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December 2010

Silvery Winter Night

Today is the last day of 2010.  It is so hard to believe how fast time moves as I have grown older.  I have been enjoying being off work with my husband a few days this week and we will celebrate bringing in the New Year tonight at a party with several friends.

The Thursday Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It challenge was to create a project with some form of silver on it.  It could be anything from a silver staple to silver embossing.  I have had a 100 yard bolt of white satin ribbon with silver trim since I had a part time floral/craft business twenty five years ago called Kittie’s Kreations.  I instantly thought of this ribbon when I saw the challenge and set out to create a card using it. I decided to create one last winter moonlight snow scene for this holiday season using the little trees from Kittie Kits The Moose is Loose

KC The Moose is Loose 22 

I stamped the trees with versa and embossed with silver embossing powder and heat set.  I cut a mask for the ground using deckle scissors and punched a circle for the moon and then sponged in the sky and ground lines. I used a small sponge to add tree shadows in the moonlight.  I added little lines of glitter on the scene and on the edge of the inner frame using Glossy Accents and Dazzling Diamond. I created the frame using Nestabilities and popped the completed scene up over the dotted embossed layer and attached the multi loop bow for embellishment.

Happy New Year! 

Tutorial: Winter Moonlight Snow Scene

Stamps: Rubbernecker Kittie Kits The Moose is Loose
Paper: White
Ink: Going Gray
Accessories: Versa, Ribbon, Mounting Tape, Nestabilities, Glossy Glaze, Dazzling Diamond, Cuttlebug Folder

Clean and Simple

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Good morning and holiday greetings to you.  I hope your Christmas was wonderful and brought you wonderful blessings with your family and friends.

I have a couple clean and simple cards to share with you.  The first is a design using Sarah Kay’s Zoe Gazing at the Butterfly by Stampavie. Clean and simple is not really my forte but lately I have been enjoying stretching myself out of my “more is more” scene mode.  All of Sarah Kay’s little girls are so perfectly beautiful and can easily stand alone on a project  with very little embellishment.

KC Sarah Kay Zoe Gazing at Butterfly 2

I love the soft colors of this Papertrey designer paper and chose ink colors to perfectly match. I stamped Zoe on watercolor paper, watercolored with reinkers and cut her out.   I cut the basket out separately so I could pop it up in front of Zoe to add a little dimension.  The simple white scalloped layer seemed the perfect background to allow Zoe to be in full focus.  I added a small piece of ribbon that I cut with pinking shears and shredded a little to give the appearance of Zoe sitting in the grass.  This is a perfect card to send a note in to a little girl of any age.

My second is a design using Flower Heart Topiary by Rubbernecker. The sentiment “A bloom a day keeps the frown away” is found in the Rubbernecker Wild Flower set.

KC Flower Heart Topiary

I chose this lovely BasicGrey Sugared paper as my inspiration. I stamped the image on watercolor paper twice and watercolored using reinkers.  I cut the complete image out to pop up over the main layer.  I cut the front portion of the pot, several of the flowers and leaves and popped them up with over the image. I created scalloped borders with my new Martha Stewart punch that I got for Christmas.  I added the soft pink multi loop bow  as the perfect finishing touch

I hope you enjoy your New Year's Holiday weekend and wish you a peaceful, happy and healthy 2011.

Stamps: Stampavie Sarah Kay Zoe Gazes at Butterfly
Paper: Papertrey Spring Moss and Every Day Blessings, White
Ink: Shabby Shutters, Aqua, Broken China, Blush Blossom, Tea Dye, Lemonade, Antique Linen
Accessories: MS Border Punch, Brushes, Snips, Glue Dots

Stamps: Rubbernecker, Flower Heart Topiary 246-03, Wildflower Set 465
Paper: Mellow Moss, BasicGrey DP, Watercolor, White
Ink: Spun Sugar, Forest Moss, Victorian Velvet
Accessories: MS Border Punch, Brushes, Snips, Mounting Tape, Glue Dots, Word Punch

Rubbernecker Year End Inventory Sale

Rubbernecker Year End Inventory Sale  Stamps will be on sale until Jan 2nd and shipping of orders will begin on Dec 30th.  Remember to take advantage of the Shoppers Reward Program for free stamps.  All other items will be on sale Dec 26th-28th ONLY

Good morning!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday.  My sister and brother-in-law were here and that was a great present for us. We also had a great visit with Rubbernecker Dave and Pat on Sunday evening.  They are in Florida visiting Dave’s parents.  It is always wonderful to spend time with people we care about.  That is what the holidays are all about.

