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March 2010

Stamping Is Relaxing

I get so much pleasure and relaxation out of stamping.  For me it is a great way to put my thoughts to something fun and creative and to relieve the stress of the work week.  Here are my projects for this week.

KC Stampendous Cape Hatteras Light

The SCS Technique Lovers Challenge was to create a project based on a childhood memory.  My fondest childhood memory is of our family going to Cape Hatteras, NC every summer.  I stamped the light house and masked.  I sponged in the sand, water and sky area and stamped the birds and added sand texture with a sand dune image found. Both images are found in the Kittie Kits Beach Master.  I added sea foam by applying Liquid Appliqué and dabbing it with my finger before heating to prevent what I call the dreaded blobs.  I used an olive marker to hand sketch the little sea oats. I lightly painted the lighthouse and finished my card with the red paper and gingham for contrast to all the aqua.

KC Boards and Beams 4

I created this sweet home project for the SCS Tuesday Teapot Challenge. I stamped the house, fence and tree images on watercolor paper, painted and cut out.  I created a sky background with a sponge and cloud template on plain white cardstock.  I created hedges along the fence and walk with a marker and added little red flowers to match the red of the roof and drapes.  I mounted the roof and fence over the cloud layer with mounting tape and applied the trees in front of the fence. I love the white scalloped border on the red background and the red and white gingham.

KC Tina Wenke Giving Flowers

I love creating scenes around sweet images.  These Stampavie Tina Wenke images are so darling and I wanted them to be the main focus of the project.  I stamped the images on a single layer of cardstock and masked.  I sponged on the grass area and filled in the texture of grass and flower with the fern stamp from my Kittie Kits Outdoor Master.  I painted the images, sponged in a little yellow to high light the sky area and then applied the ribbon.

KC Bunnies for Sale

Bunnies For Sale!!  I stepped out of my scene box to create this fun card with the quilted background and flowers to enhance this basket full of bunnies.  I painted the image and cut out.  I created the quilt squares with a Nestabilities die and punched the flowers and greenery sprigs with punches. I love the faces on those floppy eared bunnies.

KC Tulips

I love to create bouquets with flower images.  This tulip image from the Rubbernecker Easter Collection is so sweet and called to me.  I added color to the stamp with Regal Rose and Old Olive marker and stamped five of them on watercolor paper.  I heat set the ink and colored in the images using a blender pen and two  colors of green, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint, and three colors of pink, Shell Pink, Regal Rose and Rose Red. I cut the flowers out and started applying them to the white oval to create a small bouquet.  I love the contrast of the bright pink and green in front of the stark white background.  I love the pink and green designer paper combination for the background and thought the perfect finishing touch was the green satin ribbon to carry on the green stems.

Project 1: 

Stamps: Stampendous Cape Hatteras Light, Kittie Kits Beach Master
Paper: Soft Sky, Watercolor, White, Red, Retired SU DP
Ink: Aqua, Latte, Going Gray, Brilliance Black
Accessories: Brushes, Olive Marker, Sponges, Gingham

Project 2:

Stamps: Papertrey Boards and Beams
Paper: Watercolor, Red, Bashful Blue, White
Ink: Sahara Sand, Fired Brick, Slate, Bashful Blue, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo
Accessories: Sponges, Snips, Gingham, Border Punch, Mounting Tape, Olive and Red Marker

Project 3:

Stamps: Stampavie Tina Wenke Giving Flowers, Kittie Kits Outdoor Master
Paper: White
Ink: Black, Latte, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Almost Amethyst, Rose Red, Barely Banana
Accessories: Ribbon, Brushes, Sponges, Border Punch

Project 4:

Stamps: Rubbernecker Easter Bunnies for Sale
Paper: Papertrey Designer, White, Watercolor
Ink: Black, Cameo Coral, Latte, Vintage Photo, Shabby Shutters
Accessories: Brushes, Craft Knife, Glue Dots, Flower Punch, Buttons, MS Evergreen Punch, Nesties

Project 5:

Stamps: Rubbernecker Easter Collection Tulips
Paper: White, Watercolor, Olive, Pink, SU Retired DP
Ink: Regal Rose, Peeled Paint, Pink Sherbet, Rose Red, Shabby Shutters
Accessories: Snips, Markers- Regal Rose and Old Olive, Nesties, Satin, Mounting Tape, Glue Dots


Weekend Challenges

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I had a fun time stamping this weekend.  The challenges always seem to get my creative juices flowing even after a long hard work week and feeling like I have no mojo.

The monthly Dirty Dozen/Dirty Dozen Alumni design team was challenged to create a spring inspired card using birds and or bees. For my project I turned to a newly released Stampavie image by Tina Wenke called Mouse in Hammock.

KC Tina Wenke Mouse in Hammock

I stamped the image and painted using a watercolor brush and reinkers.  I lightly sponged the grass area with green and filled in using a mini fern stamp from my Kittie Kits Outdoor Master. I sponged pale yellow around the flowers and mouse to highlight.  I loved the color combination of blue, green and mustard.  The little touch of orange on the book just pops and I love the mustard gingham multi loop bow for the embellishment along with the double frame.

