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July 2009

CHA Fun Day 1

Our first day at CHA was fun filled with a couple of fun classes and meeting people.  I most enjoyed spending time with Joy Kennedy, owner of Eclectic Paperie and Cambria Turnbow , co-owner of Our Craft Lounge with Joy Kennedy.  We got a group photo taken while we were waiting to take our first class.

Broni Bev Joy Kittie Sherry Cambria

L to R: Broni Holcombe, Bev Gerard, Joy Kennedy, Sherry Cheever, Cambria Turnbow and me in on the back row Do we look happy or what?????

Sherry has been telling me for weeks that one thing she was looking forward to doing at CHA was to meet Cambria.  I got the cutest picture of them together.

Sherry and Cambria

Broni and I had the pleasure of taking the Tim Holtz class, Distressing the Holidays. What a thrill it was to have two full hours packed with fun and creative ideas for the use of all Tim’s products. Broni and I figured we needed to get a picture with Tim as well.  Not only is Tim a creative genius but he is also a sweet and charming guy. My favorite quote of Tim’s during the class, and repeated over and over was “Don’t over think it- just do it”.

Kittie Tim Holtz Broni

I will have my camera with me today and will take as many pictures as I can of new and upcoming products to share with you.  I hope to get lots of photos with the old and new friends we met up with as well.

Dare to Get Dirty and CHA Company

Splitcoaststampers and the Dirty Dozen and Dirty Dozen Alumni have hosted a special weekend challenge event to show appreciation to the Fan Club members. The “dirty girls” put their creative thinking caps on and came up with some wonderful challenges to use various themes, techniques, color combinations, tools, etc. 

I had the privilege of hosting a scene challenge yesterday afternoon and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with over the next few days. Two of my good friends and fellow Rubbernecker design team members, Sherry and Candy  helped me out by making samples to post along with my challenge. I am posting both projects below as they are so wonderful.  We decided it would be fun to show three totally different kinds of scenes for the samples.

Sherry’s country scene card


Candy’s beach scene card


My snow scene card

KC Farm Scene 8

You can find my snow scene tutorial  on the Rubbernecker Blog.  You can find the supply list for this project at the bottom of my post.

CHA  and Company

I’ve got a house full of company coming in today.  Bev Gerard(TexasGrammy) , Broni Holcombe, (Waterchild12) , and Sherry Cheever (BadSherry) are coming in to attend CHA.  Candy Williams (cwilliams) lives just a few miles from me and will be joining us on our adventure. 

I promise to provide as many pictures of the new products as I can from the CHA trade show as well as pictures of all the fun people we get to see again or meet. I am very excited about seeing so many stamping friends at the convention. Another thing I am excited about it attending the Tim Holtz class. I am very challenged when it comes to his techniques and I am in hopes that a little education may help.

Stamps: Rubbernecker Kittie Kits Farm Life , The Moose is Loose,  Paper:  Real Red, white, Water  Ink:  Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, White Craft, Going Gray  Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Brushes, Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool, Color Box Stylus and Foam Tip, Taffeta, Deckle Scissors, Mounting Tape, Nestabilities 

Wacky Wednesday # 21

Good morning! It's my turn to host Wacky Wednesday. My challenge today is to use a circle or circles on your project. It can  be anything from a simple circle tag to multiple circle frames.  You can make your card as simple or as intricate as you wish.  I hope you will check out the Rubbernecker Blog for all the details and I can't wait to see what you come up with.

KC Flower Silhouettes 3

I used markers to put color on the silhouette image, lightly misted and stamped on white cardstock. Using a wet brush and reinkers I added darker shades of yellow around  the center of the flowers. Then I pulled the brown center of each flower out by lightly outlining the edges of the petals with a light wash of brown to add definition to each petal.  The frame was cut with Nestabilities and the lower white layer was done with my crimper. I love how this project turned out.  Very simple yet very sweet.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Flower Silhouette   Paper:  White, Saffron, SU Designer Paper    Ink:  Saffron, Chocolate Chip   Accessories:  SU Markers- Saffron, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip Taffeta, Crimper, Nestabilities Dies

The winner of this Wacky Wednesday Challenge will receive a Certificate good for 40% off your entire order at Rubbernecker!  In order to qualify to win, you must post a link to your card/project here on this post by Monday, July 27.   The winner will be announced on Tuesday, July 28.     Don't forget to post a direct link to your card on the Rubbernecker Blog!

