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May 2009

New Rubbernecker Release and Blog Stroll

Good morning. Rubbernecker Stamps is releasing five new stamps sets today.  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 five sets being given away during this release.  If you haven’t started at the Rubbernecker Blog, you should go there to find the first clue to begin your Stroll.

The set that I am using for the release is Tree Inchies.

KC Tree Inchies 4

My first project was done for the SCS Sketch Challenge.  The small main image layer was perfect to create a mini scene using one of the Tree Inchies and the sweet lamb from Easter Inchies. I used a caramel and olive marker to color in the trees and stamped them. I added a little extra leaves using my smallest leaf image in the Outdoor Master.  I sponged on the sky and ground area using a Color Box stylus and filled in the grassy area with the mini leaf and mini fern images. I stamped, painted and cut out the lamb to pop up in front of the scene.

 KC Tree Inchies 2

I used markers to color the trees for my second project and sponged in the ground area and filled in with my mini fern image. I like the simplicity of the three trees with the dark designer paper and the cream frame.

KC Tree Inchies 3

I couldn’t resist making a wintery card with the fun little evergreen tree image.  I think it is so cute. I used markers to color the tree and sponged in the sky area. I painted on white craft ink for the ground area, painted little white snow flakes with a brush and applied white embossing powder . I just had to have a tiny snowman for the scene so I punched circles of white embossed cardstock using my 3/8” and 1/8” circle punch and attached them to the scene with Mod Podge.  I cut a tiny little black hat out of cardstock and thin red ribbon to attach to make him pop. And yes…..I almost needed a microscope to work with these little circles to create my snowman but he was worth the effort.

 The Stroll starts at the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog where you will find the rules on how to win one of the sets being revealed.  If you haven’t started at the Rubbernecker Stamps Blog, you should go there now in order not to miss anything!   Here is my phrase clue for a chance to win:  Trees too! To find the next clue, stroll over to Linda’s blog. The Blog Stroll will end at 12:00 Noon on Friday, May 29, and the winners will be announced on the Rubbernecker Blog!

Hint:  I used a water mister to spray the inked up image before stamping it on my watercolor paper.  The fine mist of water really makes the image stamp perfectly every time.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Tree Inchies, Kittie Kits Outdoor Master  Paper:  Watercolor, Designer Paper, Red, Brown, Blue, White  Ink:  White Craft, Bashful Blue, Banana, Brilliance  Accessories:  Markers-Brown, Green, May Arts Satin, Grosgrain, Gingham, Buttons, Embossing Powder, Mounting Tape, Needles, Piercing Template, Scalloped Cloud Template (hand cut), 1/8” and 3/8” Circle Punches, Oval Punch, Nestabilities, Color Box Stylus and Foam Tip, Water Mister

Wacky Wednesday #13 and New Sets Preview

Wacky Wednesday Button girls It’s hard to believe how fast the weeks are rolling by.  It seems like Wednesday comes around faster each week and especially after a three day weekend. I hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day holiday.

I am the host for today’s Wacky Wednesday challenge. I thought it would be fun to use frames on our projects. You can create a frame with your Nestabilities, use a frame stamp or you could use a round, oval or square mask to sponge ink on your cardstock. You can find all the details about participating in the challenge and how to win a 40% Discount on your next Rubbernecker order at the Rubbernecker Blog.

Rubbernecker is releasing five new sets tomorrowClapping so there’s going to be a another blog stroll. Walking 2 My  project today is made using the new Tree Inchies set and you will want to check out all the Red Hot Mommas blog posts to see previews of the other new sets.

KC Tree Inchies

I love paper piecing and challenged myself to create a whole scene using nothing but images stamped on designer paper. I stamped all the images with craft ink, embossed them with clear embossing powder and cut them out using snips and a craft knife. I cut four different ground layers and brown path freehand with deckle scissors and attached them to the white base. I made sure I only placed adhesive on the bottom portion of the ground layers so the tops would be loose and free to tuck the images in behind.  I attached the barn image first and then the trees.  Some of the tree tops were popped up for dimension. I attached the little brown path and fence sections to complete the little scene.  I created my frame with Nestabilities oval dies using red and white cardstock.  I thought the double layer attached with mounting tape created the perfect contrast for the scene and made it seem to pop.

Hint: I find Mod Podge the easiest adhesive to use when paper piecing and working with tiny pieces. I like to use rolled up glue dots instead of foam dimensionals when I need just a touch of space behind a popped up image.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Tree Inchies, Kittie Kits Farm Scene   Paper:  SU Designer Paper, Real  Red, Wild Wasabi, White  Ink:  Chocolate Chip Craft, Accessories:  Snips, Craft Knife, Mounting Tape, Mod Podge, Glue Dots, Deckle Scissors, Grosgrain, Nestabilities, Deckle Scissors

Color Challenge Fun

KC What's for Lunch

I had fun with the SCS color challenge last night. We were to use Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron. I had this left over piece of striped designer paper that had the perfect colors for this challenge. I thought it looked nautical and would work well with a beach scene. I am really in the mood for the beach since it is only a few weeks until I go to Cape Hatteras with my family for a week . I stamped the images, masked and then sponged on the sand area. I masked a straight line and sponged on blue to create the water. I punched a circle out to mask off the area for the sun and sponged in the saffron, removed the mask and sponged on the sky area. I used the sand dune and sea oats images from the Beach Master to add interest to the ground area. I used a white Sharpie marker to create the sea foam on the water’s edge. I would like to be the one walking down the beach.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Kittie Kits What’s for Lunch, Beach Master  Paper:  SU Designer Paper, Watercolor, Pumpkin Pie  Ink:  Brilliance Black, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Saffron, Old Olive,  Accessories:  Color Box Stylus and Foam Tip, Brushes, Grosgrain, Mounting Tape, Hand Cut Scalloped Cloud Template

Holiday Relaxation and Fun Stamping

Good morning!  I hope you all had a good holiday weekend.  My husband was off work Saturday and Sunday but had to work Monday.  I had the chance to work on some special projects and play in the SCS daily challenges.

