Happy Thursday! So I woke up really early this morning – 6:00 a.m. The problem, I didn’t get to sleep last night until around maybe 1:30 a.m. I settled in on the couch with the pups and my coffee, and then before I knew it, it was 10:00. Mallory was up the dogs were running around, and I never heard a thing. Good nap!

 

We all know that Sunday is Mother’s Day. I have mom’s card done, but I still need to come up with something else. She said the other day she needed to come over and go through my cards. She has resorted to the two for a $1.00 at Dollar General. Now I don’t mind that she sends them, but it does upset me just a bit when she sends one to a good friend and/or a relative that would definitely appreciate one of my cards. I gave her all of my Millie’s from the Dirty Dozen Gallery for her birthday and she said she just couldn’t part with them, but I do think she may have sent one to my sister. She loves the little cowboy from Lizzie Anne, and absolutely loves the zany women that I come up with. So here’s what I thought I would do. Make her some little cards over the next few days and also go through my stash and make her up a bundle for Mother’s Day.

 

I started this one of the cowboy last night, had it laying out to finish today, when I saw today’s Ways to Use It Challenge on Splitcoast. It’s all about chipboard today and luckily I had not decided where my sentiment was going to go. Hello chipboard!

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The image was colored with Copic Markers, the edges were sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and then roughed up a bit. I made the background panel using the Big Paisley from Lizzie Anne Designs, stamping it in Blue Bayou on Soft Sky paper. To make the photo corner and middle strip, I stamped the same image on Blue Bayou paper with Blue Bayou Ink. For the sentiment, I colored a piece of chipboard with River Rock, sponged the edges with Vintage Photo, and then stamped my sentiment.

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Stamps: Simply Singles Big Paisley, Cowboy and Howdy from Lizzie Anne Designs

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Soft Sky and Blue Bayou; Prism Tawny Dark

Ink: Tsukineko Graphite Black; Ranger Archival Jet Black and Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink; SU Blue Bayou and River Rock

Accessories: Copic Markers; Chipboard; Tonic Tim Holtz Distress Tool; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; SU Ribbon; Brads; Corner Punch; Mounting Tape

I’m off to finish up some cards for mom and work on Saturday’s Stamp Club samples. I hope each of you have a fabulous day!

 

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Good Monday morning! I hope ya’ll enjoyed your weekend and got to do something you enjoy. I got Mallory home Friday around 7:30 and she has settled in fairly nicely so far. She had some friends in to spend the night on Saturday and she spent Sunday with Kate. Mom was at home doing her laundry – all six loads. Thank goodness I got my own laundry caught up before I left Friday. I’ve already made up my mind that I’ll get these loads caught up and then if it isn’t in the laundry room when I do laundry, tough! She’s on her own! I told her yesterday that I would have to acclimate her to the new house rules – BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! We have a mud room now (my old stamp room) and that’s where we leave bags, purses, shoes and coats. We don’t leave them spread out from room to room anymore. Actually, her dad and I never did – but I sure knew where Mallory had been as she moved through the house. As much as I might have missed her this school year, I sure haven’t missed her messes!

 

I didn’t get to stamp much last week. First off, I was totally exhausted after the trip to Akron and then I was on the road again Friday – hehe Willie Nelson. I tried to get into the stamp room this past weekend, but everywhere I turned and everything I did just didn’t seem to come out right. There was more in the trash than finished product. When Jeanne told us what Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge RBC08 was going to be this week, I was rather tickled. She decided on masking, and I knew I already had a sample done for the Akron show that I never posted. I’m still going to show that one to you today, but I’m also going to show you another one that I finished yesterday. I had a Sunday morning phone call with some of my best friends, and felt rejuvenated and ready to stamp when I got off the phone. I had to go make another sample!

 

So, here’s my first sample. I threw it together quickly one night right before the Akron show so that we would have a sample for the booth.

