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April 2008

Another Long Card

The Sketch Challenge on SCS today was to make a long card with a bit of a twist. To fold back a portion of the top layer to show the inside of the card and to add an oval layer.  Fun challenge.  I decided to use a flower image from Rubbernecker Stamp Company KK Originals.  I stamped the image with Brilliance Black and watercolored with a brush and reinkers.  I added a touch of craft chocolate chip to the flower center, craft olive to the leaves and versa to the flower petals and embossed with clear embossing.  The embossing added so much to the images but I don't think they show in the photo. This card is very straight forward and doesn't require much explanation. My favorite thing about it is the soft eyelet scalloped trim that I created with my decorative scissors and a needle.  I love the contrast with the dark chocolate brown and the white, crisp cardstock.  The scalloped mustard layer under the image and the mustard ribbon is just the perfect touch. 


Stamps:  Rubbernecker Stamp Company KK Originals Flower

Paper:  Chocolate Chip, White, Mustard, Watercolor

Ink:  Brilliance Black Graphite, Distress Peeled Paint, Adirondack Lemonade and Butterscotch

Accessories:  Decorative Scissors, Nestabilities, Needle, Watercolor Brushes, Grosgrain

More Fun In The Sun

The Color Challenge today on SCS is to use Basic Black, Pomegranate and Soft Sky.  I had to give this one quite a bit of thought.  I finally decided to play with more Beach Party images from Rubbernecker Stamp Company. I have looked at these huge sunglasses for a while and wondered how I could use them. I thought they would be fun exaggerated in front of an ocean scene.  I thought the umbrella would add another fun dimension to the scene and that the sentiment needed to be stamped directly onto the sky area.  I thought a layered sentiment with these big images would be over powering.

I stamped the sunglasses and umbrella with black craft ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I watercolored the images with a brush and reinkers.  I stamped an extra pair of flowers to pop up for a little more fun dimension.  I sponged on the sand, ocean and sky with a large sponge dauber using caramel and soft sky.  I used the small sand dune image to add a little texture and markers to create the little sea oats. I popped the umbrella up with mounting tape and then applied the sunglasses with glue dots that were rolled up just a little to pop. These are not my favorite colors together but the card turned out much cuter than I expected.


Stamps:  Rubbernecker Beach Party Collection-Sunglasses, Umbrella, Sand Dune, Sentiment

Paper:  Black, White, Soft Sky

Ink:  Black Craft, Pomegranate, Soft Sky, Caramel, Yellow

Accessories:  Black and Clear Embossing Powder, Markers, Sponge Daubers, Mounting Tape, Glue Dots

Treasure Hunt Tuesday and Two Way Open Card

  It’s Treasure Hunt Tuesday at Rubbernecker today from 4:00AM PST - 9:00 PM PST. You’ll need to follow the clues to find the treasure. You can find the first clue to the Treasure Hunt on the Rubbernecker Home Page Treasure Hunt Blog Candy is being offered by Candy and Shelly. Treasure Chest  If this is your first visit on a Treasure Hunt Tuesday, you can find all the details on the Rubbernecker Home Page

Two Way Open Card

The Technique Lovers Challenge on SCS Monday was to create a card that opens two ways. I hate to admit that I was definitely challenged with this project.  I don't seem to follow instructions too well.  I finally got it complete.  My favorite part was putting the little beach scene inside. Here is a link to the main challenge post that also has complete instructions on how to create this style of card.


I used two different Teresa Collins designer papers from the Boardwalk collection as the main focus for my card.  You can find this lovely paper on Rubbernecker Stamp Company under Teresa Collins Designs. I put a little circle and eyelet on the front to use to secure the front close with a little string.


When the first flap opens you see the paper design carried over on the inside and I used the palm tree design from the Boardwalk collection as the main focal point.  Believe it or not I actually got the designer paper  to line up perfectly  on the flap and the base.  I'm usually not quite that coordinated.


I love the little surprise beach scene inside.  I chose to create a fence line on the beach with the ocean in the distance. These images are from the Beach Party Collection on Rubbernecker. The fence image has a few sprigs of sea oates that I enhanced with an olive artist pen to create a soft look to the scene. I used the smaller sand dune image to create the sand texture.  After I stamped and painted the fence and sponged in the sand area, I used a post-it to mask off the sky area so I could sponge on the blue of the ocean creating a perfectly straight line. I removed the post-it and added the same blue for the sky by sponging over a little home made scalloped cloud template.  I added touches of yellow to the sky to show the sun shining through the clouds.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Beach Party Collection

Paper:  Teresa Collins Boardwalk Designer Paper, Pumpkin Pie, White

Ink:  Distress Corduroy, Tea Dye, SU Soft Sky, Adirondack Lemonade

Accessories:  Nestabilites, Sponge, Daubers, Blender Pen, Artist Pens, String, Grosgrain

