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December 2007

November 2007

Merry & Bright and Pine

The Limited Supply Challenge today on SCS is to use small images 1 1/2" or less as our focal point for the card.  I chose to make a couple quick cards as I love trying to use smaller images.  I'm really supposed to be decorating the house for Christmas Frown but think I will start first thing in the morning. 

My first card is made with Merry & Bright out of the SU Holiday Mini.  It is the cutest little set.  I created a scene with a couple stamped trees and the snowman.  I stamped with Stazon and painted with re inkers.  I sponged the sky in and then applied snow with white craft ink  using the snowflake image from Happy Winter and embossed with white embossing powder.  I painted white craft ink on the ground and embossed again. I used a touch of Liquid Applique for the hat and heated. I used my finger to lightly dab Diamond Glaze on the scene and lightly applied little Dazzling Diamond for sparkle.


Stamps:  Merry & Bright, Happy Winter

Paper:  Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Watercolor

Ink:  Stazon, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Wasabi, White Craft

Accessories, Dazzling Diamond, Diamond Glaze, Grosgrain, Nestabilities

My second card is a simple card using two of my new Denami Design images. I used an individual pine cone and pine sprig and Olive and Chocolate Chip craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I stamped one sprig on scrap paper and cut out to pop over the pine cone. I sponged a little banana around the image to make it pop a little. I like the simple, old fashioned look of this card....but my husband told me it had no wow factor!!!  Thumbs Down ......but I decided to upload it anyway.


Stamps:  Denami Design

Paper:  Red, Olive, Watercolor

Ink: Craft Chocolate Chip and Olive, Banana

Accessories:  Gingham, Clear Embossing Powder, Nestabilities

Silver Bells

The challenge on SCS today was to use metallic card stock.  I have a new stamp by Rubbernecker that is a wonderful and traditional set of bells with a wonderful bow and holly surrounding. I knew the bells would look great being embossed on silver card stock with silver embossing powder.  I stamped the image on silver with versa and embossed and stamped a couple of times on watercolor paper with gray Stazon. One was for my main layer to build my pieces on.  The second was painted with re inkers and cut out to pop up over the main image. I painted the main image borders all the way around the so they would show well under the popped up layers. I sponged around the main image with Distress Scattered Straw before I cut out the bells and started pieces together to create a 3D effect.  I put a touch of Diamond Glaze on areas of the holly and berries and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamond but it doesn't show well.  I had this lovely silver trimmed white satin ribbon that I wanted to use but it was too white to go well with the Scattered Straw shading.  I sponged Scattered Straw on a length of the ribbon to make it match and attached.  I love the look of this card.  It is so old fashioned.  It reminds me so much of the kind of cards my parents used to get when I was a kid. Thanks for looking.


Stamps:  Rubbernecker

Paper:  Red, Olive, Watercolor, Metallic Silver

Ink:  Gray Stazon, Adirondack Re Inkers and Pads, Distress Ink-Scattered Straw, Versa

Accessories:  Satin Ribbon, Silver Embossing Powder, Corner Punch

Stockings and Mittens

I have had a fun evening playing with Rubbernecker holiday images. I used a fun Kitten in a stocking image to create a large card with a big tag and a winter mitten for today's sketch challenge card. Both of these images are so fun and whimsical to me. The techniques for both are pretty self explanatory.  I stamped the images on watercolor paper with Brilliance Black and watercolored with Adirondack re inkers and a watercolor brush. I hope you enjoy them.


Stamps:  Rubbernecker Holiday Images

Paper:  Red, Green, Watercolor

Ink: Brilliance, Adirondack Re Inkers and Pads

Accessories:  Buttons, Linen Thread, Gingham, Tag, Liquid Pearls, White Gelly Roll Pen