Mercy Kerin was the Featured Stamper for Sunday’s challenge. She has a wonderful gallery and I found a card with a great layout to case. I like a layout that has a main image layer large enough for me to create a scene in and that has enough room for other interesting features like designer paper and embellishments, and Mercy’s card had bothI used Mercy’s layout but changed the colors and theme for my project. I have had the Stampin’ Up! set A Kind Word for quite a while but hadn’t had the chance to play with it. I love the little girl image and wanted her to appear like she was really swinging over the grass.

KC A Kind Word

I applied ink to the top portion of the stamp and stamped it on the watercolor paper and colored.  I stamped the whole girl image again on scrap paper so I could color and cut portions of it out. I created the grass area around the top portion of the girl by sponging and adding texture by using the mini fern image from my Kittie Kits Outdoor Master. I used an artist pen to extend the swing ropes to the top of the paper. I applied the swing, skirt and legs portion of the image by popping up over the grass with glue dots to add dimension to the scene. The little bird and both ribbons are also popped up but it is hard to see in the picture. I loved the designer paper and I used it as my inspiration for my colors. I love how this turned out.  The photo shows the shadow under the girls skirt and legs and you just know she is flying through the air.

Stamps:  SU A Kind Word, Kittie Kits Outdoor Master  Paper:  SU Designer Paper, Watercolor, Regal Rose  Ink:  Celery, Regal Rose, Saffron,Blush Blossom, Bashful Blue  Accessories:  Brushes, Color Box Stylus, Mini Tip applicator (tiny flowers)

Monday’s Technique Lovers Challenge was to create a hinge card. I am not the most technical person when it comes to special paper cutting projects so I decided to play it safe and do a fairly simple card. I put all my effort into using Linda Duke’s hat and flower tutorial to create my main focal point of my project using Rubbernecker’s Fashion Icon 455 set.

KC Fashion Icon 455

I only photographed my card closed with a sample of the sentiment on the outside of it.  You can see lots of wonderful example of both open and closed cards in the SCS gallery. If you would like to see a tutorial on making this project see Wendy Wexler’s great tutorial here.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Fashion Icon 455  Paper:  SU Print Sample, White  Ink:  Almost Amethyst  Accessories:  MS Border Punch, Brad, Nestabilities, Glue Dots


It’s an Inchies Jungle Out There

I always enjoy the SCS Inspiration Challenge. There is always a wonderful, inspiring website or collection to work with.  What fun it was to browse the Little Odd Forest site Saturday and find so many unusual purses and accessories to choose from. I was inspired by this purse.

I loved the brightly colored animals on the front tab of the bag and knew Animal Inchies and Floral Silhouettes would be perfect stamps to create a fun jungle scene.

KC Animal Inchies 2

I stamped all the animals and masked them to protect.  I stamped the large circle flower a few times and masked them as well.  Finally I stamped the foliage image around the scene a few times to complete the jungle.  I sponged green around the ground area to fill in and then sponge in the blue sky.  My final step was to stamp additional monkey, elephant and lion heads to pop up on the scene for dimension but It is hard to see in the photo. I thought the striped and muted designer paper was the perfect background for this cute scene and the mustard twill was just the perfect embellishment to compliment the mustard lion and giraffe.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Animal Inchies, Floral Silhouettes  Paper:  Artichoke, Retired SU Designer Paper,  Ink:  Old Olive, Bashful Blue,   Accessories:  Stampin’ Up! Markers-Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Going Gray, Twill, Color Box Stylus and Sponge, Brushes, Crimper, Hand Cut Scalloped Cloud Template, Glue Dots


Circles, circles, circles.  The Limited Supply Challenge on SCS was to use circles in our project. We could use circle images, punched circles, circle shaped cards or anything else we could think of that represented a circle.  The only limitation for the challenge was that all stamped images had to be from the same stamp set. I was leaning towards creating a circle framed project and putting my stamped images into a scene on the inside of the card and allowing it to show through the circle hole. As I searched my sets I ran across my Rubbernecker Cowboy set with the large wagon wheels and pudgy cowboy and knew that my circle frame idea would not work so I changed gears.

KC Cowboy 5

I stamped the wagon wheels and cowboy on scrap watercolor paper, painted and cut out.  Each spoke of the wheels were cut out with a craft knife. I stamped the fence on my main piece of watercolor paper and painted.  I sponged in the ground area trying to create the appearance of little mountains in the background but the big cowboy hat really covered up that attempt. I sponged in the sky. I attached the images on the card front to create the fun little cartoony scene.  The wagon wheels represent circles even though the image is really oval. Shhhhhh! The lasso represents another circle for the project and my final circle is the –O- in my Howdy sentiment.

Ok…..while I’m at it I thought I would post a couple more projects done in the past with these western themed images.

KC Cowboy 3

KC Cowboy a

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Cowboy  Paper:  Blue Bayou, Vanilla, Watercolor   Ink:  Brilliance Black, Really Rust, Soft Sky, Caramel, Vintage Photo   Accessories:  Twine, Craft Knife, Sponges, Brushes, Glue Dots, Dimensionals