Good Wednesday morning!  Smiley from It’s my turn this week to host the Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge.  My challenge is to make a card that is any shape other than 4.25×5.5 and it must include snowflakes.  I think I scared some of the Design Team Members, some of them were complaining yesterday of losing their mojo . . .  Oh please! Smiley from

For my card, I made an ornament.  I was actually inspired by the vintage ornaments that I have on a wreath and on a smaller tree.  Most of them belonged to my grandparents and then some came from my mother.  They are my most prized Christmas decorations.  I’ll get a picture in a few days and show you!

I cut and embossed the largest of the Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circle Nestabilities to make the card base.  Then cut and embossed BasicGrey Wassail paper with the largest Spellbinders Classic Circle Nestabilities for the pattern on the ornament.

RNB13 Snowflake Ornament Card

Of course, I said the card must include snowflakes, and I could help but pull out my Spellbinders Snowflake Wonder Shapeabilities.  I’m hooked on these snowflakes . . . yes, hooked!  I inked the different snowflakes, covered them with Glossy Accents and then sprinkled on Diamond Dust and Crystal glitter.

For the top hanger of the ornament, I cut and embossed some scrap white cardstock with the Spellbinders Long Classic Rectangles.  I covered part of the paper with gold acrylic paint, sponged on some Vintage Photo ink, and then went back over with copper acrylic paint to create a more vintage look.  On the inside of the card is a white circle to write a personal note on.  Too darn clever if you ask me . . . I have a card and it can then hang on the tree as an ornament!

  • Stamps: Happy Holidays Sentiment from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; BasicGrey Wassail; SU Always Artichoke
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Coffee, and Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Peeled Paint and Aged Mahogany Distress
  • Accessories: Spellbinders Classic Circles and Long Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, and Round Top Tag and Snowflake Wonder Shapeabilities; Ranger Glossy Accents, Gold and Copper Acrylic Paint Dabbers; Venture Foam Tape; Making Memories Wire; Vintage Glass Diamond Dust Glitter and Crystal Glitter; Ribbon; Brad; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber

May your day today be filled with great adventures!

Animation from millan.netGood morning! I have to admit, that yesterday I hung it all up. I went down to the studio to work on a card and was working on a fabulous image panel. All of a sudden the phone kept ringing, the pups were running in and out, and after about an hour . . . I decided that I was getting no where. So, with no hesitation, I shoved everything to the side and turned off the lights. Which was a good thing, because Mallory rolled into the driveway not 20 minutes later. I spent the rest of the afternoon chatting with her and working on her computer.

Now I knew that I had to make a card for today since I fudged yesterday. After a dinner of pizza delivery, I headed back down to the studio once again. This time there were no interruptions and by golly . . . I finished a card!

Today’s Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge is hosted by Broni. She has challenged all of us to make a card about food. I think she put it . . . since we are going to be thinking about food chowing down on a big feast, why not? It may not have been that exactly, but the idea is close. We hope you find time this holiday weekend to play along with us. Make sure you check the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog for her exact challenge and don’t hold me to anything written here.

I thought about making a card with a chicken looking for Tommy Turkey in the barnyard (and I still may), but I decided to put the focus on the main course instead.

Tommy Turkey RN

I seem to be having problems with layouts these days, and decided to go with one of my favorites to use. I love to stitch on my cards, and this layout just screams for it. The turkey was colored with Copic Markers and then cut with Circle Nestabilities. I knew that I was going to use my favorite brown ribbon and all of a sudden it hit me to tie the ribbon with a button. I went digging through my aunt’s button collection, and found one that looked better than all the rest I had. Once I had the ribbon tied through the button holes, it wanted to hang down a little, so I added some Ranger Glossy Accents to the back of the button to make it hold in place. Worked like a charm!

Have a great day! Smiley from

Good afternoon!  It’s taken me all morning to get into the studio, but when I did . . . the card came together with no problems.  I wanted to take part in today’s Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge and then decided that I could combine with the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge as well.

For this week’s Blogger Challenge, Broni has given us a wonderful inspiration piece that you can see on the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog.  I did turn the SCS Sketch so that both challenges would work together.


I started with a manilla shipping tag and colored the tag using Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  The main image was stamped and embossed with Clear EP.  For the background, I then sprayed the tag with Stream, Butterscotch and Red Pepper Color Wash.  To remove the embossing I placed a sheet of printer paper over the tag and then iron off the embossing.  The tag was cut down in size, distressed and then the rest of the stamping was completed.

Have a great day and be creative!

