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June 2008

Stampfest Orlando and Kittie Kit "Cause a Scene" What a thrill for Me!

Our Rubbernecker gang had a great first day working the Stampfest. We had so much fun meeting so many of our friends and sharing hugs. Sherry, Jeanne, Broni, Pat (Mrs. Rubbernecker) and I demonstrated all day and were met with so much stamping interest and enthusiasm.  What a kick. We go back for day two today and although my feet are tired I am really looking forward to it.


The Gang


My husband came down to the show and took photos before it got too crowded.  I wish he had gotten a picture of our whole gang but I think Sherry will have some of those to share.  Candy (cwilliams) came down a little after the show opened and spent the day with us as well.



Kittie 1


Needless to say, this was a thrilling day for me.  I got to stand and demonstrate my new Kittie Kit "Cause a Scene" stamp sets.  I was so excited I could hardly stand myself. 





Working the Show 2


Jeanne, Broni and Sherry were laughing at me Friday night as I kept worrying about what I needed to take with me to "do my thing" at the show. "Do I need to take anything other than my brushes?" "Does Dave have scrap paper for me to put under my watercolor paper?" "Should I take my own acrylic blocks with me?" Finally, as I saw their eyes rolling to the back of their heads I decided I need to give it up and go to bed.




 

We all demo'd and tried to spell each other for little breaks but there were not  many breaks to be had. Jeanne relieved me to go get a little lunch and when I came back Sherry handed off her "Distressed Tag Demo" to me.    Dunno You gotta be kidding me!!!  I had never used dabber acrylic paints directly to a stamp, spray mist, etc on a tag in my life.  Sherry just laughed at me as she walked away leaving me with a table full of customers and told me she expected to see a tag when she got back.   

Jeanne ..Help me!!!
Custom Smiley Thank goodness Jeanne was standing right by me at the next table and gave me step by step instructions as she was having to keep her Kittie Card demo going. 

It was a thrill for me to see Dave's Rubbernecker Booth, all the stamped images he has and all the product.  His display is gorgeous and it was especially touching to me to see all of our design team cards displayed all around the upper booth.  I feel so privileged and honored to work with such a  wonderful company and design team.






StampFest Orlando 2008 and On the Ranch

Hi Central Florida stampers!!!!! Are you going to come to the Orlando this coming weekend?  If you do, please stop by the Rubbernecker booth.  Jeanne S-Jeanne Streiff, BadSherry-Sherry Cheever, Waterchild-Broni Holcombe, CWilliams-Candy Williams and I will all be there.  I am really excited to be demonstrating "Kittie Cards" using my new stamp line Kittie Kits "Cause a Scene" released yesterday on Rubbernecker Stamps



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StampFest Orlando 2008
Convention:  June 28-29
Classes:  June 27-28
Radisson WorldGate Resort
3011 Maingate Lane, Kissimmee, Florida 34747

Hours:  Saturday, 28th 9:00-5:00  Sunday, 29th 10:00-3:00

SCS Thursday Ways to Use It Challenge -Use Birds

We are on vacation at Cape Hatteras, NC with my sisters and brother-out-laws and I am having lots of fun.  I'm enjoying the beach and am enjoying my little portable stamping spot that I set up as well. I love today's challenge as I have my brand new resized Henry and Henrietta, both Rubbernecker images in the newly released Kittie Kits accessory set - On the Ranch.  I hope a chicken and a rooster qualify as birds.

I stamped the rooster and chicken images, masked,  stamped the coop, masked and then stamped trees and fences from the new Kittie Kits Outdoor set around them.  I also stamped an additional rooster, chicken and coop to cut out and pop up on the scene for dimension. One of the hardest concepts for me when learning to mask was that I had to start off putting down the image I wanted to be in front and layer backwards.  I always seemed to want to do it in reverse and messed up plenty of good paper. I painted all the images with a watercolor brush and reinkers. I added grass, sprigs and leaves also from the Outdoor set. I wanted the grass to have brown dirt showing through to make it look more farmy and not perfect.  I distressed up the four sides of the card front and attached to guava and banana paper.  This was a fun project.  I love the chicken coop in this On the Ranch set as it is so perfectly rustic.

