Good morning and Smiley from!  What a day I had yesterday . . . dentist appointment, sleep appointment with more testing and sorority last night.  Good times for sure!

The other night I sat here in the studio water coloring images and watching television.  Surprisingly enough when I checked in on the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge yesterday one of the images would work perfectly with the colors.

I started putting the card together last night when I came in, but had to wait to finish it this morning.  Of course, I did go with one of my standby layouts . . . I hadn’t checked in on the today’s Sketch Challenge yet.  I’ll be back with that one later.  I already have an idea!  Anyhoo, here’s my card for the Color Challenge.


The image was colored with various colors of Ranger Distress Reinkers.  The image and bottom layers were then die cut and embossed using Spellbinders Nestabilities.  I am out of SU Pumpkin Pie paper (I only had a small little scrap left), so I substituted Prism papers for the card and used BasicGrey Mellow for the background.

  • Stamps: Stamp Oasis Fantasy Collection – Laughter SKU:35 SO JB from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Canson Watercolor; Prism Intense Yellow, Intense Orange and Spring Willow Medium; BasicGrey Mellow
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black and Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Old Paper, Mustard Yellow, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick Distress Inks
  • Accessories: Spellbinders Classic, Scalloped and Classic Scalloped Inverted Circle Nestabilities; Sewing Machine; Royal Aqualon Paint Brushes; Button; Ribbon, Venture Foam Tape

Well the dogs are running down wanting their walk.  I hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

It’s been forever since I’ve done a challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  I couldn’t wait to get into the studio this morning and decided I would take part in today’s Color Challenge.  Because I’ve been away from my ink and stamps for a while, it took me a little while to get into the swings of things.  After a couple of hours I finally ended up with this card.


The ornament was embossed with Queen’s Gold EP, masked and then the branch was stamped.  I water colored the ornament with SU Pacific Point and Certainly Celery.  After trying to work on the layout and papers for what seemed like too long, it finally hit me that I had some BasicGrey Fruitcake that had the colors I needed for my background.  The background papers were sewn to panels of Pacific Point and then mounted on a card base of SU Basic Gray.

  • Stamps: KK Originals Christmas Collection:  Christmas Ball SKU:57-15 KK and Pine Bough SKU:57-03 KK from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Pacific Point and Basic Gray; BasicGrey Fruitcake
  • Ink: Ranger Clear Resist and Peeled Paint Distress; SU Pacific Point and Certainly Celery
  • Accessories: Ranger Queen’s Gold EP and Inkssentials White Opaque Pen; Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Rectangles; Venture Foam Tape; Sewing Machine; SU Pacific Point Ribbon and Scallop Punch

I hope you find time today to be creative and don’t forget to check out the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog for information on today’s Treasure Hunt!

Happy Friday!  It’s rainy here today with a nip in the air – a perfect day to spend indoors stamping.  I haven’t done a Splitcoaststampers Challenge in what seems like weeks.  Actually it probably has been weeks with my traveling and all.  I’ve checked in on them every day this week, but the mojo has failed me.

All week long, the challenges have been in honor and celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  They have gone PINK!  Since this is a cause near and dear to me, I couldn’t let another day go by without participating.

I think this is the first time that I have combined more than two challenges into one card.  Today, I’ve combined four: the Color Challenge to use Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss and Chocolate Chip; the Sketch Challenge; the Ways to Use it Challenge to use just one word; and today’s Limited Supply Challenge to use leaves.

A few months ago I went to Cincinnati Stampaway with some friends, and bought a few of the new Studio 490 sets.  I met the designer, Wendy Vecchi, at Winter CHA and was in total awe of her designs.  I was so excited at Summer CHA to see that she had released sets incorporating her unique style with chipboard and grunge board.  Today I finally broke them in and put a little ink on them!


Let’s start with the Grunge Board leaves and flowers first.  I stamped the images on the Grunge Board, cut them out, and then inked the leaves with Kiwi Kiss and the flowers with Worn Lipstick.  An idea-ology Hitch Fastener holds the petals of the flower together.  The background papers started as white.  To give them color, I swiped both Pink Pirouette and Worn Lipstick on my Ranger Craft Sheet, misted the ink with water and laid my paper in the ink to pick up the color.  Using a craft iron, I ironed over the paper to dry it.  This process was continued to keep adding layers of color to the white paper.  The sentiment, dream, was part of a phrase that I masked, inking only the one word to stamp on the third panel.

  • Stamps: Studio 490 Dreams of Art, Flower Art and Ticket to Art from Stampers Anonymous
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Chocolate Chip
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Coffee, Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo Distress; SU Pink Pirouette and Kiwi Kiss
  • Accessories: Tim Holt idea-ology Plain Grunge Board and Hitch Fastener; Ranger Mini Mister, Gold Perfect Pearls and Inkssential Ink Blending Tool; Tonic Tim Holtz Distressing Tool; Clover Craft Iron; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Venture Foam Tape; Ribbon

Have a little fun today and stamp trying something new!

I’m off today (okay, not just today  – Smiley from!  I am so looking forward to my trip and getting to visit with my buds!  Can you tell I’m just a bit excited – yeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaw (gettin’ the Texas mojo going a little early).

Before I leave today, here’s the card I started working on Monday night and didn’t quite get finished!  It’s for the Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge today, which is a color challenge (blue, green and brown).  I must admit that when I sat down to make this card, I had something else in mind.  With these colors, I was seeing a snowman, some trees and a snow filled sky.  Well . . . . as it happens sometimes, I did a complete 180 and when to something else.  Something else that strikes me is that I didn’t sponge or distress — I must have a fever!


You can’t see it very well (if at all) in the photo, but the wings are highlighted with a Stardust Gelly Roll pen.  The halo and stars and colored with a Gold Spica Glitter pen and there are added red berries.

I hope everyone has a great day . . . . as for me, (sing along) I’m leavin’ on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again . . .

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.

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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!

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