Wacky Wednesday #20 and Painter Boy

Today is the 20th Wacky Wednesday.  Time is flying by so quickly and summer will be gone before we know it.  Juliana is hosting an inspiration challenge for us today.  You can find all the challenge details on the Rubbernecker Blog and how you can win a 40% off coupon on your next Rubbernecker  order . 

Here is the piece I was inspired by from Janine King Designs. The pattern of the fabric and bright pink color is what caught my eye the most. 

SLING PURSE with adjustable strap -- versatile padded handbag/case fits Amazon Kindle DX with cover -- also fits Netbooks / Mini Laptops -- Vibrant Pink Paisley -- PROMO SALE reg 60

I knew I had some BasicGrey designer paper very similar to this pattern.  The greens were a little more yellow in the paper but the pink was just as vibrant. I decided to try my hand at stamping on wet watercolor paper .  This technique is best done by my friend, Sherry and you can check out her blog to see lots of gorgeous examples.

KC Flower Silhouettes 2

I misted my watercolor paper and let it sit for a few minutes to let the water absorb and dry just a little.  I used Tombow markers directly on the stamp, misted the stamp lightly, stamped the image and repeated the steps two more  times. I inked up a background stamp lightly with Old Paper ink, misted and stamped over the flowers. I added a little texture with a small background stamp. I sponged Old Paper unevenly over the image layer to create an aged appearance.  I distressed the top and bottom and finished by piercing the side edges. I sponged Old Paper on the designer paper as well as the pink layering paper and distressed.  The ribbon was too bright so I sponged Old Paper ink on it as well to tone it down.  After I tied the ribbon on the image layer I heated with the heat gun to curl and age it a bit. I loved the antique lock and key and thought they were the perfect embellishment for this project.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Flower Silhouettes, Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty Background   Paper:  Watercolor, BasicGrey DP, Pink    Ink:  Old Paper     Accessories:  Color Box Stylus and Foam Tip, Distressing Tool, Grosgrain, Tombow Markers, Lock and Key Brads with backs cut off to hang

Painter Boy

The SCS Color Challenge yesterday was a tough one for me.  I struggled to come up with something that would work with Lavender Lace, Barely Banana, Basic Gray, Black and White. As I was surfing through images I ran across Bradley in the Rubbernecker Little Lovin’s Kids line. I knew this color combination wouldn’t much as a painter always has weird colors on his clothing.

KC Little Lovins Bradley

I stamped and painted Bradley and cut him out. I layered him over a piece of white paper that I created a poorly painted lavender background to represent a half done job. I thought the “get the hint” sentiment would be cute to add and I will give this to my husband soon to break it to him that we are going to paint.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Little Lovin’s Kids Bradley  Paper: White, Black, Banana   Ink:  Lavender LAce, Banana, Gray, Pitch Black   Accessories:  Circle Punch, Deckle Scissors, Grosgrain, Brushes

Faux Grid Lines

The Monday SCS Technique Lovers Challenge was to create a project with faux grid lines.  Huh?? I didn’t really think I would like the technique and was not going to do the challenge.  I then stopped and lectured myself (I talk to myself all the time) on what a challenge is all about.  I have learned so much over the years by stretching myself and trying something that did not seem like it would be attainable or enjoyable and so often I have been happily surprised by the results. Many times I have been happier with the creative experience than the finished project but I learn something from each attempt. The faux grid lines project was fun and I think it is funny that it looks more like a tile kitchen backsplash than a card front.

KC Long-Time Friend 25

I turned to one of my all time favorite Stampin’ Up! sets- Long-Time Friends.  I wanted to use an image that could stand on it’s own as a focal point for the project. I didn't want to center the basket  as I thought that too predictable so I chose the lower right corner. I randomly stamped the small flower image around the paper as I didn’t want them to be centered in a tile square. I watercolored the images with a brush, water and reinkers. I measured and marked for my lines and then used a ruler and artist pen to draw them being careful not to draw over any of the images.  I didn’t like the stark hard lines and since this was starting to look like kitchen tile I decided to sketch lightly along the lines to soften and look a little more like tile grout. I used a Color Box foam stylus to lightly sponge on a yellow highlight. The rust colored grosgrain was the perfect simple embellishment  for the project.

Stamps:  Long-Time Friend   Paper:  Cold Pressed Watercolor, Bordering Blue, Really Rust   Ink:  Black Craft, Really Rust, Bordering Blue, Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, Mellow Moss,Vintage Photo   Accessories:  Grosgrain, Color Box Stylus, Ruler, Artist Pen, Brushes, Brads