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February 2008

One Flower Stamp

The Limited Supply Challenge on Splitcoaststampers today is to use one flower stamp, no designer paper, no Cuttlebug, no background images, and we were allowed to use embellishments.  I picked a small flower from Watercolor Minis to use.  I wanted to create a garden fence and pop tulips up in front of the wall.  I painted cardstock with Distress Crackle Paint-Weathered Wood and allowed it to start to dry.  While it was still wet I ran my paper piercer across the paper several times to create wood planks lines for the fence.  I stamped the flower several times with craft ink and embossed it with clear powder.  I cut the flowers out to pop up in front of the fence.  I sponged olive craft ink on a strip of watercolor paper and embossed it with clear embossing powder and heated.  I hand cut flower stems and leaves and also the base ground area for the scene. After the paint dried I sponged it with Frayed Burlap Distress ink and filled in the wood plank lines.  I attached the stems, flowers and leaves and then attached the grass layer in front of them.  I punched the fence topper out and then painted with Distress Old Paint crackle paint.  The gingham seemed like the perfect little embellishment for the country fence and flower card.  This was a fun challenge card to make.

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Stamps:  Watercolor Minis Flower

Paper:  Ruby Red, Watercolor

Ink: Craft Ruby, Coral and Olive, Ranger Distress Frayed Burlap

Accessories:  Ranger Distress Crackle Paint-Weathered Wood, Old Paper, Paper Snips, Clear Embossing Powder, Sponge, Xyron, Paper Punch


Crackle and Old Paper

This card is for the Ways to Use It challenge today on Splitcoaststampers.  We were to make a card with some type of music theme.  It could have been a card with a song title or something that actually reflected music in some way.  I have had this Music Background from Rubbernecker for quite a while and this was my perfect opportunity to use it.  I also have some Ranger Distress Crackle Paint and thought I would that as well. I painted out a large area of Old Paper crackle paint on a piece of cardstock and let it begin to dry.  I helped it along a little with my heat gun, too! I stamped the music image on the crackle layer with Brilliance Black Graphite and heated to dry.  I used Brushed Corduroy Distress ink with a sponge to add depth to the old looking paper layer.  I distressed the paper and ran the edges across a versa pad and embossed with gold embossing powder.  It looked too new so I used a gold Copic Marker to go over the gold and to let the alcohol distress the embossing powder and to create and aged gold look. I repeated the same technique on the chocolate layer.  I painted another little piece of cardstock with the Old Paper crackle paint to create my little hand painted rose bouquet.  I didn't know if I could paint on the crackle but it was worth a try.  I used an artist pen and brush and reinkers to create the flowers. I sponged over that with a Brushed Corduroy to make it aged and to match the music layer.  I used another portion of the crackle paper to create the dry embossed layer under the main image.  I added a little versa and gold embossing powder to the little flower bouquet after I cut the layers with my Nestabilities. I went over all the gold embossing again with the Copic marker to create an aged gold look.  I even used the Copic on the metallic ribbon to tone it down.  I embossed brads with gold and aged them with the Copic as well.  Alcohol ink does a job on embossing powder.  I really love the look of this card although it is way out of my normal comfort zone.  I'm sorry I am not adding a picture of all my accessories tonight as it is too late and I didn't have the time to set up the picture..

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Stamps: Rubbernecker-Music Background Stamp Oasis Graphics

Paper:  Red, Natural Vanilla, Chocolate

Ink:  Black Brilliance, Distress Ink and Reinkers

Accessories:  Ranger Distress Crackle Paints, Versa, Gold Embossing Powder, Copic Markers, Watercolor Brushes, Artist Pen, Brads, Cuttlebug, Metallic Ribbon


Challenges Combined

I came home early today feeling badly and slept for a long time. I woke up feeling no better but decided maybe stamping therapy might help.  I combined yesterday's Splitcoaststampers color challenge using River Rock, Black and White with today's sketch challenge. I never really think of black and white as a color for some reason.  To me they are both basic necessities in art but not really color.  Color is soft or bright, vibrant or muted or warm or cool. Although I love the color of River Rock I feel it almost falls into the same category as black and white. It is bland and very neutral.  I sketched out my trees and fence with an artist pen and sort of groaned in my head that I was going to paint these wood images with black. Black tree bark.  Black fence rails and posts.  It just didn't feel right to me...but hey....it's a challenge. As I started laying down River Rock around my sketched trees and fence I felt something come alive in the scene. As neutral as it is it created a soft backdrop for the the harshness of the black images.  After sponging River Rock on the ground and leaf areas of the trees I used my fern stamp to add texture. Hmmmmm......!  I wonder what the scene would look like if I added black fern texture to the leaves and ground as well? The whole scene seemed to come more to life with the black.  The contrast of the River Rock and the black against the crisp white cardstock was striking to me. I wanted to carry my scene from layer to layer and I felt the energy flowing from one to the other.  I didn't know what to do to add the embellishment section for the sketch challenge.  I kept looking at the two layers and finally came up with the idea to sketch out a simple branch of leaves.  It is a simple embellishment but I love the addition. My head doesn't feel any better but my creative soul has been fed and that is what I am always striving for.