There is a brand new challenge on SCS called Queen for the Day and it was introduced by my fellow Rubbernecker Design Team member, Anne Ryan.  This week our chosen queen was Peggy aka marilynprestonn.  The challenge was to find a work in the queen’s gallery and use it to inspire a piece of our own.  Here is a link to Peggy’s card that inspired me.  Simple and fun.

KC Fish and Frog Tara's Frog

This is a fun and simple Rubbernecker froggy card with little ribbon knots with polka dots to match the  spots on Miss Frog and her pink cheeks and lips. She is one hot momma isn’t she.

My last project was for the Sunday Feather Stamper challenge.  This week Cathy Bomgardner aka Mutnik and my fellow Rubbernecker team mate was honored and what a treasure trove her gallery is.  Here is a link to Cathy’s card with  birds on a cloths line that inspired me.

KC Laundry Days 4

I used the same Rubbernecker clothes line image but created a backyard scene with clothes hanging on the line.  I stamped the clothes line, painted  and masked it to protect.  I sketched the tree image and sponged in the ground and tree top area.  I filled in the ground a leaves by using the mini fern stamp from my Kittie Kits Outdoor Master.  I stamped, painted and cut out all the clothes and popped up on the line for added dimension.  I thought the sentiment was perfect since I don’t love doing laundry.

I hope you have a great week and that you have time to get your fingers inky!

Project 1: 

Stamps: Stampavie Tina Wenke, Kittie Kits Outdoor Master    Paper: Brocade Blue, Olive, Watercolor   Ink: Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Lemonade, Vintage Photo, Latte, More Mustard,    Accessories: Nesties, Sponges, Brushes, Gingham, Mounting Tape

Project 2:

Stamps: Rubbernecker Fish and Frog Collection-Tara's Frog   Paper: Regal Rose, Watercolor, DP   Ink: Peeled Paint, Regal Rose, Lemonade
Accessories: Grosgrain, Brushes,

Project 3:

Stamps: Rubbernecker Laundry Day Collection, Kittie Kits Outdoor Master
Paper: Cool Caribbean, Watercolor    Ink: Aqua, Peeled Paint, Latte, Vintage Photo, Broken China, Regal Rose, Almost Amethyst, Apricot Appeal,
Accessories: Brushes, Sponges, Glue Dots, Mounting Tape, Deckle Scissors, Masks


Teapot Tuesday Challenge

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Hi everyone!  It’s been a few weeks since I posted on my blog but I finally got my fingers inky this week.  I could feel the stress flowing out of my shoulders as I painted this fun project for Mothermark’s  Teapot Tuesday Challenge. If you want a good read and some fun laughs check out the Teapot gallery on SCS and follow the story of Ruby and Swoop.

KC Gully & Goldy 2

I stamped my image on watercolor paper and covered with a cut out mask of the image to protect it while creating the scene around it.  I sponged in the brown sand and then placed a straight line mask across the sky portion of the scene and sponged in the blue water area. I used a cloud template to sponge in a lighter color of blue for the sky and sponged in a little bit of yellow for a sunny look. I stamped sand texture all around the sandy beach as well as adding a few sea oats.  I removed the mask and painted the images with a watercolor brush and reinkers.  I love the My Mind’s Eye paper color and pattern and thought it worked perfectly with my scene colors. 

I hope you all have a wonderful run and restful weekend.

Stamps: Rubbernecker Fishy, Fishy, Kittie Kits Beach Master   Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Watercolor, Designer, Olive   Ink: Dusty Concord, Orchid Opulence, Latte, Peeled Paint, Pink Sherbet, Aqua, Lemonade
Accessories: Grosgrain, Deckle Scissors, Brushes, Sponges


Bullwinkle, Bugs and Bucky

I always enjoy playing in the Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS.  This week Angella Crockett aka angelladcrockett was the inspiration artist and I had such a great time browsing through her gallery.  I was inspired by a lake and tree scene in Angella’s Crackle Icy Pond.  I decided I would use the same layout and water and tree theme but make it a summer scene with the addition of a few animals.

KC Moose 3

I used Nestabilities to create the main layers and a mask just one size down so I could have a clean white edge around the scene.  I sponged in the blue water across the lower half of the circle and the green land line across the middle.  I stamped in several trees from  Kittie Kits and then used the mini fern stamp to fill in texture. I heat dried the ink and then sponged in the sky area using a cloud template. I stamped all three animals on watercolor paper, painted and cut out to pop up in front of the scene. I thought a multi loop bow would be the perfect finishing touch.  The moose and rabbit have the funniest expressions on their faces.  This moose reminds me of Bullwinkle. Is anyone old enough to remember Rocky and Bullwinkle?? 

I hope you all have a great week.  My work weeks have been extra busy but I am in hopes that I may get to do some challenges this week.  That is really the best form of stress relief there is for me.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Moose Collection, Kittie Kits Outdoor Master and The Moose is Loose     Paper:  Olive, White, Watercolor, SU Designer Paper     Ink:  Bashful Blue, Peeled Paint, Latte, Slate, Vintage Photo    Accessories:  Brushes, Sponges, Cloud Template, Grosgrain, Nestabilities