Happy Smiley from millan.net.  I hope y’all had a great day yesterday and it wasn’t gloomy and rainy where you are.  I am soooooooooo ready for warm weather and sun . . . I just can’t stand it!  I want golfing and gardening weather . . . .   Hopefully soon.  The Kentucky Derby Festivities start this weekend with Thunder Over Louisville, and I for one know that I will be watching on television.  Not gonna trust the Ohio Valley weather right now.  Actually, I get somewhat tired of the Derby coverage and by the second week in, I’m ready to leave town.  Maybe somewhere warm and sunny . . . . Smiley from millan.net

So we know that it’s Wednesday and time for another Rubbernecker Stamps  WACKY WEDNESDAY Challenge.  I must confess that when I saw what Jules had for us this week, I was taken aback.  It’s an inspiration challenge and this is what she has given us.

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Now I’ve thought about this for a few days now.  I can see fragments, UTEE squares, some of my favorite colors and of course, those X’s.  Since I’m not taken by the X’s, and I just did an inchie card last week, I decided to go for my favorite colors . . . purple, green and blues.

WW6FloralSilhouettes  Of course, I did that “Inky Thing I Do” for the background, using Broken China, Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.  The image tag was done the same way, but with Broken China and Antique Linen. The image stamp was colored with markers, misted lightly with water and then stamped on the tag (one of my favorite techniques).  The purple background was run through the Wizard with the Spellbinders Petite 5 1/2” Scalloped Borderabilities, embossed and then sponged.  Since I had originally thought of fragments, I had to add one to the card.  Using alcohol inks, I inked up the fragment.  Instead of stamping in black ink and wiping off the image, I decided to stamp with Alcohol Blending Solution.  You have to be careful not to move or shake the stamp . . . ask me why I know this!  Even though it took me like FOREVER to get this card done, I must say it was really a fun one to make!

I hope you decide to join us for this week’s WACKY WEDNESDAY Challenge.  The prize this week is one Discount Coupon good for 40% off your entire Rubbernecker order.  You also get to take advantage of all other specials and discounts on the Rubbernecker Stamps home page.

Thanks for stopping by the BAD SIDE! and I hope you have a fabulous day!

Happy Sunday!  I know I’ve been MIA for a few days, and I really have no excuse.  I didn’t feel that well the later part of last week and never wandered into the studio once.  When I finally went in yesterday and turned on the lights, I had a project sitting on my work table I had completely forgotten about.  I got it done yesterday, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see it.  What I have today is for yesterday’s Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers, Images under Glass.

When I saw the inspiration pieces for the challenge, I immediately thought of making my own acrylic pieces . . . and I did!  However, they turned out yellow (forgot I had added some flex to the UTEE), so I’m calling those practice pieces.  I’ll need to work on that technique at a later time.

What I did instead, was make an inchie that I covered with Crackle Accents.  I mounted it on a square of illustration board, and then I had a brainstorm (yes, it actually hurt) to make a window card.


I used Spellbinders Classic Square Nestabilities for all the image layers and the window frames.  Here’s the inside of the card:


And a close up of the birds, which is actually on the inside of the card.


To finish off the front of the card, and add my sentiment, I tried my hand at glittering a few of the snowflakes that I cut using Spellbinders Snowflake Wonder Shapeabilities.  I have been so taken and awed with Anna’s snowflakes that I couldn’t wait to get the snowflake dies and play with them.   I inked each snowflake, covered each with Glossy Accents and then sprinkled with glitter.  For this one I added a button and tied it to the front of the card with twine.  The sentiment was stamped and then die cut using Spellbinders Scalloped Tag Shapeabilities.