 

RBC08 Anchors Aweigh

 

The images were colored with Copic Markers. I stamped the anchor first, masked it off, and then stamped the captain’s wheel. Simple, basic masking at it’s easiest. The edges of the image were sponged with Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Inks, and then distressed. I’m sorry to say, that I typed up all the details for this card when I first made it, and failed to keep them. Geeze I’m such a ditz sometimes! AND I don’t have the card anymore, just this picture!

 

Stamps: Rubbernecker Guy Stuff Collection Anchor SKU:175-06, Ship’s Wheel
SKU:175-11 and Real Classic Text SKU:175-07 from Rubbernecker Stamp Company

Paper: Georgia Pacific White; Prism Gray and Blue; BasicGrey Boxer

Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Ink, Archival Jet Black

Accessories: Copic Markers; Tonic Tim Holtz Distressing Tool; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Notch Punch; Twill Tape; Brads; Mounting Tape

For my second sample today, I decided to get more complicated with my masking. Actually, I was inspired by Kittie to create a scene. I don’t often create little scenes, and really don’t think that it is something that I excel at, but yesterday I was inspired! If Kittie can step outside her box and do distressing, then I can certainly step off the ledge and create a scene. Believe it or not, I actually enjoyed making this card!

 

RBC08 Gone Fishin

 

I stamped one cattail, masked it and then stamped a second (which ended up being cut off for the most part). I decided where I wanted the canoe to be, and then stamped the fishing basket. I masked the cattail and the basket, and then stamped the canoe. To get the cattails behind the canoe, I took a post-it note, and masked off the edge of the canoe and stamped the smaller ones at varying places. Once I had the scene stamped out, I colored it with Copic Markers. Since the basket was a larger stamp than the canoe, it needed to look like it was on the bank and thus sitting far enough in front of the canoe to be in dimension. Once I had the scene colored, I picked up my distress tool and as much as I actually hated to do it, I ran it along the edges. Yes, I took a deep breath before I did it, because I had spent so much time on the scene itself. But, this is a masculine card and it just had to be distressed with a bit of sponging. Because the scene was larger than I would have liked, I decided not to use designer paper. I stamped the background panel (which I hardly do any more and this makes me ask myself why I don’t do more of it), with a striped background. I stamped one way in Oregano and then the other in Vintage Photo, to make my own plaid. The edges of this panel were sponged in Oregano going more into the panel, and then I sponged just the edges with Vintage Photo to add some depth. I then ran the distress tool down the side with just one swipe and not working back and forth. The sign was stamped individually, colored and then cut out. The lure was colored with Copic Markers and then cut with Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities.

 

RBC08 PRODUCT

 

Stamps: Rubbernecker Guy Stuff Collection Canoe SKU:34-15,Cattail SKU:34-14, Fishing Basket SKU:34-18, Gone Fishin’ Sign SKU:34-20, Petite Cattail SKU:34-12, Striped Lure SKU:34-04; Background Collection Striped Background SKU:30-06 from Rubbernecker Stamp Company

Paper: Georgia Pacific White, Tan, Green and Brown

Ink: Ranger Adirondack Oregano and Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Inks

Accessories: Copic Markers; Tonic Tim Holtz Distress Tool; Brads and Hardware; Twill Tape; Ribbon; Mounting Tape; Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber

You can see more challenge samples created the Rubbernecker Design Team by visiting the blogs of Kittie, Shelly and Jeanne. I hope ya’ll have a great day, and I’m off to run a few errands!

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Good morning all! It’s Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker today! You can find the first clue and other information on the Rubbernecker Home page today. Both Shelly and Candy will be offering up Treasure Hunt Blog Candy today and you’ll want to visit their blogs for a chance to win.

 

I apologize for this being late, but I the entire day yesterday. We got back around 3:00 a.m. after the Akron show, and had to get up early to get Dave and Pat to the airport for their flight home. Once I got settled on the couch and answered some emails and phone calls, I crashed. I was awake long enough to watch Dancing with the Stars and as soon as it was over, I was back in bed. If I hadn’t forgotten to turn the alarm off on my cell phone, I probably would still be in bed now. Hopefully I was able to catch up on sleep yesterday and can get some chores done around the house today.

