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September 2009

Holiday Cards

I enjoyed stamping on Sunday in between laundry and a shopping trip to Costco.  Oh man……….don’t wait to go Costco until late in the day on a Sunday as you can barely push your cart through the crowd.  I got behind the same older couple several times and found myself having to count to ten to keep my cool.  They were so slow!!!  I had to remind myself that my hair is plenty gray and my day of slow shopping is coming pretty quickly. Knitting

I had lots of fun creating my two projects. My first one is a Halloween project using an image from Rubbernecker’s new Halloween collection.

KC Halloween Set 3 3

I stamped the little dragon boy on watercolor paper, colored with a brush and reinkers and cut out.  I created the simple fence and moon scene behind him with plain white cardstock using a circle punch and word punch. I used my deckle scissors to cut the tops of the fence posts.  I love the contrast of the black and white with the designer paper. Simple but fun project.

KC Sarah Kay Noel Shepherd

This is the sweetest shepherd boy from the Noel 2009 collection by Sarah Kay from Stampavie.  I stamped the image on cold pressed watercolor paper and heat dried to set the ink.  I brushed on a light yellow wash around the boy and dried again with my heat gun.  It is important to remember when watercoloring that your ink colors will run into each other if the ink is wet.  I have ruined many projects by not being patient enough to wait.  I completed painting the boy image and decided to stamp an additional image on scrap paper so I could cut out the lamb and the star to pop up. I don’t think it shows well in the photo.  I was going to pop up the staff as well but didn’t think I had what it takes to cut something so thin and make it look good on the project. I created a Nestabilities frame for the image and popped it up on the base of the card. I thought the holiday sentiment was perfect for this little shepherd boy.

Have a great week.

Project 1:  Stamps:  Rubbernecker Halloween Set 3    Paper:  Black, White, Watercolor, SU Designer Paper     Ink:  Black Craft, Peeled Paint, Pumpkin Pie, Tattered Rose, Caramel    Accessories:  Word Punch (fence), Circle Punch, Nestabilities, Brushes, Deckle Scissors

Project 2:  Stampavie Sarah Kay Noel Shepherd, All Year Cheer I     Paper:  Hunter Green, Riding Hood Red, Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper    Ink:  Aged Mahogany, Pine Needle, Black Soot, Going Gray, Lemonade, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose      Accessories:  Nestabilities, Oval Punches, Decorative Scissors (tag) Clear Embossing Powder, Mounting Tape, Stickles (star, holly) Brushes, Grosgrain

Inspiration Saturday

The SCS Inspiration challenge was a fun treat today.  The Pajama Squid was the site we were provided to browse for inspiration.  There was lots of it. I especially loved this sweet dress with its rich colors.

Chocolate Forest Smock Dress

I looked through my stamps and decided to use a sweet image from Stampavie by Tina Wenke called Mouse in  Nutboat.

KC Tina Wenke Mouse in Nutboat

I stamped the image on watercolor paper with black craft ink and heat dried.  I watercolored the sky with blue and yellow reinkers washed with water and heat dried.  I painted the ground and water areas and finished by painting all the sweet images. I stamped an extra scene on scrap watercolor paper so I could cut out the little heart flag and butterfly to pop up but it doesn’t really show in the photo.  I created the frame with Nestabilities and mounted on the card front with mounting tape.  I think this little scene is the sweetest ever with that darling little mouse. 

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Stamps:  Stampavie Tina Wenke Mouse in Nutboat     Paper:  Rose Red, Olive, Designer Paper     Ink:  Black Craft, Lemonade, Cranberry, Aqua, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo     Accessories:  Nestabilities, Brushes,

Rubbernecker Blog Stroll

It’s Friday and I only work a half day.  Way Too HappyI’m looking forward to some good quality stamping time. I haven’t been able to post on my blog during the week lately because of work responsibilities but the Red Hot Mommas are having a blog stroll to celebrate the recently released Rubbernecker Halloween stamps and I wanted to stroll.

Would you like to win “your choice” of one of the darling new Halloween sets? All you have to do is leave comments on each blog along the stroll including the Rubbernecker blog. The winner will be randomly chosen from all the comments left on the stroll. The stroll is open until noon on Monday, September 28th and the winner will be announced later that day.

KC Halloween Set 2 3 

I made this quick and easy card for our blog stroll.  I love the little guy with his mom’s old sheet and pillowcase.  He didn’t want to put much time into creating a costume. He was just going for the treats. Candy    I stamped the image on watercolor paper, painted and cut out. I thought the image would show so much better popped up in front of the bright orange paper.  I love the contrast between the designer paper and the crimped layer.

Are you ready to stroll? This one is oh so easy! Just visit these blogs, enjoy the inspiration, leave a comment at each stop, and you might be the lucky winner of your choice of one of the new stamp sets! Here are your stops along the stroll:

Rubbernecker blog




Tammy -welcome to our Guest Designer, Tammy Hershberger

While your are looking around on the Rubbernecker site for the new Halloween sets you may want to check out the new sets and background stamps  that Mr. Rubbernecker has on a Pre- Release sale.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Halloween Set 2    Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Designer Paper, Watercolor    Ink:  Black Craft, Pumpkin Pie, Black Soot, Going Gray    Accessories:  Grosgrain, Crimper, Brush, Black Embossing Powder

Snowball Fight and Yummy Soup Recipe Card

Check out the Price Reductions on my Stamp and Accessory Sale

I’ve had a fun Sunday. It doesn’t really matter whether it is a work day or weekend…my body clock wakes up at 4:30 or 5:00 a.m. no matter what.  I really enjoyed drinking my coffee early this morning and browsing through the SCS galleries and making comments on the beautiful creations. There is so much talent in the stamping community.