  • Stamps: Birds from Magenta; Holiday Script from Lizzie Anne Designs
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Always Artichoke and Riding Hood Red; BasicGrey Wassail
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Coffee, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Aged Mahogany
  • Accessories: Spellbinders Classic Square Nestabilities, Snowflake Wonder and Scalloped Tag Shapeabilities; Sewing Machine; Ranger Glossy and Crackle Accents; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Tonic Paper Distresser; Crystal, Pixie Dust, White/Silver Mix Glitter; Twill Tape; Hemp Twine; Button

Enjoy the rest of your weekend . . . you might find an adventure or two!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far. I’ve been fairly lazy myself today. It took me forever to walk down to the studio and stamp a little. Mallory came home last night, and there just seems to be a lot going on in the house. Tomorrow I will be having the family over for a barbecue. My sister’s excuse for coming to my home, was that I grill better than she does. My mother used to always do something for every holiday, but now it seems that if Carrie or I don’t plan it, it doesn’t happen. So we did the morning phone call thing and planned the menu. Now I’ve got to dust and clean the bathrooms — Smiley from millan.net household cleaning. Doesn’t she know that I would rather be creative than clean? Smiley from millan.net

Talking about being creative, not too long ago I mentioned that I had been missing some fun in my stamping. Well, I have to say that over the last two weeks I’ve had more fun trying new techniques and just letting the mojo flow. I myself feel that I’ve done some of my most creative work recently. (No heckling from the peanut gallery.)

What I have for you today is a card I made for the Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers. We were given pictures of hotel rooms from the Hotel Fox in Copenhagen, Denmark, as our inspiration piece. This is the room that I chose.

IC143 Room

This is the card that I made.


I used a variation of the Faux Bleach Technique that I used earlier in the week. I stamped the flourish and a butterfly in VersaMark and heat set. The floral silhouette was then stamped in VersaMark but was embossed with clear EP. I sprayed the image panel with a Broken China/Pearl distressed pearlized spray, and then placed the image between two pieces of copier paper and ironed. As you can see from this close-up, embossed area when ironed takes on the color of the background paper. However, the images stamped in VersaMark and not embossed, picked up a faint color from the distressed pearlized spray.

IC143 close up

The background panel was stamped with the flourish, embossed with clear EP, and then ironed (the faux bleach part of the technique).

  • Stamps: SU Baroque Motifs and Happiness Always; Wildflower Silhouette from Just for Fun Rubber Stamps
  • Paper: SU Whisper White and Basic Black
  • Ink: Tsukineko VersaMark; Ranger Archival Jet Black and Broken China Distress
  • Accessories: Spellbinders Plain and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities; Ranger Mini Mister, Pearl Perfect Pearls, Super Fine Detail Clear EP, Craft Sheet; Brads; Ribbon; Iron

I hope you all have a great weekend, and if you are doing family things – have a great time!

Smiley from millan.net

Hey ỳall! Smiley from millan.net Well it’s taken all morning long, in between loads of laundry, etc., to get one card finished. I take Mallory back to school tomorrow, and I must admit that there are a few things I won’t miss when she’s gone – her extra laundry and the trail of junk she leaves behind as she moves through the house. I’m sure it’s going to take me just about a week to get things back the way they were before she came home for the summer. Ah, something to look forward to!

When I checked in at Splitcoast this morning, one of the first things I looked at was the Featured Stamper Challenge. I don’t often do this challenge, but today I just couldn’t help myself. Today’s Featured Stamper is Jessica Rone a/k/a knightrone on SCS. I’ve been watching Jessie for some time now and absolutely adore her work.

For those of you not familiar with this challenge, the idea is to look at the Featured Stampers SCS gallery, and CASE one of their cards changing two or more things on the card. I chose this card from Jessie’s gallery. As you can see, it ended up looking nothing like Jessie’s card. I guess you could say I used it as inspiration more than CASEing.

Anyhoo, here’s my card:


I stamped the images on white paper, colored them with Copic Markers, and then masked them with Eclipse Tape and airbrushed the water. To add a little fun and dimension to the images, I added some Stickles on the Sea Floor image. After working on the background panel for a while (they all ended up in the trash), I ended up spritzing a piece of Lavender Lace Cardstock with Broken China Gold and Pearl Shimmer Mists. The ribbon is some new stuff I found yesterday on my Hobby Lobby trip. It frays a little when cut, and I had my lighter in hand trying to singe the ends. Well I slipped! So there was nothing else to do, but finish melting the rest of the ribbon. I like it so it stayed! It wasn’t until I was taking the photo that I noticed the last brad is crooked – let’s all ignore it and pretend it’s not there!