KC On the Ranch

Stamps:  Rubbernecker-Kittie Kits On the Ranch and Outdoor Landscape

Paper:  Papertrey Yellow, Guava, Watercolor

Ink:  Versafine Black, Distress Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, SU Mustard, Banana, Guava, Caramel, River Rock, Bashful Blue

Accessories:  Papertrey Twill, Diamond Glaze, Glue Dots, Watercolor Brushes, Sponges and Daubers

 


Kittie Kits "Cause a Scene" Release- A Rubbernecker Stamps Exclusive

Today is a proud day for me!!!!!  Kittie Kits "Cause a Scene" is being released exclusively on Rubbernecker Stamps .  I am so excited to present two original landscaping image sets that will allow others to create their own wonderful "Scene Cards". 

I started having fun creating and uploading my own scene cards on Splitcoaststampers a couple of years ago.  I had never drawn anything in my life with the exception of a few stick men, but found I wanted to add a tree or fence to a stamped focal image and create a little scene. There are lots of trees and fence images on the market but not ones that may work perfectly with the focal image I was using at the time. So out of necessity I drew my own. Little did I know that all my experimenting would turn into a "scene" technique referred to on Splitcoaststampers as "Kittie Cards".  I was totally thrilled and shocked in March 2007 when Beth, Showmestamper uploaded  the Monday "Technique Lover's Challenge" to create Kittie Cards.  WooHoo!  I knew I could play in that challenge.  The response that day was overwhelming to me.  As time passed I started getting requests from SCS members asking me for instructions on creating scene cards.  They wanted to know everything from the watercoloring technique to how to sketch in an image. I so loved helping others learn and to enjoy the feeling of accomplishment from learning and creating something new. My own personal sense of accomplishment has been such a joy and pleasure to me. 

It was exactly one year ago this very week that Sherry (BadSherry) and Jeanne S came to visit me while in Orlando to attend the Orlando Stamp Fest with Kim and MFTstamps. As we sat on my back porch visiting, the girls suggested I should try my hand at doing a set of landscaping images and possibly tutorials to accompany them. They thought SCSmembers would love to have them. I have to admit that I would not have thought of doing this on my own, and thanks to Sherry and Jeanne a dream was born. It is because of their ongoing encouragement that I decided to try. I love them both so very much for it. 

Dave Miller of Rubbernecker Stamps graciously accepted the task of exclusively producing my images. Kittie Kits originals are landscaping images created in various sizes to work with many sizes of focal images. Dave and his son, Rob worked tirelessly with me not only to create Kittie Kits original sets but to also resize many of my favorite "Rubbernecker images" into accompanying "Kittie Kits" sets. You can go to town and "Cause a Scene". Keep an eye out on Rubbernecker Stamps because soon I will start uploading YouTube step by step tutorials and the techniques involved in watercoloring, masking, and sponging.

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 In My GardenOn the RanchThe Moose is Loose


Kittie Kits "Cause a Scene" Outdoor Landscape Master

In My Garden

On the Ranch

The Moose is Loose


Beach MAster

                                                        
Day At BeachFun in the SunWhat's for Lunch

Kittie Kits "Cause a Scene" Beach Master

Day at the Beach

Fun in the Sun

What's for Lunch
 

I've uploaded several cards this week using lots of my new images.  No one really noticed as they looked just the all the cards I've produced over the last couple of years.  That gave me a chuckle.  I was dropping hints but not many were noticing.  I created this card for my release article as it is truly represents what Kittie Kits is all about to me.  I love outdoor garden scenes and the garden cart, pots and watering cans are perfect focal images to use my trees and fence.  Did you happen to notice I drew out my own mini fern image?  All of you who missed the opportunity to get the SU Watercolor Mini Fern image before the set retired can now have mine to work with.  You will also notice there are lots of other little sprigs, weeds, leaves and flowers that work beautifully into scenes to create lush background.  I am in heaven!!!!!........my own "Kittie Kit" heaven. If you dream....you can achieve!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KC Kittie Kit In My Garden



 






  




Stamps:  Kittie Kits- Cause a Scene, Rubbernecker In My Garden

Paper:  Olive, Rose, Watercolor

Ink:  Black Versafine, Rose, Red, Olive, Rust, Mustard, Yellow, Carmel

Accessories:  Watercolor Brushes, Sponges, Daubers, Glue Dots, Mounting Tape, Red, Rose and Olive Markers

Rubbernecker Bucks winner is comment number 17: Congratulations to Morrisa Sweeney

I am so glad that I finally ran across your blog. I have always been a fan of your work! I will definitely be checking back regularly.