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Stamps: Watercolor Minis Fern

Paper:  River Rock, Black, White

Ink: Adirondack Black Dye Ink and Reinker, River Rock Ink and Reinker

Accessories:  Black, Dark Gray and Light Gray Artist Pens, Watercolor Brush, Sponge Dauber, Grosgrain


Storms and Rubbernecker Bucks Winner

I had just sat down and started my project for the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge last night and the power went out.  Ugh!  I hate that.  We were having a big storm and in my neighborhood that can spell trouble.  I live in an area with tons of 100 + year old oak trees.  While they are majestic, create wonderful shade and an "old south setting" they are a horrible hazard.  The aged limbs snap like twigs in heavy winds and are so very dangerous.  I feel very fortunate that we have no damage at our house.  My neighbor was not so fortunate as part of his huge oak feel on both of his cars. Needless to say there was no painting or stamping going on at my house last night as the power wasn't restored until around 10:30.

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I am excited to announce that Kate is the winner of my Rubbernecker Bucks blog candy.  Kate, please contact me and I will tell you how to claim your prize.

Check out my Stamps and Accessories Sale on the top right of my blog page.  There are still lots of goodies available.


Treasure Hunt Tuesday and Stripes, Flowers and Laundry

Ahoy ye mateys!  Rubbernecker Home Page.

It’s TREASURE HUNT TUESDAY @ RUBBERNECKER. The Treasure if you find it, will be a free image. However, to receive the Treasure a purchase of any size is required, and your treasure must be claimed between 5:00 am PST until 9:00 pm PST today (8:00 am EST - 12:00 am EST). Not only is today Treasure Hunt Day, but for every $50 in stamps purchased, you will receive one FREE stamp. Frances will have the first clue to the treasure.

While you are on the Rubbernecker Homepage make sure and read about the Rubber Bucks Monthly Drawing AND the FREE stamp offer:

*** Each month you can qualify to win $100 coupon good for Rubbernecker or Stamp Oasis stamps! For every $20 you spend, your name is entered once into a drawing.

*** For every $50 you spend on Rubbernecker, Stamp Oasis or KK Originals stamps, you get to choose a FREE stamp!

Blog Candy!!!!!!!!!!!!  Who wants some?  I am giving away blog candy today.  Leave a comment telling me what you would like to use your $10 Rubbernecker Bucks for.

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For other chances to win blog candy go check out Frances', Tosh's, and Broni's blogs and leave comments to be entered for their random drawings.

Rubbernecker Stamp Show Demonstrators Needed 

Product demonstrators are needed for some of the shows to work with Dave and the Rubbernecker Team. If this is something you’d be interested in please check –>HERE

Sherry Cheever has set up a page for Rubbernecker Show Dates. All show locations, dates and demonstrators that may be needed are listed on that page.

Please check often, new dates will be added and updates on demonstrators will be made there. Please email Sherry if interested. She’ll be keeping track of which shows need demonstrators.

Stripes, Flowers and Laundry

The Technique Lovers Challenge on Splitcoaststampers today was to mix things all up.  Remember when it was not a cool thing to use stripes, polka-dots or flowers together.  Those things needed to be used with solid colors for home decorating or clothing.  Today's challenge was to use designer papers or to create patterns with stripes, flowers, etc and use them together on the same card.  I had fun with mine. I used coordinating striped and floral paper and created a fun scene with the Rubbernecker Laundry Days collection. I stamped all the images, colored and cut them out. I wanted to create a simple little scene but allow the designs of the paper to be part of the scene. There really isn't much to tell except that I placed everything around to look a cute as possible.  I did do a little paper piecing on the ironing board with one more little piece of coordinating paper.  Other than that it was just color, cutout and pop on to the card. I love the doggy with the underwear but my true favorite is the cat in the clothes basket.  I have two cats and there is nothing they like better than to hop in a basket full of warm clothes right out of the dryer. It's so cute.

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Don't forget to check out my Stamping Sale on the top right of my blog page. There's still lots of stuff!!!!!

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Stamps:  Rubbernecker - Laundry Days Collection

Paper:  Blush Blossom and Designer Paper, Watercolor

Ink:  Brilliance Black, Ranger Distress Inks and Reinkers-Frayered Burlap, Scattered Straw, Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo

Accessories:  Grosgrain, Deckle Scissors, Snips, Watercolor Brush