I had time to play in a couple of Splitcoaststampers challenges Sunday and Monday. I found it a little sad to put all the Christmas images and colors away and get back to general projects. I seem to go through Christmas card withdrawal every year.  My first project is a fun Neighborhood card I made to give to our new neighbors that moved in right next door.

KC Neighborhood 8 

The Clean and Simple challenge was to use chocolate brown, wasabi green, kraft and white.  I stamped the Rubbernecker Neighborhood image on kraft paper, lightly painted in the houses, sponged in the green grass and little paths and cut them out to pop up over a white background.  I filled in the background with the little fern image from my Kittie Kits Outdoor Master. The layered frame was cut with Deckle Nestabilities dies and popped up over the scene with mounting tape. I like how it turned out.

KC Punched Flowers and Leaves 2

The second project was made using the toys Santa brought me.  The Martha Stewart border and corner punch set was a little trickier to use than I thought but I finally got the hang of it.  After messing up a couple attempts I finally decided I may benefit from reading the directions. The new frond punch is perfect to create little wreaths of leaves around a flower.  I am enjoying challenges more and more that emphasize simplicity and the less is more approach with texture, color and a simple focus.

Today is my first day back to work after being off almost a week so I’d better get ready to go.  Enjoy the rest of 2010 as there isn’t much time left.  Have a great week.

Stamps: Rubbernecker Fun Stuff Collection- Neighborhood 62-03 KK , Kittie Kits Outdoor Master
Paper: Prism Brown, Wasabi, Kraft, White
Ink: Walnut Stain, Meadow
Accessories: Nestabilities, Snips, Deckle Scissors, Mounting Tape

Stamps: Spring Garden Sentiment
Paper: White, Amethyst, Spring Moss
Ink: Shabby Shutters
Accessories: MS Border and Corner Punch, Leaf Punch, Organdy, Crimper, Cuttlebug

Christmas Memories

Good morning and Merry Christmas to each of you..  I hope this finds you happy, healthy and enjoying this wonderful holiday.  I want to share a peaceful winter scene with you that perfectly reflects my childhood Christmas memories in West Virginia with my parents and sisters. I have celebrated many wonderful holidays during my life but my childhood memories are the most special.

KC Forest of Trees 3


I stamped the evergreen tree from Flourishes Forest of Trees several times on glossy paper using Olive craft ink and embossed. I sponged on yellow Distress Scattered Straw for the sunset and Bordering Blue for the night sky. I added snow to the ground, trees and falling snowflakes with Liquid Appliqué. I added glitter to the little snowflakes and the bordering edge of the frame.

Happy Holidays!

Stamps: Flourishes-Forest of Trees,

Paper: Olive, Glossy, White

Ink: Olive Green Craft, Distressed Scattered Straw and Bordering Blue SU

Accessories: Liquid Appliqué, Ink Blending Tool, Snowflake Die, Flower Punch, Nestabilities

Fast, Fun and Easy

Good Christmas Eve morning to you!  I have a fast and easy clean and simple card to share with you today with no stamping involved. 

KC Punched Flowers and Leaves

I embossed some green and amethyst paper with the dotted Cuttlebug folder and punched out some flowers and leaves to create this little bouquet.  I added brads for the flower centers and attached them all over the white punched layer with Glossy Accents.  It doesn’t get any easier than this.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Eve.

Paper:  Almost Amethyst and SU Designer Paper, Papertrey White and Spring Moss

Accessories:  SU Scalloped Punch, Cuttlebug, SU Flower Punch, SU Bird Punch (leaves), Brads, Glossy Accents