Treasure Hunt Tuesday, Rubbernecker Blog Challenge "RBC15" and Something Fun is Happening Tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s Tuesday!! That means there’s a Treasure Hunt.    As always, you can find all the and info, including the first clue, on the Rubbernecker Home Page.  Broni and I are offering up some Rubbernecker Blog Candy today too! Make sure you leave a comment for a chance to win a $10 Rubbernecker Gift Card. Treasure Chest You will need to check back tomorrow on our blogs to see who the happy winnders will be.  Besides....there is going to be a big "Rubbernecker Announcement " tomorrow that you will not want to miss.  Yahoo!!!! It's celebration time for one of our design team members!!!

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Card Making Today's Rubbernecker Blogger Challenge is a sketch challenge. Jeanne picked a good one for today.  I think this can be a really long card or one that fits into the normal "bill paying" envelope.  7 inches give or take.  I haven't decided yet what I am going to do but will be back in a while with my entry. Check out Jeanne's blog for more details.

Check out all the Design Teams cards here: Sherry Shelly  JeanneBroni , Linda, Leigh, Tami

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KC Kittie Kit Moose


This was a fun project.  I combined the RBC15 sketch with the SCS color challenge.  It is a little short on white but....oh well!  Notice any familiar images here??? Trees, fences, and leaves?  Hmmm.....is that my old mini fern or something brand new??? Lots of the images are previews of new sets being released tomorrow on Rubbernecker. Come over and check out the celebration.  One of our design team is really, really excited.  Can you guess who it is????????

I did lots of stamping and masking with this scene.  I made a couple of huge booboos and had to cover them up with stuff!  Happy mistakes....you gotta love them.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Moose images and new...new....new things to come

Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Wasabi, Watercolor

Ink:  Versafine Black, Wasabi, Turquoise, Caramel

Accessories:  Nestabilities, Glue Dots, Deckle Scissors, Masks


Hittin' the Bottle....of Reinker that is!!!!! and Image Previews of New Stuff at Rubbernecker Stamps

It has been a while since I was able to post a blog article or upload any cards to SCS.  Whew!  I have been going through withdrawal. I am Cape Hatteras for our annual family vacation and brought tons of stamping stuff with me to play with.  All though I love sitting out on the beach and watching the ocean I just can't take the sun and heat like I used to.  It is raining here today and has given me lots of time to play.  I am having  fun playing with images that will release on Rubbernecker Stamps this coming Wednesday.  Watch my blog and those of the Rubbernecker Design Team for more information and updates. I thought you guys would enjoy a little preview of what is coming.  See anything new?  See anything familiar?

KC Kittie Kit Beach 1

I love this lighthouse image and the dune setting with it.  The little sprigs of sea oats are just the right touch along the beach fence.  I got a little carried away with the seagulls in the sky but I have seen the sky full of them here at Cape Hatteras.  I couldn't resist creating the little puffy clouds an popping them up in the sky.

The lighthouse is a newly resized Rubbernecker image.  It is much smaller than the original and more user friendly for normal card sizes. I stamped it with distress vintage photo ink and embossed with clear EP.  I didn't want the lighthouse to be in black and to distract from the scene. I have no brown waterproof ink with me so embossing the image was a way to keep the ink from  running when watercoloring it. I used a few of the brand new images, fence dunes and sea oats that  coming out Wednesday to create the scene.  I sponged in the sand area with caramel and the sky and water with cool caribbean.  I used a Staedtler triplus multiliner marker to color in the sea oats. I love adding liquid applique to the water to create sea foam.  The trick to not getting the dreaded blobs with LA is to dab around on it with your finger to spread it and create a fine layer vs a thick one. I lightly brushed caribbean around the outline of the clouds but left them fairly white in the center for good contrast. 

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