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Wacky Wednesday #9 and “Heat It Up”

Wacky Wednesday Button girls Bev is hosting the Wacky Wednesday challenge this week and has challenged us to get out our heat guns. I don’t know about you but my heat gun is a tool that I use daily and couldn’t do without.

My first project is a clean and simple card (CAS) that I used my heat gun to emboss the center of the sunflowers and also heated the gingham ribbon to pucker it up to create the appearance of age.  I stamped and masked the chicken and chicks and then stamped and masked all the sunflowers.  I watercolored the images, filled in the flower centers with my versa marker and heat embossed using clear embossing powder. I tied the multi loop bow and heated carefully with the gun to pucker and attached it to the base of the card.  This was a fast and simple project.

KC Chicken Coop 4

My second card shows no sign of a heat gun but it was used over and over throughout the project.  The Color Challenge on SCS yesterday was to use red, olive and black. I am not a patient stamper and cannot just sit and wait for paint to dry. Each color on my scene was either stamped, painted or sponged and then heat set so I could move quickly onto the next step without having the ink of one color run or smear into the next. I stamped a few trees and dried with the gun, masked and stamped the barn in between them and heat dried and masked, and then stamped additional trees around the barn. I painted the barn walls with red, heat dried and then painted the roof with black and heat dried. I heat dried the whole scene to make certain all the colors were dried before using a sponge to apply the blue sky area.

KC Farm Scene 4

I haven’t posted for the last several days as I went to Ohio for my 40th high school reunion. I attended a small Seventh-Day Adventist academy, Mount Vernon Academy and graduated in 1969.  We all lived together in dorms, attended classes together, worked together to earn our tuition, and ate and played together much like a very large family. We only had 80 kids in our glass and I was thrilled to see 50 of them return for our reunion. What a joy and thrill it was to attend this wonderful event.

Head over to the Rubbernecker blog for all the details on the challenge and for links to all the design team samples too!  I hope you’ll play along with us!  There’s a chance to win a 40% off gift certificate for your next purchase at Rubbernecker!!!

Stamps: Rubbernecker Wildflowers, Kittie Kits Farm Scene, Chicken Coop, The Moose is Loose, Outdoor Master

Paper:  White, Watercolor, Red, Black

Ink:  Black Brilliance, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Lemonade, Fired Brick, Dried Marigold, Real Red, Black Soot, Bashful Blue

Accessories:  Gingham, Heat Gun, Brushes, Sponges, Mounting Tape, Crimper, Glue Dots

“Cause a Scene” With New Kittie Kits and Blog Stroll

I’m excited to be releasing two new Kittie Kits “Cause a Scene” sets today on Rubbernecker Stamps. To celebrate this release, we invite you to Blog Stroll along with the Rubbernecker Red-Hot Mommas.  The Stroll begins at the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog where you will find the guidelines on how to win one of the sets being revealed or even possibly the GRAND PRIZE. If you haven’t started at the Rubbernecker Blog, you should go there as soon as possible. That’s where you’ll find the first clue to begin your Stroll (and yes, this time there is a clue on the RN Blog).

When I started adding scenery around stamped images a few years ago I became intrigued with creating rustic outdoor scenes. I loved sketching trees and fences and adding green grass around barns and animals and…..well…….just about anything I could create into a scene.  I believe my love for outdoor scenery comes from growing up on a couple hundred acres of farm land in West Virginia where our home was surrounded by rolling fields and beautiful mountain and tree lines. My passion for creating scenes also created a desire in me to give others the tools to create scenes using my technique. But more significant it gave me the desire to help others realize their personal fulfillment and to unleash their own creativity.

I have three projects using images from the new Farm Scene set and scenery images from my Kittie Kits Outdoor Master and The Moose is Loose evergreens.  KC Farm Scene 1

I love creating snow scenes and knew this old rickety barn would be perfect to show nestled in some evergreens. I stamped the barn image, painted and masked to stamp the trees around it. I sponged the blue sky around the barn and then used a dry brush in a stipple fashion to apply the brown pathway to the barn. I then used a brush to lightly apply white craft ink to the ground area and barn and embossed with white embossing powder.  The scene is so simple but represent such peace and calm to me.

KC Farm Scene 2

This rustic old log cabin needed only the addition of a little greenery, a fence and tree. I love the field stone chimney and the fact that there are only a couple windows in the cabin walls. The image was stamped and painted and then masked off to create the scenery background.  I used a Color Box stylus and foam tip to apply the green grass and tree top and then use little grass sprigs and leaf images to add texture and interest.  The old wagon was stamped, painted and cut out to apply as an embellishment for the scene.

KC Farm Scene 3

The scene for this project almost plays second fiddle to the old faux wood barn window.  I created this frame by applying Antique Linen Ranger Crackle Paint to a piece of cardboard and heating to speed up the crackle process.  I marked off widths of board and then used my paper piercing tool created the lines in the boards and a few added holes in the wood planks to appear aged. I used a sponge to apply Vintage Photo Distress ink to add color to the board and crevices between the boards. I added some hardware hinges and an old rope for my embellishments.  The wagon and tree was created using the same techniques as my other two projects.