Smiley from Good Tuesday morning!  I hope you made it to the polls yesterday.  I did!  Luckily there wasn’t a line when I got there and walked right in.  I really think I spent more time talking to all my neighbors that it took to vote.  As much as this “never-ending” campaign has caught my attention – like none other – I’m so glad that it’s over.  I don’t think I could have watched one more negative campaign commercial.

Today is another Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge, and Bev has given us a good one!  Today’s challenge is to make a card using more than one fold.  You can find all the information for participation on the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog.

There were two things on my mind when I made my card for today’s challenge.  I wanted a tri-fold card based on a sketch that we have had as the challenge before, and I wanted it to be a birthday card.  It seems I never have enough birthday cards on hand, and I have a few coming up that I will need a card for.  This card in particular is for my mother-in-law.

Dragonfly trifold

I started with a 5-1/2×11 sheet of white cardstock which was scored at 3″ and 6″, to make my front folds.  To add color to both the front and inside of the card, I swiped Dusty Concord, Spiced Marmalade and Broken China on my Ranger Craft Sheet and then misted the ink with water until beads formed on the craft sheet.  By lying the paper in the ink/water mixture, and ironing to dry in between applying layers of ink, I colored the cardstock.  Once I had the layers of color I wanted, I misted the paper with Broken China/Gold Pearlized-Distress Mist.  The dragonfly and sentiment were stamped in Distress Embossing Ink and then embossed with Ranger Queen’s Gold EP.

So that I would have a panel on the inside to write a personal message, I trimmed down a piece of white cardstock and then embossed another dragonfly.

Dragonfly trifold inside

The ribbon is wrapped around the card and attached under the sentiment panel.  That way, I could tie a bow to hold the card together.

  • Stamps: KK Originals Dragonflies & Butterflies Collection:  Dragonfly Bubbles SKU:54-09 KK, and Stamp Oasis Sentiment Collection:  Birthday Wishes text SKU:1256 SO from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Ink: Ranger Broken China, Dusty Concord, Spiced Marmalade and Embossing Distress
  • Accessories: Ranger Craft Sheet, Mini Mister, Gold Perfect Pearls, Queen’s Gold EP and Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool; Clover Craft Iron; Score-Pal; Heat Gun; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Ribbon

Have a great day today and above all else . . . be creative!

Hey, Smiley from  I hope you had a great day yesterday!  I was just a bit lazy . . . lying on the couch, napping, lying on the couch, napping, blah blah blah.  I sure as hell didn’t get much done, but oh what a great day!

Today is another Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge.  Tami gave us an excellent sketch, which you can check out on the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog.  I hope that you join us and play along this week!

I used a new stamp on my card today.  I actually didn’t have this one, BUT while I was at Bev’s it was lying on the table with a few stamped images.  I started to take the stamped images, but the stamp actually made it into my bag instead.  Anyhoo, I wanted to follow the sketch (since it’s such a great one), and left my second panel plain.  I’m not sure about this and almost put a grunge flourish on it before I took the pic.  I wasn’t too sure about that either, and decided to continue to look at the card for a few days.  I’ll make up my mind later on if I should add something or not.


The image panel started as white paper and then color was added by swiping the ink pads on my craft sheet, misting with water and adding layers of color, ironing in between the layers.  The edges of the image panel were distressed using scissors.  I tell you this so that you can see the difference between the results of the scissors and that of the distressing tool.  The panel behind the image was distressed with the tool.  Big difference!  When I want a more aged distressed look, I go for the scissors!  The images were colored with distress reinkers and a paint brush.  I decided to use up some of the letters in my mini Grunge collection for the sentiment.  They were first covered with Distress Crackle Paint, leaving space in between the paint.  When the letters dried, I went back over them with distress ink.  The sentiment is adhered to a Spellbinders die cut with glossy accents.  Fun card to work on!!!

  • Stamps:  Stamp Oasis Holiday Collection:  Pine Cone Montage from Rubbernecker Stamp Company
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, BasicGrey Figgy; SU Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze
  • Ink: Ranger Broken China, Vintage Photo Brushed Corduroy and Pine Needles Distress; and Archival Jet Black
  • Accessories: Clover Craft Iron; Sewing Machine; Ranger Craft Sheet, Peeled Paint Distress Crackle Paint, Ink Blending Tool, Mini Mister, Glossy Accents; Tonic Tim Holtz Scissors and Distress Tool; Tim Holtz idea-ology Mini Grunge Board; Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ribbon Tags Trio; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Brads; Cotton Twill; Venture Foam Mounting Tape

Have a great day and I look forward to seeing what you do with this sketch!

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