 

I never got a chance to take any photos at the show over the weekend. I did have a wonderful time working with Shelly and Juliana, and was to so happy to finally meet them both. So many of you stopped by the booth and I was overjoyed to meet each and every one of you. For me that is the best part of working one of the shows – I get to meet other online stamping friends. I was able to sneak over to the Gary Burlin booth for a bit and got a quick demo from Damien using Copic Markers. The technique is new to me, so I will most definitely be playing around with it in the next few days.

 

Today I have another sample that I made for the Akron show.

 

Fishing Hat

 

Now I’m really upset with myself. I just went to my files to pick up the recipe information and I didn’t save it apparently. I had input the info for the recipe label that I put on the back of my samples before I give them to Rubbernecker, and now I don’t have it. Darn it all! I didn’t even have time to take a photo of the product used so I’m really up chit creek! Anyhoo, I’m going to try and duplicate it here, but let me apologize now because I know I’ll forget something.

 

Stamps: Rubbernecker Guy Stuff Collection: Fishing Hat SKU:175-03, Fishing RodSKU:34-09, Striped Lure SKU:34-04, and Leaping Fish SKU:34-07 from Rubbernecker Stamp Company

Paper: Georgia Pacific White, BasicGrey, Prism

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Ranger Adirondack Oregano and Archival Jet Black

Accessories: Copic Markers, Tonic Tim Holtz Distress Tool, Tsukineko Sponge Dauber, Ribbon, Brads, Mounting Tape

I hope you all have a great day! I’m off to catch up on things like laundry, unpacking from the trip, blah blah blah, and then hope to get into the stamp room.

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Good Tuesday morning! Before I go off babbling today, I think I’ll get the formalities out of the way first. It’s TREASURE HUNT TUESDAY @ RUBBERNECKER today! Ya’ll know that I’ve got some Tawdry Treats that I posted yesterday. Don’t forget to leave me a comment, sharing your favorite book and why. I will be picking the winner tonight and posting in the morning. Well, Leslie also has some Blog Candy for you today and Linda has the first clue in your hunt for the treasure. While you are treasure hunting, be sure to stop by the Rubbernecker home page and check out all the deets on the Treasure Hunt, look over all the specials and see how you can earn free stamps and shipping. EDITED TO ADD: THERE ARE NO CLUES TODAY BECAUSE DAVE IS TRAVELING. THE PRIZE CAN BE FOUND IN THE GET WELL SECTION.

 

Now I can babble a bit! Yesterday I took the pups to a new groomer. That’s a long story in itself, and I won’t bore you with the details of how I ended up looking for a new groomer. However, let me just say that when one pays for services, one expects to be talked to in a relatively civil manner, regardless if it is an office assistant or the person supplying the services. Anyhoo, my sister, Carrie, went along with me yesterday and after we dropped the pups off, we ended up at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Now, it is no secret that I can’t see! I wear tri-focals for pity sake and if Mallory is home she always applies whatever eye makeup I might put on. So here’s my dilemma. I can’t see to tweeze my own eyebrows. I have to have the glasses on, sit in front of a magnifying mirror, and be a contortionist just to see. Even then I never see them all or simply can’t get to them. Now my sister is probably worse off than I am. She has always had bad eyesight and has worn glasses since we were children. Actually, I remember when she did get her glasses and could see for the first time.