Come stroll along with the Rubbernecker Red Hot Mommas. The Stroll starts at the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog where you will find the rules on how to win one of the sets being revealed or even possibly the GRAND PRIZE. If you haven’t started at the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog, you should go there now in order not to miss anything! In order to have a chance to win one of the the new sets revealed on my blog today, you must leave a comment. A random number will be drawn on Friday, 12:00 Noon. Here is my phrase clue for the GRAND PRIZE: Kits To find the next clue, stroll over to Linda’s Blog.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Kittie Kits- Farm Scene, Outdoor Master, The Moose is Loose Ink: Ranger Sandal, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, SU Going Gray, Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, White Craft Paper: Watercolor, Retired SU DP, Accessories:  Cardboard, Twill, Gingham, Twine, Hardware, Glue DOts, Brushes, Sponges, Paper Piercer, Crackle Paint, Nestabilities, White Embossing Powder, Mounting Tape

Wacky Wednesday #8 and Kittie Kits Release Preview

Candy is hosting the Rubbernecker Wacky Wednesday challenge this week and she has challenged us to use chipboard or buttons on our project.  Check out the RN Blog and see how one lucky person can win a 40% off coupon to use on your next Rubbernecker purchase.

What you will see today on the blogs of the Rubbernecker Red-Hot Mommas, are previews of two brand new Kittie Kits Cause a Scene sets being released tomorrow at Rubbernecker .  I am very excited about these sets and can hardly wait to see what my other team members have done with them.

KC Chicken Coop 2

I chose to use a Stampin’ Up! 8.5” square scalloped chipboard frame for my project. I used the two inner pieces of the chipboard set to create a mat for the inner frame.  I covered the chipboard with coordinating Junkitz designer paper, adhered with Mod Podge and sanded down the rough edges. I stamped the images on watercolor paper and watercolored with a brush and reinker.  I masked the images and applied the ground grass with a sponge and filled in with grassy sprigs from my Outdoor Master set. I created the tree top using the same sponging technique and filled in with a small leaf image. I stamped additional chicken and chicks, Rooster and a basket of eggs on scrap paper, colored and cut out to pop up in the scene. I loved setting the rooster out on the frame to make him appear to be overseeing the chicken yard. The grosgrain bow was all the embellishment needed to complete this simple farm yard piece.

Be sure and check out the Rubbernecker Blog Stroll on Thursday and see how you can win a new Kittie Kits set.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Kittie Kits- Chicken Coop, Outdoor Master

Paper:  Watercolor-Arches 140 lb cold pressed, Junkitz Summer Collectionz

Ink:  Ranger Butterscotch, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Stonewashed, SU Apricot Appeal, Barely Banana, Bashful Blue

Accessories:  SU Chipboard, Color Box Stylus and Sponge, Inkksentials Inkblending Tool, Brushes, Snips, Mod Podge, Grosgrain, Glue Dots

Framed Friend Garden

When I got home from work tonight I was happy to see the Way to Use It Challenge on SCS.  Julia challenged us to use some sort of frame for our project.  I thought it would be fun to frame a flower garden and knew my new Rubbernecker Wild Flower and Floral Silhouettes would be perfect to play with. I love the flower image in my project.

KC Wild Flower 3

I cut out a 5 x 5 inch square and stamped it repeatedly with the greenery image to create a framed border on the sides and bottom.  Each time I inked up the image I misted it  before I stamped to make the ink apply more evenly. I cut out a portion of the framed square with a square coluzzle and then cut out all the greenery portion of the frame with snips to allow a soft green border for the frame.  I cut a second piece of paper and stamped  and masked the flower several times to create my pretty garden.  I watercolored with Rose Red reinker which actually is such a strong color of ink that it looks more of a bright red. I adhered the garden layer to the base and then used mounting tape to mount the frame over the garden image. I love the sentiment “In the Garden of Life Friends are the Flowers”. Isn’t this so true! I hand painted little red flowers and greenery on the sentiment.

Have a great weekend!

Stamps: Rubbernecker Wild Flower, Floral Silhouettes

Paper:  Red, Watercolor

Ink:  Brilliance, Rose Red, Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, Peeled Paint

Accessories:  Twill, Coluzzle, Snips, Mounting Tape, Glue Dots, Oval Punch, Brushes.

Wacky Wednesday #7 With Inspiration

Wacky Wednesday Button girls Juliana is hosting an inspiration challenge for this week’s Wacky Wednesday and she has given us an interesting contemporary piece of art to inspire us. 


I was most inspired by the white squares and the colors blue and orchid. I found no inspiration from the X’s even though they were so prominent on the piece.

KC Wild Flower 2

I stamped the Grid background on a piece of watercolor paper using Versa and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I sponged on Sail Boat Blue which brought out the squares of the background. I went to the new Wild Flowers set and chose one of the large flower grouping images and stamped it twice on a piece of watercolor paper. I watercolored the images for my main image layer and then colored and cut out all the flowers from the second image. I attached the cut flowers to the base with glue dots creating a dimensional flower that looked more “alive”. I chose pink to layer both the blue and image layers on.  The pink gingham was a perfect garden like ribbon to use for my embellishment bow and for the sentiment tag.  The sentiment is a little hard to read in the photo and says “Welcome to my Garden”.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Wild Flower, Grid Background

Paper:  SU Positively Pink (retired), Watercolor

Ink:  Brilliance Black, Sail Boat Blue, Raspberry, Lettuce

Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Gingham, Brush, Word Punch, Glue Dots

I hope you come and join us for this week’s WACKY WEDNESDAY Challenge.  The winner of this week’s challenge will receive a Discount Coupon good for 40% off their entire Rubbernecker order.  They will also get to take advantage of all other specials and discounts on the Rubbernecker Stamps home page.