Distressed Daisies

I made this for the Featured Stamper challenge on SCS today and for the Rubbernecker Blogger challenge, RB07 to use cream and brown.  Our featured artist is Michelle, aka Sf9erfan. I was inspired by a floral card that Michelle did and I jumped off into a totally different direction but kept the floral theme. I wanted to stamp my flower images over a layer of Distress Crackle Paint.  I ran my paper through my Cuttlebug with the Textile folder and then painted a light layer of Vintage Photo crackle paint over the embossing.  I created an Antique Linen crackle layer, dried and stamped my daisies from the KK Originals Flowers Collection on Rubbernecker Stamp Company with chocolate chip craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I cut the flowers out and colored the flower centers and some leaves with a dark brown Copic marker.  I am almost in shock that I actually used my sewing Janome sewing machine on this card.  I mean...I only got it for Christmas 06 and this is my first time to thread and use it.  I ran seams along the grosgrain and around the main layer.  I added a little hardware and attached a piece of the grosgrain to it.  I heat the ribbon with my heat gun to age it a little. This is not my normal kind of card but I surely enjoyed stepping out of my scene box to make it.


If you would like to play in this Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge please remember to post a link to your gallery or blog upload on Jeanne S blog so you can be entered into the monthly drawing for $25.  Also, remember to use RBC07 in the keywords of your SCS gallery upload so your card can be seen in this challenge gallery  You can check out the other design team challenge entries by clicking on their names below.

Jeanne, Candy, Shelly, and Broni

Stamps:  Rubbernecker KK Originals Flowers Collection

Paper:  Naturals Vanilla

Ink:  Chocolate Craft Ink, Distress Vintage Photo

Accessories:  Distress Crackle Antigue Linen and Vintage Photo, Copic Marker, Grosgrain, Sewing Machine, Hardware, Cuttlebug, Distressing Tool

Safari Adventure

The Inspiration Challenge today on SCS is really fun. We were given a picture of a party in a box themed on a Safari Party Adventure.

I was instantly inspired to use the darling images from the Baby Collection found on Rubbernecker Stamp Company. All three of the babies are referred to in the collection as stuffed-Stuffed Elephant, Stuffed Lion and Stuffed Giraffe.  But don't you think they make perfect animals for a jungle scene as well?  I sure do.  They are so darn cute.


I used several foliage stamps from KK Originals Flowers Collection on Rubbernecker to create a jungle scene around the animals. I did lots of masking and cutting of extra foliage to pop up over the scene.  I have had several people tell me they are intimidated by trying masking and layering so I thought I would add a few steps below to show how easy it really is to accomplish a dimensional scene that makes your images come to life.


I stamped the lion image with Brilliance black and masked so I could stamp the elephant and giraffe on either side of him. You always want to create your mask with a thin paper like post-it or regular printer paper.  Cardstock is too think and will not allow your images to stamp cleanly around the mask. Once you cut your masks just keep them with your stamps so you can use them over and over again. I use Tombo Mono Removable Adhesive on the back of my masks to hold them firmly in place.


Once I had all three of the animals stamped I placed their individual masks over each of them and started stamping foliage all around them. Some we full inked images and some had to be painted. I watercolored all three of the animals with reinker and a brush as well a painting the open foliage.


I stamped many individual leaf images to cut out and pop up over and behind the animals. I also stamped an extra lion mane and head and elephant head and trunk to pop up in the scene The final foliage layer was stamped on a solid piece of cardstock the full length of the scene, painted and cut out along the top to define the foliage. This allowed all the base of all the foliage pieces to be covered and to add more dimension.

One thing that I thought would add to the scene was to clear emboss lots of the foliage to make it shiny like it would be out in the wild. I squished each individual leaf directly into the Versa pad and then covered with clear embossing powder and heated. I used a Versa marker to do a few of the leaves that were stamped directly on the main image layer and embossed them as well. I sponged the sky area around all the base foliage with Adirondack Butterscotch to match the lion and giraffe and to make the scene pop.

I completed my card by adding foliage images as a background for both the olive and mustard cardstock. I added Papertrey twill to the base of the card for my final finishing touch. I am in love with this scene....even if I do have to say so myself.


Stamps:  Rubbernecker Stamp Company  KK Original Flowers, Rubbernecker Baby Collection Stuffed Elephant, Giraffe and Lion

Paper:  Papertrey Summer Sunrise, SU Olive, SU Watercolor

Ink:  Brilliance Grahpinte Black, Adirondack Butterscotch, Mushroom and Caramel, Distress Peeled Paint

Accessories:  Versa, Clear Embossing Powder, Glue Dots, Mounting Tape, Snips, Twill, Watercolor Brushes, Paper Piercer (to apply glue dots), Sponge Dauber, Image Masks