Stamps:  Rubbernecker Holiday Images

Paper:  Basic Gray-Figgy, Green, Cranberry

Ink:  Brilliance, Adirondack Re Inkers and Pads, Ranger Distress Ink

Accessories:  Deckle Scissors, Grosgrain,

Bow Wow Holiday

Tuesday is color challenge day on SCS and today we had a great combination to play with.  Bashful Blue, Celery and Basic Gray.  I thought of my brand new dog and dog house images from Rubbernecker Stamp Company and decided to go for a doggy holiday scene.  I stamped my dog image and masked so I could stamp the dog house and trees around him.  I painted the house and dog images with re inkers and the trees in celery.  I used my artist pen to draw little lights around the opening of the dog house, painted with re inkers and then sponged over each with a dauber filled with banana.  It isn't my finest sketching moment but I still like the look of the festive brightness. I took a dry brush and filled in the trees by brushing directly over the ink pad and then using a stippling motion on the trees.  It is just a soft touch to fill in the tree for texture.  I used a sponge to add bashful blue to the sky area. I painted on white craft ink with a small brush to create the snow and the icicles on the dog house and then embossed with white embossing powder.  I used a sponge dauber to apply white craft ink for the snow on the ground area and also for the falling snow and embossed again with white embossing powder.  I added Diamond Glaze and Dazzling Diamond to the lights for sparkle and a little glitter glue on the doggy mustache, tail and feet.  I loved the little oval tag using the sentiment "Joy" as this dog is so happy looking and playful.  This was a fun challenge and I loved having the opportunity to use my new stamps.


Stamps: Rubbernecker Holiday Collection, Animals

Paper:  Blue, Watercolor

Ink:  Black Brilliance, Re inkers-Celery, Gray, Blue, White Craft

Accessories:  Oval Punches, Dazzling Diamond, Diamond Glaze, Glitter Glue, Grosgrain, Sponges, Daubers, Watercolor Brushes

Rubbernecker Stamps Grand Opening

Rubbernecker Stamp Company  has just opened their website and is ready for business.  This is especially exciting as Jeanne and Sherry have invited me to be on their Design Team. Look who I get to rub elbows with.  WooHoo!!! I'm walking in the tall grass with the big dogs today! This is a very talented group of designers and just the sweetest people to boot.

Here are few cards that I have had stashed waiting for the grand opening.  I hope you enjoy them.  I certainly have had fun creating them and tapping my fingers.....tap..tap...tap waiting to be able to upload them for you to see.


This card was a lot of work but I had the best time creating it.  You can not see it well in the photo but this card is covered with glitter.  Each and every little piece of candy, the tree, the house, the peppermints and lolly pops all are a glitter and sparkle.  I stamped the gingerbread house image, which includes the peppermints and lollipops, with Black Brilliance on watercolor paper. I stamped the tree and all the little candy pieces on scrap paper so I could paint and cut out.  I painted all the images with re inkers and a watercolor brush, sponged on blue for the sky and then started adding white frosting to the house by painting white craft ink with a small brush.  I covered the tree and lollipop with white craft ink as well and heat embossed all with white embossing power.  I painted all the small candy pieces and dabbed on Diamond Glaze and sprinkled with glitter.  I cut all the pieces out and to add the scene.  I created a frame with my coluzzle and added falling snowflakes around it with craft ink and white embossing powder. I added the Diamond Glaze and glitter to the frame and then popped it up over the main image.  I popped up the tree and then added all the little candies along the bottom. I had more glitter on me than I did the card when I was finished but it was so much fun.  I felt like a kid as I just kept adding glitter.  It was definitely a "more is better" thing.

Stamps: Rubbernecker

Paper: Cranberry, Green, Watercolor

Ink:  Black Brilliance, White Craft, Ranger Adirondack Re inkers

Accessories:  Diamond Glaze, Glitter, White Embossing Powder, Mounting Tape, Brushes, Sponges


This card is one of my favorites.  I love the tree and the Santa and couldn't help putting them together to create this darling little scene.  The Santa was stamped with Black Brilliance and then masked to stamp the tree.  I painted the images with Adirondack re inkers and sponged with Ranger Scattered Straw Distress ink.  I used a gold pen to apply gold trim to the tree, sentiment and also for a background on the green layer.  I lightly applied Liquid Applique and smoothed out with an applicator to create a fairly smooth finish for heating.  It popped up beautifully and even and I didn't have any of the dreaded blobby bubbles.  The trick to applying Liquid Applique is to not use too much, apply it very evenly and thin to create a softer look. I applied a little Diamond Glaze and glitter for sparkle. I attached a little tiny gold bow to the tree top and a larger bow at Santa's feet for embellishment.  I love the rich look of these colors together with the gold.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker

Paper:  Cranberry, Green, Watercolor

Ink:  Black Brilliance, Ranger Adirondack Re Inkers and Distress Inks.

Accessories:  Gold Pen, Gold Ribbon, Diamond Glaze, Glitter, Gold Ribbon, Brads