  • Stamps: Sea Floor Background, Simon and Dive Right In from High Hopes Rubber Stamps
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Old Olive, Not Quite Navy and Lavender Lace
  • Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black, Archival Jet Black and Broken China Distress; SU Old Olive
  • Accessories: Copic Markers and Airbrush System; Ranger Stickles, Gold and Pearl Perfect Pearls, Mini Misters; Eclipse Masking Tape; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Brads; Ribbon; Lighter

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! I’m off to finish up the laundry and see if I can get some more stamping done.

Hey ya’ll! I thought I was going to get some stamping in today that I could share with you, but alas it just isn’t going to happen. Life is just getting in the way today! I know I haven’t told you, but Sydney is ill and we’ve had to move her to Kate’s for a while. I took her to the vet the other day for her yearly shots and she had a fever. While they were checking her over, they noticed a knot on her back. Apparently while the two pups were playing and rough housing, Syd had sustained a back injury. She had been acting a little funny for a couple of days (hiding behind the furniture and not wanting to play a great deal) but it was her warm nose that made me sit up and take notice Tuesday morning. Luckily we had a vet appointment all ready for that afternoon. The vet put her on meds and told me to keep her calm for a few weeks. That means no jumping, no stairs, no running, etc. Virtually impossible when you have two in the house. So we thought the best thing for Sydney would be to send her to Kate’s so that she could be confined and rest. Here’s the bad part, ELLIOTT IS BESIDE HERSELF! She is so mopey and needy. You can tell she definitely misses Syd being here, and we’ve had to get a stuffed lion to put in her kennel to take Syd’s place. The first night Elle wouldn’t settle down and I finally thought about the lion, which is a little bigger than the pups. I put the lion in the back of the kennel (where Syd would normally go) and Elle went right in, with no more whining. The next morning, Elle had moved the lion up to the front of the kennel so that it was looking out and she was lying on it. Just like both of them would be in the mornings. Hopefully, we’ll have Syd home soon and all of us can get back to our normal routines.

I am going to show you a card I did the other day, but before I do that I need to ask for some help. Rubbernecker has two shows coming up in Colorado, and we need a couple of people to demo at the show. If you are in the vicinity of these shows and can help at either show, please send me an email!!

Loveland, CO on August 16-17
Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo
Budweiser Event Center


Colorado Springs, CO on August 23-24
Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo
Phil Long Expo Center

Anyhoo, this is the card I did for last week’s Inspiration Challenge.


I used a piece of matte digital imaging paper for this project. I inked the leaves first in Snow Cap pigment ink, pounced with Peeled Paint, and stamped the image. It was embossed with UTEE. I then stamped the white flowers in Snow Cap pigment ink and embossed them. The dragonfly and butterfly were both inked in Snow Cap, rock and rolled in Dried Marigold, stamped and embossed. Using daubers, I began to apply different colors of green ink to the background, wiping away the excess with a rag. Once I had the desired effect, the image and mats were cut out using circle Nestabilities. The background paper was cut to size and the extra scraps were used for the extra layers. The edges of all paper were sponged with Vintage Photo and the edges of the two smaller panels were distressed.

  • Stamps: Jeanne Streiff Collection: Just Leaves SKU:403-02 and White Flower
    SKU:403-03; KK Originals Dragonflies and Butterflies Collection: DragonFly
    SKU:04-17 KK and Butterfly – from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Sterling Ultra Digital Imaging and Toner Matte; SU Old Olive and Groovy Guava; Memory Box Aerial
  • Ink: Ranger Adirondack Snow Cap Pigment, Lettuce and Willow; Tim Holtz Vintage Photo, Dried Marigold, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint
  • Accessories: Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities; Tsukineko Sponge Daubers; Ranger UTEE; Tonic Tim Holtz Distress Tool; SU Groovy Guava Ribbon; Mounting Tape; Brads

Here’s hoping you enjoy the rest of your day!

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