 

Carrie has been talking for a while about a mirror at Merle Norman that she has been trying to get them to sell her one of. It’s actually on their own counter mirrors and must be ordered by them as a supply. I thought it was kinda pricey for a mirror, but I must admit that when I looked at myself in it today, I was amazed that I could see without my glasses. Before we ventured into Merle Norman however, we were in Bed, Bath and Beyond. Just browsing, but we ended up in the mirror section. Oh my BADNESS! I saw it, the perfect mirror. 10X magnifying power, daytime lights, swivel base . . . AND I could see my eyebrows without my glasses. Hell, I could see every pore, blemish and stray hair on my face. A little scary – YES! BUT, I was seeing without my glasses on! I could actually get to those stray hairs about the glasses that I never see. I immediately snatched up a box while Carrie ran for a cart. We both bought one! She still wants the one from Merle Norman, but oh my goodness – what a find! Here it is at Bed, Bath and Beyond so you can all see for yourselves. Anyway, I’m in heaven. I couldn’t wait to get home and work on the eyebrows!

 

I suppose you are probably bored with my babbling by now and would like to see some stamping. As I’ve stated earlier, I’ve been working like a fiend on samples for the Rubbernecker Booth at the upcoming Akron show. I thought I might share one of those today.

 

Gone Fishin’

 

I stamped the image of the fishing basket first, masked it off, and then stamped the image of the vest. The Gone Fishin’ sign and lure were stamped onto a separate piece of paper. All the images were colored with Copic Markers, and the edges were sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. All the edges of the background paper were distressed and then sponged before layering them on the different panels. The sign was trimmed out and then wire was added as the hanger for the sign. The panels for the fishing lure were cut out with circle Nestabilities.

 

Gone Fishin’ PRODUCT

 

Stamps: Rubbernecker Guy Stuff Collection: Fishing Basket SKU:34-18, Fishing Vest SKU:34-06, Gone Fishin’ Sign SKU:34-20, and Striped Lure SKU:34-04 from Rubbernecker Stamp Company

Paper: Georgia Pacific White; Tan; Green; BasicGrey Archaic

Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black and Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Accessories: Copic Markers; Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities; Tonic Tim Holtz Distressing Tool; Twill Tape; Brads and Hardware; Mounting Tape; Black Wire

 

I guess that is all I have today. Don’t forget to leave a comment on yesterday’s post for Tawdry Treats, you never know – you might be the winner. Oh and don’t forget to visit Linda and Leslie’s blogs today for more Blog Candy and your first clue in the Treasure Hunt! Have a great day ya’ll!

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It is my pleasure to host the Limited Supply Challenge on Splitcoast today. Late last night, Jen called me and asked if I could fill in as hostess. Luckily I had been in the stamp room working on another Rubbernecker sample for the Akron Show, and could come up with something quick. Jen usually posts at night, and I didn’t want to keep the Challenge Chasers waiting.

 

After scanning through the weekly challenges, I realized that we had never done a Limited Supply Challenge for a tall and/or long card. This week’s challenge, LSC164 – Long Tall Sally, is to make a long and/or tall card measuring at least 4×8. This size card will fit in a standard letter/business size envelope. You should limit your layers and embellishments, and cannot use Designer Paper. (Okay, so I’m in a stampy mood tonight!)

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The images were stamped on white rectangles cut with Rectangle Nestabilities and then colored with Copic Markers. The edges were sponged with Adirondack Slate and then mounted on black Scalloped Rectangles, also cut with Nestabilities. The background panel was made by stamping the rod and reel in Ranger Clear Resist and then layers of different shades of gray inks were added with a sponge dauber.

LSC164 PRODUCT

 

Stamps: Rubbernecker Guy Stuff Collection Fishing Rod SKU:34-09, Fishing LureString Lure SKU:34-05, Striped Lure SKU:34-04 and Hook, Line & Sinker Text SKU:34-16 from Rubbernecker Stamp Company SKU:34-08,

Paper: Georgia Pacific White; Sterling Ultra Digital Imaging Matte; SU Basic Gray and Black

Ink: Ranger Clear Resist, Archival Jet Black, Adirondack Pitch Black, Pebble, Slate and Lake Mist

Accessories: Copic Markers; Spellbinders Rectangle Nestabilities; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Ribbons; Brads

I hope ya’ll have a great day today!

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