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January 2008

Growing Carrots

Today's Sketch Challenge on Splitcoaststampers has the perfect layout for two brand new images from the Easter collection that I received from Rubbernecker this week.  One is a small bunny image hiding in a patch looking like he would like to steel a carrot and not want to get caught. Hmmm...his ears aren't green.  The other image is the larger bunny holding his big carrot snack and a packet of carrot seeds.  I thought these would be so cute together on a card. I stamped the bunny/carrot garden twice to make it fit all the way across the image layer and painted. I stamped the big bunny, painted and cut it out.  I stamped and cut an extra pair of feet and a nose to cut out and pop up to add dimension.  I used a dab of liquid applique to create the fluffy bunny tail.  I added some grassy sprigs and a little brown garden dirt to create a fun little scene.  What a fun card to make.


Stamps:  Ruberrnecker-EasterCollections

Paper:  Watercolor, Pumpkin, Designer

Ink:  Black Brilliance, Adirondack and Distress Reinkers

Accessories:  Liquid Applique, Watercolor Brushes, Sponges, Dimensionals

Making Yo Yo Yellow Look Good

I'm not sure it is really possible to make yo yo yellow look good but that was our challenge today on Splitcoaststampers.  Color challenges are one of my favorites but sometime we get thrown a curve ball that makes the challenge quite a bit more interesting.  By interesting...I really mean difficult. Lots of times I am thrilled with the combination of colors and happy to have found how well they work together. Today I felt a little dread as yo yo yellow is one of my least favorite colors. Combine yo yo with two different colors of gray...basic gray and going gray and you have a real lulu.  Tonight when I got home I started sifting through my sets trying to figure out what in the world I would do and came across my never been inked kitty cat and mouse washing machine image by Rubbernecker. Gray and gray work great when shading a white washing machine for a card. was a start. I stamped the machine and animals, painted and cut out to pop up in the scene. I finally came up with bright yo yo flowered wallpaper for the laundry room wall and big bright yo yo dots on the ironing board cover. I stamped out the laundry soap and softener and sketched a little shelf around them, painted and cut them out. I stamped the iron, shirts and sentiment, painted, cut and started trying to figure out how to add them to the scene.  I worked a paper clip with a pair of pliers to create the little hanger to hang off the laundry shelf.  I am forever hanging things on door frames, shelves, etc when ironing. I layed the shirt on the ironing board and curled it over the front and back of the board to make it look like it is ready for ironing.  The last little detail was to create a string for the electrical cord for the iron.  Everything is popped up with mounting tape.  As much as I don't really love this combination of colors, I really do love the fun little scene created in this laundry room.  If this were my little Siamese kitten, Chloe would be the one on top of the machine shutting the door on my wonderful big cat, Cassie. Forget the mouse....they don't even try to walk around my wild house.


Stamps:  Rubbernecker-Laundry Days (images and sentiment)

Paper:  Yo Yo Yellow, Basic Gray, White, Watercolor

Ink:  Black Brilliance, Going Gray, Basic Gray, Yo Yo Yellow, Pink, Blue

Accessories:  Mounting Tape, String, Watercolor Brushes, Pliers, Clear EP, Paper Clip, Craft Knife, Round Corner Punch, Artist Pen

Treasure Hunt Tuesday and Mr. Garden Bunny

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This week's Blog Candy links:

Jeanne Streiff

Sherry Cheever

Shelly Kuck

The first clue will be on Shelly's blog. 

The Technique Lover's challenge on Splitcoaststampers today was to make Dahlia Fold ornaments on a card front. This technique is to take paper circles to create a medallion or flower with eight pieces.  I'm not so into making big flower types of cards so I cheated a little bit and made flowers with three sections each instead of one big one.  I have just received the Mr. Garden Bunny image from Rubbernecker's Easter collection and thought he would look darling with his big pot and three big flowers growing in the garden around him.  I stamped the bunny image and painted with Adirondack Dye reinkers. I painted a large piece of watercolor paper with Distress Ink to create the grassy bottom and the flower stems and leaves.  I applied the stems and then attached the three section Dahlia Fold pieces to each to create a flower.  I cut little pieces of the painted green paper to the base of the flower to make them look completed.  I cut the little grass sprigs base and popped it up on mounting tape along the bottom.  I attached the little gingham knot to the main layer and then attached to the card base.  I liked the card but thought it was a little drab so I pulled out my Stickles and put it every where to create a little sparkle.


