder of the card, and then went back and puffed it with a heat gun. I didn’t plan to use this sketch when I started the card, but it just fell into place and I just couldn’t help myself. The designer paper is the new BasicGrey Figgy that I found at Jacksonbelle Embellishments. I stitched all the layers together on Jeanne’s new sewing machine. The sentiment is raised on mounting tape and I stitched around the photo corners just for the fun of it.

Snowman LAD

Stamps: Christmas in the City by Lizzie Anne Designs

Paper: SU Always Artichoke, BasicGrey Figgy

Ink: Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink

Accessories: Sewing Machine, Copic Ciao Markers, Liquid Applique, Circle Punches, Scallop Punch, Mounting Tape

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