I especially had a great time searching through Heather’s (tankgrl) gallery since she was chosen to be the SCS Featured Stamper for the day. I was inspired by the simple and clean layout of this card of Heather’s. I kept the same basic layout but changed the color and theme for my project. I received a darling new set from Impression Obsession this past week and I just had to use it for the challenge.

KC Impression Obsession Let It Snow

I stamped the  snowmen images, masked and stamped the trees around them.  I painted the images with a watercolor brush and reinkers.  I heat dried the paint and sponged in the blue sky in the background.  I dotted falling snowflakes with a white Sharpie marker and then applied glue to apply the Sparkly Fluff for the hat, snowballs and snowy ground.  I love the simple crimped and pierced layer under the scene and the darling gingham knot with the tag.

I also had the opportunity to play today in the monthly Dirty Dozen/Dirty Dozen Alumni challenge. Betty Wright was today’s challenge host and you can see the challenge requirements below.

Challenge: Dirty Dinner Recipe paper project. Share at least one tried and true prepared entree recipe in decorative paper crafting format of choice.
Restricted Element: (No food images...just!!!) There are NO restrictions...bring on the calories, carbs, fat grams, and sugars!!!! We can alter it on our own if need be.
Required Element: It must be something you have cooked and your family LOVED it!!!! Also, share a little bit about the history of this recipe and how it came to be.

I chose to create a recipe card for Tomato and Spinach Soup, one of my old faithful recipes that I got out of Cooking Light years ago.  It is fast, easy and a delicious soup and is a perfect to cook on Sunday and have in the fridge for an easy meal on busy work nights. I have a pot on my stove as I write this. 

KC DDDA Dinner Challenge

I created the recipe in Word and printed on white cardstock.  I do not have any food images so I sketched out a few tomatoes, garlic cloves and some spinach leaves.  Do you think the leaves look more like basil?  I sure do! I painted the images with reinkers and a brush, and cut out. I attached them to the base of the card and allowed them to overlap the recipe card. This is simple but I really like the pop of color from the veggies on the stark white. I hope you can read the recipe and that you give it a try.  Have a great week.

Project 1:  Stamps:  Impression Obsession-Let it Snow, Loads of Love (tree)  Paper:  Cranberry, white, Olive, Watercolor    Ink:  Cranberry, Peeled Paint, Sailboat Blue, Going Gray, Black Craft   Accessories:  Brushes, Color Box Stylus, Inkssentials Ink Blending ToolSparkly Fluff , white Sharpie, MS Glue Pen, Word Punch, Gingham

Project 2:  Paper:  White, Olive, Watercolor   Accessories:  Computer, Artist Pen, Watercolor Brushes, Snips, Glue Dots


Saturday Inspiration

Check out the Price Reductions on my Stamp and Accessory Sale

I always look forward to the SCS Inspiration Challenge. It’s fun to get on up Saturday morning and know I don’t have to go to work and that I can enjoy stamping. Today we were given a Latin American site called LAMA and it had lots of fun stuff to be inspired by. I used the colors of the table cloth pictured below for my first project.  I liked the orange, pink and green with the white background.


KC Lucy & Kitty

I stamped the little Stampavie Sarah Kay Lucy twice on watercolor paper and painted.  I cut out the full image of one girl and just the cat and pinafore portion of the second. I sponged on the light green, yellow and blue scenery on a piece of watercolor paper for the background and added just a few touches of grass sprigs. I created a double frame with oval Nestabilities and attached to the scene with mounting tape. The little girl is so sweet and I thought popping up her head, the cat and top part of her body and allowing her feet to be out of the frame would bring her to life.  I love how she turned out. The tiny Love tag was just the perfect little sentiment for this sweet pair.

KC Lucy & Kitty a

My second project was a play off this throw pillow.  Ugh!  I do not like scary skeleton things like in the photo below but I was inspired by the black and white.  I thought it would be fun to do a reverse white on black Halloween project.


KC Halloween Set 1

I stamped these new Rubbernecker Halloween images on black paper with white craft ink and embossed with white embossing powder.  The moon is a circle punched piece of white paper and the cat was stamped on white with black ink and black embossing.  I thought this was fun and different take on spooky Halloween images.

Project 1   Stamps:  Stampavie Sarah Kay Lucy & Kitty      Paper:  Pretty in Pink, White, SU Designer Paper     Ink:  Black Craft, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Regal Rose,  Weathered Wood, Shabby Shutters, Tattered Rose        Accessories: Nestabilities, Crimper, Scalloped Border Punch, Gingham, Brushes, Color Box Stylus, Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool, Mounting Tape

Project:  Rubbernecker  Halloween Set 1     Paper:  Black and White    Ink:  Black and White Craft     Accessories:  Black and White Embossing Powder, Nestabilities, Mounting Tape