Stamps:  Rubbernecker- Mr. Garden Bunny and Sentiment -Easter Collection

Paper:  Almost Amethyst, Rose Red, Watercolor, Designer Paper (flowers)

Ink:  Brilliance Black Graphite, Adirondack and Distress Reinkers

Accessories:  Gingham, 3/4" Circle Punch, Stickles, Watercolor Brush, Clear Embossing Powder, Mounting Tape 

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Sunday Playin' Jan 27

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The Featured Stamper on Splitcoaststampers Sunday challenge is StampingPam and she has a fun gallery to pick inspiration from.  I especially like her layouts.  Here is a link to her card that I chose to work from.  I made my card square and my image layer is a little larger but the layout concept is the same.  My colors are different but I used designer paper and a fun critter image as well.  Gift Frog is one of Anna Wight's (SweetMissDaisy) new images and can be found at Whipper Snapper.

I stamped my image with Brilliance Black Graphite and painted with Adirondack reinkers. I sponged the grassy area around the froggy, painted some stems and then filled in grassy and flower texture with my fern stamp.  I cut out an additional stamped image of the package and the flower , painted and popped them up but I don't think it shows in the photo.  I decided to add the fun little "Love" sentiment tag to a flower stem for a touch of whimsy and the gingham bow is just the perfect touch of embellishment.  Of course, gingham is the perfect touch for almost anything...well except elegant stuff.  I rarely do that.  Anna's images are so much fun to play with and the froggy is no exception.


Stamps:  Whipper Snapper Anna Wight-Gift Frog, Love is in the Air SU

Paper:  Rose Red. Watercolor, Memory Box Holiday Collection

Ink:  Black Brilliance, Adirondack Dye Inks and Reinkers

Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Gingham, Glue Dots, Brushes, Sponges


I love creating garden and outdoor scenes and Rubbernecker has these wonderful images to play with. I stamped the images, painted and cut out to pop up over the grassy background. I sketched the little clay pots and the fence along the edge of the grass and added little pink flowers to the greenery to match the wheelbarrow full of potted plants waiting to be planted.  This was lots of cutting work but I enjoyed every minute of it.


Stamps:  Rubbernecker-Garden, SU Watercolor Minis

Paper:  Regal Rose, Celery, Watercolor

Ink:  Brilliant Black Graphite, Adirondack Dye Reinkers and Distress Reinkers

Accessories:  Watercolor Brushes, Sponges, Artist Pen, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Inspired Bouquet

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The Inspiration Challenge today on Splitcoaststampers had an art print for our inspiration piece.

It's fairly modern piece but I was inspired to go more with an old fashioned floral bouquet.  I used some similar colors but added a soft pink and used more olive rather than the moss green.  I chose to work with a 1997 retired Stampin' Up! set-Wildflowers and a hostess set called Garden Silhouettes to create my piece.  I inked up my images and sprayed them with a little water before stamping on the paper.  This gave a softer feel to the images.  I for the pink and green stem I stamped the whole image in pretty in pink and then used an olive marker to fill in the stem areas and covering the pink.  Some of the flowers got a little too runny so I used the fine tip of the pink marker to add some definition back to the stems and drew in little bits of olive stems between the tiny buds.  I after stamping the large plum and saffron flowers I used a watercolor brush dipped in reinker to add color and depth to the images and to fill over the green leaves and stems in the back.  When completely painted I sponged on saffron around the whole bouquet to add light.  After attaching my ribbon and attaching the image layers to the base I added a little bit of stickles to add a little sparkle to the flowers and stems. I love floral designing with live flowers and this was fun to do on watercolor paper.


Stamps:  Garden Silhouettes, Wildflowers

Paper:  Perfect Plum, Saffron, Watercolor

Ink:  Perfect Plum, Olive, Pretty in Pink, Saffron

Accessories:  Watercolor Brushes, Sponges, Markers, Stiuckles, Grosgrain